Posts byMeghan Poisson-DeWitt

SHOP WITH SHUC!

Monday, December 5th

SHOP WITH SHUC! Join us to shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Squirrel Hill on Monday, December 5th, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition! Shoppers can enter to win a $50 gift card to Ten Thousand Villages! Come make a dent in your holiday shopping while
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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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SHUC Treasure Awards 2014

Pamela’s Diner Pam Cohen grew up in Squirrel Hill, on the corner of Forbes and Wightman, attended Allderdice High School and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Gail grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania and attended Edinboro University. The two met in an amateur golf league circuit in 1978 and became fast friends. In 1980, they
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2013 Treasure Awards

  Rabbi James A. Gibson Senior Rabbi James A. Gibson has led Temple Sinai congregation since 1988. For more than two decades he has ignited the spirit of their unique Family of Families through his joyful spirituality, his learned teaching and his passionate commitment to social justice in the Jewish community and beyond.   Rabbi
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6th Annual Squirrel Hill Treasure Awards

November 2nd, 2016

JOIN US FOR THE 2016 TREASURE AWARDS! PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!   Each year, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition honors one place and three people or organizations that have had a strong impact on Squirrel Hill. They’re designated as ‘Treasures.” Past honorees have included the Manor Theater, Karla Boos of Quantum Theater, Honorable Mayor Sophie Masloff and the
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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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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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Pedestrian- Bicycle Improvements and the Environment in Squirrel Hill

Marshall Hershberg, Coordinator, SHUC Pedestrian-Bicycle Committee   As many of you know, last year the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) created a pedestrian-bicycle committee to enhance our neighborhood and to be a key part of the exciting effort under way to improve safety and opportunities throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. This effort is but one
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Four Mile Run Watershed Green Infrastructure Plan Takes Shape

By Scott Roller and Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy   Schenley Park and the neighborhoods that surround it are part of the Four Mile Run Watershed, and with that, comes some astounding figures. One such number is 22,792,000. That’s the number of gallons of water that fall on a 560 acre site within the Four
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Frick Environmental Center Moves Into Final Construction Phase

By Scott Roller, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy On track to be one of the greenest buildings in the world! Falls Ravine trail is one of most popular trails in Frick Park, and for good reason. Once you descend from Beechwood Boulevard into Falls Ravine Trail’s gently rolling terrain, the sounds of traffic and city life drift
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President’s Message: Here’s Something to Think About

Here’s Something to Think About By Raymond N. Baum, President Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition info@SHUC.org   What is the future of Squirrel Hill’s commercial district? What do we want it to be? What can we do about it? Are we missing out on opportunities to attract and hold businesses and residents?     I think
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First Summer Night Market a HUGE SUCCESS!

On Saturday, June 18th, Uncover Squirrel Hill and the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) presented the first Squirrel Hill Night Market* of the year. Sponsored by Littles Shoes of Pittsburgh, Eyetique and Dollar Bank, the Night Market was incredibly popular!   Featuring live performances from the Squirrel Hillbillies, Buffalo Rose, and Sunburst School of Music, the
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Night Markets Return to Squirrel Hill!

By Meghan Poisson-DeWitt   Uncover Squirrel Hill and the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition are proud to announce the 2016 return of the summer Night Markets*! A long tradition in Asia and in other U.S. cities, night markets have recently sprouted up in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including last summer in Squirrel Hill. With its diverse population and eclectic
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Keeping Our Riders Safe: Bike Safety 101

By Eric Boerer of Bike Pittsburgh   The closure of the Greenfield Bridge has no doubt created transportation headaches for the residents of Squirrel Hill. These difficulties also present some new opportunities, especially for those who may be looking into getting around by bicycle. An increase in automobile traffic may bring cars and buses to a
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