Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 5-20-13 Part III

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part III

Co- host Tamar Cerafici, Environmental Attorney, PPL Mag Page Legal Shoe, PPL Mag Channel Owner, The Barefoot Barrister, Founder of the Lawyer's New Clothes Marketing and Coaching Program 

On tonight’s show, Part III: POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Pittsburgh Summer Memory Contest; ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Mateo's Italian Restaurant, Children's Festival, 7th St. Grill, Cocktails and Cuisine; PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Pittsburgh Passion Sweeps Columbus, Last Season Home Game Coming up; PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM: What is the Best View of Pittsburgh in the Summertime?; STEELTOWN HERO: Bruno Sammartino Day; VETERANS AND MILITARY NEWS: MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS ON WQED-TV HONOR VETERANS

Positive Pittsburghers Segment

It's easy, just post your best Pittsburgh Summer Memory Here to have a chance to win 

First Place, An Interview on PositivelyPittsburghLive Monday Broadcast to tell about your memory.
Listen to these broadcasts at:, Latest is on the front page. 

Second Place: a $50.00 Gift Certificate to one of Pittsburgh's Finest Downtown Restaurants

Third Place: "You Might Be a Pittsburgher" New Version Frameable Poster.

Contest Ends June 30, 2013

You must have a profile as a Positive Pittsburgher to enter.
Entries will be judged by staff of Channel owners and Staff Members are Prohibited from entering.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Matteo’s Italian Restaurant, Right on Brookline Blvd. in Brookline

What a delightful friendly place. As we walked in the door, customers greeted us and told us how wonderful the food was.Then another one sat down with us and introduced himself. There are only about eight tables and we decided it was like eating in your grandmother’s kitchen. 

The owner, Francesco, who is from Calabria, Italy and his wife told us they hear that a lot. Nanno Granny and I had to hear about it from two Boomerangers from Virginia who own Beach Treats down at the end of Brookline Blvd., don’t forget to stop there when you visit Mateo’s. We had homemade ravioli, gnocchi and beans and greens. Sure tasted like my Markajan Grandmother made all of them, so I am not sure that the Calabrese have a lock on the recipes. Go early before the dinner crowd because we have a suspicion that it is hard to get a seat once the locals arrive. When in doubt, PPL says, eat where the locals eat. BTW, don’t try to find the website, they don’t have nor do they need one.

Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival 
It just filled up the Schenley area of Oakland right by the Carnegie Library with Petting Zoo and Exopolis. Petting Zoo was my granddaughter’s favorite. Also will be showing a video on front page of PPL Mag later this week of my granddaughter and a crew of other five to seven year olds commandeering the stage as steel drummers played Carribean music. 

 Also from the same stage later we hear wonderful live storytelling from Mary Morgan Smith where she told a story with song and sign language added and had both children and adults mesmerized and participating.

7th St. Grill

130 7th St  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Don’t know why we never visited here before since it is so close to the Benedum. Now that Tambellini’s across the street is closed, it is a nice choice for mid range restaurant with nice entrees sandwiches, appetizers and salads. Choices we made were all outstanding: Grilled Vegetable Salad, Crab Cake Sandwich, Chicken Quesadilla, and Buffalo Chicken Wrap. The desserts from Signature were also amazing: Tiramisu and flourless chocolate cake, yum. Also outdoor patio dining under the Katz Plaza trees is very relaxing and even though there is a bar, we found it kid friendly thanks to our waiter Ryan who was very accommodating.

Cocktails and Cuisine 
What a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening! The company was delightful, met some wonderful people we would not have met, and the Woodlands at Bradford Woods is a beautiful bucolic setting with nice amenities. We particularly enjoyed the amazing gourmet nachos from the Saucy Pig and the beet salad from the Walnut Grill. Music by Antoinette was as always both delightful but low key enough for conversation. Wonderful event. Suggest you attend next year, the live auction event, though we did not bid, was very exciting. Also TechnoGranny won a small plane ride around Pittsburgh on a raffle ticket. Something for everyone. Thanks to Debra Dion Kirske for inviting me.

Pittsburgh Local Sports

Pittsburgh Passion Sweep Season Series of Columbus Comets 
The Pittsburgh Passion pull off their second win against the Columbus Comets this season on their journey to the playoffs. The Passion won 35 –14 against the Comets last Sunday. 

Passion Quarterback, Lisa Horton, lead the offense again this week with 217 passing yards. Passion Wide Receivers, Rachel Wojdowski, had 101 receiving yards and 5 receptions with a touchdown, and Angela Baker with 5 receptions and 95 receiving yards also, with one touchdown against the Comets. Passion Fullback, Candice Snyder also had 2 touchdowns tonight.

The Passion defense had a great contribution from multiple players tonight against Columbus. Passion Safety, Alex McAtee had an interception in which she returned for 35 yards as well as 8 tackles and a pass deflection against Columbus. Defensive End, Ebony Ivy had 12 tackles and one sack on Columbus, Defensive Back, Sharon Vazquez had 11 tackles and Linebacker Janice Masters added 9 tackles.

Passion Kicker, Amy Fallon with a consistent effort this week of 5 for 5 extra point attempts against the Comets. Fallon brings her season extra point total to 29 of 30.

The Pittsburgh Passion will have a bye week this weekend before they hit the road for their second match-up against the D.C. Divas on June 1st. The Passion will be back for their last regular season home game against the Detroit Dark Angels on June 8th for “Passion Alumni Night”. For more information, visit

Pittsburgh Good News Forum

What is the Best View of Pittsburgh in the Summertime? Who Has the Best Picture and Memory. Answer here but first you must register at 

The best view of Pittsburgh picture and story winners will be broadcast on PPL News on July 8, 2013. 

First place winners will receive: An interview on July 8 on PositivelyPittsburghLive Radio Broadcast; Second Place: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to One of the Finer Restaurants in Pittsburgh TBA; Third Place: A Second Edition Poster Fresh off the presses of "You Might Be a Pittsburgher"

1. You must be a Pittsburgher, former Pittsburgher or adopted Pittsburgher.
An adopted Pittsburgher calls Pittsburgh their closest big City. So you can live in Altoona, Erie, Weirton or Stuebenville. Or just about any place in between just so yunz call yourself Pittsburghers. No cheating here, it's okay to be adopted.
2. All Pictures will become property of and will be compiled into a video with music to be shown on during the month of July.
3. Staff Members and PPL Mag Page and Channel Owners may post their pictures and memories but will not be elibible for the judging.
4. Judging will be accomplished by PPL Mag Staff and Channel Owners by Voting.

Thanks for participating. We LOVE Memories and Pictures at PPL Mag!

Steeltown Hero
From our friends at

Bruno Sammartino
Allegheny County to Designate May 17 as Bruno Sammartino Day 
County Executive Fitzgerald, along with Council President Martoni and Council Member DeFazio, will honor Bruno Sammartino in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his first WWE Championship title on May 17, 1963.

Mr. Sammartino was recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last month, and in celebration of his many accomplishments, the County Executive and the Council Members will declare May 17, 2013 as Bruno Sammartino Day in Allegheny County. Watch YouTube video of Bruno here.

Veterans and Military News


WQED-TV will air several programs on May 21 through 26 in honor of American veterans and patriots who fought, or are currently involved in conflicts. Additionally, WQED-FM will broadcast music that honors American veterans on Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 21
The Ghost Army at 8pm 
During World War II American G.I.s recruited art students all over the country to take part in the war effort. These soldiers used their artistic ability to create fake tanks, realistic sound effects and fake convoys in order to trick the Germans on the front lines. This documentary tells of their deceptions of the German fronts and their creative futures in art. 

Wednesday, May 22
Secrets of the Dead Airmen and the Headhunters at 10pm 
American airmen find themselves stranded in Japanese controlled Borneo during World War II after their B24 bomber is shot down. However, these soldiers are protected by the ones that they were told to fear, the local Dayak tribe. 

Friday, May 24 
PBS Voces Rebel at 10pm 
In 1876, the memoirs of Civil War soldier Harry Buford caused controversy. Harry’s real identity was revealed to be Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban woman raised in New Orleans. Rebel is a historical documentary detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory 

Sunday, May 26

Unforgettable: The Korean War at 3pm 
Veterans of the Korean War recount their memories of what has been known as the Forgotten War. 

Maggie’s War: A True Story of Courage, Leadership and Valor in World War II at 4pm Maggie’s War documents James Megellas’ (“Maggie”) evolution from a citizen to a fearless platoon leader. Seven decades later cameras follow Megellas on an emotional return to European battlefields and war memorials with a small group of family, friends, and 82nd Airborne veterans. 

A Company of Heroes at 5pm
The 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, known as the “Screaming Eagles” is one of the most revered combat units in U.S. military history and inspired the book and show Band of Brothers. Veterans from this unit recall the horrors and victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed, and the friends they lost. 

National Memorial Day Concert at 9:30pm
An American tradition in its 20th year, the award-winning National Memorial Day Concert features an all-star line-up along with the National Symphony Orchestra from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Co-hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, this year’s show will include a segment that focuses on the impact that multiple deployments has on those who serve as well as their family members, recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and a tribute to decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning. 

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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.

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