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OBB Hosts First Monthly Community Meeting

Posted by Elwin Green on September 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night, Operation Better Block, Inc. hosted the first community meeting in its new monthly meeting schedule. 

I say this, not as an OBB board member, but as someone who has attended a LOT of meetings: it was beautiful.

Okay, that's my editorial comment. Here's what happened. Outside the gym at Faison, there was a table with sign-in sheets and copies of the meeting agenda.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Resident files appeal against zoning approval of senior residence

Posted by Elwin Green on September 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

FIRST PUBLISHED: Sept. 28, 2012, 10:20 am

LAST UPDATE: Sept. 28, 2012, 4:26 pm

An appeal has been filed in the Court of Common Pleas asking the court to overturn the Zoning Board of Adjustment's approval of plans to build a new senior residence on North Homewood Avenue.

Resident William D. Anderson's filing, in which he is acting as his own attorney, contends t...

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BTC: The View From Here

Posted by Elwin Green on September 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

BTC stands for "Behind the Curtain," and signifies a post relating to how "Homewood Nation" works, and thoughts about journalism in general.

I have added a page, "The View From Here," that describes affiliations and points of view I hold that may affect coverage provided by "Homewood Nation." I did this for three reasons: first, because I think readers deserve to know those thi...

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OBB Launches New Community Communication Strategy

Posted by Elwin Green on September 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

A flyer sent out by Operation Better Block, Inc. this week announces a change in the organization's strategy for communicating with residents.

The quarterly meetings that OBB began holding last year to share information with the community are being replaced with "The Homewood-Brushton Monthly Community Meeting." The monthly meeting will be held on these dates, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 school, 7430 Tioga Street:


  • Thursday, ...
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Two projects down

Posted by Elwin Green on September 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (1)

It is late Tuesday afternoon, and I am just recovering from the weekend.

On Saturday morning, I joined some Race Street neighbors for our weekly cleanup. The idea is that each Saturday at 8 a.m., we collaborate to do a cleanup on one block of our five-block street. I think we've done it most Saturdays since June (but by no means all); we've promised ourselves to take it through the end of September.

I have learned that even things that I consider simple oft...

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RACE STREET: September meeting

Posted by Elwin Green on September 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the latest from the Save Race Street Committee...

We held our regular monthly meeting last night at the Diverse Banquet Hall, 7202 Kelly Street. With ten members in attendance, the Committee confirmed that we want to have the stone that lies in front of the raised flower bed at 7427 Race Street inscribed with the Committee's name and the slogan, "United we stand, divided we fall."

John T. Smith, block captain for the 7300 block, voluntee...

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BTC: being in the news

Posted by Elwin Green on September 12, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (2)

BTC stands for "Behind the Curtain," and signifies a post relating to how "Homewood Nation" works, and thoughts about journalism in general.

There are events or meetings that I attend for the purpose of covering them for "Homewood Nation," and there are events or meetings that I attend because I am involved with them, because they are part of what I am doing.

I have noticed that I tend not to report on things in the latter category, out of shyness or...

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Chief Harper in Homewood town hall meeting

Posted by Elwin Green on September 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night, Chief Nate Harper of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police answered questions from citizens in a town hall meeting at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA.

The meeting was sponsored by the Alliance for Police Accountability, the Black Political Empowerment Project, the Western PA Political Assembly, and the Black and White Reunion.

I went primarily to shoot video, but ran into issues both with shooting it and with getting it uploaded. Fortunately, Don Carpenter...

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"Love Your Block" projects: One postponed, one completed

Posted by Elwin Green on September 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Race Street "Love Your Block" project scheduled for Saturday was postponed after members of the Pittsburgh Obama boys' soccer team learned that they had another event scheduled that conflicted with the community service project.


The downpour that hit Saturday morning made the postponement seem even wiser. 


The Mulford Street project forged ahead through the rain.


"It went great," said event coordinator Rhonda J. Sears. She said...

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Homewood scores double in city beautification program

Posted by Elwin Green on September 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A city program to encourage neighborhood beautification will reach a new milestone Saturday.


On that day, for the first time, two projects that received grants from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's "Love Your Block" program will happen in the same neighborhood, on the same day - and it's happening in Homewood.


In Homewood South, volunteers from the Mulford Street Corridor Block Association and the Westinghouse Alumni Association will converge at 7723 Mulford to cl...

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