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City of Pittsburgh Files Suit For Taxpayer Money Owed by the ICA

City of Pittsburgh Files Suit For Taxpayer Money Owed by the ICA

City is due $20 million in gaming funds for 2014-2015, and not a cent has been issued, despite approved financial plans and good faith efforts by Peduto Administration

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh today filed a legal action to force payment of $11.4 million in gaming funds currently owed to the City, which were contained in 2014 and 2015 budgets approved by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. The funding due will rise to $20 million by the end of this year.

City To Host USWNT World Cup Watch Party In Oakland Sunday

City To Host USWNT World Cup Watch Party In Oakland Sunday

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will host a World Cup Watch Party at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday, July 5, to cheer on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they take on Japan in the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.

Family Fun Health Fair Tomorrow!

Family Fun Health Fair Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 27th, The Kingsley Association will be hosting a Family Fun Health Fair. There will be health and wellness information, food, music, and fun kids activities–all free and open to the public–and all in one room! Sponsors for this event include the Urban Green Growth Collaborative, East Liberty Family Support, Giant Eagle, Larimer Work & Wellness, Dollar Bank, and Keith S. Somers, MD (Children’s Community Pediatrics/GIL).

Please Make a Donation to the Memorial Fund for Officer John Stofesky

Please Make a Donation to the Memorial Fund for Officer John Stofesky

On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.

Come to the City Council Urban Agriculture Zoning Hearing

Come to the City Council Urban Agriculture Zoning Hearing

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The City Planning Department has been working with leaders from Pittsburgh’s urban agriculture community over the past few years to revise and update our urban agriculture zoning code. There have been changes made to many aspects of urban agriculture including vegetable sales, full-fledged urban farms, and the keeping of bees, chickens, ducks and goats.

Apply for a PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant

Apply for a PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff in our area. They are currently accepting applications for PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Residents can apply for up to a $50,000 matching grant, and community organizations can apply for up to a $5,000 mini grant for storm water mitigation projects.

Attend the City of Pittsburgh’s Capital Budget Deliberative Forum on June 22nd

Attend the City of Pittsburgh’s Capital Budget Deliberative Forum on June 22nd

The second Capital Budget Deliberative Forum will be held on Monday, June 22nd as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process (the first was held on June 3rd in Greenfield). Unlike previous years when these meetings were held in the fall after the budget was already drafted and had been presented to City Council and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, this meeting will give residents a real opportunity to provide their input when it counts.

Please Sign the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence Now!

Please Sign the Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence Now!

The statistics are gut-wrenching: On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

Join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party Tomorrow!

Join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party Tomorrow!

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding believes that educating all our children is a collective imperative for the social and economic future of our Commonwealth and all its communities. They also know that in order to achieve a good education for all, we must ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains an adequate and equitable system of funding public education. If you share in their belief that every public school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to flourish, then please join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party, tomorrow, June 15th.

Nominate a Strong Girl or Strong Woman for the Pittsburgh Strong Awards

Nominate a Strong Girl or Strong Woman for the Pittsburgh Strong Awards

Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) originated on the Harvard campus in 2000 with six women mentoring 30 girls. It incorporated as a nonprofit in Boston in 2004 and added a Pittsburgh branch in 2006. Now, it’s expanded to providing programming to over 1,400 girls in Boston, Pittsburgh and several pilot programs at over 100 school and community center partner sites! Like its name says, SWSG mission is to support strong mentoring relationships between women and pre-adolescent girls. It concentrates its efforts on serving underserved local communities–raising ambition and combating the dangers of low self-esteem among these girls.