“Staying Power” – BGC Annual Luncheon

Hope you’ll join us for our annual luncheon on Friday, November 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. This year’s theme is “Staying Power,” and tickets are $40 for members and $70 for the general public. Rich Fitzgerald (Allegheny County Executive) and Bill Peduto (Mayor of Pittsburgh) will speak. To RSVP, call Aggie Brose at 412-441-6950 x 15.

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Penn Avenue construction update

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Temporary 2-hour parking zones are now available on Mathilda Street, Millvale Avenue, Gross Street, Winebiddle Street, and Evaline Street between Coral Street on the south and Gem Way on the north.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Aggie Brose, Deputy Director, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
412-441-6950 ext. 15 or aggie@bloomfield-garfield.org.

Penn Avenue Modified Construction Phasing
The Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project recently implemented a modified construction phasing plan in an attempt to complete the south side (Bloomfield/Friendship side) of the Penn Avenue roadway by the end of 2014. This is an aggressive plan which results in more short-term inconveniences to the residents and business owners along this corridor of Penn Avenue, but will reduce the long-term impacts and expedite completion of the project. Short-term inconveniences include no parking along the northbound (Garfield side) travel lane and the restriction of all side street access along the south side of Penn Avenue. Also, the contractor has a permit to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As sections of the new roadway are complete, the project team will look to ease parking restrictions, if possible. The goal is to remove the fences and barricades and open Penn Avenue to parking and two-way traffic once the south side of the roadway is complete. The project team understands the impacts, both short- and long-term, that the residents and businesses have endured thus far on the project and ask for continued patience as the southbound roadway is being reconstructed.

Congratulations to Ryan England

ryanAt the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s annual meeting on Oct. 27, Ryan England was given the Father Leo Henry Founder’s Award for his service to our community.

Ryan has been involved with the BGC’s Housing and Land Use Committee, Garfield Community Action Team, and countless other community projects.

Congratulations, Ryan, and thank you for your service!

Penn Avenue intersection street closures

Effective Monday, Oct. 6

The full closure of SB (outbound) Penn Avenue and adjacent side streets (S. Mathilda, Gross, S. Millvale, S. Winebiddle and S. Evaline) is being implemented as a means to reduce the long-term inconvenience to the local businesses and residents. This modification will allow the existing roadway surface for the entire length of the work zone to be removed and expose known and unknown utility services that may conflict with new roadway construction. This modification should shorten the duration of the SB Penn Avenue reconstruction and help the general contractor complete the roadway by the end of the year. Pedestrian access will be maintained at each intersection through the work zone. All Penn Avenue traffic will drive on the recently completed NB (inbound) roadway, and a parking lane will be available along the NB (inbound) roadway. The goal is to have Penn Avenue open to two-way traffic and on-street parking by the end of the year. The sidewalks will be reconstructed in the spring with the project being fully completed by mid-summer.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Aggie Brose, Deputy Director, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 412-441-6950 ext. 15 or aggie@bloomfield-garfield.org.



Join our board of directors

If you’d like to take your community involvement to the next level, consider joining the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s board of directors.

We’ll be hosting an orientation session for potential board members at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Community Activity Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave. in Garfield. Light dinner will be served.

Potential board members with an interest in youth education, career development, and revitalization are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP to Aggie Brose, 412-441-6950 x15, by Friday, Sept. 19.

Join us for an end-of-summer celebration!


Tamere Lester and Wes Davis enjoy a field trip to a Pirates game as part of the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) and Neighborhood Learning Alliance (NLA) will host a “Celebration of Success” event at 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the BGC’s youth development office, 5321 Penn Ave.

This event will celebrate the 300+ young adults who participated this summer in NLA’s Reading Warriors program, which employs high school students to serve as reading mentors for children, and the BGC’s Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program, which gave many young adults their first work experiences in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh.

The celebration will feature refreshments and an informal meet-and-greet with youths at 3 p.m. and brief testimony from youth participants and City of Pittsburgh leadership at 4 p.m.

Speakers include:

  • Guy Costa, Chief Operations Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Debbie Lestitian, Chief Administration Officer, City of Pittsburgh
  • Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
  • Outstanding youth program participants and agency work site supervisors

Family, friends, work site supervisors, and governmental, community, and agency leadership are encouraged to attend.

Job Opening – Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA

JOB OPENING: NovaNet Site Coordinator
Schedule: Part time Monday through Friday, 3PM – 6PM (varies; 20-25 hours/week)
$13 – $15/hour or more based on experience

NovaNET Site Coordinator will ensure that all students are supported while completing credit recovery courses on NovaNET.  NovaNET is an online program where students can recover lost credits. Most of the job is focused on helping students recover credit, getting the word out about our program to students and their families, helping program run smoothly, and building relationships with youths.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist Program Coordinator to prepare for and organize the site
• Touch base with Program Coordinator to receive any updates about the day’s schedule
• Help students and answer questions about content
• Be endlessly encouraging and positive with students
• Maintain an orderly and organized environment and ensure that students are on task
• Always serve as an authority figure in the classroom, assisting lead tutor or coordinator with overall classroom management

• Must be comfortable supporting a variety of High School subjects
• Must be available during program hours, usually 3pm — 6pm, Monday-Friday
• Teaching certificate helpful but not required

To apply mail your Cover Letter and Resume to traynor@wireless-neighborhoods.org.

Garfield Community Day

Don’t miss the “magical mischief” at Garfield Jubilee Association’s Garfield Community Day: Adventure Time, which takes place this Sunday, Aug. 25 at the St. Maria Goretti Activity Center at 140 N. Atlantic Street in Garfield. The fun starts at 1 pm and continues until 7 pm, with free admission and games starting at just 25 cents. Enjoy food, live music, and prizes! Bring the whole family!