Friendship Preservation Group
Great people making a great neighborhood in Pittburgh

Tuesday, September 14, 2004  

The 2004 Friendship House Tour will feature nine exquisite homes that have never before been seen on the tour as well as the Waldorf School.  Tour participants will begin at the Waldorf School, 209 South Winebiddle Street, and make their way through beautiful Friendship either by foot or on trolley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 19.

Tickets for the Friendship House Tour are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased from the Friendship Development Associates Office (5530 Penn Avenue, tel: 412-441-6147) or at the following locations:  Babyland and Kidsroom  (5542 Penn Avenue) and Muse Kid Couture  (804 South Aiken Avenue).  Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the Tour Registration Site at Waldorf School (201 South Winebiddle Street).  Tickets can be ordered by mail from Friendship Developmend Associates, Inc., 5530 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

The self-guided tour takes 2 to 3 hours to complete on foot and trolley tours will depart from Waldorf School.  This year's sponsors include Whole Foods Market, Del Monte/Eatwell, Dollar Bank, Citizens Bank and National City Bank.

posted by Richard | 10:14 AM

Wednesday, June 30, 2004  

Loss of Friendship Resident

On Saturday, June 26, 2004; beloved son of Rosemary and the late Harold Stagg; brother of Alice Phillips, Rosemary Sabatier, Malcolm and Stephen Stagg; also survived by nieces, nephews and many devoted friends. For many years Vaughan served as Clinical Director of UPMC's Mathilda H. Theiss Health and Child Development Center. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. 4900 Centre Ave. At Devonshire Street Wednesday 6:30 pm until a Memorial Service at 8 pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Pittsburgh Foundation to benefit Persad Center and the Mathilda H. Theiss Center.

The family would appreciate if the Friendship residents who live close by would pay special attention to Vaughn’s home for the next few weeks.

posted by Richard | 9:16 AM

Friday, March 12, 2004  

The Spring 2004 Friendship Journal is available as a PDF at Spring04

The Flower Festival order form is available as a PDF at F4

posted by Richard | 3:55 PM

Monday, March 01, 2004  

Signs of Spring

crocuses in Chandler's yard

Yesterday I saw my first blossoms of the year in the Chandler's yard. It's all up hill till the Flower and Folk Fest.

posted by smallstreams | 11:54 PM

Friday, January 23, 2004  

Friendship Homeowners:

Have a great house you are dying to show off? Want to be the envy of people throughout the region for the cool things you have done with your home? Want to become more involved in your community and help raise money for community development efforts in your neighborhood? You deserve to be recognized for the hard work and loving care you have put into your home to make it your own.

Friendship Development Associates, Inc. (FDA) is looking for a new batch of houses to participate in the 2004 Friendship House Tour, which will be held September 19. If you would like to have your house featured on the tour or know of a great house that you would like to see on the tour this year, please contact Dana Smith either by phone 412-441-6147 or e-mail by March 15.

posted by smallstreams | 10:42 AM

Monday, November 10, 2003  

Rank Stranger and Friendship Resident Makes Appearance
Dave Arndt will be playing with "Pittsburgh's Hardest Drivin' Tallest Bluegrass Band" on November 15th at Tommy's on the South Side. Hope to see you there.

Rank Strangers Poster

posted by smallstreams | 9:23 AM

Monday, November 03, 2003  

22nd annual Three Rivers Film Festival
Nov 7 - 23 at the Harris, Melwood, and Regent Square Theaters.
Over 40 films -- including narrative, documentary, short, animated, and kids programs -- plus live music, parties, and more. See for all the details, or get a festival guide in the Nov 5 issue of City Paper.

posted by Richard | 2:05 PM

Wednesday, October 01, 2003  

I Need Some Comments
I have posted an unofficial FPG Site on my website. I know we need to make a link to the Friendship Journal, and I need to make the links work on the House Tour/photo gallery site. Also, currently, the FDA website is the e-mail newsletter. Other than that let me know what is needed/not needed.E-mail me or post your comments here.

posted by smallstreams | 11:27 AM

Friday, September 26, 2003  

2003 House Tour tickets are now on sale. For additional information, a list of ticket outlets or advertising rates, please contact Dana at (412) 441-6147.

$12.00 - in advance

$15.00 - tour day

$10.00 - groups of ten or more

posted by Richard | 1:15 PM

House Tour 2003
If you want to see the houses that are on this year's tour on Sunday, check this out. Thanks to Curt Chandler for the photographs.

posted by smallstreams | 11:10 AM

Thursday, September 04, 2003  

Peduto on Penn Avenue Improvement
Councilman Bill Peduto says there are no plans to put capital money into operating budget. Here are the details:


The "Ricciardi Plan" was tabled by Council on Tuesday.  I have not heard of
anyone who is interested in reintroducing any Bill which would utilize
capital dollars for operating expenses.  There were 3 plans that Council
voted on Tuesday.  The "Ricciardi Plan" which froze ALL capital projects
and increased the parking tax - it was tabled.  The plan sponsored by Twanda
Carlisle and myself - shift crossing guards to school budget, 2% mandatory
across-the-board salary reductions for all city employees, $1 million
reduction in Council/Mayor Neighborhood Needs allocation and $2.5 million
transfer from Pittsburgh Development Fund to operating budget - it was voted
down.  The "Hertzberg" Plan which transfers the Pittsburgh Development Fund
back to the operating budget was supported by a 5-3 vote.

All three of these plans were one-time attempts to buy an additional four
months of city services in order to make long term structural changes.  The
Mayor has stated to the public that all capital projects are being evaluated
and that next years capital budget will be limited to essential road
services (paving, etc), purchase of emergency vehicles and a few core city
functions.  Even if we receive all of the assistance we are seeking from
Harrisburg, there will still be a $30-$40 million deficit that we will have
to address through cutting services and projects or raising additional

I believe there is a third way.  The time to completely restructure city
government is upon us.  There will be some difficult decisions, but if we
spread it out far enough the impact will be minimal.  This year I will be
proposing a 4 year plan during the budget hearings.  Before making any
decisions I will hold a public hearing in my Council district and of course
you can always reach me at or visit to express your ideas.  But for now, there is no plan to
transfer capital dollars to operating expenses - thus preserving Penn Avenue
reconstruction for the time being.

Bill Peduto

posted by smallstreams | 12:49 PM

Unblurred Presents . . .
Check out this Friday's "Unblurred" schedule here.

posted by smallstreams | 7:16 AM

Wednesday, September 03, 2003  

Penn Avenue Improvement Update
From Dana:
Hello All:

Quick update on Council's legislation regarding the budget crisis and capital projects in the city (Penn Ave, Penn Circle, and many others). Yesterday, Tuesday September 2, Council tabled two items of legislation relating to the use of capital budget funds towards the city's operating budget shortfall. As such, everything is still up in the air.

On Tuesday, Sept 9th, council will reintroduce the legislation relating to Penn Ave and capital budget items. The driving assumption is that this legislation, after being reintroduced, would be voted on the following day, Weds Sept 10th. (But possibly they could vote on it the same day though unlikely).

We will keep all of you updated as we learn anything. BGC will be contacting council members in the next few days and we will relay any relevant info. You will be notified if we need to move quickly into action over the rest of the week, early next week.

Thank you for your continued interest and inquiries and most importantly your participation - we had a great turn out at yesterday's council meeting. Ed McCabe spoke eloquently on behalf of the East End Business Stakeholders and several other speakers joined in to let Council know our position.

posted by smallstreams | 5:15 PM

Thursday, August 28, 2003  

You can come to the Friendship Happy Hour any time after 6 p.m. Hope to see you there.

posted by smallstreams | 6:40 PM

Wednesday, August 27, 2003  

Get Happy
Liz Perry and Mark Stroup will host a happy hour this Friday (8/29) at their house, 215 S. Fairmount, in the back yard (or front porch in the event of rain). As usual, bring something to eat or drink -- but not both! (Don't want too many leftovers.) Feel free to bring friends and new neighbors! Kids welcome.

posted by smallstreams | 8:57 AM

Wednesday, July 30, 2003  

Tuesday is National Night Out and Friendship porches will be hopping!

In what has become an annual tradition, Friendship residents will be observing National Night Out by spending the evening of Tuesday, August 5, gathering on front porches throughout the neighborhood. If you wish to host a porch party, let me know, so we can to get the word out. In addition, there will be a special token of appreciation for the hosts, sponsored by the Friendship Preservation Group.

Check back here on Tuesday for a list of Nation Night Out events in Friendship!

posted by Lewis | 2:33 PM