Posts byBritt Reints

SHUC Support of 5800 Forward Development

On September 28, 2017, the Coalition submitted a letter of support with contingencies to the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding a proposed development at 5800 Forward Ave. The following is an excerpt from that letter: The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (the “Coalition”) supports the granting of all but one of the variances
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Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner Tickets Available!

We invite all of our friends and neighbors to join us this year for the 2017 Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner! 2017 Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. Pittsburgh Golf Club 5280 Northumberland St Squirrel Hill, PA 15217 $90 / Valet Parking available Ticket holders will enjoy a cocktail hour followed
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2017 SHUC Video Competition: Every Litter Bit Matters

Grab your camera and get ready to tell the world about the importance of controlling litter! ALL CREATIVE FILMMAKERS are invited to submit a 2-5 minute video that educates the viewer about the impact of litter on the environment, health and beautification and litter’s relationship to storm water control. PRIZE: $100 for the winners in
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Tell Us Your Squirrel Hill Story

You may have noticed a new feature in the spring issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine®: Reflections on Neighborhood (pg. 38) by Emad Mirmotahari was the first installment of Squirrel Hill Stories. Our hope is that this column, to be written by Squirrel Hill residents, will highlight the many different perspectives and histories that fill our vibrant neighborhood. In
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Bus Rapid Transit Project Update

In 2011, Port Authority of Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh began a study of potential improvements to the transit system. One possible improvement identified by the study was a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that would address transit between Downtown and Oakland, and possibly extend to other East End neighborhoods. On April 3rd, your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
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Squirrel Hill Magazine

A Free Quarterly Publication of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

Squirrel Hill Magazine® (SHM) is a free publication provided by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) to the residents of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Printed four times a year, SHM brings news, updates and entertainment to our readers. Supported almost entirely by our wonderful advertisers, SHM helps to inform and unite our community. SHM is
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Membership

Support SHUC by becoming a member today! If you are a current member, thank you very much for your support! Your support is what makes the many exciting developments for Squirrel Hill possible, from brand-new headline events like Squirrel Hill Night Market and Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill to beautiful additions for our commercial district,
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Committees

We know that everyone has different ideas about how to maintain a vibrant and thriving Squirrel Hill. To guide us in our work of building a neighborhood we all want to live in, we have over 15 committees to provide an open forum for residents’ ideas and energy. Based on decisions made at the committee
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Bus Rapid Transit Project Public Meeting

SHUC is hosting a community presentation by City Planning and Port Authority on the current planning of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The BRT project is intended to better connect communities in the Downtown-Oakland-East End corridor, and more specifically connect residents to job centers, educational opportunities, medical services, and cultural attractions. Monday, April 3,
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Squirrel Hill Bike Plan

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee is developing a Bicycling Master Plan for Squirrel Hill. We see this as a broad overview and basis for discussion with the Squirrel Hill and bicycling communities. Our focus is on routes in and through Squirrel Hill that form a useful transportation network. Routes in adjacent neighborhoods are
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March 30: SHUC Night Out

Join us for a night out with neighbors and friends at Northwood Realty’s newly renovated office. While you enjoy complimentary appetizers and good conversation, check out the 40-inch touchscreens designed to enhance your home selling or buying experience. Northwood Realtors will be on hand to discuss your needs. Meet your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition board
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Explore Squirrel Hill

Squirrel Hill is a residential neighborhood in the East End of the city of Pittsburgh.The neighborhood is known for its vibrant business district along Forbes and Murray Avenues where residents and visitors shop and dine. Find out more about Squirrel Hill demographics, the history of the neighborhood, and the schools in the neighborhood. We’ve also compiled a
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Squirrel Hill Winter Mixer

Calling all Squirrel Hill businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals! Join the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, March 8th from 5:30-8:00pm (come early or late) for a Squirrel Hill Winter Mixer! Bring your business cards for a night of meaningful networking with other professionals and businesses in Squirrel Hill – and learn
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2nd Annual Lunar New Year Parade in Squirrel Hill

Come celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster at the Second Annual Lunar New Year Parade in Squirrel Hill! At 11am on Sunday, February 12, a parade of more than 30 groups will begin their march at Murray Avenue and Phillips. The parade route will continue up Murray Avenue and conclude at Forbes and Murray. Friends
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Local Students Dedicated MLK Day to Civil Rights

Instead of taking the day off, students at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill took on the essential themes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16 in a day of learning, service, and reflection. “I am inspired by the energy, passion, commitment, and hours that our teachers devoted to making this
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Pittsburgh Celebrates Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill

For the second year, Squirrel Hill will be celebrating Lunar New Year for two weeks, beginning with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, January 28th from 1 to 5pm at the Jewish Community Center. Year of the Rooster Kick-Off Celebration Proposed Program (subject to change). 1:00 Welcome and Lunar New Year Proclamation by Councilman Dan Gilman 1:10
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Proposed New Schenley Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Original Post January 4, 2017: The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC), Councilman Corey O’Connor, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs are co-hosting a community meeting on January 5th at the Children’s Institute to discuss the proposed construction of a new golf clubhouse in Schenley Park. This meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn
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Popular New Cafe Opens in Squirrel Hill

By Ian G. Rawson Jenny Tao greeted me with a broad smile as I came into Café 33, the newest addition to Squirrel Hill’s burgeoning Asian restaurant scene. Tucked into a narrow lot facing Shady Avenue south of Starbucks, the former laundromat has been transformed into a cozy nook with banquettes on either side and
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Adventures in the Land of Libations: What to Drink This Holiday Season

By Michael Jehn   I’m not a wine connoisseur or craft beer expert but, like many of my fellow Pittsburghers, I enjoy trying new things and having a good time out on the town with friends. When it comes to my taste in beer, cocktails and wine, my philosophy centers on actively seeking out and
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Hanukkah The Jewish Festival of Lights

By Marshall Hershberg Chair of the SHUC Ped-Bike Commitee For the Jewish people, late fall/early winter brings Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. It begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew Calendar month of Kislev, which usually occurs in December, and continues for eight days.   Hanukkah commemorates a successful revolt of Jewish patriots
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Celebrating the New Year in Squirrel Hill

By Helen Wilson Vice President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society   Celebrations are passed down from generation to generation. “We have always done it this way,” people say. But they didn’t.   The way people did things in colonial times changed as time passed. Customs brought by immigrants changed as well when they were transplanted to
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Alternative Eating for the Holidays: Cookbook Reviews

By Shanya Ross, Carnegie Library – Squirrel Hill   When the holidays come around, a number of traditions come to mind: decorating, traveling, seeing families, gift giving and celebrating. While every winter holiday is unique, there is one common ground to all of them: food. Family members gather together for an all-day affair to cook
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8 Pittsburgh Holiday Traditions

By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt   Wintergarden at PPG Place PPG Place has been a Pittsburgh icon since its construction began in 1981. While the 5.5-acre complex is not lacking in ameneties, it’s the glass enclosed Wintergarden that makes our list. Over the holiday season, the warmth and light of the Wintergarden beacons with its seasonal displays.
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Vegan and Craving Holiday Dessert? Pittsburgh Is the Place to Be

By Camille Chidsey The Holidays are a time of connection, conversation and my personal favorite – good food! But what if you have dietary restrictions? Many of us have friends or family members who identify as Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free. Particularly if you’re vegan (no dairy, meat, or animal products of any kind), it might
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Festive Holidays: A Guide to Holiday Lights in Pittsburgh

By Sonia Panic The seasons shine bright here in Pittsburgh!   Holiday lights have been around since the 1700s, although not in the same convenient and colorful way we know today. What started as placing burning candles onto the branches of trees has evolved into creating magnificent light shows. Gone are the days of dull
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ROCK THE BLOCK in Squirrel Hill!

Saturday, October 15th - 5-10pm

Join us for an October festival + block party in the streets!   Rock The Block is an outdoor market and music festival in the heart of the Squirrel Hill business district, Saturday, October 15th from 5-10 PM on Murray Avenue.  Two blocks will be closed down for a street festival featuring 40 local Squirrel
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Reflecting on Western Pennsylvania: Squirrel Hill as Setting

By Kimberly McElhatten   The essay collection Western Pennsylvania Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie features sixteen creative nonfiction selections with ties to Western Pennsylvania, two written by Squirrel Hill natives, Sue Kreke Rumbaugh and Marjorie Maddox.   In her essay, “Playing Among the Dead and Dying,” Rumbaugh recreates the Squirrel Hill of
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Reading About Squirrel Hill

Helen Wilson, Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society “Squirrel Hill is one of Pittsburgh’s premier residential neighborhoods and also has a vibrant neighborhood commercial center and three exceptional parks. In a time when city neighborhoods across the nation struggle for survival, Squirrel Hill thrives, develops, and redevelops itself.” Those are the opening lines of Squirrel Hill,
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It’s All in the Subtext: A Theater Professor Turned Crime Writer

By Camille Chidsey   If you like a good suspense story with hometown plot twists, consider checking out Kathleen George. Known best for her Pittsburgh-based procedural thriller series, George is no stranger to the intricacies of subtle storytelling and verbal wordplay. Currently a professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh (with
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Architectural Preservation on Forbes and Shady

By Ian G. Rawson When I first came back to Pittsburgh in 1962, the Forbes/Shady corner offered the choice of gas stations on three corners and Rosen’s drug store on the fourth corner with Dora’s small grocery as its neighbor on Shady. Images from the 1920s, found in the Carnegie Library’s historical online image bank,
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Squirrel Hill Features in Pittsburgh Noir Short Story

By Eleanor Ruth Smith “…I love the rush. It makes me feel dangerous and exciting, and I am neither of those things without it.”   Pittsburgh Noir is a collection of short stories compiled by Kathleen George, fourteen stories by fourteen local authors. Arranged in four geographically themed sections, the story “Cheater” by Aubrey Hirsch,
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A Cup of Coffee and Bagel with Ivan Frank

By Sonia Panic When one thinks of a coffee shop, they rarely think of integration, education and communication, but Ivan Frank does. Frank describes his coffee shop as “the place that integrated me into my community and into my social justice life.” Though he frequents the many coffee shops that line Forbes Avenue, there is
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From Nurse To Author: Theresa Brown’s “The Shift”

By Shane McLaughlin From a young age, Point Breeze author Theresa Brown dreamed of a life and a profession where she could talk with her peers and colleagues; argue about ideas and books.  Coming from a home with parents who were academics, this is no surprise.  However, after getting her Ph.D. in philosophy and teaching
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The Gift of Community – Day of Giving 2

September 21st, 2016

This #DayofGiving, September 21 (8am to midnight), you can give the gift of a vibrant, sustainable Squirrel Hill community with a donation to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition at PittsburghGives. Thanks to the generosity of our SHUC Board of Directors and our Coalition members, every dollar you give will be matched up to $10,000 at givingday.pittsburghgives.org.
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Author J.M. Varner Sets High School Novels in Squirrel Hill

By Meg Cummings   In the very first scene of Digital Me, the first novel in J.M. Varner’s Squirrel Hill High series, one character stands at the epicenter of Squirrel Hill, the corner of Forbes and Murray. At this concrete heart of the neighborhood, she gazes up at the imposing structure of the Squirrel Hill
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Finding Courage and Faith in the Israel Defense Forces

By Sonia Panic   “People who write memoirs are really looking to dig deep and understand something on a level that is beyond just the surface of what just happened.”   That is exactly what Squirrel Hill native Dorit Sasson intended to do when she chronicled her experiences in the Israel Defense Forces in her
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The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh Opens Doors of New Location

The Friendship Circle’s new building will open its doors to the public this Sunday, September 11th from 1 PM – 3 PM. WHO: The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh WHAT: Is hosting a Grand Opening event to celebrate the completion of their new facility WHERE: 1922 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh WHEN: 1 PM -3 PM (Ribbon cutting
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2016 Treasure Awards

November 2nd, 2016

For our 2016 Annual Treasure Awards, we are honoring:   Friendship Circle: A dynamic civic organization leading the way to greater neighborhood inclusion Classic Lines/Books and more: A vibrant independent business fostering community ties. Citiparks: An essential Community Partner enlivening our urban backyard. Community Day School: An Invaluable Historical Building and Educational Institution – Our
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Community Meeting: 1830 Beechwood Blvd & Burton L. Hirsch Funeral Home Projects

Community Meeting on September 6th  Discussing Two New Projects in Squirrel Hill (1) 6pm – Proposed 11 Single-Family homes on 1830 Beechwood Blvd** (2) 6:45pm – Proposed Multi-Family Building at 2710 Murray Avenue, site of former landmark On September 6th, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Councilman Corey O’Connor invited neighbors to come hear the
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September Night Market One of Ten [ ] We Move Celebrations

In July, as part of his Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative, Mayor Bill Peduto announced  the We Move series, an assortment of ten community-led cultural celebrations. The We Move events are focused on promoting immigrant, Latino and African American inclusion in Pittsburgh while celebrating our diverse cultures. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is
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“Ghost Bikes” Honor Cyclists with Beautiful Memorials

Residents of the city of Pittsburgh may have seen the beautiful white bikes stationed around the city, but not all are aware of their significance.  These installations are Ghost Bikes, memorials honoring cyclists who lost their lives or were seriously injured in accidents.  A ghost bike is painted white, locked to a sign near the
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Forbes Avenue Circuit Returns to Vintage Grand Prix

By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt   The Pittsburgh Grand Prix, a favorite among locals and car enthusiast from across the country, is the largest vintage car race in the county. It began as a single day event in 1983 and has since grown into a 10 day event that draws in over 250,000 spectators. The Pittsburgh Grand
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Pittsburgh’s Environmentally Conscious Mayors from Squirrel Hill

By Helen Wilson Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society   Pittsburgh officially became a city on March 18, 1816, with the signing of incorporation papers that gave its citizens the right to govern themselves. The event probably didn’t cause much of a stir in Squirrel Hill because it didn’t belong to Pittsburgh until it was annexed
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Sixth Presbyterian Church Certified as a national Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation

By Nora Johnson   Sixth Church, located at the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues in the heart of Squirrel Hill, has been an active environmental congregation for some time, collecting recyclable materials, replacing energy inefficient fixtures and thermostats, planting trees along Murray Avenue last year and taking part regularly in the Squirrel Hill Urban
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