Info from Mayor Peduto Office 6/2020

Report to SFCA Annual Meeting

June 2020


Hersh Merenstein

Office of Mayor Peduto


Mayor Peduto’s announcements:

-Sign up for the Mayor’s newsletter to stay up to date during COVID-19 at or continue to visit for COVID-19 updates and data from the Mayor’s Office. This website can be translated in commonly spoken languages.


-Mayor Peduto has announced his 2020 street paving list. This year, nearly $16 million will be allocated to resurfacing, totaling 27 miles of streets with more to be resurfaced in coordination with utility companies. ADA curb ramps will be upgraded, and the City will be repairing concrete, brick, and block stone streets. For the full list of streets slated to be resurfaced: For an updated weekly schedule:


-As Allegheny County has moved to Governor Wolf’s green phase of reopening, organized sports will be allowed to resume — provided that organizers follow safety guidelines — and permits will again be accepted for rental of ballfields and open-air park shelters. Block party permits and special event permits for outdoor groups will be allowed for groups of up to 250 attendees, though they must include a COVID-19 safety plan. Crews from the Department of Public Works are rehabilitating ballfields and other sites this week, and will be posting signage on their safe use. While crews will also seek to regularly clean playgrounds, parents and caregivers are urged to regularly make sure children wash hands and not use playgrounds if they are sick. Restrooms, water fountains, swimming pools, recreation centers and senior centers remain closed. For a full list of City amenities and functions that are beginning to reopen, please visit:


-The City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation and its partners distributed a total of 52,087 meals since they first started giving out food at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown in March.


-In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Peduto has allocated more $12 million in federal funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  For a full list of organizations that received funding, please visit:


-The Mayor’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) offers one on one professional financial counseling as a free public service. The FC helps clients take control of their debt deal with debt collectors, improve their credit, create a budget increase savings, connect to safe and affordable financial products and much more. Contact to schedule your FREE counseling session: 1-800-298-0237 or email So far, the FEC has helped 557 local residents to save over $319,000 and reduce debt by more than $223,000.


-The Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to offer a new, Rec2Tech-based Virtual Coding Camp for Pittsburgh kids. This Virtual Coding Camp builds upon the onsite computer coding workshops that took place during the 2019/20. Sign-up:


-Citiparks’ CitiCamp@Home, a six week program, offers weekly take home STEM/STEAM projects, games, giveaways and chances to win family-friendly prizes. Conveniently packaged into To-Go Kits, each kit has everything your child needs to create great projects that have built-in literacy and math components.  More information:


-Mayor Peduto’s Imagination Library program in conjunction with the Dolly Parton Foundation sends a book every month to children in Pittsburgh until they reach their 5th birthday. Recently, the program sent its 30,000th book to a Pittsburgh family. To sign-up a child or grandchild in your life, please visit:


-For a full list of rental, mortgage, and business assistance programs offered by the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, please visit:


-To learn more about the Pittsburgh Water Sewer Authority (PWSA)’s Community Lead Response program, including the Mayor’s commitment to remove every lead service line in the city by 2026, please visit:


Annual meeting 6/25/20

SFCA annual mtg 6.20


The 2020 Annual Meeting was held via ZOOM app on 6/25/20.

Speakers included:    Paul Supowitz of U Pitt; Erika Strassburger, District 8 Councilperson; Amy Hess, Wildlife Biologist with USDA.

New board members elected:    Jose Morales,  Ursula MacKenzie


Annual Meeting to be held ‘virtually’ 6/25/20

Precautions recommended by health officials concerning the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic preclude an sizable gathering of persons, which impacted the annual SFCA Membership meeting held each May.   Though it won’t replace the socialization, a virtual meeting using ZOOM is scheduled for Thursday 6/25  7:00 – 9:00.   Neighbors have received an email with the necessary link/information.

Agenda items include 1.) updates from SFCA board members, 2.) updates from representatives of U Pitt, UPMC, City of Pittsburgh, and there will be representatives from Police Zone 5 and Oakland Planning & Development Corp, 3.) a wildlife specialist from the US Dept of Agriculture to introduce the topic of Urban Crow Migration and options for potential intervention.

Harpers Continue Porch Dioramas of Teddy, Tedina and Friends …. always brings a smile

Rumor has it that Bears are heading for cooler weather on July 5. They have so far survived the Covid pandemic, and help bring a spark of fun and joy for any neighborhood stroller!

Teddy bear picnic

Road work on Bates Street 6/15 – 6/23

Route 885 Bates Street Utility Pole Work Begins Monday 6/15/20 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 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

Help Restaurants and Food-Insecure neighbors: New District 8 / 412 Food Rescue Program

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.”

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Schenley Farm Walkers for CHP

Multiple doctors living in the neighborhood work in the Liver Transplantation Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Thus a team of walkers were invited to participate in the virtual version of the annual walk on June 7. A celebratory brunch was held at the Bond/Frame home. A fun event for a very 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

Neighbors bring smiles with Teddy Bear dioramas

During the pandemic stay-at-home period, homes around the world have used a ‘teddy bear hunt’ theme to amuse children and their adults. The wonderful Harper family has taken this to a special level, with daily venues of life among the bears Teddy, Teddina and friends. It’s become a daily visiting site …. quite amazing!!


SFCA Activities on hold due to Covid-19 Pandemic and Public Health Measures

SFCA Activities on hold due to Covid-19 Pandemic and Public Health Measures

PA continues to be under public health directives to minimize spread of Covid-19, starting the week of March 13 2020.   Allegheny County moved to a ‘yellow’ reopening phase on May 15.   Clearly this will not be a normal summer and fall.   At this time all group gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited as a health precaution.

There were three annual SFCA activities being planned and all have been placed on hold.  These include:

1.)   May – annual meeting of membership

2.)  August – a planned street party with food trucks and participant games

3.)  October – an educational history presentation, in the “Exploring Our Roots” series.

THESE PLANNED ACTIVITIES ARE ALL ON HOLD.   The safety and health of all neighbors is the highest priority at this time.

June 6 Fundraiser Walk for Children’s Hospital: SF Walkers Team

June 6 2020 is the date of a virtual walk fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Pgh.    Liz Frame and her husband Dr. Geoff Bond are organizing a neighborhood group, the Schenley Farms Walkers.   To participate, neighbors are asked to register at   Special SF teeshirts will be distributed.  After some fun walking, a party/breakfast will be held at the Bond home, and will be appropriately ‘socially distanced’.    THIS IS A GREAT CAUSE FOR A GREAT INSTITUTION BENEFITTING THE CHILDREN OF PGH.