|THE WEST END ELLIOTT CITIZENS
COUNCIL - NOTES SEPTEMBER 2008
|The West End
Elliott Citizens Council (WEECC)
is a community orientated
organization dedicated to the improvement and enrichment of the West
End and Elliott neighborhoods. The council began as neighbors whose
goal was to “improve the overall quality of life in both the West End
These neighbors organized in 1966 as a voluntary group known as the
West End Civic Committee. In 1967 the name was changed to the West End
Citizens Council and in 1968 to the West End Elliott Citizens Council.
In 1979 the WEECC was incorporated and in 1981 received non-profit
The by-laws of WEECC state that membership is open to everyone without
any forms of discrimination. The only requirement is a sincere
commitment to work for the betterment of both our communities.
WEECC is a fully volunteer group with no paid staff, officers or board
of directors. YOU are WEECC, the community. The officers and directors
of WEECC are your spokespersons for change and improvements.
WEECC MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING
The WEECC general
meeting is the 4th
Monday of each month excluding July, August and December when there is
no meeting. During the school year the meetings are held at Thaddeus
Stevens School at 800 Crucible St. When the school is not
available we meet at Emanuel Methodist Church at 856 Crucible Street.
All meetings start at 7:00 PM.
September’s meeting will be on Monday, September 22. A speaker will be
there from the Pittsburgh Housing Authority and their topic will be
HACP’S Landlord Responsibility
Plan and the New Customer Service Program.
The purpose of Notes, our
newsletter is to inform the residents of events, issues and concerns.
We are able to mail you this newsletter because of a grant we received
this summer from State Senator Wayne Fontana. We hope to mail a
newsletter every other month in the upcoming year.
If your organization, church or business has an upcoming special event
you would like to share in our newsletter. Please send your information
to our office at 922 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220. Our next
newsletter will be in mid November so we would need your information by
the end of October.
CITIZENS AGAINST LITTER
Citizens against litter
have designated Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 PM to have a community clean
up in Elliott.
Volunteers are asked to report to the entrance of Townsend Field.
We would encourage all residents to make this a special clean up week
end. If every citizen cleaned the side walk in front of their home or
business then the volunteers could devote more time to the park and
Remember a community is not a few but everyone who lives in that
community. Every day strangers pass through our streets on their way to
the West End Elliott Overlook, the finest view of the city. Our streets
make a statement and leave an impression on them of who we are. What
impression are you making?
WEED & SEED
Elliott and West End are
part of the Weed and Seed program that is beginning the second year in
Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Chariters
City, Crafton Heights, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Sheraden and West
The purpose of Weed and Seed is 1.) to weed out crime and 2.) to seed
into the community’s revitalization and beautification.
Chuck O’Neil, Coordinator, Operation Weed and Seed, of the mayor’s
office sent out the following announcement on August 29, 2008.
“On behalf of Mayor Ravenstahl, I am pleased to announce that the
Office of Justice Programs has recently approved the City of
Pittsburgh’s application for funding under the CCDO FY 08 Weed and Seed
Program Guide and Application Kit: Continuation Sites in the amount of
$150,000 for West Pittsburgh”.
The annual membership
September 1 and everyone is urged to join. Membership gives you a voice
in the direction that the council pursues in the community interests.
Membership is $2.00 a year and you may renew or join at the general
meeting on September 22 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of Stevens School.
If you are unable to attend the meeting on September 22 you may cut the
enrollment form from this newsletter and mail it and a check to the
council office at 922 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
Elliott’s Brewers 10
to 12 year old boy’s baseball team. The CitiParks BIG League each year
sponsors a tournament at PNC Park. The best team of each city league is
invited to participate to win the title of “City’s Best”. The Elliott
Brewers on July 31 at PNC Park defeated the Squirrel Hill with their
excellent pitching and defense along with some big hits in the early
innings of the game.
The members of the Brewers are Ron Julian manager, coaches Tony Kohen,
Vic Joseph, and Rege Sauer, scorekeeper Rob Keck, Memphis Carpenter was
their bat boy and photographer Larry Dawgiello.
The players are Eric Cleis, Matt Dawgiello, Marc Holtz, Robert Julian,
Cameron Kohan, Dominic Joseph, Justin Keck, D J Lawrence, Zachary
Byerly, Rege Sauer, Jr. , Corey Bryan, Billy McGuire and Vincenzo
ELLIOTT ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The Athletic Association
more than offer baseball to the youth of our communities. Currently
under the direction of Steve Smith their fall soccer program is
They are sponsoring the Halloween Parade and Family Night at Herschel
Field Saturday, October 25.
CITIZENS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Each newsletter the
council would like
to recognize an organization or someone in the community who is making
a difference in our communities.
This newsletter we would like to honor Gary Pletsch of Comstock Way.
You may have read Mr. Pletsch’s story in the Pittsburgh Tribune on
Thursday, August 21.
Mr. Pletsch purchased for $200.00 the vacant city lot next to his
backyard that was filled with overgrown weeds and trash. Mr. Pletsch
turned that once ugly lot into what he said, “It’s become my magical
Eden”. He was quoted as saying in the Tribune that “my theme was that I
wanted to dazzle people” and dazzle he has with his unique garden
There are many similar lots in Elliott and the city all waiting for the
creativity, the hard work and pride that Mr. Pletsch placed on the
forgotten little lot in Elliott.
Mr. Pletsch has made a difference in Elliott and each of us can in our
own way make a difference. If you are interested in obtaining a vacant
city lot you may contact the Mayors office or call the council office
and we will try to assist you.
EMANUEL METHODIST CHURCH CARE
This summer saw the birth
of the CARE
Program at Emanuel Church on the corner of Lorenz Ave. and Crucible St.
Thirty children took part in the experience of one or more of the
classes offered. The free classes consisted of learning to play a
musical instruments, drama, cheerleading, dance, creative writing and
They are currently working on the fall schedule and we hope to get it
to everyone as soon as it is released. Those interested my visit the
church website http://emanuelumc.org
and click on activities.
MEALS ON WHEELS
The Meals on Wheels
program for West
End, Elliott and Sheraden needs your help. This program is so vital to
our seniors and those who can not prepare a meal for themselves. Will
If you can volunteer one day a week, or one day a month it would be
appreciated. For more information please call Mariel Connell at (412)
WEST END SENIOR CENTER
Residents over sixty are
join the FREE Senior Citizens Center in the West End at 80 Wabash Ave.
The center is open from 8:00 AM till 4:00 PM. weekdays. Lunch each day
is fifty cents. They have bingo on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and
a variety of activities, trips and events. Drop in and meet Marge the
director or a member of her staff. You can call them at (412) 937-3068
for more information and calendar of events.
CARNEGIE LIBRARY WEST END BRANCH
The current hours of the
branch of the Carnegie Library are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00
till 7:00 PM, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. The
library is closed on Monday, Friday and Sunday.
Perhaps you would like to stop in to get a book to brush up on the
history of Pittsburgh since it is the city’s 250th birthday in October.
LOCAL COOKBOOK FOR SALE
The ladies of Emanuel
for sale their latest cookbook with receipts of members and friends.
The cover of the book features a Linda Barnicott picture of the city of
Pittsburgh from the West End Elliott Overlook. The books are $15.00 and
you can order one at the church website http://emanuelumc.org
or call the
church at (412) 921-1042.
The last day to register
to vote in the
upcoming elections is OCTOBER 6. Voting is the
responsibility of every citizen. Cast your vote for your candidate
More about the local voting districts can be found here
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF
those of you
who do not know me I am Elmer Clark. I have been working hard for
Elliott for over ten years as a member and officer of the West End
Elliott Citizens Council.
Last summer a group of officers, community leaders and business owners
came together to formulate a plan for the renewal of Elliott. It is my
hope that we may be able to share that plan with you at the September
We have had some disappointments this year due to the housing market
and financial climate of the nation. The development at the top of
Marlow Street has been set aside at this time.
Sometimes we get our hopes up and they are dashed but I am certain that
working together we can and will make Elliott and the West End some
place very special to live.
The construction on the West End Circle has created not only some extra
traffic and delays also hardships on the small businesses in the West
End. I would urge you to patronize these businesses as well as those in
Elliott. If we want businesses and services in our communities then we
need to be sure to support them.
To help you to support these businesses we are listing below those in
the Elliott community this newsletter. We will list those in the West
End in the next newsletter. If we have missed any in Elliott we
certainly will list them in a future newsletter and include any and all
new businesses in our communities.
The council is in the process of creating a directory of all the small
businesses in Elliott and the West End. If you have a small business in
these communities we would appreciate it if you would send us your
name, address, phone number and hours of operation so that we can
include them in the directory. Simply mail the information to 922
Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
Looking forward to meeting you and seeing you again at our monthly
meetings that are held the 4th Monday of every month during the school
year at Stevens School on Crucible St. in Elliott.
Elmer Clark, President
All Purpose Cleaning
Anthony Staab Funeral Home
Battaglia Auto Recycling
Eastern Mirror Glass
Elliott Coin Laundromat
Ron Reiss Upholster Co.
Schulers Auto Service & Convenience Store
West End Floral Shop
CHURCHES IN ELLIOTT
Guardian Angel Parish
New Life Fellowship
United Church of Christ
The council is excited
about the new
laundromat that is opening this month on the corner of Chartiers Ave.
and Lorenz Avenue. We believe that it is a welcome addition
our community and we wish them many prosperous years.
If you are a Bingo player
you may be
interested to know that every Friday evening at 7:30 PM bingo is played
at the K of C at Lorenz Ave. and Aimsworth St. in Elliott.
Bingo is played every Sunday evening at Guardian Angel Parish on Logue
St. Doors open at 5:00 PM Early Bird Specials begin at 7:00 PM.
NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP
Every Wednesday evening at
7:00 PM is family night at New Life Fellowship on the corner of Steuben
Street and Lorenz Avenue.
Have a few openings for
session 9:00-11:30 AM for the four year olds. Call Stacia or Diana at
(412) 921-0442 for more information.
The council receives
residents on a number of subjects. The subjects range from abandoned
cars, weeds and grass that needs to be cut, trash, nuisance houses,
building code violations; and a wide variety of complaints. We forward
them to the correct authorities. We have in our office SILENT COMPLAINT
FORMS that residents may submit and we will forward - they do not
require your name or address. Forms are at our general
meetings or you may call 311 for the Mayor’s Complaint Center.
The WEECC is not a policing body; we do not site or give out any forms
of warnings or citations.
If we receive a number of complaints about a property the president of
only the president
will send a certified letter to the property owner advising them of the
multiple complains filed against them by several residents (no names
are revealed about who complained).
We do not
leave notes on property; rather we report all complaints to the proper
The Sheraden Citizens
Council was the recipients of a Sprout funded mural on the building at
Hilboro St. and Sheraden Blvd.
The public is invited to the dedication of this mural in Sheridan on
October 3 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hillsboro St. and Sheridan Blvd in
the parking circle. There will be music by a DJ. .Refreshments and
pizza will be served.
ANTI-PREDATORY LENDING WORKSHOP
The public is invited to
attend a free
anti-predatory lending workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the
Pittsburgh Project dinning hall room, 2801 North Charles St. from 6:30
PM to 7:50 PM.
The workshop is sponsored by State Senator Wayne D. Fontana, Northside
Leadership Conference and Pittsburgh Reinvestment Group.
with the sharing of valuable information refreshments will also be