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7604 Charleston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1265
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Regent Square Municipalities:

Edgewood Borough: www.edgewood.pgh.pa.us
City of Pittsburgh: www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us
Swissvale Borough: www.swissvaleborough.com
Wilkinsburg Borough: www.wilkinsburgpa.gov

Allegheny County: www.county.allegheny.pa.us

Organizations & Websites of Interest:

Construction Junction

Just over a mile north of Regent Square, at 214 N Lexington St , is this very unique resource. Construction Junction specializes in used and surplus building materials. Construction Junction’s mission is to support and promote conservation through the reuse of building materials. It strives to keep usable building materials out of the landfills and provide them to the community at very low cost. The idea for Construction Junction was developed by Pennsylvania Resources Council (the oldest grass roots environmental organization in the state), the Green Building Alliance and Conservation Consultants. Construction Junction is supported by the PRC and is funded in part by the Heinz Endowment and private contributions. You can sign up for Construction Junction’s weekly eBlast through its web page in the “contact us” section. For more information, contact 412-243-5025 or http://www.constructionjunction.org/

East End Food Co-op

Located 1 mile north of Regent Square at 7516 Meade Street, the East End Food Co-op is Pittsburgh's only member-owned natural and organic food market, serving the community since 1977. It offers certified organic produce and herbs, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, cruelty-free health and beauty aids, organic and natural packaged goods and hard to find items for special dietary needs. Its Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar offer a daily array of hot entrees, soups, salads and vegan dishes.

While the Co-op is open to the public and membership is not required to make purchases, members do receive better prices, have access to the EEFC Federal Credit Union, and can vote and serve on the Board of Directors. For more information see the Co-op’s website. www.eastendfoodcoop.com

Edgewood Foundation

The Edgewood Foundation is a not-for-profit public foundation dedicated to promoting and enhancing the cultural, social and educational environment of Edgewood life for all residents. The Edgewood Foundation's activities foster enhanced community interaction for Edgewood residents. edgewoodfoundation.org

Environmental Charter School at Frick Park

Located at 829 Milton Street, Imagine School’s Environmental Charter School opened its doors to K - 3 students for the 2008-2009 school year. This innovative and thematically well-timed charter school provides Regent Square parents, both City and non-City, with a new public school of choice. Tuition is paid for by the school district in which the student lives, at no cost to the parents or students. Charter schools are held to the same academic standards as public schools, but are also directly accountable to the parents and the community. Additionally, they are subject to federal, state, and local oversight. The mission of the school is to foster knowledge, love, and respect for the environment and the will to preserve it for future generations. This will be accomplished through a rigorous course of studies that integrates environmental education in all other academic areas. More details about the school can be found at www.environmentalcharterschool.org or by calling 412-247-7970. Interested families should stop by the school and pick up an enrollment packet.

Frick Art and Historical Center

The Frick Art and Historical Center is located on Penn Avenue at the edge of Frick Park. Clayton, Henry Clay Frick's restored mansion and surrounding grounds, is a magnificent example of a 19th-century Pittsburgh home and includes the family's extensive art collection. In addition to Clayton, visitors can also enjoy an art museum, a car and carriage museum, a greenhouse, a children's playhouse, a visitors' center and shop, and an award-winning café. Entertaining educational programs and music concerts are available year-round for all ages and include the free and extremely popular performances of the First Fridays at the Frick summer series. www.frickart.org

Frick Park

Frick Park is the youngest and largest of Pittsburgh’s regional parks at 561 acres. Known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park for its extensive trails throughout steep valleys and wooded slopes, Frick Park is an ideal escape from the noise of the city. Website: www.pittsburghparks.org/frick

Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club

Tennis enthusiasts have established this club to improve the facilities and promote the sport at the historic red clay tennis courts at Frick Park. Located at Braddock Avenue in Regent Square, these are the only red clay tennis courts in western Pennsylvania. Current projects include signing up prospective players, members and volunteers; obtaining specialized equipment to maintain clay courts; improving the condition of the facilities; and looking for potential donors and sponsors for the all-volunteer club. Its website also has information about health benefits unique to tennis when played on clay courts as opposed to hard courts, and about current USTA plans to promote clay court tennis in the US. If you or someone you know is interested in signing up as a player, member, or volunteer, please email at redclayfrick@gmail.com. Website: www.clayfricktennis.org/

Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association

Just north of Regent Square is the neighborhood of Park Place. The Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving the Park Place community and surrounding areas, maintains an electronic bulletin board of community-related events. www.parkplaceblog.com/

Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg

Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg (NUW) is a non-partisan, grassroots effort whose mission is to encourage Wilkinsburg residents’ participation in local government. Its website offers, among other things, information on the duties and responsibilities of the borough’s elected officials, upcoming elections and a calendar of borough and school district meetings. www.nuw.wilkinsburg.org

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

Local watershed information, including the stream that runs through Frick Park, is the focus of this website. The City of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are collaborating to restore an aquatic ecosystem from Braddock Avenue to the Monongahela River. When the $7.7 million project is complete, citizens will gain access to an additional 100 acres of parkland, for a total of almost 600 acres. The website provides a calendar of events, a description of watershed environments, Nine Mile Run progress, and links to related programs. www.ninemilerun.org

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's parks. The Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh work together to restore the city's four regional parks (of which our own Frick Park is one), and recently expanded into other City parks. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised more than $56 million towards park improvements and completed 11 major capital projects, including the restoration of Frick Park's Reynolds Street entrance gatehouse.

All projects are conducted with environmental sensitivity, respect for the parks' historic landscape design, and an appreciation of the recreational needs of modern users. For more information visit www.pittsburghparks.org.

Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

To the west of Regent Square, on the other side of Frick Park, is the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. Its very active business district along Forbes and Murray Avenues offers a wide variety of non-chain shopping and restaurants. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, a non-profit community organization dedicates itself to preserving and improving the quality of both its residential and commercial areas. Its website includes a listing of its various initiatives as well as businesses located in the area. www.shuc.org

Whitney Park Neighborhood Association

Just to the east of Regent Square is Wilkinsburg’s Whitney Park. Most people don’t know that Nine Mile Run actually flows under Whitney Park. It was put into a culvert and buried years ago, but there is still a small stream in the park.

Neighborhood children and their parents enjoy the Park’s playground equipment, baseball field, basketball court, and picnic tables. At the Wilkins Ave entrance, visitors will also enjoy a butterfly garden planted by the Whitney Park Neighborhood Association (WPNA) with the help of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.

A group of dedicated residents in the surrounding blocks, under the auspices of the WPNA, joins efforts on a regular basis to maintain various aspects of the Park. For more information or to get involved, contact 412-244-9588 or ct.evans@verizon.net

The Wilkins School Community Center

Since 1979, WSCC has been offering an eclectic array of classes and special events. The inexpensive classes cover a wide variety of interests that appeal to children, adults and seniors. There is wine tasting, oil painting, book discussion groups, martial arts, Yoga, hip hop dance instruction and even Celtic language instruction - just to name a few!

The Center also offers the use of its facilities to other organizations such as the Argentine dance club, “Pittsburgh Tangueros” and is also available for rent for private parties and meetings. The Center recently acquired an ADA compliant playground designed by Playworld Systems, Inc. that offers neighborhood children an alternative to Frick Park and helps attract families to the WSCC. The former elementary school building is located at 7604 Charleston Avenue, between Milton St. and S. Braddock Avenue and is maintained by an all-volunteer board of directors. For further information, call 412-244-8458. Or visit its website www.wsccpgh.org

www.regentsquare.com

A private site that is also operated by a Regent Square resident, it offers information including message forums, missing pet updates, and real estate listings.

www.regentsquare.net

This private website, operated by a Regent Square business owner, includes a listing of neighborhood businesses and services.

Note: If you are part of a non-profit organization located in or adjacent to the Regent Square neighborhood and would like your website to be considered for a listing here, please contact the Website Committee contact@regentsquare-RSCA.org and include the following information:
1) name of organization
2) non-profit status
3) 2-3 sentence description of mission/goals
4) contact information:
mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, website address

Recycling

All four municipalities in Regent Square have residential curbside recycling programs. View their websites for more information on these programs and other recycling information.

Information on other local recycling programs for hard to recycle items (e.g. houseold chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc.) can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Resources Council here and, here

Local Neighborhood Newsletters

In addition to the Regent Square Newsletter published by the Regent Square Civic Association, some other sources of local news are:

Edgewood Community Newsletter
http://www.edgewood.pgh.pa.us/edgewood-news.htm

Wilkinsburg Sun
http://wilkinsburgsun.wordpress.com/

Swissvale News
http://swissvaleborough.com/images/SwissvaleNews.pdf

ForestHills-RegentSquarePatch
foresthills-regentsquare.patch.com/
A community-specific news and information platform providing local coverage for the Forest Hills and Regent Square neighborhoods.

Apartments

Padmapper, one source of information about apartments for rent in the Regent Square area. Also check the Regent Square business listing page for local real estate firms.

Libraries

Residents in Regent Square have four public libraries nearby for their informational needs. These libraries have a wide range of materials and programs, which are available, free of charge, to residents of all ages. Visit the libraries' websites for more specifics on programs. Note: please call ahead as hours may have changed

C. C. Mellor Memorial Library
1 Pennwood Avenue
Edgewood, PA
412-731-0909
www.ccmellorlibrary.org
Mon-Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: Closed

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill
5801 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-422-9650
www.clpgh.org/locations/squirrelhill/
Mon - Wed: 10 AM - 7 PM
Thurs - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sun: 1 - 5 PM

Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
1800 Monongahela Avenue
Swissvale, PA
412-731-2300
www.swissvalelibrary.org
Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am-8pm
Weds & Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 9am-4pm

Wilkinsburg Public Library
605 Ross Ave
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
412-244-2940
http://www.einetwork.net/ein/wlksbrg/
Mon, Wed 10 am- 8 pm
Tues, Thurs 10 AM - 6 PM
Fri, Sat 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

REGENT SQUARE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:

(last revised February 6, 2012)

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