Saturday, August 15, 2020

Our Community

Free Food to Be Provided to Residents in Need

As the effects of the novel coronavirus continue to cause profound economic stress, it is recognized than many families are now struggling to pay for basic necessities. Residents who are in need of assistance with maintaining access to food are encouraged to attend an upcoming drive-through distribution. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and local nonprofit SHIM will be providing three prepackaged boxes of food to up to 1000 vehicles. The event will take place on Saturday, May 16th, from 11AM to 1PM at South Hills Village.

Brentwood Polling Places Consolidated for June Election

Cornerstone American institutions, including our cherished system of democracy, have been forced to adapt to the strange new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. The principles of social distancing will also soon be temporarily applied to the ballot box, as, for the upcoming June 2nd primary, Allegheny County is encouraging all citizens to take advantage of a mail-in option to cast their choices for party nominees. To protect vulnerable poll workers from exposure, physical voting locations will be concurrently consolidated. For this election only, all Brentwood residents who choose to vote in person will do so at the Community Room in the rear of the Brentwood Library. 

Virus Necessitates Cancellation of July 4th Festivities; Event to Return Stronger Than Ever in 2021

Despite recent positive news regarding the state of the outbreak, the coronavirus continues to have an incalculably large impact on our daily lives. Because this disease is most likely to be transmitted through sustained close contact between individuals, it has precluded the operation of essentially all public functions. Although the Borough hopes that the transmission rate continues to fall as we approach summer, unfortunately, the available evidence makes it clear that sporting events, concerts, and other events that draw significant crowds will continue to be prohibited until at least this fall. Consequently, it is with heavy hearts that, at its April 20th business meeting, Brentwood Borough Council formally rescinded all permits associated with its Independence Day celebration. The Borough laments that, for the first time in 101 years, neighbors will not be able to gather on Brownsville Road to honor our country with a parade. This cherished tradition is an integral part of our community fabric, and we look forward to its return. Brentwood wholeheartedly thanks all of the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to the success of these festivities, including members of the Parade Committee, Firecracker 5K Race Committee, Brentwood Business Owners Association, and Brentwood Volunteer Fire Company. We hope that you will join us for a celebration that is bigger and better than ever in 2021.

The Borough has issued a formal press release about this difficult decision. Please review the attached document.