Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 7-29-13 Part II

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part II

Co-host Kevin Amos
"With radio experince that has spanned 31 years, Kevin Amos has been on the staffs of WYEP,WDUQ,WCXJ-AM, WJJJ and WPPJ-AM. He's worked as a Host and producer of two current weekly radio programs on WRCT-FM "Ebony Spectrum" and "One To One with Kevin Amos." Amos is also Creator of Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Events and Producer and creator of "Each One, Teach One" Music and Radio Seminars. He has written about many Jazz and Blues artists over the years, contributing to the the Music Bulletin Board on Prodigy Internet Services and Soul-Patrol.com, the world’s largest Black Music Website. He is the Pittsburgh Area Coordinator and a regular contributor to Examiner.com In addition, Kevin is a freelance writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest Black newspapers in the country. You can contact him by email at: kevinamosproducer@hotmail.com"

Tonight's show: PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Woodville Plantation Hosts Stoolball Game

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: 19th Amendment 5th Annual Breakfast Style Week Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Health Access Network 5th Annual Conference

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: National Night Out, Millvale Community Library, Amemriserv Flood City Music Festival

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: 89 Year Old War Veteran Gets Diploma

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: West End Tavern and Trattoria, Celebrate Mary Pam Kilgore Event at Urban Mountain Gathering Place, Pittsburgh Blues Festival, South Beach Party, Anthrocon

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: SRU's Jordan Grady named to NABC Honors Court, Rock football quintet garners Pre-Season All-American honors

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM: Pittsburgh Best Memory Contest: Dewey Edward Chester, Stevie Herendeen

STEELTOWN HERO: Charles McCollester


Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, when this living history museum presents a special
Stoolball at Woodvillle Plantation
event. On Sunday, August 4, 2013, visitors are invited to join our historic interpreters in the 18th century game of stoolball, the fore runner of modern baseball. The game of stoolball was enjoyed by both men and women, the gentry and working classes, and was even played by General Washington and his troops during the American Revolution. The games will take place from 1 to 4 pm. Admission to the grounds and museum is$5.00 for Adults, $3for Kids Age 6-12, Free for Kids Under Age 6. 

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.


Celebrate and Share Invites You to the 5th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club Celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment! 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 
Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 
7:45 am - 9:30 am 
Donation: one ticket $45 
Honorary Sponsors $93 
Table of 10: $450 
Founding Sponsors $1,000

Hosted by Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

Bonnie DiCarlo: bonnie255@aol.com 412.480.5247
JoAnn Forrester: selfimagebz@aol.com 412.440.6969
Join us for a special presentation on "What does the Right to Vote Mean to Me?"
Hear our distinguished panel of women talk about what the Right to Vote means to them.The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. August 26, 1920

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt

StyleWeek Pittsburgh
For 5 incredible days, Style Week Pittsburgh (SWP) will be churning out the best of the best in fashion, style and beauty. SWP debuts in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, August 7th - Sunday, August 11th with a series of fashion-focused events including a Fashion Show to benefit Gwen’s Girls, Citywide Boutique Crawl, and Beauty Boot Camp. The mission of SWP is to create a platform for trailblazing and trendsetting fashion gems in the region to connect and showcase their brands to consumers.

For a full schedule, tickets, event updates,sponsorship opportunities, and to learn how
you can be part of Style Week Pittsburgh,please visit www.styleandsteel.net or call 412-208-0249.

PHAN's 5th Annual Conference 
Ron Pollack
Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA and undeniably one of America's greatest health care champions, is confirmed as the Sunday night headliner! 

PHAN's 5th annual conference is in Harrisburg from Sunday, September 22nd - Monday, September 23rd. The Sunday Reception begins at 7:00 PM. Register today for early bird prices.

Also new to the Sunday night lineup: Special Medicaid expansion strategy session right before reception, from 5:45-6:45.

The floor is yours. Give us an honest assessment of the public campaign and help brainstorm new ways to bring the issue home to your community or organization.

Register today for early bird prices.

Stay the night or come back Monday morning to hear Anton Gunn of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services open Monday's meeting.
Anton Gunn
Also on Sunday and Monday: 
The integration of state agencies and the federal exchange
Winning strategies to bring Medicaid expansion to Pennsylvania
Learn about outreach and enrollment strategies for your community
Funded navigators and their plans for Pennsylvania
How to be a certified application counselor
Obamacare 101 - Dispelling myths and educating your community
Enrolling Pennsylvanians with special focus on minority populations and young people
What health reform means for women, people of color, businesses, hospitals, people with disAbilities, providers, physicians, health clinics, young people and more.
Essential Benefits Plan
Latest rules and regulations and how they clarify or change pieces of the ACA
And MUCH more..

Click here to register.
Click here to check out highlights from last year's conference. 

Early bird prices expire August 19th:
Full conference: $65
Sunday only: $30
Monday only: $50

Book your room at the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg before August 22nd to get the group rate. Call (717) 234-5021 and give them the 3 letter code: HAN or click here. Just can't wait until September 22nd? Request a training with PHAN: http://bit.ly/RequestTraining


From District 4 City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak 

Into the streets: National Night Out brings us together
The simple truth is that the more eyes there are on a street, the safer the neighborhood is. Blocks where neighbors know each other, sharing a friendly hello when we pass each other, are blocks that are safer from the potential of criminal activity. 

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out Against Crime, a program that has been running since 1984 on the principle that a unified community can protect itself and continue to ensure that it's a nice, safe place to live. This year, the City of Pittsburgh can help you plan your own impromptu Night Out event. Register your group and get handy templates and suggestions.

We've received word of several of these events taking place across District 4--see below. Let my office know if your block is organizing its own, and we can help publicize it!

Carrick/Overbrook Block Watch's Communities Against Crime
Sankey Avenue Business District (Brownsville Rd between Churchview and Owendale)
Tuesday, July 30
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kirk Avenue Community Night Out
300 and 400 blocks of Kirk Avenue
Sunday, August 4
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bon Air National Night Out
Bon Air Parklet, corner of Calle Ave and Conniston Ave
Tuesday, August 6
6:00 p.m.

Beechview Night Out Against Crime
Corner of Beechview Ave and Broadway Ave
Tuesday, August 6
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

900 block of Woodbourne Avenue National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

After many loving years in the making, the Millvale Community Library is finally opening to the public on Sunday August 18th with an all day festival of music, food, activities booths, Story Time, yoga and much, much more. It will be fun for the whole family in the heart of Millvale as the neighborhood celebrates its new meeting place for culture, community and learning.

Check out the Library’s website for more information on the day’s schedule of events, but expect great music from Gong Lung and Smokin’ Section (KDKA’s house band on “Steeler Huddle”), as well as a special performance from TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party’s resident DJ, Gordy G. It’s all day fun for the communities of Millvale, Pittsburgh and anyone else who loves music, food and, of course, reading!

Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7 (Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh) will broadcast LIVE on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival in downtown Johnstown. 

WQEJ-FM’s Ted Sohier and Stephen Baum will co-host as they play music and interview members of the Johnstown arts community, civic leaders and Festival coordinators.
The three-day music festival is held annually in downtown Johnstown. Stages are continually programmed over the course of the festival with over 20 groups, including this year’s headliners: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Robert Randolph and the Family Band; and Greensky Bluegrass. 

The AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival is produced by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, a non-profit that exists to preserve and showcase Johnstown’s nationally significant stories by providing high-quality educational, cultural and recreational experiences in the area’s unique historic settings.

In 1990, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association recruited the National Folk Festival to Johnstown for a three-year run, after which it began to produce the event on its own, renaming it the Johnstown FolkFest. AmeriServ Financial became the title sponsor a year later, and in 2009 the name was changed to AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, to better convey that all types of music are presented. The broadcast will also be available online at wqedfm.org.


From District 4 City Council Representative Natalia Rudiak
You never what’s going to happen when you knock on someone’s door. In May, we knocked on the door of Paul Goettler, who is 89, and we learned that he never got a chance to graduate from Carrick High--because in 1943 he was sent to fight for the Allies in Italy. After coordinating with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to take a look into the Operation Recognition program, in late June, Paul was issued an honorary diploma. Below is a photo of me, Paul, and his family, and read more about Paul in this Post-Gazette article
Paul Goettler and Family

West End Tavern and Trattoria
424 S Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Owner Ray Hanis gets TechnoGranny's vote for the best Italian hospitality in Pittsburgh, and I am normally not an outdoor or sidewalk cafĂ© type person, but the weather was beautiful and four of us business gals sat outside facing Main St. in West End Village. We had wedding soup and some amazing white pizza with fresh basil. I have been there before and their wrap sandwiches are also outstanding. But the mojitos are really great and Deb Arnet from Who’s Your Brother, had the bartender make her a special drink with fresh basil which she was very happy with. Consensus of opinion was that staff and management were very congenial and accommodating. Both food and drinks were excellent. "Great place to hang out for a couple of cocktails on a Saturday afternoon" says, Helena McKinney of Black-Tie Pittsburgh. 

Celebrate Mary Pam Event at Urban Mountain Gathering Place 
About 40 people, including Mary Pam’s children and husband, gathered in what was to be a party to spend time with Mary Pam Kilgore and ended up being a party in celebration of her life as she passed on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. 

Urban Mountain Gathering Place / Photo Courtesy of website
We had a great lunch with a view overlooking the city as the Urban Mountain Gathering Place is right on Bailey Avenue with an amazing view. Lunch was provided by Allegheny County MWDBE and the event was sponsored by Black-Tie Pittsburgh  Symphony Enterprises, LLC and the Empress of Biz. Attendees made a video for Mary Pam’s family with memories, video provided by Martin Thomas of OneCamJam. We also showed an amazing commemorative video of Mary Pam’s accomplishments created by Tamar Cerafici. The video was accompanied by three of Mary Pam’s favorite songs, I Am Woman by Helen Reddy, Come and Get Your Love by Redbone and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. 

It was a bitter sweet, but fun, commemorative event, remembering that Mary Pam had actually planned the event before she lost her battle with cancer as a NAWBO Pittsburgh networking event to be held after the NAWBO Board Planning retreat. Kudos to the NAWBO Pittsburgh Board. Also Mary Pam was given the Gillian Rudd Founder’s Award posthumously. It was intended to be given while she was still alive. 

Press Release:
Members of the National Organization of Women (NAWBO) Pittsburgh Chapter 
Mourn the Passing of Mary Pam Kilgore as They Celebrate Her Life and Achievements 
Mary Pam Kilgore

Mary Pam Kilgore, CMP, President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Pittsburgh Chapter, 2013-2014, passed away on July 23, 2013, with husband, Robert, daughter, Sarah, and son, Sebastian, by her side at her home in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, following one of many bouts with metastatic cancer.

Valiant woman that Kilgore was, she refused to let her disease define her. In a recent blog, she wrote, “But I am more than my disease. I am a wife, a mother to two grown children, Sarah and Sebastian. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, and business owner. I volunteer. I mentor.”

As NAWBO members now mourn Mary Pam’s passing, they celebrate her life as a wife, mother, businesswoman, and as the founder of her firm, Kilgore Events and Meetings. On July 27, 2013, members of the Pittsburgh Chapter held a memorial service in her honor.

Kilgore joined NAWBO in 2005 and steadily contributed to the effectiveness of the organization during her eight years as a member. In 2008, she received the “Make the Connection” award from NAWBO for making organizations assets to the community. She rose to President Elect of the Pittsburgh Chapter in 2011, and was elected President for the 2013-14 program year.

She was a key player in the success of Hug-a-Thon Pittsburgh 2012 that won feature coverage in Pittsburgh’s news dailies and coverage by the city’s three, top television stations.

Kilgore also maintained active memberships in a number of other organizations, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Business Network International (BNI) South Hills Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Calliope The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society. Mary Pam was one of the founding volunteers of the annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival Mary Pam was also one for which continued to work throughout 2012

On July 27,2013 at an event at Urban Mountain Gathering Place, NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh awarded Mary Pam Kilgore the Gillian Rudd Founder’s Award.
Gillian Rudd Founder's Award Nationally, NAWBO Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award recognizes a woman 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. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter is the fifth oldest chapter in the country, established in 1975.

A memorial service will be held for Mary Pam on Saturday August 3.
Pittsburgh Blues Festival
From LinkedIn, Conversation started on LinedkIn Greater Pittsburgh Group

Conversation started by
Kathy Krug An out of towner
Went to the Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres this evening.... very cool! I recommend it as a great way to spend tomorrow or Sunday!

Steve Routman
Having been to many blues festivals, I can assure you that the Pittsburgh Blues Festival is one of the best. They constantly bring in different new acts and established performers that are of the highest quality. And it is a safe and pleasant way to enjoy great music.

Tracy Rapp
Tab Benoit was awesome! Wish I had more time to spend there over the course of the weekend. Big thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors.

2nd South Beach
N-Motion did an awesome job with their 2nd South Beach event on Saturday July 27, 2013 and I want to thank them for recognizing me at their event. It was an honor to be acknowledged for my community efforts along with Democratic Mayoral Nominee Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh Jazz Network founder and Musician Dr. Nelson Harrison. 

PPL Gourmet Grands picks of the week: 
Cioppino at Roman Bistro, 2104 Ardmore Blvd., with salmon and clams and shrimp and amazing vegetables in broth.

Antrhocon from our Friends at Pittsburgh Courier
by J.L. Martello For New Pittsburgh Courier, read article here

The Anthrocon convention (or con for short) is dedicated to anthropomorphic people with
Photo by J.L. Martello
animal traits and animals with human traits. The con was started in Albany, N.Y., in 1997 and didn’t come to Pittsburgh until 2006. Anthrocon has grown every year in Pittsburgh with record breaking numbers and has become the largest con of its type in the world.
Anthrocon is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters. The attendees are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. 

For Anthrocon 2013, the theme was "The Fast and the Furrious" during July 4-7, 2013 in Pittsburgh's magnificent David L. Lawrence Convention Center, So if you were in Pittsburgh over the 4th and wondered what those people were doing in that heat dressed up in fur. Now you know.


Jordan Grady

SRU's Jordan Grady named to NABC Honors Court
Slippery Rock University redshirt sophomore men's basketball student-athlete Jordan Grady was named Wednesday as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Honors Court.

The Honor Court recognizes "collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season," according to an NABC press release, and pays tribute to "the talents and gifts these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom."

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must academically be a junior or senior on an NCAA Division I, II or II or NAIA Division I or II varsity basketball team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. Read the entire release here.

Rock football quintet garners Pre-Season All-American honors
Five members of the 2013 Slippery Rock University football team were recently included on the 25th Annual USA College Football Division II Pre-Season All-Americans roster. 
 Quindell Dean

 LaQuinn Stephens-Howling
Anthony Saunders

Jaimire Dutrieuille

 Derek Walker

Senior defensive end Derek Walker and senior cornerback Anthony Saunders were both named to third-team honors, while senior linebacker Quindell Dean, sophomore return specialist Jaimire Dutrieuille and senior wide receiver LaQuinn Stephens-Howling each earned honorable mention status. 

The preseason honors came on the heels of the Rock quintet earning second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors last fall. Read the entire release here.


Pittsburgh Best Memory ContestMY PITTSBURGH MEMORY, SUMMER, 1966 
Posted by Dewey Edward Chester

The woman had been sitting in the same spot long before I had arrived. Not a pretty girl, really,

for there are but few of them in Pittsburgh. One girl can be pretty in Pittsburgh, but a dozen of them are really all the same. This was just a girl with porcelain skin and a certain sort of style.
She sat placidly at a table, then suddenly she looked up some long winding stairs to see me, standing up there.

I stood on the top step with my hands thrust casually inside my pockets. It was late, and the lights were down low. This Pittsburgh Steeler football party was not at all what I had expected. Strange people were dancing, wearing slacks and sweaters.
From a ceiling hung a big gold ball, reflecting bright jewelry and smoky cigars. A jazz group was playing mood...then a horn began to blow...by a man revealing himself. This man just stood there on a platform, humping the air, raging out his life through a horn. He kept screaming: "Do you love me? Do you love me?"
At least that's what I thought I heard from the sound of his plaintive horn.
Everyone had stopped dancing to watch this passionate man. Cigars were left burning. Drinks stood full on the table. A curious light appeared in all of their faces. Imagine, I thought: this man with a horn was blowing out his lungs, his guts...his slum ---- "Do you love me? Do you love me?" he wailed on, still humping the air with his hips.

Stevie Herendeen
Finally, I started down the wide spiral steps, and instantly spotted her.

When I walked toward her, the rest of the people in the room shrank back...until they became simply props. For me, a Pittsburgh Queen was waiting. Passion welled up inside of me. I could have stood there, just looking at her.
The people in the room crept further back, in shadow...to let us dance, alone. And when she moved in close, my vision blurred with desire.
Reply by Stevie Herendeen on June 1, 2013 at 8:20pm 

Quantum Theatre's THE GOLDEN DRAGON, performed on Carnegie Lake in Highland Park. The show itself was beautiful, explored the theme of empathy and how we deal with "otherness." The production quality was out of this world! The stage was minimal, constructed on floating platforms right on top of the lake. The actors used the entire expanse of the lake's walkways and the tiny shack on the opposite bank. The lighting was incredible... filling the hillside with the actors' silhouettes. The park was filled with the normal evening sounds...the crickets chirping, the bbq in the pavilion down the street, passers-by chatting... it was all a part of the experience. Those sounds weren't distractions, but actually made you feel even more connected. This was one of my favorite summer moments in Pittsburgh!So since we only had two memories they will both win a gift certificate. 

Charles McCollester Day in the City of Pittsburgh 
The Council of the City of Pittsburgh recently declared July 6, 2013 as Charles McCollester Day. The proclamation was sponsored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. The day celebrated the life and work of McCollester, a historian, author, journalist, labor leader, professor, advocate for social justice, husband, father, grandfather, and Pittsburgher, with an event in Homestead that also included a roast. 
McCollester has written more than 20 Pennsylvania historical markers and is a world traveler. He attended Boston College, the University of Louvain in Belgium, and did scholarly research at the Hebrew University Library in Israel. 
“Charles excelled in academic pursuits, he embraced a fierce sense of adventure imbued with a solidarity for the working class, taking jobs in manufacturing, retail, and trucking that helped finance his education and extensive travel throughout western and eastern Europe, the Middle East, and north and west Africa.” 

McCollester has taught philosophy at the collegiate level, worked with the Civil Rights Movement, lived in Scotland, London and Sardinia, picked lemons and grapefruits on Kibbutz Yasur in Galilee, and once walked the “dangerous path” from Jerusalem to Jericho, to name a few of his adventures. He and his wife Linda were married in Tanzania. He has been an active member in the labor movement for over 35 years as a steward of Local 57 of the Hotel and Restaurant Union and chief steward of United Electrical Workers of America 610 at Union Switch and Signal, among many other roles.

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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