- Leslie C. Davis – Senior Vice President of UPMC, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Health Services Division
- Patrick D. Gallagher – Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh
- Suzanne K. Mellon – President of Carlow University
- Jo Ellen Parker – President of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
- Subra Suresh – President of Carnegie Mellon University
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
· 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.
- 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