On November 13th the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh will hold its 22nd annual Racial Justice Awards. The awards honor those individuals, organizations and companies who have a shown a long-term commitment to ending racism. Those who have demonstrated their promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion and who work to end discrimination are eligible for an award.
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.”
90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers, yet almost every time it rains in Allegheny County, our sewer system is overwhelmed–overflowing sewage into our rivers, our streams, and often into our basements. In 2008, a federal consent decree by the Environmental Protection Agency required the prevention of almost all sewer overflows and long-term wet weather control planning. The question was whether “green” solutions–like rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, green roofs, and more trees–would be used or would billions be spent on “gray” solutions.
Friday, August 2nd, will see the first-ever Garfield Night Market. For the next four months, the Garfield Night Market will be a great compliment to Penn Avenue’s Unblurred. The Night Market will include appearances by local performers, colorful street lighting, and sales of local goods. There will also be great food from local Pittsburgh vendors including the Franktuary truck and Fukuda’s Lomito truck as well as Garfield-based Healcrest Urban Farm and Abby’s Sweets and Treats. The Carnegie Libraries and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will participating too.