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You're Invited to Preservation Pittsburgh's Holiday Party and Annual Meeting!
Please join us at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 4 at the former Hipwell Flashlight Company to learn what Preservation Pittsburgh has been working on and make merry with fellow preservationists!

In 2010, Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone bought the four buildings that made up the Hipwell Flashlight Co. plus a fifth building that was owned by Donaldson's Transfer and Storage Company. A brief history of the buildings will be provided as well as the owners' exciting plans for their continued renovation! 
Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Event Information
8:00-Annual Meeting 

Hipwell Building, Door 4
831 W North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-1616
Street parking is available and there is a small lot across the street. 
Admission to the Holiday Party is complimentary for Preservation Pittsburgh members.  Non-members are welcome with a $10 entry fee (cash or check only). 
Click here to become a Preservation Pittsburgh member!http://www.preservationpittsburgh.org/get_involved/membership.htm

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by emailing Cara Halderman atcarahalderman@msn.com. Walk-ins welcome as well.

Preservation Pittsburgh’s Annual Meeting takes place in different locations each year and provides the opportunity to hear more about historic preservation and to socialize with those interested in architecture, heritage, and our quality of living.This year's Annual Meeting space was generously donated by Elaine Stone and Mitchell Schwartz of SMARTSolution Technologies.

Contact us at info@preservationpittsburgh.org and follow us on Facebook!


SOTS: Engineers Society Building

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Join us for our final Society of Tavern Seekers (SOTS) cocktail event this year as we visit with the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania
337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
Thursday December 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

The Engineers Society Building on Fourth Avenue is one of the architectural gems that line a Downtown corridor, which was once Pittsburgh’s hub of banking and high finance. This 1898 building was formerly the Union Trust Company Building, and was was designed by the firm of D.H. Burnham & Company, a prolific American architecture firm that designed significant buildings in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York.

Join us and learn more about the building, the Engineers Society, and check out the building’s ornate interior rooms, which include a former bank vault that now serves as a dining room.  

SOTS is a gathering of historic preservation enthusiasts, organized by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, to create social and professional networks of people engaged and interested in the work and mission of PHLF, one of the nation's premier historic preservation organizations.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated to Mary Lu Denny at marylu@phlf.org or 412-471-5808 ext 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center

Film Screening: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

About the Movie: 
Louis H. Sullivan was one of the most influential architects to come out of the Chicago School of architecture in the late 1800s. He is often called the “father of the skyscraper”, the “prophet of modern architecture” and conceived the most famous phrase ever to come out of his profession, “form follows function” (or, more accurately, “form ever follows function”).

Among his most outstanding surviving works are the Auditorium Theater, the Carson, Pirie Scott department store, and the Charnley House in Chicago, the Wainwright Building and Union Trust Building in St. Louis, the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York, and eight small “Jewel Box” banks that are among the most treasured pieces of historic architecture in the United States.

Louis Sullivan was committed to establishing an authentic, American style of architecture free of historic imitations like the Beaux Arts style that fellow Chicagoan Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root had made wildly popular as a result of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. 

This film screening is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527

The Landmarks Preservation Resource Center is located at 744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221


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What's New
Woolslair gains approval to become STEAM magnet school next year

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=fe3955f786&e=03c6c06694In October, the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education voted to make Woolslair a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) partial magnet school, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year and contingent upon grant funding. This came in response to a proposal submitted by a group of parents, teachers, and community members that was the end result of months of surveying, research, school visits, and even professional development. The STEAM curriculum would emphasize STEM integrated with the arts. It focuses on hands-on, cross-curriculum learning while promoting problem solving skills and critical thinking. Beginning this year, Woolslair will be starting an after-school Scratch club to teach elementary students the basics of coding while they design their own video games and animations. Read more about this here. [Photo courtesy Norton Gusky CC by 4.0]
Arsenal Elementary wins innovation grant

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=9497d7ce14&e=03c6c06694Pittsburgh Public Schools was recently awarded a grant from the state to create the Arsenal Innovation Zone to connect Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 school, the Lawrenceville community, and Arsenal parents in a strategic way to improve the third grade outcomes of all Arsenal students. The collaborative effort will include support for early childhood development, transitions to and through kindergarten, a two-way texting system to improve parent-school communication, and parent leadership trainings. PEP Rally is thrilled to be on the leadership team for this exciting project along with Pittsburgh Public Schools and the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development. To read more, click here
Woolslair Tour on Thursday, November 13th at 10 AM

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=d73c27abba&e=03c6c06694The Atlantic magazine asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to debate how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) could be benefitted by another letter. "I have no hesitation in saying we need to add the letter A," says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner. "An education devoid of arts…is an empty, half-brain kind of education." 

Take Harvard's advice and come check out Woolslair's tour next Thursday, 11/13 at 10 AM to hear about how STEAM is coming to Woolslair for a full-brain kind of education. Please RSVP to Dave at 412.802.7220 or Dave@LUnited.org. More information here.
Arsenal parents developing Parent Led Program with A+ Schools

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=5eb9c8243c&e=03c6c06694Parent leaders at Arsenal Elementary and Middle School have been spending the start of the school year working hard with A+ Schools on developing a Parent Led Program at Arsenal -- a program that will involve new parents inside the school in a sustained and meaningful way. Parents have been meeting every other week to do exercises like asset mapping, logic modeling, and budgeting to create a program that will positively affect school climate at Arsenal and lead to new connections between the school and families. PEP Rally will be spending 4 days in Chicago this month to visit the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a community organization that pioneered the Parent Mentor program that serves as model for the Parent Led Program at Arsenal.
First Somali Bantu Education Day honors student achievement and engages parents

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=ab898e0537&e=03c6c06694PEP Rally was proud to support the Somali Bantu Community Association on Saturday Nov. 1 in their hosting of the first "Somali Bantu Education Day." The day's festivities centered around a celebration of education and included an award ceremony for students at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels, a parent workshop, guest talks from Arsenal's principals and ESL teachers from the district, a student debate about the ways that culture affects education in the Somali culture, and a parent workshop/conversation about ways that parents can support learning at home, and a Halloween Party hosted by Keep It Real for the kids. The special day got excellent turnout from the Somali community. See more pictures from the day here.
Afterschool soccer started at Arsenal Elementary

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=294cdad2bd&e=03c6c06694PEP Rally helped to start a free new after school program at Arsenal Elementary--soccer! The program is led by Cameroon Football Development Program, which uses the game of soccer to improve the lives of youth in under-served communities in Cameroon and in Pittsburgh. The program combines instruction, fun, snacks, a weekly lesson, and of course a match! Huge thanks to CFDP for making this happen!
School Partnership Program gets first member

A big thanks goes to the Grey Box Theatre for being the first business to officially sign up for the Arsenal School Partnership Program, a new initiative from PEP Rally. Believing that strong public schools benefit the entire community, and that education is best when schools, families, and communities work together, the School Partnership Program was created to connect local businesses with our neighborhood public schools and their students. To learn more about the program or to sign up your business or organization, please visit www.lunited.org/programs/pep-rally or contact Dave at 412.802.7220 or Dave@LUnited.org.
Arsenal Middle School featured on Lawrenceville House Tour

http://lunited.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=7f1b7afd5b&e=03c6c06694This year's annual House Tour featured Arsenal Middle School as a "point of interest." PEP Rally was there to show off the building and the historic features of the school, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and talk about the current programs offered at the school. Visitors were shown the bronze plaque memorial for those who lost their lives in the Allegheny Arsenal explosion in 1862, as well as other connections to the arsenal and to Lawrenceville history that live on inside the school. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and especially to all of the Arsenal alumni we met...going back as far as the Class of 1948!
PEP Rally part of Pittsburgh Parent Power initiative

http://lunited.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=33e24b8014d52fd11f33b2c40&id=5960565be5&e=03c6c06694Two recent articles highlight this effort. Check them out here and here.
Get Involved
Businesses, churches, and groups: Join the School Partnership Program to support Arsenal school
PEP Rally is launching a new initiative called the "School Partnership Program" to connect local businesses with our neighborhood schools. Lawrenceville businesses are invited to join to support Arsenal school in a way that makes the most sense for you: catering a family fun night, mentoring a student, sharing a skill, showing appreciation for a teacher, or donating a gift card or merchandise/service to reward students for hard work and excellence. In exchange, businesses will be recognized in newsletters, given a window cling, and more.  Please click HERE for more information, or contact Dave at (412) 802-7220.

Volunteer mentors are needed at Arsenal! Students who receive mentors are more engaged in school, get better grades, and attend school more often. All it takes is 1 hour of your week to make this kind of difference! At Arsenal Middle School, there are many kids on the waiting list to receive mentors, and volunteers are needed. For more information or to get involved, visit www.unitedwaypgh.org/mentor or contact Malissa Seman at 412-204-1227 or mseman@bbbspgh.org.

Join our growing group of parents dedicated to making a difference at our neighborhood schools. Our parent groups at Arsenal and Woolslair are meeting regularly to accomplish exciting things. Contact Dave at 412.802.7220 to find out about the next meeting and how you can get involved.

Nominate a teacher for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. The selected teacher will receive $20,000 to further efforts to engage families in learning together and join an elite group of educators across the country. Make your nomination here.
Upcoming School Events
***Magnet applications are due on December 12
Magnet school applications are available now and are due on December 12th. Click here for more information about school options available and to download the application. Parents who have any questions about the school enrollment/magnet application process are encouraged to call Dave at 412.802.7220 or email Dave@LUnited.org....we're here to help you navigate school choices in the city!
*** Celebrate "Teachers Matter" Week
This week is "Teachers Matter" week at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Take a moment to say thanks to our wonderful, dedicated teachers. Read more about the week here.
***Early Childhood and Kindergarten Registration Still Open at Arsenal & Woolslair
If your child is 5 before September 30, 2014, then it's time to start kindergarten! School has started but spots are still available at Arsenal and Woolslair. Spots are available for the early childhood programs as well, which kids are eligible for if they turn 3 before September 30, 2014. For more information, call Arsenal PreK-5 at 412.529.7307 or Woolslair PreK-5 at 412.529.8800.
Arsenal PEP Rally meeting - 6:30-8 PM at Stephen Foster
Join the Arsenal parent group as we continue to plan for our Parent Led Program with A+ Schools. Childcare provided. Potluck dinner - bring a dish to share if you can! Please RSVP to Dave at 412.802.7220 or Dave@LUnited.org.
Report card distribution at Arsenal Elementary
Look out for them!
Woolslair PSCC meeting @ 3 PM
The Parent School Community Council is a monthly opportunity for parents, community members, and school staff to come together to give/receive updates and share in decision-making with the school. All are welcome!
Woolslair Tour - 10 AM 
Come take a tour of Woolslair, meet current staff and parents, learn about the programs offered at the school, and discover what's in store for Woolslair's future as a STEAM magnet school. Please RSVP to Dave at 412.802.7220 or Dave@LUnited.org.
Arsenal 6-8 PSCC meeting @ 4 PM
The Parent School Community Council is a monthly opportunity for parents, community members, and school staff to come together to give/receive updates and share in decision-making with the school. All are welcome!
Arsenal Innovation Zone - Committee Kickoff
The Arsenal Committee, made up of youth-serving organizations, community groups, Arsenal staff and parents, and early childhood providers, will convene for its kickoff. Please contact Dave@LUnited.org to get involved.
Arsenal K-5 PSCC meeting @ 3 PM
The Parent School Community Council is a monthly opportunity for parents, community members, and school staff to come together to give/receive updates and share in decision-making with the school. All are welcome!
Arsenal PEP Rally meeting - 6:30-8 PM
Join the Arsenal parent group as we continue to plan for our Parent Led Program with A+ Schools. Childcare provided. Potluck dinner - bring a dish to share if you can! Please RSVP to Dave at 412.802.7220 or Dave@LUnited.org.
Family Events & Resources in the Community
View more events on our calendar
Credit and Budget Counseling through Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation/Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center - to schedule an appointment, call 412.206.9849.
Become a member of the Estelle Campbell Boys and Girls Club. An afterschool program is offered every day and features homework help, games and activities, computer labs, arts and crafts, and daily nutritional snacks. 
Check out programs offered by Assemble in Garfield.
 Princess Dance Party - 3 PM - 4:15 PM at Pittsburgh Dance Center (4765 Liberty Ave)
Pittsburgh Dance Center is hosting a dance party for girls to dress as princesses, enjoy refreshments, and participate in an exciting dance party -- while receiving a certificate to come back and attend a group dance class. $5 per child.
Light Up Lawrenceville Tree Lighting - 6-7 PM
Join us  at the Allegheny Cemetery Driveway for the annual tree lighting in Lawrenceville. Includes music, cookies, games, and an appearance from Santa! Kicks off the annual Joy of Cookies Tour with participating businesses offering samples of favorite cookies.
Joy of Cookie Mall & Children's Party - 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us at St. Augustine's Social Hall (220 37th St) for the annual Joy of Cookies Mall, featuring homemade cookies available for purchase to support local non-profits. A children's party runs 11 AM to 2 PM and includes games, crafts, refreshments, pictures with Santa, and toy giveaways. For more info, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Lawrenceville United at 412.802.7220.
2014 Family Care Connection Holiday Party
Annual holiday party at Lawrenceville Family Care Connection.
Supporting learning at home: tip of the month
As report cards come out this month, it's a good opportunity to review and set goals for the next report card. Here are some tips on how to make those goals SMART from Edutopia:

SMART goals are:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant, Rigorous, Realistic, and Results Focused
T = Timely and Trackable

Learning how to frame goals as SMART goals and being willing to adjust them to get SMARTer is an important skill that would help every student get off to a better start and have a better school year, this year and into the future.

Here is a practical example, starting with a typical, but not especially SMART, goal:

I will do better on my report card in the next marking period.

Here is a way to make it SMARTer:

In the next marking period, I will get at least a C on all my math tests, and at least a B on most of my quizzes and homework assignments.

But it's not SMART yet because it has no action plan or benchmarks. Here is a pretty SMART goal:

In the next marking period, I will take careful notes and review them at least two days before tests and quizzes so that I can ask the teacher questions about what I don't understand. I will do my math homework before I do things with friends, and when I hand it in, I will ask the teacher about anything I am not sure about. When I get anything wrong, I will make sure to ask the teacher, or one of my classmates how they got the right answer.

It's not easy to write SMART goals. This skill takes time to develop, and it’s especially important to have in place for students at the secondary level. A goal is an outcome, something that will make a difference as a result of achieving it. It can't be too ambitious to be out of reach, but also not so simple that it does not challenge. A goal has to be realistic with a stretch, requiring effort and focus to achieve it. That's why goals need timeframes and measurable action steps along the way so that we can keep track of progress and make adjustments as necessary.

Stay in Touch
Dave Breingan
Community Organizer
Lawrenceville United
4839 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 802-7220



Registration Opens September 30th at 12:00PM EST

Register Early for our best rates and a chance to win great prizes!
Registration opens Tuesday, September 30th at 12:00pm EST for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon or the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon. The earlier you register, the bigger the discount!  

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm - REGISTRATION OPENS with our deepest discount available: $77 for the Marathon, and $70 for the Half Marathon. (Compared to $85/$75 last year!!)  During these first 7 hours, all registrants will be entered into the LUCKY 7 DRAWING with winners being selected every hour. 

7:01 pm - 11:59 pm - Prices will increase, but will still be discounted: $87 for the Marathon and $77 for the Half Marathon. Register before midnight and you will be entered to win additional prizes! 

This Weekend Only: Don't forget to stop by booth 507 at the Great Race Expo. We'll have games and prizes available - including a flat screen TV. Special registration discounts are available only at the Great Race Expo before open registration begins

Don't procrastinate - register early for the best rate!
These discounts are available online only

Start your adventure now. 30,000 competitors, $25,000 in prizes and 1 incredible adventure. 
Let the Games Begin!




In This Issue
Charity Registration Open Soon
Winner of Photo Contest
Run Fall Favorites Photo Contest
10 Miler -Run & Volunteer
6.6K Run and Walk
5 Things to Do at Great Race Expo
Upcoming Events
 Featured Sponsors

Quick Links



September E-Newsletter
Issue 55
Charity Registration for the 2015 Marathon Opens September 22 
Commit to a cause and register before the public on September 22, 2014.

The 2015 Run for a Reason charity program will launch the next season of fun and fundraising with an opportunity to register before the public starting on September 22. Commit to charity and receive a guaranteed race entry!

Be a part of a community that has raised over $6 million to date for local and national organizations. No matter your cause, anyone can run for a reason.  View our list of Run for a Reason charities, and mark your calendars for registration opening.  


Summer Photo Contest  Winner Announced 

Congratulations to Doug Schunk on winning the "Show Us Your Pittsburgh Selfie" contest.  We received so many great entries, and you voted for the winner!

We asked you to take your race shirt from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon with you on vacation and share a photo with us.  If you missed the contest, you won't want to miss the fabulous pictures that were submitted.  Click here to see them all and thanks to everyone that participated.


Photo Caption:

My running coach after a run on the beach. He's the reason why I run. When he was born four years ago, I knew it was time to get serious about my health. I was 330 lbs. and would get winded from walking up the stairs. Now I am under 200 lbs. and ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May in 1:56:07! I can't wait to run it (or the full marathon) again next year! 


Show Us Your Favorite Place to Run In the Fall and Enter to Win a North Face Gift Card

Ah, there's nothing like running in the fall. The vibrant oranges and yellows of the leaves brighten every trail and roadway and the crunch, crunch, crunch of the leaves with every footfall keeps the cadence of your run. 

Snap a pic of your favorite place to run in the fall and post it with #RunFallFavs.  Click on the picture below to find out more about the contest and how to submit your photo.





Register to Run and Volunteer Today!

Registration is booming for the 2nd annual EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. Register now and secure your spot at the starting line.   


The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 9. The course will start near Station Square and take you on a scenic tour of some of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods including the West End, North Side, Strip District and Downtown.


If you don't want to run, try volunteering!  It's a great way to give back to the community.  

Volunteer positions for the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler are now available online - everything from race number distribution to finish line support is needed. Every registered volunteer will receive an official volunteer shirt. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

The Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk is Back for a Second Running


Celebrate the start of the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins season by participating in the 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk presented by CONSOL Energy on October 5, 2014.

The unique 6.6K distance (4.1 miles) pays homage to Penguins great Mario Lemieux, and proceeds from the event benefit two Pittsburgh charities, the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

After the race, all 6.6K Run and One-Mile Walk participants will be granted access to CONSOL Energy Center to watch a Pittsburgh Penguins open practice. Click here for more information or to register.

Five Things to Do at the Great Race Expo

The Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race is fast approaching, and we want you to know what to do at the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo when you arrive.

  1. Save BIG for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon with special registration rates and compete for over $1,000 in prizes by entering the Let the Games Begin Challenge.
  2. Visit the "Tasting Room" and sample foods from throughout Pittsburgh.
  3. Support small and local businesses while shopping for great deals on fitness apparel and accessories.
  4. Learn about the latest trends, products and services in health, fitness and more.
  5. Pick up your Great Race participant shirt, race number and other materials you will need for race day.
This event is free and open to the public.
Upcoming Events
  • Charity Registration Opens - September 22 - Be the first to register for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon through the Run for a Reason charity  program. 
  • Shadyside House Tour - Sunday, September 21, 11 AM - 5 PM. The Shadyside House Tour is hosted by the Shadyside Action Coalition.
  • Great Race/Expo - September 26 - 28. Visit the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo at the David L. Lawerence Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Then join the City in celebrating the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on Sunday, September 28.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk - October 5, 2014 - 8:30 AM start. Celebrate the start of the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins season by participating in the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk.
Thank You Sponsors


Thursday August 21 - Sunday August 24 
  • 1st Place Best Special Event City of Pittsburgh
  • 3 Stages of NON-STOP Entertainment
  • GREAT Food, Games & Much More
Check out LittleItalyDays.com for more info
Entertainment Including: 
Louis Prima Jr & The Witnesses perform a tribute to his father

Simona De Rosa from Naples, Italy performs with Dr Zoot

Plus MUCH More! See the website  for the full Entertainment Schedule. 

Proudly celebrating our 13th year, Bloomfield Little Italy Days is a festival you don't want to miss! We'll have cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Exotic Italian cars, hundreds of vendors and, of course, the BEST entertainment in the city!

For details check out LittleItalyDays.com



August E-Newsletter
Issue 54


Registration Rates Increase on Thursday - Register Now and Save $10

Registration rates for the 2nd annual EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler increase on Thursday, August 14 at 12:01 AM EST. 

The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 and will start near Station Square and take you on a scenic tour of five neighborhoods including the West End, North Side, Lawrenceville, Strip District and Downtown.




Only a Few Weeks Left to Enter the Annual Summertime Photo Contest 


It's hard to believe that Summer is almost over and so is our summertime photo contest. Don't wait any longer to submit your vacation pics donning your DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend shirt. Check out the challenge and the great prizes too.


The challenge: take your race shirt from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend with you on vacation. Snap a picture while you're out with your shirt, and then send it to us through this link or on Twitter/Instagram using #PghMarathonSelfie. Our fans' favorite picture, the one with the most votes by September 1, 2014, will win a Pittsburgh Prize Pack.


The prize: the picture with the most votes will win a Pittsburgh Prize Pack, which features:

  • 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon or UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon race registration
  • One-night stay at a local hotel for 2015 race weekend
  • Two Race Weekend VIP Experience passes for runners and/or spectators

Click here to submit your photo or cast a vote for your favorite! 

Thrilling Finish for Athletes in the Third Annual GNC Live Well Liberty Mile


If you missed the August 1st 1-mile run, it was a close race with a thrilling conclusion in both the men's and women's American Development Program pro races.  Jordan McNamara of Eugene, OR and Gabriele Grunewald of Minneapolis, MN put on closing bursts to edge their respective fields. Click here to read the full article.

Direct Energy, Federated Investors and Incline Equity Partners rounded out the top three spots in the Team Challenge heat, which is designed to give corporations a  fun and active way to encourage team work and build camaraderie.

Overall, the third edition, with more than 1,000 participants, hosted runners of all ages and abilities and finished with a post-race celebration in Market Square.

For more information on the event, visit LibertyMile.org.

Upcoming Events
  • Little Italy Days - August 21 - 24, 2014, Bloomfield.  
    Bloomfield's Italian heritage dates back to the early 1900s and Little Italy Days celebrates that tradition. Started in 2002, the festival has grown into a four-day award-winning event with an estimated attendance over 50,000!
  • UCan2 5K Training Program - August, 2014. SCRR launches it's next "couch to 5K" training program which begins in August. It's never too late. You CAN do it too! 
  • Shadyside House Tour - Sunday, September 21, 11 AM - 5 PM hosted by the Shadyside Action Coalition.


There's no telling what treasures will turn up at Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events

Join us in August for events at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg.

All workshops/seminars are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Film Screening: “The Greenest Building: The Role of Historic Buildings in Creating a Sustainable Culture”

Thursday, August 7, 2014
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Restoring old and historic houses is "green building" because repurposing our built environment helps reduce our impact on the natural environment.

Join us for a screening of “The Greenest Building,” by Jane Turville, a preservationist, writer, and producer of this important documentary that examines the cost of tearing down our historic built environment.

Following the film, Ms. Turville will discuss the connection between built heritage and natural heritage, and their important role in creating sustainable societies.

Jane Turville, writer, producer and director of "The Greenest Building," received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in London, England.  She has worked for several architectural firms in the Portland area and more recently as non-profit development director/program manager for the Northwest Earth Institute. With over 12 years experience in historic preservation, architectural design and construction administration, Ms. Turville has given presentations on Portland, Oregon's Old Town historic district and has organized and presented various sustainability conference workshops for teenagers and adults.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Lecture: Pittsburgh—Quirks and All
Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Join us for an illustrated lecture about Pittsburgh—quirks and all, by PHLF Executive Director Louise Sturgess, as she reveals the quirks of fate and quirky physical characteristics that have made—and make—Pittsburgh the unique city that it is.

A brief historical introduction about “getting here” is followed by a brief section on “getting around.” This fast-paced visual tour focuses on quirky places in Downtown Pittsburgh and in several city neighborhoods.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Workshop: House Exterior Woodwork Restoration
Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:00 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.

Pittsburgh woodworker and craftsman Regis Will returns to the Preservation Resource Center to give a hands-on presentation and discussion on the maintenance and repair of exterior woodwork to old and historic houses.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Lecture: Memorable Places and Recent Changes in Pittsburgh
Thursday, August 21, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

In this visual feast, which includes more than 310 images, PHLF Executive Director Louise Sturgess shows memorable places in the Golden Triangle, and in areas north, east, and south of downtown, that have undergone recent changes as a result of restorations, adaptive-use projects, and new construction.

The interactive presentation draws on participants’ memories and knowledge of Pittsburgh and reveals how historic preservation efforts have helped create a city of great beauty and character.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Growing Heirloom Vegetables
Saturday, August 30, 2014
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying forms of gardening. In today’s economy, many are now turning to their backyard vegetable plots to help lessen high grocery bills. Vegetable gardening, especially heirloom vegetables, provides the opportunity to select the varieties you like; plus it provides your family with fresh produce that is free from harmful pesticides.

This lecture, by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, will cover the basics of growing heirloom vegetables, preparing the soil, selecting plant and seed varieties (including hybrids and heirlooms), starting plants from seed, planting, tending your plants, troubleshooting problems, harvesting, extending the season, getting the most out of small plots, and putting the garden to bed for the winter.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August

Exciting, fun, and made me realize what a rich history Pittsburgh has.    
––Ursula Moeller, July 7, 2014

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in August, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

Advance paid reservations are required: $18 (for PHLF members) and $20 for non-members. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Love these tours. Your work is much appreciated.  
––Michael Chester, July 11, 2014

On any Friday in August, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 Sixth Street) and enjoy our "Bridges and River Shores" walking tour. You'll walk across the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, explore one of the first urban sculpture gardens in the country, and hear about the significant historic and modern landmarks bordering the river shores.

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527). PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for contributing to its free public walking tours.

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Close to 500 people have participated in these walking tours since May. Each walking tour group of about 10 people often includes an interesting mix of business people on their lunch break and first-time visitors.

Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures
Save the Date: Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures
Sun., Aug. 17 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ever wonder what your family heirloom is really worth? Come to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures and find out!
Bring your prized possessions to the History Center on Sun., Aug. 17 to learn the historical significance and monetary value of your items from nearly 30 professional appraisers. During the event, KDKA-TV cameras will roam the museum and the most unique items will be featured on the "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures" television program hosted by KDKA-TV's Ken Rice and History Center President and CEO Andy Masich beginning this fall. 
Admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. History Center members also receive special access from 9-10 a.m.
Visitors may bring up to two items in to be appraised. Experts from the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center, including an expert from the Smithsonian Institution, will also be on hand to discuss the best conservation tips for your treasures.  
Steamboat Arabia Artifact of the Week
This iron household tool, produced by the Pittsburgh Novelty Works circa 1856, was found on the Steamboat Arabia. A three-in-one tool, it can help remove boots, tighten a wagon bolt, and 
pull a nail from the wall. Talk about useful! 
The tool is one of over a million objects unearthed from the Steamboat Arabia 150 years after it hit a tree snag and sank in the Missouri River. See it and many more sunken treasures as part of the Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition.
From the Library & Archives

Enjoy your summer with these vintage Pittsburgh postcards from the Detre Library & Archives. (c. 1910s & 1930s )

Upcoming Events
Fri., Aug. 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a high-energy performance of authentic live Italian music from DisCanto, a group of Italian conservatory-trained musicians and Italian folk scene veterans specializing in the music of the Abruzzo region's farmers and shepherds.
Fort Pitt Museum | Sat., Aug. 9 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Join Dr. Holly Mayer, associate professor of history at Duquesne University, as she speaks on community building and cultural integration in the militia during the American Revolution. This event is free and open to the public. 
Fort Pitt Museum | Sat., Aug. 9 and Sun. Aug. 10 
Celebrate the anniversary of the oldest building in Pittsburgh - the Fort Pitt Block House - at the Fort Pitt Museum. Learn how the Block House was built and experience a blacksmith's forge. At 12 p.m., the cannon crew will fire the cannon. 
Become a Member
Join the Heinz History Center as a member and enjoy all the benefits, including FREE admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures on Sun., Aug. 17.

Plan a Visit
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA,15222
Hours & Admission

A proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Senator John Heinz History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, and presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. 




Little Italy Days 2014




History of Bloomfield Dedication Ceremony


Raymond Fern, Loved by Family and Friends, Respected by Peers

Raymond Fern was a veteran’s veteran.  He served in the United States Air Force, doing a tour of duty in Korea through 1953.  After his service in Korea, Ray received an honorable discharge from the Air Force as a Sergeant.  He always would tell anyone who would listen that Korea was the “coldest place he had ever been to”.  For fifty-nine years his loyalty and dedication to his fellow comrades continued.  A great portion of his time was spent at the local Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, where he amassed over 15,000 volunteer hours.  In a relentless manner, he served those who had lost their health – the hospitalized veteran – with the motto “Keep ‘em smiling in beds of white”. 

In 2006, Ray Fern became the International Supreme Commander of the United States Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), which is the Honor Degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was honored at a banquet in a room packed full of dignitaries and colleagues from twenty-two states across America as well as having speakers such as Past Commander-in-Chief Jim Goldsmith, Major Ronald Dickens, USAF (RET), and Jim Dykes representing Senator Jane Orie.  He was the only Pittsburgher ever to achieve this status in the then Cootie 87-year history. 

Ray became a member of the Jene-Mager VFW Post 278 in Bloomfield in 1984.  He amassed exceptional achievements attained by hard work and personal sacrifice that resulted in Fern’s prestigious rise through the ranks, including being named as Outstanding Commander and All American Commander for each of the offices he held.  He was also awarded the distinction of being 100% as Post Commander, County Commander, and District Commander.

                        Ray was invited to join the MOC in 1989 and became a Life Member in 1993.  Again, his support of all fellow veterans became the most important factor while he rose through the ranks culminating in being elected as International Supreme Commander, MOC in 2006.  He was named as the All*Star Grand Commander of Pennsylvania in 2000 and was awarded the coveted Pennsylvania Cootie of the Year Award in 2002.  From 2000 to 2012 Fern was the Editor of the MOC newspaper, Cootie Courier

Ray held membership as Chairman/Commissioner of the Keystone Kops Program, Commissioner in the National Home Fire Department, Life Member in the Texas Horny Toads, Life Member in the Department of Europe Bier Busters, Life Member in the Pacific Areas Paddy Daddy Program, and was a very proud recipient of the 2004 Legion of Honor Award received from The Chapel of Four Chaplains.  He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans (Life Member), American Legion, Merchant Marines, Knights of Equity, Loyal Order of the Eagles, Catholic War Veterans, and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Ray served on the Board of Directors of the Bloomfield Preservation & Heritage Society, served on several committees of the Bloomfield Citizens Council, and has received Distinguished Service Awards from them for his patriotism.  From 1997 to 2006, he also served on the Board of Directors for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.  He previously served as Hospital Chairman for Sharing and Caring, Pittsburgh.

Ray was also honored by his home town by having City Council Member Bill Peduto and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl declare October 31, 2006 as “Ray Fern Day in Pittsburgh”.  Ray served the City of Pittsburgh as a Constable from 1995-1998.  He belonged to St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church Parish (formerly Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish), where he served as an usher.

In all of America, Fern’s brightest light shines in the eyes of the Veterans he served and the family he loved so very dearly, his wife Patti Donatelli Fern, his daughter Ilona Fern Grenzig, and son-in-law Bill Grenzig, and grandson Matthew.  Ray was the son of the late Winifred Fern and was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday, November 14-15, 2012 at Zalewski’s Funeral Home, 216 Forty-fourth Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15201.  Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Fr. Doug Boyd, will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2012 at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus (formerly Immaculate Conception Church).




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