Monday, March 10, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-10-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-10-14
Positively Pittsburgh Live! Pittsburgh Passion and Power, Help for Seniors
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All That Jazz

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PSO Going to the Dogs?  |  PSO's 2014-2015 POPS Season

Lifeguards Needed  |  Junie B. Jones

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and HATCH  |  Jazz Networking - Hiring

NAACP Pittsburgh Casino Night  |  All Hands on Deck! For a Global Links Celebration


Joshua Bell and Symphonie Espagnole  |  All That Jazz Dazzles

Opportunity to Play Oakmont Country Club for WPGA Scholarship Fund  |  Three More Veterans Added to Power Roster  |  Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Footbal March Events

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  Seniors Aged 60+ Can Receive FREE Home Safety Resources

STEELTOWN HERO:  Tony Ferrieri



Is the PSO Going to the Dogs?
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Does your dog have what it takes to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? The Pittsburgh Symphony is looking for four canine “musicians” and their handlers to participate in its annual free Point State Park concert on June 9.

As part of the concert, the symphony will perform Leopold Mozart’s “Jadg-Sinfonie,” a piece that calls for barking dogs to collaborate with the horn soloists.

Please visit to fill out an online application form and submit a link to a Youtube video demonstrating that your furry friend can sit, stay, bark and be silent on command.

Deadline for submission is April 16. Notification of those chosen for the final audition will be made via email on April 30. Final live auditions will occur on May 13 at Heinz Hall.

Following the final audition, four dogs will be selected to perform with the symphony on June 9.

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From Disney to Texas Heartthrobs, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 PNC POPS Season Delivers Eclectic Mix of Musical Favorites
Familiar friends and new sensations take their turns on the Heinz Hall stage during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 PNC Pops season, one that promises an eclectic mix of favorites and surprises. The season opens with a concert that gives the ageless fight between good and evil a musical twist with “Heroes and Villains” (Oct. 17-19, 2014).

Put on your Spock ears and “Live long and prosper,” when Jack Everly returns to the PNC Pops series to conduct “Sci-Fi Spectacular” (Nov. 14-16, 2014), an “out-of-this-world” concert featuring vintage TV themes, cult movie scores and music from epic space films. Then celebrate the season at the Pittsburgh holiday tradition Highmark Holiday Pops (Dec. 12-14, 2014; additional performances on Dec. 20 & 21) when conductor Todd Ellison returns!

Bring in 2015 with Trumpeter and fan-favorite Chris Botti (Feb. 6-8, 2015), “Singin’ in the Rain” (March 13-15, 2015), and The Texas Tenors (April 24-26, 2015). Finally, the 2014-2015 PNC Pops season concludes with a program that will thrill kids of all ages, “Disney in Concert: A Tale as Old as Time” (June 19-21, 2015), featuring a quartet of Disney in Concert singers performing songs from favorite Disney movies like Frozen, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and many more!

Seven-concert season ticket packages range from $122.50 to $659.75, and can be purchased by calling 412-392-4900, or visiting Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale around Labor Day.

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Need a Summer job? Citiparks Is Seeking Lifeguards
Citiparks’ Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2014 Summer Season. If you or a friend are certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.

Trainings for the upcoming season are being held at the Oliver Bath House on March 15th - March 26th, and May 6th - May 29th. Course training is $70, and payment plans are available. Applicants must be 16 years old by May 30th, 2014.

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Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Presents the Pittsburgh premiere of Junie B. Jones
Friday, March 14th 2014  |  11 AM and 7 PM  |  Byham Theater
Saturday, March 15th 2014  |  11 AM and 2 PM  |  Byham Theater
Junie B. Jones stars in this award winning, colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, and the annual kickball tournament. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”

Theatreworks USA brings to life four volumes of Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!), illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House. Performed by a multi-cultural cast, the stories represent various issues, themes, and ideas relevant to children in the early elementary years.

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Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and HATCH
From: Natalia Rudiak, City Council District 4

I visited the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which provides powerful computers and data storage to researchers from universities, government, and industry. The PSC is not only a unique state-of-the-art facility, but a job creator that puts Pittsburgh on the map - the center has applied for a federal grant to be a national center for cancer genome research and could create dozens of job in the process.They are very interested in working more closely with the City. Fun fact: today’s iPhone is more powerful than the center’s first, ginormous super-computer, which was introduced in 1986 and cost $20 million!

Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation, and I learned about HATCH, a civic crowdfunding platform serving Allegheny County. What’s a “crowdfunding platform”? Much like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, it’s a website that enables a large number of people to fund a project with small amounts of money. In most cases, these kinds of websites fund new business ideas or organizations. In the case of HATCH, all projects must have an element of benefiting the community. Eligible projects can include small businesses, art projects, performances, or community programs. Projects name a fundraising goal, and if the goal is met with donations from individuals in the community, the project is funded!

Jazz Networking by Jessica Lee – Hiring Employers and Career Opportunities
Formally known as Entrepreneurial Thursdays
Thursday, March 13th 2014  |  Little E's Jazz and Blues Club (2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant)
Pre-show networking session 5:30 PM  |  Live music starts 6 PM
Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Join us every Thursday evening for Pittsburgh’s premier Jazz and Blues Happy Hour show for the entrepreneurial / innovation community. Featuring live open-mike interview sessions with hot entrepreneurs, financing sources, economic development thought leaders and other business stars, we’re uncovering “WHAT’S INNOVATIVE AND POSITIVE IN THE PITTSBURGH REGION.”

Co-host: Scott Albert, Founder - The Albert Institute, LLC
Featured Guests:
Shaina Walker and Meg Brady - UPMC
Jeff Block, Recruiter and John Galeza - Farmers Insurance
Dawnita Chichilla, Retail Recruiter - Goodwill SWPA

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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

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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NAACP Pittsburgh Casino Night
From our friends at The Soul Pitt
Saturday, March 15 2014  |  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM  |  Rivers (Rivers Banquet Hall)

Come out and join the supporters of the NAACP Pittsburgh Unit for FREE food, beverages, live entertainment, and yes even FREE play at the casino.

Call (412) 471-1024 for more information

All Hands on Deck! For a Global Links Celebration
Friday, March 21st 2014  |  8:30 AM - 10:30 AM  |  Green Tree headquarters  |  FREE
Celebrate our 500th shipment of life-saving medical aid with a special project to improve primary care in Bolivia’s Amazon basin.

We'll be serving up a Bolivian-inspired breakfast buffet, facility tours, an inside look at planning for a health-improvement project, and bid a fond farewell to the 500th shipment.

The Amazon Health Boat
The project at the center of this milestone shipment is The Global Links Amazon Health Boat. Global Links will be outfitting a river boat to serve as a floating primary care clinic to serve the poorest and most remote areas of the Amazon basin in Bolivia.

By outfitting the boat with proper medical equipment, exam furnishings and lab materials, professional healthcare staff can provide primary care and attend to the health and wellness needs of 25,000 patients in 45 indigenous communities.

Give to the Amazon Health Boat Project by March 31st to take advantage of a 50% match from a generous Global Links Volunteer! Click here to donate.


Landbanking 101
Natalia Rudiak, City Council District 4
Public testimony recently held about Councilwoman Gross’ Land Bank legislation. Land banks act as a legal and financial mechanism to transform vacant, abandoned and tax-foreclosed property back to productive use. So many times, abandoned property is tax delinquent for many years before it is recommended for tax sale. By the time someone else is able to buy the property, the structure may be dilapidated, and surrounding property values may have dropped significantly. The land bank can help turn these properties over in a more timely manner, and it ensures that the community has input on the buyer’s new plan for the property. Have thoughts on the landbanking bill? Read about “Landbanking 101” on Councilwoman Gross’ website: strict7/landbank or contact us:


Witnessing Unmatched Musicality
Review of the PSO's Joshua Bell and Symphonie Espagnole Performance Feb. 28th 2014

From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Hank Walshak  |  March 1, 2014
Joshua Bell
(photo courtesy:
Lisa Marie Mazzucco)
Something in me likes to watch professionals, whatever their line of work. This personal bent served me well when I witnessed Joshua Bell display his violin artistry and Maestro Gianandrea Noseda masterfully lead our Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 21 of Edouard Lalo.

For me, watching Joshua Bell is like viewing a professional tight-rope walker quickly skip along a 60-foot rope hundreds of feet in the air, and doing somersaults on the rope at the same time. This kind of doing the seemingly impossible happens only a few times in one’s life, and Bell’s execution was one of these rare times in my life.

To say, he performed the violin solo, would be to vastly understate his performance. He played through the Symphonie Espagnole as though the notes, the phrasing, the melodies, the movements emerged from somewhere within him, not from Lalo’s score. He played as though born into the music, moving forward to punctuate hard-hi

Read the entire review HERE

Oh My Stars, Sequins, and Symphony
A Review of the PSO’s March 6th 2014 Pops Concert
Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Stephanie Curtice  |  March 7th 2014

Jack Everly 
(photo courtesy: 
Michael Tammaro)
What I fun concert! I don’t know how else to start this review, other than that. I was seat dancing practically the whole concert and singing like a song bird all the way home. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Jack Everly presented “All That Jazz”, a musical montage of hits from Cabaret, Chicago, The Act, Kiss of the Spider Woman, New York, New York and more.

As the show opened with “Overture”, I was thinking, with the Oscars having been just this past weekend, this sounds very movie-musicy sounding. (Yes, I have a music degree and that is a technical term, movie-musicy, well at least it should be.) Anyway, I knew we were in for a treat, because we would hear some of the most well known musicals in robust symphonic stylings. And then out came the singers to join in.

With a proper “Willkomen” from Ron Remke, the musical celebration of the songwriting duo Kander and Ebb was in full swing. Remke was joined by Nikki Renee Daniels, Ted Keegan, Pittsburgh native Kirsten Scott and Tony award-winning Beth Leavel. Though there were only five singers this was no park n’ bark stuffy concert. The audience was both dazzled by the singing stars and bedazzled by all the glitzy costume changes.

Read the entire review HERE

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Opportunity to Play Oakmont Country Club for WPGA Scholarship Fund
Written By: Matthew Rusinko
Monday, April 21st 2014
Registration 10 AM  |  Lunch 11 AM  |  Shotgun Start 12:30 PM  |  Hors d'oeuvres and Refreshments 6 PM
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association will host a golf outing at Oakmont Country Club on Monday, April 21, 2014. Proceeds will benefit the WPGA Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund was established in 1927 and provides tuition assistance to employees of Association Member Clubs. Registration opens Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Entry will be by groups of four at $4,000 per entry. A WPGA Player Account will be required to register. Please note entry procedures and guidelines.

A portion of the fee directly benefits the WPGA Scholarship Fund and is tax-deductible. Space is limited and entry acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation will not be finalized until payment is received. Overbooked entries will receive full refunds soon after the event's conclusion.

Three More Veterans Added to Power Roster
From: Pittsburgh Sportsline
Written By: Allen Levine  |  Feb. 22, 2014
The Pittsburgh Power have added three more veterans to their new-look roster for the 2014 season. On Friday February 21, 2014 the Power were assigned three veterans in Anthony Hoke (6-1, 250, Cincinnati), Larry Ford (6-4, 260, West Virginia) and Alvance Robinson (5-9, 175, Alabama State) as reported by the Arena Football League communications office.

Hoke is entering is fourth season in the AFL and in the past three seasons with the Chicago Rush and the Cleveland Gladiators. In that time the defensive lineman tallied 76 tackles and 18 sacks. Most notably, he set the franchise record for the Cleveland gladiators with 7.5 sacks his rookie year.

Ford, also a defensive lineman, played one game as a rookie with the Orlando Predators last season notching 1.5 tackles and half-a-sack. Ford is not unknown to the area though, he played his college days with the Mountaineers of West Virgina University where he had 10 tackles and a sack in 27 appearances.

Robinson is the final addition to the Power roster. The wide receiver has been in the AFL for the past four seasons making 215 receptions for 2,795 yards and more than 50 touchdowns. His best season was in 2011 when he had over 1,300 receiving yards and while he only played in five games in 2013 the potential to eclipse the 1,000 yard marker is there and certainly possible.

Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football March Events
March 12th 2014 - Pittsburgh Muscle Team Event at Heinz Field
March 15th 2014 - St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Downtown Pittsburgh

Entering into week nine of practice, we are continuing to develop our skills as a team while reaching out to the Passion community. March is another exciting month for us as we get one step closer to the beginning of our season.

The Passion will be attending the Pittsburgh Muscle Team Event that is a fundraiser to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy and ALS. We will also be taking part in Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Make sure to share your pictures of the team as they walk by!

This month was also the release of our 2014 schedule, with our home opener starting May 10th! Games will be played at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Our season tickets are now available for just $50. We’ll see you at the game.


Seniors Aged 60+ Can Receive FREE Home Safety Resources
From: Natalia Rudiak, City Council District 4
Did you know that our houses can potentially be dangerous places, especially for the youngest and the oldest members of our population? A program for County residents aged 60 or older can help recognize and fix some common potential problems. A project of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania’s Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver program, trained volunteers will inspect your house room by room for fire and fall hazards, making recommendations as they go. They will help distribute safety supplies (like nightlights, bathmats, and flashlights), install smoke alarms, and help residents outfit their homes with grab bars or handrails--and it’s all free of charge. If you’re interested, please call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program at 412.345.7420 to request this home safety check, which lasts about an hour.

More assistance for seniors aged 60+:
The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program, a part of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, is advertising lots of free, volunteer services to our area’s aging population. Anyone in the County aged 60+ qualifies for free help from IVC, regardless of income. Services they provide include:
  • Friendly visits or phone calls, to prevent loneliness
  • Grocery shopping
  • Escorts and transportation to medical appointments or worship services
  • Assistance managing correspondence and paying bills
  • Home safety assessments (see above!)
  • Snow removal
To learn more and to get assistance for yourself or a family member, neighbor, or friend, call IVC at 412.345.7420. And also call that number if you’re considering volunteering with this program to help others.


Tony Ferrieri
(photo courtesy: City Theatre Facebook page)
Tony Ferrieri
On January 28th, Council presented Tony Ferrieri, Director of Production and Resident Scenic Designer for City Theatre, with a proclamation. A Brookline resident, Tony learned stagecraft, acting, directing at the University of Pittsburgh prior to becoming a technical director at the City Theatre. Tony’s attention to detail when staging a performance is notable, with every detail critically considered, evidenced not only by his library of props at City Theatre, but also his personal collection at his home in Brookline which he shares with his wife of 31 years, Annette. Tony also shares his wonderful baritone voice as a cantor at Resurrection Church and, in the past, as a Christmas soloist at Seton Center Christmas concerts. A January 24th City Theatre production of The Mountaintop, a play by Katori Hall, marked at Tony’s 500th production as a professional scenic designer.

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Joe Bonadio
(photo courtesy: Michael Novara)
Joe Bonadio
Council honored Joe Bonadio, lifelong Beechview resident and renaissance man, on Tuesday, March 4th. Joe grew up and still lives on Canton Avenue, one of the steepest public streets in the world, and has done much in his 91 years to serve the neighborhood and our country. A World War II veteran, Joe is a certified electrician, a long-time professional golfer, and an accomplished musician! He currently plays the flute in the Butler County Symphony Orchestra! Joe has spent years personally maintaining his portion of Canton, and is also a prolific vegetable gardener. We honored Joe for all he has done for Beechview and Pittsburgh as a whole.

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