Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 02-17-2014 Love Your Block Grant, Judge Jackie, Mama Mia

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 02-17-14
Love Your Block Grant, Judge Jackie, Mama Mia
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL News Co-Host
Lou Lombardi
Multimedia Event Specialist and Promoter
Loudini's Rock n' Roll Circus featuring
Lou Lombardi's Stranglove

This week: Mamma Mia
Next week: PSO Fiddlesticks


Celtic Nights  |  Bolero & Sorcerer’s Apprentice  |  Travel to Spain with PSO  |  The Great One  |  Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve

3D for Kids workshop  |  Winter Homestead Day

NAWBO Spotlight!  |  NAWBO 2014  |  Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham  |  Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?  |  PBS News Hour's Gwen Ifill  |  FREE Film Screening

Hiring at spa in Aspinwall!!!  |  Robots That Saved Pittsburgh

Celebrate & Share  |  Standing Firm  |  Drink for Pink  |  Push-Ups For Missing Children


Hip Hop Dance Mashup  |  Ogre Love  |  PSO The Planets  |  Mamma Mia

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Phil Longo Named as OC at Sam Houston State



Loudini's Rock N Roll Circus featuring Lou Lombardi's Strangelove
Friday Feb 28, 2014  |  9 PM  |  Moondog's in Blawnox
Listen to a round table interview to hear all about Loudini's Rock N Roll Circus featuring Lou Lombardi's Strangelove and The Jeff Fetterman Band and their fundraiser for Pittsburgh Passion Women's Football Team playoff fund. Guests include: Chelsea Zahn, Marketing Director for the Pittsburgh Passion; Ron Esser, owner of Moondog's; Vinni Bellfiore, publisher of Musician's Hotsheet; and the stars of the show--Jeff Fetterman and Lou Lombardi, Loudini himself. Hear all the grand details of this Rock N Roll Extravaganza, and how you can win season tickets to the Pittsburgh Passion Home Games and Meet some of the Pittsburgh Passion Players.

To listen to the PPL interview click HERE

The Loudini's Rock N Roll Circus featuring Lou Lombardi's Strangelove and The Jeff Fetterman Band a fundraiser for Pittsburgh Passion Women's Football Team playoff fund will be held on February 28, 2014 at Moondog's in Blawnox. This is not just a band playing, but a Multi Media Rock N Roll Experience.

For more information click HERE


Journey from Ireland to America Through Rich Traditions of Music, Song and Dance with Celtic Nights The Emigrants Bridge
Thursday, Mar 6  |  7:30 PM  |  Byham Theater
(photo courtesy: GFD Promotions)
Through music, song and dance inspired from the rich heritage and culture of both homelands, Celtic Nights’ The Emigrants Bridge weaves a tale about the people of Ireland and their journeys from their native land to America. Celtic Nights ensemble features some of Ireland’s most talented singers, international dancers and fine musicians. New York Metro praised the group for,"stretching the versatility of Irish Dance to its limits."

Music for The Emigrants Bridge is crafted from the sounds of America−Bluegrass, Appalachian, Country and Western, and early ballads from the American Civil War; as well from Celtic heritage−old and new. The foot tapping percussive sounds of jigs and reels, hornpipes and polkas will entertain audiences of all ages. The performance promises to bring together the artists and the audience, providing an opportunity to continue forging friendships and respect among cultures. Celtic Nights has been recognized by Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny for its outstanding artistry and dedication to preserving Irish heritage.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Bolero and Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Friday, Mar 14 and Saturday, Mar 15  |  8 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Sunday, Mar 16
  |  2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Michel Camilo
(photo courtesy: PSO)
Featured in the Disney film Fantasia and based on a poem by Goethe, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice tells the story of a young apprentice who uses magical spells he has not yet learned to control. Pianist Michel Camilo, whose musical flair combines elements of classical, jazz and world music, performs his own Piano Concerto No. 2 as soloist. Conductor Leonard Slatkin presents several works that demonstrate Ravel’s penchant for reinterpreting the music of traditional dance forms, including his famous “Bolero.”

Please note the March 15 performance is part of the “Behind the Notes” program and music by Ravel will be highlighted. During “Behind the Notes,” the conductor and orchestra will first discuss and then demonstrate the secrets behind Ravel’s music, taking the audience inside the compositions and revealing many fascinating details. Audience members will gain an enriched understanding of the composer and his work. Please note that Camilo will not be a part of the Saturday performance and Anne Martindale Williams and Noah Bendix-Balgley will perform solos on Saturday.

Travel to Spain and Back Again with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and BNY Mellon Grand Classics
Friday, Feb 28 and Saturday, Mar 01  |  8 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Sunday, Mar 02
  |  2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Joshua Bell
(photo courtesy: PSO)
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins with one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, Joshua Bell, and Victor de Sabata Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a BNY Mellon Grand Classics program inspired by dramatic tales and far off lands on February 28 to March 2 at Heinz Hall.

During this performance, Noseda leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in a daring presentation of two alluring and fascinating pieces. The performance begins with Joshua Bell’s performance of Edouard Lalo’s challenging “Symphonie espagnole.” Although composed at the beginning of the French fascination with Spanish-themed music, this piece took many years to gain the fame it truly deserved. In the second half, the audience is taken through the rarely preformed tale of “A Faust Symphony.” Composer Franz Liszt, inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s drama “Faust,” dramatically portrays the three main characters— the fallen scholar, Faust, his innocent love, Gretchen, and the demon, Mephistopheles—in one beautiful movement after another.

Read the full press release HERE

The Great One – About Family, Friendship, and Redemption
Feb 21 – Mar 15  |  Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
Russ Babines
(photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre)
The Great One is a fascinating and inspirational play that will be at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd floor, downtown from Friday, February 21 through Saturday, March 15.

Written by Russ Babines, The Great One is directed by Don DiGiulio.

Tressa Glover stars in this exciting one woman show about a sports commentator who returns to her hometown of Pittsburgh to mourn a childhood friend. She reminisces about the period of her life between the Pirates’ 1971 World Series win and the 1972 New Year’s Eve death of admired Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente.

This is an unforgettable tale of not only America’s pastime, but also family, friendship, and redemption!

Babines wrote the screenplay because he felt it “would have broad appeal due to its family friendly nature and nostalgic elements which includes references to Roberto Clemente and the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

Read the full press release HERE

Pittsburgh Dance Council Presents Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve
Featuring Works by Two Major Emerging Choreographers International Contemporary Dance
Saturday, Mar 8  |  8:00 PM  |  Byham Theater
Ballet du Grand
Theatre de Geneve
(photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Genève Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite choreography and exciting artistic collaborations. The evening program will feature two works, Glory and Sed Lux Permanet.

Glory, choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis, allows the dancers’ bodies to come together in various modes of symbolism to the mastery and quality of Handel’s flamboyant music. Sed Lux Permanet, choreographed by Ken Ossola, uses sculpted shadow play to enhance the delicate nature of the body set to the sensitive and ethereal sweetness of Faure’s Requiem.

The Grand Theatre has hosted some of the world's greatest ballet companies, notably Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes. At its reopening in 1962, the Grand Theatre created its own ballet company, The Grand Theatre de Geneve Ballet, under the successive management of Janine Charrat, Serge Golovine, Patricia Neary, Peter van Dyck, Oscar Araiz, Gradimir Pankov, Francois Passard and Giorgio Mancini.

From its beginnings, the company has been dedicated to performing various styles of dance and has worked with renowned artists such as George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Lucinda Childs. The company features twenty-two classically-trained dancers from around the world, performing in the neo-classical and contemporary styles. Each season features several new productions, repertoire performances at home, on tour, school productions and educational workshops. La Presse de Tunisie raves, “Divine. This company has established itself as one of the most original and inventive in Europe.”

Read the full press release HERE


3D for Kids Workshop
Saturday, Mar 15  |  11 AM  |  Adams Memorial Library
3D for Kids Workshop
Want to make 3D art at home? Join award-winning filmmaker/musician Jeff Boller from The Simple Carnival as he reveals the magic tricks behind making 3D (stereoscopic) art.

This FREE workshop is intended for kids ages seven and up (and their parents).

To sign up, contact the Adams Memorial Library Children's Room at 724-537-4383.

You'll learn how 3D works. You'll learn how to turn a regular 2D camera into a 3D camera. You'll learn how to draw 3D comics. You'll participate in 3D photography demonstrations. You'll see how ordinary art supplies can be used to make sophisticated animated 3D cartoons.

Prepare to be amazed...and to have fun!

For more information click HERE

Winter Homestead Day by Ms. Lori's Class

On December 6th, Spectrum Charter School participated in Winter Homestead Day.
Activities included: designing our own stamp and writing a postcard, making instruments from recycled items and singing songs, and cutting out gingerbread decorations from recycled paper bags.
We ate lunch as an entire school and enjoyed eating homemade vegetable soup and cornbread which was prepared by the students. All in all, it was an AWESOME day!


NAWBO – Greater Pittsburgh High Five! Spotlight
Congratulations to the following women!

It's time the ladies start giving more high fives! Women business owners in NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh are doing great things and we wanted to give them a virtual high five for all of their effort. No contest, no nomination form, just simply selecting those members that we see working hard and simply thanking those new NAWBO Pittsburgh members for joining our organization

Alice Williams
ALICE WILLIAMS - Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Alice Williams is a NEW NAWBO Pittsburgh Member that just joined at our last event -- Welcome Alice! She is the Executive Director of Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence (WEEE). WEEE is a small business incubation supporting women owned microenterprise ventures in Southwestern Pennsylvania. WEEE is located at 620 Island Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136. The organization provides entrepreneurship training using the Operation Jump Start program and the Kaufmann Foundation FAST TRAC New Venture. WEEE is a member of the National Business Incubation Association. You can reach Alice Williams at weee.incubator@gmail.com

Sharon Gregory
SHARON GREGORY - Sigmas Conference and Event Center, LLC.
Sharon Gregory is the owner of Sigmas Conference and Event Center, LLC. She is a new NAWBO Member and NAWBO Pittsburgh Partner/Sponsor! Sigmas Conference and Event Center is a one-of-a-kind venue that offers unsurpassed amenities for your next event that are sure to result in satisfaction for you and your guests.
Learn more about Sigmas and Sharon here.

Joyce Kane
JOYCE KANE - President, Cybertary
Joyce Kane has been a NAWBO Pittsburgh member since 2010 and keeps NAWBO Pittsburgh's administrative business matters organized, which is a big task! Her company, Cybertary, is a Virtual Assistant Service. Cybertary offers office support services, such as word processing and database support, bookkeeping services, web and graphic design, and executive administrative services. Their model is productive time on task; our services are offered on demand and virtually, saving clients from the burden of payroll, benefits, facilities and nonproductive time overhead. Do what you do best, let Cybertary do the rest.Visit www.cybertary.com if you need a virtual assistant!

Dr. Pamela Gianni
DR. PAMELA GIANNI - Medical Director, Medically-FIT
Dr. Gianni has practiced Occupational Medicine since she began her practice 20 years ago. She offers a full scope of occupational testing services, including OSHA-mandated surveillance exams; drug & alcohol testing; hearing, spirometry, & fit testing; and pre-employment strength & agility tests. Additionally, Dr. Gianni works closely with employers to evaluate their workers’ ability to safely perform their assigned jobs through a variety of focused physical exams, that include post-offer exams, return-to-work exams following long and short term disability, ADA exams to determine workplace accommodations, and Department of Transportation CDL exams, among others.  She is a Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) and Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Find out more at medically-fit.info

Terina J. Hicks
TERINA J. HICKS - P.U.R.E. Designs Media
P.U.R.E. Designs Media (PDM) graphic and web design is available to assist you with your next project. Whether you’re thinking about a layout for your company’s brochure, promoting and marketing your product or in need of a website, P.U.R.E. Designs Media is the company you need to hire!
PDM will bring a balance of flavorful elements and eye-catching colors that will harmonize your business, to build up and give out an effective message that other people will imbibe!  Visit her site at www.puredesignsmedia.com .

NAWBO Pittsburgh 2014 Chapter Theme Announced: Be Healthy,Wealthy and Wise in Business

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 of NAWBO, founded in 1977, is the fifth oldest NAWBO chapter. Two national presidents have emerged from our board, and many members have been recognized for their service and advocacy for women and minority business owners.

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University Upcoming Events
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series - 
"The Business of Franchising: Advice from the Experts"
Friday, Mar 14  |  7:30 - 9:00 AM 
Speakers: Michelle Rice, CEO, Rice Enterprises LLC dba McDonald's and Dorothy Coll, President, Two Men and a Truck

Come and hear about franchising from local experts! Learn about the cost to open a franchise versus starting your own business, the specific protocols required of a franchise location, and how corporate offices support franchise operations. Also hear from speakers about why they chose the franchise they did and what you should consider before opening a franchise!
Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series - 
"Successful Serial Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh: One Woman's Extraordinary Path"
Friday, Apr 11  |  7:30 - 9:00 AM
Speaker: Mary Del Brady, Proprietor of Mansions on Fifth Hotel and Chairperson and CEO of Wellbridge Health, Inc
Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Lunch and Learn Event - 
"The Business of Making Movies in Southwestern PA"
Friday, Apr 25  |  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Dawn M Keezer, Director, Pittsburgh Film Office

Film business in Southwestern PA has generated $762 million into our local economy since 1990 and with 124 films to date, it's a growing industry that employs hundreds of local crew members. Dawn Keezer, director of The Pittsburgh Film Office, will tell you about the inner workings of our local film industry and what is shooting in the region!
Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Film Premiere on International Women’s Day
Saturday, Mar 8  |  8 PM  |  Carnegie Museum of Art
Candi Castleberry-Singleton
and Heidi Bartholomew
(photo courtesy:
Women and Girls Foundation)
Please join us in congratulating Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC, who has recently been elected to Chair the Board of Directors of the Women and Girls Foundation. Joining Candi on the Executive Committee are: Bernadette Smith as Vice Chair, Margaret DiVirgillo as Treasurer, and Dr. Tanya Hagen as Secretary.

Many of you know of Candi’s work leading the Center for Inclusion in Health Care at UPMC. Candi’s dedication to inclusion and diversity has been recognized by several organizations. She has received the Tribute To Women Leadership Award from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and has been named one of the 50 Women of Excellence by The New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the 25 Influential Black Women by The Network Journal, Top 100 African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, and a Top 50 Diversity Champion by Diversity Woman Magazine.

Passing the baton to Candi, is our beloved past Board Chair, Heidi Bartholomew, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, who just completed her three-year term asChair.

For more information click HERE.

CEO Heather Arnet
(photo courtesy:
Women and Girls Foundation)
We'd also like to say a big thank you for all of your advocacy support for Sarah’s Bill. The current update is that the bill was approved on 1st and 2nd consideration by the PA House, but has yet to be scheduled for a final house vote. We promise to let you know as soon as that happens and to keep you informed and involved as this bill moves through both chambers of the legislature.

Needless to say, its been an exciting start to 2014 here at WGF! In the midst of all of this business, we were thrilled to learn that our CEO, Heather Arnet, received two national prestigious recognitions. She r has been selected to be part of the 2013 Progressive Women’s Voices Class. A distinguished group of twenty feminist leaders from throughout the country who have been selected by the Women’s Media Center as today’s leading voices for women. Heather has also been named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, the world’s leading women’s news service, and will be honored on May 6 at a gala dinner in New York City. Past honorees have included Jane Fonda, Chilean president Michele Bachelet and Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Matthai and Leymah Gbowee. We are so excited about this national recognition of our work here in Pennsylvania on behalf of women and girls!

Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University Honors PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill
April 2, 2014  |  6:00 PM  |  Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Shadyside Campus
Gwen IfillPBS NewsHour

Please join us for the 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics honoring PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill. President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University invite you to join them for a public lecture given by the 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics, PBS NewsHour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, Gwen Ifill.

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debates during the 2008 and 2004 elections. Ifill joined both Washington Week and the NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

For more information click HERE

WQED and Girls Coalition Community Cinema FREE Film Screening of Las Marthas
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014  |  6 - 8:00 PM  |  The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh
We hope you will join us in our upcoming installment of Community Cinema, in partnership with WQED Multimedia and The Ellis School as we screen Las Marthas.
In this documentary by Christina Ibarra and Erin Ploss-Campoamor, viewers meet the girls of families who participate in an annual Laredo, Texas debutante ball unlike any other. In 1939, the Society of Martha Washington was founded to usher each year's debutantes (called "Marthas") into proper society at the Colonial Pageant and Ball. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this tradition during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration. Society daughters, most of them Mexican American, are invited to debut in elaborate Colonial gowns representing iconic figures from America's revolutionary history, to reenact a ball thrown by America's first First Lady. Las Marthas follows two of the young debutantes - one a prominent member of Laredo society and the other a newcomer from Mexico - as they prepare for this rite of passage.

Las Marthas unravels the origins of the celebration and explores why a town like Laredo, with such deep Mexican roots, feels such affinity for America's Founding Father, and how against all odds the Washington's Birthday Celebration has managed to persevere and even flourish, thanks to the Mexican American girls who continue to wear the gilded burden of tradition. Considering themes around femininity, cultural tradition, and national heritage, this film provides ample opportunity for thoughtful discussion and interpretation.

* Doors open at 6:00pm, and the screening will begin at 6:30pm with a short discussion immediately following
* Light refreshments will be provided

Please register for this FREE event HERE.


Hiring at spa in Aspinwall!!!
Eva Kerschbaumer CEO, Organic Skincare Specialist, Author, Wife and Mother
I desperately need to hire several more Massage Therapists, Nail Technicians and Estheticians for my spa in Aspinwall. I know that this is not a traditional 'tech' position but I hope that you might know of someone in your network. We have the best compensation of any business in our industry and we even provide Health Insurance for our full time staff. I have only one requirement - I just want to hire friendly people who want to be the best. AND If I hire someone you refer, YOU will receive free treatments for 2014. Please email EvaLinkPYP@esspa.com with your referrals or if you have any questions. Thanks so much, Eva.

The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh - How the Steel City Avoided Detroit’s Fate
Politico Magazine
Written By: Glenn Thrush
  |  Feb. 04, 2014
(photo courtesy: Politico Magazine)
“Roboburgh,” the boosterish moniker conferred on the city by the Wall Street Journal in 1999 and cited endlessly in Pittsburgh’s marketing materials ever since, may have been premature back then, but it isn’t now: Pittsburgh, after decades of trying to remake itself, today really does have a new economy, rooted in the city’s rapidly growing robotic, artificial intelligence, health technology, advanced manufacturing and software industries. It’s growing in population for the first time since the 1950s, and now features regularly in lists like “the Hottest Cities of the Future” and “Best Cities for Working Mothers.” “The city is sort of in a sweet spot,” says Sanjiv Singh, a Whittaker acolyte at Carnegie Mellon who is working on the first-of-its-kind pilotless medical evacuation helicopter for the Marines. “It has the critical mass of talent you need, it’s still pretty affordable and it has corporate memory—the people here still remember when the place was an industrial powerhouse.”

Read the full article HERE

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Celebrate CareGivers Event
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014  |  2 - 4:30 PM  |  RSVP by Mar 18
Point Pleasant Senior Retirement Community, 120 Mosside Blvd, North Versailles, PA 15137
Celebrate CareGivers hosts monthly TLC events at select venues around Allegheny and the surrounding areas to provide pampering, nurturing, and respite to all caregivers. This event will feature free services ranging from massages and makeovers, to fun activities and crafts, refreshments and more!
* ADULT DAY CARE provided with RSVP

For more information on Caregiver Events and Resources click
Melody Firmani

Celebrate CareGivers was created by Melody Firmani to offer a solution to the dilemma of caregivers.  A caregiver herself, she fully understands their delicate needs. “Celebrate CareGivers" was created to entice the caregiver to temporarily leave their stressful environment and enjoy the services and activities that were designed especially for them,” says Firmani. “Our mission is to energize the personal caregiver.” 

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Send Out Card Partner/Business Consultant
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"Changing Lives One Card, One Gift, One Opportunity at a Time"

Celebrate and Share
Thursday, Mar 6, 2014  |  6 - 9 PM  |  Omni William Penn Hotel Grand Ballroom – Pittsburgh, PA
Twenty-six of Pittsburgh’s most notable women will be honored at the 9th Annual Celebrate & Share ~ Women of Achievement Awards Dinner for excellence in their fields; significant contributions to the betterment of their communities; and outstanding accomplishments for the advancement of women. This gathering of a veritable “who’s who” in Pittsburgh is sponsored by Allegheny Health Network and will honor Women of Achievement from our region and will benefit Cribs for Kids® Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.

Presented and Hosted by:  District Attorney and Mrs., Stephen and Mary Zappala
Celebrate & Share Co-Founders and Committee Co-Chairs:  Bonnie DiCarlo and JoAnn R. Forrester

Standing Firm with the South Side Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014  |  12 PM  |  McCormick and Schmicks
A large retailer shared with STANDING FIRM a story about how after an employee received a threatening phone message from a customer, the company's clear, strong violence prevention policies enabled them to effectively protect their employee, co-workers, and customers.

What if the threatening message had been from the employee's husband, boyfriend, or partner? Would the threat be taken as seriously, and would their policies that were so effective in responding to a threat from a customer have been applied to prevent a partner violence threat in the workplace?

STANDING FIRM will be addressing the South Side Chamber of Commerce about some of the common risks of a retail environment like the South Side. What do South Side retailers have in common?

Many unguarded front doors, High traffic areas, High percentage female employees and Businesses with less than 20 employees

Retailers may be more vulnerable to acts of partner violence in these types of areas. Over half of partner violence-related homicides of female employees occur in workplaces with fewer than 20 employees.

STANDING FIRM is looking forward to empowering employers to take action against partner violence, and we invite you to join us! Cost is $25 per person. Please respond to info@southsidechamber.org

Drink for Pink
Wednesday, Feb 26  |  5 – 7 PM  |  Andy's Wine Bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is proud to announce Drink for Pink! Drink for Pink is a friendly competition between the PDP, the Oakland Business Improvement District and the South Side Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh. All proceeds from the events will directly benefit breast cancer research and raise awareness for a disease that impacts so many.

The event will feature celebrity bartenders, specialty pink cocktails handcrafted with Wigle Whiskey and delicious tastes of food, the Downtown event will also include a raffle featuring prizes from The Pittsburgh Opera,Lululemon, The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and more.

We are proud to announce the list of celebrity bartenders here:
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
Betsy Benson, Pittsburgh Magazine Publisher
Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Councilman
Bloggers of EatPGH
Julie Plake, formerly of Bravo’s “Bethenny Ever After”
Lynne Figgins, Downtown resident and aficionado, publisher of Lynne’s List newsletter
Herky Pollock, CBRE Executive Vice President
Jonny Hartwell, 94.5 3WS Radio
Robby Incmikoski, Root Sports
Janice Masters and Kate Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Passion, Women’s Football Team
Rachel Carlson - Yelp! Pittsburgh

2 Hour Push-Up Competition Benefits Missing Children
Sunday, Mar 16, 2014  |  2-4 PM  |  Ramada Inn of Greensburg
Are you up for the challenge? How many push-ups can you do in two hours? We are looking for men and women to compete in a one of a kind 2-hour push-up competition.  American Association For Lost Children, Inc. (AAFLC) is hosting the second annual Push-Up Competition to raise money to help find and rescue more missing children.

Registration is free for participants. Participants could register individually or as a three person team. There will be a total of 40 teams which will represent various health clubs, local fitness facilities, and personal trainers. This event will be filled with fun and competition with the focus being on health and wellness. Medals will be awarded for the most pushups for females, males and as a team. The age categories are, 17 and under, 18-40, and over 40 years. There will also be medals awarded for the most funds raised, both individually and as a team.

AAFLC is a 501(C)3 charity founded in 1987, by Latrobe native Mark Miller, to find missing and abducted children. To date, AAFLC has rescued more than 135 missing US children from all over the US and in countries such as Mexico, South Korea, Germany and Lebanon. The charity has been featured on Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Inside Edition and Life magazine, to name a few. The Lifetime Network made a feature movie in 2009 depicting one of AAFLC’s rescues. AAFLC is a local charity, but has a worldwide reach. Children are rescued at no cost to the searching parent. The charity operates entirely on donations and fundraising efforts.

American Association For Lost Children combines a relentless passion with a quarter of a century of experience at finding and rescuing missing children through physical searches and hands-on investigations.


Love Your Block Grant - Send Us Your Ideas
From our friends at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
We all love Downtown, but we also know there is always room for improvement. We want to hear your ideas to make Downtown better – one block at a time! Love Your Block is a grant program created to revitalize Pittsburgh, through servePGH, the Mayor’s volunteer program. The PDP would like to collect great ideas from you about how the PDP can work with you to make the best idea become a reality.

Here is what you need to do: Come up with a great idea for a specific block in Downtown Pittsburgh that can be implemented for around $2,000. Tell us how the PDP and you can work together to implement this idea (ideas can come from individuals, groups of people, local businesses, etc), be sure to tell us the address of the block you are interested in improving. Send an email to pdp@downtownpittsburgh.com with the subject “Love Your Block” by Monday, February 24.

Here’s what the PDP will do: We will evaluate the ideas submitted and choose the idea we believe is the most feasible for our organization to implement with your help. With the consultation of the individual(s) submitting the idea, we will complete and submit the grant application to servePGH. Hopefully we will be selected and then will work to implement the project with the idea originator.

Here's how the city’s grant application works: Non-profit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to submit applications to conduct projects that can transform their blocks with a $2,000 Home Depot gift card and the support of City Departments. Competitive projects will be selected, after which City agencies will engage with awarded group members to review their block improvement requests. They will then proceed to carry out the requested services, as feasible. With the grant money, the selected groups purchase supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to carry out their own brand of block beautification and repair.

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Hip Hop Dance Mashup is Smashup
A Review of Compagnie Kafig’s Feb. 1st 2014 Performance
Roving Pittsburgher and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: Stephanie Curtice  |  Feb. 02, 2014

Compagnie Kafig
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
What do you get when you mix MMA moves and dancing? Or more specifically a dance mashup of Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts, with contemporary and hip hop dancing? An exhilarating and physical dance show by Compagnie Kafig. Choreographed by Mourad Merzouki of France, the 11 member male dance troupe had the packed house of the Byham Theater in aw all night, Feb. 1st.

The first half of the show was called “Correira,” Portuguese for running. It was a fun exploration of movement about running here, there and every where. The second half was called Agwa, and was a fun piece with tribal-like flare about the fluidity of water. With a roaring crowd, the troupe reappeared with an encore of dance solos among the scattered cups. Critics waffle between how to label the dancing of Compagnie Kafig’s as contemporary dance or just street hip-hop. Here’s what I know…. I know I couldn’t do any of the moves they did and practically worked up a sweat just watching them. This show was the most captivating, high-intensity, and fun dance performance I have ever seen. It was a smash!

Read the entire review HERE

Ogre Love Conquers All
A Review of Shrek the Musical, Feb. 6th 2014 Performance
Roving Pittsburgher and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: Stephanie Curtice  |  Feb. 07, 2014
Shrek the Musical
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

We all grew up with those classic fairytales of damsels in distress saved by a handsome prince, where love triumphs over the wicked, and everyone was perfect, pretty, and happy. Well Shrek the Musical, which opened February 6th at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater, was a perfect toe-tapping love story just like that – well mostly.

The dashing hero Shrek (Billy Mason) is not quite prince charming, because you know it ain’t easy being green. The shunned ogre was content to live in the quiet of his swamp. That was until it was invaded by misfit fairytale characters, banished from the kingdom of Duloc by the droll Lord Farquaad (Tim Hartman). The pint-sized ruler offers a challenge for Shrek to regain his stinky swamp. All he needed to do was rescue Farquaad’s bride-to-be from a dragon protected tower.

Read the entire review HERE

Science and the Symphony A Review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's
The Planets- An HD Odyssey Feb. 7th 2014
 Roving Pittsburgher and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: Sunita Pandit, Host of Mrs. Cardiology  |  Feb. 08, 2014

Mrs. Cardiology believes we must control stress in our lives. So-o-o with Valentine's day falling on a Friday making a quiet relaxed evening with Cardiologist hubby Santosh Pandit a challenger... Proactive Solution: I "preponed" Valentine’s Day by one week and took him to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for their performance titled: The Planets – an HD odyssey.
(photo courtesy: PSO)

As always, the symphony played up to its stellar reputation under the graceful guidance of Maestro Honeck. They impressed hubby (who does not enjoy sitting still for a classical piece!).

His comments: "The performance was excellent! It was a very good experience.  I enjoyed it thoroughly!" That's a mouthful of praise coming from a cardiologist. The video complemented the music allowing us to fully appreciate the intricacies of the composition. The NASA pictures kept us engaged with the music.

Read the entire review HERE

A Review of Mamma Mia the SMASH HIT Musical on Feb. 11th 2014
From: Roving Pittsburgher and PositivePittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Host of Empress of Biz  |  Feb. 12, 2014

Mamma Mia was Fun! Finger snapping, toe tapping, bouncing up and down in my seat fun. And shades of ABBA did I need that to get me through “the Winter That Will Never End Curse” that some evil Cleveland Browns fans has wished upon us.
Mamma Mia
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Part of the fun of the night was to walk into the theater with people smiling who were ready to celebrate with the music of ABBA. As soon as the first scene opened with Sophie played by Chelsea Williams singing “I have a Dream” the audience was wrapped up and jumping on the Mamma Mia Love Boat as portrayed by ABBA.

The play, Mama Mia is about our favorite theme: Youthful rebellion, Youth Looking for Love, Finding love, Misunderstanding, Separation, (21 years) Love Lost, REUNION, LOVE FOUND and LIVING HAPPILY AFTER all played to the 22 tunes of ABBA.

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Phil Longo named as OC at Sam Houston State
Slippery Rock University
Written By: Bob McComas
  |  Feb. 11, 2014
Phil Longo
(photo courtesy:
Slippery Rock University)
Phil Longo, Slippery Rock University’s football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, was named Monday as offensive coordinator at Sam Houston State University.  Longo, who served one season as The Rock’s wide receivers coach before being named as offensive coordinator in 2012, joined a Sam Houston State coaching staff led by K.C. Keeler, under whom Longo played as running back from 1988-91 at Rowan University.

As The Rock’s offensive coordinator, Longo installed an “Air Raid,” no-huddle attack that fueled SRU’s run last fall to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II national playoffs.  Longo’s offensive unit led the 16-team PSAC in scoring (43.3 points per game), passing offense (354.3 yards per game) and total offense (536.5 yards per game).  The Rock attack also ranked fourth nationally in total offense, sixth in passing offense and eighth in scoring offense.
In Longo’s first season as coordinator (2012), The Rock offense averaged 34.8 points (#6 in PSAC) and 407.3 yards (#8 in PSAC) per game.

Prior to joining The Rock coaching staff, Longo served as an assistant coach at Youngstown State, Southern Illinois, Minnesota-Duluth, LaSalle and William Paterson University and as head coach at La Salle College.


MJ Tocci
From Our Friends at Women and Girls Foundation

This weekend the world lost a great woman, and we lost a beloved board member and friend. It is with heavy hearts that we share that WGF Board Member, MJ Tocci, has passed away. Many of you knew MJ personally, and have been touched by her work with WGF and the Heinz School's Negotiation Academy. Her family will be planning a memorial service for April. Over the coming weeks, we at WGF will be thinking deeply about a way that our community can join together to honor her legacy, too.

Words cannot capture our admiration and gratitude for MJ. If you ever had the luck of crossing her path, or the distinguished pleasure of taking one of her negotiation classes, or the joy of calling her mentor or friend, then you know how special she was. We will miss our courageous, brilliant friend who was a tireless advocate for gender equity. From her days as the Head of the Major Crimes Unit, for the Alameda County District Attorneys Office, where she prosecuted perpetrators of sexual assault to her work here in Pittsburgh, founding the Negotiation Academy, MJ dedicated her life to the empowerment of women. She is survived by her husband Jonathan, and children Sam and Zoe. Please take a moment today to hold them in your hearts as we, together, mourn the loss of a great great woman from our lives. 

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