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Harry Manley of Gateway Health Plan will speak on Health Literacy and Understanding Your Health at the Elder-ado, Knoxville center, 320 Brownsville Road. See Page 8
City of Pittsburgh
Steel City Codefest, a civic software application (app) development competition designed to grow the city’s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure to benefit citizens, is being held February 23 and 24. See Page 8
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State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will hold his fourth annual Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Businesses Lobby Day on Feb. 12. See Page 5
City of Pittsburgh
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl yesterday announced the city’s proposed reduced tax millage rate for 2013, and other measures and tax reduction enhancements to lessen homeowners’ property taxes, following Allegheny County’s property reassessment. See Page 3
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By Margaret L. Smykla, Contributing Writer Initiatives for encouraging Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) travelers to visit the South Side was the sole presentation at the Jan. 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Other topics touched upon during the evening included the invitation to the mayor to speak on public safety in the South Side; the new residential parking permit district; and the new city-wide parking meters. In his presentation, Jonathan Growall, a member of the board of the South Side Chamber of Commerce, said he completed the application for a grant, on behalf of the chamber, to fund pedestrian and biking initiatives. The grant involves signage, information, crosswalks and more to encourage trail-goers on the GAP to stop in the South Side and spend money while, at the same time, feeling safe in the neighborhood. When completed this year, the GAP will be part of a nonmotorized hiking and biking link between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Mr. Growall said he hopes the notion of drawing travelers to the neighborhood to enhance its daytime economy will generate the same kind of excitement as the proposed South Side hostel. He said the thousands of expected tourists are usually over 35 years of age; have disposable income and will find the city affordable; and in smaller existing trail towns, have spent an average of $100 daily. In existing trail towns, 64 percent of businesses surveyed reported significant increased business due to the trail. Even if he does not get funding, Mr. Growall hopes to achieve his ends through: increased signage on both the trail and roadways; visitor kiosks along the trail; increased bike racks, corrals, and bike lanes; investment and ownership from the business and resident communities; and more. Forum Chair Hugh Brannan updated last month’s agreement by the forum to request the participation of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at a public meeting on public safety in the South Side and to be held as soon as possible. He said he received a reply that the formal request was received by the Mayor’s Office. He also received email from Candice Gonzalez of the Mayor’s Office saying she will represent the mayor at future forum meetings. Councilman Bruce Kraus, an audience member, said he knew nothing of what the next step is regarding the meeting. On a related note, he said the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) was scheduled to present its recommendations next week. Early last year, the city entered into a contract with RHI for a study on the Downtown, Lawrenceville, and South Side entertainment districts, and recommendations on managing such hospitality zones throughout the city. Mr. Kraus said while RHI will take care of the long term, Continued on Page 4
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A neighborhood memorial now sits on the sidewalk where 16-year-old Deondre Pace was shot and killed on his way home last week near the intersection of Beltzhoover Avenue and Climax Street .
Hilltop teen shot on his way home Pittsburgh Homicide detectives are conducting an investigation into the shooting death of an Allentown teenager last week. Deondre Pace, 16, was shot near the intersection of Climax Street and Beltzhoover Avenue at approximately 7:15 p.m. on January 10. Zone 3 officers were responding to a 911 report of a male shot when they found
Deondre on the ground and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives said Deondre had come out of a near-by convenience store and was walking toward his home in Allentown when he was confronted by at least two black males near the intersection. Police believe one
of the males pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots at Deondre from a close distance. Both males fled after the shooting. Investigators do not have information relating to motive or suspects at this time. If anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161.
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International photo competition winners exhibit at Silver Eye Diane Meyer of Santa Monica, CA, and Ross Mantle of Pittsburgh are the winners of the Silver Eye Center for Photography’s Fellowship 13 International Photography Competition. Now in its 13th year, this juried competition identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s judge was Sam Barzilay, creative director, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY. The winning portfolios by Ms. Meyer and Mr. Mantle
will be on view at Silver Eye Center for Photography from January 25 through March 16. Admission is free and open to the public. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., followed by a gallery talk with coffee and the artists on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Silver Eye is at 1015 East Carson Street in South Side. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
South Pittsburgh Real Estate Transactions 16th Ward Thomas Williams to Jeremy Wilkinson at 2102 Abel St. for $24,000. Michelle Lynn Karcher Rockenhauser to Steven Watson Jr. and David Coleman at 414 Cathedral St. for $5,000. Elizabeth Kosanovich to Michael and Matthew Voelker at 17 S. 27th St. for $25,000. Dale Key to Ralph and Sharon Hamm at 2902 Zaruba St. aka Devlin St. for $45,000. 17th Ward Christine Kostello Seals to Sean Buckley at 39 16th St. S 28 for $222,500. Frederick Hartman to Mark Shick and David Olejar at 601-605 E. Carson St. for $200,000. Estate of Frank Thomas Renk to John and Jean McCloskey at 1934 Huron St. for $20,000. 18th Ward Estate of Thomas Hughes to P Jones and W Goetsch at 429 Kingsboro Ave. for $17,000. 19th Ward Lee Tornabene to 3115 Group LLC at 201 Augusta St. for $150,000. Kenneth Heiss to Derek Riley at 1000 Grandview Ave. Apt 104 for $150,000. Michael Juba to Nursen Gurtunca at 1700 Grandview Ave. Apt 402 for $400,000. Erika Kirwin to Michael and Carol Juba at 1700 Grandview Ave. Unit 603 for $555,000. Joseph Gallo et al. to Bank New York NA trustee at 243 Meridan St. for $1,875 by sheriff’s deed. 29th Ward Estate of Edward Ramsey to Brandi Wilson at 317 Overbrook Blvd. for $35,000. Housing & Urban Development to ECO Engineering Inc. at 337 Parallel Ave. for $16,250. Sean Campagna to Realty Choice Investments LLC at 205 Spencer Ave. for $20,000. Realty Choice Investments LLC to Nader Aghajani at 205 Spencer Ave. for $48,000. Realty Choice Investments LLC to Barak and Inna Shimoni at 1908 Westmont Ave. for $55,000. Real Estate Transactions provided by <RealSTATs>. Contact <RealSTATs> at 412-381-3880.
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Zoning Board hearings
Pittsburgh’s Zoning Board of Adjustment has scheduled the following public hearing of interest to South Pittsburgh residents in the first floor hearing room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown. Zone case 17/13 on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9:20 a.m. is the appeal of American Natural, applicant, and Forest City Station Square Associates LP, owner, for 1 E. Carson Street (73 E. Carson Street) in the 17th Ward (Zoning District SP-4). Applicant requests 300 sq. ft. expansion on the existing service station. Variance Requests: 921.02.A.1, Enlargement of existing nonconforming use shall be authorized as a Special Exception. Notes: Certificate of Occupancy 42108, dated May 12, 1983, permitted occupancy “Automobile & gasoline service station.” For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment, go to: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/html/zoning_ board_of_adjustment.html.
Housing Court hearings
The following Housing Court cases are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Magisterial District Judge Richard King’s Courtroom: • Judson Hamel, 301 Bon Air Avenue, 18th Ward, Code 116.1. • William J. Davison, 304 E. Warrington Avenue, 18th Ward, Continued Code 777.01. All Housing Court cases are open to the public. Judge King’s office (Mt. Oliver Borough and Pittsburgh Wards 18, 29, 30 and 32) is located at 2213 Brownsville Road, Carrick. Judge Motznik’s office (Pittsburgh’s 19th Ward) is at 736 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. Judge Ricciardi’s office (Pittsburgh Wards 4, 16 and 17) is in the Maul Building at 1700 E. Carson Street, third floor on South Side. Pittsburgh Municipal Court is at 660 First Avenue. Check for updates at www.sopghreporter.com.
Letter to the Editor
Keep calling about snow Thanks for your article about snow removal within 24 hours. Yes, South Side is filled with the young or with money that don’t know what a broom or shovel is for. But they have landlord who should see to it they do. Put it in their lease or come out and clear it themselves or get someone to do it. I called 311 (maybe more people should do the same – call and complain) about the lot in the 900 block of Selby Way. The people plowing not only did not clear the sidewalk; they piled nearly half the lot onto the sidewalk: two – three – four feet of snow piled high. We all know that stuff turned to ice. People had to walk out onto the street from Selby Way to McArdle. No one did anything about it because they added the second snow fall to the piles. The parking lot is for the workers in the 900 Sarah Street building and is behind the building on Selby Way. The other day I saw a car parked at the other end of Selby Way get a ticket because it was blocking the sidewalk. At least you didn’t have to walk in the street to get past him. The lot plowing had the sidewalk completely blocked from Selby Way to McArdle, not just a few feet. We need to be calling 311 and any other place we can. Maybe someone will hear us and do something about the people piling snow on the sidewalk or the ones who pile snow into valuable parking places or who make paths but block corners so there is no place to cross. Since I’m complaining, why are people so excited about permit parking? There is no guarantee you’ll even have a place to park, let alone near or in front of your home as some people believe. Betty Hillen South Side Flats Letters to the Editor may be submitted by: • Email to firstname.lastname@example.org • Mail to PO Box 4285, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 • By Fax at 412-488-8011 The South Pittsburgh Reporter reserves the right to edit letters for length and accuracy. Submitting a Letter to the Editor does not guarantee publication. Individuals may only have one letter published in a four week period. Unsigned letters will not be published. All letters must include a contact telephone number. Due to the length of letters recently, The South Pittsburgh Reporter reserves the right to limit letters length. Letters to the Editor represent the opinion of the writers and not necessarily those of The South Pittsburgh Reporter.
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Urban League has new GED test prep Everest Institute and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh have teamed up to provide a GED® test preparation and completion and college bound program that is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in enrolling in the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Urban Empowerment CollegeBound Program, which begins this month, should contact Nena Ansari at 412-227-4159. “We commend Everest Institute for taking the initiative to fill an important need in our community,” said Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. “Too many jobs in our community go unfilled because of a skills gap. This program represents an important first step in giving people the skills they need to succeed.” According to GED Testing Service®, 40 million adults in the United States lack a high school diploma or GED test credential, including more than 1.6 million in Pennsylvania. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s GED curriculum is a free program of study that includes tutoring sessions, classroom instruction and weekly meetings with an advisor to assess progress. Test fees are waived. Students who qualify for the Urban Empowerment College-Bound Program also receive tutoring and flexible class hours. To put them on the road
for educational success, they receive financial counseling, one-on-one career coaching, and a graduation ceremony upon completion. “The National Urban League and the entire Urban League movement are committed to preparing every American student for college, work and life,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “As communities of color begin to recover from historically high rates of unemployment, no single factor is more important to that recovery than education. This program doesn’t simply offer an opportunity for a GED test credential, it represents the possibility of a productive and prosperous future.” According to the American Council on Education and the GED Testing Service, students who complete a formal test preparation program and pass the Official GED Practice Test™ have higher pass rates than those who study independently. Adults without a high school diploma face tremendous obstacles to achieving their economic potential. On average, their unemployment rates are higher and their wages lower than those with a GED credential or high school diploma. For these adults, access to postsecondary education and training, a requirement for many jobs in today’s competitive economy, is also severely restricted.
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Mr. Brannan said Tracy Myers is putting the finishing touches on the eighth revision of the neighborhood plan, which the forum recently adopted. The forum received $500 as distribution of the former South Side Local Development Company’s assets for funding the printing of the plan. He said, hopefully, Ms. Myers will be at the next forum meeting with the copies for distribution. It was also reported the new GetGo, 2757 East Carson St., is scheduled to open on Feb. 14. In Brashear Association news, the organization’s Christmas toy drive served more than 500 families. About 850 children received toys. As the meeting was concluding, Martin Boonstra, the principal at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5, said he hoped more neighborhood awareness could be generated of what the school has to offer. It is one of the South Side’s walkable amenities, he said, referring to the presentation by Mr. Growall. Mr. Kraus commented on the irony of East Carson St. ranking sixth in the state for pedestrian and car accidents, according to a PennDOT study, and yet South Side is a walking community. Ms. Gaus also noted motorists do not pay attention to school zones. The next forum meeting will be on Feb. 12. It may feature a presentation on the proposed hostel.
Birmingham Foundation to offer small grant program As part of its celebration of 15 years of grantmaking in the South Pittsburgh area, the Birmingham Foundation is offering a micro grant program in January-March 2013. The Board of Directors of the Birmingham Foundation have set aside $15,000 to be made available for micro grants to qualified 501©(3) nonprofit organizations serving the South Pittsburgh area. The grant funds may be uti-
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After something of a oneyear hiatus, and some 105 days before the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine will resume its tradition of pre-race prep courses by holding the first of three marathon seminars on Saturday, Jan. 19. The first seminar, at the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) Auditorium near the main, Terrace Street entrance at UPMC Montefiore, will pertain to injury prevention for runners. Performance specialist Ron DeAngelo, ATC, will discuss the dynamic warm-up; Vonda Wright, M.D., will talk about cross training for improved performance and injury prevention; and Aaron Mares, M.D., will relate the most common injuries, preventions and treatments. The Feb. 9 session is scheduled to include Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., on nutrition and hydration; Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., on mental training to perform at optimum; and Tara
January Pop-Up programing January continues to be a busy time at the Allentown Pop-Up Library. Open Office continues on Mondays and Fridays, 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays, noon - 2 p.m. for basic computer assistance in a one-on-one or small group environment. No registration necessary. The Saturday Afternoon Movie Series takes place on Saturdays January 19, and 26 at 2-3:30 p.m. They will be watching a famous movie trilogy in January. Come in to watch your favorite toys come to life, get cozy and munch on some popcorn while enjoying a different fun family film each week. All ages welcome. Chess Club and lessons are on Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. for those who play chess and those who want to learn. Come in to the weekly chess club to find a game, learn to play, and get ready for the county-wide tournament in March. Ages 17 and under welcome. Gaming is on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-1 p.m. Get your game on at the library on an Xbox Kinect. Ages 18 and under. For more information on these Pop-up programs or other events taking place at CLPLYNCS Allentown, 1206 Arlington Avenue, contact: CLPLYNCS@carnegielibrary.org.
Ridge, ATC, on training modifications when injured. The 10 a.m. seminars are both at Montefiore and free of charge. A third is scheduled for May 4, the day before the marathon, with race director Patrice Matamoros; Ron Roth, M.D., race medical director; and more. One seminar last year was canceled due to inclement weather, though this year officials put in place a system called Rained Out that will send text messages and emails in the event of a cancellation. To receive such notifications,
people interested in attending the seminars are asked to register at http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/UPMC1-19.asp. The seminar presenters will serve as the Sports Medicine specialists lending their expertise throughout the winter and spring. Marathon entrants and enthusiasts are asked to post questions for the experts via Twitter at @UPMCSportsMed. Watch for their tips and more via UPMC socialmedia resources. The marathon is scheduled for May 5.
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Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Businesses Lobby Day State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will hold his fourth annual Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Businesses Lobby Day on Feb. 12. “Just like many other small businesses, businesses owned by minorities, women and the disadvantaged have the po-
tential to produce jobs to help reduce unemployment and improve the economy,” Mr. Wheatley said. “This event is designed to promote their participation in state contracts and purchasing to help small business grow in the Commonwealth.”
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol Complex and is open to business owners, community leaders and concerned citizens. In addition to the other planned activities, the day will feature a news confer-
ence in which Mr. Wheatley will discuss legislation he is introducing designed to improve the participation of minorities, women and the disadvantaged in state contracts and purchasing. Mr. Wheatley chaired the
Fontana to serve as chair of key Senate committee State Senator Wayne D. Senate Committee on ComFontana (D-Brookline) has munity, Economic and Recbeen re-appointed to serve as reational Development. Senate Democratic Leader Democratic chairman of the
County offers Christmas tree recycling at parks The Allegheny County Department of Parks is again offering its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season. Residents of the county can drop off their Christmas trees through Saturday, Jan. 19 at all nine regional parks during regular hours of operation (dusk to dawn). All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. The trees will be mulched and used in Allegheny County’s nine regional parks. Trees may be dropped off from dawn to dusk at the following locations in each of
the nine county parks: Boyce Park – Parking lot by the wave pool Deer Lakes – Parking lot by Veterans Shelter Harrison Hills – Parking lot at the intersection of Chipmunk & Cottontail Drive Hartwood Acres – Parking lot at the mansion North Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool Round Hill – Parking lot between Meadow & Alfalfa Shelters Settler’s Cabin – Parking lot by the wave pool South Park – Parking lot at the swimming pool White Oak – Parking lot by Poplar Shelter
Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said Mr. Fontana’s experience, proven leadership and unwavering enthusiasm for revitalizing communities make him a perfect fit for the Democratic chairmanship. This marks the third legislative session for which Fontana will serve as Democratic chair of the committee, which focuses on revitalizing communities through economic development, job creation and investing in Pennsylvania’s businesses. The committee also has oversight of the Gaming Control Board, which regulates the state’s thriving gaming and casino industry. Mr. Fontana said the committee has worked tirelessly over the past few years to craft legislation to make sure gaming funds are reinvested back into communities. The senator said he will continue to press Senate leadership to prioritize ways to help local communities over-
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come obstacles and capitalize on their unique assets. During the past legislative session, at his request, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held three separate hearings in Mr. Fontana’s legislative district. Lawmakers met in Oakdale to discuss efforts to link education curriculum with available jobs; held a hearing in the South Side to take testimony on efforts to manage the growth of liquor establishments; and held a roundtable discussion in McKees Rocks on economic development issues. Last month, Mr. Fontana and his fellow Democrats announced their “Growth, Progress & Sustainability” (GPS) plan for Pennsylvania’s communities. The plan would update the state’s financial distress program (Act 47), step up local tax reform efforts, encourage greater municipal cooperation and foster new economic development strategies. Elected in 2005, Mr. Fontana was also appointed to serve on the Senate committees on: Judiciary; Law and Justice; Urban Affairs and Housing and Policy.
House Select Committee on Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Inclusion in a past session. As a result of the committee’s six-month investigation, legislation was introduced and approved by the House that would have made reforms benefiting these businesses in Pennsylvania. This session, he said, he is pushing forward to get the bill passed in both chambers. “We have come a long way and now we need to push these reforms through to the governor’s desk for his signature into law,” he said. For more information or to register to attend Rep. Wheatley’s lobby day, email email@example.com or call 717783-3783 by Jan. 25.
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Goodwill adult education classes now at nine sites Registration is now open for the broad array of adult education classes and diploma programs offered by Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania at eight sites in Allegheny County and one in Fayette County. Career Pathway GED® courses range from beginning literacy and academic brushup programs to courses to prepare for college or to transition to employment as well as ESL and Naturalization classes. In addition, Goodwill now offers computer based GED ® testing at its Workforce Development Center (WDC) in Lawrenceville to make the scheduling and testing experience easier, more flexible, and faster for test takers. Goodwill is also enrolling for the Goodwill Employment Training Center (GETC), the agency’s state private licensed school located in Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh. The GETC offers diploma programs in administrative or health care office skills. The GETC will also grant a limited number of scholarships to qualified applicants. “Goodwill has been a recognized leader in adult education for decades,” said Judy Martier, director of education. “Goodwill is a highly respected and caring organization where people can earn their GED® credential or acquire skills they need to find a job or even continue their education. Goodwill takes a holistic approach to help students reach their individual goals by helping them overcome their barriers to success.” During 2013, Career Pathway GED ® classes will be
offered at locations in downtown Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville, McKees Rocks, McKeesport, Northside, South Side, Arlington, East Liberty, and Uniontown. Class subjects include academic remediation, GED® test preparation, and career exploration. Starting dates vary by location with most sites having monthly orientations. ESL and Naturalization classes are available in Lawrenceville on a rolling intake basis. The GETC offers diploma programs in Administrative Office Skills and Health Care Office Skills as well as short term computer classes and driver’s education. Orientation for Administrative Office and Health Care Office Skills start on February 25. The diploma programs also include an externship providing students an opportunity to put these newly learned skills to use. Both short term computer classes and driver’s education are available in Lawrenceville; call the appropriate number below for start dates. • For more details about classes at all locations, contact the Career Pathway GED® registration line: 412-6321841. • For additional information and registration for computer-based GED® testing, contact Dan Seidling at 412632-1847. • For ESL and Naturalization classes, contact Michael Johnson at 412-632-1855. • For more information about the GETC and computer short term training, contact Meghan Moore at 412632-1706. • For drivers education, call 412-632-1849.
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and Larry Richert are looking to identify five local men or women and honor them for their service to the community. They’re looking to the public to identify these individuals who stand out through acts or services within or for their communities that may otherwise go unrecognized. Five heroes will be honored at a dinner on March 7 at the Lexus Club at PNC Park. Each hero will also receive $1000 to donate to a 501(C) (3) charity of their choice. “These are people who you
may not have heard about in the news,” says KDKA host Richert. “We’re looking for people who do what they do without expecting recognition. These are your friends and neighbors who may have changed a life or lives with a simple act …or something they may do on a daily basis.” Ticket sales to the dinner will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The deadline to nominate someone is January 18, 2013. For more information and for the nomination criteria and form visit KDKARadio.com/heroes.
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City wants to know your app ideas Carrick library programs include help with FAFSA aid applications Steel City Codefest, a civic software application (app) development competition designed t o grow the city’s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure to benefit citizens, is being held February 23 and 24.
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Several winning teams will be chosen by judges using the following criteria: Civic Engagement - meets a clear community need; Technical Sophistication - overcomes interesting technical challenges; User Interface Design - presents an effective interface that facilitates the user experience; and Artistic Merit. Great “app ideas” are needed to share with the 100 registrants who will be given access to raw data from government agencies. Share ideas either through the Codefest Idea Forum at https://www. google.com/moderator/#15/ e=206bf8&t=206bf8.40, and view what other people are already suggesting, or by emailing Chuck Half, City Innovation & Performance manager – PittMAPS, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire company needs volunteers The Mount Oliver Volunteer Fire Department is looking for volunteers. This is an opportunity for those who want to make a difference in their community or are looking to gain valuable experience for a career in emergency services. Benefits include: free training; access to the fire department gym; and, college scholarships through the Allegheny Coun-
ty FireVest Program. Those interested should check out the Mount Oliver Volunteer Fire Department website at www.mtoliverfiredepartment.com, stop by the station at 120 Brownsville Road or call 412-431-5210. The fire company has also started selling its Monthly Lottery Calendar for 2013. The calendars are available at the fire hall.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick has a variety of upcoming programs coming up in January and February. Winter Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. through February 28. Parents and their children can share the fun of reading. Explore entertaining stories, songs and rhymes that will captivate a child’s imagination, build early learning skills and spark curiosity. There is no fee for Winter Storytime. In After-School Art Club, in grades 1-5 can drop into the library after school for a creative new project every Thursday in January from 3:30 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Teen Thing lets teens 12-18 come in and hang out at the library every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for art projects, games, snacks and more. Teen Think is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19. Teen Think is a group where teens vote on ideas for library activities and
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Health Literacy session slated for Elder-ado’s Knoxville Center Harry Manley of Gateway 320 Brownsville Road. The presentation will take Health Plan will speak on Health Literacy and Under- place from 11:45 a.m. to standing Your Health at the 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Elder-ado, Knoxville center,
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