Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News and Debut Roving Pittsburgher Report Blog

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WQED and SLB Announce Funding for iQ Kids Radio
The Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc. has selected iQ Kids Radio as its next three-year signature project
 iQ Kids Radio is an innovative new model of engagement for children and families that meets the need for an all-education, trusted radio channel that caregivers can rely on. Developed as a collaboration between WQED and SLB Radio Productions (SLB) and set for launch in early 2013, iQ Kids Radio will be a noncommercial streaming radio that provides a safe, entertaining, and fun way to learn, listen, laugh and much more. Read the entire release here

Local Reporter Receives Keystone State Press AwardSince a junior in high school, Diane I. Daniels knew she wanted to be a journalist. Her first article was published in 1973 and she has been writing ever since. Her years of writing and reporting were recently recognized during the 2012 Keystone Press Awards Conference. 
Diane Daniels
She was one of hundreds of reporters, editors, photographers and page designers honored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) Foundation during the awards banquet in Gettysburg. Based in Harrisburg, the PNA is a trade group serving newspapers in Pennsylvania seeking to "advance the interests of Pennsylvania newspapers" and protect the free and independent press. Recognized for New Year Means New Attitude, an article that appeared in a January 2012 edition of the New Pittsburgh Courier, she was acknowledged in the Business or Consumer category. The article discussed President Barak Obama’s Jobs Act, the White House’s Startup America Initiative and included a 2012 forecast from local entrepreneurs, politicians and community leaders. According to PNA officials, Daniels’ entry was just one of close to 5,000 entries - from 145 PNA newspapers. “It feels good to be recognized,” said Daniels. “To be awarded on the state level is exciting.” Read the entire release here
Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents a special weekend to commemorate the anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. Saturday, July 14 from 1-8 pm and Sunday, July 15 from noon- 5 pm. The cost is $5.00 per person, children under 6 are free. Read the entire release here

Cherokee Culture Festival at Fort Necessity 
The National Park Service will host a Cherokee Cultural Heritage Festival at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will offer cultural presentations and demonstrations, including traditional dance performances by the Warriors of AniKituwha, a Cherokee dance group.  

Fort Necessity
Ten tribal members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian have recreated Cherokee dances described in 1762, including the War Dance and the Eagle Tail dance.  Sponsored by The Museum of the Cherokee, The Warriors of AniKituwha are official cultural ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  The dance performances are each day at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Read the entire release here

SBA Advocate Ngozi Bell Featured Guest for July #SmallBizPgh Twitterchat
SBA Region III Advocate, Ngozi Bell (@advocacySBA) will answer questions via Twitter on July 10, 2012 between 7 pm and 8 pm EST in Pittsburgh's small business Twitterchat presented by Building Bridges for Business (@bridges4biz). Read the entire release here

On Thursday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Classical WQED-FM 89.3 members helped WQED successfully complete its three-day drive early by raising more than $25,000 for its annual radio operations. In addition, each membership dollar pledged was matched by a pound of food (up to 8,500 pounds per day) Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14 by a different sponsor daily. Read the entire release here.

Mary Poppins
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announces Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present MARY POPPINS
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announced today that tickets for the limited return engagement of MARY POPPINS will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. EST.  

Performances of MARY POPPINS begin at the Benedum Center on Tuesday, October 16, for a limited return engagement, through Sunday, October 21, 2012. For more information, click here.

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

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

June 28, 2012: "Fun-preneurs"

Featuring interviews with:

Garden of Your Mind Video, Mr Rogers
Watch video here. 

Roving Pittsburgher Report Debut
This is a page on PPL Mag where average people can review and talk about Pittsburgh good news and events. Tonight we welcome JoAnn Forrester, Strategic Operating Officer of PPL and host of the syndicated radio show Empress of Biz; and Penny Folino, from Penny’s Plates TV Show, on WBOY TV in Clarksburg, WV.

JoAnn’s Visits:

I attended the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, Gerschwin show; you can see the full review on The Roving Pittsburgher Report at  Still Humming From Gerschwin at PSO Pops I just want to gush about this. The PSO is marvelous, and when they do the pops, it’s spectacular. There was a five minute standing ovation at intermission, and one of the neat things about this program is that they had home movies from the Gerschwin family playing in the background. The tap dancer, Ryan, reminded me so much of Fred Astaire. He was amazing, a treat to watch.

Chorus Line - I went with my good friend, Louise, and this show was part of the CLO at the Benedum. It’s two hours with no break, but really is delightful. I had never seen it, and I especially liked the songs What I Did for Love and I Can Do That. There were many different stories intertwined, and a nice love story to boot. I was immersed into it, and the time flew by. The dancing was spectacular.  

Sonny and Jo’s Pub and Pizza – Banksville Road. Their motto is family, friends, and food. You can pick up and take home, or sit at the dining area and bar. It’s a very nice décor and the food is always fresh. The wings are to die for, with several different styles. Garlic Parmesan and Sweet Carolina are two of my favorites! After you’re there one time, you feel like family. It’s a friendly place, run by great people.

Biz Women’s Independent Press, 6th Anniversary Party at The Rivers Club - This was a really nice event with great hors d’oeuvres and several speakers. Close to 100 women were there and there was no charge to attend. Donations were accepted for The Pittsburgh Food Pantry, which is really in need of help. There was lots of networking and just good laughter and company.

Penny’s Visits:

Boxing Event at Greentree Sportsflex – I went to this last minute and sat with local fighter, Michael Moore. It was quite interesting and really exciting, as this was my first time at a match. I was just a little afraid because our table was right up front, and I thought they’d drip sweat on me. It didn’t happen though! Next time, I’ll sit a little farther back. Great nachos!

Wingheart’s - Market Square, on the corner near Primanti’s.  The food was served in Bento Boxes, which was pretty unique. I had an extremely large salad with fresh greens and fresh crispy fries, and ground chicken. They also have enormous burgers with fresh ground beef, made to order. It’s easy to just pack up your box and take it home if you can’t finish.

Pittsburgh Power Game – This was my first time at a game. They are held indoors at The Consol Energy Center and it’s only half the size of a regular football field. It took me a while to get it, a little different than Steelers football, but really fun. The half time entertainment with Rally Monkeys was so cute! And the dancing team of cheerleaders was also very good.

Don Hodor’s House for SouthPointe Chamber Party - We had a great time and there was awesome food prepared by Chef Jason Capp from Bella Serra. He was grilling out in the 94 degree heat, ever the professional, still wearing his Chef coat. He made the most elegant picnic food, including fresh hamburgers and homemade chips, homemade relish and homemade pickles. Frank Cunimondo also played at the event. He is an amazing piano player and never took a break, what phenomenal energy!

Peter’s Place – They have large banquet facilities, which I have used for my own family’s events. Mike Peters, the owner, owned the original Tiffany’s on Route 51. I love their Chicken Tiffany, which is a crispy breaded chicken cutlet stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sautéed mushrooms covered with chicken gravy. I actually do that with a twist, creating a lasagna filling for my Penny’s Plates show. They also have great crabmeat Hozelle and seafood bisque, original recipes from Tiffany’s. The prices are quite reasonable, as well.  

Sauce – Bridgeville. This is a wonderful place to go with the kids for some great wings. They do any flavor, but we always get Honey BBQ, Mixed Garlic, and Screamin’ Hot. They do a lot of cast iron skillet foods, like burgers with no buns. And for dessert you can get homemade cookies and ice cream in the skillet, unbelievable!

Penny is revitalizing the Pittsburgh Business Barter Office of ITEX,  International Trade Exchange, the largest business barter organization in the world.  The Pittsburgh Office Re-Launch is scheduled for mid July.

You can email Penny at or


This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.

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