Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 5-27-13 Part III

Positively Pittsburgh Live News


Part III

Tonight, Memorial Day in Pittsburgh, Joyce Kane of Cybertary, Inc. and Secretary of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh joins Good News Reporter TechnoGranny, Joanne Quinn-Smith as co-host. Joyce is also the gal who posts all those Good News Press Releases and keeps calendar up and crowded with great events.

Tonight's Segments Part 3: ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Pyrofest at Hartwood Acres, Mint on Banksville Rd., Afternoon Dining in Downtown Pittsburgh Grill on 7th, Staycation Cocktails by the River at the Sheraton Station Square, Ladies Who Network By Classic Events 

STEELTOWN HERO 12 year old Couture Fashion Designer 

PPL LOCAL SPORTS: Flenorys Grandson picks Stanford 

VETERANS NEWS: Memorial Day a Special Thank You to all of our Veterans now serving or gone, who have defended this country and the cause of freedom

CONTESTS: Summer Memories and Best View In Pittsburgh


Pyrofest at Heartwood Acres by Angel Thomas and Dean Quinn
If you thought the Fourth of July had grand fireworks, after seeing the works at the Pyro Fest, you would agree that these astounding works put them to shame. These were not just the average works you see every year, but imagine seeing fireworks that went along with some percussion, classic music from Disney movies, and silence from the crowd in awe. The "Phantom Fireworks" showed out with the introductory demo which involved a lot of uncanny lights and sounds that put you on the edge of your seat, or picnic blanket for that matter. Along with some great music by Pennsylvania's own "The Clarks" band from Fayette County, games for the kids and great food, this is a night to remember. Any family would enjoy the festivities the Pyro fest offered as well as having that memory of a family fun night!

Mint, 3033 Banksville Rd., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15216, Dormont Area
For my friend Meenakshi Kapoor’s last night in Pittsburgh before returning to India after 14 years here in the Burgh, we went to one of her favorite Indian Restuarants, Mint. Mint is South Indian, North Indian and Indo Chine cuisine.

She had not been there since her trip to India in the Fall and neither had I so we were both pleasantly surprised to see it newly remodeled and the food was amazing. Now while I love Indian food, it is difficult for me to eat it as hot as most Indians like it. I like that they give you a choice of 1 to 10. We had their standard lentil soup, Amti and Chicken Hakka Noodles. My first time for these, what a delicious surprise and Aloo Gobi Parata which is wheat bread stuffed with cauliflower and potatoes. Also my first time for this. For those of you who are interested, the remodel includes a buffet bar, which will soon be an addition to their usual fare.

Staycation Cocktails by the River at the Sheraton Station Square
Jo Ann Forrester and Karen Shannon from Meadville have decided that sitting by the river having cocktails, reading in the lobby and watching the boats, or shopping in the Station Square Shops was a great Memorial Day weekend.

Ladies Who Network By Classic Events 
What a wonderful event. Jo Ann Forrester of Empressof Biz and I were honored right along with Darieth Chisholm and Lynn Hayes Freeland. The networking and vendors were amazing. And the vendors, well I don’t know where you would find more delightful shopping. We sampled Ro’s German Chocolate Cupcakes and chocolate covered Strawberries. We met a 12 year old couturier designer and oh, the jewelry and travel trips and opportunities to meet some amazing women and few good men. Great job, hats off to Ralph Watson of Classic Events.

Meet Armani Dolby
Hello, my name is Armani Dolby. I am a 12 year old Couture Fashion Designer. I started drawing when I was 6 years old. My designs are very unique and full of color. I have some designs that are as simple as everyday wear whereas, others would be considered attire fit for events such as the Presidents Ball or the Red Carpet.
Armani Dolby

I hope that one day I can design an outfit for my favorite artist, Queen of Hip-Hop, Mary J Blige. I love her style and enjoy her music. I like the lyrics in her songs. I really want to meet her some day. I am a 6th grade Honor Roll student at Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). I attend Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, where I am a member of the “Rodman Street Steppers." I also am a cheerleader for the North Shore Stallions.

In my spare time, when I am not designing new outfits, I write short stories, poetry, and songs. I like to make dances up while listening to Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, and Jamie Foxx. I plan to have my designs sold in my own boutique “Nejor’s” by the time I am 13. In the future I want to travel to the places known for fashion. I want to be included as one of the elite fashion designers. I look forward to the day when I can open my own store. I have several charitable dreams. At the top of my list, I want to open up a homeless shelter and provide a safe place for the homeless to get warm, clean, and fed. Secondly, I plan to make annual monetary donations to local schools to help with the purchase of books, uniforms, lunches, field trips, and school supplies. And lastly, I want to hold a yearly fashion show with a portion of the proceeds to go to a local charity or non-profit organization.

Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Armani Nejor Designs




From the Pittsburgh Courier
Baron “B.B.” Flenory remains a legendary figure in high school basketball, in college basketball and to those in western Pennsylvania. Flenory was a Parade All-American as a senior at Valley High School. He was a star player at Duquesne University. He is in the WPIAL Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Basketball Hall of Fame and is now happy to pass the torch. 
Brandon Simmons, Flenory’s grandson, is ranked as the number 12 safety in the country and is one of the top-200 prospects nationally. He is a defensive back at Timberview High School, which is in the Mansfield, Texas, School District. He is only a junior, but has received more than 40 scholarship offers from colleges across the country. Texas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, LSU and Harvard are among the schools that have offered scholarships. 

Simmons, became Stanford University first commitment of the 2014 class and is the Cardinals first signee from Texas since the 2012 class.
Brandon Simmons

“A friend of mine from Texas Ty Mongomery plays for Stanford, so they were always high on my list,” said Simmons. “I wanted to major in Forensic or Business and Stanford has a great Business School.”

Among numerous qualities about the university, Simmons said the campus and coaching staff put Stanford over the top.

“I heard the campus was beautiful but it surpassed all my expectations,” Simmons said. “Coach (David) Shaw is really laid back and doesn’t lose his calm, but when I told him I was committing he jumped up and hollered.”

For years Flenory’s proudest memories was his 81 point game in junior high. A performance that led to an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.”

“I’m more proud of my grandson than anything that I ever done,” said Flenory. “He is just as strong academically as he is athletically. For him to have scholarship offers from schools like Harvard and Stanford. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Brandon’s father (Kashann Simmons) is a football coach and he virtually grew up with a football in his hand.

Indeed, legend has it that when Brandon was only a few months old, his father placed a football in his crib, thereby setting him on the gridiron path.

Brandon is a straight-A student but he is a lot more than Sir Isaac Newton in shoulder pads and helmet.

Simmons plays like a combination of his two idols: big hitter Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and ball hawk Ed Reed from the Baltimore Ravens.

As a sophomore he racked up 100 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 15 passes broken up. He had nearly 100 tackles as a junior.

Simmons is truly a leader focused and determined to be the best he can be.

“I wanted to commit early so that I can focus on my senior year,” said Simmons. “As a team we didn’t do very well last year. This year we return a lot of leaders. We have been working hard this spring and we are determined to have a successful season.”

The U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl has become the “can’t miss” game for football fans across the country and Simmons has already been selected to play in next years’ game. He will be featured in the same defensive backfield as Gateway’s Montae Nicholson.

Did Simmons ever consider playing at the University of Pittsburgh?

“Pitt was on my wish list, but they didn’t show me any love,” said Simmons. “Pitt is a great school and has a tremendous medical program. I’m 110 percent committed to Stanford, but Pitt would have been very high on my list.”

With Steelers safeties Polamalu and Ryan Clark getting long in the tooth, maybe in four years Pittsburgh can show Brandon Simmons “some love” on draft day.
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Summer Memory Contest
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First Place, An Interview on PositivelyPittsburghLive Monday Broadcast to tell about your memory. Listen to these broadcasts at:, Latest is on the front page.

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

Contest Ends June 30, 2013

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What is the Best View of Pittsburgh in the Summertime?
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Please post your comments and a picture. Why is it the best view in Pittsburgh.
You can add a little story such as First Date, Proposed, Baby's First Visit, whatever you think will interest our readers.

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