WPXI Holiday Parade

The 2019 WPXI Holiday Parade presented by Neighborhood Ford Store will march through downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 30 starting at 9 a.m. Here are the other featured acts you'll see in this year's parade: >>RELATED: WPXI Holiday Parade Presented by Neighborhood Ford Store to be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 Other Acts 3 River Region Model A Restorers Club - Family hobby antique automobile club for Ford Model as that drives on tour every other weekend during the summer. Allegheny…

Residents Empowered to Turn Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces

Residents Empowered to Turn Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Meet the people who are in the middle of the project, and see the cool things they've done to get rid of blight, one space at a time. DISCUSSION Posted By Kristen Burns September 19, 2019 It’s been proven that cleaning up vacant lots helps to improve the mental health of people who live in those communities. Think about it, who wouldn’t want to walk outside and see beautiful flowers and…

Turning Forgotten Places into Community Spaces

On today’s program: Grounded works with community members to breathe life into abandoned lots; get to know Shawnee chieftess Nonhelema; changes in Pennsylvania Republican party leadership could impact its approach to the 2020 elections; and a conversation with holiday performers who celebrate Christmas all year round. Turning forgotten places into community spaces (0:00 – 12:30) Vacant and abandoned lots can be an eyesore and even bring down surrounding property values, but Anna Archer, policy project manager at nonprofit Grounded Strategies Pittsburgh,…

Going Green Need Not Be a Grind

There are many easy ways to be easier on the earth, environmental advocates want you to know. You could just give up. Wake up in the morning, read the latest about climate change or trash in the ocean or pollution emissions in our own Mon Valley, and it might seem that the only sensible course of action is to shrug and go about your normal routine, muttering, “There’s nothing I can do about that.” There’s another option, and it need…

Allegheny County names 4 new ‘Live Well’ communities

A municipality, a school district, a nonprofit and an eatery are the latest entities to earn designation as “Allegheny Live Well” communities. On Jan. 29, the county announced Penn Hills, Avonworth School District, Grounded Strategies in Larimer and Azorean Café in Bloomfield are the newest additions to the program. The Live Well program, launched by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in 2014, now includes 62 municipalities, 48 restaurants, 28 workplaces and 16 school districts. Fitzgerald created the program to encourage…

How America’s dying rust belt town can transform into “smart cities” of the future

The death of the American manufacturing sector made ghost towns out of cities across America. In these challenging times, some cities were successful at reinventing themselves and went on to forge new economies and transform their once-sprawling, empty lands into something new, something remarkable. Year after year, Pittsburgh appears on best cities for jobs lists, thanks to its burgeoning tech industry after a desperate decline following the fall of American steel. Then there are other cities, like Detroit, that have…

Leadership Pittsburgh selects 21 nonprofit heads for fellowship

Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. announced Tuesday the names of 21 participants for the organization's Lead Now Pittsburgh fellowship program, which will begin in January. According to a press release from the organization, the 21 participants were selected from nearly 80 nominees recommended by regional leaders. The group will take part in training to teach them leadership skills, collaboration, coaching and new organizational approaches. The program lasts several months and includes multi-day retreats in both Pittsburgh and Oakland, Calif. The latter is…

Can reviving a 120-year-old stream stop dangerous flooding on Pittsburgh’s Washington Boulevard?

Kimberly Griffith and two of her children were driving home after lunch when the rain started to pick up. The day — Aug. 19, 2011 — had already been a rainy one in Pittsburgh. But on that afternoon, another 2 inches of rain fell in one hour. Griffith pulled up to the bottom of Washington Boulevard in a storm with enough force to blow off 60-pound manhole covers. The street filled with 9 feet of rainwater and sewage, and Griffith’s minivan was submerged,…

Wigle Whiskey opens its barrelhouse for Christmas tree sale

Wigle Whiskey opened its doors this Saturday at its Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden to sell Christmas trees for a fourth year in a row. All the proceeds of the sale went to local non-profits, Biggies Bullies Rescue and Grounded Strategies. Shoppers tagged one of the many trees lining the walls of the barrelhouse and volunteers wrapped and secured the trees atop cars. “It’s a neat way to pick out a tree,” said Michael Foglia, manager of product development and innovation…

The Aetna Foundation Awards More Than $2.4 Million in Grants to Help Improve Health in Communities Nationwide

The Aetna Foundation Awards More Than $2.4 Million in Grants to Help Improve Health in Communities Nationwide October 02, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its continued commitment to address social determinants of health (SDOH), the Aetna Foundation today announced it has awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to 25 nonprofits across the U.S. as part of its larger Building Healthy Communities initiative. The funding was announced today by Aetna Foundation President, Dr. Garth Graham,…

‘Grandma Bev’ transforms neighborhood with the help of Grounded Strategies

The kids in the Homewood neighborhood call her Grandma Bev. The parents call her that, too, as does just about everyone else who knows her. It was three years ago when Beverly Howell sat on her front porch watching the local kids run up and down the street, wondering to herself, “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” “Then I felt something kick me, saying, ‘What are you doing?’” Howell said of her epiphany. Beverly Howell has turned a vacant lot next…

Meet the Neighbors: Evaine K. Sing

 In Allegheny County, there are 54,000 vacant lots and Evaine K. Sing and her team are on a mission to transform each of those spaces, one by one, into meaningful community resources. Born in South Africa and raised in Maryland, Evaine studied Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech and made her way to Pittsburgh in 2006 for a job opportunity with Burt Hill (now Stantec), designing resorts in Dubai. Always drawn to people, Evaine transitioned within the company from international work…