Friday, August 16, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 8-5-13 Part II

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part II
Co-host Jo Ann Forrester, founder, president and owner of S I Business Associates, a business growth management firm established in 1975. Over 75,000 hours of experience in teaching, consulting, financing, human relations, speaking, writing and business development classes, writing and public relations, seminars and individual consultations have made her a prominent woman on the business scene in Pennsylvania..As a financial consultant and growth management specialist, JoAnn has specialized in helping small businesses grow and prosper. A number of her clients have won local, regional and national recognition for their achievements as small business owners.In 1998 she co-developed the PRICE IT PERFECT(TM) Cost Management and Analysis program for small business. Through the use of the cost analysis and projections of the Price It Perfect. Jo Ann has been able to secure loan proposal approvals of over 40 million dollars in capital for small business owners. In recognition of her contributions and advocacy of small and woman owned business JoAnn is a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Greater Pittsburgh YWCA Tribute to Women in the Entrepreneur category.


NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Green Building Alliance Anniversary, 8th Annual Savor Pittsburgh Event, Annual Queen's Luncheon Talent Show Auditions, Male Model Casting

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Rock All Night in Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville Open House Tour, Bike Racks, 20th Annual Arts and Music festival in Aliquippa

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Pittsburgh Career Coach Neal Griebling on Spotlite Radio

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Buddy Holly Story, The Omni William Penn Speakeasy


STEELTOWN HERO: Fox Chapel Area grad



WQED Profiles Pittsburgh Residents Who Were There OnlinePBS, Sundance Productions, Smoking Dogs Films, and Cactus Three today announced THE MARCH, a new documentary honoring the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Unprecedented in size, the August 28, 1963 massive demonstration for racial and economic equality issued a clarion call for racial justice that would help usher in sweeping civil rights legislation and a sea change in public opinion. The event, which will forever be remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, endures today as a symbol of unity and monumental impact. Produced by Lina Gopaul and David Lawson, THE MARCH is directed by John Akomfrah, with Krysanne Katsoolis, Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn as Executive Producers. Sam Pollard is Consulting Producer, with Gina Belafonte as Associate Producer. THE MARCH premieres on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS and WQED-TV. In addition to the U.S. premiere on PBS and WQED-TV, THE MARCH will be screened by international broadcast co-producers the BBC and France 3.
“We at WQED Pittsburgh are pleased to remember this historic event by broadcasting THE MARCH. In addition, we have collected several interviews with local participants of “the march” that will be available at Thursday, August 1 and part of PBS’s online portal called Memories of the March,” said WQED Vice President of Content Darryl Ford Williams. 


GBA's Emerald Anniversary Celebration: Garden Party Dessert Reception
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
September 12, 2013, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Happy Anniversary! At Green Building Alliance, we are so happy to celebrate this milestone with the people who have helped us get here.

Program Overview
The Garden Party Dessert Reception

Join us for a party in the garden! All are welcome to attend this Reception, even if they do not attend the Gala. This part of the evening will offer a laid-back, celebratory atmosphere in the beautiful gardens of Phipps Conservatory. GBA will ring in its 20th year with friends new and old, who will enjoy:

•Wine, beer, coffee and tea
•An assortment of local, organic desserts
•A screening of GBA’s 20th Anniversary video
•Networking with GBA many friends, members, and supporters

*Additionally, we will announce the winner of our "Ticket to Greenbuild 2013 Contest" at the Dessert Reception. All winners of our bi-weekly “Where in the World is LEED” contest receive complementary tickets to our Garden Party Dessert Reception, and one of those lucky winners will also receive free admission to Greenbuild! Must be present to win.

We hope you can join us for one or both of these events on September 12. If you know GBA, you know we put on a good party! Our Emerald Anniversary Celebration will be no exception, and the evening will offer something for everyone. We can’t wait to celebrate with you, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Must be 21 to attend event.

Registration Information:
Individual Prices
GBA Member Fee: $50.00
GBA Non-member Fee: $75.00

Save the Date! 
8th Annual Savor Pittsburgh Event
Benefits Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation and the Fight to End Premature Births 
A collection of Pittsburgh’s finest chefs will gather at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine on Thursday, August 29, 2013 to share their favorite recipes for the coveted “Dish of the Year” honors. Savor Pittsburgh takes place in SouthSide Works, Pittsburgh’s trendiest shopping and dining district. This sprawling outdoor complex will be outfitted with elegant white canopies as some of Pittsburgh's best chefs and restaurants come together for a special night.
Savor Pittsburgh is sponsored by C. Hackett Motors and presented by McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and SouthSide Works to benefit the fight to end premature births at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation. 
Throughout the event, guests will sample unmatched cuisine from over 25 restaurants, enjoy cocktails, have the chance to purchase raffle tickets for amazing prizes and dance to the sounds of No Bad JuJu. 

This year, Savor Pittsburgh is offering two levels of tickets: $65 for general admission or $120 for VIP access. The VIP party starts at 5:30 p.m. and general admission begins at 6:30 p.m. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
The Harriet Tubman Guild, Inc.TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS
The Winner will perform at our Annual Queen's Luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel in December 2013

Open call for persons with talent! Singing, dancing, comedy,mime, spoken word...
Whatever!! As long as it’s CLEAN!

Auditions are open to persons at least 18 years of age. No members of the Harriet Tubman Guild nor their family members can audition. Qualified participants need to bring their own equipment.

There are 2 More Audition Dates:(2nd Saturday of Each Month) 8/10/13 and 9/14/13

Auditions will be held at 11:00 AM at the Harriet Tubman Terrace, 550 Negley Run Blvd & East Liberty Blvd (across from Rodman Street Baptist Church, East Liberty)

The winner will receive $200 and perform at our Annual Queen's Luncheon!All chosen participants will be thanked with a complimentary dinner at the Harriet Tubman Guild’s Annual Queens Luncheon on Dec 7th, 2013 at the Double Tree Hotel in Monroeville

For more information please call 412.728.1311 or visit

Networking Colleagues, Message from Joe Messner and we are reaching out to all PPL Readers, Listeners and Viewers 
I am reaching out to nearly 1,000 contacts to request your help with the above. I work for NexTier Bank, which has been competing for the past 6 weeks in the Pittsburgh Business Times' "Social Madness Competition." We are now 1 of 8 finalists trying to win a $10,000 check for the United Way of Butler County. To win, we need EVERYONE to vote for NexTier Bank. This takes just 10 seconds. Just click on the link below. Find NexTier Bank in the bottom, right corner and click on the circle next to our name. Make sure you get a "Thanks for Voting" confirmation above the circle; otherwise click on it again. 

I'm asking you to vote EVERY DAY through the end of the contest, August 19th. Please forward this request to all your e-mail, Facebook and Twitter connections and ask them to do the same. 
P.S. Our current head-to-head competitor is a Buffalo company. They put a message out on their Facebook page that "Sidney Crosby is a CRYBABY". We simply can't just swallow this. Let's get our revenge for Pittsburgh by voting each day and bringing the $10,000 check to the City of Champions. 
With sincere thanks, Joe Messner


From Our Friends at Pop City
Rock All Night in Lawrenceville Lawrenceville is home to a bevy of live music venues and now the eclectic nabe is rewriting the book on the summer music festival with its second annual Rock All Night Tour. Dubbed R.A.N.T. for short, the free 16-hour extravaganza is setting up shop in 20 indoor and outdoor venues to spotlight the music makers--and places--of Lawrenceville.

Back for its second coming with expanded programming and new venues, RANT runs from 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 10th to 2 a.m. on Sunday, August 11th. Following up on the roaring success of last summer's Rock All Night Tour--which drew 5,000--as well as its wintery cousin, The SnowBall, RANT will activate the creative spaces of Lawrenceville with a diverse range of live music by 50 bands and 20 solo artists.

The festival's unique expansive approach, which spans the evolution of music, highlights everything from pre-WW2 songs, 1950s-era rockabilly and American bluegrass, to garage, punk and metal, as well as contemporary sounds.

For those about to RANT, we have the highlights:

Wake up to the sounds of local musicians--and fuel up on your morning cuppa joe--with RANTs "Morning Breakfast Tour," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dozen Bake Shop, Embody Juice Bar and Wild Purveyors Market. Featured acoustic acts, who will ease patrons into the festival vibe, include Mike Hickey, Jen Webster, Blue Baxter, Donna O, Jupiter Vinyl, and more.

Starting at noon, RANT's three outdoor venues will open around Larryville.

Alt-country fans should head to Nied's Country Hotel for music by the Beagle Brothers, Mavens, Stillhouse Pickers, and Slim Forsythe. Don't miss The BlackTop Cannibals Car Club's "Car Cruise" at Stinky's, with raucous sounds by Paddy The Wanderer, Mark Cyler & The Lost Coins, Jackals of Botswanna, The Bessemers, and more.

Arsenal Park will be a hub for global jams and a lively assortment of musical talents, including Timbeleza, Elliott Sussman, Molly Alphabet, Allegheny Rhythm Rangers, Round Black Ghosts, and more. While roaming between RANT's three outdoor venues, be sure to pop into New Amsterdam and Blackberry Studios for even more live music.

As the summer sun sets on Lawrenceville, waking up the neighborhood's many indoor music clubs, the evening portion of RANT will kick into high gear.

Eclipse Lounge boasts world music by Apal Asia, Pellegrino accordion Anarchy and King Fez, while Cavo is your HQ for punk and metal music by the Dumplings, Dirty Charms, Solarburn, Thunder Vest, Cheats, and more. For jazz and hip hop, head to 720 Records for smooth sounds by Phat-Man-Dee, Shad Ali, Mega-Def, Jacquea Mae, and Tyree Morgan.

At 8 p.m. all Lawrenceville venues will go live, with continuous music. Playing in the alley at iconic Arsenal Lanes will be Kontrol Kow, Mad Doctor and others. Thunderbird Cafe will showcase local indie rock by Outside Inside, Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, Grand Piano, and The Harlan Twins.

If bluegrass is your scene, head to Hambone's Pub for pastoral sounds by Black Honey Rollers, Lone Pine String Band, The Seams, and Shelf Life String Band, followed by an open jam session at 12:30 a.m. Make sure to also swing by Allegheny Wine Mixer, Kopec's, Stinky's, and Nied's Country Hotel, for their evening sets.

Rounding out the sounds in between and in front of participanting venues will be buskers performing throughout the day at Arsenal Park, Rather Ripped Records and Unifon Records. RANT will also feature local vendors and refreshments.

The sister event to Art All Night, the unique community-based music festival aims to showcase the impressive and diverse musical styles and genres of Pittsburgh-based bands, along with a focus on the neighborhood and venues of Lawrenceville. The concept for RANT was created by local King of Kitsch, Michael “Zombo” Devine, known nationally for his DJ skills, novelty product designs and entertainment bookings. The quirky brain behind Lawrenceville's Zombo Gallery--which hosted countless art exhibitions, musical performances, retro-kitsch flea markets, and burlesque life-drawing classes--Zombo is also a go-to DJ at many cultural events around town, and works nationally as an event promoter.

All outdoor concerts and early shows at coffee shops are open to all ages. Concerts at the bars and age restricted. Go green and safe and bike or walk to RANT. Free parking for cars and bikes is available in the Teamster lot located across from Allegheny Cemetery on Butler Street.

A Lawrenceville Open House Tour

36 48th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
August 15, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Come by for a drop-in house tour of a recently remodeled 48th Street Row Home in Lawrenceville, a great neighborhood to see the revival of Pittsburgh and efficient, chic living close to the city.

Program Overview
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring and home owner Ariel Forbes will be hosting us for a drop in tour of the recently remodeled home. Allegheny Mountain Hardwood, a local flooring manufacturer, supplied the floors to one of the five renovated 48th Street row homes completed by Botero Development. The hardwood floors are 100% FSC certified, from locally harvested forests, sawn and dried at Hickman Lumber, the parent company to AMHF. Come see the beautiful Rift & Quarter Sawn White Oak Floors and the unique design of the 3 story row home. Talk with the manufactures of the family owned hardwood flooring company and learn more... anything from how the trees are grown and harvested to how the sawmill works to how the flooring is made. In addition the home has sustainable features throughout that you’ll be able to see first hand. Come enjoy some drinks, good food and company of GBA members.

Registration Information:
Individual Prices
GBA Member Fee: $7.00 
GBA Non-member Fee: $12.00 

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnerships 
Tip of the Week - Bike Racks 

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority and bike racks-a successful partnership! Last week Coneman's tip gave the Pittsburgh Parking Authority kudos for the additional bike racks they’ve added at a popular Downtown garage for bike parking, the Smithfield/Liberty garage. But this is only part of the story. In 2003 when the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Bike Pittsburgh

partnered to design, manufacture and install the Three Rivers bike racks, the Parking Authority willingly installed 41 of these bike racks in six of their Downtown parking garages. Each bike rack has a capacity to hold two bikes which meant a total bike parking capacity of 82 bikes. Today, in seven Downtown garages there are a total of 55 bike racks with a range of capacity from 2 – 10 bikes per rack. Now the Parking Authority has a total bike parking capacity of 163 bikes – almost exactly double what was available 10 years ago! Aliquippa, from Positive Pittsburgher Susan Smith 

The Franklin Center of Beaver County (FCBC) will hold its 20th Annual Arts and Music festival in Aliquippa. To celebrate this milestone, the worldwide famous "Rare Experience" will headline this event! The day will include music and entertainment throughout the day, food vendors, an art exhibit, activities for the children and more…
Date – September 14, 2013
Time – 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Where – 524 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001
For more information, please visit our website at or call the Franklin Center at 724-378-2882


Create a life and a career you love! 
On August 2nd and 15th the internet radio station Spotlite Radio will conduct in-depth
Neal Griebling
interviews with Pittsburgh Career Coach Neal Griebling. 

The interviews are a follow up to an eight minute spot he did with Jessica Stern (see 24:15) in which Neal offered a thumbnail sketch of his Life-Work Discovery coaching model.
Watch our website for further updates. 

Andy Christopher as
Buddy Holly


Buddy Holly Story 
3,000 Pairs of Trousers, Gyrating Parts and Rock n Roll-- What a night! It was hard for the audience to sit still in their seats. We rocked out with the stars that night to the rockabilly swagger, of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Buddy explodes onto the stage in a jukebox musical fully loaded with classics “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well All Right,” “Not Fade Away.” 

Read the entire review.

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 
Out and About: The Omni William Penn Speakeasy
By PDP Intern Marissa

During Prohibition, selling, manufacturing, and transporting alcoholic beverages was illegal in the United States. Speakeasies, or illegal establishments that sold alcohol, became prominent throughout this time. They were called speakeasies because people had to speak quietly about them (or in them) in order to keep the place a secret from the police.

Now, almost 100 years later, who can actually say that they have visited a real and fully-functioning speakeasy? This girl can! I visited the Speakeasy inside the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh this week for an exclusive look at the newly restored social lounge. Located underneath the hotel lobby, the Speakeasy was used as storage for years, and was brought back to its former glory (yes, it was a real speakeasy during Prohibition!) in December of 2012. The secluded and sophisticated space is like stepping back in time; the dimly-lit, intimate, and elegant room is the perfect space for a pre-theater cocktail, a romantic evening, or a girls’ night out. The menu is immense with a wide variety of drinks that were popular during Prohibition. I ordered the Pimm’s Cup, which consists of Pimm’s Botanical Spirit (1823), Fever Tree Bitter Lemon, cucumber, mint, and berries. It was made perfectly, presentation and all, and was just the right amount of sweet. As I had the privilege to discover, the room has so much history, and I felt like I was truly a part of a traditional 1920's Speakeasy!

Come and experience Pittsburgh’s only Speakeasy for yourself at the Omni William Penn Hotel! For more information, visit the hotel website.


SRU's Kengor earns CRCBL Player of the Week honor
Slippery Rock University senior shortstop Will Kengor was named Tuesday as the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week for the week ending July 29.

Will Kengor
Kengor, a member of the CRCBL's Rockville Express, batted .405 in 10 games during the week, highlighted by six multi-hit games. Among the highlights were a 2-for-5 effort July 22 that included a double and a walk-off, two-run triple in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Bethesda Big Train and a 3-for-4 performance the following day vs. the Herndon Braves that included his first home run of the season.

An All-America performer last spring for SRU, Kengor currently ranks second in the CRCBL with a .354 batting average.

The Pittsburgh native and Central Catholic High School graduate leads the league in runs scored (36), is tied for the league lead in bases on balls (32) and ranks fifth in doubles (11). 
Kengor is 7-for-10 in stolen bases this summer.


From our Friends at Sprout Fund and Tribune Review

Fox Chapel Area grad puts off college to help establish Millvale library A grand event 
What: Millvale Library Grand Opening Celebration Where: 213 Grant Ave., Millvale 
When: Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 to 8 p.m. 
Details: For more information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 412-822-7081. 

By Bethany Hofstetter 
When faced with the prospect of entering his freshman year of college, Bennett Gould made the decision few high school seniors make — to defer for one year to focus on serving a neighboring community. 

Gould, a 2012 Fox Chapel Area High School graduate, spent the past year volunteering in Millvale and concentrating his efforts on helping to establish the new Millvale Community Library, which will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Gould learned of the library project during his junior year of high school when he was looking for volunteer opportunities to fulfill a service requirement for graduation.

Gould said he caught on to the vision of the community to establish a library, so when he decided to defer his acceptance to Allegheny College in Meadville for one year, he approached Brian Wolovich, Millvale Community Library board president, about becoming more involved in the library project.

“He turned it into something a bit more formalized, from on-and-off volunteering into an internship,” Wolovich said. “He had done so much. Bennett is really great at using his mind and his hands at helping with whatever is necessary.”

Bennett could be found in the community volunteering in tree planting initiatives as well as at the library most Saturdays and many evenings doing construction work, organizing programs or helping Wolovich write grants to further the project or other borough programs.

“He's definitely embraced Millvale at large,” Wolovich said.

“He's embraced the community in whatever is happening. It's awesomely unique, and it's entirely appreciated.”

Gould also worked with the Shaler Area School District to introduce the students at the Shaler Area Elementary School to the library and provide programs for the school's Titan Trail: A Reading Adventure, reading incentive program.

Gould also is introducing other area youth to the library through the Heinz Endowments' Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship Program. As a senior intern with the program, Gould is bringing a group of fellow interns to the library today, July 25, for a day of volunteer service in anticipation of the library's opening celebration next month.

“I've only contributed, by comparison, to a small part of the library, but I'm still able to step back and say I did that and that gives me a lot of joy,” Gould said.

Gould said that his year of service has better prepared him for the fall when he will enter Allegheny College to study environmental science and leadership studies through a self-designed minor. He hopes to bring his education back to Millvale as he continues to pursue other initiatives to improve the community.

“The more I volunteer, the more I've come to realize what a great community it is,” Gould said of Millvale. “There is a lot going on in Millvale. It's really a happening place.”
Read more here.

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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