Application Assistance For Healthcare Marketplace and Medicare

The next Open Enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace (Affordable Care Act) began November 15, 2014 and will end February 15, 2015.
Returning and new consumers who want to have coverage starting January 1, 2015 must enroll no later than December 15, 2014.
Enrollment for Healthy Pennsylvania (the Medical Assistance expansion program) will begin on December 1, 2014. The opportunity to enroll is continuous, there is no end date.
Healthy Pennsylvania will serve consumers at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. As an example, the annual income limit for a family of four is $32,913.
New and returning consumers can find more information and help applying for coverage at, 1-800-318-2596,  or TTY: 1-855-889-4325.
For free local in-person assistance, consumers can contact the University of Pittsburgh Outreach and Enrollment Team. Consumers can be seen at various sites, by appointment, by calling 412-383-2359.


City Art Commission To Hold Hearings Wed 12/10 2pm

The Art Commission of the City of Pittsburgh will hold a hearing on December 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the first floor hearing room at 200 Ross Street in Downtown.
This hearing will review projects that were postponed from the November 26th hearing, due to lack of quorum.
Questions or more information can be obtained by emailing or calling the public art manager listed below.
Morton Brown, Public Art Manager
(412) 255-8996


11 2014

City Holiday Tree Lighting Festival Downtown THIS Friday 11/21 at Noon.

The City of Pittsburgh will officially kick off the holiday season with the annual City Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday.

Festivities begin at Noon on the City-County Building Portico. The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble will entertain with seasonal favorites and Pittsburgh's own "3TG" will sing carols. Following the ceremony the Sonorilo Handbell Choir will perform. Local mascots including Santa, the Pirate Parrot, Iceburgh and Buster will be in attendance.

Mayor William Peduto is attending the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas this week and will not be in attendance to light the tree. In partnership with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, AJ Mendoza, 3, has been selected to perform the honors of lighting the city holiday tree this season. Mendoza’s parents, Kristina and Alex Mendoza, will also be in attendance.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Starbucks. The Salvation Army will be present until 1:00 p.m. collecting non-perishable food items or monetary donations for their annual drive.


The City of Pittsburgh Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony


City-County Building Portico – 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh


Noon, Friday, November 21, 2014


11 2014

Update On Demolition/Construction at Former Health Dept Site at 3333 Forbes

Update from Massaro regarding demo and construction of Skyvue, 3333 Forbes.  I'll post the project sheet in the file section of this basecamp site.  The email from massaro is as follows: 

·  We are still in the midst of demolition for the ACHD site. We expect to complete ACHD demo by the end of November. We are currently sifting through the now demolished building,completing foundations removal, and then will start demo to the 2 neighboring houses. They should be done by mid-December

·  Shoring of the site is expected to begin in December.

·  As for impacts to pedestrians and vehicle traffic, we will close the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in November to allow for water and gas services to 3342 Fifth to be relocated. This will result in detouring pedestrians to the opposite side of the street. When excavation starts, probably in December, we will close the Forbes Ave sidewalk and the Forbes Ave parking lane. This seems to be the safest and most efficient way to keep the project moving with minimal disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. An MPT plan (maintenance and protection of traffic) has been prepared and approved for both closures by Pgh DPW.


11 2014

“Pothole Blitz” Postponed 1 Week Due To Weather Conditions – Resched to 11/24-11-26

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has postponed the three-day “Pothole Blitz” for one week due to current inclement weather conditions.  It has been rescheduled for November 24 through 26


11 2014

Green Team Mtg – THIS Thur 11/20 6pm – Oakland Career Ctr 294 Semple St

The Green Team meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:15 pm, at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street.
Erin Copeland, the Senior Restoration Ecologist for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) will join us on Thursday to present an overview of PPC's project to restore the Panther Hollow watershed.


11 2014

Oakwatch Meeting THIS Wed 11/19 12pm Jewish Federation 234 McKee Pl

Oakwatch is this Wednesday (November 19) at 12pm at the Jewish Federation (234 McKee Place). Guest speakers from both the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape will join us. If you haven't already, please RSVP at 412.621.7863 ext. 27 so they know how many will be attending. The Jewish Federation asks that you leave outside food and drinks outside.
These hearings will go before Magistrate Ricciardi (1700 E Carson Street, 3rd floor) on Thursday, November 20, at 10am:
  • 418 Semple Street (continuance): Violation: Sidewalk disrepair Owner: Susan and James R Connors
  • 342 Meyran Avenue: Violation: Couch on porch Owner: Jamil Khalil
  • 3612 Frazier Street: Violation: Overgrowth on property Owner: Lavaughn Williams
  • 21 Oakland Square (continuance): Violation: Work without a permit Owner: Stephen P Pellegrino and Mary V Shea
  • 19 Oakland Square: Violation: Deteriorating exterior walls/ Structurally unsound porch/ Improper roof drainage/ Improper handrails Owner: Stephen P Pellegrino and Mary V Shea
  • 3325 Parkview Avenue (continuance): Violation: Garbage and debris throughout property/ Incorrect handrails on front entry steps, exterior steps and interior basement steps/ Deteriorating roof drains, gutters and downspouts Owner: Peter Kamaras


11 2014

Kids Under 13 Get In Free To Pgh Zoo Through 11/30

The Pgh Zoo announced Friday that kids will be admitted free to the zoo for the next two weeks.

Children ages 13 and under receive free admission with a paying adult starting Saturday through Nov. 30.

 "During this time of year we all have much to be thankful for, and this is a great way for the Zoo to thank everyone in the community for their support," says Jaime Szoszorek, director of marketing and public relations. "Visiting in November is a great time. The cooler temperatures mean the animals are more active, plus we do have indoor areas such as the Tropical Forest, PPG Aquarium, Water's Edge, and Worlds of Discovery for families to enjoy."

The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day. 


11 2014

“Pothole Blitz” Scheduled For Mon 11/17 – Wed 11/19

The City of Pittsburgh announced today that a three-day Pothole Blitz will take place next week, starting on Monday, November 17th and lasting through Wednesday, November 19th.

Crews from the Department of Public Works will work extended 12-hour shifts from6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day to prepare city streets one final time before winter weather arrives. In the instance of inclement weather, work schedules may fluctuate.  

Residents are encouraged to submit pothole repair requests to the City of Pittsburgh 311 Response Center. The “Blitz” efforts will be based on 311 submissions.

All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the City of Pittsburgh, dial 3-1-1. Outside of Pittsburgh, call 412-255-2621. Voice or text messages can be submitted by dialing or texting 412-573-9736. Online submissions can be sent at any time via Twitter to @Pgh311 or the online form on the city website:


11 2014

Appeal For Overoccupancy Fines For Charles Eckenrode 11/18 8AM

11/18/14 8:00 am Courtroom 821-City County Building before Judge Robert C. Gallo
Charles Eckenrode is appealing fines related to:
LO § T10 §§111.1 Certificate of Occupancy Permit 06/17/2014
LO § T9 §§926.76(B) 4 PERSONS IN ONE FAMILY HOUSE 06/17/2014
Interested parties are encouraged to attend.


11 2014