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Tuesday - December 4, 2012

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Sports management student Tevin Washington, left, 19, of the North Side, is seen from above sitting with nursing student Chantel Collier, 19, of the West End in Milton Hall at CCAC on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>   Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Sports management student Tevin Washington, left, 19, of the North Side, is seen from above sitting with nursing student Chantel Collier, 19, of the West End in Milton Hall at CCAC on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Wei, left, and Swan Liu of Bradford Woods, enjoy some fishing at North Park Lake Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review</em></div>Wei, left, and Swan Liu of Bradford Woods, enjoy some fishing at North Park Lake Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review - Frank Linnelli of Highland Park enjoys the warm December weather to get in a game of tennis on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review </em></div>Frank Linnelli of Highland Park enjoys the warm December weather to get in a game of tennis on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review - Jesse Westover, 37, of Regent Square enjoys the warm weather to take a handful of dogs on a walk at Highland Park on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review </em></div>Jesse Westover, 37, of Regent Square enjoys the warm weather to take a handful of dogs on a walk at Highland Park on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - A sign sits on the chained-off steps of Saint Nicholas Croatian Church on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The sign refers to Mala Jaska, which means 'Little Jaska' (short for Jastrebarsko) a little town in Croatia where a group of immigrants came to Pittsburgh from at the turn of the century. The name also became associated with the area around the Saint Nicholas Church on the North Side, where a group Croatian immigrants settled and constructed the church and an adjoining school. The church, which borders Route 28, is slated to be demolished in coming weeks to make room to expand Route 28.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>A sign sits on the chained-off steps of Saint Nicholas Croatian Church  on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  The sign refers to Mala Jaska, which means 'Little Jaska' (short for Jastrebarsko) a little town in Croatia where a group of immigrants came to Pittsburgh from at the turn of the century.  The name also became associated with the area around the Saint Nicholas Church on the North Side, where a group Croatian immigrants settled and constructed the church and an adjoining school.  The church, which borders Route 28, is slated to be demolished in coming weeks to make room to expand Route 28.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Bill Kurtek, 55, of Pine Township, descends the crumbling stairs to Saint Nicholas Croatian Church after a protest against the planned demolition of the church for the expansion of Route 28 on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. 'My grandparents were married here,' he said. 'We used to put luminaries all the up the steps at Christmas, and there's a shrine up there to the Blessed Mother Mary,' said protest organizer Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township. The church, which was shut down by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2004, is expected to be demolished in the next several weeks over the holiday season. 'We didn't even get to have a closing mass… I didn't even get to say goodbye,' said Pietrone.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Bill Kurtek, 55, of Pine Township, descends the crumbling stairs to Saint Nicholas Croatian Church after a protest against the planned demolition of the church for the expansion of Route 28 on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  'My grandparents were married here,' he said.  'We used to put luminaries all the up the steps at Christmas, and there's a shrine up there to the Blessed Mother Mary,' said protest organizer Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township.  The church, which was shut down by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2004, is expected to be demolished in the next several weeks over the holiday season.  'We didn't even get to have a closing mass… I didn't even get to say goodbye,' said Pietrone.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Traffic speeds by the facade of Saint Nicholas Croatian Church on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The church is slated to be demolished to make room for the Route 28 expansion in the coming weeks. 'They put the church on rollers and rolled it back into the hillside in the 1920s to make room for Route 28 the first time,' said Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township, who organized a protest against her church's demolition and supports transforming the church into an immigration museum with rear access instead of from Route 28. 'We know there's a lot of other nationalities that would appreciate an immigration museum in Pittsburgh,' added Jane Sestric, 62, of North Side, who was also out to protest the demolition.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Traffic speeds by the facade of Saint Nicholas Croatian Church on the North Side on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  The church is slated to be demolished to make room for the Route 28 expansion in the coming weeks.  'They put the church on rollers and rolled it back into the hillside in the 1920s to make room for Route 28 the first time,' said Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township, who organized a protest against her church's demolition and supports transforming the church into an immigration museum with rear access instead of from Route 28.  'We know there's a lot of other nationalities that would appreciate an immigration museum in Pittsburgh,' added Jane Sestric, 62, of North Side, who was also out to protest the demolition.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review - Supporters of a plan to turn Saint Nicholas Croatian Church of the North Side into an immigration museum touch broken pieces of the building after a protest against the planned demolition of the historic church for the expansion of Route 28 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The church, which was shut down by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2004, is expected to be demolished in the next several weeks over the holiday season. 'We didn't even get to have a closing mass… I didn't even get to say goodbye,' said Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township, who grew up going to the church and was a main organizer for the protest.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review</em></div>Supporters of a plan to turn Saint Nicholas Croatian Church of the North Side into an immigration museum touch broken pieces of the building after a protest against the planned demolition of the historic church for the expansion of Route 28 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  The church, which was shut down by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2004, is expected to be demolished in the next several weeks over the holiday season.  'We didn't even get to have a closing mass… I didn't even get to say goodbye,' said Amanda Pietrone, 24, of Reserve Township, who grew up going to the church and was a main organizer for the protest.

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