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April 2011 edition of The Northside Chronicle

  • In the 2000 Census, nearly 418,000 people over age 65 were counted in Allegheny and the five surrounding counties.

    And each and every day, volunteers step up to make the lives of senior citizens more pleasant and easier to manage.

    Three of the major senior services that can be found in the Northside are the Meals on Wheels program offered by Lutheran Service society, the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging, and the Northside

    Citiparks Senior Community Centers.

    Lutheran Service SocietySome of those volunteers

    who improv seniors lives work for the Lutheran Service Society, a nonprofit, faith-based human services provider. Leslie Montgomery, the director of volunteer services for the society, helps run the Meals on Wheels program that delivers pre-cooked meals to seniors in the area.

    Almost all of our programs are driven by volunteers, Montgomery

    said. The Meals on Wheels program has volunteers that come in five days a week to help prepare meals, and then deliver them to people who are home bound.

    To qualify for the program, seniors must be unable to plan, shop or prepare meals for themselves, or have a temporary or permanent disability. The services offered are primarily for senior residents above the age of 60, but Montgomery said that they serve some younger residents as well.

    According to Montgomery, the programs meals offer nearly

    two thirds the daily recommended nutritional value for seniors. But the meal isnt the only priority.

    We always say the visit is just as important as the meal being delivered, Montgomery said.

    Volunteers are trained to observe the situation in the home they are delivering to and to make sure the person is alright. Usually they are the only person to see the client each day so they can be their only connection to the outside world.

    The program doesnt want to

    More people seem to be calling the Northside home these days, and with good reason.

    With plentiful parks, a rich history and easy access to other parts of the city, developers and community groups are putting their money into improving and enriching our communities.

    Our 2010 Homebuyer and Home Improvement Guide features stories, tips and statistics for those considering a move to the Northside, or for readers who already live in and enjoy one of our many great neighborhoods.

    Inside our Homebuyer Guide you can find:-Homebuyer profile: Finding Fineview-Urban gardening: More than aesthetics-RealStats: Local real estate transactions-Ask the Realtor: What to know and do-Handyman and contractor listings

    Northside real estate marketThe Northsides real estate market is

    unique in that it contains many different neighborhoods and demographics.

    In the following months, The Northside Chronicle will feature articles on the local real estate climate, examining trends and comparing sales prices, and looking at quarterly trends from 2010 and 2011.

    Well also examine:-New construction and resale values:

    Where the new construction is and how much those homes resell for

    -Buyers: Who is buying, where they are from and who occupies a home

    - Commercial real estate transactions: Where the most properties are being sold and what kind of redevelopment follows

    In this months Homebuyers Guide, The Chronicle looks at 2010 home sales in the various Northside neighborhoods, including median sales price and number of homes sold in each neighborhood.Flip to our Special Section in the middle ofThe Chronicle to find all of these stories.

    Volume 27 No. 4 April 2011

    This Fineview home was one of 479 homes boughton the Northside in 2010. Read the buyers story and see more home sale data in our Special Section.

    Photo By Kelly Thomas

    See Senior Services, page 19

    Services plentiful for older adults on NorthsideBy Isaac Saul

    2011 Homebuyer and Home Improvement Guide

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    -Weekly reports of meetings, housing court schedules & more-Casino/NSLC photo gallery

    -District 1 contenders, incumbent-Perry High sees heart surgery-Budget cuts for local services

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    Allegheny West Civic Council2nd Tuesday, monthly, 7:30 p.m.Calvary United Methodist Church412.323.8884

    Brighton Heights Citizens Federation2nd Thursday, bi-monthly, 7 p.m.Morrow Elementary School412.734.0233

    Brightwood Civic Group3rd Tuesday, bi-monthly, 7 p.m.Pressley Ridge, 2611 Stayton St.412.732.8152

    Brightwood Community Emergency Response Shelter3rd Thursday, monthly, 6 p.m.3219 Central Ave.

    California-Kirkbride Blockwatch3rd Thursday, monthly, 7 p.m.1601 Brighton Rd., 3rd floor

    California-Kirkbride Neighbors2nd Thursday, monthly, 7 p.m.1601 Brighton Rd., 3rd floor412.758.3898

    Central Northside Neighborhood Council2nd Monday, monthly, 7 p.m.Allegheny Traditional Academy412.231.7742

    Charles Street Area Council1st Monday, monthly, call for timesPittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles St.412.321.5567

    Community Alliance of Spring Garden/East Deutschtown2nd Tuesday, monthly, 6:30 p.m.Fuhrer Building of St. Michaels Church412.977.1979

    Deutschtown New Hope Council3rd Thursday, monthly, 6:30 p.m.Community Center, 623 Suismon St.

    East Allegheny Community Council2nd Tuesday, monthly, 7 p.m.Bistro Annex412.321.1204

    Ex-offender Aftercare Support GroupSaturdays, 4-5:30 p.m.Allegheny Center Alliance Church801 Union Place

    Fineview Citizens Council3rd Wednesday, monthly, 6:30 p.m.Reformed Presbyterian Home Pennsylvania Ave.412.231.0330

    Mexican War Streets Society3rd Tuesday, monthly, 7 p.m.AUU Church, Resaca Pl. and North Ave.412.323.9030

    Manchester Citizens CorporationQuarterly meetings, call for timesMCC Center, 1319 Allegheny Ave.412.323.1743

    Manchester Public Safety MeetingQuarterly meetings, call for timesNorthside Leadership Conference412.323.1743

    Northside Rotary ClubEvery Friday, noonCardello Building, 2nd Floor

    Northside Coalition for Fair Housing Board2nd Monday, monthly, 6:30 p.m.1821 Brighton Rd.412.321.5527

    Northside Coalition for Fair Housing MembershipMonthly, call for times1821 Brighton Rd.412.321.5521

    Northside Leadership ConferenceCall for times4 Allegheny Center, Suite 601412.330.2559

    North Side Lions Club2nd and 4th Tuesday, monthly, noonMaxs Allegheny Tavern

    North Side Public Safety Council1st Thursday, monthly, 5:30 p.m.Northside Leadership Conference412.330.2559

    Observatory Hill, Inc.3rd Wednesday, monthly, 7 p.m.Byzantine Seminary, 3605 Perrysville Ave.412.231.2887

    Perry Hilltop Citizens Council4th Monday, monthly, 7:30 p.m.Angels Place, 2605 Norwood St.412.321.4632

    The Promise GroupEvery other Tuesday, 6 p.m.Western Pa. Humane Society412.321.1019

    Troy Hill Citizens CouncilJune 16, Sept. 15, Dec. 15North Catholic High School 412-321-2852

    Spring Hill Civic LeagueSpring Hill Elementary [email protected]

    Summer Hill Citizens Committee3rd Tuesday, monthly, 6:30 p.m.WPXI Television Station community room

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    Neighborhood planners stress change inattitude, image over building in Cal-BrideBy Kelly Thomas

    A neighborhood consulting firm at an initial meeting on the future of California-Kirkbride March 23 stressed that in order for neighborhood revitalization, the community needs to focus on image and attitude,

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