Westinghouse Arts Academy Scheduled to Resume Classes after Fire at the “Castle.”
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Westinghouse Arts Academy Scheduled to Resume Classes after Fire at the “Castle.”
<p>Restoration work is underway for the historic building that houses the arts-based charter high school.</p> <h4>Fire broke out in June</h4> <p>The Westinghouse Airbrake Company General Officer Building, known to some as the "Castle", a historic landmark in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, was damaged by a fire on June 28, 2024. The fire started in the 5th Floor attic and spread to the roof, causing smoke and water damage to the rest of the building. The building is home to the Westinghouse Arts Academy, a charter school, that offers tuition-free, arts based, high-school education to students in grades 9-12. The fire has been determined to be accidental, and started in the floor of the 5th floor, by the Wilmerding Fire Marshall, Al Hussey.</p> <h4>Everyone evacuated safely</h4> <p>According to the school's principal and acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kelly Lombard, no students or staff were injured in the fire, as everyone was able to evacuate quickly and safely. Dr. Lombard also praised the efforts of "the firefighters, police, and other emergency responders who contained the fire and prevented further damage." She also thanked the community for its support and donations in the aftermath of the fire. The School owns the old Westinghouse Memorial School building next door to the Castle and leases the Castle building and surrounding property. </p> <h4>Restoration work is underway</h4> <p>The restoration work is underway for the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school hired ServPro from North Versailles, which has brought in a ServPro national operations crew, to handle the immediate fire stabilization efforts of water extraction and cleaning. SerPro is also serving as the general contractor for the construction work associated with the fire related repairs to the lower floors of the Castle, that the school is currently occupying, as well as the historic red slate roof. Bill Malloy, General Partner of the owner Westinghouse Castle, LP, stated that "ServPro is doing an amazing job and will be completing the drying of the first two floors that the school occupies, as well as the removal of most of the affected drywall, on Sunday, July 14th." </p> <p>Utica National Insurance, which has assigned adjusters, engineers, and consultants to the project, is the insurer of the building. Dr. Lombard stated that Utica's consultant, Richard Mouris, Assistant Vice President of J.S. Held, LLC, confirmed on Friday that Utica National Insurance and its onsite partners "are committed to restoring the historic property to its pre-loss condition."<br> <br> According to Williams Castillo, Large Loss Project Manager from ServPro, the company is on target to complete all of the fire restoration work for the school's occupied floors, as well as the temporary roof, before August 12th to ensure that the school's operations are not impaired for the start of school. Roberts Roofing is currently working on the temporary roof repairs and engineers are evaluating the components to the roof that were damaged by the fire to complete the scope of work for the complete restoration of the historic slate roof.</p> <p>Building owner, Westinghouse Castle, LP, has been working since 2021 with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's State Preservation Officer, as well as the US Department of the Interior, to preserve the architectural and historical features of the building, which was built in 1890 by George Westinghouse, a pioneer of the electrical and railroad industries. The historic preservation project has been proceeding in phases according to Malloy. The preservation of the lower two floors has been approved, and completed, and the work on the upper floors is ongoing. The phase that will be completed by the end of 2024, is the preservation of the historic features of the 3rd and 4th floors which include George Westinghouse's office on the 3rd floor. Thereafter, as the Westinghouse Arts Academy student population continues to grow, the school will occupy those floors as well. "Fortunately, with the fast reaction to the fire so far, and continued cooperation by Utica National Insurance company partners and the contractors, the overall historic restoration project will not be delayed or impaired by the fire," Malloy stated.</p> <h4>Classes to resume in August without delay</h4> <p>Dr. Lombard said that "classes will resume on August 19, 2024, and teachers will return on August 12th, for the new academic year. The school fully expects that Utica insurance company and the contractors will get the Castle ready for August 12th. However, should there be any unforeseen delays, the school is prepared to use temporary classrooms." She assured parents and students that the quality of education and the safety of the school community will not be compromised by the fire. The school also encouraged prospective students to apply for admission, as there are still spots available for the 2024-2025 school year.</p> <p>The author, Joseph Lawrence, is a partner of Westinghouse Castle, LP.</p>
Picklesburgh returns for the 2024 season
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Picklesburgh returns for the 2024 season
<p>Get ready to celebrate the love of everything green and "pickled!" </p> <p>Picklesburgh 2024 is set to kick off Thursday July 18 in the hear of Downtown Pittsburgh! </p> <p>The three day event will showcase some of the best pickle flavored foods, desserts and drinks-- along with the option to purchase Picklesburgh themed merchandise! </p> <p>Festival hours will be as follows: </p> <p>Thursday - Saturday, 12 to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m. </p> <p>To find out more information, check out the Picklesburgh official <a href="https://www.picklesburgh.com/">webage</a>! </p> <p>Photo by Jonathan Pielmayer on <a href="Photo%20by%20&lt;a%20href="https:/unsplash.com/@jonathanpielmayer?utm_content=creditCopyText&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unsplash"&gt;Jonathan%20Pielmayer&lt;/a&gt;%20on%20&lt;a%20href="https://unsplash.com/photos/bowl-strainer-and-pickles-aZzYKVLVki8?utm_content=creditCopyText&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unsplash"&gt;Unsplash&lt;/a&gt;">Unsplash</a></p>
Pittsburgh Zoo helps mammals stay cool during heatwave
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Pittsburgh Zoo helps mammals stay cool during heatwave
Western Pennsylvanians are experiencing a sweltering hot summer. And so are most of the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. But thanks to beat-the-heat animal enrichment items that include frozen ice treats, air-conditioned habitats, sprinklers and water pools, mammals at the zoo are managing to keep their cool despite
Pittsburgh Public School Students Attend Ron Clark Academy
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Pittsburgh Public School Students Attend Ron Clark Academy
<p>Kim Bearden is the Co-Foundef and Executive Director of The Ron Clark Academy. <br><br></p> <p>Select Pittsburgh Public School students went to Atlanta to attend academy workshops on Sunday July 7th. </p> <p>The Ron Clark Academy is a non-profit middle school, housed in a renovated red brick warehouse located in southeast Atlanta, Georgia. <br><br>Each year, over 15,000 educators from around the world visit Kim's classroom and attend her workshops to learn better ways to engage students, build relationships, foster creativity, enhance communication, and create a climate and culture for success. </p> <p>An unforgettable 2-day experience for students and PPS staff. <br><br></p> <p>Staff is looking forward to implementing what was learned during this experience into the 2024-2025 school year.</p>
CDS Flea Market 2024
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CDS Flea Market 2024
<p>Looking to clear out unwanted treasures? Donate them to Christ the Divine Shepherd Flea Market! Drop off Days at the Lourdes Center (St Bernadette Campus) are Saturday July 13th, and Sunday July 14th from 9AM to 1PM.</p> <p>We accept most clean, unbroken items, including furniture, housewares, books, toys, jewelry/fashion accessories and seasonal d&eacute;cor. Sorry, we cannot accept clothes, TVs, computers/electronics, VCR or cassette tapes, encyclopedias, stuffed animals, and chandeliers. For more information call or text Lisa Fennessy at (412) 607-0226.</p>
Pittsburgh Public Schools board grants students two nonvoting seats
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Pittsburgh Public Schools board grants students two nonvoting seats
For the first time, Pittsburgh Public Schools will have a student on its board of directors. The board voted unanimously this week to establish the role of a non-voting student representative following a monthslong process. Board President Gene Walker said the goal is to have student voices weighing in during
Quick response to fire at landmark Westinghouse building in Wilmerding
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Quick response to fire at landmark Westinghouse building in Wilmerding
No one was injured after emergency responders worked quickly to knock down a fire at the Westinghouse Arts Academy building in Wilmerding on Friday afternoon. When Pitcairn police officer Kyra Haile arrived just before 1:30 p.m., smoke was pouring out of a top-floor window, she said. In the few minutes
Staff concerns at Highland Park pool spurred new chaperone policy
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Staff concerns at Highland Park pool spurred new chaperone policy
Twelve-year-old Miracel Eaton excitedly urged her mother toward the entrance to Pittsburgh's Highland Park pool on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Tamra Eaton, 55, of Highland Park, said she would've tagged along with her daughter for a pool day anyway, but a new rule at the site now requires all kids
Community Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Haven Childcare Center in Monroeville!
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Community Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Haven Childcare Center in Monroeville!
<p>Reclamation Community Center is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, July 21st from 4pm-7pm! Come and join us for a meal and some fellowship! We are so grateful as any contribution makes an impact on our staff and students. We will be serving spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and desserts. You may dine-in or take your food to-go! You can pre-register for your meal <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB6B2_VQl2d2wRyHnXeHPrBIIHbJghyKPgS8rU7MQxlz4W7g/viewform?pli=1">here</a> (especially if you are in need of a gluten free meal) but walk-ins are welcome! Adult meals are $10 and kids meals are $5. Gluten free meals are available for an additional $3. This event is CASH ONLY. All pre-registered meals will need to be paid for when you arrive to the event. All proceeds benefit Haven Childcare Center! </p> <p>Email Olivia at <a href="mailto:olivia@havenchildcare.org">olivia@havenchildcare.org</a> if you are looking to donate any items for the meal or a raffle basket! Check out our Instagram page @havenchildcarecenter and our Facebook page, Haven Childcare Center for more information and center updates! </p>
Kids 15 and younger need adult supervision at Highland Park pool
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Kids 15 and younger need adult supervision at Highland Park pool
Children ages 15 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult to enter Pittsburgh's Highland Park pool this summer, a city spokesperson said Monday. The rule that kids must be supervised by someone who is at least 21 years old is not in effect at any other city
Luigi Chinetti Jr. To Speak About Ferrari's First Lemans Win In 1949 At Cortile Italian Car Show Luncheon
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Luigi Chinetti Jr. To Speak About Ferrari's First Lemans Win In 1949 At Cortile Italian Car Show Luncheon
<p>The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is thrilled to announce that Luigi Chinetti Jr. will be the distinguished guest speaker at the Cortile Italian Car Show luncheon on Saturday, August 3. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear Chinetti Jr. share his captivating experiences from the 1949 Le Mans, a race that marked a significant moment in automotive history.</p> <p>As a young man, Luigi Chinetti Jr. witnessed the first Le Mans race held after World War II, an event that not only revived the legendary circuit but also set the stage for Ferrari's legacy in motorsports. His father, Luigi Chinetti Sr., secured his third victory in this historic race, driving the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. This victory was instramental in propelling Ferrari onto the world stage, despite initial reluctance from Enzo Ferrari himself.</p> <p>The 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans was the first race held at the Circuit de la Sarthe since 1939, due to the interruption caused by World War II. The event symbolized the revival of endurance racing in Europe and marked a new era for motorsports. Luigi Chinetti Sr., co-driving with Peter Mitchell-Thomson, 2nd Baron Selsdon, clinched the win in the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. Luigi Chinetti Sr. drove for an astonishing 23 out of the 24 hours, showcasing his extraordinary endurance and skill. His determination and resilience were key factors in securing the victory for Ferrari.</p> <p>This victory was significant as it marked Ferrari's first major international win, establishing the brand's reputation in endurance racing. The Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, with its sleek design and V12 engine, became an iconic model in automotive history. The car's performance at Le Mans showcased Ferrari's engineering prowess and set the stage for future successes.</p> <p>The race was not without its challenges. The Ferrari team faced stiff competition from other manufacturers, including Aston Martin and Delahaye. Despite mechanical issues and the grueling nature of the race, Chinetti's expertise and the car's reliability led them to triumph.According to several sources, Enzo Ferrari was initially hesitant about entering the 166 MM Barchetta in the race. However, Chinetti Sr. was instrumental in persuading Ferrari and orchestrating the car's participation, which ultimately proved to be a game-changing decision for the company.</p> <p>The victory at Le Mans was a turning point for Ferrari, providing the company with invaluable publicity and solidifying its reputation as a leader in high-performance racing cars. This win helped Ferrari attract customers and establish a strong market presence, particularly in North America. Following the success at Le Mans, Luigi Chinetti Sr. played a crucial role in developing Ferrari's North American dealer network. His efforts helped to popularize Ferrari in the United States, making the brand synonymous with luxury and performance.</p> <p>The Cortile Italian Car Show luncheon promises to be an engaging and insightful event, offering enthusiasts a rare glimpse into the Chinetti family's rich heritage and contributions to the world of motorsports. Don't miss this chance to hear firsthand accounts of one of the most influential races in history and the story of how Ferrari's legacy was shaped by the Chinetti family's passion and perseverance.</p>
East End Juneteenth Celebration
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East End Juneteenth Celebration
<p>The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh and the Homewood- Brushton YMCA are hosting a Juneteenth Celebration today!</p> <p>From 3-6 p.m., attendees will gather at 7119 Fleury Way in Pittsburgh's East End for an afternoon of food, fun, and community!</p> <p>Live entertainment will be provided by Queen of Nairobi, Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT), The Nia Dance Ensemble, DJ Hoodie Tre, and more, plus guest speakers Leon Ford, Jason Rivers, and Rev. Cornell Jones will be speaking. </p> <p>There will also be activities for kids in the Kids Zone and a group fitness class. </p> <p>See the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1941556509597323?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D">Facebook event</a> for more information. </p>
Shuman Juvenile Detention Center set to reopen
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Shuman Juvenile Detention Center set to reopen
After being closed for three years, the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center is set to reopen within the next few weeks, Allegheny County officials said. Shuman, in Pittsburgh's Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, was closed in September 2021 after the state revoked its license following a number of violations. Since then, law enforcement agencies
The Frick Fete
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The Frick Fete
<p>On June 22, the Frick Museum and Gardens will be hosting the annual Frick Fete, with a night of 'dancing and dessert under the stars.'</p> <p>This gilded-age style event will incude speciality drinks, desserts, and toasts to the works of Monet, Vermeer and Rembrandt. </p> <p>For more information and to purchase tickets, click <a href="https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/frickfete?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR2V-C8wvda52aLZ1e4LHYi8bjW5nO4hnXAnB-OS_o4-q6YxUSw0gOti8iU_aem_ARbjsYCCWrGMNg8nhmEH2oEKZPNhgB05IORhzYqx8mALG1CdqUdHXQJHx2laFiZ8p0dWNiAVO4pikp4Y2rab_vhg">here. </a></p> <p> </p>