Sunday, April 20, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 04-07-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 04-07-14
News and Roll Out of Small Biz Saturdays
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JoAnn R. Forrester
Host of Empress of Biz
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JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate and Share. She is an entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT™ cost management system for small business, and has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients.  For more information visit Empress of Biz on

La Boheme at the Pittsburgh Opera
Papa Gallo's Collier Plaza, Kirwan Heights
Mandy Patinkin at PSO
This Week at PSO Bugs Bunny

The Trials of Muhammad Ali  |  Shakespeare Unleashed  |  Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance - FAR  |  4th Annual Pittsburgh Jazzlive International Festival  |  Women Rock Dress for Success  |  Pantagleize
Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch  |  Classical Music Kids Contest  |  Computer and Electronics Recycling for Spectrum Charter School
1st Pittsburgh Author Awards  |  Jazz Networking  |  Giving Equity the Right Way
HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  Carnegie Mellon Number 5 in Top Ten Smartest US Colleges
The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra IS The Sound of Music!  |  What is Movers for Moms®? 
2014 Downtown Pittsburgh Made Easy Guide  |  PCRG Fourth Annual Community Development Summit
Everyone Loves a Comeback Story - Eagle Cam  |  Empowered for Surgery  |  The Ultimate Mindful Eating Class 
La Boheme  |  Mandy Patinkin at PSO
PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS:  Bethel Park HS Wins National Hockey Title
PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  What is Your Dream or Great Positive Idea for Pittsburgh?


NAWBO Saturday Seminar
Saturday, April 12 2014  |  10 AM - 1 PM  |  Sigmas Conference Center  |  1717 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh

Want to know:
How to be well known to prospects before your sales call?
How to make your marketing messages work harder?
How to multiply your presence in your market?

Then, this Saturday, April 12 seminar is for you!

That’s when Hank Walshak, President of Walshak Communications, Inc., and the Communications Expert for Experts will discuss how to blend PR, social media, and content marketing into a powerful, integrated, marketing communications program.

Among other things, he’ll discuss:
How and why PR remains a useful communications tool.
How PR complements social media and content marketing.
How to make PR work locally or nationally for your business.
How to make PR, social media, and content marketing work together.
The importance of a communications audit. There will be a drawing of business cards, and the winner will receive a communication audit free of charge from Hank!

Continental Breakfast provided by: Creamy Creations and More LLC

Get Your Ticket and/or Table!
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE A VENDOR TABLE or call Terina Hicks at 412.584.2105.

For more information call 412.251.8000, or email, or visit


Community Cinema Series Continues with “The Trials of Muhammad Ali”
Saturday, April 12, 2014  |  12:00 PM  |  Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Theater
WQED’s popular Pittsburgh Community Cinema series will continue Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Noon with a FREE screening of Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali. The event will be held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Earth Theater in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibition.

Attendance is free, but requires registration at Additionally, the first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary pass to visit the museum.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates on

Prime Stage Theatre Brings Shakespeare Unleashed to the Stage - A Night of Filled with Sword Fights and Monologues
Friday, April 18, 2014  |  7 PM  |  Max’s Allegheny Tavern
Prime Stage Theatre is honoring Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with swordplay and seldom heard Shakespearean monologues and scenes. Shakespeare Unleashed, part of the continuing season of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage, will be held on Friday, April 18.

Directed by Dek Ingraham, Shakespeare Unleashed celebrates Shakespeare’s artistry in speeches that the audience may have never heard and gives the experience of up close – but safe – action of swordplay. Fight Choreography by Tonya Lynn is sure to impress.

Come out and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare. Join us at Max’s Allegheny Tavern, located at 537 Suismon Street on the North Side, beginning at 7:00 pm with the performance running from 7:30-8:30pm.

Limited seating is available. Tickets are $15 and available in advance only.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces a Pittsburgh Dance Council Presentation of Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance - FAR
Saturday, April 26, 2014  |  8:00 PM  |  Byham Theater
FAR (Photo By Ravi-Deepres)
Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings you Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor has crafted a stunning piece for the ten dancers from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance that will present the evening length work, FAR. McGregor’s choreography FAR was inspired by the controversial Age of Enlightenment and by the 18th century French philosopher Diderot's very first set of encyclopedia. His groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works. And FAR is no exception. Staged in a mesmerizing environment of shadow and light, performed by 10 dancers, FAR binds innovative design with choreography inspired by radical cognitive research process. Since the premiere of FAR in 2010, the work has been performed around the world, receiving accolades for its ever-insightful vision. “Wayne McGregor is doing some of the most exciting work on the planet.” –The New York Times

Wayne McGregor is renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He has directed movement for theatre and film including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and has choreographed music videos including the Grammy-nominated Lotus Flower video for Radiohead, and Ingenue for Atoms for Peace. He has also directed opera for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, London, and choreographed for plays, musicals, fashion shows and art galleries including site specific installations at the Hayward Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Canary Wharf, Glastonbury, the Pompidou Centre and for Secret Cinema. In July 2012 he created a large-scale public dance work with 1000 performers, Big Dance Trafalgar Square, part of London 2012 Festival in celebration of the London Olympic Games

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4th Annual Pittsburgh Jazzlive International Festival: 200 Jazz Musicians, 72 hours of Jazz Music in the Heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District
June 20 – 22, 2014
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the fourth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) on June 20–22, 2014. PJLIF will consist of three days of free jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. PJLIF attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. The Festival features local, emerging, and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries.

“During this Festival we celebrate some of the world’s most important Jazz musicians and an art form that has merged several cultures into one distinct style.” says Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “We are thrilled to host Grammy-Award winners, emerging talent, and local favorites in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District.”

Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world. A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.”

Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones returns to the festival stage with an installation of the lauded series Jazz Meets Funk, performing with Dwayne Dolphin and Fred Wesley, best known for his work with James Brown. A Tribute to Art Blakey is performed by The Messenger Legacy, featuring Ralph Peterson, Bobby Watson, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Donald Brown, and Reggie Workman. Other outstanding artists participating in the Festival include Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, Nancy Harms, Thomas Wendt, Joe Locke, harpist Brandee Younger, Raul Midón, Gregory Porter, and emerging artists and local favorites Benny Benack III and Emmet Cohen.


  • A free Jazz Crawl in the Cultural District, featuring 150 local and regional musicians at 25 venues kicks off the Festival Friday, June 20, from 5:30–9 p.m.
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs late night at the REX on Pittsburgh’s South Side, Saturday, June 2. This special performance is a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Grey Area Productions. Tickets are available at the Rex Theater’s website
  • In addition to late-night club performances, Jam Sessions at locations throughout the Cultural District begin at 10 p.m., June 21 and June 22.
  • 2014’s Showcase Noir marks the 11th year for this African American Designer Market that includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber works, and sculptures available for sale by some of the world’s finest artists. 
  • A special pop-up vinyl record store Trust Vinyl will be located at Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue, in downtown’s Cultural District. Coordinated by Pittsburgh local DJ Malls, visitors can purchase vinyl in this old-fashioned record store.
  • The outdoor Night Market presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership features some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors of food, music, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and more.

Women Rock – A Celebration of the Women of Dress for Success Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville
Thursday, April 24 2014  |  5:30 – 9 PM  |  Grey Box Theatre, Lawrenceville

Pantagleize - A New Adaptation by Jay Ball
April 11-27  |  Lexington Technology Center, N. Point Breeze
Subtitled "a farce to make you sad," Pantagleize is a wild rumination on revolution. Quantum’s Jay Ball freely adapts Michel de Ghelderode's 1931 avant garde play. Our Pantagleize is a take on beat poet Allen Ginsberg, off to be King of May in Prague, but he’s taken up in alternating turns by a quirky guide, a sexy spy, and a nasty dictator. As in the original, our hero unwittingly starts a revolution by saying the secret password, producing a darkly humorous attack on militarism.

Starring: Tony Bingham, Weston Blakesley, Kimberly Parker Green, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Alex Knell, Randy Kovitz, Max Pavel, Erika Strasburg, Sam Turich, Abdiel Vivancos
April 11: Opening Night - Enjoy a post-show reception with champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to socialize with the actors and creative team.
April 13: Post-Show Q&A - Stay after the performance for a Q&A session with the cast and director.
April 16: Ladies Night - Grab your girlfriend, sister, mother, or daughter and join a group of fabulous women on Ladies Night. A fun networking and socializing happy hour precedes the performance. Share your Quantum experience with a ladies-only audience. Reception, 6:30pm at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse-park once!; Performance, 8pm. Be sure to order "Ladies Night Reception & Performance."
April 18: Grapenuts - Join us for a special pre-show wine tasting at 6:30pm, followed by the performance at 8pm. Quantum board member/Grapenuts organizer, Jack Brice, will lead the tasting, pairing wines with the plays themes. Be sure to order "Grapenuts & Performance." Reception location TBA.
April 19: Quantum on the Couch - Join Artistic Director Karla Boos, David Orbison, Ph.D., of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Associate Editor and former US Ambassador, to engage in a post-show analysis of the play's characters and politics. Bring your wisdom, your interpretations, and your personal experiences.
April 23: SOCIAL Q Happy Hour - Join your friends and colleagues for Quantum's young professional happy hour preceding the performance. Complimentary drinks! Thanks to our partners: Penn Brewery and PortaBeer LLC.

For more information click HERE.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch
Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the area premiere of a musical for younger audiences, presented as part the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater’s Family Series, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch, will be performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, from Canada. Four performances will be held only at the Byham Theater on Friday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. (students only matinee) and 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater 2013-2014 Family Series.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings three of Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted and award-winning Coldecott Honor books to life with Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch. Swimmy is a tiny fish that uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. Inch by Inch, a lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. These stories provide a gentle storytelling style, innovative puppetry and charming original music, which have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim. This production features the direction and design of Jim Morrow, original soundscape composed by Stephen Naylor, and narration by Richard Donat. This live performance is 60 minutes in length and recommended for youth ages 3 and up.

Single tickets (in advance) are $9 for subscribers and $9.50 for non-subscribers. Single tickets purchased at the door are $11. Tickets can be ordered online at, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930.

Musical Kids Finalists Chosen for Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Contest
Public invited to vote online at April 11 – 30, 2014

Over 40 entries were received from young musicians around the region who play the piano, violin, cello, and classical guitar or sing for Classical WQED-FM 89.3’s Musical Kids competition for middle school students. Twelve finalists in grades six to eight have been chosen, and half of the students hail from North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh. In addition, two are from Monongalia County schools in West Virginia, with the remaining students attending private and charter schools, or being home schooled.

Finalists include:
• Issac Che, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Home School
• Elizabeth Edwards, 13, Seventh Grade, Cello, Home School
• Christopher Fedor, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District
• Enoch Hsiao, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District
• Benjamin Kiehl, 13, Seventh Grade, Classical Guitar, Westwood Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia
• Devin Lai, 12, Seventh Grade, Violin, Suncrest Middle School, Monongalia County, West Virginia
• Amanda Lu, 13, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District
• Stephanie Petinaux, 11, Sixth Grade, Piano, St. Kilian Parish School
• Rebeka Rest, 12, Sixth Grade, Piano, Marshall Middle School, North Allegheny School District
• Celeste Shannon, 13, Seventh Grade, Vocalist, Environmental Charter School at Frick Park
• William Wang, 12, Seventh Grade, Piano, Ingomar Middle School, North Allegheny School District
• Andrew Zhang, 13, Eighth Grade, Piano, Carson Middle School, North Allegheny School District

The public is invited to cast their online vote for their favorite finalist from April 11 through 30 One of six winners will be chosen by the public through the online voting portal. The remaining five winners will be selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts.

Winners will be announced Monday, May 5 on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 by Anna Singer at noon and recognized publicly at “Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night” following the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 9. A special program hosted by Jim Cunningham with interviews and LIVE performances with the winners will air on Performance in Pittsburgh Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. In addition, presentations will be held at each winner’s school where prizes including a plaque will be awarded. Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by grants from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation and The Fine Foundation.

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Computer and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Event for Spectrum Charter School
Saturday April 12 2014  |  9 AM – 12 PM
Spectrum Charter School, Inc.  |  4369 Northern Pike, Monroeville

Spectrum Charter School is a Non-Profit Organization and Founding Member of Green Building Alliance Pittsburgh Green Schools Academy. They will be hosting a Computer and Electronics Recycling fundraiser sponsored by TeamLogicIT of Monroeville and Commonwealth Computer Recycling.

Will Accept:
  • Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Servers, Hard Drives
  • Keyboards, Mice, Power Supplies, Motherboards/Circuit Boards, Cables, Speakers, CD, DVD, Tape and Floppy Drivers, Backup Systems, Memory Drives, Computer Fans, and Tape Backups
  • Routers, Switches, Wireless Routers, Access Points, Bridges, Firewalls, Cabling, Modems, and KVM Switches
  • Phones, Ink, Toner, AC Adapters, Projectors, Overhead Displays
  • Consumer electronics (Gaming Systems, Wire, Christmas Lights, Cable Boxes, Radios, VCR and DVD Players, Typewriters, MP3 Players, iPods, iPads, Desktop Printers, and Dot Max Printers)
  • Monitors (LCD and CRT)
Onsite Data Destruction for hard drives will be provided upon request for a $10 fee. Televisions will NOT be accepted. If your donation will be more than 30 items you may schedule a pick-up with Commonwealth Computer Recycling prior to the event at 724-858-1087.

Cannot make it on April 12th?
Spectrum Charter School will accept donations BEFORE the event during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Questions? Call 412-374-8130


NAWBO Newsmakers
Host: NAWBOPittsburgh -
Episode: - NAWBO Newsmakers Ruth Byrd-Smith M/W/DBE Director AC
Our special guest today, Ruth Byrd -Smith, director of Allegheny County M?W/DBE Department and long time NAWBO member and supporter will be sharing with us about M/W/DBE Certification and how that brings opportunity to you. Allegheny County spends a least 500 millions a year, they buy every thing from A to Z..learn about certification and HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU!
Call ID: 122665

Pittsburgh Author Awards
The Authors Zone will be hosting the 1st ever Author Awards Ceremony in Pittsburgh on October 16, 2014.

Jazz Networking by Jessica Lee - Formally known as Entrepreneurial ThursdaysThursday, April 10 2014 | Little E's Jazz and Blues Club (2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant)
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 PM | Live music starts at 6:00 PM

Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers and 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.”

This week:
Hadley Pratt, Communications Director/Programming of Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation presents "Innovative Fund Raising! Hatch is a civic crowdfunding platform serving Allegheny County. Hatch allows you to fund projects that directly benefit your local community, letting you choose where you see change.

For more information visit Jazz-Networking

Ben Franklin's Venture Investment Forum Presents: "Giving Equity the Right Way" for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 9 - 11 AM
Videoconference locations: Penn State Harrisburg, the Hershey Center for Applied Research, Ben Franklin University Park and Ben Franklin Erie office, and now also at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures in Bethlehem

Like many young companies, you look for creative ways to pay for services when cash is tight. If you’ve thought about giving stock in lieu of cash, you’re not alone. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to pay with equity.

Learn more about giving equity during "Giving Equity the Right Way," a videoconference seminar presented by Sal Bauccio, a business attorney with a background in equity capital transactions, who will discuss paying employees, vendors and others with equity, including how to do it appropriately and how to fix things if you've made a mistake.

Giving equity is an expensive proposition. Learn how to keep it from becoming even more so. Register today. Questions? Contact Jill Edwards at

For more information visit Giving Equity the Right Way

Please Support These Pittsburgh Businesses
that Support the Good News in Pittsburgh

PapaGallo Cucina
Collier Town Square  |  1597 Washington Pike  |  Bridgeville, PA 15017

  • Customized Catering to Suit Your Tastes
  • Only the Best Choices for Your Best Meals and Parties
  • Elegant, Made to Order
  • We Cater to Special Dining Requests
  • Mediterranean, Seafood, Chicken, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Organic
  • The Choice is Always Yours!
  • Len’s Custom Gourmet Catering

PapaGallo has always been known for gourmet breakfast and lunch and that quality continues with our gourmet catering. Whether it is a corporate event, birthday party, first communion or a bar/bat mitzvah, you can depend on Chef Len’s custom gourmet catering to make a lasting impression on your guests.
Call 412-564-5094 or Visit

Sanna Carapellotti's Life Changing Hypnotherapy
43 Hoodridge Dr.  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15228  |  412-344-2272

Empowered for Surgery: Is it Really Possible? Part 1

From: Mt. Lebanon Neighbor Magazine
Written By: Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT
Major or minor surgery can be frightening. Most people take a big breath, hope for the best, and go to surgery with fears in tow. These fears and anxieties are shown to be associated with an increase in complications and pain, longer hospital stays and higher medical bills. Even wound healing can be compromised. Going into surgery distressed and full of tension increases the probability of the very scenario one fears, and lowers the immune system, too.Every surgery has inherent risks, and the individual undergoing surgery may have personal risks, such as a chronic illness. University studies reveal...

Read the entire article HERE

Eat too fast? Too Much? Too Often? Discover SLOW Eating at HypnoDining®: The Ultimate Mindful Eating Class
April 23  |  7:00 - 9:30  |  Orbis Caffe
Benefits: Eat less, manage potions, be happy when you eat, love eating, stop OTC stomach aids, digest better. Who doesn't want more of this?

Eating has become complicated, and we dislike ourselves for it. This inner tug of war can actually make us eat more FAST paced and binge faster than you can swallow chicken broth. You must make peace with this 'hungry' part of you. Here are a few simple suggestions:
1. Stop being angry at yourself for overeating.
2. Ask yourself "What am I really hungry for?" Or "What do I need right now?" "What could help me?"
3. Grab a notebook and allow the overeating behavior.
4. Direct the anger toward the food industry who has manipulated our brains by creating highly addictive synthetic foods, and the 'helping' professions who have mercilessly confused us with their conflicting information and guidelines.
Become friends with yourself and discover calm when you eat...It's a Great Day for a Change- Yours!
For more information click HERE
Call 412.344.2272 or Visit

Edible Arrangements

Dr. Santosh Pandit, MD, Cardiology Specialist

Dr. Santosh Pandit, North Hills, M.D. Cardiologist is the only M.D. Cardiologist in the Pittsburgh Area with the ability to scan you for anti-oxidant efficiency. BTW, he is the husband of Mrs. Cardiology who you can hear on her syndicated show at

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CALL TODAY 412-367-9104 !!!

Celebrate CareGivers
Celebrate CareGivers is a FREE monthly event designed to show appreciation to caregivers of elderly, special needs, or disabled family members. All services, refreshments, entertainment, auction items, and door prizes are compliments of local businesses.
Adult Day Care is provided at most events!
Call 724-212-5015 or Visit
for a schedule of FREE upcoming events!

"Fun Days" Kids Book AND PositivilyPittsburgh Just Ducky Posters




Discover How a Simple, No Pressure 10 Minute Interview can catapult YOU to Page 1 on Google for Local Pittsburgh Searches!
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PAGE #1 on Google for $70.07 and 10 Minutes of Your Time!


Carnegie Mellon Number 5 in Top Ten Smartest US Colleges
From:  |  Tweeted By: @NonprofitPGH
Written By: Rebecca Grant  |  November 14, 2013

These are the 50 smartest colleges in the U.S. (and #1 will surprise you). Forget the Ivy League and Stanford — the smartest college in America is not what you might think.

Washington University in St. Louis came out on top of Lumosity’sannual ranking of the “smartest colleges in America.” Last year’s winner, MIT, came in second, followed by Princeton University, Northwestern, and Carnegie Mellon. Harvard and Yale came in eight and ninth, respectively, and Stanford settled down in 12th place. This is a pretty significant fall for Harvard and Stanford, which ranked second and third in last year’s report. It is also a significant rise for Washington University and Carnegie Mellon, which finished sixth and 17th in 2012. The University of Chicago, Rice University, and Dartmouth were also in the top 10 this year.

Lumosity creates brain-training exercises and since 2007 has amassed the world’s largest and continuously growing dataset of human cognitive performance, made up of 1.2 billion data points from its 50 million users. This particular study examined game play data from 72,388 college students who played Lumosity games that challenge five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving.

“College rankings typically rely on standardized test scores and GPA — what’s unique about our college rankings is that we are able to measure a sample of a student population’s core cognitive abilities, which are important underlying factors that allow you to function in your everyday life,” said Lumosity data scientist Daniel Sternberg, PhD.

All the institutions were ranked based on their median Grand Index score. Washington University earned 115.34; followed by MIT with 114.50, Princeton with 114.11, Northwestern with 112.36, and Carnegie Mellon with 111.99.

1. Washington University in St Louis
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Princeton University
4. Northwestern University
5. Carnegie Mellon University
13. University of Notre Dame
34. University of Pennsylvania
49. Lehigh University

Read the entire article HERE


The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra IS The Sound of Music!
Friday, May 30 2014  |  7 - 10:00 PM  |  Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall Ballroom
Following dinner, Music Director Lawrence Loh and the entire Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a short concert as a preview of some of the music that will be featured on their concert tour (Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana to name just a few) as well as selections from Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music!

Silent Auction & Live Auction by Hoffstetter Auctioneers

Special Guests:
Jim Cunningham from WQED
Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Proceeds from this gala event will benefit all of PYSO's programs, including our scholarship fund and the 2014 concert tour of central Europe. Because the final tour concert will take place in Salzburg, the theme of this year's gala is THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Individuals tickets are now available for purchase as well as tables of ten at a discounted rate. For sponsorship packages, please contact the PYSO office at 412-392-4872 or

What is Movers for Moms®?
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country and internationally are collecting donations for local women's and family shelters for delivery on Mother's Day. Collections start mid-March. The items will be picked up the week of May 5th, for delivery on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11.The purpose of the program is to recognize those moms living in shelters this Mother's Day by arranging delivery of small gifts for women who are victims of domestic abuse or homelessness.

Donations we encourage include any/all personal items including: jewelry, pajamas (all sizes), socks (all sizes), robes (all sizes), slippers (all sizes), nail kits, nail polish and remover, makeup (for all skin types), journals and pens, purses, wallets, and also bath and body sets. No gift is too small. Please note, the shelter can only accept new items.

We're supporting The Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Please visit There you'll find a partnership sign up form where you'll input all of your contact information. This information will be used for folks to locate you as a drop off location for donations. Only public locations will be on this list however all partners need to fill out this form.

For more information call (412) 881-1111 or visit


Release of the 2014 Downtown Pittsburgh Made Easy Guide
From our friends at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Each year the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership releases the Downtown Pittsburgh Made Easy Guide. The guide is pocket-sized and can be downloaded from our website. It is compact and convenient and contains construction detours, bus & T information, as well as details about parking, car-pools and van-pools.

In addition to being available for download online, over the next few weeks you will find the 2014 Downtown Pittsburgh Made Easy Guide all over Downtown, including the Welcome Pittsburgh Center in Fifth Avenue Place, in the Cultural District, at Downtown hotels, and other large venues throughout the City. The guides are great for out of town wedding guest arrival gift bags, new students at local universities, tourist groups, and people in town for conventions and conferences. If you or your organization would like copies for your special event or group, email us at and we'll send them to you!

For more information about the Downtown Made Easy Guide or to download your copy visit the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

PCRG Fourth Annual Community Development Summit
From our friends at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
On May 14 and 15, the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Fourth Annual Community Development Summit will bring professionals, and others passionate about building and sustaining healthy communities, together in Downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme, Reaching Across Boundaries, aims to highlight cross-sector and regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization. This premier community development summit attracts more than 500 leaders from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states to Downtown Pittsburgh for two days of sharing best practices. This year, the Summit will feature keynote presentations from Shelley Poticha, director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program, and David Rusk, author of Cities without Suburbs.

Registration for this Summit is now open! For more information on the Summit and to register, please visit PCRG.


Everyone Loves a Comeback Story
Written By: Cindy Dunn, President and CEO of PennFuture
Everyone loves a comeback story. I wanted to share this terrific segment featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams earlier this week.

This story has special meaning for PennFuture — we are proud to have been part of this community effort, and to have such a great outcome.

PennFuture helped score a major victory for conservation and wildlife when the state put an end to a developer's plan to strip mine Hays Woods, one of Pittsburgh's largest and most intact green spaces.

PennFuture's legal eagles intervened in the case, and the Environmental Hearing Board relied on a previous mining case decision where we also intervened.

Financial support and citizen action were critical in protecting Hays Woods — with hundreds turning out at public meetings, speaking out against the project and lobbying public officials to turn it down.

Now a family of bald eagles is nesting in Hays Woods. We're thrilled by their endorsement of our work! Every year, we provide at least $2 million in legal assistance across the state, and our results have consistently worked to promote Pennsylvania’s environment.

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A Superlative Combination
Review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Evening with Mandy Patinkin Performance April 5th 2014
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Host of Empress of Biz  |  April 6, 2014
On Saturday evening April 5 downtown Pittsburgh was filled with two types of fans, baseball and music. Both type of fans excited and looking for their team to deliver a winning performance. And my team, starring the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mandy Patinkin delivered a superb win. Our star player, Mr. Mandy Patinkin, singer, actor, performer well known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony delivered an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway Classics.

Mandy’s performance was infused with wonderful personal stories with an easy interplay with the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra. He brings everyone along on his musical journey and personal memories on his career. It was fascinating for me to hear how he started as a teenager, with his first role as Billy Bigelow in "Carousel" and how he evolved and eventually performed with many of the great stars of Broadway.

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Bethel Park HS Wins National Hockey Title
From:  KDKA - CBS Pittsburgh  |  March 30, 2014
Tweeted By:  @CBSPittsburgh
(Photo by: John Wdowiak)
The Bethel Park High School hockey team is bringing home a national championship. According to a press release from the school, Bethel Park defeated Providence Catholic (Ill.) 2-1 to win the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship.

The tournament was held in Omaha, Neb. and featured 32 of the top teams from around the country. Pennsylvania state champion Peters Township also competed in the tournament, but did not advance out of group play. Bethel Park opened play on Wednesday with a 9-2 win over Cherry Creek, Colo., which was their most convincing win of the tournament.

They would go on to defeat Medina, Ohio 4-2, tie J Serra, Calif. 4-4, defeat Sioux Falls, S.D. 3-0 and defeat Des Moines, Iowa 3-1 to reach Sunday’s championship game. With today’s win, Bethel Park became the first school from Pennsylvania to claim the national title. The team bus is expected to return to the area around 7:45 a.m. Monday. They will receive a police escort to the high school, where an assembly will be held to congratulate them.


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