Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 3-12-12

Mayor Announces Pittsburgh Named One of 'Ten American Comeback Cities'

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced another exciting accolade from the Forbes publication. Citing Pittsburgh’s economic transformation, below-average unemployment rate, and positive real estate market, today declared Pittsburgh one of ‘Ten American Comeback Cities.’ Pittsburgh will also be featured in Forbes’ magazine’s March 12, 2012 issue. Forbes analysts made the determination by evaluating IRS data to identify counties that were losing population in 2005 and had gained residents in 2010 or significantly reduced their population loss.

No BS Marketing Meeting: Article & Blog Marketing
Tuesday, March 20th, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sigmas Conference and Event Center ‎
1717 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15209, (412) 821-2530
Find info here.

Greater Pittsburgh NAWBO’s Annual Make the Connection Awards Dinner
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive
6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

NAWBO, would be pleased to honor one of the deserving volunteers who have made your organization an asset to the community at our annual Make the Connection Awards Gala Dinner. We invite you to honor a volunteer (man or woman) whose commitment to your group has exemplified the vision of your organization and whose service recognizes the connection between volunteerism and the economic stability of our region.

This is not your typical Awards Dinner. All volunteers entered become honorees.They will also be recognized in the program and receive a plaque honoring their outstanding commitment.
Please only one volunteer per organization will be honored. Please call Mary Pam Kilgore at 412-854-4827 if there are any questions. You may submit your nomination online here by May 17th. To purchase tickets click here.

2012 Hollander Award for Women in Leadership Public Lecture
Tuesday, March 13th, 5:30 pm, Chatham University - Campbell Memorial Chapel

Allyson Schwartz
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University and the family of Barbara Stone Hollander '60, invite you to join them for a public lecture given by the 2012 Hollander Award recipient, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. Schwartz will discuss the importance of women in public leadership. To attend, please register by clicking here.

About Congresswoman Allyson Y.Schwartz:
U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz is currently serving her fourth term representing Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. The 13th District includes both the close-knit neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia and the first ring suburbs of Montgomery County. Labeled a "rising star" by POLITICO, Schwartz is an increasingly influential figure in Congress, playing a central role in debates on health care, the federal budget, and tax policy. As the sole female member of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, the Philadelphia Daily News praises her as a "local trailblazer" for women in politics. Click here to learn more about Schwartz's work in Congress.

The Savoy Restaurant & Clear Intentions International are teaming up to raise money for Amachi Pittsburgh
March 19, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (actual presentation from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.)
The Savoy Restaurant, 2623 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (free parking)
RSVP required by March 12. Space is limited.412.281.1288, x-2 or

"Successful in Life – Successful In Business:What's Holding You Back?"
Dr. Barbara Schwarck, CEO of CII and winner of the 2012 Pittsburgh Business Times’ Women in Business Award, will have the pleasure of demonstrating the power of Neuro Emotional Coaching® to assist you with: identifying the unconscious beliefs and blind spots blocking you from achieving your goals and getting all parts of the brain pulling in the same direction, in support of your goals. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with other professionals, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, sweet desserts, coffee, a cash bar, and have a great time and take action to achieve the success you deserve.

The minimum suggested donation is $25 per person. All proceeds benefit Amachi Pittsburgh. Please come, bring a friend and register at

Global Executive Coach and CEO of Clear Intentions International, Dr. Barbara Schwarck uses Neuro Emotional Coaching® to engage her clients in the process of achieving breakthroughs in any area of their life to experience greater performance, profound change and deep personal satisfaction. She is the author of From Intuition to Entrepreneurship: A Women’s Guide to Following Her Dream. If you are an executive, professional or leader who wants to have a breakthrough, visit

Pictured to the left: Esther Bush, President of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Gene Spearling, Director of the National Council and Assistant to President Obama's Economic Policy and Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., Urban League of Greater PittsburghTreasurer in Washington, DC, Capital Hill and with Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. at the National Urban Leagues 9th Annual Legislative Policy Conference.

The State of Black America 2012: Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ and Empower issues a charge to address the economic and educational challenges we face by ardently defending and exercising the right to vote.  This year, defense of the right to vote remains critical as legislation that would require a government-issued photo ID, shorten voting hours, curtail early voting, and/or impose absurd penalties limiting the registration process is pending in 27 states.  This attack on the ability of our citizens to fully participate in their government comes at a particularly perilous time for the poor, communities of color and seniors who live in assited living or high rises.

The State of Black America, issued annually by the National Urban League since 1976, centers on an Equality Index, which ranks blacks and Latinos against white Americans on issues such as income, homeownership, health insurance and education. The 2012 National Urban League Equality Index documents significantly reduced minority voter registration and voter participation in the 2010 mid-term elections.  This lost ground in civic engagement offset modest gains in education and health.  For African Americans, this resulted in an essentially unchanged 2012 Equality Index of 71.5% (from 71.4% in 2011) and for Latinos, a decline from 76.7% in 2011 to 76.1% in 2012.

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
Musical Networking Happy Hour
EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00
Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Little E's Jazz & Blues Club
949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm

March 15, 2012: "Green and Sustainable Businesses"
Co-host Bruce Conley, The Computer Coach (
Penny Holden, VP of Sales, eloop LLC (
Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty - Evolve EA (
Catherine Montague, LEED-AP, Principal of Green Design Innovation (
Mike Schiller, Executive Director - Green Building Alliance (

Community Interview:Friends of Saint Patrick Pittsburgh Chapter, Special Guest - Mr. Basil McCrea, a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Northern Ireland

Roving Pittsburgher Report
Official Blues Brothers Revue
Attended this show at the Byham Theatre and I’ll tell ya, black suits and skinny black ties abounded! It was truly the official Blues Brothers Revue. You can read a great review here, by Gregg Mathis. It was really too outstanding for words. The music was lively, it was a great crowd, and I honestly had a hard time sitting down. It’s one of those shows that you just can’t help clapping your hands, tapping your feet, and bobbing your head the whole way through.
Doubleday Bar next to Renaissance Theatre on Sixth Street
We headed over here after the show and were only expecting bar food, but were pleasantly surprised. We had amazing stuffed jalapeno pretzels and I think the best grilled cheese in the city. You don’t think grilled cheese could really be that different, but this was on Ciabatta bread with cheddar and Monterey jack and was really great. We also had spicy chicken tenders that were handbreaded in homemade buffalo sauce; I really recommend this restaurant.

Maple Restaurant, 463 Maplewood Avenue, Ambridge
This restaurant is known for its roast beef, but we had the chicken cutlet which was ¾ as large as your plate and delicious. We also had the beef noodle soup, which was reminiscent of your grandma’s recipe. Plus the prices were great, with most meals at 8.99 or less.

Tambellini’s on 7th Street
You have to check out the St Patrick’s Day grotto in the window of our favorite Italian Restaurant. It’s all decorated and is really a sight to see. And make sure you stop in and get some of their crab cakes and Surf and Turf Italian appetizer. Their crab cakes rival some of the best ones I’ve had in New York City. Also great is the bistecca and shrimp and the raviolis.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Street Car Named DesireThis interpretation of Tennessee Williams play is both erotic and tragic, symbolizing Blanche Dubois fall from grace after discovering her husband’s illicit affair with a man on their wedding night and his subsequent suicide. The period costumes and scenery depicting the decay of the grand hotel were beautifully done. Those who did not heed “for mature audiences only” should consider the subject matter. Considering the racy topic of the Williams play, I found the ballet not only erotic but tastefully done. It is not a ballet for the traditionalist or the biblical but well done considering the interpretation of the subject matter.

Ekoostik Hookah
This five piece improvisational and psychedelic rock band form Ohio has been touring for over 20 years. They were awesome at the Thunderbird Café on Saturday night, which is a really cool venue in Lawrenceville on Butler Street. Thunderbird is one of the few local venues that supports live music seven nights a week. This was a wonderful time!

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