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The public is invited to an online public meeting to review the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force's final testing policy in an online public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. 
 
The public is encouraged to review the policy (PDF) and is welcome to ask questions of the panelists during the online meeting. Email questions to penndotav@pa.gov
 
The guidance is the result of months of collaboration among state, federal, and private-industry officials — such as the Federal Highway Administration, AAA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and General Motors — in the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force
 
To read more about the Public Meeting, click here.  

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Pittsburgh Police are looking for a man who set fire to a trash can in a laundry mat in South Oakland last month. 
 
The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the business located in the 3200 block of Kennett Square. 
 
According to police, the fire spread from the trash can to a laundry tub. The business and apartments above it sustained extensive smoke damage. 
 
Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect’s identity is asked to call Pittsburgh Police at 412-323-7800. 
 

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I-376 East (Parkway East) inbound and outbound lanes will be closed to all traffic starting Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 a.m. until Monday, December 12, at 6:00 a.m. 
 
This weekend will mark the final full closure of the Parkway East for the Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge project. Mosites made significant progress during the last closure. This closure is needed to finish tightening all the connections of the steel and complete the installation of metal decking on the new superstructure. 
 
Posted detours will follow the same routes and patterns as previous Parkway East closures that took place during the bridge implosion in December 2015. Signage will be provided to direct motorists. Maps of the official detours are available here: Eastbound Detour Map ; Westbound Detour Map.     
 

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy December 2016 Highlights
  • ​​Schenley Park Volunteer Sweep | December 10
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Leaf Litter Exploration | December 10
  • Frick Environmental Center Discovery: Animal Signs | December 11
  • Citiparks' Skate with Santa | December 11
  • Frick Environmental Center Docent Training | December 12
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Animal Signs | December 17
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Winter Tree ID | December 18
  • Wine and Grapevines: Wreath Making Workshop | December 22
  • Christmas Eve Hike | December 24

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Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area. 
 
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience. 
 
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
 
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburghInlineInline image 1
  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps: Nov 25 – Jan 8
  • Hands-on Handmade at Handmade Arcade: December 3 at DL Convention Ctr
  • Krampusnacht at Market Square: December 5
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol Pajama Party at Row House Cinema: December 20
  • Holiday walks with Venture Outdoors: December 1, 17

Beginning January 1, 2017, Port Authority will eliminate its two-zone fare system and instate a single-zone system in which all riders will pay $2.50 with a ConnectCard. Riders paying with cash will pay $2.75. 
 
Transfers for riders paying with a ConnectCard will remain $1. There will be no transfers for riders paying with cash; riders paying with cash will need to pay an additional $2.75 for their connecting trip. 
 
Port Authority will eliminate the Downtown free bus zone. 
 
To learn more about additional changes coming, click here.    

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PWSA Waterline Replacement Project Update (Lothrop/Terrace/Darragh) 
 
To view the Project Update Sheet for the Lothrop/Terrace/Darragh Streets Waterline Replacement Project, please click below. 
 
 
This information can also be found at www.pgh2o.com under the “Project Info” section of the home page. 
 
The project is approximately 75% complete. The anticipated project completion date is December 2016, weather permitting. Remaining work includes final service tie-ins, hydrant and catch basin installation, and sidewalk & final road restoration.
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Pitt's Oakland Bakery & Market are considering having more grocery store components. Their ultimate goal is for it to become somewhat like a food co-op, but more ingrained. 
 
They want to know about residents' interests and concerns about having this kind of store available in Oakland.
Join the conversation by filling out the online survey at:
 
Please pass on to any neighbors either by email or sharing a copy of the survey attached. 
 
On Facebook:

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The Port Authority is accepting service requests for the 2017 fiscal year through the end of the month. For those of you who want to advocate for improved routes it is important to go to the website and complete the request survey, the link is below. It is a quick and easy survey that only takes a couple minutes. The requests can be made both as a group and as individuals. It is important to spread this information to all your members if there are any requests that you have in mind.  For example, re-implementing the 84B in South Oakland. Advocacy for this route can continue, and if there are any other requests it is important that they be submitted by November 30th. 
 

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The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce that it is offering Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in our community. 
 
AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ will help low- and moderate-income adults age 50+ gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment. The 90-minute workshop will walk participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ materials and connect them with local resources to help them reach their goals. 
 
The first workshop will be offered on Wednesday, November 30th , at 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Carnegie Library in Homewood.