Workshop for Homeowners in Lawrenceville (and beyond!).
On Monday, 11/16 at 6pm, Lawrenceville United is hosting a workshop for homeowners with fantastic and knowledgeable speakers from Action Housing, Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Bridges CLT and the Duquesne University Law Clinic.
Join us to learn about local resources available to help you with:
- mortgage & rental payments
- home weatherization & energy savings
- tangled titles
- buying and selling in a community land trust
- estate planning & will preparation
- and much more!
Join us for the monthly Happenings meeting, our Lawrenceville-wide virtual community meeting, next Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:30 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Task Force on Public Algorithms will be presenting on their work and collecting feedback. As has become part of our new normal, we will share information on lots of practical resources to keep coping with the challenges of COVID-world. We will also share some initial questions and invite your own to prepare for our upcoming membership meeting in October, where we will begin planning together to address the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also consider how we want to participate in Pittsburgh’s city-wide planning process, now being carried out through online processes and platforms such as EngagePGH.
For more information and for the Zoom link and/or call in information, please contact us at 412-802-7220 or email@example.com.
Dear Community Members:
The members of the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy. It is with a great deal of sadness that we must inform you that this year’s July 4th Celebration scheduled for June 27, 2020 at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville is canceled. This was a very difficult decision that the Committee struggled with for quite some time. Some of the issues we have been dealing with included: will we be permitted to have an event and if so what limitations will be placed on the type of celebration we will be permitted to have; the loss of the ability to raise contributions from the business community; the need to consider early cancelation dates that would allow us to cancel event activities without a financial penalty; and most importantly the safety of event attendees and volunteers. The Committee is 100% committed to bringing the event back next year. As a matter of fact, we will be planning a bigger event to celebrate the comeback. The Committee would like to thank you the members of the community for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe and stay healthy.
– The Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee
Until it’s safe for us to meet in person again, Lawrenceville United will be hosting a monthly virtual community meeting on Zoom for people to participate either by phone or online from their computers – and to ask questions and comment through Facebook Live. We will be featuring speakers who can share information, resources, and connections to help us both cope with life during the pandemic and to celebrate our community and all the good things we have still got going on! If you want to take part in any of these meetings, please RSVP to info@lunited,org or to 412-397-8488. And please share the Facebook Event or the Nextdoor Event with your neighbors!
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Announcement of Open Position
Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager
Part-Time (10-15 hours/week), Year Round
About Lawrenceville United
Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents. LU is an equal opportunity employer and qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about LU, please visit www.LUnited.org.
About the Lawrenceville Farmers Market
The mission of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, locally-produced foods for all Lawrenceville residents and visitors in an inclusive, vibrant, and safe community space. The Market aims to lower barriers to fresh, healthy food especially for low-income families, older adults, and individuals with food insecurity or low food access and to support the development of a strong and sustainable local food system with farmers and small business owners. Originally created by a group of volunteer residents in 2011, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market now runs as an official LU program every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Arsenal Park, June through October. In 2019, the Market saw considerable growth after a move from Saturday afternoons to Tuesday evenings, with an average of 21 vendors and 822 attendees on a given Market day. Moving into the 2020 season, our goals are to continue the momentum generated in 2019 towards building a sustainable and quality Market, improve the diversity of vendors and variety of products, and improve participation and programming for target populations.
Summary of Position
The Farmers Market Manager is the main staff person responsible for the day-to-day planning and operation of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market, with support from the full-time Community Engagement & Program Manager. The position averages approximately 10-15 hours per week, year-round, with opportunity for more. Key responsibilities include:
- Marketing and public relations: including creating and distributing all marketing materials (banners, flyers, postcards, etc.), managing press coverage, updating directories, editing website, operating multiple social media channels for the Farmers Market, and sending a weekly e-newsletter (via Mailchimp).
- Vendor recruitment: aggressively seeking out vendors consistent with the policies and targets of the Market, retaining past vendors, and managing collection of documentation/paperwork.
- Vendor management: serving as point person to all vendors, communicating with all vendors on a weekly basis, managing relationships and problem solving, supporting vendors to ensure a positive and profitable. experience, designing the Market layout, and organizing pre- and mid-season vendor orientations/check-ins.
- Programming: planning, marketing, and implementing programming for the Market, including live music, chef demos, and programming for target populations (families, older adults, and low-income populations).
- Administration: collection of vendor fees, weekly record-keeping and filing, completing weekly timesheets, and filling out relevant forms related to permits for the site.
- Volunteer recruitment and management.
- Fundraising: supporting recruitment of sponsorships, grant applications/reporting, fundraising events, and managing relationships with donors and sponsors.
The Farmers Market Manager reports to and works closely with the Community Engagement & Program Manager. Weekly check-ins are expected, as well as monthly all-staff meetings. Other than the Market days (Tuesdays), hours are flexible. A Lawrenceville Farmers Market Advisory Committee, comprised of volunteers, provides advisory guidance and support to the Market.
- Minimum 1 year experience working in food access, agriculture, or program/event coordination.
- Marketing/outreach experience preferred.
- Knowledge and command of Gmail, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor), Microsoft Office, Google Drive office suite, WordPress, Mailchimp, and Canva.
- Valid PA Driver’s License (and comfort with driving LU’s pick-up truck).
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and set-up and break-down Market supplies, including tents, tables, and a variety of supplies.
- Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances (LU can file for this if not already in hand).
- Passion for and dedication to food access and locally-sourced agriculture
- Strong ability to keep organized and prioritize a variety of tasks with limited hours
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with diverse populations and a multitude of stakeholders, including vendors, customers, sponsors, and partners
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Ability to work independently, take initiative, and handle a variety of activities concurrently in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to problem solve in the moment, handle complaints and disagreements that may arise
- Team-oriented, open-minded, and positive approach to all aspects of work
- Comfort with being the on-site point person for many vendors, patrons, and partners
Wages & Benefits
- 24 hours of paid sick leave per year
- Simple IRA offered with up to 3% matching funds from Lawrenceville United
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by April 3rd, 2020.
The first Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting of 2020 was held on January 28th at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville branch. There were approximately 40 people in attendance.
- State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl introduced himself as the state representative for 6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville) and parts of 9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville). He noted Rep. Sara Innamorato covers the 10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville). He noted he has been an advocate to help acquire funding for Arsenal Park’s master plan implementation, as well as the Lawrenceville community groups and affordable housing in Lawrenceville and beyond. He noted that budget season is coming around and he will be advocating for quality schools. He also noted that his office will be hosting a shredding event at Busy Beaver in the months ahead, and that his office is able to help residents get Senior Citizen ConnectCards to ride the Port Authority for free.
- PWSA presented on their lead line replacement program and noted that large portions of Lower and Upper Lawrenceville are on the schedule. They are seeking permissions to replace private lead lines for free at the same time that they replace the public lead lines. A list of streets is available here. Residents can check pgh2o.com/leadmap to see if their property is eligible, or call PWSA’s Lead Help Desk at 412.255.8987. See PWSA’s full presentation HERE.
- Dr. Heath Johnson, a crime analyst with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, provided a presentation on 2019 crime trends across Lawrenceville. Click HERE to view that presentation. Key takeaways were: citywide crime was down in 2019 and even more pronounced in Lawrenceville; the most sizeable decrease in Lawrenceville has been in Violent Crimes, down 56% over 5 year average; concentrations remain along Butler Street corridor (51st-55th and 40th-45th), which is expected in a busy commercial district; heroin overdoses dropped significantly between 2017 and 2018 with modest increases in 2019; there have been small increases in some “Nuisance” crimes, and large decreases in others.
- Zone 2 Police shared some safety tips for residents. Thefts from auto are down, but residents should continue to take belongings out of their cars, as criminals do not break into vehicles that are empty. Continue to watch out for unoccupied houses under construction, as these have been targeted for burglaries for tools and construction equipment when the contractors have gone home for the night.
Please let us know what content you would like to see for future Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meetings: info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220.
As you likely heard or noticed, Pittsburgh-area air quality, particularly in Lawrenceville, was terrible in December. Air monitor readings at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Liberty monitor in Clairton were frequently at or near the worst in the country.
In Lawrenceville there were very high readings of PM 2.5 – hazardous particles (“particulate matter”) that are tiny enough to be absorbed into our bloodstream after being inhaled. It’s unclear if those readings were mainly due to what was spewing out of Clairton Coke Works.
What is certain is four things:
1) Clairton Coke Works is a primary source of air pollution in the county’s airshed. The plant has regularly violated pollution limits in its many decades of operation. It and nine other industrial sources comprise the Toxic Ten, which put out more than 70% of the air pollution from all industrial sources in the county. Two of the Toxic Ten, McConway & Torley and Pressure Chemical, are in Lawrenceville.
2) Our county’s air quality has repeatedly received poor ratings from the American Lung Association, and we were one of only 10 U.S. counties to get all Fs in ALA’s yearly evaluation in 2019. Allegheny County air pollution puts us in the top 2% for risk of cancer.
3) The smog that befell Pittsburgh and the county for six days was due to a temperature inversion. This change in weather allows a warm air mass to trap a cold air mass close to the ground along with all the air pollution that would otherwise blow away. Some say climate change will make temperature inversions much more frequent.
4) Lawrenceville and everyone in the county, particularly folks in Clairton and those most exposed to and vulnerable to toxic air, need more accountability and responsiveness from county government.
That’s why LCAN joined fellow members of the Breathe Collaborative on January 10 in calling out the ongoing inadequate response from County Exec. Rich Fitzgerald, County Council, and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to air pollution, and for a qualified permanent director of the ACHD. ACHD is the government agency that has the authority to regulate local air pollution in order to protect public health. All of our county officials must do much more to take this mandate seriously.
The following testimony was delivered at an ACHD Board meeting that day by Christine Brill, a 20-year resident of Lawrenceville and a founding member of Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN).
I live less than a mile from two of Allegheny County’s Toxic Ten polluters: Pressure Chemical and McConway & Torley. I am deeply concerned about pollution in our region and the health of my family. I signed up to speak in December, when Pittsburgh’s 2019 Toxic Christmas Smog was still thick in my memory.
Pittsburgh’s 2019 Toxic Christmas Smog reminds us how bad it can get when polluters conduct business as usual even when EXISTING technology and meteorological analysis predict temperature inversions for the region. Early Christmas week, informed people – notably, not the ACHD – accurately posted on social media sites a warning that local air quality would be disastrous for 5-6 days. It was.
I am grateful for Interim Director Ron Sugar’s announcement about taking action to limit emissions during weather-related events. But he implied that regulations and weather technology do not currently exist. This is an excuse for inaction and delay.
I will now read from a portion of the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Allegheny County Health Department, Article XXI, Part F, Regulation 2106.01, Air Pollution Episodes:
a. General. The purpose of this Part is to provide the Department with the authority to decrease the severity and duration of air pollution episodes by requiring staged reductions in the emission of air contaminants and general reductions in activities which place demands upon air pollution sources or which result in generation of air contaminants either directly or indirectly, in conjunction with air quality measurements and meteorological forecasts. The goal of these reductions is the avoidance of conditions which may result in significant harm to human health or
Effective Date: 10/20/1995
According to the EPA website, this has been ON THE BOOKS since 1995. What are we waiting for? I’m not a lawyer but it seems like the Health Department already has power and authority – it has simply chosen to do little to nothing.
Prioritize air quality regulation. It affects YOU! It affects everyone in our region. DO SOMETHING! Your INACTION speaks louder than words.
Want to be a part of LCAN’s efforts to make the air in our neighborhood and the county safe to breathe?
- Learn more on our page.
- Come to our next monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10am in the lower level of Lawrenceville Library.
Join LU for our annual nonprofit bake sale, kids holiday party, and light up night. This year, the Lawrenceville Cookie Mall and Light Up Lawrenceville will both take place on Saturday, December 7th!
Cookie Mall is from 4-7pm at the Estelle S. Campbell Boys & Girls Club, 4600 Butler St and the annual tree lighting ceremony happens at 7pm sharp in the driveway of Allegheny Cemetery. We’ll have kids crafts, live music, a children’s choir, and visits with Santa.
We’re accepting registrations for Cookie Mall tables now, fill out the application if you’re interested in selling cookies. We are charging $25.00 for the first table and $20.00 for each additional table to cover our cost for the use of this facility. All cookies must be made by the organization, not store-bought. Your organization keeps 100% of the proceeds. Contact LU – firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-802-7220 with any questions.