Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 10-15-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Slippery Rock University ranked 79th in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings
The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student-athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics, but academics as well, according to an NCSA press release. 
SRT was ranked 79th among NCAA Division II universities in the 10th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings released Monday.

The Collegiate Power Rankings compiled by NCSA Athletic Recruiting were calculated for each college/university at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels by averaging the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college/university and the U.S. News & World Report ranking.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rating evaluates the strength of NCAA athletic departments, while the U.S. News & World Report rating recognizes institutions of academic excellence. The student-athlete graduation rates are based on those provided by the NCAA.

Nationwide, 312 colleges and universities compete as Division II members of the NCAA. The NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings included only the top 100 schools in the division.

Congratulations to SRU which had the fifth-highest Collegiate Power Ranking among the 16 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference institutions.

California U. of Pa. was ranked 34th, followed by Millersville University in 47th place. Gannon University and Bloomsburg University were tied in 72nd place, East Stroudsburg University ranked 80th, Mercyhurst University was 87th and Shippensburg University was ranked 90th.  That’s not bad for Pennylvania Universities. Thanks to Bob McComas for keeping us up to date.

One Young World Welcome Exchange
Friday, October 19, from 8 to 11 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh invite local residents to welcome more than 1,200 One Young World attendees from around the world to the heart of the Cultural District. One Young World is the premier international forum for the world’s emerging leaders to address global issues ranging from education and sustainable development to the role of government and global business. Read the entire release here.

Don Giovanni Cemetery Walk
October 21
Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni inspired a winning partnership between the opera company and Venture Outdoors. Don Giovanni, the unrepentant rogue of the Don Juan legend, has an important scene in a cemetery and is visited by a graveyard statue in the dramatic finale. What better occasion to collaborate on a tour of Allegheny Cemetery, visiting the graves and hearing stories of some notorious Pittsburgh philanderers buried there? Read the entire release here

Computer Reach
Computer Reach is a technology outreach mission primarily serving the communities of Pittsburgh, PA.
We have also reached beyond our own neighborhoods into regions across the USA, such as the hurricane-torn Gulf states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

We also reach out internationally to places such as Malaysia, Africa, El Salvador and Nicaragua where second-hand computers are highly sought and appreciated. Please see our 
stories and check back often as more missions are completed.

Volunteers from the Pittsburgh area gather every week to fix hundreds of donated computers. Computers that still work are refurbished and immediately put into communities throughout Western PA. The computers that do not work are recycled responsibly to eliminate e-Waste.

Please help keep computers and accessories out of landfills by donating unused or unneeded computers, in any quantity, to a local Goodwill of Southwestern PA location:, contact Dave at for more help.

Donations needed:
Beth Lynn Eicher will soon be traveling with a charitable organization to Africa. The purpose is to deliver and teach undeserved natives in the use of computers. She will be there for 3 weeks.

All of the people in this charity are unpaid and even need to ask for donations to help cover their own travel expenses for this worthwhile mission. Would you please consider reading the below links and consider contributing?

This is the contribution link set up for her expenses. 

You can see Beth Lynn explaining this live on YouTube here.


America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour
Wednesday, February 27 , Benedum Center

America’s Got Talent  (One of the shows on Techno Granny’s Tivo list when she is out) is fresh from its thrilling 7th season. Now is your chance to see your favorite acts live! The America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour is coming to your town and features top fan-favorites from the show. Hosted by the one-and-only Jerry Springer, it will feature AGT superstars such as:
  • 2011’s Season 6 Winner, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (singer)
  • Season 7 Mind Reading sensation Eric Dittelman
  • Season 6 Sweetheart, 11-year-old Anna Graceman
  • This summer's favorite magicians Jarrett and Raja
  • Season 7 father and daughter singing duo Maurice and Shanice
  • …and many more!
See the acts that wowed 15 million viewers across the country every week, and experience the magic and excitement of America’s Got Talent live and in-person! Order your tickets today with promo code TALENT before they go on sale next Monday, October 22: 
Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland in the "Power of Pink Challenge" at Panera

Pittsburgh leads Cleveland 23,539 to 18,687 bagels sold in week one of the “Power of Pink Challenge”, but we still have three more weeks and much to do.

The city who purchases the most Pink Ribbon Bagels in the month of October will receive an additional $10,000 charity donation from Panera Bread corporate on top of what the bagel sale raises. Last year we raised $25,000.

We have teamed up with the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and retired Pittsburgh Steeler Chis Hoke to help raise the most in the City of Pittsburgh for the Patient Navigator Program at Magee-Womens Hospital. 
Preorder your bagels here, or visit any of the Western PA Panera locations. Order for your departments, break rooms, waiting areas and lounges. Forward to your friends in business. Let’s show Cleveland we mean business.

Pink Ribbon Bagel proceeds will be donated to the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation benefiting the Women's Cancer Patient Navigator Program at Magee-Womens Hospital which provides women with cancer the resources and support they need to help them and their families through this very trying time.

Since these bagels are only available in the month of October, buy extra dozens. These bagels are ribbon shaped and delicious filled with cherries, vanilla and honey. And they freeze well.

Thank you for your support of breast cancer patients who seek guidance through their rigorous cancer journeys.
After 20 years performing around the world, Saltimbanco will make its final curtain call in December in Montreal, Canada, the international home of Cirque du Soleil. On October 18 - 21, 2012, Pittsburgh will have its final opportunity to experience this classic and colorful Cirque du Soleil production that has performed in more than 45 countries. 

Saltimbanco will be presented at the Petersen Events Center for six performances only.   

Advance tickets for Saltimbanco are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through September 13. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to

Tickets for the general public will be available starting September 14 at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


Designer Days is Back
For all of you fashionistas looking for a designer bargain

Please be our guest at “A Checkout Line” Patron Party, November 8th from 6-9 as we celebrate reinvention in a modern context at the Monroeville Convention Center. Purchase your tickets here.

NCJW is proud to honor the Singular Sensations; six amazing volunteers whose years of service and dedication have made Designer Days the longest-running fashion hit in town: Cheryl Braver, Nancy Recht, Joan Reich, Lenore Schwartz, Marsha Stern, and Rita Tauberg. A special memorial tribute will be made to Sandy Chernew who was the heart and soul of NCJW's retail and financial operations as well as Designer Days for the last two decades.

New this year - St. John Boutique featuring a variety of the St. John dresses, suits and jackets. Carl Herrmann Furs will return with a selection of new and gently worn furs.
Funds raised during the sale support NCJW services for so many people through our community outreach programs. Read the entire release here


Mary Poppins Special Offer
Mary Poppins
Special offer - $100 Family Four Packs – only $25 per ticket! *

MARY POPPINS, October 16-21, 2012, Benedum Center

Tickets at 412-456-4800, and the Box Office at Theater Square
Read the entire release here

The Ugly Duckling
 & The Tortoise and The Hare
The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The HarePittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents CORBiAN Visual Arts and Dance in the Pittsburgh premiere of The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare from November 11-19, 2012, at six performance locations throughout the area.  
Performance locations include: Butler: Seneca Valley Senior High School, Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Gateway High School, Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Moon Area High School, Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Upper St. Clair High School, Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.;City: Byham Theater, Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. & Student Matinee: Monday, November 19 at 10:15 a.m.  Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. Read the entire release here.
Roving Pittsburgher Report 
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Book Tales
Presented as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Children’s Theater by Theatreworks USA
October 12-14 in Various Locations Around the City of Pittsburgh
This is the 43rd Family Series and is sponsored by Citizens Bank.

What an eclectic group of story books!  Of course the most famous is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and probably the most hysterical; my granddaughter Anaiyah is still telling the story about how he kept tricking the boy who gave him the cookie. Although being from the hip hop generation she also loved Master Man. Martha Speaks was very endearing to her because of the dog costume and the barking an incessant talking because that is what she and most 4 year olds do—incessantly talk. Read the entire review here


Center Plate Restaurant Takes Center Stage94 Center Church Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5300 by JoAnn Forrester 

Just Opened in McMurray—Center Plate
Penny Folino, former owner Folino’s in South Side and of Tom’s Diner famePenny’s back and are we glad! This past Saturday, TechnoGranny, Joanne Quinn- Smith and Nano Granny, JoAnn Forrester, took a ride over the hill and through the woods to Penny Folino’s new restaurant, Center Plate, in McMurray Pa. It is easy to get to, right off Rt. 19 South at 94 Center Church Road. It was a beautiful fall day and just right for a drive. And if you had to get lost (and we did, no matter what TechnoGranny says), it was the day for it with a brilliant blue sky, comfortable temperatures and a full tank of gas. 
It was a great day to eat at a new restaurant. I am so glad that Penny opened up shop again.This lady knows how to make you feel special and serve you scrumptious food. Hooray for Penny! 
We had a great time talking to Penny Folino and her partner, Lenny, as they told us about opening the new place. They emphasized how everything is cooked from scratch and everything is fresh and made there under the supervision of Executive Chef Matthew Hellen. As we talked, we sampled the food. Oh my! It was good! So good that both Joannes stopped talking just to eat for at least 10 minutes. Now that is some kind of record. Two Greeks and an Italian not only stopped talking but stopped gesticulating with their hands. 

Read the entire review here
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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