Friday, June 21, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 6-17-13 Part II

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part II
Listen to the show online here.
Co hosting with the TechnoGranny today, JoAnn Forrester of the EmpressofBiz Talkcast and syndicated channel broadcaster at 

PPL Good News Segments Today: PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Pennsylvania's Civil War exhibition


ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Something Big, Kenny G at the Pittsburgh Symphony

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Pittsburgh Passion first game ever at the new Highmark Stadium in Station Square,Athletics select SRU Lou Trivino in 11th round,36th RUNNING OF THE GREAT RACE

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM: Share Your Best Summer Memory,What is the Best View of Pittsburgh in the Summertime: Both Available thru June 30

STEELTOWN HERO: David Solomon, WQED-TV Executive Producer Receives National Recognition


Pittsburgh Historical Stuff

'Pennsylvania's Civil War' exhibition opens June 22
This summer, take an in-depth look at Pennsylvania's significant contributions during the Civil War as part of the new major exhibition Pennsylvania's Civil War, presented by Mylan. On Sat., June 22, celebrate the opening day of the exhibition with docent-led tours and talks by local Civil War authors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit brings to life the personal stories of Western Pennsylvanians on the battlefield and on the home front during the four-year war that shaped America. Featuring more than 100 artifacts, six life-like museum figures, immersive settings, and military encampments, alongside a reproduction Rodman Cannon that is more than 20 feet long and weighs 18,000 pounds, the Pennsylvania's Civil War exhibit is a key component in a series of History Center programs, events, and publications developed in partnership with Pennsylvania Civil War 150, the statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Non-Profit Events Sponsored By Black-Tie Pittsburgh
From our Friends at the Soul Pitt
PLEASE JOIN US as we honor our supporters and celebrate the work of Every Child, Inc.

June 26th, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served @ LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

LeMont Restaurant is Handicap Accessible. Valet parking - $6.

Guest Speaker,  DANA SCHULTZ,
Senior Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation
Will discuss the implementation strategies and share results from the Helping Families Raise Healthy Children initiative’s system-change approach to addressing the often co-occurring challenges of parental depression and early childhood developmental delays.

$50 per person. Please RSVP by June 18th, 2013, Table of 8 - $375
Call 412.665.0600or e-mail to inquire about group rates or for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Roving Pittsburgher Report 

Something Big presented by Visionary Academy of Performing Arts
Visionary Academy Dance classes are created and run to teach students that they are beautiful from the inside out and it shows. The Real Deal Pastor Brady Hill was a slap stick, hilarious Master of Ceremonies. He is Pastor of The Whole Truth Ministry and you could see why. In this monologues he did not hold back on the hysterical “truths” that make people laugh and think. 

The songs were very non-denominational Christian and inspirational tunes and the dancers were nothing short of heavenly. Well I am a little prejudiced because my granddaughter Anaiyah was one of the Saturday Teeny Boppers who danced to On Top of the World and Victory Chant. This group was probably 5 and 6 year olds but what poise for young girls. The Show Stopper was Almost There by the Tuesday Teeny Boppers, complete with pink and white checkered outfits, tiny hats and white gloves and a Yellow Cab for a prop. This was no ordinary kids dance review, even the props and minimal scenery was first class. The most inspirational piece of all I think was the Pre-Teen Group in There’s Hope. If you can get a chance next year, don’t take a chance just put it on your calendar. I found myself cheering loudly along with the other proud grandparents and parents and relatives even for the dancers I did not know. I am so happy to have been invited.

Kenny G at the Pittsburgh Symphony 
JoAnn Forrester, the Empress of Biz says...

I enjoyed the concert for many reasons…not only for the music…but for the easy interaction that Kenny G has with the audience and the musicians. This man is not only gifted with musical talent, he is technically brilliant and has the ability to hold notes longer than anyone . In fact he has set the world record for the longest notes held…45 minutes! Read the full review here.
Pittsburgh Local Sports

Pittsburgh Passion leaves an impressive imprint on sports history for 2013
The Pittsburgh Passion first made history by playing the first game ever at the new Highmark Stadium in Station Square. On April 6th, 2013, Rookie Fullback Candice Snyder made Highmark Stadium history making the very first touchdown and Passion Quarterback, Lisa Horton threw her 100th regular season touchdown of her career against the DC Divas in their opening game.

The Passion’s defense had their first shut-out, of 4 total for the season, on April 20th against the Toledo Reign and their special teams added one blocked punt and several amazing kick returns to lead the Passion to victory.

The Passion had their second shut-out in a row, on April 27th against the Columbus Comets, becoming the first sports team to win at Highmark Stadium. Wide Receiver, Rachel Wojdowksi started off her remarkable season breaking her 1000th career receiving yard mark early in the first quarter of that game and Passion Kicker, Amy Fallon was 7 for 7 on extra points. The Passion defense greatly attributed to the game as Linebacker, Tia Montgomery had an interception for an 83 yard touchdown return and Passion Rookie, Linebacker, Amanda Duncan, had a 39 yard fumble recovery in for a Passion touchdown. The Passion defense finished with two fumble recoveries and three interceptions against the Comets. Read the entire release here

Lou Trivino
Athletics select SRU's Lou Trivino in 11th round
The Oakland Athletics on Saturday made Slippery Rock University junior pitcher Lou Trivino their 11th-round pick in the 2013 amateur baseball draft.

Trivino, the 341st player selected in this year’s draft, was the first Rock baseball player drafted since catcher-first baseman Matt Adams was selected in the 23rd round (699th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 draft.

Adams is currently a member of the Cardinals’ Major League Baseball team.

Trivino was the second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference player selected in this year’s draft, behind only Mansfield University pitcher Nick Keener, the 10th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A native of Green Lane, Pa., and graduate of Upper Bucks Christian High School, Trivino has one collegiate season of eligibility remaining, but is expected to sign a professional contract in the next few days. Read the entire release here

Runners – and walkers – will take to the streets of Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 29, for the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Great Race, established in 1977 as a 10K race by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, has grown to include the 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day exposition and children’s race.

For more information visit or call 412.255.2493

Pittsburgh Good News Forum


Share Your Best Summer Memory
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.

Promotion 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.

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

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.

The best view of Pittsburgh picture and story winners will be broacast 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.

What are the Top Ten Things Clients, Prospects, Suspects Should Know About You
I will start with PPL Mag just off the top of my head.

1. PPLMag is Pittsburgh's First Internet Radio and TV Network.
2. It is also an Online Community Magazine with Lots of Good News About Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
3. Positively Pittsburgh Live has over 60 Channels and Pages with many more to appear online soon.
4. PPL Mag and Forum is free to the public to use. All you have to do is register at the big yellow button on the home page to post on calendar and in the forum.
5. At PPL Mag you can watch videos, listen to radio shows and read articles, check the calendar and discuss in forums.
6. PPL Mag is run on user generated content, that means Pittsburghers provide all of the free and paid for content on the site.
7. Once a week, everything posted on the site can be viewed in an online turning page magazine complete with live links to PPLMag Internet radio and TV shows.
8. PPLMag calendar contains both free and ticket events.
9. If you are a business owner, professional or non-profit, you can purchase your own audio or video channel or print page on
10. enjoys 110,000 average downloads per month which means viewers are viewing and listeners are listening.

Now Post the top Ten Things About Your Business HERE.

Steeltown Hero
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Announces Election of New Leaders for 2013-2015 

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the election of new leaders to its Executive Committee and Board of Governors. David Solomon, WQED-TV Executive Producer of local production in Pittsburgh,
David Solomon
has been elected to serve as the chapter’s president. 

Solomon is recognized for writing and producing some of WQED’s most compelling documentaries including nationally-distributed “Long Road Home” in 2011. 

Before joining WQED in 2000, Solomon spent 13 years as a news and programming producer at KDKA-TV. He served as NATAS Awards Chair for four years and a Governor-At-Large for two years. 

Solomon is the chapter’s first president from Pittsburgh. Along with Solomon, the following officers have also been elected to serve a one-year term. 

To view the full press release click here.

Veterans and Military News

The Steel City Vets Classic!
The Steel City Vets Classic is sponsored by the Steel City Vets (SCV) and the OIF/OEF Veterans and The Veterans Support Foundation (VSF) - a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for deserving veterans and their families. It is hoped that this will be an annual event on behalf of both organizations.

The Steel City Vets’ goal is to provide support and guidance to Post 9/11 era veterans in the Greater Pittsburgh and Western PA area. Their support begins throughout the vet’s transition and continues as needed. The SCV works in conjunction with other nationally based veteran’s groups.

The SCV is a “home grown Post 9/11 Veteran Support group created and run by Post 9/11 Veterans”! They also provide Pittsburgh and Western PA Veterans with assistance in VA filing and other services.

According to the SCV their goal is “to make sure our Veterans know they are not forgotten”!

The Veterans Support Foundation’s (VSF) goal is to enrich the lives of all veterans and their families. They help fund nonprofit organizations in support of veteran related projects throughout the United States.

The VSF also assists disabled veterans and provides transitional and permanent housing for homeless and at risk veterans.

The Steel City Vets Classic is a golf outing designed to raise money for the Veteran Support Foundation. It is the creation of Scott Reed, who now serves as the Director of the event.

Scott wanted to combine his love of golf with his desire to help our Veterans. As a vet himself, Scott (US Army, OIF Vet/SCV Member) understands the issues that face our returning service men and women.

Scott invites you to join them and come out for the Steel City Vets Classic!

When: July 28, 2013
Where: Quicksilver Golf Club
Cost: $75 per golferCost includes 18 holes of golf, cart, and picnic-style banquet
Make check payable to Veterans Support Foundation.
Deadline to register: July 12, 2013.
Format: 4 man scramble

You can find a Registration form and more information about the Steel City Vets Classic here:

To find out more about the Steel City Vets and the Veterans Support Foundation, please visit their websites:

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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