Today, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced a complete restructuring of the Mayor’s Office that will include the most talented and diverse Mayoral cabinet in Pittsburgh’s history. The Executive Team announcement was coupled with the launch of the Peduto Transition Committee website — www.ournewpittsburgh.com — where you can find bios of team members as well as descriptions of their new job responsibilities starting in January. The transition website also includes a link to the Talent City website where — starting in mid-November — residents can apply for employment or appointments within the Peduto Administration.
Rebuilding our neighborhoods begins on Tuesday, and I hope you’ll join me for an Election Night party in the neighborhood my grandmother was born and raised — Homewood. The celebration will be at the Homewood Coliseum (7310 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) beginning when polls close at 8pm.
On Saturday, November 2nd, the Save Race Street Committee will hold their 5th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Homewood Carnegie Library. That represents five years of making their street cleaner, safer and more beautiful. A recent accomplishment of the Committee was the completion in late September of their Love Your Block project where they transformed an ugly vacant lot at 7110 Race Street into a landscaped garden.
Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) is more than just an art gallery. Artist and owner Jason Sauer and film producer Nina Gibbs (married to Jason) have created something that has greatly added to the revitalization of their Garfield neighborhood. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District of Pittsburgh, the gallery also serves as a studio and performance space. But more than that, Sauer works with the Green+Screen project, which joins professional architects and designers with local youth from the community to develop sculpture for empty lots along Penn Ave. And MWFA works with disadvantaged youth and ex-offenders through Goodwill–teaching them construction skills and offering them competitive wages. Most Wanted Fine Art has the chance to get a Mission Main Street℠ Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.
“A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium,” was how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the singing of Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Gospel.” Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world with many firsts including being the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (1950) and the first to win a Grammy Award in the category of Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording (1962). She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 (the year she died). Her influence extended far beyond gospel to many musical genres including rock, pop and soul. A civil rights activist, she sang in front of 250,000 people at the March on Washington in 1963.
Vibrant Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Pop City Media have teamed up to present Pittsburgh’s 2nd City-Wide Dine Around event on Saturday, October 26th. Recognizing that it’s not easy being new to a city or region, a Dine Around is meant to be a casual, stress-free time of good company and good food. The event is typically held in a home and provides an opportunity for newcomers to our region to connect, network and discover information about regional resources.
Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City” but, the renewal has not been citywide—there are many neighborhoods that have not shared in the growth and progress. Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program whose mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. The Coro Fellows in Public Affairs will hold a Dialogue on Urban Affairs on Friday, October 25th. The topic at hand: Is Pittsburgh Livable for Everyone? They are looking for you—the public—to give your input into the conversation. You may even find some opportunities to take action in helping achieve a more equitable city for all.
OCTOBER 21, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh Bill Peduto today releases a new television ad featuring icons from several Pittsburgh neighborhoods including the Strip District’s Pamela’s Diner, Little’s Shoes in Squirrel Hill, and Gus & Yia Yia’s Ice Ball Stand on the North Side.
The biggest karaoke event of the year is all for a good cause. Come out on Friday, November 1st for the Second Annual Live Rock N’ Roll Karaoke Costume Party: Day of the Dead Edition! All the proceeds from this evening will directly benefit Jamie & Ali McMutrie’s Haitian Families First. HFF supports families and children in Haiti by giving them access to education, healthcare, and nutritional needs — guiding them toward self-sufficiency. The event will be hosted by Randy Baumann of the DVE Morning Show and they’ll be a celebrity karaoke competition featuring Mikey & Big Bob of the 96.1 Morning Freak Show, Sally Wiggin of WTAE, and our own Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto!
The Coalition of Oakland Residents (COR) is a new “umbrella” alliance bringing together representatives from various resident associations in the Oakland neighborhood. COR’s mission states: “We are a collective voice for the residents of Oakland. Our goal is to improve life in Oakland by promoting community groups, by encouraging communication among these groups, and by advocating on their behalf to entities that impact these groups, their constituent communities and our fellow residents.”