Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PPL News, Largest Hug in a Tent Broadcast on WTAE and KDKA, Also It's A Boy!

Positively Pittsburgh Live News
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First Baby Born in New Suite

It's a Boy!
Global Links, based in Pittsburgh, has been working with the WONDOOR program at Cleveland's MacDonald Women's Hospital and the Guyanese Ministry of Health to furnish two new surgical suites in the maternity ward at Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana. Previously, there had been no surgical suites in the maternity ward, so mothers requiring c-sections had to be transported in labor across a busy street to another building. The project is complete - and the first baby born in the new suite was this little boy shown here. 
Read about the new unit in Guyana's Kaieteur News.
This project is part of Global Links' ongoing support of graduates of the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) in Cuba. Georgetown Public Hospital employs 30 ELAM graduates every year, supports their further training, and helps to integrate them into the greater medical community. Your donation of $50/month provides labor and delivery supplies to support safer births.

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our two-fold mission provides hospitals with a socially and environmentally beneficial alternative to sending hundreds of tons of still-useful surplus materials to landfills. Read more information here

Pittsburgh Passion Pyramid, practicing for Group Hug!
Largest Hug in a Tent Event and Video!
If you weren't there, you missed all the fun. Check out the video here

We had 73 Huggers, and the event was uploaded to RecordSetter.com, hoping to have it up in 48 hours as World Record for Largest Group Hug in a Tent. 

We also received coverage from WTAE and KDKA and were photographed by The PittsburghTribune Review. September 6, 2012 is Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Day.

We're breaking out. Join us, and bring your friends.
We found two amazing artists, found great community support, and now we're ready to introduce JAZZSPACE to the masses. Come join us at the Mansions on Fifth Hotel on August 17 to celebrate our first year and enjoy some great music together! We're excited to be at Mansions on Fifth for our first time out; if you haven't seen this newly renovated venue, we think you'll really love it, from the food to the ambiance to the amazing wine collection.

Celebrate & Share Invites You to the  4th  Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club 
Celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment! Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA, 7:45 am - 9:30 am. Donation - $45, Honorary Sponsors- $92.00, Table of 10: $450, Founding Sponsors $1,000. Hosted by Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester. Make your reservation by calling Bonnie at 412-480-5247 or emailing her at bonnie255@aol.com or call Joanne at 412.440.6969 or email her at selfimagebz@aol.com.

Join us for a special presentation on "What does the Right to Vote Mean to Me?"
Hear our distinguished panel of women talk about what the Right to Vote means to them. Panelists: Georgia Berner, Owner of Berner International, Inc, & Berner Energy, Inc; Christy Uffelman, V. President of Employee & Organization Development, Mascaro Inc.; Kelly L. Enders, Esquire, Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy; Danielle Howard, Marketing & Sales Agent, Grace Robinson Insurance Agency; Cynthia Shapira, Senior Policy Advisor to County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald.

Statement from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Marvin Hamlisch’s Death

Marvin Hamlisch’s passing is a tremendous shock to all of us at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was a true and great friend who absolutely loved the PSO, our audiences and this city. He considered it his second hometown and it clearly showed, whether he was taking in a Pirates game, dining at his favorite restaurants or patronizing stores. Read the entire statement here

Restaurant Week gives diners reasons to check out new-to-them venues
Brian McCollum, a.k.a. "Tastebud A," a Pittsburgh food blogger who started the Pittsburgh Tastebuds blog in 2010, is the organizer behind the upcoming Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, which starts Sun., Aug. 13, and runs through Sat., Aug. 19. 

McCollum, 29, originally from upstate New York, moved to the city in 2007 after graduating from
Seton Hill University, in Greensburg. "I was just in love with the area and never left," he says. 

A web programmer, McCollum says he decided to organize Restaurant Week after making contacts with restaurants through wine dinners organized through his blog. He says he has no ties directly to the industry — just a passion for food. For the event, McCollum is partnering with PUMP, a nonprofit organization for young professionals. "Restaurant Week is truly a celebration between the community and the restaurant," he says. "It's not just a week to make money." 

The first Restaurant Week McCollum helped pull together, in January, had 30 participating restaurants. For the summer event, more than 40 restaurants have signed on and plan to offer special deals and fixed-price menus next week. 

Deals include: a $25 three-course meal at the Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina, in Garfield; a $35 four-course meal at Bloomfield's Toast! Kitchen & Wine Bar; or a $30 three-course meal at the Porch at Schenley, in Oakland. Other venues, such as the Milkshake Factory, on the South Side, and James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, on the North Side, will offer $20.12 specials. 

Ida D'Errico, event marketing and production manager for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, says industry events such as Restaurant Week are a good economic boost for the area just by the act of drawing people through the doors of restaurants they might not normally go to. 

Specific sales data weren't collected from January's Restaurant Week, but McCollum says that based on anecdotal feedback he received, restaurants that offered online reservations typically did better during the promotion than those who did not. 

Angel Oliverio, general manager for Downtown's Penn Avenue Fish Company, says she believes part of the impact of Restaurant Week is the excuse it offers people to get out for an evening. "Any reason I have to get together and open a nice bottle of wine with people I like is a good time," she says. 

The kickoff party for the summer event will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, and will feature food from Downtown restaurants. Tickets are $50, and can be reserved online at www.pittsburghrestaurantweek.com.

PPL Facebook Page
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The Feminine Paradigm of Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy
Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy Models, Approaches and Prospects for Economic Development, Routledge
August 4, 2012: Authors: Marsha Tongel, Ph.D.
To be published December 31, 2012
Former NAWBO Pittsburgh president

Furnish for Free, Who's Your Brother
Saturday, August 18, 2012: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 201 N Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
Who's Your Brother, a nonprofit organization, hosts a monthly event where people in need can receive items for their household like furniture, dishes, clothes, electronics and toys.You can also donate gently used items during the event, or make arrangements to drop off items by emailing furnishforfree@whosyourbrother.comMore information can be found here

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces New ‘Broadway at Heinz Hall’ Series
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced the inaugural ‘Broadway at Heinz Hall’ series that will bring award-winning and crowd-pleasing Broadway hits to Heinz Hall, starting in the 2012-2013 season. The shows include Chicago, Catch Me If You Can, and Elvis Lives.

Ticket packages, ranging from $54.99 to $230.48, for all three ‘Broadway at Heinz Hall’ shows, and individual tickets for each show, ranging from $25 to $85, go on sale at 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org/broadway. Prices are subject to change.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will not be performing at these shows. ‘Broadway at Heinz Hall’ is not part of the PNC Broadway Across America series.


"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

August 16, 2012: "Young  Entrepreneurs"Featuring interviews with:

New Name, Same Great Place: Pittsburgh Inn and Suites
People who have come to rely on the Comfort Inn and Suites on 2898 Banksville Road in Pittsburgh as a home away from home, can still have that sense of security. It’s now called Pittsburgh Inn And Suites and is under new management as an independent hotel. As part of the change, the Pittsburgh Inn is redesigning some things for a much comfortable stay, the management promises. Read the entire release here

A Technology Commercialization Event Presented by Duquesne UniversitySmall Business Development Center
Thursday, September 27th 2012, Holiday Inn, Oakland, Pittsburgh PA
Tickets: $25, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Register by calling 412-396-1633 or email Christine Hughes

The TCOMM Event is a fast-paced, interactive conference designed for small businesses and innovators who want to create and commercialize new technologies. 

The event will kick-off with a breakfast panel of proven entrepreneurs who will discuss their "Visions Realized" and share their secrets to success. 

Positive Pittsburgher and Yearly Pittsburgh Preview Guest: J. André Weisbrod 
Hear 5-star wealth manager*, 4-star fund manager* and author J. André Weisbrod discuss Working Principles of Business and Finance on FM 105.5 (WordFM).  Tune in tomorrow at 6:30 PM: FM 105.5

J. André Weisbrod
André will begin a series of 30 minute programs discussing Working Principles of Business and Finance. Tomorrow night's show will stimulate your thinking regarding 1. Businesses Are The Economy and 2. Avoid Debilitating Debt Like the Plague.

Discover the source of so many principles and why what has worked for thousands of years still works today.  Find out about where an economy originates and how important it is to understand the roles of business and government.  Check out the "million dollar habit" and how controlling habits can radically change your financial health.  

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Review of Ivanov at Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre
The Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater's Chekhov Celebration continues with the classic Ivanov, Anton Chekhov's play that explores the meaning of life and love in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Not nearly as dark as other Russian works, Ivanov is billed as a comedy. Comedy may be pushing it a little far. Although there were moments of laughter (and indeed, one member of the audience in Saturday evening's performance erupted into laughter even when the rest of us didn't find the humor); I would term it a tragi-comedy. Read the entire review here.


Ali Baba
404 South Craig Street, Oakland, 412-682-2829,www.alibabapittsburgh.com
I had great fatoosh, which is lemon dressed vegetable salad with Middle Eastern spices and pita chips, even better the second day. Also the Vegetarian platter with hummus and baba ganouge, they give you so much that you can have a savory breakfast the next day. 

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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