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Candidates Wanted for Community Leadership Forum

Candidates Wanted for Community Leadership Forum

Are you a resident of The Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Pittsburgh Hilltop, Millvale, or Wilkinsburg? Are you a leader who cares passionately about your community? Do you want to connect with other leaders and help determine how resources will be committed in those neighborhoods? If so, you can still apply for consideration to become a member of Neighborhood Allies’ Community Leadership Forum until the end of the day, tomorrow, July 31, 2015.

Volunteer to Help Build a Rain Garden

Volunteer to Help Build a Rain Garden

Rain gardens provide an enormous benefit to the Pittsburgh region. Because in many areas, our sewage and storm water systems are still connected, it takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them–causing sewage to overflow into our streams, yards, and rivers. Moreover, rain gardens absorb and naturally filter pollutants that would eventually end up in our freshwater.

Volunteer Training to Help Kids Be Ready for “Back 2 School”

Volunteer Training to Help Kids Be Ready for “Back 2 School”

If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Homemade jam on warm bread—a slice of heaven! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make jam, now’s your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?

Pittsburgh’s First Ever Refugee & Immigrant Job Fair

Pittsburgh’s First Ever Refugee & Immigrant Job Fair

On Thursday, July 16, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s (JF&CS) Career Development Center (CDC), along with its Refugee and Immigrant Services Department, will hold Pittsburgh’s first job fair for tailored to refugee and immigrant jobseekers. The fair is for those immigrants and refugees who have a legal status to work in the United States and who have at least conversational English skills. It takes place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices, which are located at One Smithfield Street, in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Closure of Downtown Macy’s

Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Closure of Downtown Macy’s

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 13, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today on the announcement by Macy’s Inc. that it is closing its Downtown store:

“This is a sad day for Pittsburgh, and for those who have spent their lives working, shopping and making memories here. Whether known as Macy’s or Kaufmann’s this store has been part of the fabric of our city for more than a century and losing it hurts, even as we remain hopeful about the site’s future…

Pittsburgh Selected for National Early Learning Network

Pittsburgh Selected for National Early Learning Network

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2015) – The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh to be part of a new national initiative, City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation, to improve outcomes during the first five years of life for children in communities across the nation. As part of this initiative, NLC has selected a total of seven cities to participate in an early learning network.

Chizmo Charles Day

Chizmo Charles Day

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 9, 2015) Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh will hold events today in honor of late Pittsburgh bluesman Chizmo Charles.

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.