Concert Benefits Hurricane Victims + Closed Urban Block & More

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Hello again everyone ! It’s me, Rachel Tasker, your Pittsburgh Daily host. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about what’s happening in town. In this issue you will get updates on:

  • From Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico: Concert by Latin American bands benefits hurricane victims
  • Pittsburgh police shut down a block
  • ‘Violins of Hope’ comes to Pittsburgh

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Here are the top stories in Pittsburgh today:

1) On Friday, November 4, a group of local Pittsburgh musicians will perform their show Pittsburgh supports puerto rico to do their part to help in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. The show at Mr. Smalls Theater will feature more local Latin American musical talent than has likely been assembled on a single stage here in some time. The acts will perform in a variety of styles, from Cuban and world music from Hugo Cruz and Caminos to salsa, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican sounds from Noel Quintana and the Latin Crew. Gavas Beat offers its fusion of salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton. Proceeds will go to Casa Pueblo, a community organization in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, which provides those in need with solar power for life-saving medical equipment like dialysis and breathing machines. In September, Hurricane Fiona made daily headlines after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Caribbean, leaving flooded fields, rutted roads and destroyed power grids in its wake. Damage persists in places like Puerto Rico – which many say has yet to fully recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, let alone the earthquake that followed in 2020.

(90.5 WESA)

2) Pittsburgh police were in Brighton Heights this morning, where they shut down a block of California Avenue. Police were in the area of ​​Benton and California avenues. The incident is ongoing and it is unclear at this time how long the block will be closed. Pittsburgh Public Safety has yet to respond to the situation.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)

3) In 2023, Pittsburgh will host a treasured collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, offering powerful stories of hope and perseverance. The collection is owned by Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein, founder of “Violins of Hope” and son of a Holocaust survivor. For more than 30 years, he has devoted his life to the research and restoration of violins. Each violin, viola, and cello has a unique story that has connected listeners around the world to the story of the Holocaust. The violins traveled the world, reaching listeners in Berlin, Rome, London, Paris and many other cities. A website, violinsofhopepittsburgh.com has been created which will contain additional information. Further details will be announced in 2023.

(Uniontown Herald standard)

4) Registration is now open for Carnegie Science Center summer camps for children ages 6-11. Full day summer camps will be offered from Tuesday December 27th to Friday December 30th. Camps will explore the universe, robotics, space exploration, 3D modeling, gravity and more. Select camps will highlight experiences from the Science Center’s brand new 7,400 square foot exhibit, “Mars: The Next Giant Leap,” opening in November. Registrations are open on carnegiesciencecenter.org until Wednesday, December 21. Information is also available at 412-237-3400.

(Uniontown Herald standard)

5) Watersheds of South Pittsburgh and partners toured Saw Mill Run to examine possible sites for improvement along the urban waterway. The organization recently received a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to develop a master plan. Our vision is to improve green spaces and, at the same time, improve water quality in the creek,” said Lisa Brown, General Manager. Brown says the area has been flooded for hundreds of years with very steep hillsides and a narrow valley. “Because of this ongoing issue, the quality of development has been pretty much reduced to used car lots and places that sell auto parts,” Brown said. In order to improve the decaying area, a master plan is in preparation. Brown says it’s a plan that will need to be approved by the city. The master plan is expected to be completed by May 2023.

(WTAE Pittsburgh)


Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Rib of Beef Evening (4:00 p.m.)
  • Dr. Larry Davis Black Excellence at the Oscars (6:00 p.m.)
  • What are you reading? – Mount Lebanon Public Library (7:00 p.m.)
  • Teen Dungeons and Dragons – Brentwood Library (7:00 p.m.)
  • Japeechan District Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
  • [censored] Valley District Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
  • “Dear Zoe” Special Screenings – University of Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursdays PBR Mashup (20:00)

From my notebook:

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “Starting today, we will be counting down the presale of our tickets for Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show! In just seven days, the presale of tickets for the general public will open on Wednesday, November 9th and will begin a fun theme on the arctic. adventure.” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Police Department: “Watch below this afternoon’s press conference regarding the arrest of Jaylone Hines and Charron Troutman in connection with the October 15, 2022 shooting at Allegheny Commons that left three people dead.” (Pittsburgh Police Department via Facebook)
  • Visit Pittsburgh: “Greater Pittsburgh’s Fiddlers of Hope will call Carnegie Mellon University home from October 7 through November 21, 2023. 🎻.” (Visit Pittsburgh through Facebook)
  • Carnegie Science Center: “Spotted: Mr. Monopoly at the Carnegie Science Center! The mustachioed board game mascot paid a visit to the Science Center this morning and dropped off some Pittsburgh Edition Monopoly games, just in time for the holidays! » (Carnegie Science Center via Facebook)
  • Grow Pittsburgh: “🥕 Farm fresh produce is still available on Saturdays at Braddock Farms 🧅 Braddock Farm Stand Hours: 🧄 Saturdays 9am-1pm until November 19th” (Grow Pittsburgh through Facebook)

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Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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