Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hooking Pittsburgh into some swimming and water polo this week, month and season

Hi Friends,

Join us for some swimming and water polo this summer with some expanding opportunities.

See the Google Calendar link at

10:30 am Mondays, West Penn Rec Center outdoor pool, Polish Hill.
The Garfield Gators (boys & girls) are there too!

6-7:30 pm Mondays, Northside's Sue Murray Swim Pool

11 am to noon, Tuesdays, Citiparks Sheridan's outdoor swim pool with some Learn & Earn youth workers. This is a short walk from Langley HS.

6-7:30 pm Tuesdays, adult masters players gather for water polo in the deep end at Mt. Washington's Ream outdoor pool. Kid's play in the shallow end.

10:30 am Wednesdays, West Penn Rec Center, again.

6-7:30 pm Wednesdays, Northside's Sue Murray again.

11 am to noon Thursdays, Sheridan, again.

6-7:30 pm Thursdays, Mt. Washington's Ream pool.

Friday 5-8 pm at Hill District's Thelma Lovette YMCA indoor pool.

All outdoor sessions are weather permitting. These are casual, drop-in sessions where rookies and volunteers are most welcome.

We hope to sustain these practices throughout August and then transfer them to the Obama Academy pool as we're starting a varsity water polo team for the high school boys and girls. Plus, many other city and area high school principals have gotten letters that invite them to join a sport-team coop so that their students can participate on our scholastic water polo squad(s). The first to opt-in, Seaton LaSalle High School. Welcome.

Sadly, the pledge for the Pittsburgh Promise shrunk by $10,000 for city kids this week. In my humble opinion, we need to get our city kids better sports and fitness opportunities so many more can be RECRUITED into colleges. The sports background is attractive in college applications as it teaches discipline, goal-setting and teamwork. At Summer Dreamers we're working on backstroke, plus gaining respect for ourselves, our mates, our surroundings and playing well with others.

Stay cool at the pool and hope you and yours are safe throughout the summer!


Mark Rauterkus
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

412 298 3432 = cell

Phone message script

This is Coach Mark with Summer Dreamers water polo.

I'm calling to the homes of the students who are with us at Camp Langley with Summer Dreamers.

Housekeeping first: Thanks for taking this call. If nobody at this phone number has any kids in our water polo program – I appoligize for the call and if you PRESS #1 on your phone, I'll kindly remove this phone # from this summer's call list.

Good news: At camp, we are making progress. Most have made great strides in fitness, running and swimming.

Bad news: Some of the behaviors with some of the students at the pool, in the locker areas and especially at transition times have been making un-necessary burdens to other students, the staff and even the lifeguards. I'm heartbroken to see some of the kids fighting. Camp behaviors need to improve or else we run the risk of getting expelled from taking our squads to the pools.

Guardians, please take a moment to talk about good behaviors within the activities and throughout the school day. We are stressing LISTENING, playing well with others and good sportsmanship.

Extra news: The Liberty Mile is approaching. Plus, we have EVENING swim sessions and will be holding extra practices AFTER Summer Dreamers ends. Come for a swim on the Northside on Mondays and Wednesdays, or Mt. Washington on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the Hill District YMCA on Fridays. We need all the paperwork for the race entry right away. A new handout is expected to be sent home tomorrow.

Fwd: Special performance: Joe Jencks in Friendship August 16

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Subject: Special performance: Joe Jencks in Friendship August 16

Friendship House Concerts

is delighted to present

Joe Jencks in a special performance

Sunday, August 16

4:00 PM

    Joe Jencks is an international touring performer and award-winning songwriter. His career is based as much in ministering to the human spirit as it is in the performance of music. "A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who would like us all to sit still and listen politely. It's an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance! …Tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together." – Seattle Folklore Society
    "Joe Jencks is the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. His voice will instantly draw you into his passionate songs. He is a musician whose music will become part of you. His craft and artistry will remind you of the best efforts of Phil Ochs, Stan Rogers, and Woody Guthrie. The troubadour tradition is alive and well in the 21st century with the music of Joe Jencks." 
-Ron Olesko, WFDU –FM Teaneck, NJ
     We hope to see many of you at CindyStock,, in Wexford on August 15 with Joe Jencks, Joe Crookston, Jill West and the Blues Attack, and Maura Elyse. Then you can come to Friendship the next day for Joe Jencks' encore performance.

Check out Joe and his music at
Seating is limited. For information and/or an invitation, call or email:
LLouise & Jim Altes

Suggested donation: $15.00. All proceeds go to the performer.
After the concert, there will be a pot luck dinner. Please bring an entree, an hors d'oeuvre, a salad, a side dish, or dessert to share.

We are proud to be a unionized house concert series!  We have a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Upcoming events of interest:
Aug 2 Peter "Doc" Rolland @ Kurt & Annie's
Aug 15 CindyStock 12 @ 2552 Wexford Bayne Rd Sewickley, PA 15143
Aug 16 at 4 PM Joe Jencks @ Friendship House Concerts
Aug 16 at 7:30 PM The Young Novelists @ Hospitality House
Sep 6 Greg Greenway @ Friendship House Concerts
Sep 26 John Gorka @ SongSpace at First Unitarian
Sep 27 Jim Photoglo @ Friendship House Concerts
Oct 18 Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt @ Friendship House Concerts
Nov 4 Bill Staines @ Bill & Judy Locke's
Nov 7 Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg @ SongSpace at First Unitarian
Nov 8 No Fuss & Feathers Roadshow!no-fuss-and-feathers-roadshow/c1xef @ Friendship House Concerts

Mark Rauterkus
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

412 298 3432 = cell

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fwd: Pittsburgh Water Polo at the Cincinnati Shoot-Out Videos on You Tube (some of the Games0

Pittsburgh Water Polo

I have uploaded to YouTube some of the Games for the 18U Boys (A & B) from the Cincinnati Tournament for viewing. I was not able to get the Girls games + I missed some of the other Boys games as well (as explained below).


Filmed and Uploaded:


Championship Game for 18U-B Team: Tiger (17) vs. WindyCity Chicago (6)


Game #2 - 18U-A Team: Tiger (10) vs. WindyCity Chicago (5) - Charles Ross is outstanding in the Goal.


Game #3 - 18U-A Team: Tiger (22) vs. Lincoln-way Area Waterpolo (6)


Game #5 - 18U-A Team: The last 2:32 minutes of 4th Quarter - I was able to capture (with the other memory card) the final few minutes of this game with Charles Ross and Cam Makin climbing out of the pool after the win. It was the last game the guys would ever play for the Tiger.


With only about 3 minutes left in the Championship Game #5, the Camera overheated and shut down. I quickly switched memory cards and placed the overheated card on the ledge overlooking the Pool. I then got distracted and forgot to pick up the memory card at the U of C Pool. It is sickening not to have those (2) last Games on film.


Missing Games due to lost Memory Card:

Game #4 - 18U-A Team: Tiger (16) vs. St. Xavier (7)

Game #5 - 18U-A Team: Tiger (17) vs. WindyCity Chicago (7)


Partially Filmed & Not Uploaded:

Game #1 - 18U-A Team: Tiger (16) vs. Upper Arlington (3)

Best Regards, Bill Anthony in Erie, PA

Thank You card from American Water Polo for work on Summer Dreamers

Appreciation helps.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fwd: Tyranny fighters book

Hi Tyranny Fighters:

Gary Reed has written a book entitled Tyranny Fighters.  It can purchase for $11.40 at:

This book is mainly about Jury nullification and First Amendment rights.  

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.  The price of justice is eternal publicity.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Fwd: New QuarkXPress Online Training | eBook Creation

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Fwd: Ron Paul's New Book on War, Plus: A Time-Sensitive Deal...

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Fwd: Job Opportunity Available Time Sensitive

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Organization: Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)/Coalition Against Violence (CAV)


PositionCommunity Liaison


Salary Range:  $15.00 to $19.00 per hour.


Part Time Consultant Position:  Fifteen (15) to twenty (20) hours per week.


Deadline for Submission of Resume with Cover Letter: July 20, 2015


Send electronically to  or mail to:

The Coalition Against Violence

c/o The Black Political Empowerment Project

Freedom Unlimited

2201 Wylie Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


For more information: leave a message at (412) 471-4789 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.


Job Summary:

The Community Liaison position is crucial for the implementation and for the advocacy of the goals of the Coalition Against violence (CAV), an initiative of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), and for the advancement of the strategies that can impact the prevention of violence, as identified in the CAV "Strategies for Change" documents (65% of time). The Community Liaison will also assist in gaining partnerships in the civic engagement work of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) (35% of time) through outreach with current and potential community partners.

Duties include:

  • See to obtain community support for the work of B-PEP/CAV.
  • Build new relationships and partnerships, and continuing collaboration with existing partners.
  • Provide follow-up communications in order to share the vision and scope of the organization to urge partnership in various initiatives, issues, and events.
  • Organize events and forums.
  • Act as a resource for any informational planning, technical assistance, or in any other capacity involving the organization.
  • Prepare any required reports.
  • Prepare new materials, such as power point presentations, press releases and the use of social media that promote the work of B-PEP/CAV and their initiatives. 
  • Provide communication to the public and  to various potential collaborative partners to share the vision and scope of the work of B-PEP/CAV and to urge partnership in various initiatives, issues and events.
  • Engage potential partners who could make commitments to implement strategies that impact personal and community violence; and conduct follow-up on commitments made.
  • Prepare Implementation reports of the work accomplished by community partners to be published periodically that would measure the effectiveness of the work of B-PEP/CAV.
  • Research topics and trends regarding the mission and projects of B-PEP/CAV.
  • Develop and design marketing strategies for promoting existing anti-violence strategic publications and to develop new materials.
  • Seek contributors for future B-PEP/CAV publications.
  • Research funding possibilities for sustainability.
  • Present B-PEP and CAV materials at resource fairs, community events, and other forums
  • Submit monthly, quarterly, and annual reports regarding performance outcomes and technical assistance summaries
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Marketing.
  • Grant writing.
  • Project development, creation and implementation.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Public speaking and advocacy.
  • Some reasonable knowledge of community issues, concerns and the mission and work of B-PEP/CAV.
  • Flexibility with hours.
  • Work independently and as a team member.
  • Interact well with supervisors, colleagues, outside agencies and the public.
  • Use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and Social Media.


Education & Experience: some level of college education and administrative experience in community organizing preferred.


Act 33/34 Clearances, criminal background check, and reliable transportation.

Reports to: The Chairman & CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)/Co-Convener, Coalition Against Violence (CAV), and in his/her absence to the B-PEP Vice Chair/Co-Convener, Coalition Against Violence (CAV)


Work Location: From home and the Freedom Unlimited, Inc., rear office, 2201 Wylie Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Availability: Immediately, upon selection.

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