Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Swim Dad alphabet

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Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3), SKWIM.us
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fwd: FW: Celebrate Healthy and Safe Swimming Week -- May 23-29, 2022

Celebrate Healthy and Safe Swimming Week -- May 23-29, 2022

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Saving Lives. Protecting People. TM


May 23–29, 2022 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 

May 23–29, 2022 marks the 18th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. During this week, CDC encourages operators of aquatic venues, swimmers and caregivers of young swimmers to take steps to prevent germs from spreading in the water. This year's theme "Make a Healthy Splash: Stay Healthy and Safe in Splash Pads" focuses on the steps that swimmers and caregivers of young swimmers can take to stay healthy when visiting splash pads.


Stop the Spread of Germs in Splash Pads



  • DO stay out of the water if you are sick with diarrhea.
  • DO shower before getting in the water.
  • DO take kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers every hour.

People swimming 


  • DON'T swallow the water
  • DON'T poop or pee in the water.
  • DON'T sit or stand on the jets. Sitting or standing on jets can rinse poop off your butt.


Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Materials

Check Out Healthy and Safe Swimming Fact Sheet


Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association, SwimISCA.org
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3), SKWIM.us
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 

CLOH.org & Rauterkus.com & 4Rs.org

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Fwd: [You're Invited] The countdown is on. Are you in?

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Monday, May 09, 2022

Fwd: Urgent Stakeholders Meeting

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Urgent Stakeholder Meeting

You are cordially invited to a meeting of Pittsburgh Community Television stakeholders to discuss and brainstorm funding ideas for PCTV. We have two meetings planned. One will be in-person and one will be on Zoom. The in-person meeting will be held on May 26th at 5:00 pm at the Saturday Light Brigade Youth Media Center located at the Children's Museum, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. The Zoom meeting will be held on June 2nd at 5:00 pm.

These important meetings will address the urgency to address the decline in PCTV's funding through the cable franchise agreements with Comcast and Verizon over the last several years. This funding is expected to continue to decline, putting PCTV's financial viability in jeopardy. Please come help us brainstorm positive solutions to this problem.

To sign up for the meeting of your choice, please click the appropriate link below:

I look forward to your participation. We need your voice in this important conversation about the future of PCTV.


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Friday, May 06, 2022

Fwd: ✈️ Next time you fly, make sure to visit Nellie Bly

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✈️ Next time you fly, be sure to say "hi" to Nellie Bly.

She's the Pittsburgh-native trailblazing journalist, feminist, traveler, and philanthropist most well known for her 1889 trip around the world in 72 days — it was her attempt to break the faux record in Jules Verne's novel, "Around the World in Eighty Days" and prove that a women can be adventurers too.

Yesterday would have been Nellie's 158th birthday, and the community gathered to celebrate with a dedication to her statue at the Pittsburgh International Airport, right next to Franco Harris.

She may be famed for her travels, but she got her start as a journalist right here in the 'Burgh.

In 1885, she picked up a Pittsburgh newspaper and was horrified by a column she read titled "What Girls Are Good For." Needless to say, it was misogynistic, and Nellie had lots of thoughts. She wrote a response under a pseudonym, and it caught the attention of the editor. He put out an ad in the newspaper to find her so he could offer her a job. That was the beginning of her stint as a writer for the Pittsburgh Dispatch where she worked for $5 a week.

Nellie made a profound impact on journalism and opened up a world of possibilities for women. She had the courage to tell stories that mattered and wrote about truths that shocked the public: dangerous conditions for women working in factories, abuses in mental health facilities, child labor, and divorce.

As President of the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh, I was honored to join CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Heinz History Center Andy Masich, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to share remarks on Nellie's impact on women and journalism at the event.

A lot of people might not know that Pittsburgh has the second oldest women's press club in the nation. That's all thanks to the team of women in 1891 who stood up, together to tell stories at a time when they weren't even welcome to have a byline. Those women, undeniably, were inspired by and followed in the footsteps of Nellie.

While Nellie Bly left Pittsburgh for New York before the Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh was organized, the club celebrated its 130th anniversary last year by inducting Nellie as an honorary member and recognizing her as a crusader for women journalists everywhere… and especially in Pittsburgh.

📣 If you're a media professional looking for a network, consider joining the club. We're always looking for new members. And you don't have to be a woman either — we welcome all gender identities!


📝 "Situating the Voice and Experience of Black Women in the Greater Pittsburgh Region," is a latest report from the Black Women's Policy Agenda. It reiterates the findings of the 2019 Gender Equity Commission study that ranked Pittsburgh as one of the worst places in the country for Black women. The new report surveyed 287 women on topics like labor, pay disparity, and treatment by health care professionals. It also discusses severe maternal morbidity, finding that Black women are more than twice as likely to experience death during childbirth than white women. (Dani Janae, Pittsburgh City Paper)

🏫 The Pittsburgh Board of Public Education is looking for community feedback on Pittsburgh Public Schools' next superintendent. Share your input through this survey or attend a community forum next Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Westinghouse Academy, Perry High School, and Pittsburgh Langley K-8. There's another forum at the same time on Thursday at Carrick High School and Sci-Tech Academy, as well as a virtual session from 6 to 7 p.m. (Sarah Schneider, 90.5 WESA)

📉 A consent order could lower Allegheny County property tax bills for homeowners who appeal and take advantage of the county's concession. The court reached an agreement on Wednesday with nine plaintiffs, including the Wilkinsburg homeowners who are leading the lawsuit challenging Allegheny County's property tax math after a reassessment added around $5,000 to their school, borough, and county tax bills. Tax assessments for properties that have not been sold have largely been frozen for the past decade. That has caused an inequity in property taxes because when a lot is sold, school districts or municipalities can appeal to have a new assessment that will boost the tax bill. The recent court agreement could pave the way for more Allegheny County homeowners to trim their tax bills. (Rich Lord, PublicSource)

🗑️ A year after then-Mayor Bill Peduto announced his long-awaited hopes for OnePGH's first $115 million in projects, the plan seems to have stalled out. Mayor Ed Gainey took office in January, and has since started negotiating directly with the city's largest nonprofits and scrapping a lot of the existing ideas, including initiatives aimed at social services, STEM education, and public health. OnePGH was first proposed as a concept 16 years ago – well before Peduto became mayor – and envisioned a partnership in which huge nonprofits like UPMC, Highmark, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and others would fund large projects of their choosing with little to no money entering the city's purse. The project has always been unusual, and Gainey seems to be going another way. (Charlie Wolfson, PublicSource)

🏒 Backup-turned-starting goalie Louis Domingue made a critical mistake Tuesday before his Pens playoff debut, and it didn't happen on the ice. The backup-backup goaltender never expected to be called into action when starter Casey DeSmith sustained a lower body injury in the second of a three-overtime matchup, so a couple hours earlier, he'd indulged in a spicy pork and broccoli bowl from a little shop close to Madison Square Garden. (PG reporter Mike DeFabo tracked down the dish and ordered it himself.) The Pens won 4-3, thanks in large part to Domingue's performance, but he told reporters he regretted the meal. "I needed something in my belly," he said. The Pens are back home at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday for Game 3. (Mike DeFabo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


THROUGH SUNDAY: 📽️ Catch a flick at the JFilm Festival at the AMC Waterfront Theater and online (Homestead / virtual)

FRIDAY: 🛍️ Shop from local vendors and makers at the PGH Flea Night Market (Garfield) 🍻 Celebrate the anticipated release of East End Brewing's Morningside beer with local craft vendors, food, and music in the Bulldog side yard (Morningside) 🎶  Enjoy a performance from Brighton Bass Duo and food trucks at The Frick Pittsburgh's  exhibitions opening party (Point Breeze) 🎸 Listen to live music from local Byran Nash in Allegheny City Brewing's Beer Garten with grub from Mr. Bulgogi food truck (North Side)

SATURDAY: ⚱️Shop for handmade wares and watch ceramic demos at the Union Project's annual Mother of All Pottery Sales (Highland Park) 👟 Get outside for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community at Heinz Field (North Shore) 🚲 Chug along at East End Brewing's Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride (Larimer) 🏘️ Go an immersive, self-guided tour of North Side's landmarks and culture with Doors Open Pittsburgh (North Side) 🔥 Get a glimpse of glass extraordinaire Elliot Walker, from Netflix's "Blown Away," at the Pittsburgh Glass Center's Open House (Friendship/Garfield) 🚙 Vroom over to Commonplace Coffee in the Mexican War Streets for the Coffee & Cars event (North Side)

SUNDAY: 🛍️ Shop from more than 100 sellers at The Neighborhood Flea at its new location at The Stacks at 3 Crossings (Strip District) 🍳 Celebrate Mother's Day at Kierra Darshell Presents Drag Your Mother to Brunch at the Greer Cabaret Theater (Downtown) 🎶  Take a spin with your friends to browse vinyl at the Pittsburgh Record Fest at Spirit (Lawreceville) 📖 Kickoff City of Asylum's Jazz Poetry Month at Alphabet City (North Side)

A special thanks to the kind folks at the Heinz History Center for gifting me this awesome book. You can find it in their shop, along with other Nellie Bly merch.

Also, thank you to my friend and the immediate past president of the Women's Press Club, Stacey Federoff, for snapping this photo and being my date to the celebration.

✈️ Just a heads up: I'll be on vacation next week, so Lead Producer Megan Harris is filling in for me while I'm away. She'll keep you up to date on the 411 in the 412!

💐 Have a great weekend, and Happy Mother's Day to all you Steel City Mamas out there.

See yinz when I get back!

Francesca Dabecco

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Mark Rauterkus       Mark@Rauterkus.com 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association, SwimISCA.org
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3), SKWIM.us
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) 

CLOH.org & Rauterkus.com & 4Rs.org

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