Monday, May 28, 2012
I posted this at his blog.
Here is the deal. Bad teachers should be fired. That needs to happen throughout time.
Good teachers in the wrong settings, perhaps, should be moved to different settings once or twice. But, PPS can't be keeping bad teachers.
There are very few bad teachers, but they are exist.
Furthermore, if we did fire bad teachers, then it would be easy to decide who needs to stay and who needs to go based upon years on the job.
Because some bad teachers have stayed too long, because of failures of middle and upper management, and because of a lack of peer review among teachers, we are in a mess.
Yes, teachers need to watch out for other teachers, helping and otherwise.
I wish there was more peer review and more peer pressure.
First, gang up on the teacher (among other teachers, staff and administration and even trusted parents) so that the challenges are overcome to make sure that the students are getting good opportunities, making progress and successes are delivered.
But by the end of the year, the staff needs to realize that the hand holding can't be forever.
Sadly, when a teacher is floundering, they don't get the help. And in due time, they don't get the next assignment nor the boot.
Bad teachers that linger are hurting public education, PPS and the Teachers Union. IMNH, good and great teachers have to carry some (say 5%) of the blame. The principals get the lion's share of the blame. Central Admin gets some too.
Great teachers know what's going on in their buildings.
Ask how much impact in all the rubics outlined in the blog posting are with peer review?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Heading to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday
Flashback: Four years ago, we were getting set for the Olympics in Beijing
Saturday, May 26, 2012
John Carlos in the UK, before the London Olympics
My life is not about winning medals. My life is about being a freedom fighter.
It is not about "black vs. white." That is what they want us to believe. It is about "right vs. wrong."
Olympic Project for Human Rights.
I am not afraid to offend my oppressor.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Grant jumps from NA Tigers to Princeton Tigers to get ready for possible JO tournament in California in August
So, this summer Grant might play water polo at the JOs in northern California with a team from Princeton. The deadline for switching one's club status is tomorrow. Grant moved from being a NA Tiger to a Princeton Tiger.
This happens all the time. The NA program is going to field teams in other age groups, but not 14-under boys.
Fwd: Raising money for Obama music programs -- by baking! (PSO concert too)
Hi PPS Parents,
Would you please help earn money for PPS Obama Academy's music
programs -- by baking?
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is returning to East Liberty
for a fifth annual Community Engagement Concert at East Liberty
Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
ALL proceeds from the concert will benefit music education programs at
Pittsburgh CAPA, Pittsburgh Dilworth, Pittsburgh Obama, and Hope
Academy of Music and the Arts.
Helen Blier is again running the bake sale after the event, once
again, the proceeds will support the music programs at the 4 schools.
She's a little stricter than I am baking for teachers -- she asks
folks to make something, and to individually wrap the items, so they
can sell them a piece at a time. Please contact Helen at pacem1
-at- gmail -dot- com. Also, Helen would appreciate one or two
volunteers to staff the bake sale as well.
If you're interested in the concert itself, here are the details:
(please buy your tickets at the school from Mr. Schrader, because then
we keep all the money)
$10 - Adults
$ 5 - Students & Seniors 60+
FREE - Children and youth 18 and under with adult
SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICALLY IMPORTANT: The proceeds from tickets we sell
at the school before the concert, we get to keep, completely. That's
100%, as in all (A-L-L) of it!
Tickets are available for purchase at the school from Mr. Schrader.
Tickets are also available online at Brown Paper Tickets
www.brownpapertickets.com (online sales will be split between the four
There will be cash sales at the door the evening of the performance
(door sales will also be split between the four schools).
THANK YOU for your support.
Fwd: Car Wash / Bake Sale
Busy Beaver - Crafton/Ingram shopping center from 9 to 3 pm on Sat.
May 26, 2012.
Come and let us wash your car and have some apple crisp or kettle corn
while you wait.
From Coach Mike Schneiderlochner
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Fwd: Heicklen flees U. S.
From: Julian P Heicklen <email@example.com>
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Fwd: FW: CAPA CABARET TONIGHT, Saturday
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bonita Allen
CAPA CABARET is Saturday, 5/19/12, and you can buy tickets at the door ($20 for adults and $15 for students). Please forward this email to everyone you know to support this important fundraiser for the students of CAPA! I am out of town and sad to be missing this big event, but Steve and Erik will be there with money to spend on raffles and auctions. Look below for more information about this incredible event!
CAPA CABARET 2012!
Tickets include live entertainment, light hors d'oeuvres & desserts. There will be wonderful raffle & auction items including student artwork, a KindleFire, a diamond ring, a Lemieux autographed hockey stick and more! An affordable family-friendly event also featuring a 40 minute show of CAPA talent.
Proceeds from this year's event are to benefit all CAPA students by funding their Arts Department programs.
For more information click here: http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/capa/site/default.asp
Event: CAPA CABARET 2012
Hosted by the CAPA PTSA
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
111 Ninth St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Thank you for your support and I hope you can attend CAPA Cabaret 2012!
Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach with Neighborhood Learning Alliance
412 298 3432 = cell
Friday, May 18, 2012
Fwd: PTC Sponsor - Rev Pittsburgh - Grand Opening
From: "Brett Prince" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 18, 2012 12:39 PM
Subject: PTC Sponsor - Rev Pittsburgh - Grand Opening
On May 26, one of our new 2012 sponsors, Rev Pittsburgh, is hosting a grand opening event at their facility in Cranberry township:
It's official… REV is open! Let co-owner Frank Velasquez, former strength coach for the Pirates, and co-owner Aimee Slattery, former World Wrestling Rehab Specialist, welcome you to our state of the art 3600 sq. foot turfed facility. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes, 10 min informative "chalk talks" every hour, a FREE chair massage, and talk shop with Pittsburgh Pirates players and staff. It's the one stop shop in care! First of its kind in the area! "There is something for everyone at REV" Visit our REV website at www.REVpgh.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Date: May 26th, 2012 Time: 10am - 2pm Location: 290 Executive Drive #400 Cranberry Twp. PA 16066 Contact: 724-591-8228
10:45 – 10:55am: "Shoulder Care for the Overhead and Throwing Athlete" Frank Velasquez Jr. ATC, CSCS*R
11:45 – 11:55am: "The Female Athlete" Aimee Slattery, PT, MS, CSCS
12:00 – 12:10pm: Official "Ribbon Cutting" Ceremony
12:30 – 12:40pm: "Change without Pain" – Carrie Velasquez, BS, LMT
12:40 – 1:40pm: "Free Chair Massages"
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Water Safety in Schools. Imagine that!
May 15, 2012, marked the Inaugural International Water Safety Day (IWSD) prompting the United States House of Representative via H.RES.658 to formally acknowledge that water safety education should be included in primary and secondary schools. The day was celebrated with water safety tips and lessons by life guards, teachers and swimmers from around the world, including Olympic Great Anthony Ervin and the Michael Phelps Foundation, all striving to make a planet that’s 70 percent water, 100 percent water safe.
This important congressional resolution brings annual in-classroom water safety education on May 15th a step closer for schools across the nation. It also strengthens the critical advocacy work conducted by the water safety community.
Thanks to the Diversity in Aquatics efforts.
Fwd: Reminder - You're Invited: EPLC Education Policy Forum - May 17 - Pittsburgh
From: The Education Policy and Leadership Center <email@example.com>
Pittsburgh's 48 Hour Film Project Registration Is Open
From: Kahmeela Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sign up today and save:
As always, 48HFP will bring a wild weekend of filmmaking fun to our city. You'll see filmmakers throughout the city rushing to create a 4-7 min film in only 48 hours. Armed with a genre, character, prop and line of dialogue our fearless filmmakers will make their way through the cinematic jungle and emerge with a creative masterpiece.
Are you up for the challenge? Show us what you've got by registering your team now!!
Not ready to put a team together yet, but know you don't want to miss out on the excitement that is the 48HFP? Put yourself out there via our join-a-team database which is made available to registered teams. If someone is looking for help, they just may call YOU!
Mark your calendars. This year's filmmaking will take place the weekend of July 20 -22 and our screenings will be at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont July 28 & 29.The winner of Best Film will go on to represent Pittsburgh as it vies for Best Film of the World against 115 other city winners.
3. Access to database of people looking for a team
2. Save $20 on the fee - available until June 25.
48 Hour Film Project
Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Fwd: FANTASTIC TRAINING FOR ANYONE WORKING WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - May 23rd
From: Stephen MacIsaac <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM
To: Training RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us on May 23rd to become part of the movement in the city of Pittsburgh to help every student graduate. The dropout statistics are startling but the reality is that these are the children that live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches, play on our sports teams, attend our community centers and participate in our afterschool programs. This training will give us all the knowledge and tools to help every child navigate the path to school success and graduation. Please join us or forward this flyer along to others who are in a position to help. Thanks.
To enroll in the training, reply to email@example.com, visit our "Training and Credentialing" page on our website: http://www.neighborhoodlearning.org/programs/training-and-credentialing, or join our facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/170212439772549/
Stephen MacIsaac, Executive Director, Neighborhood Learning Alliance
United Way Agency Code: 1528678
Fwd: Paul Campaign Convention Strategy
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jesse Benton
To: Supporters, Interested Parties
From: Jesse Benton, Chief Strategist
Date: May 15, 2012
Re: Paul Campaign Convention Strategy
Every day, I see firsthand how humbled and encouraged Dr. Paul is to have the enthusiastic support of so many who are committed to revitalizing our country.
Let me be very clear. Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.
As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.
And he is deeply grateful for every resource he has been entrusted with to run an historic campaign that continues to defy all expectations.
Looking ahead, our campaign must honor that trust by maximizing our resources to ensure the greatest possible impact at the National Convention.
So while our campaign is no longer investing in the remaining primary states, we will continue to run strong programs at District and State Conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the National Convention.
To this end, our campaign has several positive and realistic goals:
1) Having recently WON Maine, we believe we can win several more states.
2) We will win party leadership positions at both the state and national levels.
3) We will continue to grow our already substantial total of delegates.
We will head to Tampa with a solid group of delegates. Several hundred will be bound to Dr. Paul, and several hundred more, although bound to Governor Romney or other candidates, will be Ron Paul supporters.
Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination. Governor Romney is now within 200 delegates of securing the party's nod. However, our delegates can still make a major impact at the National Convention and beyond.
All delegates will be able to vote on party rules and allow us to shape the process for future liberty candidates.
We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP Platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve. Our campaign is presently working to get several items up for consideration, including monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention, and Internet freedom.
Dr. Paul will begin this new phase of the campaign this Friday by speaking and holding several events at the Minnesota State Convention. He has also recently accepted an invitation to speak at the Texas Convention, and we are busy scheduling appearances around other State Conventions later this month and into June.
As Dr. Paul stated in his message yesterday, this fight is NOT over. We will continue fighting and expanding, and "we will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history."
But for Dr. Paul's efforts in the remaining State Conventions to be successful, and to ensure we get as many Ron Paul delegates to Tampa as we can, he needs you to continue standing with him.
Along those lines, as you probably already know, the grassroots are holding a Money Bomb on Thursday, May 17. Any money raised from that Money Bomb will go toward winning delegates and finalizing our plans for Tampa.
As those plans for the National Convention come together, we will make sure all of our delegates, whether bound or unbound, get the information and aid they need.
Your support on May 17 will also help us reach more Americans with the solutions we know can restore our nation. Each person we add to our cause strengthens our movement for the critical work that awaits us beyond Tampa.
Dr. Paul, John Tate, myself, and the entire campaign staff know what incredible sacrifices have been made by each of our supporters.
Thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to liberty. Together, we will champion Ron Paul and his message in Tampa, and we will lay the groundwork for future victories.
Monday, May 14, 2012
North Allegheny Tiger Water Polo Players Bring Home Gold, Silver & Bronze in USA Water Polo National Tournament
Contacts: Nikola Malezanov, Head Coach, NASH Water Polo, Malezanov@gmail.com, 443-995-2622
Victor Siclari, Media Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-965-4912
North Allegheny Tiger Water Polo Players Bring Home Gold, Silver &
Bronze in USA Water Polo National Tournament;
Spring League Enjoys Record Turnout;
Upcoming Tournament Will Overflow NA Pool & Chartiers Valley HS;
Next Stop, Junior Olympics
McCandless, May 9, 2012– North Allegheny Water Polo continues to make a splash across the
country with its latest accomplishments by sending more than a dozen players of all ages to
represent the Northeast Zone in the national tournament in Boca Raton and Miami, Florida over
the March 30-April 1 weekend.
After months of training as part of USA Water Polo’s Northeast Zone (NEZ) Olympic
Developmental Program (ODP), sixteen players helped the NEZ teams take first, second and
third places in the competition among six zone teams, ranked by age and gender. The NEZ 12 th
grade and under team was coached by Nikola Malezanov, who is the head coach for the NA
High School varsity water polo boys and girls’ teams and the NA Tiger Water Polo club team.
The team and their parents agree that Nikola has significantly elevated the level of play and
accomplishments of the local water polo players by drawing on his coaching experience with the
varsity program at the US Naval Academy and as an assistant with the US Men’s National team.
NEZ 10th grade & under and 8th grade & under boys’ teams went undefeated. Max Staresinic, a
freshman, was named tournament MVP for the 10th grade & under boys. He and Nick Kohler
(from the 8 & under team) were selected to go to the National Training Camp (NTC) in California
over the Memorial Day weekend. NTC provides an opportunity for the players to continue to
train and hopefully be eligible for selection to play on the USA Water Polo men’s and women’s
national teams. Also contributing to the win for these teams were Ryan Pieton and Gabe Gaspar
(sophomores on the 10& under team), and Grant Rauterkus and Martin Raitt (8 under team).
The 12th grade & under boys’ team narrowly missed an undefeated tournament when they lost
by one shot in the final minute against the Mountain Zone team in a game whose score rocked
back and forth like a ship on a stormy sea. Representing the team were senior Zach Presto, who
will play Division I water polo at Iona College and was also selected for the NTC, and juniors
Domenic Caputo, Rob Clinger, Alex Shaffer and Steven Siclari.
Not to be outdone by the boys, the 10th grade & under girls’ team went undefeated for their
second straight year with sophomore Mia Siclari on the roster. She was also selected for NTC.
The 8th grade & under girls clinched second place with the help of Taylor McClelland and
Esma Dollaku. Esma was this NEZ team’s captain and was selected for NTC as well as the All-
Tournament Team, which recognizes the top players in the competition. Despite contributions
from junior Mary Riley and senior Meghan Mahoney, the 12th grade & under girls suffered some
narrow losses but still placed a respectable third in the tournament. Meghan was selected for the
NTC and 12& under All-Tournament Team, and also will be playing Division I water polo at
Iona in the fall.
According to Nikola, “Having so many players selected for the NTC proves how the hard work
in the practices improves their playing ability. Now the players have been rewarded for their
sacrifices and commitment, and the younger players are also encouraged to work hard because
they can see how it can pay off.”
Spring League Enjoys Record Turnout
For the third year, the Tiger Water Polo Club has run a Spring Instructional League to introduce
a new sport and activity to young athletes of many ages. The purpose of the League is to instruct
players on the fundamentals of water polo, implement the skills in games, and generally have fun
at a sport that is wildly popular on the West coast, and slowly but surely continues to catch on in
The program is run by the coaches of the Tiger Water Polo Club, and the players get additional
one-on-one assistance from the more experienced members of the Tiger Water Club’s high
school aged athletes. The League meets on Sundays over the course of two months, and has had
a record turnout of players, ranging from ages 7-16.
“The number of players this year shows how water polo has grown in popularity in this area,”
says Nikola. “We have had many players from Shaler High School and its surrounding district
participate in our program. We hope that it results in Shaler establishing its own high school
program in the near future.” Added Jim Staresinic, a key organizer of the league, a coach and
parent of two players, “Of the many things we do to promote the sport of water polo in the
Pittsburgh area, the Spring Instructional League is one that makes us most proud. Each year
more and younger athletes are giving it a try and – in the process – discovering an Olympic sport
that is fun, challenging and very social. It is rewarding to see young athletes find something they
truly enjoy doing.”
Upcoming Water Polo Tournament Is Overflowing with Participants
During the weekend of May 19-20, 2012, the NA Tiger Water Polo Club will be hosting what will
likely prove to be its biggest tournament yet. The Spring Invite will be attended by teams from
Canada, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and due to the overwhelming interest,
the games will be played in two venues: at the NA High School and Chartiers Valley HS in
Bridgeville. Since the Club will also be holding its final Sunday play for the Spring League,
there will be hundreds of players—from beginners to aspiring Olympians—enjoying a sport
that leverages the skills of swimming and combines it with a spattering of the techniques found
in rugby, football, soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. The Spring Invite will be open to the general
public. For more details, please visit the Tiger Water Polo website @ www.tigerwaterpolo.com
and register your inquiry on the “Contact Us” tab.
Next Stop, Junior Olympics
And if the kids are bored once school ends, there will be plenty to keep them busy through the
summer until the High School varsity season training ramps up in August. (Did you not know this sport is year-round? How else can they stay in such great shape?) The Club is gearing
up for the world’s largest annual youth water polo tournament—USA Water Polo’s Junior
Olympics, which is a national competition of teams from all over the country who will gather in
Stanford, CA at multiple venues for about 10 days in July and August to compete for the best of
The Club’s goal is to field enough members to enter teams for 16 & under girls, 16 & under
boys, and 18 & under boys, as well as seek out players from other Northeast teams to round
out a 14 & under boys’ team. Nikola says, “I am excited to be able to take so many teams to
this competition. We will have the whole summer to hone their skills and leverage our summer
playing schedule. We expect to play a lot of tough games and know that our players will be
challenged, but expect them to step up to the challenge and ultimately return as better players.”
The opportunity to play water polo in outdoor pools in Southern Cal is a dream vacation that
has been experienced by many of the seasoned players over the last four years. The players also
take time to surf the Pacific in between games, and refuel their bodies by hitting every In-N-Out
Burger joint they can (this is a burger chain that began in 1948 as California’s first drive-thru
burger stand and is acclaimed by West Coasters as the best burger place around). Their mouths
are already watering at the thought of biting into the competition, and then the burgers.
Fwd: [Project-Censored-L] Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary Measures
Project-Censored-L mailing list
From: Peter Phillips <email@example.com>
Runway capitalism is moving unrelentingly towards sociopolitical-environmental collapse—cheered on by a two-headed single party machine known as US Congress. Activists, who see the coming disasters as catastrophic, are seeking revolutionary change through non-cooperation, and occupy disruptions. Yet, many are the still delusional hopefuls desperately fumbling with traditional responses; including "Kum ba yah" marches, and the futile support for progressive left-leaning candidates seeking positions of influence inside the Washington beltway.
In Congress, wealth begets membership, and wealth is the reward for correct action. The members in the House and Senate have a collective net worth of $2.04 billion, up from $1.65 billion, in 2008. While at the same time, Americans' household net worth has continued to declined and the number of people living in poverty has risen for the fifth year in a row.
Friday, May 11, 2012
266 photos from Footloose! are available here:
The above link is semi-private, meaning only those who know the link can see the photos (in other words, the photos are not searchable).
Since I don't have that many contacts with Obama teachers, students, and parents, please distribute the link as broad as possible.
Fwd: URGENT PERSONAL APPEAL YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
From: "The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 11, 2012 4:49 PM
Subject: URGENT PERSONAL APPEAL YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Folly of Bruce Kraus -- on the same day
PAT LTE in Trib from Nick
It's a balled-up mess for the following reasons:
• The unions have forced the Port Authority to pay its employees salaries that the transit agency does not want to pay and that could not be had in a situation without politicians forcing the agency to accept union demands.
• The Port Authority is expected to serve sparsely populated suburban areas, which cannot be done economically.
• The suburban and rural areas in the state could not survive without state and federal subsidies for their infrastructure and amenities, those subsidies being tax dollars coming from densely populated areas.
The only sustainable solution is stop all subsidies to everyone. All subsidies (taking money from one person and giving it to another) are immoral and must stop in a free society. Then we will see where people live and how they spend their own money. I guarantee that we would see a migration of people from suburbs to cities.
Nick Kyriazi, Deutschtown
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
International Water Safety Day is May 15
Monday, May 07, 2012
Fwd: Joanie is in Chile!
Joanie's blog while she is in Chile!
Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach with Neighborhood Learning Alliance
412 298 3432 = cell
Economic Liberty in Philly event with Public Banking push
Link to a google document.
The start of the document:
Economic Liberty From Philadelphia
By Scott Baker | OpEd News
May 4, 2012
The First Annual Meeting of the Public Banking Institute in Philadelphia provided a chance
for people to examine economic solutions, network, and just maybe, pave the way for a new
paradigm of economic justice and opportunity.
Public Banking Institute 2012 Conference by Public Banking Institute
The first annual Public Banking Institute meeting was held in Philadelphia (http://
www.publicbankinginamerica.org/home.htm) last weekend, April 26-28, 2012.
The pre-meeting get-together of about 22 State coordinators (like me – NY), was a chance to
see how far we’ve come – 17, soon to be 18, States now have some form of public banking
bills in active status, all introduced since 2010. This is testament not only to the depths of the
economic crisis, but also to the broad realization that the old solutions – taxing, borrowing, and
even Keynesian stimulus, simply don’t work anymore. It was clear from both the Coordinators’
meeting and from the larger conference that followed, that:
A. The debt-based money system is fundamentally unsound and unsustainable, and
B. That some form of Public Bank, state-wide, or even nationally, needs to be
established to return money to, as guest speaker and Libertarian presidential candidate
Bill Still put it, “We the People.”
..... it continues
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Sunday, May 06, 2012
Ride of silence.
Who: Cyclists -- road, recreation, commuter, race, triathlon. All who legally share the road.
What: The Pittsburgh arm of the worldwide Ride Of Silence™ bike rally. See http://rideofsilence.org
• to honor those cyclists injured or killed on public roadways
• to raise awareness of cyclists on the road
• to demonstrate responsible road sharing
• to show that cyclists are not going away
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2011, 7:00 PM. Gather at 6:45 PM (evening)
RAIN DATE: Monday, May 28, 2011, 6:45 AM (morning).
Check the WPW website (www.wpwbikeclub.org) for clarification if weather seems iffy.
Pittsburgh start location: Southside - 26th & Sidney (behind REI).
Route is 10 miles, roughly http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/34042598/
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
• On the third Wednesday of May around the world, cyclists will take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place on the streets.
• Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in
· 2003 after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on an empty road.
• The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride at a slow pace and remain silent during the ride.
• The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to motorists, police, traffic engineers, insurance companies, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.
• The ride requests black arm bands be worn, red only if you have had a bike/motor vehicle accident. Helmets are required; bright clothing and lights are highly recommended for the ride home. There are no fees charged anyone to participate.
How we will ride in Pittsburgh:
• Double file, side by side, keeping to a single lane, and to the right of the yellow line where it exists. (Most of the roads we will use do not have lanes wide enough to safely share) Stop and wait at all red lights - we're a big group and will undoubtedly be breaking up and regrouping as we go along. If there is slower traffic in the lane, we'll just wait for it.
• Please bring bikes in good repair, as there will be no official mechanical support or transportation.
• Helmets are required. Ipods and the like are frowned upon.
• Children aged 12 and under should be in trailers, trail-a-bikes, tandems or the like, not riding independently.
• This ride takes place on city streets, with potholes, surface hazards, motor vehicles and other cyclists riding in close proximity.
• Participants must use their own judgment and be responsible for their own safety. If at any time, you feel that you can no longer participate safely, please pull off the route and wait until the rest of the ride has passed.
Pittsburgh Ride of Silence Contact for 2012: Jim Logan (email@example.com)
The Pittsburgh Ride of Silence is endorsed by Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, Bike Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, and Flock of Cyclists.
The endorsers and organizer are bearing NO responsibility (financial or otherwise) for the ride. By endorsing it, we are simply stating we believe in the stated goals.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Ribbon cutting for a new YMCA in Pittsburgh's Hill District
I had the pleasure of meeting Thelma a few time back in the day. She was a person who shared her thoughts at public comments in public meetings, as I've done as well. She is now living in Arizona and looked great at the ribbon cutting for the new facility.