Imagine being a child and it’s the worst day of your life. You’ve been in a car accident, or your house was on fire, perhaps you witnessed a parent being arrested, or you watched a violent domestic dispute unfold before your eyes and you’re now separated from your parents. If you’re a child who has been caught up in these kinds of traumatic events, you will likely end up in the back of a police car or other emergency response vehicle. While it could of course never completely make up for the pain you’re feeling, finding a teddy bear to hug and hold in the police cruiser could certainly help give some very real comfort. That is the impetus behind a teddy bear drive being spearheaded by City Councilman Dan Gilman in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Police.
Trees provide a myriad of benefits to our environment, including combating climate change, cleaning our air, preventing soil erosion, and reducing storm run-off and the possibility of flooding. Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest through community tree planting and care, education, and advocacy.
The Clemente Museum will hold an Open House on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of “The Great One.” Roberto Clemente’s sports achievements (in his 18-year career, he received every possible award given in Major League Baseball), his personal life, and his humanitarian efforts are celebrated in the world’s largest exhibited collection of Clemente photographs and artifacts.
If you missed the highly successful first one, here’s your chance to attend the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Public Open House #2. What’s an EcoInnovation District? It’s an area “dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.” The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District will be designed to combine the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).
“Fences” is the sixth play in August Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The cycle explores the African-American experience in the 20th century, including race relations. “Fences” takes place in the 1950’s in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and explores the interpersonal relationships of the Maxson family. It is now being made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose — repeating their roles from the 2010 Broadway production. Denzel Washington will also be producing and directing the film.
Each year, Pittsburgh needs lifeguards for our pools! The Citiparks Aquatics Division is actively recruiting now for lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016. The starting pay rate is $8.91 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building.
Lead by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat’n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of “Happy Birthday.”
“MyBurgh” mobile application will connect residents to 311 and track their service requests; other 311 improvements will benefit residents, 311 operators and city workers alike
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) Today, on 3/11, Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Innovation & Performance unveiled a new app and other technological upgrades that will improve customer service for Pittsburgh residents and increase efficiency for 311 operators and other city workers.
On Wednesday, March 9, the Clean Rivers Campaign, Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold a public presentation, “Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs & Green Communities – Lessons from Kansas City.” In 2010, Kansas City became the first city in the nation to enter into a federal consent decree incorporating green infrastructure solutions to reduce combined sewer overflows. The presentation will focus on Kansas City’s green-first, green-preferred approach and the potential these concepts have in Pittsburgh.
According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City’s Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It’s comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with ‘developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.’