Tuesday, September 30, 2014

American Red Cross certificates for Mark Rauterkus for Lifeguarding and WSI

Just so I don't have these misplaced.



My latest rant in the comments at PureReform

The education blog, PureReform, has a focus on Pittsburgh Public Schools and a thread developed. I put in my two cents.

I think that the board does hold the keys to hiring and firing the superintendent. That was the question and the first reply at the top is accurate.

I also think that board presidents have more power than other board members. Squeaky wheels, no big deal.

Sure, parents have power. Most deploy that and move out of PPS, to the burbs, to private / Catholic schools or to charter schools. Some may stay and rely upon tutors and enrichment in other avenues.

Year-after-year the city's population churns and those with kids flee. That's the year-after-year story. PPS shrinks greatly every year because many parents who have the power opt to put their kids elsewhere.

Those without kids care far less than those who do raise their children here. Fact of life. Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb and Jim Ferlo and a host of yuppies living in apartments in South Side Works care a tiny bit....

Meanwhile, those who do have kids are often so close to the action that the selfish streak is going to come out first. There is forest, trees and momma bear in the woods, if you know what I mean.

IMNSHO, the next revolution -- or more to the point -- the next revolution that will gain some system-wide changes and be noted in history as a game-changer is NOT about taking down or taking out people with power, captains on a sinking ship.

Be careful for what you wish for in terms of changing principals and such. Once upon a time the people of Poland could turn to their hopes to the east and see Stalin and then to the west and see Hitler. Today's (and for generations I guess) the middle east is a quagmire with ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc., etc. Friends are not generally found with the enemy of an enemy. We're learning that lesson, right?

The next revolution that is going to work is going to be one that HELPS THE KIDS. This is something that we can all get behind, even those YUPPIES that use the bike lanes that Peduto is happy to build and boast about. A new venture that greatly helps the educational options and outcomes with a lot of kids is going to get many people excited and make a serious impact.

That's the ticket.

I'm not inclined to pitch a protest and rail against any figure-head and repeat the mistakes of the past.

I have serious doubts that Dr. Lane's replacement would be any better than what we've already got and that is not saying much.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Body Fat 23.7 and 43 pounds of fat -- as per the Great Race Expo visit

Got my body fat examined by Allegheny Health Network at the Great Race Expo, Sept 27, 2014.

Had 23.7 percent body fat.

I had 43 pounds of fat.

This was with a hand held device.

I think my weight with clothing on was 209 or so.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fwd: Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Stand United for Open Debates on Sept. 30

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Subject: Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Stand United for Open Debates on Sept. 30
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Dear Supporters,

A press conference will be held on September 30th, 2014 at 10AM MT in Infinity Park Plaza in Glendale, CO, with Colorado Gubernatorial candidates Mike Dunafon (independent), Marcus Giavanni (independent write-in), Harry Hempy (Green), and Matthew Hess (Libertarian). The candidates will be coming together in unity to discuss the need for inclusive and open political debates, with all ballot qualified candidates, for all elections.

Other speakers include attorney Rob Corry of Club 64, Free & Equal Elections Foundation chair Christina Tobin, Titus Peterson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Bruce Baumann of We Are Change Colorado, and more.

Free & Equal Elections is hosting an Open Gubernatorial Debate at Infinity Park International Ballroom on October 8th at 7PM MT and has invited all ballot-qualified candidates, leading by example so that all debates nationwide will include all voices and choices to restore power back to the individual voter.

Tickets will be going on sale soon and are limited to 400 seats!

The debate is co-hosted by the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Rock the Vote, Mint Press News, HeadCount, Marley Coffee, Free Speech TV, Corry & Associates, Ballot Access News, We Are Change Colorado, Club 64, The Founding Family, March Against Monsanto, Hearthstone Winery, Juice Rap News, Progressive Women of Colorado, Next News Network, Green Shadow Cabinet, The Tony Stiles Show, FairVote, The Collective 360, Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, The Anti-Media, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Free samples of Nature's Path Foods Inc. organic granola bars will be distributed at the debate.

Confirmed candidates include: Mike Dunafon (independent), Marcus Giavanni (independent write-in), Harry Hempy (Green), and Matthew Hess (Libertarian).

Free & Equal has invited the rest of all the ballot-qualified candidates to participate in this historic event: Bob Beauprez (Republican), Paul Noel Fiorino (independent), and incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper (Democrat).

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Top flight science teacher needed in Pittsburgh to fix a big weakness


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Can't wait to see this movie: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

City Paper covering PPS education


People are not going to move to this school from outside the city. However, people in the city might stay longer if it was in the mix. Of course some kids are going to move from school to school. So what. That's fine. That isn't the problem. Moving out of the city is the big problem and Dr. Lane might not see that.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fwd: water polo request

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From: Dan Sharadin <commissioner@collegiatewaterpolo.org>

Collegiate Water Polo Association

320 West 5th Street Bridgeport, PA 19405  (610) 277-6787   Fax: 7382   commissioner@collegiatewaterpolo.org       www.collegiatewaterpolo.org


Date:   September 15, 2014

To:       CWPA Membership

From:   Daniel Sharadin, Commissioner


Team Leader,


It is not often I write a letter like this, but I would like to bring to your attention an opportunity to help recognize a former CWPA water polo player.


The Army Water Polo Club is attempting to get their pool named after John Hallett, a former water polo player at the academy that was killed in Afghanistan a few years ago when his vehicle contacted an IED. He was on his way to help a village deal with their cholera outbreak.


I met John during his first year at West Point when he contacted me about getting the team active once again. I was incredibly impressed with his leadership and organizational skills and with minor assistance, watched him move the club from inactivity to a competitive team. During this process he had to overcome some significant challenges, not the least of which is Army bureaucracy and his own military schedule. West Point is not your typical college environment.


John not only prevailed, he helped establish the team financially into the future and made them a contender to win their division before graduating. He was a perfect example of the type of individual the Academy desires, one who will see a challenge and in spite of the obstacles, figure out a solution and succeed.


When I hear of the loss of an athlete in the water polo community, it always saddens me. In John's case it comes much closer to home as I knew him and his family personally. I believe the sacrifice he gave for his country and the effort he gave to our sport and conference deserve some recognition and I'd love to see this happen.


If you agree, click on the link below and sign the petition. Likewise, feel free to forward it to others that might feel the same.




College Water Polo Results this past weekend

Saturday, September 13, 2014    
2:20Penn State Universityvs.Carnegie Mellon University 13-10
3:30Bucknell Universityvs.Grove City College 20-13
4:40Bloomsburg Universityvs.Penn State University 10-18
5:50Grove City Collegevs.University of Pittsburgh 9-18
7:00Bucknell Universityvs.Carnegie Mellon University 11-15
8:10Penn State Universityvs.University of Pittsburgh 12-6
9:20Carnegie Mellon Universityvs.Grove City College 17-3
Sunday, September 14, 2014    
9:00Bloomsburg Universityvs.University of Pittsburgh 12-13
10:10Penn State Universityvs.Bucknell University 13-9
11:30Carnegie Mellon Universityvs.University of Pittsburgh 13-12
12:40Bloomsburg Universityvs.Bucknell University 2-19

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fwd: Tonight! Philharmonic plays Ravel, Sibelius, and more

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Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director

Tonight, Andrés Cárdenes and the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will open the 2014-15 season featuring Joshua Burca on Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47. Also on the program will be Maurice Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Veljo Tormis' Overture No. 2, and selections from Sergei Prokofiev's orchestral suites No. I & II from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64.

  • Preview Party - Come early (6:30 pm) and enjoy a variety of educationally interactive opportunities to enhance your concert experience
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Andrés Cárdenes, conductor
Joshua Burca, violin
Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 pm
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

$5 General Admission. CMU & Pitt faculty, staff, and students get in free at the door with ID as well as K-12 students.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fwd: To my friends and colleagues

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Date: Sep 11, 2014 3:15 PM
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September 11, 2014

Dear Friends & Colleagues, 

I'm writing now to let you know about an exciting educational event in NYC that will be held November 6-9, 2014. It's the 4-day Expressive Therapies Summit, now in its fifth year. Along with our teaching films, the Summit helps Expressive Media to achieve its mission of promoting the power of the arts in healing. For more information, please visit the Summit site at


This year we're offering over 140 presentations, including workshops and courses in all of the creative arts therapies as well as several related disciplines. They include: symposia on play and the arts in the treatment of traumatized children, expressive therapy approaches to work with persons affected by autism and learning disabilities, and ways of using the power of storytelling in therapy. In addition, there are training tracks on Archetypal approaches to the arts in therapy, the treatment of eating disorders, and art studio skills for therapists.

Even if you can't join us there, please let your friends and colleagues know about the Summit by posting one of our many special topic digital flyers on social media. 

We are also delighted to announce that DVDs of our latest film, "Lessons from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," will be available for purchase at this year's Summit. 

To see clips or order our other films, visit our site by clicking here.

Hope to see you in New York City!

Judy Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014


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Date: Sep 9, 2014 11:50 AM
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dear Hill District Community & Stakeholders,

There is an urgency by the Democratic Party elected officials to make a deal now. Why? Because a federal transportation grant that will bring $21 million more subsidy to the Penguins is soon to be decided. It is a very competitive grant. The deal has not been shared with the community. Bottom line. The Penguins should follow the community plan or they should not be supported. Any deals must be included in the lower Hill District Zoning text.

In fact.

It's time to renegotiate the agreement between the Penguins and the Public (City and County) regarding the Lower Hill Parking Lots. The current no-bid deal locked out all competition for Lower Hill development because of the friendship between the owner(s) of the Penguins and the Governor.

The Penguins have refused to support the Hill District Community Plan and community benefits.

1. It is time to take back the gift of public land and parking revenue. Put the parking lots which are owned by the public (through the SEA and the URA) under public control. All parking revenue should be used for public purposes instead of providing more profit for the owners of the Penguins. The parking could be managed by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority or bids could be requested for an operator for all Lower Hill Parking lots. The Penguins Parking Company should be allowed to bid as well. This is a way to maximize public and community benefit from this public resource.

The Penguins have refused to support the Hill District Community Plan and community benefits.

2. It is also time to request open competitive bids for the development of the Lower Hill District. Many developers would be interested in the opportunity to develop the Lower Hill but they were not allowed to participate. There was no open process. Previous administrations made a back room deal in a Philadelphia hotel room to not only build the new arena for the Penguins but they also gave them parking revenue and development rights for the parking lots. This is another way to maximize public and community benefit from this public resource.



Carl Redwood, Jr.

Chair, Hill District Consensus Group




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Fwd: 18th year for PGH Scholastic Disc Golf Series tees off this Sat. 9/13

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Hi Disc Golfers,

The flyer (click that link to a PDF) has all the info about how you can win a disc golf package, including baskets, discs and a curriculum for your phys. ed teachers, in this year's disc golf series for kids.

The series starts at 1 pm this Saturday Sept. 13, 2014, with a putting and driving clinic followed by an afternoon round at Deer Lakes from the Red tees.  Register at the Blue Gill pavilion between holes 7/9.

Events 2-5 are at Phillips Park on 9/21, Schenley Park on 10/5, Two Mile Run Extension on 10/19 and the Finals at Knob Hill on Sat. Nov. 1.

Each $12 entry fee includes a golf disc.  Every series participant gets a disc golf shirt, and prizes are awarded each week and at the end of the series with an emphasis on "The Most Fun Wins"!

See you on the course!