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Well-being in Transition By Elizabeth Waickman
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From the Editor Now that spring is finally here, many of you are ready to get out and explore all that Squirrel Hill has to offer! We thought this was the perfect time to think about different aspects of well-being, and in this issue we present stories about individuals and organizations helping to create well-being in our neighborhood. We hope this issue inspires you to think about your own sense of well-being and the resources available to maintain and improve it, all without going far from home! Please send comments and suggestions for future issues to Adrienne Block at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in advertising, please email Carolyn Jones, our ad sales coordinator, at email@example.com or call her at 412-223-7584. Advertisers can now pay with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
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SQUIRREL HILL URBAN COALITION OFFICERS: Raymond N. Baum, President Richard Feder, Vice President Lori Fitzgerald, Vice President Ceci Sommers, Vice President Francine D. Abraham, Secretary Chris Zurawsky, Assistant Secretary Peter Stumpp, Treasurer James Burnham, Assistant Treasurer Steven Hawkins, Immediate Past President BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Francine D. Abraham, Raymond N. Baum, James Burnham, Norman Childs, Vivian Didomenico, Andy Dlinn, Richard Feder, Lori Fitzgerald, Ed Goldfarb, Barbara Grover, Steven Hawkins, Michael D. Henderson, Karen Hochberg, Lois Liberman, Cynthia Morelock, Gregg Roman, Tracy Royston, Ceci Sommers, Sidney Stark (Director Emeritus), Peter Stumpp, Erik Wagner, Roger Westman, Chris Zurawsky Richard St. John, Executive Director
Our Mission The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is a non-profit community organization dedicated to preserving, improving and celebrating the quality of life in the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. Volunteer-supported standing committees provide leadership to our community by studying, debating, and advocating positions on issues affecting our neighborhood’s vitality. Our mission is implemented through a long range planning process, which fosters community-based initiatives in the areas of education, public safety, transportation, parks and open spaces, and commercial, institutional and residential development.
MAGAZINE STAFF: Adrienne Block, Editor Carolyn Jones, Advertising Sales Coordinator Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Intern CONTRIBUTORS: Lindsey Albracht, Raymond N. Baum, Adrienne Block, Kathy Degler, Frank Izaguirre, Teresa Phipps Lane, Bob Madden, Tom Petrone, Meghan Poisson-DeWitt, Paul Sabella, Barbara Shema, Elizabeth Waickman, Helen Wilson DESIGN & PRINT: Patricia Tsagaris, Pinkhaus Design, Creative Director Knepper Press, Printer Printed with soy inks and 100% wind energy!
Squirrel Hill Magazine, Vol. 12, Issue 2, is published through the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, 5604 Solway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Please direct any questions or comments to SHUC by calling 412.422.7666 or emailing email@example.com. To inquire about advertising, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please support our advertisers—their ads solely finance this magazine! Reserve your space today for the Summer 2014 issue!
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Trees and Well-being By Raymond N. Baum, President, Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition email@example.com
elcome to the Well-being Issue of Squirrel Hill Magazine. The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition has long supported the care, maintenance and expansion of the 14th Ward’s tree canopy in our parks, on our lawns, and increasingly on our streets. I think we all grew up simply assuming that trees are vital to our community and our well-being. In researching this, I found the evidence supporting the health and community benefits of trees is simply overwhelming. Our trees: n Increase public safety and defensible space in every type of neighborhood by creating environments that invite people to be out and about and by creating social spaces. n Promote exercise by providing attractive and comfortable places to walk, run, bike and play. n Reduce stress on people and the environment, and reduce the incidence of asthma among urban children. n Substantially improve air quality by absorbing ozone, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, while producing oxygen. n Absorb stormwater, thus relieving our overburdened stormwater systems, protecting our homes and businesses from stormwater infiltration and storm and sewage line back-ups, and protecting our parks and subterranean hydro systems from silt and toxins. n Stabilize soil and reduce water erosion. n Provide habitat for birds and other essential wildlife. n Reduce radiational heating and ambient temperatures in the summer months by providing shade and by evaporating water through their leaves. It’s always cooler where there are trees. n Increase business in commercial areas and draw customers from wider geographic areas by making business districts more attractive, comfortable and inviting. n Reduce energy use by shading buildings in hot months and buffering the wind in the cold. n Reduce damage to buildings, sidewalks, driveways and streets by protecting them from direct sun, heat and wind. n Increase property values by making neighborhoods and shopping districts more attractive. Of course, we also hear about the problems trees can cause. Some people say that: Tree roots damage sidewalks, interfere with power and other utility lines, drop leaves in the park and can be messy. Trees block business signage and interfere with opening car doors in business districts.Trees cost money to plant and to maintain. Tree pits in shopping areas can cause tripping hazards.
Each of these challenges can be easily dealt with by choosing the right variety of trees for the location, using trees that have root systems compatible with the location, locating trees strategically, choosing a wide variety of trees to avoid diseases and pests wiping out a large number of trees at one time, and designing tree pits and tree guards to avoid hazards. The fact is that trees increase health, community and property values by much more than what they cost to purchase, install and maintain. Even studies of the problems trees can cause with power lines find the solution is better tree selection rather than fewer trees. Frick, Schenley and Mellon Parks, and our lawn and street trees have suffered from a wide range of diseases and pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle, Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer, oak wilt and gypsy moths.While the damage has been quite significant, we are fortunate to have a large stock and a wide variety of trees.We also appreciate the contributions that the City of Pittsburgh, Friends of the Riverfront, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Penn State Extension, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy,Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (TreeVitalize Pittsburgh), along with many other community organizations have made in preserving, maintaining and expanding our urban canopy. In response to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Urban Forest Committee’s and its partners’ actions a few years ago: n Tree Pittsburgh has trained over 70 Squirrel Hill residents as tree
tenders to take care of newly planted trees and qualifying us for free trees through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s TreeVitalize program, resulting in the planting of over 150 new street trees to date. n The City modified its tree ordinance to allow property owners to, in effect, appeal the City’s determination that a tree is in such bad condition that it must be removed. n The City purchased a resistograph, which allows it to accurately determine whether a tree is so weak or diseased that it must be removed. n Duquesne Light Company has modified its tree pruning practices, often resulting in the replacement of old trees with new trees that are more appropriate to be placed under power lines. If you would like a street tree to be planted in front of your house or if you would like to become a volunteer in this effort, please contact Gary Crouth, the co-chair of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Urban Forest Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Substantial additional information and the online articles that were the sources of most of the information provided above can be found at our website, www.shuc.org. The Tree Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan can be found at http://treepittsburgh.org/urban-forest-master-plan. ☯ The Well-being Issue PAGE3
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Squirrel Hillbillies Release Second CD The Squirrel Hillbillies will be celebrating the release of their second CD of original acoustic folk, country and blues on Sunday, March 30, from PAGE6 The Well-being Issue
2-4 pm at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill. Duo members Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth—who sing and play guitar, mandolin, ukulele and percussion—will be accompanied by special guest Jason Rafalak on upright bass.This special musical event is free and open to the public. Copies of the new CD Goody Shoes, along with the Squirrel Hillbillies’ debut CD (self-titled, 2012), are available locally at Acoustic Music Works and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and online through CD Baby,Amazon and iTunes. The duo will be performing some of their new songs live on the Saturday Light Brigade (WRCT 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh), acousticSongsLIVE (WNJR 91.7 FM in Washington, PA), Modern Troubadours (WIUP 90.1 FM in Indiana, PA), and the Blue Plate Special (WDVX 89.9 in Knoxville,TN). Other upcoming gigs include a Calliope “Emerging Legends” concert at Pitt’s Hillman Library at noon on Thursday,April 5, appearances at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival (May 14-18), and a tour of the UK this summer. For more information: www.squirrelhillbillies.com
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Iceberg, the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot, is no longer the only penguin in town. Pittsburgh Minadeo has adopted JiJi, the beloved penguin of STMath software games. Creator Dr. Matthew Peterson developed the program based on teaching math visually first, without the use of language, numbers or symbols, to create solid conceptual understanding. Based on research conducted at the University of California, Irvine, this Spatial-Temporal Mathematics program has been tested in various schools across the country with great results. With over 800 games to choose from, during the course of a grade level students will solve over 4,000 problems playing over 120 games. It offers a complement to classroom instruction, self-paced learning, instructive feedback and datadriven reports.The majority of Minadeo students love this highly engaging and challenging program. Minadeo is so excited to be offering this state of the art research-based program for math instruction. The next time you see a penguin around Pittsburgh, you may need to look twice. Just recently, JiJi came to visit Minadeo during Community Time to cheer on and inspire Minadeo students. While our students love the Pittsburgh Penguins, JiJi is winning their hearts and minds.
Colfax students from Ms. Murdock’s sixth and seventh grade enrichment class proudly display their copies of Squirrel Hill Magazine’s Visions for the Future Issue (Winter 2014). These talented students created the artwork we used for the issue’s cover and throughout its pages. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration, and we thank Colfax’s staff and students for their enthusiasm and wonderful work! You can still view the issue at www.squirrelhillmagazine.net by clicking on the Back Issues button.
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Updates from SHUCʼs Education Committee The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is committed to keeping our neighborhood’s schools strong. SHUC’s Education Committee took part in two important meetings in March, right as we were preparing to go to press. In early March, SHUC’s Education Committee met with area public school principals with the goal of opening communication channels between SHUC and the principals and Parent School Community Councils. SHUC would like to better understand the schools’ goals and challenges, and how we might help address their needs, including through continued coverage of school news in Squirrel Hill Magazine. On March 17, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh cosponsored “The State of the Pittsburgh Public Schools: Whole Child / Whole Community Dialogue.” The event included speakers Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Errika Fearbry Jones, special assistant to the superintendent. The program also featured discussion sessions on the topics of “Investing in People,”“Investing in Student Performance” and “Living within Our Budget,” each led by the District’s experts in those areas. The event was created in order to seek community input on the newly developed Whole Child / Whole Community plan. Details about the continuing work of SHUC’s Education Committee will be forthcoming in future issues of Squirrel Hill Magazine!
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Finding Well-being in Times of Transition By Elizabeth Waickman
hen Sheri Minkoff went through a divorce in 1998, she went from being a financially secure stay-at-home mother to a single parent desperately looking for a way to support herself and her young son—in a matter of days. She knew immediately that she needed help, and she turned to Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) for support. “I had to go back into the workforce. I had given up my career to stay home and raise my son, and had to now find work and resurrect a career,” Minkoff said.“I had some part-time jobs and consulting jobs but kept getting laid off. I was constantly in transition, and all through this, I’ve used JF&CS resources on and off over the past 15 years.” From an unexpected layoff to a serious illness or the death of spouse, life transitions are disruptive and oftentimes traumatic events that can have a trickle-down effect on the ability to maintain overall stability and security.They can also wreak havoc on emotional, physical and financial well-being. “Life transitions are inevitable—both those that are uplifting and joyful, and those that are painful and challenging. Learning how to navigate the demands of change is an important part of our journey,” said Wendy Levin-Shaw, LSW, a psychotherapist with Squirrel Hill Psychological Services.“Utilizing the multitude of resources available in the community and learning to take care of yourself during the process are critical steps to managing the disruption to your everyday life.” A life transition can be overwhelming, and Levin-Shaw advises taking a patient approach to effectively manage the situation. "It is often hard to know how to best respond to an event that seems overwhelming.A trusted person may be able to listen carefully to our thoughts and feelings and help us clarify our options and preferences,”Levin-Shaw said.“It’s okay to seek help when you feel stuck, and it’s also important to recognize that it takes time to work through a transition of any kind, no matter the severity.”
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The Center for Women provides workshops and programs for women going through life transitions, with the goal of helping them achieve economic independence, financial literacy and self-sufficiency. Photo courtesy of the Center for Women.
Serving those in the midst of life transitions is core to the mission of JF&CS, which provides comprehensive services that include food assistance, career services, counseling, critical needs support and more. Additionally, the new Squirrel Hill-based Center for Women, a joint initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Women’s Foundation, provides programming that specifically addresses the needs of women in transition, with the goal of economic independence and self-sufficiency.The two organizations also partner to act as referral sources for clients, and provide joint workshops through the funding support of the United Way of Allegheny County’s United for Women fund. “We’re a stepping stone to self-sufficiency for women in our community,” said Becky Abrams, director of the Center for Women.“The Center for Women was started to help women in our community through transitions.That could include women who have become heads-of-households, are recently divorced, separated, widowed, returning to the workforce—any number of areas that have disrupted her previously stable and secure life.” Additionally, JF&CS and the Center for Women both offer support that extends beyond tangible programs and resources to help clients address their emotional needs. “Not everyone has the support system, skills or know-how to get through a transition on their own.There’s a tremendous value in connecting a human touch to the services we offer,”Abrams said.“That’s why we offer a mentorship program, which pairs our clients with professional and experienced women in the community who can act as a support system and resource for a woman in transition.” Minkoff recognizes the tremendous personal support she’s received at JF&CS and the Center for Women. “Every time you lose a job or go through a divorce, you lose a support system,” she said.“JF&CS’s Career Development Center and the Center for Women provide a sense of comfort.They make you feel like you’re not alone.” Presently, Minkoff considers her life an “ongoing transition” as she searches for full-time work and puts her son through college. She encourages others who are struggling to reach out for support and services in the community, and she is finding a way to give back as a volunteer and part-time staff member at the Center for Women. “The reason this is so important to me is because of what I went through,” she said. “Even when I’m going through this ongoing transition, helping someone else in a similar situation helps me get through the day.” ☯ To learn more about how JF&CS helps individuals in times of life transition, visit www.jfcspgh.org or call 412-422-7200. For more information about programs and support available at the Center for Women, visit www.cfwpgh.org or call 412-421-4400.
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Tea with Margaret By Adrienne Block
As we sit down to talk, Margaret Harris, owner of Margaret’s Fine Imports on Forbes Avenue, creates an impromptu gongfu-style tea ceremony, a tradition that originated in China which is dedicated to the enjoyment of tea. Indian music plays in the background, and Margaret brings out a plate of cookies and biscuits from various European countries. This mix of cultural influences is representative of her store, which sells teas and tea accessories, along with sweets and other specialty items, from around the world. Margaret explains that a tea tasting ceremony is all about appreciating the qualities of the tea.“This should be nice and tranquil, and hopefully in a quiet spot,” she says. Before the hot water is poured, it is important to look at the leaves and enjoy them visually.Then the aroma of the leaves should be taken in. When it is time to pour the water, it’s important that it be the proper temperature, and that the leaves steep for the appropriate amount of time, which depends on the type of tea being brewed. Margaret steeps the tea in a colorful lidded porcelain cup called a gaiwan.After a couple of minutes, she decants the brew into another cup, and its color and clarity are examined. To fully enjoy the taste, Margaret recommends inhaling the aroma while taking a slurping sip, then exhaling with the mouth closed. Originally from Poland, Margaret came to the Pittsburgh area about 15 years ago.“Being an immigrant, coming from another country, I had to totally turn 180 degrees and become something else,” she says.When she left Poland, she was a young physician barely out of medical school but she says she “always had the entrepreneur bug in me.”Although Margaret chose not to continue as a physician after she came to the US, instead deciding to venture into the business world, her medical background can be helpful in understanding the wellness benefits of tea and explaining them to her customers. After owning several different shops, starting with a consignment store for children’s clothes in 1995, Margaret opened her current store in its first form on Murray Avenue in 2002.That PAGE12 The Well-being Issue
store,Wicks and Beans, sold coffee and candles. Then someone with one of the companies she purchased coffee from suggested she try selling loose leaf tea. She started with just five varieties. Now, at her current location on Forbes Avenue, which she moved to in 2006, over 200 teas line the shelves along her walls. She also has a newly-expanded section of herbal teas with more than 50 blends. Tea has many health benefits, and is an especially good source of antioxidants.“Just drinking three small cups of green tea per day supplies a huge amount of antioxidants,” Margaret says. “Nothing can beat it.” Tea also has antibacterial properties and it contains vitamin K, which helps with blood flow. “There are many health benefits [of tea], but let’s not forget just taking your time, making your tea, you know, pausing. It helps you to stay relaxed, not like coffee which is usually associated with staying on the go or trying to wake up. Tea can be enjoyed in a calm atmosphere. Especially making loose leaf tea you have to take time to measure, steep. I think everyone should have a nice spot at home and work [to enjoy tea].” In addition to the huge selection of teas and tea-related products, the store offers tea classes and holds special events almost every month. Recent events include a holiday tea party open house in December, an event focused on health and diet teas in January, and a young tea drinkers’ event in February. In the near future, Margaret is planning for an even bigger event, the Pittsburgh Tea Festival, which will gather tea vendors, tea experts and tea drinkers, and will feature a Japanese tea ceremony. ☯ Visit Margaret’s website at teapittsburgh.com for dates and more details, or stop by the store in person at 5872 Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill.
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Comfort Food in Squirrel Hill Photos and Interviews by Barbara Shema
n early March, artist/writer Barbara Shema visited a number of local restaurants and asked owners, chefs and other staff about comfort foods in their cultures, and what foods they serve that bring their customers comfort. Hereâ€™s what they had to say:
Coriander owner, Victor Barboza Foods that are traditional to all of India are lentils, and vegetables such as cauliflower and potatoes.The spices are bold in Indian foodâ€” mustard seed, cloves,cardamom, cumin and coriander.A bowl of spicy lentil soup can perk you up.
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of China is a BBQ pork sandwich similar to an American hamburger but enclosed in a pita-like bun. A traditional snack from northwestern China, it can be bought from street vendors or made at home. Sakura owners, Feng Gao & Fengping Geng
When customers come in and think they may be getting a cold, they want a bowl of Pho, a noodle soup made with beef stock that has been cooked for at least five hours. Some customers also think it is very good for a hangover. Tan Lac Vien owner, Thy Ngo & Steve Ngo, owner/chef PAGE14 The Well-being Issue
Hummus, baba ganoujh, and sleek are probably what most people would think of as comfort food, but lamb shank and lamb chops with a fruit infused sauce of dates, apricots, figs and raisins are traditional foods from central Syria and very comforting. Naya owner/chef, Radwa Ibrahim
Nu Modern Jewish Bistro— Kathy Bova, head server, Risé Cohen, owner & Clint Newboult, head chef Matzo balls and kreplach are what most people would think of first. People should try the Nu spin on the corned beef sandwich made with Montreal smoked meat, a hybrid of corned beef and smoked meat.
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Circle Camps for Grieving Children Comes to Emma Kaufmann Camp By Lindsey Albracht
or Sandi Welch, there’s always been a lot more to summer camp than waterfront activities and macramé. “Camp was very liberating for me,” said Welch, a Pittsburgh native who grew up in Squirrel Hill and attended Camp Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine, as a girl. By the age of nine,Welch was athletic and already 5’6” tall. She felt awkward about her size. But at camp, she said, there was no reason to hide. “I didn’t have to pretend that I wasn’t better than the boys at basketball,” she said.“It’s hard to explain the sense that you get there, but you can just breathe deeply at camp.”
you’re going through],’” she said.“But it wasn’t their fault. How do you empathize as a nine-year-old?” French said she felt much more equipped to think and speak about her father’s death after attending Circle Camp.
The day after September 11, 2001,Welch, who remains good friends with the owner of Camp Tapawingo, learned that a few of the regular campers had lost parents in the attacks. She wanted to do something to help. So, translating her passion for summer camp into a program aimed at girls who are coping with the death of a parent, she founded Circle Camps for Grieving Children in the summer of 2002.
“Going to camp and realizing that I wasn’t the only girl who’s been through this—that was a big part of camp,” she said.
“Camp is a very nurturing environment,” said Welch.“For our campers, there’s nothing they need more.”
“You can cry, but you don’t have to cry,” said Koetsier.“Circle Camp isn’t [just] about losing a parent. It’s about being a kid.”
Now, twelve years after Camp Tapawingo’s first Circle Camp, the program has grown to include locations across the country where hundreds of girls between the ages of eight and sixteen meet each summer to swim, play sports, and find a community of others who have experienced loss.This summer,The Jewish Community Center’s Emma Kaufmann Camp in Morgantown, West Virginia, will host its first weeklong Circle Camp, which is provided free of charge to all of the girls who attend.
The camp intersperses grief-focused activities with traditional summer camp fun. During Circle Time, a session led by bunk counselors and a licensed social worker, campers are encouraged to share photos and stories about the parents they’ve lost. But sharing is not a requirement, said Welch. Some girls—such as one camper who returned for five straight summers—choose not to speak about their loss at all.
Hannah French, who lost her father when she was nine years old, was one of the first Circle Campers. She spent six summers as a camper and two summers as a Counselor-in-Training, and this summer, she’ll serve as a counselor at the EKC Circle Camp. The program has tremendously impacted her life and grieving process. “Losing a parent can be very isolating,” she said.“[In my class at school], no one else had had a parent die, so they didn’t understand.” Though her third grade teacher and classmates tried their best to express their support, they found it difficult to relate to her experiences. “My classmates made me these cards, and I remember some of them said things like,‘Oh, my dog died, [so I understand what
Emily Koetsier, another camper-turned-counselor, spent three years as a camper and three years as a Counselor-in-Training. Like French, she valued the community that Circle Camp offered her, but sometimes, she said, it was also a helpful place to simply stop thinking about what it feels like to lose someone.
However, says Welch, sometimes it simply takes time to develop the tools to talk. “In her last summer at camp, she said to the social worker,‘I’d like to speak, and may I go first?’” said Welch.“It took six years, but those are really high moments for us.” The EKC Circle Camp will take place this summer from August 17-22, and the online registration form will be available starting in March.Also, the EKC Camp is currently recruiting a nurse. Interested families or volunteer nurses can contact Welch with questions at email@example.com, or by visiting the website at www.circlecamps.org. ☯ Lindsey Albracht is a graduate student and teacher in Pittsburgh. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Well-being Issue PAGE17
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Jewish Community Center 5738 Forbes Ave jccpgh.org The Jewish Community Center’s Group Exercise program is the largest and most comprehensive in Squirrel Hill.They have classes for all ages and fitness levels including programming through Mossa, an international company known for cutting-edge fitness classes.They offer four of Mossa’s most popular programs: Group Power, Group Kick, Group Centergy and Group Active. They round out their fitness program with Zumba, Pilates, yoga, Spinning, Insanity, Kettlebell,TRX and Core Barre. JCC membership is required to participate in most classes but the JCC welcomes you to come in and try out a class for free!
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Getting Back into the Soil: A Garden Refresher By Bob Madden
Spring is here and I hope all of you gardeners have had a chance to get out and get started in the garden.As you know, a lot can go into making your garden successful including planning, gathering supplies and preparing your soil.We here at Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery wanted to share with you some of our favorite ways to make this year even more successful than last year. Planning—Each gardener is different in how much time they put into planning. If nothing else, I would suggest trying to grow several different types of veggies rather than focusing on only a couple. By planting a variety, you will likely still have a good harvest even if one or two crops fail. I especially like to include quick crops like lettuce, radishes and arugula because they don’t take very long, so therefore have less risk of damage. Those can also go in the ground much earlier than tomatoes and warm season plants, so you can extend your harvest by planting earlier. Plant Health—Plant health is very similar to human health.We both have to have our basic needs met as a basis for good health. Most gardeners don’t realize they can prevent a lot of problems and diseases by maintaining stress-free plants.The basis for healthy, productive plants is proper placement, fertile soils, regular watering and not too much competition from weeds. Sun & Placement—Every plant prefers some balance of shade and sun. Be sure to give the sunniest spot to heat lovers like tomatoes, peppers and basil, and save the shady areas for kales, lettuce and other herbs. Soil Preparation—Soil quality is extremely important because plants need all of their nutrients from the small patch of soil they inhabit. By adding compost to your bed on a regular basis, you are helping with so many of the challenges of gardening.To start, it helps to hold moisture and keep the soil structure balanced, and provides habitat for important microbes. Generally, we apply an inch or two of compost over the whole bed and then mix it in six to twelve inches deep. Most vegetables and fruits greatly benefit from the addition of a balanced natural fertilizer mixed in with compost. Read the instructions on the fertilizer to know how much to use
on what. If you are planting in containers, it is best to empty them out each year and mix the old soil with half compost to keep the soil nutrient rich. Watering—One of the main ways we can stress our plants once they are in the ground is by over or under watering, either because we are not sure when to water or it is inconvenient. In the beginning of the season, amidst all the excitement, minor inconveniences don’t seem to be a challenge, but once it’s hot and humid, you want your watering habits to be easy and hasslefree. So before you get too far into the summer, step back and assess if there is any way you can make watering easier. “But when should I water?!” If it’s cool and rainy you may not have to water. If it’s hot and dry you could check in the morning and evening. Check the soils by sticking your finger two to three inches in to feel for moisture. If it is dry and dusty, it is time to water.The best thing to do is to water each area a little bit and then go back and do it again so the water has time to soak in rather than just run off. Lastly, it is best to not regularly water in the late evening because the plants will not have time to dry off and will help support fungal diseases. Mulching:—Lastly, the icing on the cake.Adding an organic mulch such as shredded leaves or straw is a huge time and energy saver. Mulch holds in water and limits weeds. So, taking the time initially to spread two to three inches of a good mulch can save you a lot of weeding, watering and of course plant stress. I hope you have a stress-free season for you and your plants! ☯ Bob Madden is the outreach manager at Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery, a local business providing Pittsburgh with a wide range of specialty vegetable and fruit seedlings and organic gardening supplies. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and at mygardendreams.com. The Well-being Issue PAGE21
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Being Well in Squirrel Hillʼs Past By Helen Wilson Vice-President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society
The water filtration unit on the Unitarian church grounds, from an 1895 edition of Engineering News.
The principal of a new Squirrel Hill public school was concerned about attendance and discipline.A year after the school opened, he wrote in his first annual report, “Drawing was introduced this year. It proves to be a means of making school pleasant, and being naturally suited to the minds of children, it thus aids in sustaining a better attendance and improving the discipline of the school.” The principal wrote his report in 1869. His school, the first in the newly organized Colfax Sub-School District, was located on Forward Avenue, just below where Taylor Allderdice High School now stands. Although 115 students were enrolled, actual attendance was much lower because students had to walk long distances on unpaved roads. Squirrel Hill was mostly farmland up to the late 1800s, and the few roads that existed were country lanes and farm paths. Few people today give a thought to the perils that were once part of daily life in Squirrel Hill. Lives were lost in the quicksand in a marsh near Phillips and Shady Avenues. Unsavory characters hung out in abandoned coal mines around Hobart and Beacon Streets. A minister who took a shortcut through a field on his way to church was treed by a bull and had to be rescued.The newfangled electric wires being strung around the city sometimes fell and electrocuted people, in one case a family out for a pleasant Sunday carriage ride in Schenley Park. Conditions changed as the area developed from a rural farming community to an urban residential neighborhood. Dirty and exhausting farming and coal mining jobs gave way to dirty and exhausting construction jobs such as building houses, putting in water and sewer lines, cutting and paving roads and laying trolley lines.The well-to-do families who afterwards flocked to Squirrel Hill to live in the spacious houses were better off than the workers who lived in the tenements in other parts of town, but they still had to contend with air pollution, lack of modern drugs and medical
treatments, the dangers of horse-drawn vehicles, and trains, trolleys and automobiles without modern safety equipment. How did people cope? Descriptions of dangers and hardships are offset by accounts of measures taken by concerned citizens to improve safety, security and comfort. Before the influx of cheap immigrant labor and erection of huge mills in the late 1800s, factories often closed during the sweltering summer months to keep workers from collapsing in the heat. During the Civil War, Squirrel Hill citizens volunteered for the Pittsburgh Subsistence Committee, which aided Civil War soldiers passing through the city. Ellen Murdoch was one of the first volunteers to be sent to the front lines to nurse the wounded and distribute items of necessity donated by Pittsburghers to the soldiers. She was also charged with obtaining names of the wounded who were from Pittsburgh so the men could be sent back to West Penn Hospital for treatment.After the war, Squirrel Hill volunteers were active in the temperance movement, which sought to alleviate the terrible effects of rampant alcohol abuse on the well-being of families. Sometimes a much less potent drink, plain water, was the problem. The last person buried in Squirrel Hill’s Turner Graveyard was Edward Schenley Ebdy, a glassblower who died of typhoid at the age of 23 in 1880. Typhoid epidemics bedeviled Pittsburgh until the outbreaks were traced to water polluted by sewage and the lack of filtration in the city’s water system.Although the connection between unfiltered water and typhoid was recognized as early as 1893, corruption in city government held back the construction of a filtration plant in Aspinwall on the Allegheny River until 1905.The dogged battle between city boss William Magee’s powerful political machine and concerned scientists and citizens is described in a chapter of Kathleen Parker’s book, Here We Have Gathered, a history of Unitarianism in Western Pennsylvania. Parker says Pittsburgh’s water was so bad the people who could afford it bought bottled water, but the poor didn’t have that luxury.The Unitarians set up an experimental filtration unit on their church grounds at Fifth and Craig in Continued on next page The Well-being Issue PAGE23
squirrel hill historical society cont. Oakland and offered free water to all who wanted it, a move unpopular with the corrupt politicians. After the city’s filtration plant opened in 1907, typhoid deaths rapidly dropped from over 120 per 100,000 to fewer than 2 per year. It is worth noting that Squirrel Hill’s water comes from the updated plant in Aspinwall, not from the Monongahela River. In the early 1900s the city began to take a hard look at its grimy image and made plans to improve it. Noted landscape architect Frederic Law Olmsted Jr., whose father designed Central Park in New York City, was a leader in the City Beautiful movement, which advocated the idea that thoughtfully designed urban landscapes of grand buildings, spacious boulevards, graceful bridges, and rustic parks in cities promoted not only the citizens’ physical but also moral well-being. Olmsted singled out Nine Mile Run valley as a good place for a city park partly because it was close to surrounding areas with large working populations that would benefit from getting away from their squalid surroundings to more healthful rural retreats. Although Olmsted’s dream was buried under a slag dump, Squirrel Hill’s hilly terrain allowed it to retain a lot of green space—not only Frick and Schenley Parks but also Phipps Conservatory and the campuses of Carnegie Mellon and Chatham Universities. People moved to, rather than from, Squirrel Hill in their search for health, safety and well-being. ☯ 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 www.squirrelhillhistory.org to view upcoming lectures and events. Also, consider joining the SHHS. Membership is only $10 per year. There is no charge for attending the meetings.
What do a previous mayor of Pittsburgh, several congressmen, an army general, a secretary of the US Treasury, the daughter of a vice-president, an original settler and a farmer who owned an orchard have in common? The answer is that they all have roads in Squirrel Hill named after them.The Squirrel Hill Historical Society is embarking on a project to research the origins of Squirrel Hill Street names. Stay tuned for more information as the project gets underway.
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Therapeutic Options Abound in Squirrel Hill By Dr. Tom Petrone
Many psychologists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, addiction specialists and other therapists have made their professional home in Squirrel Hill.As a result of the quality, diversity and accessibility of services offered by these professionals, our neighborhood has developed into a valuable resource area for individuals and families seeking help for a variety of emotional and mental health concerns. In addition to psychiatrists, over fifty mental health practitioners are located within a half mile of the center of Squirrel Hill. Some of our neighborhood’s mental health professionals provide their services in private practice settings, while others are affiliated with various agencies and institutes.
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If you are interested in learning more about your family history and putting together a family tree, you may want to attend one of the Squirrel Hill Genealogy Club’s monthly meetings held at the Squirrel Hill Library.This informal group of genealogy hobbyists, of all levels and from all backgrounds, meet in a casual and friendly atmosphere to discuss research techniques, genealogy software and technology, on-line and off-line resources, brick walls, common mistakes and more. Some of our current members are brand new to genealogy and others are very experienced. Our ancestors are from all over the US and other continents.We tackle tough genealogy challenges such as African-American, Jewish and immigrant genealogy. The group is free and open to all.You do not have to have family from this area! Meetings are “generally” on the first Saturday of each month, but this varies—so always check our website at sqhillgenclub.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings begin at 2 or 3 pm and run until about 4:45 pm. Park under the library, or take any of the 61 buses or the 64. We hope to see you there!
Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol Announces Annual Spring Cleanup Please join the Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol for its annual community cleanup on Sunday, April 27 from 10am to 2pm. The Litter Patrol, part of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, has been hosting neighborhood cleanups for several years, and organizers are hoping for a record turnout. The event offers a fantastic opportunity for residents to make a tangible difference in the community by collecting trash and recyclables along the Forbes and Murray business corridors and surrounding blocks.
The Litter Patrol encourages volunteers of all ages to attend, welcoming organized volunteer groups as well as individuals and families. Cleanup headquarters will be at the corner of Forbes and Murray beneath the Carnegie Library Squirrel Hill branch. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided along with light refreshments, and specific cleanup areas can be suggested or assigned at the registration table. Participants will be able to meet and take pictures with Murray, the SHUC and Litter Patrol mascot. If you are interested in attending, particularly if you are planning to register an organized group of volunteers, please contact Barb Grover at email@example.com or Michael Jehn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find the Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol on Facebook and don’t forget to click like!
AgeWell Rides AgeWell Rides, a new service of AgeWell Pittsburgh through Jewish Family & Children’s Service, aims to keep older adults ages 60 and up active and independent! AgeWell Rides offers transportation for local senior citizens who do not or cannot drive and need transportation to go to medical appointments, shopping, to the hair dresser, to classes or to attend religious services. AgeWell Rides is currently recruiting volunteer drivers who have a few free hours and want to make a difference in a senior's life. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact AgeWell Rides at email@example.com, call AgeWell Pittsburgh at 412-422-0400 (speak with Ellen Leger or Maxine Horn) or visit bit.ly/agewellrides for more information.
Volunteer Opportunity for Ten “Gardeners” Weeding and Planting of Annual Flowers: Squirrel Hill Garden at the Parkway Entrance Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9 am, Meet at the Site. Please call the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition at 412-422-7666 with your name, contact information and intent to participate.
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Calendar Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch 5801 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill (412) 422-9650 or www.carnegielibrary.org firstname.lastname@example.org Genre Book Club Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm April 16 – Nine Horses by Billy Collins *April’s meeting will be held at Crazy Mocha, 2100 Murray Avenue* May 21 – Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford June 18 – Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Paola Corso Poetry Reading Saturday, April 26 from 2-4 pm Local poet Paola Corso will help us celebrate National Poetry Month in April with an author's talk and short poetry reading. She will discuss her recent books, writing process and publishing route as well as offer tips for publication success and the writing life. There will be a Q&A after her talk and she will sell and sign her books! Back to (Gluten-Free) Basics with Caroline Shannon-Karasik Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm Caroline Shannon-Karasik is the author of The Gluten-Free Revolution, and a writer, certified health coach and founder of the popular gluten-free lifestyle site, Sincerely Caroline. She will talk about what's healthy and what’s not and what a gluten-free lifestyle looks like. Homemade Holiday Gifts with Cynthia Hill Monday, November 11 at 6 pm Looking to make homemade gifts this holiday season? Cynthia Hill will help you create a holiday gift basket filled with natural beauty products like lotion, sugar scrub and soap bars. Seating is limited and registration required. Please speak with a librarian, call 412-422-9650, or email email@example.com to register. The Buzz Mondays Every Monday at 6:30 pm: 1st Monday—Culture Night 2nd Monday—DIY/Crafting 3rd Monday—Lit Night 4th Monday—Radical Home Economics Here are a few examples of programs we’ll be having: PAGE30 The Well-being Issue
Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol’s Annual Spring Cleanup Sunday, April 27 10am – 2pm Join the Squirrel Hill Litter Patrol, part of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, for its annual community cleanup! Help make a difference in the community by collecting trash and recyclables along the Forbes and Murray business corridors and surrounding blocks.All necessary tools and supplies will be provided along with light refreshments. Meet under the Squirrel Hill Library at Forbes and Murray. The next two Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Board Meetings are scheduled for Tues, May 20, and Tues, June 17. SHUC board meetings are open to the public and typically are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Children’s Institute, 1405 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Call the office at 412-422-7666 to confirm that time, date or location have not been adjusted. April 14, DIY Night, our staff will present “Seed Bombs and Bird Seed Eggs,” a fun, hands on workshop for learning how to plant dozens of wildflowers at once, and even beautify a vacant lot, without losing seeds to birds or wind. Then, learn how to make a beautiful treat for the birds to hang on your balcony or in your yard. On May 5, Culture Night, the Turkish Culture Center will visit us for a presentation about Turkey and its culture. They will also bring samples of traditional Turkish refreshments. On May 16, Lit Night, Philadelphia blogger, food writer, canning teacher and author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round, Maris McClellan, will visit us for a talk about preserving. She will also be selling copies of her books. On June 23, Radical Home Economics Night, we’ll have a program on keeping bees in Pittsburgh.
9th Annual Silk Screen Film Festival April 26 through May 4 The Silk Screen Film Festival is an annual event showcasing films and filmmakers with origins in India, Japan, China,Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea,Thailand, the Philippines, Iran and more.A Red Carpet Gala will be held on April 25th. Check the website for films and locations: www.silkscreenfestival.org. Continued on page 32
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events & happenings cont. Taylor Allderdice 2nd Annual 5k Dragon Run Sunday, April 27 at 10 am (registration 8-9 am) The 2nd annual 5k Dragon Run will begin at the Schenley Park Oval in Oakland. Pre-registration is $17.50 and the day of race registration is $20. Sign up for the race on runsignup.com. Proceeds benefit the Taylor Allderdice High School Runners.
Children’s Meditation Workshop Schoolhouse Yoga Saturday, May 3 from 1-2:30 pm Meditation teaches us to be more focused and calm, more centered and happy.This workshop will combine periods of movement with periods of stillness. Children will learn meditation exercises and "games" to practice at home. Cost is $20 per student. For more information, go to schoolhouseyoga.com.
Squirrel Hill Historical Society The Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month FREE at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8: “History of the Nationality Rooms of the University of Pittsburgh” with speaker Michael Walter, Nationality Rooms Tour Coordinator Tuesday, May 13: “History of Randall’s Toyes and Giftes” with speaker Jack Cohen, owner of Randall’s Toyes and Giftes Tuesday, June 10: “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: Stories Through Photographs” with speaker Michael Kraus, Curator of Collections at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Tuesday, July 8: “Retail in Pittsburgh” with speaker David Grinnell, Chief Archivist, Heinz History Center
Jewish Community Center 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill For more information, please call (412) 521-8010 or visit JCCPGH.org
Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas April 7 - June 30 Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas showcases work by Pittsburgh photographer David Aschkenas.A prolific photographer with a tremendous body of work, this exhibition focuses on new photographs of Czech and Hungarian synagogue architecture and interior architectural details. Most of the images are devoid of human presence, encouraging close inspection of monumental architectural accomplishments; yet worn seats, threadbare cushions, and cluttered desks show these have been well lived-in spaces, places of memory-making and of religious ritual.The outcome of great effort,Aschkenas traveled to Prague and Hungary eight times between 2011 and 2013 to create these mesmerizing photographs. This is Not a Dream May 12 - July 25 The exhibit’s title nods to Theodor Herzl’s 1902 novel Old-New Land that portrays his vision of the state of Israel: If you will it, it is no dream. He envisions a place that completely meets the needs of its diverse inhabitants.While no such utopia exists, Herzl’s yearning evokes the possibilities inherent in the process of an idea becoming a place. Participating artists inventively wrestle with the manner in which our environment impacts us and the manner in which we impact our surroundings.They examine the memories of particular places and dream up ideas for their futures.This is a particularly potent issue in the southwestern PA region, which is slowly shedding its Rust Belt image to become a newly imagined 21st century inspired place.
17th Annual WYEP Summer Music Festival Schenley Plaza in Oakland Saturday, June 28 at 2pm The festival is a free summer music concert, complete with kids’ activities and an indie craft market. The afternoon will feature local teen bands from WYEP’s Reimagination project. Four more bands will be taking the stage from 6pm onward. Visit wyep.org for band listings. Continued on page 35
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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill in Oakland May 11, 2014 Registration begins at 6:30 am The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5k run/fitness walks in the world.You can run or walk the 5k route or one mile route with a team or as an individual. All registration fees include the official Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure T-shirt and Race bib. For more information, visit komenpittsburgh.org.
Meals on Wheels Squirrel Hill - Shadyside - Greenfield 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213 We prepare kosher style meals in Temple Sinai's kitchen.We are in need of volunteers to help prepare and deliver these meals. We need volunteers on Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30-9:00 am for food preparation and 8:45-10:30 am (approx.) for driving and delivering. Please call 412-521-6178.
Squirrel Hill Active Senior Network Squirrel Hill Library, Meeting Room C Connecting Seniors to Great Social/Civic Destinations Fridays from 3 - 4 pm Social/civic destinations will be generated from the calendars of sharing active seniors. That’s what makes them so great! Come to give or get information. It’s that easy to make plans to get out more and build your friendship network.The program/events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. No charge. For more information, contact Jean at (412) 242-8603 or Linda at (412) 521-3494.
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Calling All Friends of Pittsburgh Trees Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the city’s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy.
Amazing Kids Need Amazing Volunteers The Children’s Institute is the leader in innovative and integrated health care, education, and social services for children and youth with special needs. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enable them to reach their potential. The Children’s Institute and iCanShine, Inc. partner each summer to offer a unique camp that teaches children with special needs how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle without training wheels. Volunteers are needed for this weeklong camp, during which children use adaptive bicycles to gain understanding and confidence in riding. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Alyse Roberts at email@example.com. PAGE36 The Well-being Issue
Find Your Volunteering Match The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is to have a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community. In order to accomplish this, they raise and allocate funds and build community locally, in Israel and around the world. The Jewish Federation Volunteer Center provides a network of resources that create meaningful opportunities for volunteers. They serve as the "matchmaker" for volunteers and community organizations that need help. Prospective volunteers share their goals, interests and availability, and the Volunteer Center matches them with agencies and organizations that share their needs. For more information about specific volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved, please visit www.jfedvolunteer.org. ☯
Squirrel Hill Magazine encourages everyone to help build our community! Take a look at these volunteer opportunities and see if one of them works for you!
Join Tree Pittsburgh staff and neighborhood tree tenders Sunday, May 18, and Sunday, June 29, to care for newly planted trees in Squirrel Hill! Activities will include pulling weeds, picking up litter and applying fresh mulch.To register or find more info, please visit www.treepittsburgh.org/events.
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