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>
Live Nation presents music venue plan for Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District
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Live Nation presents music venue plan for Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District
Entertainment giant Live Nation presented plans Thursday for a 4,500-seat entertainment venue at the former Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District. The plan, first approved in May 2023, is seeking an adjustment, as the attached parking garage now will be pursued separately. California-based Live Nation told officials at
Music of the Heart recital at Duquesne University offers opportunities to shine
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Music of the Heart recital at Duquesne University offers opportunities to shine
Move over, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. You have company. "We are privileged to have close to 100 superstars ready to dazzle you with their talents and abilities," Katie Harrill announced from the Mary Pappert School of Music stage at Duquesne University. "Some are stepping into the spotlight for the
Pittsburgh Public Schools name new chief of staff
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Pittsburgh Public Schools name new chief of staff
The Pittsburgh Public Schools board on Tuesday announced that it has a new chief of staff. Superintendent Wayne N. Walters said Lamar D. Blackwell's appointment became effective on May 23. Minutes from the May meeting indicate he will earn about $14,000 per month. "This appointment marks a significant step towards
Pittsburgh theater companies keep busy through summer
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Pittsburgh theater companies keep busy through summer
Some of Pittsburgh's cultural institutions may be taking a break for the summer, but theater is still all around in the city. Many local companies know that "the show must go on" " and have planned a variety of exciting productions for the next couple of months. Here are a
Habitat for Humanity, Uptown Partners collaborate on affordable housing in Pittsburgh's Hill District
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Habitat for Humanity, Uptown Partners collaborate on affordable housing in Pittsburgh's Hill District
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and Uptown Partners of Greater Pittsburgh are creating opportunities for homeownership in the Hill District. A two-story home at 2002 Forbes Ave. will soon be in the renovation process and will be kept completely affordable under the Habitat Pittsburgh Homeownership Program. "This will allow
1 dead in Downtown shooting near UPMC Mercy
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1 dead in Downtown shooting near UPMC Mercy
Pittsburgh Police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place Downtown on Sunday morning. Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert for three shots fired at 11:15 a.m. in the area of Fifth Avenue and Vine Street near UPMC Mercy Hospital, where they found a man with a shotgun wound to
Interested in a multi-generational sustainable community?
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Interested in a multi-generational sustainable community?
<p> </p> <p>Rachel Carson EcoVillage at Providence Heights is hosting a free in-person information session on Saturday, June 22nd from 11-1 pm at the Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd, Allison Park PA </p> <p>Attendees will hear from community members, and watch a slide presentation with a Q&A session about this multi-generational sustainable community. Those interested will have an opportunity to walk to the future site of the community. There will be light refreshments and an art activity for children. </p> <p><br>RSVP at <a href="https://rachelcarsonecovillage.org/">www.rachelcarsonecovillage.org </a>or text 412-573-1927</p> <p> </p>
International Day Parade kicks off Saturday in the Hill District, Market Square
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International Day Parade kicks off Saturday in the Hill District, Market Square
The second annual International Day Parade and Festival will kick off Saturday with a parade in Pittsburgh's Hill District. The parade began at noon, leaving fron Centre Avenue at Crawford Street, across from Freedom Corner in the Hill District. It will continue down Centre and Fifth avenues to Market Square.
Point Park University extends offer to students as Philadelphia college closes
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Point Park University extends offer to students as Philadelphia college closes
The urgent calls and emails to Point Park University started within hours of the abrupt announcement that a venerable arts campus in Philadelphia would close within a week, leaving hundreds of students suddenly without fall college plans. University of the Arts, dating to the 1870s, had become the latest small
County, nonprofits collaborate to serve those displaced by Downtown Pittsburgh shelter fire
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County, nonprofits collaborate to serve those displaced by Downtown Pittsburgh shelter fire
Storm clouds gathered above the shuttered Second Avenue Commons homeless shelter as Ronald McGinnis literally planned his next steps. On Tuesday, the 59-year-old homeless man, who entered the Downtown shelter six weeks ago, watched people pour out of the building as flames shot off its roof and smoke filled the
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Continues Collaboration with Hosanna House for Youth Judging Program
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Continues Collaboration with Hosanna House for Youth Judging Program
<p>ITTSBURGH, PA &ndash; On the evening of May 23, 2024, Bernard Martin, Director of Communications for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP), and Alberto Sanchez, Vice President at KeyBank, proudly announced the return of the Youth Judging Program at this year's Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, building on the success of last year's inaugural event. During the announcement, commemorative plaques where presented by Martin to Sanchez and to Leon Haynes, Founding Chief Executive Officer of Hosanna House, in recognition of their pivotal collaboration.</p> <p><br>This year, the Youth Judging Program is scheduled for August 3 at the Schenley Park events of the PVGP, where the iconic Mini will be featured as the Marque of the Year. Young judges from Hosanna House will have the opportunity to assess a collection of meticulously maintained Minis, engaging with the history and unique characteristics of this beloved automobile brand in collaboration with Mini of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>In 2023, the program successfully kicked off with Hosanna House youth judges evaluating the Ferrari showcase, last year's Marque of the Year. The event culminated in the presentation of a Best of Show award, chosen by the participants. This year promises to build on that enthusiasm and learning as the focus shifts to another iconic marque.</p> <p><br>"After trying to find an organizaiton that could staff a Youth Judging Program we where ecstatic the Leon and his team at Hosanna House stepped up to develop this program! The success at last year's event was a testament to the passion and dedication of everyone involved, and we are thrilled to continue this journey with Hosanna House," said Bernard Martin. "This initiative allows young participants to engage directly with automotive designers and aims to spark interest in automotive design, engineering, restoration, and repair " fields that are currently experiencing a surge in demand for skilled professionals."</p> <p>"We are proud to support a program that educates and inspires the next generation of automotive enthusiasts and professionals," stated Alberto Sanchez of KeyBank. "This initiative aligns perfectly with our commitment to community engagement and educational enrichment."</p> <p><br>The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, now in its 42nd year, continues to be a hallmark event that celebrates automotive history and culture, while fostering educational opportunities and community involvement through programs like the Youth Judging initiative.</p> <p><br><strong>About <a title="Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix" href="https://pvgp.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix</a> </strong></p> <p>Established in 1983, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a staple of the automotive community in Western Pennsylvania, blending exciting motorsports with charitable events to benefit local organizations.</p> <p><strong>About <a title="Hosanna House" href="https://hosannahouse.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hosanna House </a></strong></p> <p>Hosanna House is a community cornerstone in Wilkinsburg, PA, providing educational, health, and recreational programs that empower families and children.</p>
Pittsburgh Miller School Year Highlights
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Pittsburgh Miller School Year Highlights
<p>Pittsburgh Miller Pre K-5 African Centered Academy. A school located in the heart of the Hill District. <br><br></p> <p>This illustrious elementary school had an incredible school year. <br><br></p> <p>We want to highlight three moments that we hope the kids carry with them for a lifetime.</p> <p> </p> <p>&bull; Pittsburgh Miller students traveled to Washington, DC. so that students could experience the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. <br><br></p> <p>&bull; Career Day took place where an array of professionals visited the school to give students the opportunity to learn more about community heroes and jobs that exists. <br><br></p> <p>&bull; Students got to learn more gardening. They partnered with Macedonia FACE to plant a garden filled with flowers.</p>