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SQUIRREL HILL URBAN COALITION OFFICERS PRESIDENT Richard Feder VICE PRESIDENT Marshall Hershberg VICE PRESIDENT Erika Strassburger VICE PRESIDENT Chris Zurawsky SECRETARY Barbara Grover ASST. SECRETARY Cynthia Morelock TREASURER Gina Levine ASST. TREASURER James Burnham IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Raymond Baum BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dalia Belinkoff, Rita Botts, Vivian Didomenico, Lori Fitzgerald, Michael D. Henderson, Martha Isler, Lois Liberman, Lisa Crooks Murphy, Joshua Sayles, Mary Shaw, Ceci Sommers (Director Emerita), Sidney Stark (Director Emeritus), Lisa Steindel, Erik Wagner, Eveline Young EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Marian Lien MAGAZINE EDITOR Britt Reints MAGAZINE INTERN Gabriel Naccarato CONTRIBUTORS & EDITORS Harriet Baum, Raymond Baum, Ann Belser, Rita Botts, Richard Feder, Eleanor Hershberg, Marian Lien, Kimberly McElhatten, Gabriel Naccarato, Britt Reints, Helen Wilson Squirrel Hill Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 4, is published by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Four issues per year are delivered free to the residents in zip code 15217. Subscriptions are available for $25/year. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without permission. Printed by Knepper Press. For advertising inquiries, contact All other communications can be directed to or (412)422-7666. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization dedicated to preserving, improving, and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh.

Editor’s Note Britt Reints

It’s that time of year again: when we’re simultaneously told to be grateful for what we have while being asked about what we want. Gratitude can be a tricky thing in a consumer culture, but more and more research (“The Science of Gratitude”, page 25) suggests that it’s a practice worth cultivating. That’s why we decided to dedicate this issue, our last of 2017, to the topic. We have much to be grateful for in Squirrel Hill. This year we gathered together with friends, neighbors and supporters on Nov. 2 to honor some of our Squirrel Hill Treasures (pages 14-15). It was a fun evening and a fundraising success. We appreciate all who worked hard to plan the event and everyone who took the time to attend. As 2017 winds down, we encourage you to take time to spend time with those for whom you are most grateful, whether it’s over a meal, during a gift exchange, or in shared volunteerism. Warm Regards, A Publication of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

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President’s Message By Richard Feder

10 Familiar Faces Abhishikta Pal Helen Wilson By Raymond Baum


16 SHUC Snapshots 31 Neighborhood Notes 32 Good News from Our Schools 37 What’s New From Our Advertisers

14 Squirrel Hill Treasures Photos by Lori Fitzgerald and Ray Baum 18 Squirrel Hill Gift Guide

38 Squirrel Hill History Gratitude Cast in Bronze By Helen Wilson

23 Mitzvah Day A Tradition of Service By Gabriel Naccarato and Britt Reints

41 Book Review Gratitude by Oliver Sacks By Shayna Ross

25 The Science of Gratitude By Kimberly McElhatten

42 Events & Happenings

28 Butterfly Exhibit Opens at Holocaust Center By Ann Belser

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shuc president’s message

Richard Feder, President Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

to participate in the community and somehow hearing about the Coalition, I called the executive director, Arlene Stromberg, and inquired about opportunities. The next thing I knew, I was on the Board! I served as President for three years, right before Ray Baum.”


teven Hawkins, long-time SHUC board member, has retired from the board after over 30 years leading, volunteering and facilitating many activities on behalf of the Squirrel Hill. His board tenure included three years serving as President, 2008-2010. Steve is owner of Steven G Hawkins Architects, based in Squirrel Hill. While he was president, SHUC acquired Squirrel Hill Magazine from its founder, Morris Grossman, founder of Dalmo Optical. The magazine, which had focused on promoting local businesses, was converted to a true community publication featuring articles on Squirrel Hill and surrounding communities and more information about Coalition’s activities. That is a vision that has been carried forward to today. One of Steve’s more challenging undertakings, one that took advantage of his skills as an architect, was his leadership of the Commercial Development and Residential Quality Committee, work he did even as he served as President. That committee addresses zoning and building construction activities, and, based on public input, provides guidance to help developers craft projects that would be accepted by neighbors and to Squirrel Hill overall. How did Steve’s participation come about? According to Steve: “I’ve been on the board for about 30 years, beginning soon after starting my own firm in 1985. In my hometown, I was a volunteer fireman and would have continued with that avenue of service here if it were available. Since it wasn’t, and looking for a way

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A big project that came to the fore during Steve’s presidency was a major development that was proposed in 2008. Called “Forward Square” and located at the former Poli’s and movie theater sites, the project called for a six-story hotel, 20 condos on the three other floors, a restaurant similar to Sonoma Grill, several retailers and a two-story water plaza. Parking was also going to be incorporated into the project. Under Steve’s leadership, SHUC held a public meeting which over 200 people attended. Broad support was voiced for the project. In the face of the Great Recession, however, the project was subsequently abandoned. Perhaps Steve’s favorite Coalition related activity was the Bach Beethoven and Brunch series that occurs every Sunday morning during the summer. Steve participated in the series’ 2005 revival, following the inspired lead of Dr. Charles Coffey, a Squirrel Hill dentist. Steve attended the concert almost Photo Courtesy Steven Hawkins every week with his wife, Sue, along with friends, and he would staff the SHUC table that Cityparks kindly sets up for SHUC every week. According to Steve, the best thing about participating with SHUC has been meeting and working with such

great people and to do so on such a worthy endeavor. Steve promises to stay active in the community, and he plans to continue writing the Shady Avenue magazine article at the very least. Thanks very much, and see you in the neighborhood, Steve! ******** In reading about our region’s submittal in response to Amazon’s Headquarters-2 search, I note that one of the ways in which the Pittsburgh region’s proposal is distinguishing itself is to emphasize the equitable distribution of the benefits of economic growth, i.e., how can the entire region benefit from this potentially very large set of investments? Pittsburgh’s bid is said to include strategies to address investments in education, infrastructure and housing affordability — the theme being that “if the future is not for all, it is not for us.” The city believes that it can take advantage of the fact that it is taking steps to address housing affordability and has adopted

“P4 Performance Measures,” to base development decisions on “people, planet, place and performance.” I had previously seen mention of the “P4 measures,” including the fact that such measures may be used to inform decision-making on public investments in development projects. I will be waiting with interest to see how this may impact the various development projects that are proposed in areas such as Downtown, North Shore, Oakland, and the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

At the time of this writing, we are preparing for our annual Neighborhood Meeting and Open House on November 16th at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. For details on what transpired at the meeting, and information on all of the Coalition’s latest events and projects, visit

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Volunteers Turning Passion into Projects By Raymond Baum


bhishikta (Abby) Pal is relatively new to the Squirrel Hill community, but she is quickly making an impact. Abby is originally from Mumbai, India. She moved here in 2015 to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon which she completed in December 2016. Abby is currently the Projects Intern specializing in Design and Planning at the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition. Her work has been valuable since day one. Her initial focus has been to bring some order out of the chaos at the five-point intersection of Murray Avenue, Forward Avenue and Pocusset Street, examining all possible ways of traffic-calming to allow for safe pedestrian crossings. Her concepts and drawings have helped lead everyone toward feasible solutions. Why is she interested in focusing on Squirrel Hill? In Abby’s words: “It’s the mix of everything at Squirrel Hill. From the standpoint of population, land use, culture, amenities, and activities, it’s a most fulfilling neighborhood. “I think my work in Squirrel Hill is really focused on creating a vision for the neighborhood, a place where most students and professionals choose to live because of affordable options and a lively commercial district. There is an abundance of diverse cultures, and it has a very welcoming vibe. Although there are many

places to hang out and have conversations indoors, my vision for the Forward /Murray area is a place which is a great outdoor retreat for the residents, beautiful gateway into the neighborhood and destination for the City of Pittsburgh.”

“There is an abundance of diverse cultures, and it has a very welcoming vibe.”

-Abby Pal

While at CMU, Abby had a chance to work on Transit Oriented Development along the MLK Busway in collaboration with the Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG). Her primary focus was designing a BRT station at Neville Street. She and her teammate proposed a small plaza adjacent to the Neville Street ramp to foster commercial development along Center Avenue. That led to a summer internship at PCRG and looking into design ideas for other MLK Busway stations. We hope Abby continues to focus her talents on our community for a long time to come. Helen Wilson is Squirrel Hill’s reigning historian. Helen has written about Squirrel Hill history in every issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine since she wrote “Squirrel Hill Gems, Connections to the Past—the Mural in the Post Office,” in 2010. Since 2008, she has been an officer or board member of the Squirrel Hill Historical Society, where she edits and writes for the Historical Society’s monthly newsletter. winter 2017 | 11

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familiar faces Helen is editor and author of many of the articles in the Squirrel Hill Historical Society ‘s new book, Squirrel Hill: A Neighborhood History (The History Press) She and her son Todd coauthored Pittsburgh’s Bridges (Arcadia Publishing) in 2015. It contains information about many of Squirrel Hill’s bridges, including the now demolished and replaced Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) bridge. She regularly teaches a CMU Osher course on “The Development of Squirrel Hill—A Journey Through Time and Art.”

“Writing the Squirrel Hill book was a labor of love because there are so many interesting stories about the neighborhood, and we wanted to share them with all 26,000 people who live here. And we’re still making new discoveries!”

-Helen Wilson

In addition to her historical pursuits, Helen volunteers for the Pittsburgh Association of School Retirees,

editing and laying out its newsletter and maintaining its website. Helen also volunteers for Mary S. Brown-Ames Church and Friends of Turner Cemetery, planning and presenting the Turner Cemetery History Walk and other events and publications. Helen has lived in Squirrel Hill since 1978. She was an art teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools (mostly Linden and Frick) and spent ten years writing, editing and illustrating in the Division of Curriculum Development. What does Helen love about Squirrel Hill? “Squirrel Hill’s size, diversity and topography continue to amaze me. It’s the largest and most diverse neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Its topography is a result of the Ice Age, but while it is still a hill, its heights have been dynamited away, its ravines filled in, and its creeks culverted, all of which have drastic effects today. Writing the Squirrel Hill book was a labor of love because there are so many interesting stories about the neighborhood, and we wanted to share them with all 26,000 people who live here. And we’re still making new discoveries!” Look for Helen’s most recent article on page 38 of this issue.

How Can YOU Get Involved? The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a volunteer-driven organization. If you’d like to get involved – whether once in a while or on a regular basis – we’d love to have you working beside us to sustain the qualities that we value most about Squirrel Hill. Tell us a little about yourself and how you’d like to help at

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Celebrating the people & places in Squirrel Hill

Lois Liberman, Raymond Baum, John Katz

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hat a party! On Nov. 2, over 200 friends and supporters of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition came together to mix, mingle and celebrate the Coalition’s 2017 Squirrel Hill Treasures. The Treasure Dinner is the Coalition’s annual effort to raise funds for its ongoing work, funds that support the efforts of dozens of volunteers who are dedicated to preserving, improving and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward.

State Congressional Proclamations for each Treasure from Senator Dan Frankel

The packed house at the Pittsburgh Golf Club enjoyed another high-quality video produced by Charlie Humphrey honoring each of our 2017 Treasures and a special performance by dancers from Maria Caruso’s Bodiography Center for Movement. This was the Coalition’s seventh annual Treasure Dinner honoring people, institutions and places that have made significant and enduring contributions to the vitality and livability of our community. This year’s Treasures were so special and their service to the community so widely respected that the Treasure Dinner tickets were sold out nearly three weeks in advance. Our 2017 Squirrel Hill Treasures are Maria Caruso, John Katz, E.J. Strassburger and The Children’s 14 | Institute of Pittsburgh.

Murray the Squirrel with 2017 Treasures E.J. Strassburger, Maria Caruso, Wendy Ann Pardee of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and John Katz

Councilman Dan Gilman and Senator Jay Costa

Ceci Sommers and E.J. Strassburger

Robert Levin and New Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh CEO Wendy Ann Pardee

The success of the Treasure Dinner followed hard work by Coalition executive director Marian Lien and the Treasure Dinner Committee: Ceci Sommers, Ray Baum, Jim Burnham, Dalia Belinkoff, Debbie Demchak, Barbara Grover, Marshall Hershberg, Eleanor Hershberg, Robert Levin, Cynthia Morelock, Susan Nernberg and Erika Strassburger.

Bill Isler and Michael Shlomo Jacobs

Nancy Johnson, Dan Iddings, Pam Golden

Our very generous 2017 Treasure Dinner sponsors were: Platinum: Levin Furniture Company and Brandywine Agency, Inc. Gold: Debbie Demchak, The Children’s Institute, Vivian & Rocco Didomenico/Rockwel Realty, PNC Foundation, and Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Robert Levin, Diane Katz, John Katz

Silver: Harriet and Ray Baum, Gail and Norman Childs, Helen and Richard Feder, Megan and Rob Glimcher, Keystone Relief Centers, Little’s Shoes, Susan and Richard Nernberg Paul Peffer and Leslie Miller, S&T Bank, Serta Mattress Company, Silk & Stewart Development Company and Jack Benoff-Solara Group The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition thanks everyone who attended, everyone who purchased space in the Treasure Dinner program book and everyone who supports our work and our community.

Councilman Corey O’Connor and Mardi Isler

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News from your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition committees

Organizational Development Committee By Marian Lien

From midnight on November 28th until 11:59pm of December 31st, you can Give Big to SHUC and other participating organizations in this year’s GIVE BIG PITTSBURGH! This online giving initiative hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Foundation was created to support nonprofits doing great work in our community. The new #GiveBigPittsburgh initiative

replaces the Foundation’s #GivingTuesday event. SHUC will join hundreds of nonprofits throughout Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas to work together to raise awareness, collect donations and build a stronger sense of philanthropy throughout Western Pennsylvania. You can find the Coalition’s profile at

Litter Patrol Committee By Rita Botts

Smokers in Squirrel Hill will soon have more places to dispose of their cigarettes. Thanks to a Love Your (Resilient) Block grant from the City of Pittsburgh, as well as generous matching funds from Everyday Noodles, Glickman Real Estate, Jewish Residential Services, and Pamela’s Diner, 12 TerraCycle cigarette butt receptacles will be installed this fall along the Forbes and Murray business district. To learn more about this project or lend financial support, please contact the Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol at

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Shop with SHUC By Britt Reints

Join us to shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Squirrel Hill on Monday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 pm, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition! Shoppers can also enter to win a $50 gift card to Ten Thousand Villages! Come make a dent in your holiday shopping while enjoying free gift wrapping, hot chocolate and cider, all accompanied by holiday music performed by Allderdice High School students. When you buy a gift at Ten Thousand Villages, your purchase can give three times: to the recipient, to the artisan and to the Coalition!

Another Successful Night Market Season September marked the end of the Squirrel Hill Night Markets for the year. Your Coalition was proud to work with community partners, local merchants, sponsors and volunteers to bring this event to our neighborhood streets-and we look forward to doing it again in 2018! Would you like to be a part of bringing events like this to Squirrel Hill? We’d love to have you working beside us to sustain the qualities that we value most about Squirrel Hill. Tell us a little about yourself and how you’d like to help at

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is the season for giving! We’ve rounded up ten gift ideas from local shops right here in Squirrel Hill and the East End. You’ll find everything from the personal and the personalizable to simple gifts for those on your list who’ve got you stumped.

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When shopping for someone else, think about what they love-and what you love about them. Are they a great hostess? Pick up something for their home. Are they the most glamorous person you know? A gift certificate to a local salon is a great fit. Do you envy their creativity? Perhaps they’ll appreciate a handcrafted gift made by another artisan. Whatever purchase, remember that where you shop matters. When you shop at locally owned businesses—and that includes locally owned franchises—more money stays right here in the community. So give big this year, and shop small!

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Mitzvah Day: A Tradition of Service By Gabriel Naccarato and Britt Reints


hile many people will be celebrating Christmas on December 24 and 25 with stocking stuffers and wrapped gifts, hundreds of volunteers across Pittsburgh will also be gathering to continue the tradition of Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah, translated from Hebrew to English, means “good deed” or “acts of loving kindness.” Jewish synagogues and organizations around the world plan mitzvah events as a way to encourage people to make time to take action in service of others. In Pittsburgh, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh hosts its annual event on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center works for months enlisting organizations in need of assistance and identifying specific volunteer opportunities for each site. Last year, those efforts culminated

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in over 1200 volunteers serving at 115 sites during the two-day event. This year will mark the 17th annual Mitzvah Day for the Federation. To participate in this year’s Mitzvah Day, head to, where you’ll be able to choose the day, time and place to volunteer. Most shifts are about two hours long, and opportunities are available for volunteers of all ages. You can

register for a solo shift or sign up to serve with friends and family. The 100+ sites participating this year are located all over Western Pennsylvania and address a wide variety of community needs. Although the concept of Mitzvah is rooted in Judaism, you do not need to be Jewish to participate in Mitzvah Day. All of the volunteer opportunities are secular in nature, and everyone is welcome to serve.

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The Science of Gratitude By Kimberly McElhatten


ay thank you!” It’s a reminder passed on from parent to child for generations every time a gift is given. It’s a habit ingrained in the hopes of teaching good manners, but science shows that showing gratitude can have many benefits that go beyond politeness.

group 1 were asked to list their blessings while those in group 2 and group 3 were asked to list their daily activities and grievances, respectively. Participants in group 1 reported increased optimism, better sleep, more time spent exercising, fewer physical ailments and an improved sense of connectedness.

Research into the science of gratitude began nearly 20 years ago with the work of psychologist Dr. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading expert on gratitude. This early research demonstrated a relationship between gratitude and its positive health benefits. In the years since, numerous studies have continued to deepen our understanding of the link between gratitude and well being. Recently, two studies identified how gratitude changes our brains.

Dr. Robert Emmons explains that gratitude is good because “We recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves...We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”

In 2003, Dr. Emmons’ first study on gratitude divided participants into three groups. For 21 days, those in

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This summer, Dr. Glenn R. Fox of the University of Southern California released a study identifying which parts of the brain experience gratitude. Fox and his research team collected stories of Holocaust survivors who received life saving help from strangers, and then asked people to read and imagine themselves in these stories as the recipients of help. Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) images showed vigorous activity in the reward center of the brain where stress, sensory information and social experience are processed. Fox theorized that gratitude activates the reward center of the brain and produces positive health benefits by reducing stress and releasing oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. The conclusions of this study were validated by a separate study sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center. Researchers recruited 300 students seeking mental health counseling. Participants were divided into three groups and provided therapy for three weeks. Participants in group 1 were asked to write one letter of gratitude to another person each week, participants in group 2 were asked to write about negative experiences and those in group 3 did not complete a writing activity. When researchers analyzed the letters, they noticed that people who used fewer negative words reported significantly better mental health. Only 23% of participants actually sent their letters, indicating that the simple act of writing about gratitude led to positive health benefits. We often pause during the holiday season to count our blessings and give thanks. Doing so has lasting effects on our health and relationships. And, it may give us the greatest gift of all: a happier, healthier life. winter 2017 | 27

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olorful ceramic butterflies are attached to mosaics and hang from quilts on the wall, exhibit hangers and even from the ceiling. The 750 butterflies, each painted in memory of children lost in the Holocaust, are part of a movement, started in San Diego, to paint 1.5 million butterflies in memory of the 1.5 million children lost to the genocide. The inspiration to paint the butterflies came from a poem by Pavel Friedmann, who was imprisoned in Theresienstadt, in the Czech Republic, when he wrote “The Butterfly” about a yellow butterfly. “The very last,” he said. Lauren Bairnsfather, the director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, said people from all over the city had contributed to the exhibit. Students at Franklin Regional School in Murrysville and at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill painted butterflies, as did the Hazelwood chess club. People at the Latino Family Center in Hazelwood also painted butterflies with Mayor Bill Peduto. 28 |

When Bairnsfather asked a group of students what the butterfly in the poem symbolized, one boy raised his hand and said, “It means ‘hope’.” Bairnsfather said, “I wish I could take that kid everywhere.” So far 872 butterflies have been painted in Pittsburgh as part of the effort. The displays for the butterflies were designed by local artists. Louise Silk made the quilts on which she hung butterflies by tying them with red ribbon such as is often tied to cribs in Jewish homes to ward off misfortune. There was also a four-panel mosaic. On three panels the painted butterflies are behind wire, to symbolize the camps, with other butterflies on the outside. The fourth panel is a mosaic of butterflies on ceramic symbols of the camps. Those butterflies were painted by 26 local survivors of the Holocaust and they surround a panel with the poem as the centerpiece. The opening of the exhibit on Sunday, Sept. 17 featured a talk by Hana Kovanic of Squirrel Hill, who

squirrel hill feature was 11 years old when she, her mother and her brother were released from Theresienstadt, the camp that had held artists and writers, and where 90 percent of the 15,000 children perished, Bairnsfather said. Kovanic described being allowed to remain with her mother in the camp, which was famous for being cleaned up by the Nazis for a Red Cross visit during which the Nazis fed the prisoners well and convinced the Red Cross monitors that they were not committing genocide. The Red Cross was fooled by the effort.

U.S. in 1948. And once they did, Kovanic said about her mother “every second word from her mouth would be ‘God bless America.’” This article originally appeared in Print, Pittsburgh’s East End weekly newspaper. You can subscribe at or pick up the latest copy at your local newsstand.

Kovanic’s family’s initial internment had been in a labor camp because her father was a carpenter. They were there about two years before escaping during an inmate uprising. The family was later discovered on a train when another escapee was identified by the Nazis because she had a coat made with fabric issued in the camps. Kovanic’s father and older brother were sent to Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp in Germany, but Kovanic, her mother and other brother were taken to Auschwitz. However, the three were allowed to remain on the train upon its arrival at Auschwitz and were taken instead to Theresienstadt, where they remained until the camp was liberated by the Russians. After liberation, Kovanic’s mother returned to Slovenia with the two younger children, hoping to find her husband and son. She was told by an uncle that they had not survived a death march. Kovanic was in school when her mother came to get her one day—a truck driver had sought her mother out to tell her that Kovanic’s father and brother were alive. Her father had returned to Slovakia to try to get the family’s house back. “He was told by the mayor, ‘Do you think, now that we got rid of all the Jews, that we are going to bring the Jews back here?’” It took three years, but the family left Europe for the

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JCC Speaks with Art and Music On Thursday, Dec. 14, the JCC will host Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin: Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco, a concert celebrating Man Dee’s and Berlin’s commitment to making our world a better place. The performance will feature a collaboration of jazz, rock, gospel, poetry, dance, hip hop and disco with special guests Pastor Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale, Ezra Smith and Christina Springer, Johnny Creed Coe, SunBear Coe and Miguel Sague Jr. They’ll perform original and legendary songs including “I Will Survive”, “Staying Alive”, “I Can’t Breathe”, “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” and many more. The program is being held in conjunction with the JCC’s American Jewish Museum’s Out of Many: Stories of Migration, a photography exhibit that highlights the role that immigration and migration

Beacon Corner Gets an Upgrade There’s a new place to sit and meet with neighbors in Squirrel Hill. The new plaza sits at Beacon and Murray and includes concrete tables with imbedded chess boards, cement toad stool seating, water fountains for people and dogs, a bike pump and three tree pits with Hornbeams surrounded by wooden seating. A tree lawn along Beacon is planted with spring flowering cherries, and tree lilacs will be added in the spring. The plaza was developed by Squirrel Hill resident and 2017 Treasure, John Katz of Brandywine Agency.

have played in the formation of our identity and culture and in sustaining our economy. Working to redefine the term neighbor from a geographic term to a moral concept, Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco and Out of Many: Stories of Migration express artistically the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement program mission to strengthen the fabric of community by amplifying the long held values of “love your neighbor as yourself” and “do not stand idle while your neighbor bleeds”. More information about these projects can be found at

Dice Seniors Present Research Findings at Pitt

Seniors Adam Moritz and Beatrice Milnes were selected to present research results at Pitt Science 2017. Adam was also invited by the American Medical Informatics Association to present his research in Washington DC this November. Adam and Beatrice did their research through the UPCI summer internship program for high school students.

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Assistant Principal and Social Worker Join the Staff at Minadeo By Jody Handley

The 2017 school year brought new faces to the halls of Minadeo Elementary; new assistant vice-principal Kathleen Accamando and social worker John O’Connell have joined the administrative staff. Ms. Accamando served as an assistant principal at Westinghouse Academy—working mostly with middle school students—and said she’s pleased to be serving the younger students at Minadeo. “I teach behavior expectations at the school and on school buses, and I’m also working with teachers on the PBIS model,” she said, referring to the districtwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports model. “When a student gets recognized for Minadeo pride, they get a prize—and that includes being polite, helping classmates, or showing kindness. When you encourage all the kids, the kids who need the most help see that and are encouraged to concentrate on positive behavioral changes.” The PBIS model has been in place for several years at Minadeo and includes the school store, which is still going strong. In addition to using “Minadeo dollars” for school supplies and other items, students can purchase experiences, such as an hour playing Legos or learning dancing from a volunteer parent. “Kids want to make good choices, and they just want help doing it,” Ms. Accamando said.

A few doors away from Ms. Accamando’s office is the new home of John O’Connell, Minadeo’s new social worker. He started out in Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Student Achievement Center and served as a social worker at Mifflin and Faison before joining PPS’ central office as the Director of Student Support. He led the district’s bullying and harassment prevention team and the district comprehensive guidance plan before realizing he wanted to be in the local schools again. “I was out of schools for three years, and I missed working with kids and families,” he said. “When I found out Mrs. Kline had retired, I put in a request to come to Minadeo.” The role of a school social worker is broad. It encompasses everything from the development of special education and gifted plans to offering behavior and emotional support. Mr. O’Connell is also charged with offering mediation between students, supporting increased student attendance and assisting teachers with implementing restorative practices in the classrooms. “We’re working to make it a safe environment where everyone feels that we’re looking out for them,” Mr. O’Connell said. “It also needs to be equitable, where all students’ needs are being served. We want everyone to feel included and like they belong here.” “I’m real happy to be here,” he said, smiling. “It’s a good move I made.”

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Community Day School Opens Outdoor Classroom By Jennifer Bails

The 2017-2018 academic year kicked off with exciting changes at Community Day School, including the grand opening of a new outdoor classroom (“Mirpeset”). With tree-stump seating, gardening tools and other learning resources, the space is being used to strengthen children’s connections to their natural environment. This fall, CDS welcomed Emily Wittenstein in the role of Learning Innovation Coach. Wittenstein is implementing new STEM opportunities, supporting 21st-century teaching practices and building collaborations with community partners for authentic learning. The school proudly hosted nearly 200 Middle School students in October for the 2017 Pennsylvania

Association of Student Councils District #3 Middle Level Mini-Conference. The theme was “Putting the ‘Trophy’ in Catastrophe: Last-Minute ProblemSolving,” and former U.S. Senate candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman delivered the keynote address.

Colfax Welcomes Students with Renovations and Events By Leslie Grodin

Colfax is off to a great year! The students came back to some physical changes at the school, including renovated student restrooms, three additional classrooms, a relocated library and art room and an updated media and science room. On Aug. 30, Colfax hosted its annual back- to-school night, giving parents the opportunity to meet the teachers and take a tour of the updated building. Fall events included a Kindergarten-to-2nd-grade playdate at Blue Slide Park and the always popular pot-luck Fiesta, where families have a meal together and share foods from different cultures.

Student athletes worked hard on the cross-country and flag football teams. There are many clubs and activities underway: the chess club is meeting during lunch and after school to work on their strategies, the Challenge 24 club is practicing their math skills, a movie night is planned for the end of the month and the Middle Level is organizing a dance. The school’s beautiful garden is looking lush under the watchful eye of Farmer Tacumba Turner. The children are looking forward to learning about the plants, harvesting the vegetables and enjoying the bounty. winter 2017 | 33

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The Allderdice football team claimed the City-League Championship for the first time in 50 years in a 35-7 victory against Brashear.

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Congratulations to the cross country varsity boys & girls teams on their City Championship! This was the 21st consecutive title for the boys and 17th for the girls team. The JV teams also finished in 1st place.

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The girls soccer team completed their season 10-5-1 and Photo Pittsburgh Public Schools earned a playoff bid. Girls tennis participated in the WPIAL section 3 singles tennis tournament and doubles championships. The Allderdice crew rowed in three regattas this fall, with every member winning at least one medal.

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On the Dice stage, All in the Timing ran Nov. 16 -19, and the annual Broadway Cabaret begins Dec. 12. Congrats to the Allderdice Quiz Bowl team on attending Solon invitational National Academic Quiz Tournament on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017 in Ohio. Allderdice finished second and qualified for the 2018 High School National Tournament Championship. Get the latest Dragon news from The Foreword, now online at

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh Celebrates with Chesed By Alix Cramer

Fall is always a busy time at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh. Students of the Fayth Aronson Berkowitz Girls High School of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh learned about the Jewish High Holidays and helped others celebrate them as well. They participated in special Chesed activities (acts of charity or kindness) like packing boxes at Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, baking for the school’s Tomchei Shabbos program

and visiting residents at Weinberg Village. Chesed activities are particularly special to the students since the Girls High School is named in memory of Fayth Aronson-Berkowitz, who was an alumna of Hillel and very passionate about doing charity work. The Middle School Girls also participated in their own Chesed activity and decorated the sukkah at Weinberg Terrace. winter 2017 | 35

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New East End Bakery and Cafe Coming Soon! A new bakery and cafe is coming soon to the East End. Great Harvest will open December at 6401 Penn Avenue in the Trader Joe’s plaza. Love the idea of homemade but don’t have the time (or talent) for it? You’re in luck: Great Harvest will offer made-from-scratch breads, brownies, muffins, cookies, scones and more, and their whole grain breads will be made with the flour they mill in-house. You may be able to pick up a few tips watching the pros at work at the kneading tables visible to the public. Of course, man cannot live on bread alone. Great Harvest will also offer a lunch menu with handcrafted

sandwiches, salads, grain bowls and soups. Bring your co-workers in for lunch in the dining area, or take advantage of their catering services for events back at the office. While you’re placing your order, you can feel good knowing that you’re supporting a business that earned the Gold Plate distinction from Sustainable Restaurants Pittsburgh. That’s good news for you and the environment. winter 2017 | 37

Gratitude Cast in Bronze By Helen Wilson


eople thank each other through words, cards, flowers or gifts, but sometimes gratitude appears on a more monumental scale; elaborate memorials cast in bronze or carved in stone are found throughout Squirrel Hill in synagogues, churches, schools, parks and cemeteries. Many of them are located in Schenley Park. One of the grandest is the George Westinghouse Memorial on West Circuit Road. Westinghouse, one of Pittsburgh’s most famous inventors and industrialists, died in 1914. He was popular with his employees, and almost 60,000 of them made small contributions to pay for his $300,000 bronze and black Norwegian granite memorial. Many thousands of those employees attended the dedication ceremony, held in October 1930. It was broadcast by KDKA radio, and President Herbert Hoover wrote a letter for the occasion expressing gratitude for the contributions Westinghouse made to American life through his inventions and industrial institutions.

The architects of the elaborate memorial were Henry Hornbostel and Eric Fisher Wood. Hornbostel also designed many of the first buildings of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), as well as Rodef Shalom, Soldiers and Sailor’s Memorial, Pittsburgh City-County Building 38 |

and many others. The bronze memorial, originally covered in gold leaf, has been beautifully restored (but without most of the gold leaf), as has the lily pond that reflects it.

A reflection of a different kind resides a bit farther up West Circuit Road, so obscure it’s easy to miss. An unadorned white concrete monolith with a small bronze plaque in the center is the marker for the memorial grove of trees dedicated in 1920 to the men of Allegheny County who fought in World War I. “LEST WE FORGET” is carved at the bottom of the plaque, but the phrase belies the fact that the onceimposing grove beside it is now sadly overgrown and almost forgotten. In spite of the varying conditions of the old trees, one can still discern the deliberate grid of the original plantings. Small stone markers with bronze plaques lie at the base of many of the trees, with the name of a soldier and his regiment on each. Not far away, the monument to Colonel Alexander Leroy Hawkins by sculptor William Couper is hidden in plain sight. It is at the bottom of the ramp from the Boulevard of the Allies to the Panther Hollow bridge, but it sits behind some trees on a low hillock right where drivers need to watch oncoming traffic rather than glance at the monument. Col. Hawkins served in the Spanish American War and died of battle wounds on his trip back from the Philippines. The monument is a testament to the affection his troops had for their

squirrel hill history colonel. A crowd of twenty thousand, including five thousand soldiers, attended the dedication ceremony in 1904. On the grounds of Phipps Conservatory across from the Schenley Park Visitor’s Center is a graceful bronze statue of a woman in flowing classical garb, holding a flaming torch aloft in a pose similar to the Statue of Liberty. She is Hygeia, goddess of health, cleanliness, and sanitation. On her pedestal is carved, “This monument in honor of four hundred fifty members of the Allegheny County Medical Society who served in the World War 1914-1918 is presented and affectionately dedicated by their colleagues.” The statue was carved in 1922 by Giuseppe Moretti, who also created the bronze panthers that prowl on the Panther Hollow Bridge pylons. In the middle of the traffic island by Phipps Conservatory is a statue of Edward Manning Bigelow. This was the first monument erected in Schenley Park because Bigelow was the reason the park came into existence; he persuaded Mary Schenley to donate the land to the city. He was the first Director of Public Works and became known as “Father of the Parks,” because he was responsible for creating Highland Park as well as Schenley Park. When his monument by Giuseppe Moretti was dedicated in 1895, a reporter wrote that twenty-four acres of people attended. Last year, a small monument appeared across from Phipps Conservatory on Flagstaff Hill. It is not new. It was rescued from the obscurity of the woods near the Westinghouse Memorial. It is the Flag Monument, designed by Harvey Schwab, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American flag in 1927.

The bronze plaque under the representation of the flag has this rather curious inscription: “Erected by the penny contributions of one hundred and eighty eight thousand one hundred sixty three school children of Allegheny County through the Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph under the auspices of the American Flag Day Association.” All the contributors’ names were placed in a box inside the monument. Not all the large memorials in Squirrel Hill are located in Schenley Park. At Pittsburgh Minadeo School on Lilac Street, a bronze plaque on the wall outside the auditorium commemorates the young man for whom the school is named: John Minadeo, a fifteen-year-old crossing guard captain at Gladstone School in Hazelwood who heroically pushed students out of the path of an out-of-control car careening down Hazelwood Avenue. He and another student were killed. His bravery led a grateful community to grant him one of the largest monuments in Squirrel Hill: a school building. Author’s note: I would like to express my gratitude to Marilyn Evert, author of Discovering Pittsburgh’s Sculpture, for writing such a wonderfully detailed and comprehensive survey of the sculptures in Pittsburgh. Her research was the basis for much of the information in this article. Anyone interested in learning more about Squirrel Hill history is invited to attend the meetings of the Squirrel Hill Historical Society, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave. Go to to view upcoming lectures and events. winter 2017 | 39

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s the holiday season comes upon us, we tend to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and losses, our own and our loved ones’ journeys and being thankful for the life we live. Of course, expressing this sort of gratitude should be maintained year-round, but there are certainly special feelings that develop at this time of year. Whether it is something small, when helping Grandma cook, or a bigger venture, like donating to children in need, the gratefulness we experience through our actions and with others provide memorable experiences.

elements - as Mercury is known as element 80. The second essay, “My Own Life,” focuses on the revelation of how it feels to know illness has struck with guidance from philosopher David Hume. The third essay, in which a fondness for elements parallels with the first essay, is Sacks’ conversation on how physical science and his life have always been intertwined in “My Periodic Table.” Finally, when thinking about “Sabbath,” Sacks talks about his Orthodox Jewish upbringing, his breaking away from religion, and how the day of Sabbath resonates strongly within him up before his death.

Oliver Sacks, a neurologist famous for his writings on strange neurological conditions, compiled together four essays in a small book entitled Gratitude. Written after he discovered the melanoma in his eye metastasized into his liver and became incurable, Sacks contemplates on a long life well-lived and the importance of cherishing life. In the first essay, “Mercury,” Sacks talks about how it feels to be approaching the age of eighty through the use of

Gratitude is not just being thankful to others – it is also about thanking yourself for being strong, for being good, and for being you. Oliver Sacks lived a long, eventful life and he took the time to cherish the aspects most meaningful to him right up to his death in August 2015. He considered his family, his friends, his work, and his life – all of which are strung together in a lovely prose by an individual at peace with his gratitude.

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Holiday buffet expertly prepared by chefs at CafĂŠ Phipps. Admission to Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic! is included in the price. $58 for adults, $35 for children under 12. Make your R.S.V.P. by calling 412-651-5281.

Full Moon Hike Dec 4, 8-9pm

Join Parks Conservancy naturalists for a free evening hike through Frick Park during the full moon! Registration is required for this event.

Shop with SHUC Dec. 5, 6 to 8 pm Ten Thousand Villages, 5820 Forbes Ave.

Come make a dent in your holiday shopping while enjoying free gift wrapping, hot chocolate and cider. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to your Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition.

Cool Yule Family Day at The Frick Dec. 9, 10am-2pm All ages. Free activities, including stories, interactive tours, and holiday art-making.

Skate with Santa Dec. 11, 1:30-3:30pm Schenley Park Skating Rink

Bring along the kids and the camera to capture these holiday memories. This event includes great music, refreshments and the chance to skate outdoors in beautiful Schenley Park. Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00, Skate Rentals $3.00

Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco Dec. 17, 7pm JCC Katz Theater, 5738 Darlington Road A musical collaboration with special guests: Pastor Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale, Ezra Smith, Christina Springer, Johnny Creed Coe, SunBear Coe and Miguel Sague Jr.

Chatham Baroque: A Jubilant Season Dec. 17, 2:30-4:30pm Campbell Memorial Chapel, 5799 W. Woodland Rd.

The French Canadian soprano, Pascale Beaudin shares a joyful program of holiday favorites, including J. S. Bach’s exuberant cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen for soprano, baroque trumpet & strings. $10-$35

Mascot Skate Jan. 6, 1:30-3:30pm Schenley Park Skating Rink

Skate with some of your favorite Pittsburgh area mascots at the Schenley Park Skating Rink! Adults $5.00, Kids $3.00, Skate Rentals $3.00

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'Tis the Season for Gratitude! Mitzvah Day, the Science of Gratitude, and the Squirrel Hill Gift Guide.

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'Tis the Season for Gratitude! Mitzvah Day, the Science of Gratitude, and the Squirrel Hill Gift Guide.