Port Authority cuts Northside service

Recently the Port Authority voted to reduce service by 35 percent, citing a budget deficit it says is caused by the state transportation funding crisis. The service cuts will go into effect in March. Some routes will be eliminated while others will have reduced service. 

The following will be eliminated entirely: 7 Spring Garden, 9 Perry Highway, 17 Shadeland. 

The following will have service reduced: 4 Troy Hill (reduced weekday service, no weekend service), 6 Spring Hill, 11 Fineview (reduced weekday service, no weekend service), 8 Perrysville, 12 North Hills Shopper, 15 Charles, 16 Brighton, 18 Manchester (reduced weekday service, no weekend service).

Brightwood café awarded grant for energy efficiency improvements, operations

The Richard King Mellon Foundation recently awarded New Hope for Neighborhood Renewal a $69,000 grant to assist in energy efficiency improvements and operations at The Café ‘n Creamery over the next two years. The grant was awarded on Oct. 15, said Deborah R. Gumpf, executive director.

The Café ‘n Creamery is housed in a former nuisance bar, located in Brightwood. In addition to serving specialty coffee drinks, gelato, ice cream and light lunch items, it employs three college students from the neighborhood, showcases the talents of local artists and provides a family centered atmosphere for the neighborhood and a location for community meetings.

New Hope for Neighborhood Renewal is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on reaching out into the neighborhood as part of New Hope Church’s outreach program.

Brother’s Brother Foundation named most efficient nonprofit by Forbes Magazine

Brother’s Brother Foundation, with headquarters in the Central Northside, tied with another charity for the number one spot in Forbes Magazine’s online ranking of the largest 200 U.S. charities, according to a press release.

In three categories, BBF scored 100 percent efficiency in fund raising efforts, donor dependency and charitable commitment. According to Forbes, the charity spent $267 million on charitable work and only $1 million on operating expenses.

Much of BBF’s work in the past year has been providing supplies worth more than $36 million to Haiti after a devastating earthquake. During its 52-year history, the charity has sent more than $3.4 billion in medical supplies, textbooks and other humanitarian supplies to more than 140 countries.

For more information visit www.brothersbrother.org.

City of Asylum recognized for event’s artistic merit with grant

For the third year in a row, the National Endowment of the Arts has awarded City of Asylum/Pittsburgh with a $10,000 grant in support of the organization’s annual Jazz Poetry Concert in September 2011.

The concert features musicians and poets from all over the world who come together for a hybrid performance outside on Sampsonia Way in the Mexican War Streets. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The NEA grant is important both for its funding and its ripple effect,” said COA President Henry Reese in a press release. “It signals to others that City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, though a small organization, is capable of presenting complex world-class projects like Jazz Poetry Concert.”

COA provides residencies for writers who have been exiled or have fled their native countries in fear of imprisonment, persecution or death. It has turned a series of houses on Sampsonia Way into “house publications,” text-based murals that incorporate the works of its writers-in-residence.

King Elementary searches for angels this holiday season

The Parent/Teacher Organization of Pittsburgh King ALA is preparing their annual Christmas Angel Tree.

The tree will consist of bells with the age and gender of a student at the school who would not normally receive a gift at Christmas time. More than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through eighth grade, ages 5 to 14-years old, are in need.

Please include the gender and age on the gift, as well as your contact information, if you wish.

Gifts may be dropped off at Pittsburgh King’s main office, 50 Montgomery Place, by Dec. 15. Gifts will be distributed on Dec. 22. Julie Peterson, vice president of Central Northside Neighborhood Council, also will collect gifts to take to the school. She can be reached at juliepeterson1@hotmail.com.

“Angels” can call Deborah Atkins at 412-323-3212 with any questions or concerns.