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Mar 24, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Hugh Brannan endured a standing ovation at his last meeting of the Southside Planning Forum, his tall, thin frame slightly atilt, his hands laced, lips pursed. City Councilman Bruce Kraus had just read a proclamation making March 12 Hugh Brannan Day in the city of Pittsburgh. Mr. Kraus wiped tears as he sat down, having declared “the passing of an era. I’m going to get emotional, but it is important that we recognize what Hugh Brannan has meant to us.” There have been times, since the mid-19
Mar 18, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Leadership Pittsburgh put out the word earlier this year that it was initiating a one-day event to bring people together over food and conversation, hosts began lining up. The Big Table got legs so quickly that hundreds of people have an invitation, their calendars marked for April 17. Several organizations will be super-hosts, setting multiple tables. Some tables are open to the public. Some are combined efforts for cross-cultural exchanges, notably the Northside Common Ministries and
Mar 13, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Andrea London had spent 30 years making photographic portraits for a living when, during the 2016 presidential campaign, she became troubled by Donald Trump’s insults of Mexicans, Muslims and the disabled, among others whose demographic groups often are targets of bullying and ridicule. “I felt like I had to do something,” she said. The result is the multimedia project “We Are All Related,” a book, gallery exhibit and outdoor mural that celebrate the common core of our humanity, whether we w
Mar 12, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A sycamore tree slammed to the ground in Dead Man’s Hollow near McKeesport late last summer, cutting off a section of narrow hiking trail that Dead Man’s Run later swept out of its banks to plunder. It rushed away with so much topsoil and subsoil that the trail was left a foot lower, exposing rusted pipes and ceramic remnants of a 19th-century industrial plant. Caitlin Seiler, the Allegheny Land Trust’s director of volunteers and land resources, organized a crew to the site in October to chain
Mar 04, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The assumption that America is a divided land has been perpetuated so vigorously in the media that most of us have come to believe it. Enter Deborah and James Fallows, and not a moment too soon. James Fallows, a reporter and editor, notably a correspondent for “The Atlantic” for decades, and Deborah Fallows, an educator, author and linguist, spoke recently at Alphabet City in the Central North Side about their five-year odyssey around America in a single-engine Cirrus aircraft. They made len
Mar 09, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Film Office has applied for a $5 million grant from the state to begin developing land in Rankin for what it proposes to be the Pittsburgh Film and Entertainment Industry Village. It is one of dozens of Allegheny County applicants hoping for funding through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The grantees will be announced in the fall. Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said the state-of-the-art complex would give more movie projects the opp
Feb 18, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
David Aschkenas had a 30-year career as a professional photographer for corporate clients, but in his retirement, he has more time to take photos to please himself, which in turn please the recipients on his email list. As a lucky recipient, I always click the link to see his latest raft of mostly-sublime photographs from Pittsburgh ramblings and international travels — churches, synagogues, street scenes and portraits, people in museums, landscapes at twilight, historic sites and ethereal ima
Feb 28, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
J ames Simon is in his Uptown studio on a deadline, making his deliriously colorful work look like play — cutting lime green and red stained glass to make eyeballs and ears, slicing mirror glass to make bicycle spokes, laying out blue tiles to further the flow of the Manatee River — panel after mosaic panel that, in late spring, he will pad and stack in a van and drive to Bradenton, Fla. Mr. Simon is calling the piece “The Magic River.” It is composed of 15 panels that will spread 120 feet acr
Feb 11, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Semicir Street lies along a steep hillside above Riverview Park. It runs downhill, then uphill — a loop with two openings on Perrysville Avenue. One side of the street has great views of the wooded ravines below, but the lay of the land also has its drawbacks. A landslide last year forced one family to evacuate, as did a landslide in 2010. One recent homebuyer didn’t even have a chance to settle in. Edward G. Ferrell bought 35 Semicir late last year for $79,825. The sale was recorded by Alle
Feb 04, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
America set itself up to nurture the rogues, the bullies and lost souls who have become our homegrown terrorists. The origins of America’s vision were enmeshed in violence — from taking the land of native tribes to taking Africans from their land and enslaving them. This country has been violent all over the world through most of our history. In few cases were we right to. But Americans don’t protest. The exception was a sustained outcry during the war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. We see
Feb 20, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was a frigid night, but they came from all over the metro area, parking chockablock in Joe Lagnese’s driveway in Hampton, lugging instruments into his basement to commit a couple of hours to running through new arrangements of 18 Cole Porter tunes. Mr. Lagnese, a retired environmental engineer and alto sax player, wrote the arrangements hoping to scare up a Cole Porter tribute gig somewhere... someday. He’s faintly optimistic because, even in the outdated world of swing bands, a call for a
Jan 28, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Mr. McGuire takes young Benjamin Braddock aside at a party in the iconic 1967 movie “The Graduate,” he says, “Ben, I’m going to say one word to you” — and I remember watching as a kid, waiting for the word and sensing a trace of the sinister in his voice when he said — “plastic. There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it.” Today, I wonder if the screenwriters were prescient in posing this idea as paradox. I couldn’t reach Buck Henry to ask, and Calder Willingham is dead. But pla
Feb 14, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will take the stage at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in the Hill District Friday night for the Pittsburgh premiere of Donald McCullough’s “Let My People Go.” Four soloists and two actors will join them to lead the audience on a journey of spirituals and narration along the refugee network for runaway slaves known as the Underground Railroad. This show is sold out, but two performances Saturday and Sunday in Grove City, Mercer County, and Morgantown, W
Jan 21, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A discovery at an apartment trash pickup site in Friendship last year reunited a family with artwork it hadn’t known existed. Sheila Ali, founder of the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave. in Bloomfield, got a call in the spring from Donna Palermo, who had discovered a stack of paintings and pastels in an alley near her home. “I was taking out my trash and I found this stack of artwork, and it was raining and I thought, ‘This shouldn’t be in the trash,’” Ms. Palermo said. “I
Mar 18, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The lifeblood of the region’s shoe repair industry is a two-man time capsule in Uptown. Rocco Bracco founded it as Fort Pitt Leather Co. in 1942. It wasn’t the only wholesaler of shoe repair supplies in the area, but it is now. The only other wholesaler in this half of the state is in New Castle. Owner John Capaccio, Mr. Bracco’s great-nephew, sells to cobblers throughout Western Pennsylvania, as far east as Harrisburg, and further afield to Ohio, West Virginia, New York state and even Alaba
Jan 07, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My parents gave me a rebuilt Royal manual typewriter as a high school graduation gift. It was more than a symbol of the machine that would take me toward my career, but little more. Most people were using electric typewriters by then, and a few years later, most would be typing on computers. As I threaded a new ribbon into my old Royal the other day, I recalled the learning curve. It wasn’t very steep. To the most basic user, those computers were like typewriters, but you could erase mistakes.
Feb 04, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Drones are fun to play with and some are even cute, but beware — they can frustrate you, tease you, even startle you. Donald Poindexter and Ayanna Hall know first hand as students of the Drone Academy, held every Thursday after school at Nova Place, Allegheny Center, on the North Side. At a recent session, Ayanna, a freshman at City High, was ready to send her drone up. She placed the little Tello on the table, picked up her phone, activated the app and — zhurrrrp! — the drone leapt at her
Jan 06, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
We met before dinner on a Thursday at St. Thomas Seminary near Hartford, Conn. Each smile and handshake acknowledged that we shared a commitment for the weekend. Most of us had read “War and the Soul.” After dinner, we filled chairs in a circle in conference room A, 24 of us — veterans, civilians and a support team of therapists. Over the next three days, veterans shared their grief with civilians who listened, rapt. That retreat was in April. Four-day retreats are among several healing even
Dec 31, 2018 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For years, op-eds have fretted about our throwaway culture and disposable relationships. Technology asserts as much: If it’s 7 years old, it’s time to replace it. Yet most of us pretty much agree that we value most that which lasts. Should old acquaintance be forgot, take heart in a friendship that never runs out of memory: Meet “the girls” — Annie, Reene, Cookie and Kay — a friendship circle since second grade. Consider 68 years of regular contact, long weekends in reunion with marathon c
Jan 30, 2019 / By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Garfield Jubilee Association, a housing and workforce development nonprofit, has been granted more than $1 million for its YouthBuild training program from the U.S. Department of Labor. YouthBuild is a project of the labor department, which has supported the Jubilee’s efforts in the past as well. YouthBuild is pre-apprenticeship component of the labor industry that gives youth in low-income neighborhoods support to complete high school and training for jobs, including building housing fo

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