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.”
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.
The Neighborhood Learning Alliance is non profit started ten years ago whose mission is to improve the education and opportunities of African-American and lower income families through partnerships with community and faith-based organizations. One of their programs is Reading Warriors — a six-week, summer program designed to boost booth interest and proficiency in reading for elementary-age students who are currently behind in their skills. The program partners high school students with the younger children on a one-on-one mentoring basis. The kids not only get to choose which books they’ll read — they also get to keep them.
Last week, we told you where you could recycle old electronics, this week it’s how you can safely and responsibly dispose of household hazardous wastes. These are common household chemicals that typically contain words such as “caution,” “warning,” “poison,” or “flammable” on their label, but aren’t regulated as hazardous waste by either state or federal laws. However, as you may imagine, these are chemicals which are not good for the environment and that shouldn’t be dumped along with the rest of our trash. Most of us know that we shouldn’t so these products tend to get shoved to the back of a cupboard or basement or garage. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these common chemicals!
Hey, Pittsburgh! What’s your favorite local business? Is it where you get you morning coffee or your go-to place for the best slice in town? Is it a bar where all your friends go? Is it an especially caring dentist or that little shop where you always find the most amazing and unique gifts? Is it Downtown or right around the corner? Well, here’s your chance to share your favorite with the rest of Pittsburgh and earn a $200 gift card to spend there.
Congratulations to Deb Gross for earning the Democratic nomination for Pittsburgh City Council District 7. I also would like to thank all the Democratic committee members for participating in today’s nomination vote. I am confident that Deb will be a strong advocate for the neighborhoods in her district. Today’s victory is a positive step toward building a new Pittsburgh.
Since January, Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act has disallowed the disposal of televisions (and some other electronic devices) with your regular garbage. All electronic devices may contain some hazardous waste. Televisions and monitors with Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain relatively high concentrations of lead and phosphors which make them particularly hard to recycle.