At this time of year our thoughts are with the brave men and women in our armed forces who made incredible sacrifices on behalf of our nation.  Along with our heroes from the past, please take time to recognize the thousands who are serving today.  Several District 1 communities will hold Memorial Day observances this year, giving all of us the opportunity to show our respect.

Every summer our parks become open-air community centers hosting everything from sports activities to a rich variety of special events.  

I hope to see many of you at Allegheny General’s 9th Annual Hearts in the Park, on May 12.  Allegheny General continues to be a trusted resource for our district and at the forefront of medical breakthroughs.  Recently doctors at Allegheny General Hospital reported that they replaced a patient’s failing heart with a cutting edge, new version of a total artificial heart. Unlike previous artificial heart models this latest version runs on a portable pump, allowing patients to return home while awaiting their heart transplants.

District 1 gardens are amazing this season!  I am energized by the plantings our neighbors have done in both their own yards and in public spaces like Observatory Hill’s Venture St. “bend.”

As we enjoy our well-loved District 1 community events this summer, please remember that these are a success due to neighbors volunteering to lead and working together.  I encourage you to get involved and lend a hand to your neighborhood’s organizations ¬– block watches, churches and athletic associations.  Together we strengthen the quality of life throughout our District 1.

Finally I would like to congratulate ROX Performance Academy’s students. It was a special treat for me to ride with them in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  These young people, once again, won second place Honors for Best Musical Group.  Good job!

Please do not hesitate to call my office if I can be of assistance, I can be reached at 412.255.2135.