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The Turtle Creeker | Winter 2016 | Happy New Year!
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Call to Action: Calling All Creekers!

If you have ever lived, worked, or gone to school in Turtle Creek, you are a "Creeker!" Generations of families have wonderful memories of growing up here in a safe, friendly community. New families come here and wish to gain the same kind of memories.

We owe it to ourselves to make our town the best it can be, TODAY! There is a wave of positive action brewing in town - CATCH IT! You can make a difference.

Bring your ideas and energy to any or all of our monthly community meetings - TCDC, Council, and Crime Watch are some meetings listed in this newsletter. The majority of our citizens want our town to flourish, but we have to stand up and be counted. A simple random act of kindness is a great place to start. Kindness can be contagious. We look forward to seeing you all making new memories for yourselves and our town!

- Beth Hamill
Turtle Creek Local Businesses

 












Want to advertise in the Turtle Creeker? Call Linda Patchel at 412-242-4870 or email lpatchel@gmail.com.
 
TURTLE CREEK COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN
FIRST PUBLIC MEETING


What is your vision for a community garden?
Come share your ideas and learn more at the organizational meeting.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
5:00-7:00pm
Human Services Center

519 Penn Avenue
Turtle Creek, PA 15145

Information will be available throughout the day. Social hour at 5:00pm.

All are welcome!

For more information, contact Linda Patchel at 412-242-4870 or lpatchel@gmail.com.
 
THANK YOU to Councilwoman Connie Tinsley for her support of TCDC and her dedication to the community of Turtle Creek!
 
Councilwoman Connie Tinsley worked with TCDC throughout 2015 as their liaison to the Turtle Creek Borough Council. In October 2015, Mayor Kelley Kelley presented Connie with TCDC’s Community Partner of the Year Award at the Mon Valley Initiative Annual Dinner & Community Awards Ceremony.
 
Among her many contributions to the community, Connie volunteers and works in the kitchen for the Turtle Creek Fire Department fair, and she started the Turtle Creek Crime Watch. She shows her passion for the community by her positivity and willingness to offer assistance when it is needed.
 
 

The New Business in Town!


In 2006, TAKTL began as a Research and Development (R&D) effort of Forms + Surfaces, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of architectural products. By 2010, it had spun off as the first company to form, mold, and manufacture architectural facade panels utilizing advanced Ultra High Performance (UHPC) technology.

According to TAKTL's founding principal, Lauren Flannery, "UHPC's unique strength and surface qualities gave us the ability to create new architectural applications for concrete. When we began to understand the material itself we saw the opportunity to design a manufacturing process that was repeatable and affordable.

The demand for TAKTL's panels grew rapidly and prompted collaboration with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), TAKTL is expanding its operations to a 140,000 square-foot factory at the former Westinghouse plant.

"The scale of the factory and the height of the ceilings can accommodate our new equipment, some of which is massive," says Jason Flannery, TAKTL's Director of Design and Development. "That, and the fact that we're continuing the legacy of industry and innovation at a place that is historically meaningful here in Pittsburgh [attracted us to Turtle Creek]."

In addition to its new factory, TAKTL has a 45,000 square-foot R&D facility at the Keystone Commons campus. There are also plans for a new office building in 2016.

"As newcomers, we are still learning about the Turtle Creek community," says Jason Flannery. "Historically, though, we were very active in the community of Etna with Forms + Surfaces and the community of Glenshaw with the original TAKTL plant. We're confident that our relationship with the Turtle Creek community will grow, too."

TAKTL also sees a great advantage to hiring from within the community. Their Human Resources contact is Olivia Pitcairn at olivia.pitcairn@taktl-llc.com.

To learn more about TAKTL, visit their website at www.taktl-llc.com or call 412-486-1600.

Mayor's Corner: Happy New Year, Turtle Creek!



Happy New Year Turtle Creek!  It is hard to believe another year has come and gone, but here we are and I am excited about what’s to come in 2016.
 
We were quite busy in 2015 and saw an increase in citizen participation and community support for various projects around town.  We had one of the best TCFD fairs in recent history with the Vogues performing a special hometown concert that brought hundreds back to Turtle Creek. 
 
Special thanks to our Turtle Creek Crime Watch Group and members of the TCPD for their hard work and dedication to our community.  The Crime Watch consisted of a small dedicated group of members when I came into office, but has grown and become much more active in the community. Our officers have worked to make sure all residents are correctly informed of recent incidents at our meetings and the importance of communication with members of the community.  Our group members have taken the initiative to report suspicious activity much more frequently and have organized groups to walk around their areas of town cleaning up litter and inspiring others to do so. They have been great representatives and have encouraged people to take pride in Turtle Creek.  I am looking forward to see what we can do in 2016!
 
We also were very pleased and excited to announce that Turtle Creek was accepted into Grow Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Grows Program for developing a community garden, with fiscal sponsorship from the Turtle Creek Development Corporation (TCDC).  Chris Osman, a borough employee, dedicated months to completing the detailed program application and developing a plan for a community garden right here in Turtle Creek.  All his hard work and dedication paid off when we received notice of our acceptance into the program just a couple of months ago.  I think I speak for most residents when I say that this is something we have needed in Turtle Creek for a long time.  Something the entire community can participate in and benefit from. Other areas that have implemented gardens have prospered and we hope to do the same. Thank you to Chris Osman for his hard work and dedication to Turtle Creek and to the TCDC for supporting this effort.  We have a lot of really great work ahead of us. 
 
If anyone is interested in getting involved with either the Crime Watch Group or the Community Garden, please contact me for details at mayor@tcboro.com.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe 2016! 
 
- Mayor Kelley Kelley
 
The Mayor’s Office is located at 125 Monroeville Avenue, Turtle Creek, PA 15145. Office hours are by appointment only. Changes and updates to the schedule are posted to her Facebook page: Turtle Creek, PA—Office of the Mayor. Also visit the Crime Watch page: Turtle Creek, PA Crime Watch.
 
The Crime Watch group meets the third Monday of every month at 7pm. Council meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7pm in council chambers.
What is the Turtle Creek Development Corporation?

The Turtle Creek Development Corporation (TCDC)
is committed to revitalizing and sustaining Turtle Creek as a livable community. TCDC is an all-volunteer organization. In addition to a variety of activities geared to improving the quality of life for the residents, TCDC takes a lead role in housing rehabilitation, home ownership opportunities, and workforce development through a partnership with the Mon Valley Initiative.
 
Previous TCDC projects include:
  • Purchased, renovated and maintain the Grant Street and D’Amico Apartments.
  • Finished several houses as part of the MVI “Rehab for Resale” Housing Rehabilitation Program.
  • Produces the Turtle Creeker, the only Turtle Creek community newsletter.
  • Planted the Thompson Street Garden.
  • Transformed the curb appeal of Turtle Creek homes through the Turtle Creek Curb Appeal Matching Grant Program.
TCDC meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Human Services Center (519 Penn Avenue). For information on how to join, or for more information about TCDC, please contact Linda Patchel at lpatchel@gmail.com or 412-242-4870.
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