Pittsburgh Westinghouse is one of 10 high schools in the Pittsburgh Public School district. Located in Homewood and established in 1917, it has an especially rich musical heritage. It’s alumni includes Billy Strayhorn (jazz composer, known for “Lush Life” and “Take the “A” Train”), Erroll Garner (jazz pianist and composer), Ahmad Jamal (jazz pianist), and Frank Cunimondo (jazz pianist). But right now, budget cuts have hit their music program hard–they have lost their instrumental program and their chorus teacher and one teacher is handling it all.
Traveling over many Pennsylvania bridges, one becomes acutely aware that we have some serious infrastructure problems in this state. In fact, with 4,000+, PA comes in number one in having the most structurally deficient state-owned bridges in the nation. Worst of all, this problem is only going to get worse.
The Forum for Economic Development (FED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan clearinghouse for ideas to bring industries to Southwestern Pennsylvania in order to create jobs in manufacturing and the trades. FED and the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) have announced that the first speaker in FED’s Michael F. Moran Speaker Series will be Bill Peduto. This series is funded by FED and was created to “promote meaningful discussion and further action on the sources of long-term unemployment in Pittsburgh and how to aid the most hard-hit groups in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
How much do you know about Pittsburgh city government–and how much would you like to know? The Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy addresses numerous topics including city organization, budgeting, city planning, redevelopment, public works and Citiparks services, protection of our rivers, public safety, and more! The Academy is a free ten-week course for adults (18 or older) who either are city residents or who own and operate a business within the city limits. People who are already actively involved in a neighborhood block watch, community group or business association are highly encouraged to apply.
Part of being a good neighbor means doing things like keeping your property clean and orderly, minimizing your noise outdoors, and leaving the trash out on the right day. But students living in an apartment or house for the first time often don’t know even the basics of being a responsible neighbor: What day is garbage pick-up? What’s recyclable in the City of Pittsburgh and when? Who do you call for information or help from the City? What rights do renters have?
East Liberty has made great strides since a well-intentioned–but ultimately destructive–urban renewal program in the 1960s disrupted the urban grid and created the opposite of the desired effect to attract more people to businesses in the district. The first community plan, A Vision for East Liberty, was produced in 1999 to try to repair the damage done. Its success has led to the 2010 East Liberty Community Plan and the 2012 East Liberty Circulation & Mobility Vision.
Pittsburghers can rock out to two special events this weekend. The first is a benefit concert on Friday for a local Marine — a wounded warrior who needs your help. And on Saturday, there’s a free music festival in Lawrenceville featuring 50 bands at 20 venues!
Saturday, August 3rd, saw a celebration of some of the best of our area’s local youth at the seventh annual 2013 Shyne Awards. These awards give young adults (ages 13 -19) the opportunity to “shyne” by recognizing positive achievements in such categories as academics, the arts and service to community and the ministry. The awards were founded by The Darkins Group’s Darnell Drewery and Orlana Darkins Drewery.
Dutch McDonald and Becky Mingo are Pittsburgh treasures—they have been instrumental in making the neighborhood of Friendship what it is today. Dutch and Becky have contributed so much to City of Pittsburgh and its people and now they need your help for their family.
The Northside Old Timers is a non profit group of current and former Northsiders dedicated to improving the lives of youths by fostering peace, unity and harmony in 19 different communities in Pittsburgh’s Northside. They work primarily with children from kindergarten to the eighth grade as they have found this age-range to be the most susceptible to positive change. Their motto is “Save One, Job Done” and they work to reduce violence by creating activities which enable these youngsters to get to know their peers in other neighborhoods — “changing the way children think about one another in order to change the way they act towards one another.”