Pittonkatonk Kicks Off On May 7th

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Pittonkatonk is a free, outdoor, family friendly community celebration of brass music that features both local and touring musicians.

Now in its third year, the festival blurs the lines between music festival and family reunion, there’s no formal stage, no ticket prices, and no vending. Instead, bands play in the crowd with little to no amplification. The community creates a potluck table of food donations for refreshment, and folks of all ages can be seen dancing together.  » Read more about: Pittonkatonk Kicks Off On May 7th  »

Restoration of “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy” sign is a work in progress

Work in progress

Restoration of the “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy” sign at the base of the Bloomfield bridge and in front of Shur Save is temporarily on hold due to circumstances beyond our control. We’re sad that the gray primer is staying up longer than intended, and hope to see the original colors restored soon.

What you see now has been scraped and sanded, and then a thick coat of an oil-based primer was applied. Plans were to begin applying color this past Tuesday,

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Financing for your fixer upper

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Special financing available for residents who buy and renovate Bloomfield homes

Thinking about buying and renovating a home in Bloomfield? Join us to lean about the Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL), which simplifies the financing process and reduces the cost, time, and complexity of obtaining multiple loans.

Led by the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), the event will be held on May 3rd from from 6-7 pm at the East End Book Exchange,

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Trees bring big benefits to Bloomfield

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Communities gain long-term benefits from trees, from raising property values to significantly reducing storm water runoff. For a business district, the effects of trees can help their bottom line: visitors are willing to spend more in a commercial district lined with trees, which also increases their positive impression of the neighborhood. Trees also directly benefit health: several studies have directly linked trees in urban areas with healthier hearts and lower stress levels.

Bloomfield has the twelfth lowest tree canopy out of 90 Pittsburgh neighborhoods,

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Best-Made Shoes shine

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Italy is famous for the high quality its handmade shoes, so it’s only fitting that Little Italy is home to Best-Made Shoes, the only shoe store in the region that offers custom-made shoes and inserts.

Recently featured by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Best-Made Shoes is owned by Gene Rosen and his son Marc, both board certified and licensed pedorthists who are trained to evaluate and manage foot and ankle issues.

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