Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sheraden Homes Receiving Some Needed TLC

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh has been busy recently in Sheraden, fixing up homes owned by disabled or elderly residents. This home on Hunt Street (shown on the left) received a new handicap-accessible ramp and walkway constructed by the organization's volunteers.The home was one of 4 in Sheraden to receive upgrades and repairs as part of FedEx Cares Week.

“We had 55 employees from our Moon Township headquarters volunteering as part of the FedEx Cares Week that was held in 40 cities across the country and involving thousands of employees” said company spokesman David Westrick. “Being a good corporate citizen is a part of our culture at FedEx Ground and is often on display through various employee volunteer projects in the Pittsburgh area.”

Below are more photos of the event in Sheraden. Visit Rebuilding Together's website for information on applying for home repair assistance in Sheraden.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pittsburgh's Top Safety Officials Address Sheraden Residents and their Concerns

A contingent of the city's top safety officials, including Director of Public Safety Mike Huss and acting Chief of Police Regina McDonald (a Sheraden resident), were in attendance at this month's general meeting of the Sheraden Community Council.

Community Council President Marilyn Gerthoffer and District 2 City Councilperson Theresa Kail-Smith requested that the officials address the community following a shooting that occurred last week in Sheraden. Law enforcement was able to quickly make an arrest just hours after the incident occurred. The group of about 40 residents were updated on the case and had the opportunity to voice additional safety concerns related to suspected drug activity and repeated violations.

Zone 6 Community Relations officer Kenneth Stevwing spoke about Pittsburgh's Disruptive Property Ordinance and how it is one tool that is being used to address problem properties that are the site of recurring violations to local and state laws. All officials stressed the importance of community involvement and calling 911 to report suspected criminal activity. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Residents Helping to Make Sheraden Safer

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review highlighted efforts to address neighborhood tenants involved in drug activity. Sheraden resident Gary Neely was quoted, saying he believes the problem has decreased where he lives and credits Pittsburgh police, who increased patrols, and residents who stepped up to report criminal activity.

The successful eviction of problem tenants through actions of the city-county Nuisance Property Task Force highlights the effective, and necessary, role that residents have in making their communities safer. Speak up and get involved!