Thursday, July 25, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 7-22-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Today's co-host, Hank Walshak of Walshak Communications, Author of Content Marketing Express Page on,Communications and Branded Journalist Consultant

Tonight's Show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Wesley Lyons Wine Tasting and Auction for Cystic Fibrosis at the Pittsburgh Winery, Lady Windemere's Fan at PICT, Grill on 7th, Roman Bistro

CULTURAL CLUES: Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Buddy Holly Story At Benedum, Plaid Tidings, Lady Windemere's Fan

KIDS KORNER: The Pearl Club, Let's Move Family Dance Party

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Get Paid More and Promoted Faster, The Art of the Ask, Summer Jobs for Teens

BUSINESS BUZZ: June 2013 year-over-year job growth rate 1.3 percent, Small Business Basics Workshop

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Center for Victims Expect Respect

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: History Center named Best Museum in the Burgh

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series Topic-- Making the Workplace a Better Place for All--With all of Our Differences, Sisters Saving Ourselves Now 2nd Annaul Summitt, Hair Peace Charities, Cindy Stock Concert, Racial Justice Awards--Now Accepting Nominations

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: PNC Neighborhood Wishlist, WQED Return of the Zucchini

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Mary Pam Kilgore Recipient of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Gillian Rudd Founder Award

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Lady Windemere's Fan, Little Mermaid, Roving Pittsburgher Picks of the Week

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Ex-Rock standout pitcher Lou Trivino set for first professional start, Pitt's Donald Pre-Season All-American


Where In The World Is TechnoGranny
Wesley Lyons Wine Tasting and Auction for Cystic Fibrosis at the Pittsburgh Winery 
Lady Windemere’s Fan; Grill on 7th;  Roman Bistro

Cultural Clues

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus

Tune in Saturday morning July 27th to hear the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, Sweet Adelines International appearance on the Saturday Light Brigade radio show. Larry Berger, Executive Director, will be interviewing David Wallace, Master Director of the Sounds of Pittsburgh chorus and many of the chorus’ members about this singing organization.
Sweet Adelines

If you love singing, this is the chorus for you! Seventy-five members strong, the award winning chorus sings four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Tune in to hear their version of the Beatles, “When I’m 64”! The following stations carry the SLB radio show. WRCT 88.3 Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon; WNJR 91.7 Washington Jefferson; PCTV Comcast 21 7 Verizon 47; WIUP 90.1 Indiana; WMCO 90.7 New Concord; WCUC Clarion and WSAT 91.1 Grove City. 

Diana Ross
Heinz Hall
August 20, 2013

Presented by Ed Atamian
Diana Ross, vocalist

The one and only Diana Ross will be making summer nights red hot as she comes to Heinz Hall on August 20th at 8 p.m. The legendary icon will perform her greatest hits in a spectacular live show. Ms. Ross will be pulling out all the stops with breathtaking costumes and stage designs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

Buddy Holly Story At Benedum
Pittsburgh CLO is thrilled to bring the musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story to the Benedum Center July 30 – August 4. Tickets are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square.

In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire and forever changed the face and sound of rock and roll. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story charts his meteoric climb, legendary adventures and tragic fall on the fateful day the music died. Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in this jukebox musical fully loaded with classics “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well All Right,” “Not Fade Away” and many more with an encore that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles.

Buddy is directed and choreographed by Norb Joerder with creative consultation by Matt Salisbury and music direction by John Banister. Read the entire release here.

The Boys are BACK with Stockings Full of Tunes! 
Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the return of the boys you know and love, back to perform their harmonious melodies in a show that is sure to lift your Holiday spirit. Plaid Tidings will open at the CLO Cabaret November 7 and run through January 12. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Call 412-325-1582 for group discounts and special event planning. 

Plaid Tidings offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with holiday standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren’t sure why they’ve returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Read the entire release here

Lady Windemere's Fan
Through July 27, 2013
Tongues wag when the tarnished Mrs. Erlynne returns to town. Has she seduced the seemingly incorruptible Lord Windermere? Will Lady Windermere create a scandal of her own to retaliate? Oscar Wilde's wit is adapted and directed by Alan Stanford.

PICT Theatre is proud of the quality of our productions: we cast the finest actors, and we find the best actor for the role - sometimes those actors are very experienced Equity actors, and sometimes those actors are new talents eager to sharpen their skills in a professional production. PICT is committed to the highest quality theatrical art and to fostering new talent. The wonderful chemistry that results when committed theatre artists work together is like magic. We hope you experience the magic with us for Lady Windermere's Fan.

Kids Korner

From Our Friends at The Girls Coalition

THE PEARL CLUB - Promise-Ready Pearls
The Pearl Club is a sisterhood for young women attending high school through Pittsburgh Public Schools. Through mentoring, theme-based sessions and setting goals, combined with
the symbolism of a pearl and a special gift, their own pair of pearl earrings, the Pearl Club's goal is to develop promise-ready pearls. Interested in learning more? Mark your calendar and attend an informational meeting on August 17 - learn more about The Pearl Club, engage in a fun activities, and find out how you can get involved!

Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Squirrel Hill Public Library, 5801 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15217

KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER - Let's Move Family Dance Party 
Grab your dancing shoes, your family and join the fun at our summer dance party! Together with our friends at 720 Music Clothing, Music & Café, this party has the right mix for toddlers and their families to get down! The party includes tasty treats, fun activities from Citiparks' Roving Art Cart, plus face painting, balloon twisters, an Italian ice station and plenty more

Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 11am - 2pm 
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

From our Friends at the Sprout Fund

Summer jobs

Summer jobs expose teens to industries they might later call a career. Steve Jobs’ summer job, adding screws on a Hewlett Packard assembly line, shaped his love for computers; he described his first day as “bliss.” Hillary Clinton babysat children of immigrants doing summer
itinerant work. Then, of course, there are less enlightening but still important jobs— Tina Fey has said she served cheese steaks at a swim club so her mother could swim for free.

But these days even the roughest summer jobs are more difficult to come by. The teenage job market has been hit hardest by the recession. And the bottom has essentially dropped out for summer employment, as older, experienced workers vie for the same positions as teens—without needing to reduce their hours come September. While other segments of the job market have climbed toward recovery, there’s been “no net increase in teenage employment since the recovery began,” according to recent research by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies.
Read article: How does summer stay productive when jobs are scarce?

Women and Girls Advancement

Get Paid More and Promoted Faster: 
The Art of the Ask 
Jennifer Woodward; Associate Professor of Surgery; ED for Research & Academic Affairs, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine presented this event on July 25th. 

Jennifer Woodward
Do you deserve a promotion or a raise, but you are afraid to ask? Are you wondering why others are always getting raises or being promoted while you are overlooked? In a perfect world, promotions and raises would just happen because we deserve them, but in reality, this is rarely the case. 

We need to ask - but we are afraid - the fear factor gets the best of us. By equipping ourselves with a "toolbox" of negotiating tips and strategies, we can develop the confidence we need to take charge of our careers, turn our goals into reality, and master the "art of the ask". 

When you leave this event, you will be armed with a collection of tips and strategies and with the confidence you need to take charge of your career and financial future ~ join us and learn how YOU can get what you need (and want) at work. 

Business Buzz

June 2013 year-over-year job growth rate 1.3 percent

Both Denver and Minneapolis had the highest year-over-year job growth rate at 2.9 percent. Sectors that are doing well include transportation and utilities (up 2.8 percent), financial activities (up 4.3 percent), professional and business services (up 4.4 percent), and leisure and hospitality (up 3.4 percent). Information jobs in the region declined 2.1 percent year-over-year, and wholesale trade and government jobs each declined by 1.5 percent. 

Thanks for your interest, Douglas Heuck, Program Director, PittsburghTODAY

Small Business Basics Workshop 
Saturday, August 10, 2013 (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM) Industry experts will discuss business planning, financing, bookkeeping, marketing, and legal issues pertaining to small business. The workshop is informal, and questions from the participants are solicited and encouraged throughout to help each participant receive the knowledge they need. Click here to register for this event ($30, free for members).

High School and University News
Expect Respect Teens

Ending the Cycle of Violence, One Teen at a Time 
Expect Respect is a school-based program for preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting safe and healthy relationships. Originally developed in Austin, Texas by Barbara Ball, PhD and Barri Rosenbluth, LCSW, Center for Victims adapted it five years ago for use in Allegheny County. Today, it continues to expand to meet the needs of school districts and teens in our area. In the 2012/13 school year the program reached approximately 6,300 teens across eight school districts. These districts include Clairton, South Allegheny, Gateway, Woodland Hills, Propel Braddock Hills, and West Mifflin Area High Schools as well as Westinghouse and Perry within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

Expect Respect programming involves both prevention and intervention, with multiple program components working together to address the problem of adolescent relationship abuse on various levels. At the individual level, counseling is available for those students who are experiencing abuse in their personal relationships. They can self-refer or be referred by a teacher, counselor, or the SAP referral process. Support groups facilitated by trained domestic violence counselors are also provided for students to receive more in-depth education on healthy relationships.

At the school-wide level, all ninth-grade students participate in classroom presentations to learn more about relationship abuse and dating violence. Students are taught how to recognize abusive or controlling behaviors, along with ways to stand up and speak out against abuse. These classroom presentations provide a foundation knowledge of healthy relationships for students beginning high school.One of the strongest features of Expect Respect programming is the Teen Leadership Team.

In each school, students with leadership qualities work together to create greater awareness of dating violence. These student leaders participate in leadership training lessons to increase their knowledge of the characteristics of healthy and abusive relationships and provide the skills needed for peer support, advocacy, and community action. Each team then undertakes interactive projects to reach their entire student body and larger community. Such projects include presentations at district middle schools, awareness-themed sporting events, and informational school hallway decorations. Through the efforts of these teen leaders, their school teachers and administrators, and the Center for Victims, we can begin to end the cycle of domestic violence.

The Expect Respect program also assists schools with the implementation of specific policies to address teen dating violence so that schools have intervention strategies and clearly outlined steps to be taken should abuse occur on school grounds. Training is provided to teachers, faculty, and staff in order to ensure that teachers are familiar with what constitutes dating violence and how Expect Respect plays a part in their school. Topics covered include warning signs of teen dating violence, safety planning, and the emotional and academic impacts of abuse on students. Expect Respect continues to change the culture of Allegheny County schools. The power of true social change starts with our youth.

Pittsburgh Historical Stuff

History Center named Best Museum in the Burgh
Enjoy your visit? Share your story on TripAdvisor!

History Center
The honors keep rolling in. The History Center was recently voted "Best Museum" by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine in the July 2013 issue. We also received a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from top travel review website TripAdvisor.

With an overall TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 stars, the History Center thanks our visitors for positive feedback. Interested in sharing your comments from a recent visit? Click here to post your story.
Enjoy your visit to the History Center, Fort Pitt Museum, or Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village? Add your experience to the conversation.

Non-Profit Events Sponsored By Black Tie-Pittsburgh

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series 

Chatham Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship 
Friday, September 13, 2013 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) 
Topic: "Making the Workplace a Better Place for All - With all of Our Differences" 
Speaker: Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UPMC 

The Dignity & Respect Campaign started as an internal change management initiative at

UPMC to promote inclusion in the workplace and cultural competency, but has become a national movement to help employees effectively collaborate within diverse organizations, unify communities, and promote anti-bullying in schools. Ms. Castleberry-Singleton will share why dignity and respect are crucial to building and sustaining an environment in which everyone feels included, valued, and appreciated.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

From Our Friends at the Soul Pitt 

Sisters Saving Ourselves Now 2nd ANNUAL SUMMIT
"Focus On The Family"
@ CCAC - South Campus

1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, PA
Friday August 9 @ 7pm  and Saturday August 10 @ 9am

Sisters Saving Ourselves Now is sponsoring the second annual summit with two days filled with the artistry of No More Project and African Call Drummers; supportive educational workshops; and an informative conversation with panel experts discussing men/women topics.


Hair Peace Women's Support Circle:
ALL women welcome (bring a friend)
Wednesday: July 17th, 7:30pm

Jacquie Algaier, certified oncology massage therapist.
Ingomar Methodist Church, COMMUNITY LIFE CENTER BUILDING 1501 W Ingomar Rd - 15237

Our night to be encouraged, share and feel God's amazing love. AND We have beautiful Prayer Quilts!

Thanks Steel City Roller Derby QUEENS! Presented Hair Peace with $300!
See them every month in Glenshaw at Romp N Roll!

Save The Date:Cindy-Stock Concert, August 17th, Wexford

AND proceeds support local breast cancer groups like...dadadada, dum...
HAIR PEACE! Get tickets for a full day of music, buffet dinner, fun  AND I will have 2 free tickets to give away...
simply go to the website, send me an email with subject line: CINDY-Stock Tickets!
List 1 of the performers who will be at the concert, include your name and phone number.
All will be in the drawing on Aug 8th! 

N-Motion Entertainment Presents 2nd Annual SOUTH BEACH Party
@ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15232, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Afro-American Music Institute
Please come out and join us at our  Second Annual South Beach Party and support our prestigious honorees.We promise you a fun-filled evening of live jazz music and entertainment.Mistress of Ceremonies: Debbie Norrell, Lifestyle Editor, The New Pittsburgh Courier
Doors Open @ 6:30 pm, Jazz Set & Honoree Presentation (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm), Patio
DJ Mike 'The Punisher' (10:00 pm - 1:00 am), Lower level

Also appearing @ 10:00 pm are Roland Ford & the Pittsburgh Soul Steppers along with Bill Ford and the Urban Ballroom DancersCosmopolitan South Beach Attire
*** FREE Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar! ***
$35 in Advance / $38 at the Door | $15 After Party

Dorsey’s Record Shop, 412.731.6607
Stedeford’s Record Shop, 412.321.8333

Or click here to get advance tickets online

YWCA GREATER PITTSBURGH - Racial Justice Awards - Now Accepting Nominations
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is committed to recognizing individuals, companies, and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to eliminating racism in
our region at the annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner. The YWCA is now accepting nominations for individuals who are committed serving the community and working towards racial justice. Join the YWCA by taking a stand, responding and advocating, and leading and growing towards greater equality and respect for ALL people.

CLICK HERE to find more information about how to submit a nomination for the Racial Justice Awards.

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

Let's make good things happen together. 
Submit your neighborhood project for a chance at up to $500 to help fund it! 
Submissions are open for PNC Neighborhood Wishlist! Last year, individuals and groups received grants of up to $500 for local projects including food banks, park cleanups, educational programs and more. This time around, were opening it up to 2,500 project submissions for consideration. 

Here's how it works:
1. Submit your project ASAP! We'll review the first 2,500 projects we receive by 12PM EST on July 22nd, and choose 100 projects as finalists! 

2. Voting starts August 26th and is open to everyone. Projects need one vote for every dollar of funding requested. 

3. Spread the word! Get your friends and family to vote—you can even earn extra votes for sharing!

Even if you don't have an idea, you can support and share other people's projects when voting begins. It's all part of working together to make our neighborhoods better. 

To find out how you can participate and see some of last year's funded projects, visit

20 years ago, Chris Fennimore would never have guessed that a little garden plot would lead to producing over 100 cooking programs, raising thousands of dollars for public television and causing a major career change.

In the summer of 1993, Fennimore was asked by a friend from church if he’d like to share a plot in a community garden located in Homewood Cemetery. He planted peppers, tomatoes, basil, and three zucchini plants. By mid-July the garden was blooming and there was an abundance of zucchini.

Fennimore asked Nancy Polinsky, then director of continuity at WQED to make a spot asking members of the community for zucchini recipes.

Chris Fennimore
“So I asked Nancy Polinsky, director of continuity at the time if she’d make a promo asking people for zucchini recipes. She asked if it was legal, haha! Turns out it was, and the rest is history as they say,” said Fennimore.

“I thought we’d just get recipes. But we got so much more.”

One recipe for Zucchini Boats stands out in Fennimore’s mind. A woman wrote in about her Aunt Margaret who had never married so she joined the family every Thanksgiving for dinner. Not wanting to be a burden she brought Zucchini Boats every year. The family “hated” them, but never said anything since they didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Now that Aunt Margaret is gone, they still make them every Thanksgiving.

“People think they’re just recipes, but they’re not,” said Fennimore. “They are people’s family and cultural history. They’re stories. And the person who sends them holds them in great value. Recipes get into our lives.”

To commemorate that original program, WQED is asking members of the community to send in new zucchini recipes now through the first of September. We’ll print them in a new cookbook and select cooks who will demonstrate their recipes on the air.

Recipes can be e-mailed to or sent by mail to: Zucchini, WQED-TV, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. Return of the Zucchinis premieres LIVE on WQED-TV Saturday, September 14 at 10 a.m.

Positive Pittsburghers Segment

NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Invites You to Celebrate Mary Pam Kilgore
Recipient of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh, Gillian Rudd Founder's Award
July 27, 2013 12:15 to 2:15 PM
Come hungry, lunch provided and you all know that Mary Pam
Mary Pam Kilgore
always likes to feed everyone well.
Urban Mountain Gathering Place, 213 Bailey Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

This is an event to celebrate Mary Pam as a business person, leader, teacher, mentor, community volunteer and friend. If you would like 30 seconds to tell your great story about Mary Pam, please respond upon registration. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, there is no charge for this event. However, you must respond, as space is seriously limited and we absolutely have only enough space for 45 attendees. Once you RSVP, and find that you cannot attend, please let us know so that we can find space for someone else. Mary Pam is a very popular gal! The event will be videotaped as a commemorative event, so dress nice for Mary Pam and because you may be on TV.

Please note there has been a change in the agenda. Mary Pam has had a change in her health status and will not be able to attend. She does however still like to watch TV, so we have decided to do a video tribute where you can share your stories about Mary Pam and your wishes for her. It will be presented to Mary Pam immediately after the event. So please join us for lunch to watch with us a video tribute of Mary Pam's accomplishments and we will be making an additional video from all of you to send to her.
Gillian Rudd Founder's Award

Nationally, NAWBO Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award recognizes a women business owner who has made a significant contribution to the status and visibility of women-owned firms and to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs both nationally and internationally. This award was named after Gillian Rudd, who served as NAWBO’s national president (1987-88) and contributed both strategy and personal charm to NAWBO’s early political advocacy activities. She also was instrumental in helping NAWBO establish the National Foundation for Women Business Owners—now known as the Center for Women’s Business Research.

NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Gives the Gillian Rudd Founder's Award in the same vein, as this award is for someone who contributes unselfishly -- both to NAWBO and the business and nonprofit community.
One of Mary Pam's favorite TV quotes: As Kojak would say, "Who Loves Ya Baby?" We love you, Mary Pam! Come out and show it on Saturday, July 27, 2013

Click here to Register
This is a no fee event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. 

Note from our Treasurer, JoAnn Forrester: We are not charging for this event due to donations by members and supporters to cover the costs of the day. What we are asking for is gifts of checks to help defray some of the extraordinary medical costs that come with a life threatening illness. This is one way we can say thank you to Mary Pam for all she has done to help others and women business owners in particular. If you can please make checks out to Mary Pam Kilgore. We look forward to sharing this day and a celebration of Mary Pam Kilgore. For additional information you can contact me at: 412-440-6969 

If you cannot attend, our membership director, Tamar Cerafici, has set up a site where we hope you will post pictures and happy memories and wished for Mary Pam. She has created the "Celebrate Mary Pam" Facebook Group. Please join and share your time and thoughts as we celebrate all that Mary Pam means to us.

For those of you who would like to send Mary Pam a card, please send it to:
Mary Pam Kilgore, 1762 MC MILLAN RD., Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Roving Pittsburgher Report 

Lady Windemere’s Fan
Lady Wildermere’s Fan By Oscar Wilde, 

Adapted and directed by Alan Stanford
Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theater at the Charity Randall Theatre 
Review by JoAnn R. Forrester 
The opening night presentation of Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde was a satirical delight. Alan Stanford adaption of the play, changing the time period from the 1880’s to 1947 was just the right thing to do. It is still a time where the British upper class clings to the Victorian values with all its trappings and hypocrisy and yet the setting is a bridge to 70 years later in the 21st century. Read the full review here

Take a Trip Back to Childhood,Fun and Fantasy with 
“Little Mermaid” 
By Lauren Brutscher 
Pittsburghers who attended the premier of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on July 9 got to experience a undersea adventure before the flooding. This beloved tale of a teenage mermaid courageous enough to dream the impossible has been beautifully adapted to the stage and is a must-see event this summer, for children and adults alike. As it follows the familiar story we all know from the Disney version, many elements from the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale are represented, making it a little darker of a tale than we all remember. Read the full review here

Jessica Grove as Ariel/Courtesy of CLO 
Little Mermaid 
Review of “Little Mermaid” by a Mermaid Character 
Pixie Della Fiamma 
Our first review was from a real, live human, but this review is brought to you by a "real, live Mermaid character." 

Getting to see Disney’s “The Little Mermaid “Broadway Show was like seeing the animated film as a child for the first time all over again. Only with this show, there are added songs and scenes that give the audience an even deeper look at the story and sticks even more closely with the original Hans Christian Anderson tale of two star crossed lovers and a ‘fish out of water’. The element of dance as “Ariel’s” way to win “Prince Eric’s” affections is pulled from the original story and used in a song about dance being a way of conversation, when one is without the ability to speak. There were explanations in the play that we missed out on in the movie version. Read the full review here.

Roving Pittsburgher Picks of the Week
Seafood Tureen at Grille on Seventh, loaded with clams, veggies, tilapia, shrimp and lime broth

Pittsburgh Local Sports

Ex-Rock standout pitcher Lou Trivino set for first professional start
Former Slippery Rock University pitching standout Lou Trivino said Sunday he's "eager and excited, but not anxious" to make his first professional start.

Trivino and Mitcheltree
First pitch for tonight's New York-Penn League, short-season Class A game between the Trivino-led Vermont Lake Monsters and hosting Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Vermont is the short-season Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, while the Scrappers are members of the Cleveland Indians' organization.

Trivino said he will be limited to 65 pitches or five innings, whichever comes first, in his initial pro start. Read the entire release here

Pitt’s Donald says he’s ‘Honored’ to be named Pre-Season All-American

It was already obvious that University of Pittsburgh defensive tackle was known as a special young man. The Penn Hills native made an impact for the Indians, and then he made an incredible impression while playing at Pitt, earning Big East honors. 

But now the nation has caught on to how special Donald is by naming him a Pre-Season All-American by Lindy’s and Phil Steele college football previews. “I’m honored.” Said Donald “But I still have to go out and play.” Donald credits former defensive end Jabaal Sheard as a true example on how to deal with the national attention.

Pittsburgh Good News Forum

What is the Best View of Pittsburgh in the Summertime?
Best view of Pittsburgh from Grandview at the end by Isabella's and Monterey Bay. For my money they have put the overlook balaconies at the wrong end of Grandview. -Techno Granny

I was recently in Pittsburgh for NAWBO Day and was fortunate to be shown the view from the Grandview Saloon. Here's a link to my little video, I'm sorry I wasn't able to take a picture as it was in the evening. I cannot wait to get back there so I can go to a baseball game, visit the science center and more! And of course see my new Pittsburgh friends. -Susan Newman, Suzy Brandtastic

Steetown Hero
Tacy Byham

2013 Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact Nominees {Tacy Byham } 

Tacy Byham, Ph.D.’s work with Development Dimensions International (DDI) has taken her all over the world. DDI is a global talent management consulting company that helps organizations identify, hire, and develop leadership talent. DDI is an expert in providing unique solutions to address talent management challenges and has a vision to help organizations build “better leaders for life”. DDI operates in twenty-six countries, and as the Senior Vice President of Leadership Solutions, Byham travels extensively to help organizations maximize growth for individuals levant to the learners and are applicable to their cultures. The success of managing a global project is not to manage one consistent (cookie-cutter) approach, but to manage the inconsistencies necessary for adoption by global location and by international cultures. Byham and the associates of DDI have done this successfully for over 40 years. 

Byham also championed DDI’s SPARK program, which encourages DDI associates to use their learning materials with nonprofit organizations in their local communities. These organizations would have been unlikely to have access to DDI’s training otherwise and DDI believed that by imparting our leadership and interpersonal skills to these non-profits, they could make their people more effective in executing the organizational missions.
In the past few years, the program has sparked change in educators in Indonesia and helped underprivileged children in India. Right here in the United States, SPARK activities have aided in the selection of care-givers in a home for severely autistic children in North Caroline and in communication skills for a Christian wilderness program for troubled young men in Nashville, TN. Through these efforts, DDI hopes to spark the lives of thousands of people each year.


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