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The news that there was food trucks in Arnold was enough to get Joanne Huybrecht to cross the river from Indiana Township on Saturday.

That says a lot in the Pittsburgh area.

Huybrecht, their daughter Kathy Myers and their great-granddaughter Kathleen Marutiak (8) all came to the city’s first community event on Fifth Avenue on Saturday, where food trucks and vendors around an empty lot owned by Mayor Joe. Bia and other investors were set up.

“Instead of cooking or going to a restaurant, we thought we’d come by and get something to eat,” says Huybrecht. “Hopefully it’s profitable and they’ll do it again.”

Doing it again next year is part of event organizer Jamie Cutler’s plan. Born Arnold, who lives within sight of the site where the event took place, put it together in the hope of doing something good for her community and bringing people together.

The weather was just fantastic, with a clear blue sky and not a cloud to be seen. It felt warm in the sun and comfortably cool in the shade. Starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 8 a.m., the event was set up in such a way that it was to be illuminated for light and warmth later in the evening.

“It’s a beautiful, sunny day. We can’t complain at all, ”said Tommy Scanga of Vandergrift, owner of Del Vecchio’s Sausage & Fries.

Cutler said some people drove by, asked what was going on, drove away, and then came back.

“They were so happy it continued like this,” she said. “It’s a nice little turnout for the first time.”

After the winter break, Cutler said she wanted to resume the monthly event in April. She wants to keep it on a Saturday; she said she would talk to Bia about which Saturday to hold her.

“It was fun to do,” she said. “It was really, really. I love to plan things. “

Dave Harkness, owner of Erie Distillery, said he accepted an invitation from Bia. He offered samples of his products, including whiskey, vodka, gin and spiced rum. Harkness said it was his first time in the Pittsburgh area since opening his distillery three years ago.

“Hopefully they can liven up this place a little,” he said.

Sonjia Westfall from New Kensington had tables set up for her Sweet Tooth Baking home business. Her desserts included cookies and miniature bundt cakes and tarts.

Westfall said she was asked to attend and said yes. She was almost out of brownies early on.

“Hopefully my cakes will sell,” she said.

Westfall said she would like to have a storefront for her business one day, maybe in Arnold.

“It’s nice down here,” she said. “I would like a place somewhere.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701,, or on Twitter.

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