Thursday, March 21, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 3-18-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News
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After six years of broadcasting the Good News about Pittsburgh, we are thinking about a new format at PositivelyPittsburghLive--Separating the Fifteen Minute News from the Roundtable Guest Format.

Watch for a survey for our listeners to decide if you like the new format or we should keep the old. It will be posted here, on the PositivelyPittsburghLive Blog, and also on Positive Pittsburghers Group on LinkedIn, and also in the forum at we will announce the decision.

The news itself will be divided into sections and we will be accepting sponsors for each section. The sections are below and we can add additional sections later if we need them:
  • Cultural News
  • Kids Stuff
  • Women and Girls Advancement
  • Business News
  • High School and University News
  • Pittsburgh Historical Stuff
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Neighborhood Hilights
  • Positive Pittsburghers Segment
  • Roving Pittsburgher Report
  • Pittsburgh Local Sports
Cultural News

Join our wonderful family of season ticket holders this season!
The 2013-2014 Broadway Season brings the very best of Broadway to Pittsburgh! Three 2012 Tony® Award-winning productions take our stages this season, along with critically acclaimed audience favorites and the triumphant return of Disney’s The Lion King. This season will untame your wildest imagination! 

As a season ticket holder, you will be able to secure seats to these specials at the best price before they go on sale to the public, or swap into tickets from one of the season shows above and into the specials listed below, once per season. For more information, visit

New Director of Public Relations at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Shaunda Miles

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that Shaunda Miles has joined the organization as their Director of Public Relations. Shaunda will be tasked with building and executing a communications program for the Trust’s programming, economic development, and institutional initiatives.

Shaunda most recently supervised public relations strategy at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture where she also planned and produced a diverse range of programs as Vice President of Programming and Cultivation. She worked to build collaborations with arts and cultural organizations locally, regionally and nationally to publicize and promote programs. Shaunda has served on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh’s Yale Club and contributed her time as a panelist with The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

She will report to Marc Fleming, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “I am thrilled to have Shaunda join the Trust team. With hundreds of arts and entertainment programs presented each year by the Trust and the ongoing development of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, there are important messages that the Pittsburgh region needs to hear, all of which Shaunda will help us deliver. Her expertise will aid us in communicating with the public and all of our stakeholders in a cohesive and consistent manner,” said Fleming.

Prior to her time in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Shaunda worked as Operations Manager at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. In her career, she also worked with Cornerstone Theater Company as Manager of Community Partnerships and Audience Engagement and Yale Repertory Theatre as Associate Managing Director of Special Events.

Shaunda fills the position occupied by Veronica Corpuz who now serves as the Trust’s Director of Festival Management and Special Projects. Shanuda can be contacted: email: / direct line: 412-471-1578.

PICT Theatre Announces Full Company for Our Class
PICT Theatre (aka Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) announces the full cast for Our Class, the powerful Nike award-winning play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek and translated by Ryan Craig. Irish-American Aoife Spillane-Hinks will direct. Our Class opens with a student matinee on April 10th, and runs through May 4th. 

Aoife Spillane-Hinks is pleased to make her PICT directorial debut with Our Class. She is currently the co-artistic director of Then This Theatre Company in Dublin Ireland, as well as the co-curator and co-producer of the TEXT|messages Shakespeare project. Her directorial credits include Broken Promise Land (Lanigan’s Theatre Upstairs); The Yellow Wallpaper (Project Arts Center/Dublin Fringe); Plaza Suite (Rough Magic/Gaiety Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); and Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin). Aoife Spillane-Hinks joins the production following PICT’s recent leadership change. Read the entire release here

Kid's Stuff

Out and About: Children's Museum

The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, named one of the nation’s ten top children’s museums by Parents magazine in 2011, welcomes nearly 250,000 visitors annually and provides the highest quality exhibits and programs dedicated to playing and learning. Hands-on, interactive exhibits engage children of all ages, and each room of the museum offers a different interactive experience. Children can venture to the Attic, the Garage or the Makeshop Gallery as well as create paintings and clay sculptures in the studio.

The newest exhibit at the museum is Move With Art, which will be at the Children’s Museum until May 12. Move With Art showcases original hands-on exhibits created from seven years of the Children’s Museum’s Tough Art program. Among the activities, children can play with swirling air in the Whirlwind Room, play with a large wooden cow and make a 10-foot man move with levers.

The museum offers events geared towards different age groups, ranging from Tot Time to Make Night featuring events for the 21+ Crowd! This Wednesday, March 20, is Mister Rogers Day, and in celebration of his life, admission to the Children’s Museum will be free!

For more information on upcoming events as well as a more in-depth look at the current exhibits, please visit the Children’s Museum website.

Attend the DML Conference Report-Out Lunch & Learn at the TechShop 
Join Kids+Creativity Network members on Thursday, March 28th noon - 1 pm for a report-out on the 2013 Digital Media & Learning (DML) Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices and Remixing Youth Participation.” 

At the Lunch & Learn, attendees will highlight the most provocative discussion points from the conference, as well as content from the Make-to-Learn Symposium

Additionally, TechShop staff will provide an introduction to the brand new facility, located at 192 Bakery Square Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Guests will have the opportunity for a brief tour after the Lunch & Learn presentation. 

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Please RSVP to

PBT School Student Advances to Final Round of Youth America Grand Prix 
After receiving multiple awards at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semifinals this weekend, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School student Sophie Silnicki, 16, will advance to the final round of the international student ballet competition from April 12-17, in New York City. 

Sophie Silnicki
Silnicki’s performance at the YAGP Semi-Finals – held March 8-10, 2013 in Indianapolis – earned her first place in the Contemporary Category and third place in the Classical Category for the Senior Division, which included 177 competitors from the United States and abroad of the 15-19 year-old age range. Silnicki’s winning solos included Gone, a contemporary piece choreographed by Adrienne Canterna (1st Place) and the variation from Raymonda Act II (3rd Place) for her classical piece. 

The 2013 YAGP marks Silnicki’s sixth consecutive year performing in the competition. In 2012, Silnicki received the Grand Prize in the Junior Division of the Semi-Finals in Torrington, CT, with top awards for both her Classical and Contemporary Solos. This April, Sophie will go on to compete in the finals competition from April 12-17, at the Jack H. Skirball Center for Performing Arts in New York City. 

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition and annually awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities from 9-19 years old. Launched in 1999 by two former dancers of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP is also a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization created with a mission to provide extraordinary educational and professional opportunities to young dancers, acting as a stepping stone to a professional dance career, according to the YACP website. 

Sophie Silnicki
“The Youth America Grand Prix brings together the most accomplished students from the across the country and abroad, so we are extremely proud that Sophie has been recognized so highly among her peers. These awards speak to the remarkable artistry, discipline and commitment that we see Sophie dedicate every day to her ballet training,” said PBT School Director Marjorie Grundvig. 

Silnicki has trained with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for four years under the direction of School Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. Prior to enrolling at PBT School, Silnicki trained at the dance studio of her mother, Stephanie Lopez, where she continues to dance regularly. A full-time student in PBT School’s High School Division, Silnicki has been featured in PBT company productions, including The Nutcracker, as well as PBT School’s annual spring performances. 

Now in its 14th Season, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others. YAGP’s contributions to international dance education were recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with a membership in UNESCO’s prestigious Conseil International de la Danse (CID).For more information, please visit

Multi-Speckled Green
Women and Girls' Advancement

Wells Fargo sets $55B goal for loans to women-owned businesses

Wells Fargo has increased its lending goal to women-owned small businesses to $55 billion by 2020. PNC Bank has a similar initiative but no specific lending goal. Some banks do not have a lending program aimed specifically at women. 

Policy Briefing: How Will The State Budget Impact Women?

Join us Wednesday, March 27th 3-5 pm 

WGF office, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 315 

This Policy Briefing focuses on the impact of the State Budget on women’s issues. A panel of experts will give you an insider’s perspective. We will also unveil "Ms. State," WGF’s annual report on how State Budget cuts are affecting women and girls in Pennsylvania. 

Come and be engaged, learn what is going on in our state, ask your questions, and enjoy a lively discussion. Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend but please register as space is limited. 

Lisa Frank, One Pittsburgh- Standing up for a city that works for all including good jobs, strong communities and corporate accountability.
Rochelle Jackson, Just Harvest- Working to end hunger and poverty through mobilizing, advocating and serving towards economic justice for all.
LaTasha Mayes, New Voices Pittsburgh- Building a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, Human Rights and Reproductive Justice.
Jessie Ramey, Yizercation- Creating great public schools for all students, with adequate, equitable, and sustainable public funding.
Chris Sandvig, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group- Organizing community-based nonprofits and their core partners dedicated to the revitalization of urban neighborhoods. Register now.

Please join us for the 2013 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics 
President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University invite you to join them for a public lecture given by the 2013 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics, former U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe. April 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm - Campbell Memorial Chapel - Chatham University, Shadyside Campus. Register Here

Olympia Snowe
Olympia Snowe's dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policy maker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. With her election in 1994, Olympia J. Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote. Before her election to the Senate, Olympia Snowe Represented Maine's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek American woman, ever elected to Congress. 

Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics: The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by the Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 in order to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and longtime political leader. The chair serves as an inspiration and role model for students as well as other members of the University community and citizens of Pennsylvania. 

The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Chatham University to enrich experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process. 

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University gratefully acknowledges The Hillman Foundation for its support.

Women In Film and Media News: Screening of “MISS REPRESENTATION”

The critically acclaimed documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. 

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Friday March 22, 2013, Frick Fine Arts Building, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Pre-Registration online: $10.00 At the door: $15.00 FREE to students with valid ID (You must RSVP to save your seat) Open to the Public.

Screening followed by a panel discussion. Details & Registration: WIFMPIT.

Women's Entrepreneurial Symposium: Learn how to Build a Benchmark Business
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 , 8:00 a.m. – Noon, Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, Downtown Greensburg, PA 

(free parking & shuttle available) 
Registration Fee: $65

Learn business ideas & strategies that lead to more productive & profitable business endeavors. Network with other women in business and local entrepreneurs. Connect with new business resources. Session topics include the Affordable Care Act, PA State Certification, International Trade, and Accessing Capital. Click for full details & registration.

Business Buzz

Get your business in the social media game! 

Last year nearly 4,000 companies participated in Social Madness, together generating nearly three-quarters of a million votes, 14 million new Facebook likes, 2.2 million new Twitter followers, and more than 202,000 new LinkedIn Connections. Charities received $30,000 cash on behalf of our national champions. Now, it's time to do it again and we hope you'll join us! 

Sign up by May 15! Details here

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays" Featuring TechnoGranny

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 21, 2013: "Building Successful Boards" 

Featuring interviews with:

Bibhuti Aryal - Rukmini Foundation ( (Non-profit Boards)
Allyce Pinchback 
Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny 
Andre Weisbrod, President & CEO, STAAR Financial Advisors, Inc ( (For Profit Boards) 
Ted Teele, Chief Executive Officer - SnapRetail (

Special Community Interview: 

Susan Miller, Founder of the WSBA will speak about the WSBA's 5th Annual Pittsburgh Entrepreneur Conference-Business Buffet Something for everyone in business on April 3rd at the Clarion Hotel in Greentree from 9:30-3:30. More information about the WSBA can be found at

Join in the great collaboration of our talented cook Chris Fennimore and award-winning documentarian Rick Sebak as they prepare dishes from Sebak's two national documentaries, A Breakfast Special and Breakfast Special 2: Revenge of the Omelets! WQED presents its newest cooking marathon, Over Easy on Thursday, March 14 at 8 pm on WQED-TV.
To view the full release, click here

High School  and University News

Devin Taylor
SRU's Devin Taylor earns Daktronics all-region honor
Slippery Rock University men's basketball senior forward Devin Taylor was named Thursday as a D2SIDA Daktronics Division II Atlantic Region second-team performer in voting by the region's sports information directors.

Taylor is The Rock's leading scorer and rebounder with per-game averages of 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds. He ranks second among PSAC players and 12th among all Division II players in rebounds.

A native of New Castle and graduate of New Castle High School, Taylor also leads The Rock in “double-doubles” (10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds in the same game) with 13.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Taylor is shooting 47% from the field, 24% from 3-point range and 77% from the foul line. He also has 28 assists, 24 blocked shots and 22 steals in 29 games this winter. Read the entire release here.

Non-Profit Events

Volunteers of America Disability Resource Breakfast 
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:30 am to 9:30 am 

Join us to learn how you can prevent diabetes or how you can control the progress of this disabling disease. Stay healthier longer by understanding the best management practices for this common illness. 

Lorraine Starsky, RN, Chronic Disease Prevention Public Health Nurse for Allegheny County Health Department, will be our guest speaker. Lorraine will discuss the advances that allow for a better understanding of risk and disease management and the ABC's of living and working with diabetes. To reserve your seat for this presentation, please click here. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free! 

Neighborhood Highlights

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt

4 GOOD REASONS TO JOIN OUR 4th Annual Prayer 4 Peace March 
Good Friday, March 29, 2013, In Front of Westinghouse H.S. @ 9 AM 

The theme for this year’s march is Hope; we will celebrate our hope in God.

1. If you believe in the power of prayer and God's authority to change our spiritual
and physical Climate...You will join us.

2. If you want to celebrate hope on the holiest day of the Christian calendar,
Good Friday...You will join us.

3. If you want to be among Spiritual leaders, community residents, businesses, organizations, city officials, local and national media that will declare God's victory over hopelessness, violence, and poverty in our community and city...You will join us.

4. If you want to be a symbol of God's Love in Homewood...You will join us!
During last year’s march, over 500 people participated! How many more reasons
do you need to join us?

From Our Friends at Urban Media Today 

Pittsburgh to Begin Bike Sharing Program in Summer 2014

Ravenstahl's Bike Program
Since 2010, Pittsburgh has been ranked by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bronze-Level” Bicycle Friendly City.

The city’s connection to 75 miles of bike trails, as well as the Ravenstahl administration’s commitment to a series of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly initiatives, like additional bike racks, directional signage and pavement marking of approximately 50 miles of bike lanes and “shared-road arrows,” have resulted in the city’s ranking as 16th in the nation in bike use.

But what about commuters who use public or private transportation to reach a destination such as the workplace, only to find they need a means to make a short trip during the day? Read the entire article here.

Positive Pittsburghers Segment
Sanna Carapellotti

Hypnotherapist's programs alters eating habits in healthy way 

By Dave Zuchowski 

Six years ago, Sanna Carapellotti noticed that many of her clients were reporting they were troubled by overeating due to stress.

"I began asking myself how I could take what I know and apply it to create an experience that would help," said Ms. Carapellotti, 58, a certified medical hypnotherapist who has a master's degree in school psychology from Duquesne University.

As a first step, she visited local food courts, sat for several hours and observed diners' eating habits. She even counted the number of times people chewed their food.

"I noticed they took a fast-paced approach to eating and seemed to be distracted as if in a trance of obliviousness," she said. "This can leave us feeling less than satisfied and compounds any stress we feel. If you finish a burger, fries and drink in three minutes, you might feel you need to eat more because the body's 20-minute eating cycle is not complete."

Seeking answers, she invited a group of people to her home in Mt. Lebanon to dine. But she also applied a trance of awareness to heighten the eating experience and she used integrated hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and psychological acupressure into the meal experience. The results were encouraging. Read more.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

1st Annual Networking Party No BS Marketing Meeting was held at Bonnie and Clyde's in Wexford
About twenty people attended, conversed and had cocktails and dinner which is something we don't get to do really at the No BS Marketing Meetings because of such a crammed, wonderful agenda.  Great opportunity to get to know our peers.  Thanks to Becky Auer and Weston Lyon who run the No BS Marketing Meetings every month and also thanks to Erin Turo of Turo Chiropractic, the No BS Marketing Social Director  who organized the event.  Great job Erin.
Bonnide and Clyde's Wexford 
First of all our waiter in his Al Capone hat was irrevererantly delightful.  The crab cakes were just delightful and all crab, my dinner partners raved about the chicken marsala and the cannoli rivaled my Italian grandmothers.
$5 House Wine
$2 Bud & Bud Light Bottles
9-11pm Half off All Drinks!

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2013 All rights reserved.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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