Yearly Archives: 2019

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Oct 26

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH, PA, (October 22, 2019) – Communities around the country and across the Commonwealth continue to struggle with escalating drug addiction, some of which begins with easily-accessible prescription drugs.

In fact, nearly 10 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That’s an increase of nearly 4 million from the previous year’s survey.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, Pittsburgh will have the opportunity, for the second time this year, to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in an effort to diminish devastating drug abuse in our communities.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines forgotten or left behind in the home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are advised that disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, poses potential safety and health hazards.

All expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at the following locations this Saturday, 26 October 2019:

  • Zone 1: 1501 Brighton Rd, 15212
  • Zone 2: 2000 Centre Ave, 15219
  • Zone 3: 830 E Warrington Ave, 15210
  • Zone 4: 5858 Northumberland St, 15217
  • Zone 5: 1401 Washington Blvd, 15206
  • Zone 6: 312 South Main St, 15220
  • Phillips Rec Center: 201 Parkfield St, 15210
  • Police Headquarters: 1203 Western Ave, 15233

For those who can’t participate this weekend, permanent drop-off boxes are located at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters and Zone 6.

For more information about the safe disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take Back Day event, visit

Thanks to Make-A-Difference, Volunteers!

Painting the railings at Magee Park, 19 Oct 2019

Make A Difference Day on 19 October 2019 was a big success in Greenfield.

Volunteers from the Girl Scouts, University of Pittsburgh, and local residents turned out to spruce up Magee Park, the Ronald Street Garden and Hassett Parklet.

Girl Scouts put up doggy bag stations, 19 Oct 2019
Thank you, Girl Scouts!
Volunteers weed the Ronald Street Garden, 19 Oct 2019
Sprucing up the Hassett Parklet near the Greenfield Bridge, 19 Oct 2019
Thank you, volunteers at Ronald Street, 19 Oct 2019
Cool t-shirts!
Thanks to Pitt Make A Difference Day volunteers!

Thank you, one and all!

Swinburne Street Closing for 5 Months

Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure announced last week that Swinburne Street will be closed for about five months as the city conducts repairs related to landslides.

The $630,000 project will begin during the week of 21 October 2019. Traffic will be closed in both directions between Greenfield Avenue and Edgehill Street/Childs Street on the Greenfield-South Oakland border.

Detours will be marked. Access to the Sestili Nursery will be available.

The project will include the construction of a wall and soil stabilization.

Volunteers Needed! Fall Work Day, Oct 19

8th Annual Fall Magee Park Work Party

Come help at Greenfield’s annual Fall Work Day!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30a – 1:00p, includes food!

Where: Magee Park –> near Magee Rec Center, 745 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Step 1: Work – cleaning up Magee Park

  • preparing & painting handrails and surfaces throughout
  • cleaning debris in park & bleachers
  • cleanup/winter prep of triangle garden
  • litter pickup & other activities as needed… ☺

Step 2: Pizza Lunch & Drinks

Sponsored by the GCA Public Space Stewardship Committee in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Make a Difference Day on 10/19/2019.

Please send any questions/comments to GCA-Public Space Committee at Thank You!

Bus Rapid Transit Survey: Station Design

The BRT Project Team(*) is working on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to create a fast, frequent, bus service linking Pittsburgh’s Downtown, Uptown, Oakland and East End neighborhoods.

Now that the major aspects of the project are set, they are ready to focus attention on bus station design and they would like our feedback. The project teamasks:

Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts on BRT station design before November 4 by completing this survey:
Please share this link with others – the more feedback we get the better! We hope to have a couple BRT station design concepts for public review next year based on your input.

For more information on the BRT project, visit

(*) The BRT Project Team includes: Port Authority of Allegheny County, Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

City-wide Public Safety Zone Meeting, Oct 16

Come Meet and Talk With City Resources That Can Help Make Your Community Safer and Stronger!

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30pm – 6:30pm — Light Dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm — Meeting Program

Where: St. Pius X Byzantine Catholic Church, 2336 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh (Carrick) 15210

City Resources on hand:
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Pittsburgh Parking Authority
Office of Nighttime Economy
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
311 Response Center
Dept. of Permits, Licensing & Inspections

Download the flyer here.

Coats For Kids Event, Oct 12

Pittsburgh Fire Fighters are holding their annual Coats for Kids distribution event.

On Saturday October 12th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

At the Union Hall at 120 Flowers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

The Fire Fighters will be providing brand new warm winter coats, hats and gloves to Pittsburgh area school children up to ten years of age.

All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

Help Get Ready For Fall, October 5 & 19

It doesn’t feel like fall but GCA’s Public Space Committee will be conducting a fall cleanup and preparing the community gardens for the coming winter.

There are two opportunities to join us!

  1. Saturday October 5, 2019 at 9am: Come help us pull out the garden at Irvine Street & Greenfield Avenue.
  2. Saturday 19 October 2019, 9am to 1pm: Fall Cleanup on Make A Difference Day at Magee Field.

Hope to see you there!

Call for Nominations! 2019 Greenfield Community Awards

In search of Candidates for the 34th Annual Community Awards! We are looking for Greenfield residents who go above and beyond to make our community special!

The 2019 Greenfield Community Awards Dinner will be held on
– Saturday, November 16th, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at
– Wuerl Hall, Saint Rosalia Church

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their accomplishments, commitment, or service in our community?

Nominate a friend, neighbor, family member or business for recognition in one of the following categories:

  • Community Service
  • Greenfield Hall of Fame
  • Outstanding Youth (High School Junior or Senior)
  • Business
  • Special Recognition
  • Person of the Year

Send to the Greenfield Community Awards Committee.
Email: or contact Mary Ann Hatala at 412-477-4995
Mail: Jim Gregg – 829 Kennebec Street – Pgh, PA. 15217.

Include the following candidate information:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Your Name
  • Award Category
  • Brief summary of service and accomplishments

Hurry!  The entry deadline is Monday, October 7, 2019.