Turner Cemetery History Walk, Sept 29


Join Mary S. Brown Memorial-Ames United Methodist Church and the Friends of Turner Cemetery for the 10th Annual Turner Cemetery History Walk on Saturday September 29, 2018.  The event is free and open to everyone.

Turner Cemetery is a historic half-acre graveyard on Beechwood Boulevard that dates back to 1785, containing the remains of early settlers of Squirrel Hill and military veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.

The event includes a presentation by Squirrel Hill historian Wayne Bossinger, self-guided cemetery tours, and historical displays. Re-enactors from the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment and the Oliver Miller Homestead will be encamped in the cemetery to demonstrate what life was like in late 1700s America. Cemetery researchers will be on hand to talk about the colorful people buried there and the turbulent times in which they lived.

WHAT:  Tenth Annual Turner Cemetery History Walk

WHEN: Saturday September 29, 10:30a to 3p.

WHERE: 3424 Beechwood Boulevard in the Squirrel Hill/Greenfield area of Pittsburgh, PA

The History Walk will feature a sales table with historical books by local authors, with book signings by authors. In addition, a variety of soups and desserts will be offered for sale.


10:30: Turner Cemetery opens for visitors. Placards will be set up in the cemetery describing its history and the people buried there.

Ongoing from 10:30-3:00 in the cemetery:
• Self-guided walking tours
• Encampment by the Eight Pennsylvania Regiment and Oliver Miller re-enactors

11:00: Welcome Ceremony in the cemetery, with a bagpiper and an 8th Pennsylvanian honor guard. The door to the church meeting hall will open at this time for people to enter for the presentation.

11:30-12:30: Opening remarks by members of Mary S. Brown-Ames Church, followed by a presentation, “The People and Industries of Early Squirrel Hill,” by local historian Wayne Bossinger

11:30-3:00: Following the presentation, a bookstore will feature books by local authors. Authors will be available for book signings. In addition, a soup and dessert sale will be held.

Note: The church meeting hall is handicap accessible, but the half-acre cemetery is on an uneven grassy slope without paths. The church has a small parking lot entered from Beechwood Boulevard. Ample street parking is available along Beechwood Boulevard.

Click here for the poster.

For more information, go to or, or contact Sandy Rim, Chairperson, Friends of Turner Cemetery/Mary S. Brown-Ames UM Church, or 412-421-0701, or Helen Wilson, Turner Cemetery researcher,



Enter the Garbage Olympics, Sept 22

Pittsburgh’s Second Annual Garbage Olympics is coming soon!

On Saturday September 22 Greenfield will compete with 17 other City neighborhoods to win prizes for:

  • Most Volunteers
  • Dirtiest Volunteer (oh my!)
  • Strangest Item Found, and
  • Most Garbage Collected

Help us win!

Join your neighbors and GCA volunteers picking up litter in The Run (Saline, Alexis and Four Mile Run Road). If we have enough volunteers we’ll also do Greenfield Ave from the car wash down to Saline.

What:  Pittsburgh’s 2nd Annual Garbage Olympics

When:  Saturday September 22, 9am to 11am

Where:  Four Mile Run Park near the corner of Saline and Alexis (across from Big Jim’s and the War Memorial)

Bring:  Yourself, family and friends!  The City will provide gloves and garbage bags.

Bonus:  There’s an After Party at noon at Spirit Lounge in Lawrenceville, 242 51st Street.

For More Information:  Visit the City’s Garbage Olympics Facebook page.  Email to register.

Community Meeting on Public Safety, Aug 15, 6:30p

A Community Meeting Regarding the Recent Shootings in Greenfield has been set for Wednesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m.


Thank you to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 4 Commander Herrmann and Zone 4 officers for attending our meeting last night concerning the recent incidents that happened over the weekend in and around Greenfield.

The Commander gave a very detailed description of these events, which were isolated incidents for Greenfield, which is historically a low-crime area. However, he noted that there will be an increased police presence in the neighborhood for the coming future, which will include additional patrols.

We also have a date, time, and location set for a community meeting about these events.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Rosalia Academy, Cafeteria.

We want to especially thank Father Joe for accommodating this meeting and helping us secure this space with such short notice.

Further, we want to thank all of our neighbors: We live, work, and play in an incredibly great neighborhood, and incidents like this will not change that and will not keep Greenfield down.

—  Councilman Corey O’Connor and the Greenfield Community Aassociation Board

A Happy 4th at Magee Pool

A Big Thank You to the lifeguards and staff at Magee Pool for their annual Fourth of July water carnival.

Pool patrons were treated to free hot dogs, drinks and chips, and all the kids competed for prizes in water-themed games. The kids received Rita’s Italian Ice and bags of candy as they exited.

The event traditionally wraps up with the chance to throw a whipped cream pie plate at the lifeguards.


Thank you to the lifeguards, staff and head guard Hanna Marrone.

(photos by Mary Ann Hatala)

Greenfield Received 2018 BOB Award

Old news but good news.

In May, Greenfield received the 2018 “Neighborhood of the Year” Bob Award from the City of Pittsburgh’s Clean Pittsburgh Commission.

Since 2008, the Clean Pittsburgh Commission has held an annual Meet n Greet Mixer and Bob Awards to recognize the great local neighborhood leaders who go above and beyond to make their communities a better place to live through clean-up events and litter prevention education in City neighborhoods

The awards, named for former Mayor Bob O’Connor, are given for Volunteer of Year, Neighborhood of the Year, and Leader of Year.

Greenfield was nominated for all the great stuff our volunteers have done in recent years including the Greenfield Bridge/Portal, Murals, Gardens, Clean-ups and Painting, Signage, etc.

The award was presented by our City Council Representative Corey O’Connor & Mrs. O’Connor. They gave Greenfield excellent words of praise.

This is the 2nd time Greenfield has received the Bob Award award.  Good job everyone, and congratulations, Greenfield!

In The Run: Watershed and Mobility Meeting, May 22

Learn about mobility and infrastructure updates that affect The Run at a public meeting to be held by the Mon-Oakland Mobility Plan partners: City of Pittsburgh Dept of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), PWSA, URA and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
300 Saline St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Hear about findings from the mobility study examining the logistics of the proposed micro-transit connection and meet the consultant team that has been selected to engineer the green infrastructure project in Four Mile Run. Please plan to attend to offer comments and suggestions.

Find out more by visiting or by emailing

Download the flyer here.

Sprucing Up The Neighborhood

Volunteers help GCA clean up in The Run, 14 April 2018

GCA volunteers help clean up in The Run, 14 April 2018


The weather was great last Saturday when volunteers helped outdoors at the annual GCA Spring Cleanup on April 14, 2018.

The cleanup focused on three areas:  The Run, Magee Field, and the garden at Ronald Street.  Here are David Cashmere’s photos from our very busy day.

Above, all ages participated in The Run.  Below, the Magee Field cleanup crew pauses for a photo.

Cleanup crew at Magee Field, 14 April 2018

Cleanup crew at Magee Field, 14 April 2018


Weeding the Ronald Street garden took a long time but was well worth it.

Weeding at Ronald Street garden, 14 April 2018

Weeding at Ronald Street garden, 14 April 2018

Weeding at Ronald Street garden, 14 April 2018

Weeding at Ronald Street garden, 14 April 2018


Meanwhile, trees were being planted at the new Hassett Park next to the Greenfield Bridge.   The park’s namesake, Patrick Hassett, was on hand to watch.

Hassett Park, 14 April 2018: Patrick Hassett is on hand

Hassett Park, 14 April 2018: Patrick Hassett is on hand while trees go in.


Here’s Pat (on the left) and David Cashmere with the park behind them.

Patrick Hassett and David Cashmere at Hassett Park, 14 April 2018

Patrick Hassett and David Cashmere at Hassett Park, 14 April 2018


Thank You to everyone!  The neighborhood looks great.


(photos by David Cashmere)