5th Annual “Exploring Our Roots” Lecture/Social evening : OCTOBER 13, 2022



Each Autumn SFCA sponsors a fun and interesting evening ….  a history expert sharing info about the origins and adventures of our unique Historical Neighborhood of Schenley Farms.

Details for 2022:

When:   Thursday, October 13, 2022    7:00 p.m.

Where:  Latin American Cultural Center,    4338 Bigelow Blvd

Who:    Robert (Bob) Jucha,PhD      Degree in American Studies from GWU, book editor, teacher of Pgh and American Architecture, longtime docent with Pgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Topic:  Oakland’s City Beautiful Movement stands out when compared to other cities’ efforts


Evening is sponsored by SFCA, but open to anyone interested in Pgh history and heritage !!


Electric Scooters pose new concerns – safety, property abandonment



Several neighbors have noted and reported that the new SPIN electric scooters have been found inappropriately left on sidewalks in the neighborhood.   See photos (submitted by S. Weinberg).

There have also been concerns of zipping riders weaving along Bigelow, posing new challenges for drivers, pedestrians and bikers.

On 9/14/21, the Post Gazette had an oped piece about the issue.   Pgh City Council will be having hearings soon.


Just a few pertinent points:

  • City entered pilot program with scooter company SPIN on July 9, allowing 900 electric scooters to be available.   Complaints quickly came in.
  • Some of the issues:    underage use, inappropriate use on roads, safety issues,  abandonment of property.
  • Anyone who has a complaint can call either to City ( 311 or MyBurgh app), or directly to company Spin ( support@spin.pm or 1-888-249-9698.)    Each scooter has a large ID # and  this should be part of report.

This issue will take a little more time and thought, but reports of concerns are helpful to city council staff, who are working on appropriate legislation.



Bates Street Utility work 6/15 – 6/23

Route 885 Bates Street Utility Pole Work Begins Monday in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing utility pole work on Route 885 (Bates Street) in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County will begin Monday, June 15 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur on Bates Street between Hodges Street and the Boulevard of the Allies weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, June 26. Crews from Sargent Electric will conduct the utility pole work.

PennDOT is not involved in this work and is providing this information as a public service announcement only. For further information contact Marten Coulter at 412-480-4482.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting http://www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010

Fundraiser with 2 great goals … help local restaurants hurt by the pandemic, help people who need food

District 8 of Pgh City (under leadership of Erika Strassburger and her staff) have worked on a terrific idea with two great benefits !!!to YOU CAN DONATE TO A 412 FOOD RESCUE EFFORT …. pay for restaurant-prepared food which is then given to those who are food insecure. IT’S TWO GOOD DEEDS IN ONE !!!!!

The official statement:

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with 412 Food Rescue to have a handful of restaurants in District 8 participate in their Community Takeout Program.

The Community Takeout program is powered by donations. Every $10 contribution goes directly to purchasing a meal from a local restaurant that will then be delivered to community members who are food insecure.

Click here (or copy/paste in browser) :

District 8 Community Takeout

to donate to the District 8’s Community Takeout page and support local restaurants while also giving a meal to someone in need.”

Schenley Farm Walkers raising funds for CHP

Multiple doctors living in SF work with the Liver Transplantation Program at Children’s Hospital of Pgh. Thus a ‘team’ of virtual walkers participated in the annual fundraiser Walk for Children. Afterwards a fun celebratory breakfast was hosted at the Bond/Frame home. A lot of fun for a good cause !!

Brunch with a view after the CHP fundraiser walk 6.6.20

Brunch with a view after the CHP fundraiser walk 6.6.20

Teddy Bears and the Pandemic

The concept of a ‘Teddy Bear Hunt’ has been part of the response to the Covid threat in many countries, hoping to bring a smile to children whose lives have been disrupted. But adults also need smiles! A Schenley Farms family has brightened our world by arranging for a daily diorama on their lawn/porch of life with Teddy and Teddina. We are all grateful to Caddie and John for their efforts !!!


Bear displays boost smiles during Pandemic

During the Pandemic shutdowns, there has been a world wide movement to display stuffed animals and create ‘teddy bear hunts’ for children whose lives have been disrupted. Our local neighbor the Harpers have used their creativity and thoughtfulness to create a daily yard display featuring Teddy and Teddina. It is hard to pass their home without a smile!! Just one example: