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A splendid pictorial history of

one of Pittsburgh's most

facinating and culturally

significant neighborhoods.

First-generation Italian

American resident, Janet

Cercone Scullion, has vividly

captured the essence and

spirit of Bloomfield through

images and photos

contained in this book



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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