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The Soul Pitt Charter for Change trip was an awesome experience!
Check out the video by Andrew Rush and the Article by Sadie Gurman from the Post-Gazette who both traveled on our charter to document our journey!
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Wilkinsburg neighbors are invited to watch world-renowned artist, Hebru Brantley, create a large-scale mural for Wilkinsburg this week. Brantley will be painting today & tomorrow, April 26 & 27, between 1-5 p.m. at 501 Wallace Ave.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will host a community and press event on Friday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the unveiling of Brantley’s mural and Wilkinsburg’s newest international attraction. LEARN MORE
The Wilkinsburg Two-Way Street Fest | Saturday, May 20 on Wood Street between Penn Ave and Franklin Ave
The inaugural Two-Way Street Fest will celebrate Wilkinsburg’s strongest assets including community, small business, and excellent access to transit. Hosted by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), the event also marks the borough’s project to change Wood Street from one way to two, improving traffic flow through the business district and access to businesses.
The Two-Way Street Fest takes place on Saturday, May 20, 12-4 p.m. on Wood Street between Penn Avenue and Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg’s central business district.
Activities will include:
*Climbing Wall w/ Venture Outdoors
*Extreme pogo performances w/ Xpogo
*Bounce castle obstacle course sponsored by Community LIFE
*Wilkinsburg Skate Jam Skateboard Demo presented by Steel City Movers
*Bike share demo w/ Healthy Ride PGH
*Caricatures by Angela Love
*Dance & hula workshops w/ A Peace of Mind, Inc & Move Yinz
*Music by Timbeleza
*Block Party for Peace w/ The Sanctuary Project
& more fun w/ Bike Pittsburgh, Repair The World: Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association & other local business and nonprofits.
Happy Birthday August Wilson Block Party, April 29 — celebrating a year restoring the August Wilson House and planning for the year ahead
In its second year, the August Wilson Birthday Block Party promises to become a tradition, uniting Pittsburghers and visitors in a happy event in honor of the great playwright. On Sat., April 29, Noon-5 pm, the party will take over several blocks extending eastward from the August Wilson House (AWH) at 1727 Bedford Ave. in the Hill District.
The free event is for all ages. Attractions will include food trucks and vendors of many kinds, performances, singers, dancers, drummers, children’s activities, a fire truck, a glimpse of AWH restoration, tours of the August Wilson Park, fun, friendship and, of course, a cake!
Hourly on the half-hour, 12:30-4:30, there will be excerpts from AW’s plays performed in the AWH backyard, while on the hour, 12:00-4:00, there will be music, song and dance performances further up Bedford.
August Wilson (1945-2005) would be 72 on April 27. As one of his greatest fans, Denzel Washington, who spent much of 2016 in the Hill filming “Fences,” has said, “August is one of the five great American playwrights,” and, “you just play the music” of his language. He came to the Hill to get the music right. Continue reading
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Albright has been nominated for several contemporary jazz Grammy Awards and has performed with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Whitney Houston, and more. He has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone and has appeared on over 200 albums by other artists.
For Tickets go to Trustarts.org or call 412-456-6666
Jonathan Butler is an icon in the smooth jazz realm. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. With legions of fans, this international superstar continues to make music that feeds the soul in new and inventive ways.
For Tickets go to Trustarts.org or call 412-456-6666
Operation: Stop Scams – Free Shredding Event Saturday, April 29 (10am – 1pm) Century III Mall Lower Level North parking lot
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Tickets are $20 each for students, $30 each for PBMF members
and $40 each for nonmembers.
Ticket sales will end April 25. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Click here to purchase tickets online by April 25th
Bill Peduto—first elected as mayor in 2013 as a reformer who is focused on making changes that have an impact on people’s daily lives—is seeking re-election this May. Mayor Peduto is overseeing economic growth in the City for the first time in over fifty years. Mayor Peduto has been clear that the billions of dollars of investment from large employers is not worth it if the City does not also make investments in our neighborhoods, in our children, and has a positive impact on the lives of each and every person who lives here. With thousands of new, good-paying jobs, the mayor is committed to solving the long-ignored problems such as increasing affordable housing, doubling the road repair budget, and dramatically increasing the summer jobs program. Bill Peduto knows that there is work to be done, and he is determined to keep Pittsburgh a special place, but to also be sure that it’s a city that works for all of our residents. Continue reading
April 29; May 2, 5 & 7, 2017
At Benedum Center | 237 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tickets start at $12 | Purchase by phone: 412-456-6666
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Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff: Pittsburgh’s MVP and the Commonwealth’s democratic candidate for PA Supreme Court
The Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff has served as a practicing attorney, founding partner of a law firm, professional football player, team captain, mentor and volunteer-but above all a man of high integrity and respect for the law.
Woodruff dedicates his life to public service, the law and is best noted for his family values. His wife Joy Maxberry Woodruff of 38 years supports his determination to be Pennsylvania’s second elected African American Supreme Court Justice. He has three young adult children—Jillian Woodruff, MD, an Ob/Gyn medical doctor; Jenyce M. Woodruff, Esq., an attorney; and John B. Woodruff, II, Esq., an attorney and captain in the United States Marines. Continue reading
Rosemary has been rated highly recommended by
the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Rosemary Crawford is a candidate for Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County in order to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our region. When elected she will likely be assigned to the Family Division where she can have a positive impact on children – many who face mental health issues as well as trauma in their young lives. Rosemary also want to serve the senior citizens who face dementia, elder, abuse, and many other issues. Rosemary is one of the people and wants to be the peoples’ judge. Continue reading
Elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, Judge Nichols presides in the criminal division. She handles major trials, most of which are felony jury trials in criminal court, managing thousands of cases, dealing with the most vulnerable citizens in crimes that destroy lives and communities. She continuously works to create opportunities for positive reentry to prevent recidivism. Continue reading
Rev. Dr. John C. Welch, a Pittsburgh native, attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering & Economics. Rev. Welch began a productive career in Information Systems, working for a number of corporations such as IBM, Grubb & Ellis, and Deloitte & Touche. Continue reading
Rasul A. Aquil a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. and an 8 year resident of Wilkinsburg, Pa. seeks your nomination for District Magisterial Judge. Aquil’s core values are based upon service to his community and Patriotism to our great country The United states of America. During Aquil’s Mission in southwest Asia, Under the command of General Colin Powell and general swartzkoff. Aquil’s combat experience, of risking his life to preserve the freedom of others, Is only one of his many milestones that has prepared Aquil for being the people’s choice For District Magisterial Judge.
Look out for our Spring 2017 Soul Pitt Quarterly issue featuring the SuperSonic success of Troy Miles and Darrell Warden of The Miles Group. PLUS, read about candidates who want your vote on May 16th! This 116 page sold out issue is also packed with really cool articles about those making it happen not only in and around Pittsburgh, but also in Beaver County, Johnstown PA and more!
@ Bidwell United Presbyterian Church
1025 Liverpool Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Mr. Kirkland is the Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities.
Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness. I’m certain we all are familiar with these three words and what they mean. In Pennsylvania’s state government system, however, they have become much more than words – they have become a way of life.
Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf and the Wolf Administration have adopted diversity, inclusion and fairness as their guiding principles for economic development and state government operations. Governor Wolf solidified his commitment to that philosophy when he signed Executive Order 2015-11 to improve the participation of small and small diverse businesses in state government contracting and the Commonwealth’s overall economy. Continue reading
NAACP Pittsburgh Unit’s 63rd Annual Human Rights Dinner | Thursday, May 4, 5:30PM at the Westin Convention Center Hotel
ANTHONY HAMLET, EdD
PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Dr. Anthony Hamlet was appointed July 1, 2016, to a five-year term as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. He comes to the District from Palm Beach County, Florida, where his career as an educator began with his work as a case manager and behavioral specialist with a county mental health unit. From there, he held positions of teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, and District Administrator.
Having worked in affluent and impoverished districts, in high-achieving and failing schools, Dr. Hamlet has helped to transform the learning environment in dozens of urban and suburban schools. He is a natural leader in challenging educational settings, connecting ideas, people and resources, and allowing others to develop their strengths and take ownership of their work. Continue reading
PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
WORLD RENOWNED ARTIST RETURNS TO PITTSBURGH TO
CREATE MURAL IN WILKINSBURG COMMUNITY
Brantley Brings Meaningful Mural to Neighboring Pittsburgh
Community of Wilkinsburg
MURAL TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 29, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA—Hebru Brantley, the Chicago based world-renowned artist, made his Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania debut in May of 2016 with I WISH I KNEW: HOW IT FELT TO BE FREE. The exhibit was Brantley’s Pittsburgh premiere and was presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and on display at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. Continue reading
The LANE Construction Corporation is bidding on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Southern Beltway – SR 0576, Section 55C1-1: Bidding 4/12/2017
Scopes of Work and Subcontracting Opportunities:
Roadway: Trucking/Hauling, Asphalt, Traffic, Clearing, Excavation, Geotextiles, Sub-Base, Concrete Paving, Box Culvert, RCP Pipe, Corrugated Aluminum and Steel Pipe, Drainage Structures and Work, F&G/Castings, Manholes, Endwalls, Lab Testing, Underdrain/Subdrain, Bridge Barrier, Guiderail, Fencing & Gates, Class A, AA, AAAP Cement Concrete, Temporary Barrier, Misc. Concrete Flatwork, Seeding, Erosion Control, Landscaping, Pavement Marking, Junction Boxes, Lighting/Electrical, Signs, Sediment Ponds, Stream Crossing Work, Sediment Traps, Incorporated Utilities, Steel Casing, Predrilling… Bridge Work: Decking and Rebar Installation, Pile/Drilling and other materials/work… Continue reading
Kente Arts Alliance presents
Terell Stafford Quintet
featuring Tim Warfield
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8PM
Venue: The New Hazlett Theater
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As in past years, we have $3,000 available, which may be awarded in its entirety or in smaller amounts, depending on the number and quality of applications received.
Last year’s award winners included Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh for a community project in the 1300 block of Franklin, where the tragic shooting took place in March 2016; Pittsburgh Urban Christian School for Robotics Camp scholarships for Wilkinsburg students; and Union of African Communities in Southwestern PA for a youth aquaponics program.
Applications for the 2017 program are being accepted NOW through May 5, 2017. All grant-funded projects must be completed by August 31, 2017.
Interested applicants can download an application or pick one up at our office (1001 Wood St.) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Status: exempt, full-time
Reports to and Supervised by: Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Position Supervises: Staff, interns and volunteers
Expected Start Date: June 2017
Pay Rate: $39,000/year salary and health care benefits
This position requires the ability to work effectively with the board, supervise staff, and oversee project relationships with the Center. Expertise and demonstrated commitment to the Thomas Merton Center mission is also required. Additionally, in this position there is responsibility related to assisting in finances and operations, including building maintenance, contracts, insurance and liability, and working effectively with volunteers, interns, and community and project leaders.
By Christiana Dillard
“It’s always about being better.” Darrell Warden, hiring manager for Team Warden & Team Tri-state Group (a part of The Miles Group Insurance Agency) is the embodiment of his own statement. The agency has personnel in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even Delaware; and their motto, “One Vision,” exemplifies their commitment to “being better.” And each day Warden personally strives to be the best.
Warden had his beginnings in Rankin, a low-income borough in the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, he refused to allow the town’s bleak environment to bring him down. He attended Full Sail University in Florida and went on to become a music executive at Bad Boy Records with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Warden was at Bad Boy for ten years before moving back to Pittsburgh to work in the mortgage loan department at PNC Bank. When he was laid off from PNC, he found out that some of his old acquaintances were forming their own insurance group, headed by Troy Miles and hopped on board. For his role as a founding member of The Miles Group, Warden became a hiring manager for his own team within the agency and hasn’t looked back since. Continue reading
Kingsley Community Center
6435 Frankstown Ave. Pgh, PA 15206
For more information contact 412-223-6742
Three Rivers Youth 2017 Nellie Leadership Awards Gala | Celebrates Families on May 12 at the Twentieth Century Club | 6-9PM
Over the past few years, we’ve asked you to call your elected officials in support of funding increases to the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Thanks to your advocacy, there is increasing, bipartisan support to expand the program to help communities like Wilkinsburg continue to grow and thrive!
NAP funding leverages additional resources for Wilkinsburg while building our community’s technical capacity and infrastructure. Recent data show that $500,000 in NAP support generates $900,000 in economic activity and $32,000 in new state tax revenue that would otherwise go unrealized. Without this important source of funding and partnerships, we would not be able to continue our work to rebuild Wilkinsburg’s economy and improve our community’s quality of life.
Senators and representatives have issued co-sponsor memos to double NAP to $36 million (since 1967, the NAP budget has been stuck at $18 million statewide). This would unlock even more vital resources for housing, food security, and community organizations across the state to build partnerships with for-profit tax credit investors.
1st Annual Pink & Pearls Luncheon and Fashion Show | Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Project from 12-3pm
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Image 1: Frank Walker Law Found Guilty;
Image 2: Attorney Frank Walker Presents the Check. Omega Psi Phi Brothers Michael Harrell 01′ & Frank Walker 99′
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LOCAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOUND GUILTY
PITTSBURGH, PA (PittsburghNewsWire.com) — Criminal Defense Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker law continues to lead the way in Community involvement by donating his time, effort and resources to causes that are important in the Community. This time, Attorney Walker gives back by agreeing to be the lead sponsor of the 20th Annual Historically Black College Tour, sponsored by the local Iota Phi Chapter of his Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.According to tour director, Michael Harrell, “the tour runs from April 8, 2017 – April 15, 2017 and will cover 13 Historical Black Universities and Colleges where students will meet with College representatives on each campus to discuss the college curriculum, student life, costs and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit historical landmarks on the campuses of the Colleges and Universities. To date, the tour has positively impacted the lives of over 900 African American high school students from the Western Pennsylvania Area to achieve greater educational and career aspirations.”
Panel Discussion: Diversity in Ballet
4:45 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2017 // August Wilson Center
Join dancers and artistic directors for a thought-provoking discussion on the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the art of ballet. Free and open to the public. Panelists include artistic directors Virginia Johnson, of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Terrence S. Orr, of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; dancers from both companies; and PBT Education and Community Engagement Director Christina Salgado. Darryl Ford-Williams, vice president of content for WQED Multimedia, will moderate the discussion, which includes a Q&A session. Register here.
Meet the Artists: The Story of Our Collaboration
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, // Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood // Register here.
6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 // Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Allegheny // Register here.
Try out simple ballet steps, meet ballet dancers from both companies and learn the story of this exciting cross-company collaboration. Perfect for kids and families. Free and open to the public.
Informance: Discussion & Demonstration
4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 // Point Park University’s George Rowland White Performance Studio // Register here.
4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 // University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall // Register here.
Explore the training and technique of classical ballet through engaging commentary and dancing by DTH and PBT artists. The program includes repertory excerpts, an audience engagement activity and a Q&A session. Free and open to the public.
The Borough of Wilkinsburg will unveil a new logo and launch a newly developed web site on Wednesday, March 8th beginning with an event from 4-6 p.m. The launch and unveiling culminate many months of work by Borough Elected Officials, Staff and web developer, Imagebox. Councilwoman, Marita Garrett, is Chairperson of the Social Media and Promotions Committee who had oversight of the project and says she is excited for the new logo and web site. “Council wanted a site that is as informative and as useful as possible for residents. We think this one is just that” said Garrett. “The site is flexible and can be programmed internally allowing for quick information updates and postings as things change” she added. The site will offer bill pay for certain payments by the end of the year as well.
The new site is available at www.wilkinsburgpa.gov . Additionally, The Borough also has an active facebook page and twitter.
The event will be held at Salvatore’s Pizza House 612 Penn Ave. and with remarks beginning at 5:15 pm. The new site will be demonstrated and the new logo revealed at that time. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
Shelby Wilson becomes a Resident Advisor because it will look good on her resume, but a racially charged incident on campus has set student against student, and it’s up to Shelby to mediate. With compassion and a deep understanding of the issues at play, Baltimore tackles the complexities of racism in America from the perspective of eight different college students.
Funding for Baltimore was made possible in part by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
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Governor Wolf Announces Appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland as Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the appointment of Kerry L. Kirkland to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.
“We are excited to be bringing Kerry on board in this newly created position that will spearhead the administration’s efforts to improve the state contracting environment for our small diverse and small businesses,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We are looking forward to using his more than 38 years of experience and involvement with developing policies and programs for small diverse and small businesses to our benefit as we look for innovative ways to position these businesses for success in Pennsylvania’s economy.” Continue reading
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PO BOX 559 Duquesne PA 15110
Healthy Start, Inc., a federally funded program, is hiring entry level Community Health Workers to identify and educate eligible participants for the Healthy Start program. We serve any resident of Allegheny County who is pregnant and/or parenting a child under 2 years of age.
The mission of Healthy Start, Inc. is to focus primarily on the reduction of infant mortality and low birth weight babies in Southwest Pennsylvania in such a way as to make valuable use of its resources, preserve program flexibility, and continue to offer seamless services with the intent to improve the quality of life for infants, toddlers, youths, siblings, parents and grandparents.
Position: Community Health Worker I – Community Health Outreach
Location: Point Breeze, Allegheny County
Janet K. Ruffing
Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership,
Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn.
Friday, March 10, 2017 | 7-9 PM
and / or
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 9-4 PM
@ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
John Knox Room, Long Hall
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS & TO REGISTER
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“The earth bring forth the grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit…and the evening and the morning were the Third Day.”
Our mission is to use Ingredients so pure and simple they could have come from one of the earliest gardens on earth.
We are seeking contestants for our next culinary competition,
“Battle of the Seas!”
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Judge Woodruff, making his acceptance speech as he received the endorsement for Pennsylvania Supreme Court from the state Democratic Committee. 2.11.2017 (Harrisburg, PA)
After choking up a bit, he spoke strongly and promised to represent the people of Pennsylvania well and make them proud. He received a standing ovation from approx. 300 delegates. What a blessing!
Official announcement is this Wednesday February 15th at 10:30am in the courtyard of the courthouse.