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Brightwood Civic Group Board Officers Election Results:

NEW PRESIDENT: Angel Gober

NEW VICE PRESIDENT:  Diane Annis-Dixon

NEW TREASURER:  Tony Rocco

NEW SECRETARY:  Ellen Paul

The new officers have been work hard to put together some exciting activities for the Brightwood community and looking into ways to improve the community.

If you are interested in joining the BCG Board or becoming a member of Brightwood Civic Group, contact the office for an application.

Phone: (412) 732-8152 or E-mail: BrightwoodCivic@verizon.net

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NEED WORK?? 

Call Sheryl Smith, Workforce Specialist @ (412) 330-2551

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Farm Stand 2014

June 17, 2014 - August 26, 2014

The Farm stand is up and running!

Come out and enjoy the summer weather while you pick fresh fruits and vegetables.

Also take some time to check out the venders like Zest Wishes, one on Pittsburgh's up and coming health chef, Soulful Expressions Barb a que who boasts the best ribs in the Burgh and more.

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FREE Spay/Neuter Programs for Pets AND feral cats. 

IF you missed this meeting - be sure to contact Animal Friends about this program.  You can get your pet and/or feral cats fixed for FREE!  Contact Carol Whaley (412) 847-7094

Many health benefits to spaying and neutering, pets less likely to roam and spray urine, reduces the risk of some cancers.  Have a happy healthy Pet!

 

 

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WEBSITE - Just for Brightwood Residents!

       If you Like Facebook you'll LOVE Brightwood Nextdoor         If you Hate Facebook you'll still LOVE Brightwood Nextdoor

It's a website just for YOU! Brightwood Residents.  Like Facebook where you can post messages but ALSO post stuff to sell, stuff for FREE, Lost/Found Pet, Need a baby sitter?  Do you do Handy-work?  Recommend a good Mechanic, your favorite Restaurant or Pub, etc...ALL the fun AND important stuff without all the hassels of "friending".  It's ONLY for Brightwood Residents and it's FREE!

Go to brightwood.nextdoor.com to sign up OR call or send me an e-mail here at the Brightwood Office BrightwoodCivic@verizon.net and I'll send you a personal e-mail invite.     (412) 732-8152

We launched and already neighbors are signing up!  Have you?

See you on the site!

Mel

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Side Yard Program Info.

If your house borders an overgrown, publicly owned, vacant lot, you no longer have to look out your window and cringe. The City of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with City Source Associates, is introducing a low-cost minimum way for you to buy that lot and make it your own.


Once the lot is yours, you can transform that eyesore into a garden, parking pad, deck-just about anything you want! In doing so, you’ll not only increase the size of your property and the value of your home, but you’ll also enhance the appearance of your entire neighborhood.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THAT PROPERTY??  Edible Garden, Flowers, Picnic Area or Play place for your kids?

Example BEFORE and AFTER


THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS…ALL IT TAKES
1 You must own the property (no more than 2 units) that directly borders (either on the side, front or rear) the vacant lot.
2 All taxes and water and sewage bills on the properties you already own must be current. You must not have any outstanding Bureau of Building Inspection violations.
3 You must provide evidence of liability insurance coverage for the lot.
4 Based on its square footage and/or terrain, the lot must be deemed unsuitable for erecting a freestanding building, as determined by the City.
5 The lot must be publicly owned. If, however, it is not publicly owned but is tax delinquent, you may request that the City seize the property in a Treasurer’s Sale. If successful, the lot may then become eligible for the Sideyard Sales Program.
6 Before you begin making any permanent improvements you must own the property and you must make sure that your plans comply with the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Call 255-2246 to find out what will be required.


TIME AND MONEY
Once the six basic requirements have been met, the vacant lot of your dreams is available through the following process.
􀂾 You must complete and return the Request to Purchase Form.
􀂾 The City will determine whether or not the lot you request is available and eligible under this program.
􀂾 The City will certify that you are not responsible for any outstanding taxes, water or sewage bills.
􀂾 You will then enter into a lease/purchase agreement with the City. The required down payment and lease costs total $201.00.
􀂾 You may begin using and maintaining the lot immediately (although you may not make any permanent improvements yet).
􀂾 While you are leasing the lot, the City of Pittsburgh and City Source will begin the process necessary to clear the title to the property. This usually takes up to 18 months…from start to finish.
􀂾 When the title has been cleared the City of Pittsburgh will arrange a closing date. At that time, you will need approximately $200.00 to cover closing costs, deed recording fees and transfer taxes.
􀂾 If you and a neighbor are both interested in purchasing the same lot, you’be be required to bid for the property. The minimum bid offer is $250.00.
􀂾 All applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL 412 255-2300

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS for 2014 DATES

Brightwood Civic Group General Meetings 7 PM ~ Open to the Public

Generally held the 1st Tuesday of the Month : located at Pressley Ridge Admin Bldg. 2611 Stayton Street

December 2nd

Brightwood Civic Group Board of Directors Meetings 6 PM ~ by Invitation or call at office (412) 732-8152 to be placed on the agenda.

Generally held the 1st Tuesday of the Month

 

NO August Meeting

September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

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Brightwood Community Public Safety Meeting....

You're Invited! Come out to hear reports from Local Groups and City Departments. Discussion to include Quality of Life, Public Safety and What's going on in Brightwood. Due to Election day being May 20th the scheduled date for the reguler Community Meeting the date for the meeting has been changed.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 16th @ 6PM - Pressley Ridge Admin Bldg.. 2611 Stayton Ave.

Get out and Vote

 

Brightwood Public Safety Committee would like to invite you to a meeting in response to resident requests regarding the increased criminal activity including gun related crimes, vacant properties and possible new businesses in Brightwood.

                        

Improving Your Neighborhood

The Brightwood Public Safety Committee encourages all residents to get involved with life on your street by combating illegal activity, reporting unsafe property conditions and code violations that erode the positive character of the street.  You can use any of the following tools to raise the quality of life on your street...

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Brightwood Civic Group. . .Making Brightwood Brighter!

In an effort to transform sections of our neighborhood, BCG acquires vacant/abandoned and blighted properties and rehabs to energy efficiency for home buyers. 

More properties being acquired and renovations to start in near future. Keep checking back.

Check out what we done on Woodland Avenue!

1324 Woodland Avenue ~ SOLD March 2013

Attractive Victorian, includes a double lot and alley access.  This wonderful home features an entrance hall with open stairway and original woodwork, an open floor plan merging the dining room and kitchen.  This home includes 3 bedrooms, a NEW powder room tucked in into the hallway. All this for only $135,000.  Please call Julie Taylor, Coldwell Banker (412) 366-1600 or Jon Huck, Northside Leadership Conference 412-330-2556.  Special financing is available!

Blue Bungalow ~ SOLD March 2013

1407 Woodland Avenue

10-Year Tax Abatement Saves You THOUSANDS and a second mortgage offered by the URA will save qualified buyers thousands as well. You will enjoy a completely rehabbed Craftsman bungalow with hardwood floors and completely new mechanicals. The property features a second floor owner's suite with large bedroom, bathroom, sitting area and flex space. The kitchen is filled with light and was completely redesigned with efficiency and convenience in mind. Entertaining is a breeze with open concept floor plan and 2 first floor bedrooms with a full bath as well. The property was completely rewired, replumbed and a new energy efficient HVAC system installed as well as a new water line from street. For more information contact Jon Huck at 412-330-2556

This project was completed with financing from the Northside Community Development Fund and funding from the Rivers Casino.  Professional project management was provided by the Northside Leadership Conference.  Thank you!  It couldn't have happened without YOU!

 

1320 Woodland Avenue

SOLD in December 2012! 

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, NEW Kitchen, second floor laundry area, all new mechanical systems, detailed woodwork on the facade, a level lot and alley access.  This purchaser also benefitted from the special financing programs.

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Visit your local library and we have one right here on Woods Run Avenue.

Check out the great events and classes they have here at the Library!  Parking Available

www.CarnegieLibrary.org

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War Memorial-Monument Restoration Committee

Check out the war memorial inventory of the Northside and the City of Pittsburgh (Page 87 of inventory) at the Department of City Planning homepage.  The inventory was compiled over the past year by volunteers, Public Works staff, community organizations and veterans organizations as well as the Department of City Planning.  If you know of any memorials, monuments or name changes, please contact Morton Brown at the Department of City Planning morton.brown@pittsburgh.pa.gov  The preservation and restoration program was initiated and supported by Council President Darlene Harris.

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