Health Department Is Still Offering Free Shingles Vaccines

Health Department Is Still Offering Free Shingles Vaccines


PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is reminding residents that it is offering the Shingles vaccine free of charge, until September 10, 2016, to uninsured or under-insured people, 50 years of age and older.

Shingles vaccines are available at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic located at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland. No appointment is necessary; however, individuals are asked to call 412-578-8062 in advance to ensure supplies are still available.

Clinic hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters, caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because the virus remains in the nerve cells of the body after chickenpox goes away, but it can reappear many years later causing Shingles.

The risk of getting Shingles begins to increase around the age of 50. Anyone age 50 or older should get the vaccine, regardless of whether they recall having chickenpox. Studies show 99% of individuals 40 and older have had chickenpox.

People who have already had Shingles can still receive the vaccine to prevent future occurrences of the disease. The vaccine reduces the risk of developing Shingles by more than 50%, and it reduces the risk of pain after the rash by 67%.


Restoration Work to Begin September 6th at Round Hill Pond

Restoration Work to Begin September 6 at Round Hill Pond

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Departments of Public Works and Parks today announced that restoration work will begin on the Round Hill Pond beginning on September 6, 2016.  The work includes the removal of sediment in the pond, planting aquatic vegetation to improve water quality, improvements along the shoreline and landscape to improve access, and improvements to the adjacent outlet structure.


There will be no access to the pond and restrictions to parking will be implemented during construction.  This will be an active work site and park goers are asked to use caution and be aware of their surroundings.  Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of November.  This $480,000 project is being done by Pugliano Construction of Plum, PA.





West Penn Power inspecting nearby circuits in the coming weeks

West Penn Power will be inspecting nearby circuits in the coming weeks. The Davey Resource Group will be the contractor performing this work. They will be in marked pick-up trucks and they will be driving and/or walking to inspect the lines (using an infrared camera) in the rights-of-way. Note that the contractor may work on Saturdays. These activities are necessary for West Penn Power to ensure safe, reliable electric service.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us here at the Municipal Building at (412) 751-2880. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Flow Yoga classes at Greenock United Methodist Church beginning August 15th

Flow Yoga classes will kick off at Greenock United Methodist Church

Classes began Monday, August 15th
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Morning Yoga will be held on Labor day morning and Saturday, September 10th
There is a cost to attend this class.


Beginning September 12th, the Monday and Wednesday class time will shift to 7:10 – 8L15 PM, it will be offered immediately following my 6:00 PM Zumba class.


Saturday morning Karma Yoga will be offered every Saturday morning beginning in September at 9:45 AM. You simply “pay what you can” to attend this class. All money collected in out Karma classes will be donated to the Church Social Hall air-condition fund to help install a new air-conditioning unit.


For full details about the special Labor Day class and regular weekly yoga classes, including dates, times, cost and payment options, please visit the website at

Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls


IR-2014-84, Aug. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill..
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.


Please CLICK HERE for further details and information.

Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program

For a limited time only, the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Under the 2016 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, we will waive our standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants for a side yard to their primary residence and applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure. We will reduce the fee to $1,400 for applicants proposing to rehabilitate a blighted structure. All applicants will also be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a good faith deposit, and closing costs. The application, which contains additional details about the Program guidelines, can be accessed at our website:

2016 Side Yard & Blighted Structure Fact Sheet

2016 Side Yard & Blighted Structure Application

For additional information please visit the county website listed above or contact Elizabeth Township Code Enforcement Officer John Snelson at 412-751-2800 or by email at