Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 8-19-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Co-host JoAnn Forrester of EmpressofBiz Talkcast and Co-Owner of Celebrate and Share to talk about upcoming 93rd Anniversay of Passage of 19th Amendment. 

Tonight's Show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Last night there was no show because she was at the Who's Your Brother Event at Luke Wholey Wild Alaskan Grille, Hanlan Cafe Crafton Ingram Shopping Center, Spaghetti Warehouse $5.00 Pasta Night on Wednesday, Marty's Market on Smallman St. Shopping for Locally Sourced Fresh Food, St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store on Rte. 88

PPL SPONSORED EVENTS: 5th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club-- Celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

CULTURAL CLUES: Give us a G Rated Ad for SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody to get a pair of tickets,  2013-2014 Pittsburgh Dance Council- Trust Cabaret Series- Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC AND WELLNESS WEBSITE, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Meet the Cast of Plaid Tidings, YOUNG COMPOSERS INVITED TO SUBMIT WORKS TO 10TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA READING SESSION

KIDZ KORNER: Building Robots, Youth Day of Caring, Healthy Cooking Videos from After School Buddy, ChooseMyPlate.Gov

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Donna M. Baxter to Succeed Mary Pam Kilgore as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Entrepreneurial Thursdays-Innovators for NO MORE Domestic Violence, Making the Workplace a Better Place for All With all of Our Differences, Global Impact Nominee Annie Prucey

BUSINESS BUZZ: Ben Franklin Program Invests $1.2 Million in PA Startups, Tell Gov. Corbett to use his power to protect the Loyalsock State Forest, Energy jobs rise while cost of living remains low, Become a PHAN Certified Health Reform Trainer, Webinars on Health Care Reform

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Ben Franklin Announces Three Winners of its BIG IDEA Contest

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Anchorpoint Golf Classic, New Writing Workshop Seeks True Stories of Mental Illness, ALL TALENT NO TEARS Talent Show

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival 2013

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Meet the Neighbors! Imagine Pittsburgh LinkedIn Group

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Led Zeppelin at the Symphony Reviewed by WVU student, Maker Party, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 10th Annual Kids & Critters NICU Reunion, Southland Carmike Cinema

STEELTOWN HERO: Alberta Sbragia Ph.D

Who’s Your Brother Event at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Hanlan’s, Spaghetti Warehouse $5.00 pasta night on Wednesday, Marty’s Market on Smallman St. Shopping for Locally Sourced Food


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: 412.480.5247

JoAnn Forrester: 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.


Win Two Tickets to Spank
Give us 100 words or less of your best General Audience (G Rated) Ad for a Very Adult Rated
Show, we are testing your ingenuity here. Send it by September 10 and we will put it up for vote on a survey to our audience and the person with the best “clean ad or promo” for this adult parody, will get two tickets. Send to: with the title: clean ad for an adult show. Also include your full name, valid email address, and phone number.

Each week we will read some of the ads from the week before. How creative are you?

Promo paragraphs will not have identifying names in the survey.TechnoGranny and NannyGranny loved this show!

Recipient of the tickets will be announced at the beginning of the September 12th show.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises! Learn more at

SPANK! returns to the Byham Theater on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm, Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $35.50 and can be purchased at or through the Box Office at (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930. This tour is presented by Mills Entertainment and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced tickets will go on sale, August 23, for an outstanding
season of performances including Pittsburgh Dance Council, Trust Cabaret Series, and Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents presentations. For more information and tickets, call (412) 456-6666, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue or purchase online at Group sales are available by calling (412) 471-6930. 

The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a programming division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres. “This season, with a focus on delivering new and fresh experiences and international flair, the Dance Council brings a snapshot of contemporary dance and performance,” comments Paul Organisak, Executive Director. For more information: All tickets start at $19.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will launch its new Music and Wellness website today. The site is a free and comprehensive resource center for musicians, arts administrators, healthcare providers and other individuals interested in starting or accessing music and wellness programs in their communities. Visitors can explore this informative and inspiring website at

During the past year, the symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Department
collaborated with musicians, music therapists and other healthcare professionals in the Pittsburgh community to create the site. The website provides multiple handbooks for people interested in designing, implementing or evaluating music and wellness programs. It also includes a gallery with photos of the Music and Wellness Program in action, as well as video interviews of personal Music and Wellness experiences. Finally, site visitors can enjoy a weekly blog written by Jessica Ryan, manager of education and community programs, and various guest bloggers who work in the arts and healthcare field. The blog will inform and encourages anyone interested in using music to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras, the Michael Baker Corporation and the Scaife Family Foundation for their generous support of the Music and Wellness Program. 

Through the Music and Wellness Program, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra works with music therapists and other healthcare professionals to bring therapeutic, live music to individuals at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and other facilities in the Pittsburgh area and abroad. PSO musicians lead music and wellness sessions for small yet diverse groups of participants, including patients, their families and healthcare staff. By interacting with participants and performing relevant and meaningful music, PSO musicians help participants meet their physical, emotional and social needs.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks 

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks offers ROMEO & JULIET in Cityparks weekends September 2013. Romeo & Juliet. Everyone knows the story. Indeed, R&J is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays; perhaps the most famous love story of all time. 

But now the audience will be forced to choose sides. Literally. 
Andrew Miller as Romeo
 and Danielle Powell as Juliet
Photo by Cat Aceto  

“PSIP Director Helen M. Meade plays with space and time in a unique way, even for us,” Artistic Director Jennifer Tober says. “Meade is staging Romeo and Juliet’s stories simultaneously, and the audience will have to choose sides – will they follow the Capulets (Juliet) or the Montagues (Romeo)? Of course, the lovers will reunite for their scenes together.” 

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is in its 9th season of providing free outdoor classical productions to the Steel City, presenting eight weekend matinee performances of Romeo and Juliet in four city parks, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Details here.

Frankie, Jinx, Sparky & Smudge Are Back From the Beyond November 7 

Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the cast of the highly anticipated return of Plaid Tidings to the CLO Cabaret, November 7 – January 12. The cast features an exciting mix of Pittsburgh CLO veterans and newcomers to the CLO Cabaret. Details at


Calling all Pennsylvanian composers! The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is looking for composers to submit new works for its annual Reading Session. 

To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Pennsylvania at the time of submissions and applicants must be in the early stages of their careers. (As part of an ongoing partnership, submissions from the West Virginia University will continue to be accepted.) Previous participants may not reapply and submitted works must not have received a performance or a reading by a professional orchestra previously. Only one work per composer will be considered. 

Submissions will be evaluated by 2013-2014 Year of Pittsburgh Composers adviser David Stock and read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Following the session, which is free and open to the public, composers will receive feedback from a panel including Stock, Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians. 

Since the 2004-2005 season, the PSO has offered an annual reading of works by young composers from area universities as part of its Composer of the Year program. Last year, the program expanded to include composers statewide. Up to four works will be selected for the reading session, with at least one of the spots reserved for students from the universities that have traditionally participated in the program—Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and West Virginia University. 

The submission deadline for the 10th Annual Reading Session is Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. This is not a postmark deadline; materials must be received by this date to be considered. Selected works will be announced Dec. 6. For complete eligibility details and submission guidelines, visit or call 412-392-4828.

From our friends at Sprout Fund
Program encourages students to learn through building robots

The Herald-Dispatch 

Cathy Walker of the the June Harless Center, right, looks at the robot created by Putnam County art teachers Suzie Cole, left, and Deborah McComas work on a robot as part of an Arts and Bots program at The Huntington Museum of Art on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The program was put on by the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University. Photo Courtesy of The Herald Standard.
A group of teachers from Putnam County took their teaching expertise to a new dimension Tuesday afternoon during a training session at the Huntington Museum of Art. 

The teachers participated in training for the Arts and Bots program, which is an offshoot of the partnership between the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University and Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab.

The Arts and Bots program was offered to students during this year's summer camps at the museum.

The program encourages participants to design robots that integrate technology, literature, and history through the use of art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors, and sensors. Students design, build, and program robots that tell the stories of literary and historical characters and events.

Call for Volunteers: Youth Day of Caring
Thursday, August 29th

The United Way is looking for volunteers to help celebrate the first day of kindergarten in seven underserved public schools to encourage kids to attend school regularly throughout the year. Learn more.

Help make a difference at the first day of school for kindergarteners at underserved schools across Pittsburgh.

August 29th is the first day of kindergarten for the Pittsburgh Public School system, and at seven underserved elementary schools around the city, volunteers will be attending Youth Day of Caring to celebrate the beginning of school. Research shows that school attendance patterns are established during a child’s first year of school and children who attend the first day of school are more likely to attend regularly. Of course, regular attendance translates into better performance at school and, ultimately, helps kids to succeed in school and life. 

From Our Friends at After School Buddy


We taped our first four healthy cooking videos for kids, thanks to a great partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District and their Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom. 

We'll be sharing healthy cooking recipes and tips with you, along with guest chef bio's in our upcoming Back to School newsletter in September, but here's a sneak peak! 

Want to start the new school year with MyPlate on your child's plate? Check out more healthy eating tips and games at the USDA's new site just for kids. Did you know Afterschool Buddy, Inc., is a Community Nutrition Partner with the USDA?


PositivelyPittsburghLive is proud to be a promotional partner of Entrepreneurial Thursdays.

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
Musical Networking Happy Hour, EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00
Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends, Little E's Jazz & Blues Club,949 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee

Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

August 22, 2013: "Innovators for NO MORE domestic violence" 
Featuring interviews with: 

  Amelia Williams, Jewelry Designer   Grace Coleman, Executive Director, Stacy De Las Alas, Development Director, Darla Barie, Volunteer Coordinator & Community Educator - Crisis Center North 
  Shirl Regan, Executive Director, Barbara Nicholas, Development Director, Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh 
  Ann Sherman, Future Executive Senior Sales Director, Darlene Johnson Baverso, Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics 
  Susan Nitzberg, Associate Director, Outreach STANDING FIRM -

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series 
Friday, September 13, 2013 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) 

Candi Castleberry
Speaker: Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UPMC 
Topic: "Making the Workplace a Better Place for All - With all of Our Differences"

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.

2013 Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact Nominees {Annie Prucey}

Annie Prucey is the Vice President and Director of Education Programs at the World Affairs Council. She works hard in her position to ensure that Pittsburgh’s students are receiving access to programs about global issues.

A leader in international education, Prucey and the World Affairs Council are offering programs to interested teachers and students to engage our community in world affairs. She provides avenues for students to think critically about what is going on in the world and translate their conclusions into action in their everyday lives.

She helps students and teachers tackle the hard issues, in a structured format that is relevant to them and easier for them to understand. She leads discussions on global issues, U.S. foreign policy, and international cultures both here in Pittsburgh and in overseas experiences. Her programs are particularly important to the underserved and marginalized people in our region that she speaks to because they offer an introduction to a world of possibilities outside of
Annie Prucey
Pittsburgh. Prucey provides high school students with the opportunities to travel overseas and immerse themselves in learning experiences in other countries on a full scholarship. She believes that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the opportunity to experience the world.

Prucey and the World Affairs Council recognize the importance of equipping teachers themselves with the knowledge of world affairs. She organizes workshops and face-to-face meetings with government and military leaders in order to give teachers their own global perspective. When teachers are inspired and enthusiastically engaged in their material, the students will have a more worthwhile experience in the classroom.
By creating an environment where our schools’ students are involved in what is going on oversees, Prucey is preparing Pittsburgh’s next generation of leaders with the knowledge they need to make a difference in the region and the world.


Ben Franklin Program Invests $1.2 Million in PA Startups
Eight companies, located in the 32-county footprint served by the Center, were recently approved by the Board of Directors to receive funding. The Ben Franklin Program, which this year celebrates its 30th year of service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, makes its investments in entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies, hiring additional staff, and increasing their sales/marketing efforts in order to compete in their respective markets.

The companies that received Ben Franklin funding are:

Chromatan Inc., a State College, PA, Biotechnology Company is commercializing a new method for purifying drugs called Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography. The company’s innovation is a cost effective alternative to the current method, column chromatography.
Maculogix, Inc., a company founded in Hershey, PA has developed a diagnostic tool for the early detection of age-related macular degeneration.
Hatchback, LLC, located in Harrisburg, PA, has developed a platform that allows retailer loyalty programs to take advantage of geo-location data.
Hot Mix Mobile, LLC, located in Lebanon, PA, manufactures a mobile, truck-mounted, mix-on-site volumetric Hot Mix Asphalt system. RoadMixer™ repairs roads on demand, eliminating the need for cold patching.
CrimeWatch, located in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator in Carlisle, developed software that allows law enforcement agencies to use a simple web-tool to manage, organize, and control content relative to criminal activity.
Dataforma, Inc., located in York, PA provides business management software for roofing contractors. The company developed a single source, web-based and mobile device platform to support all the needs of this and vertical markets.
Lewis Designs, LLC, a startup located in Waterford, PA, is in the process of designing and testing prototypes for an innovative new braking system.
Direct Allergy, LLC, located in Erie, PA has started an allergy immunotherapy service that can be utilized by primary care physicians, especially those located in rural areas. For more information, contact the company at

Tell Gov. Corbett to use his power to protect the Loyalsock State Forest. 
The Corbett Administration and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have been negotiating extensive new gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest with Anadarko Petroleum for well over a year. 

An unusual land deed gives Corbett and DCNR extraordinary powers to protect a section of the Loyalsock known as the Clarence Moore Lands, one of the jewels of our public lands in Penn's Woods. Our public lands belong to the public, including generations yet to come, and it is critical for the public to have a say in these far-reaching decisions that could forver alter this beloved place. DCNR has held just one public meeting on limited notice and has refused calls by 28 Pennsylvania organizations to share Anadarko's development plans, accept public comments, and hold six public hearings around the state. Your voice is critical to saving our public land. Tell the governor, your state senator, state representative, and DCNR to protect this part of our Pennsylvania heritage. 

At risk are: The renowned Rock Run and other streams designated "Exceptional Value," 
A National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird habitat for species at risk,
The popular Old Loggers' Path hiking trail and Devil's Elbow Natural Area Due to a special provision in its land deed, the Commonwealth has the legal power to prevent gas development on almost 19,000 acres of the Loyalsock State Forest tract known as the Clarence Moore lands.

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Today

Energy employment continues to rise in southwestern Pennsylvania, following a trend that has seen it grow 35 percent since 2005. Total energy industry jobs in the seven-county Pittsburgh MSA rose 7 percent to climb to 44,644 in 2012. Energy extraction employment, which has soared 55 percent in the past seven years, accounted for 19,845 of those jobs. 

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh remains one of the least expensive places to live among our benchmark regions. Its 2nd Quarter 2013 ACCRA Composite Cost of Living Index score of 93.7 is well below the benchmark average transportation cost-of-living index of 107.7 is the highest among the benchmark regions. -Douglas Heuck, Program Director, PittsburghTODAY

Trainings, trainings, trainings
With 2014 right around the corner, we're being inundated with requests to bring our popular health care reform training to communities, businesses, conferences and organizations across the state. In order to meet the overwhelming demand, we're turning to two important resources:

1) Technology. Anyone can now enroll in PHAN's Health Care Reform Training online. See below for a listing of upcoming Webinars. (See below)

2) YOU - Become a PHAN Certified Health Reform Trainer. PHAN staff will personally help you become an expert on the Affordable Care Act, plus introduce you to our best practices for training large and small groups on the new health care law. (Scroll to end of email)

PHAN Announces Free Webinars on Health Care Reform
PHAN is now offering the popular Health Care Reform Training as a webinar. 

Each training covers:

Insurance Reforms; Changes to Medicare and Medicare Advantage; Calculating small business tax credits*; The new health insurance marketplace; Tax subsidies and affordability issues; Navigators versus Certified Application Counselors; Essential Health Benefits and Qualified Health Plans; Medicaid expansion and Pennsylvania; Plus - time for your questions

RSVP with the time slot that works best for you:

Thursday, August 22nd 6:00 - 7:30 PMThursday, September 12th 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, September 18th 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Becoming a Health Reform Trainer
Here's just one scary statistic: According to Enroll America, over 70% of folks eligible for a subsidy in the new health insurance marketplace have NO IDEA the this opportunity is coming - and open enrollment is less than 2 months away! 

If you're ready to get the word out, apply to be a PHAN Certified Health Reform Trainer.

To apply you must:
Click here and fill out the application.
Commit to 4.5 hours of classroom training.* *Currently only offered in Philadelphia, however we may expand.
Be willing to conduct at least 1 training or outreach activity per month through March.
Agree to offer your trainings free of charge (excluding the acceptance of travel reimbursements, if offered).

Here's how it works:
Once your application is approved, you'll be trained by PHAN staff on the law and best practices for public education. We'll also supply you with a resource guide book and a slideshow. 

In order to receive PHAN certification at the end of your training, you'll need to deliver a satisfactory mock presentation that includes a Q&A.

Once you've received a PHAN endorsement you can register with us to receive referrals for training opportunities or being setting up outreach events (like going to health fairs, churches, etc to talk about the new marketplace).

Ready to get started? Click here to apply and check out the training schedule.

For more information, contact Athena Smith Ford:


Ben Franklin Announces Three Winners of its BIG IDEA Contest
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA recently announced the grand prize winner of the BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest. The winner, Advanced Power Control Solutions LLC (APCS), developed an innovative coal/natural gas hybrid burner technology that allows compliance with EPA requirements and increases power output from existing coal fired power generation facilities prevalent in Pennsylvania.

Accepting the award for the company was APCS’s President, Tom Woodward. Mr. Woodward
Winners of Big Idea Contest
commented, “Pennsylvania is a leader in coal energy production and is very interested in the opportunity these technologies offer to economically improve the environment and protect jobs. I’m proud that APCS is providing innovative solutions for these serious global problems and am honored to be the winner of Ben Franklin’s Business Plan Contest.”

Two other finalists, Adaptmicrosys LLC, and reCAP Mason Jars received $10,000 in seed money from Ben Franklin for their outstanding business plan presentations. Kyu Jung, Ph.D., President of Adaptmicrosys and a Professor at Gannon University, is developing leading-edge, adaptive semiconductor technology that provides higher energy savings, more efficiency, and greatly increased performance in a variety of smart-connected devices. Karen Rzepecki, Founder of reCAP, manufactures high-quality plastic caps for Mason jars, which currently are top sellers on Amazon. reCAP was also the 2011 winner of the InnovationErieDesign Competition. Read the full release here.

Father Scott Seethaler
Anchorpoint Golf Classic Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:00am - 9:00pm at Wildwood Golf Club
Golf Classic Guest Speaker: Father Scott Seethaler

911: “911. What’s the nature of your emergency?”

CALLER: “My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!”

911: “Is this her first child?”

CALLER: “No, you idiot! This is her husband!

Anchorpoint Staff had the pleasure of hearing Father Scott Seethaler speak on the importance of humor at a non-profit retreat this spring. After being treated to a morning of side splitting laughter and powerful insights, we knew we wanted to share his humor, wit and wisdom with you. We’re delighted that Father Scott accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker at the Anchorpoint Golf Classic dinner. If you won’t be golfing with us, we invite you join us for dinner anyway so that you can hear this engaging man.

Father Scott Seethaler was born and presently resides in Pittsburgh. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1969 and has a master’s degree in Religious Education. He taught high school in Pennsylvania and Maryland and over the years has offered courses and workshops at both Slippery Rock University and Duquesne University. Since 1975 Father Scott has traveled as a motivational speaker throughout the United States. He speaks in both religious and public forums concerning issues of stress, personal and professional excellence, and family values. In 1998, he received the Communication and Leadership Award from district 13 of Toastmasters International. Father Scott’s resources, retreats, radio ministry and newsletter have helped many people. His radio program: Joyful Reflections is aired six days a week on a variety of radio stations in Western Pennsylvania. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, who had a great love for the poor, Fr. Scott was instrumental in building a hospital for the poor and sick in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2000.

We look forward to having you join us at the 2013 Golf Classic & Dinner. For more information, click here or call us at 412-366-1300. Together, we can make a difference for those in need.

Lee Gutkind

New Writing Workshop Seeks True Stories of Mental Illness
A new writing workshop—Writing Away the Stigma: With True Stories Well Told—invites residents of southwestern Pennsylvania to write true stories about the hardships and satisfactions of confronting mental health problems. 12 accepted applicants will develop their stories and craft over the course of 5 weekly sessions under the guidance of Lee Gutkind, founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine.

“Lee Gutkind will guide individuals, family members, and friends through the story writing experience from start to finish,” said Joni Schwager, executive director of the Staunton Farm Foundation, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. “The more we understand about mental illness, how it affects so many people—from the very young to the elderly—the more easily we will be able to understand and help people through the experience.”

The deadline for application materials is September 15th, and sessions begin on October 21st. The workshop will take place at the University Club at the University of Pittsburgh. There is no charge to the accepted participants.

“The way to erase the stigma that hampers so many people who have suffered from mental illness, and who are now back in school and the workforce,” says Lee Gutkind, “is for people to open up and write true stories about their experiences—the challenges, the difficulties, and the rewards of recovery.”

Find more information at

Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival
Join hundreds of other wine lovers, Saturday, August 24th, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM  on a summer evening at the spectacular Heritage Port Waterfront in Wheeling, WV. Enjoy seven West Virginia wineries, performances by the best jazz bands the Mountain State has to offer. Stroll along the waterfront while browsing art, antique and jewelry vendors. 

Tour the world without ever leaving Wheeling through our Wines of the World tasting classes led by local wine stewards from the Good Mansion Wines Co.

An admission ticket includes a collectible souvenir glass, corkscrew, event program and a tasting wristband. Tickets are purchased at the gate for only $20.

The Wheeling Wine and Jazz Festival is an important fundraiser for Downtown Wheeling Inc., an organization dedicated to enhancing Downtown Wheeling. All funds raised at this event remain right here in Wheeling to help with beautification projects in the downtown business district, sponsorship of local events and festivities, and joint marketing efforts to help our local businesses thrive.

Presenting event sponsor is Main Street Bank of Wheeling, WV. Find more info here


LinkedIn Groups
Group: Imagine Pittsburgh
Subject: Meet the Neighbors! Imagine Pittsburgh LinkedIn Group

The ImaginePittsburgh LinkedIn Group is a forum for the "Neighbors" of to connect with each other and those considering a move to -- or greater engagement in -- the 10-county region as a great place to work, live and play.

Josh Kurnot

Led Zeppelin at the Symphony Reviewed by WVU student Josh Kurnot 
Keeping it Classy

A hodgepodge group of music connoisseurs and rock lovers alike gathered in Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall the night of Thursday July 18th to celebrate the one-of-a-kind symphonic rock show that was scored, transcribed, and conducted by Brent Havens of Windborne Music. Since its debut performance with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 1995, The Music of Led Zeppelin has thrilled it audiences with the excitement of legendary classic rock musicians and the POWER of the symphony orchestra. The crowd was composed of some loyal symphony subscribers, families including their children, and of course a few of those who showed up wearing their tie-dyed t-shirts and dreadlocks. Compared to the crowd who came see Warren Haynes perform Gerry Garcia’s music, the audience was extremely mildly mannered and actually refrained from ‘lighting up’ in the middle of the theater. Although the show did not include any pyrotechnics, the theater’s stage lights emphasized the emotion of every song and even encouraged audience participation by flashing the house lights when they should be inclined to join in. Read the full review here.

Hundreds attend Maker Party over the weekend
Event recap by The Sprout Fund on August 13, 2013 

The Hive Pittsburgh Maker Party hit Bakery Square’s TechShop on Saturday, bringing with it more than 200 people and an evening of making and fun.

This weekend we celebrated the slowly waning summer in style, and if you happened to miss the Hive Pittsburgh Maker Party on Saturday you’ve got another entire year to wait until you can take part. With music pumping out into the parking lot behind the Google Headquarters in Bakery Square, we spent the evening making and creating inside and outside the TechShop Pittsburgh lab space.

With people coming up before we were even set up for the event, we got the night kicked off in style, helping teens and their families and friends screen print t-shirts and snag some delicious barbecue from Roxanne’s before heading inside TechShop to work with The Labs @ CLP, GROWL, assemble, and the Children’s Museum’s MAKESHOP in designing games and working with programming and robotics. Heather Mallak led a learning station using Mozilla Webmaker tool Thimble. Teens used Thimble to remix a comic strip showing what they’d been up to at the party.

More than two hundred people came out for the night, lining up tens deep to get a wristband and a TechShop tag to be part of the fun. The wristbands got you food and swag while the tags let you into the TechShop itself for interactive activities and a tour of the city’s coolest open maker space.

As the evening went on and people continued to pour in, The Soundwaves Steel Drum Ensemble from Kelly-Strayhorn Theater set up on the opposite sidewalk for two sets of soulful Caribbean-infused pop music, including a shimmering cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”. When they weren’t performing, it was the sounds of tech-y dance music that filled the air as people ate, created and geeked out until the sun started to go down.

As the night wound down and activities wrapped up, the families took home their Hive t-shirts and notebooks, inside which were neon stickers printed with secret codes. This Friday, three of those codes will make a few of the attendees even more excited, when we announce the winners of our Hummingbird Robotics Kit, MaKey MaKey Invention Kit and, of course, our Google Chromebook. We’re just as excited to give them away and send a little piece of awesome making gear home with some of the great people who came out to have fun. Maybe it’ll be you!

Thanks so much to TechShop for the space, to Roxanne’s for the food, The Soundwaves for the music, to Mozilla for starting the whole Maker Party initiative and to each and every one of you who came out for the Maker Party this weekend or attended any events, camps, workshops or activities that Hive Days of Summer has been putting on all season long through support from American Eagle, the MacArthur Foundation and The Grable Foundation.

St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 3423 Library Rd.Very clean, not cluttered, with neat rows and organized much like a regular retail store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 50% off kids clothing, much of it very upscale.

This year, Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC Celebrated the 10th Annual Kids & Critters NICU Reunion, with hundreds of children and parents coming out to the memorable summer event at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Our own Spring/Summer Volunteer & Current Syracuse University Master's Program Candidate Jessica Marshalek is a graduate of the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit & at the reunion, Jessica was able to share part of her story & her gratitude for the good care she received as a premature infant by the NICU staff.

Southland Carmike Cinema
Saw We're The Millers which was incredible, but more importantly the theatre is “old time movie theatre fun” with interactive displays for Mr. Clean, “Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2” and the Smurfs New Movie. 


Alberta Sbragia
2013 Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact Nominees From Our Friends at Women and Girls Foundation {Alberta Sbragia} Alberta Sbragia, Ph.D. is much more than the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and a Jean Monnet Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an educator and a bridge between Europe and Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Sbragia is one of the most highly regarded scholars of Europe and founded and led one of the most distinguished European Union Centers in the country. Under her leadership, the Center at the University received an “EU center of Excellence” designation and brought Pittsburgh to the forefront as a place to pursue graduate degrees on Europe. Dr. Sbragia has also created university-wide activities that bring Western Europe to all undergraduate and graduate students who choose to receive a certificate in West European Studies.

Dr. Sbragia has helped to attract international scholars and political leaders to the University and engages them in discussions and activities open to the entire city. She is committed to developing academic linkages between the University of Pittsburgh and institutions around the world, bringing students, scholars, and leaders together to share their ideas. Her new position as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will help her continue to promote such connections.

Dr. Sbragia made history in her own right as one of the first female scholars to be hired as a tenure track faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taken her status as a female trailblazer to mentor graduate students in their academic work and be a positive role model on how to succeed in the workplace and still raise a family. In addition, she also works with the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s concerns to ensure that the working and living conditions of women at the University improve and that women are offered appealing career choices. Dr. Sbragia has a unique perspective that she shares with many women and helps them find success in their careers both in the study of the European Union and international affairs more generally.

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