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Saturday, November 28, 2015

What you need to know about Pittsburgh news this week

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Here's what went down in Pittsburgh this week:

click to enlarge PHOTO BY THEO SCHWARZ
  • Photo by Theo Schwarz
1. This week was book-ended with holiday events. Last weekend, thousands flocked to Downtown for the city's 55th Annual Light Up Night festivities. Tree lightings, ice sculptures, display windows, live music, fireworks and a holiday market were all part of  Pittsburgh's official holiday season kick-off.  Enjoy our photo essay.
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click to enlarge Myra Falisz posing with her public-art bike rack, "Time-traveling Mike." - PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • Photo by Ryan Deto
  • Myra Falisz posing with her public-art bike rack, "Time-traveling Mike."
2. Pittsburgh’s Cultural Trust unveiled eleven new bike racks in Downtown’s cultural district on Tuesday. And each rack is a unique public-art installation created by a different artist. “Even something as utilitarian as a bike rack can function as public art,” says Cultural Trust President Kevin McMahon.
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DRAWING BY CP ART DIRECTOR LISA CUNNINGHAM
  • Drawing by CP Art Director Lisa Cunningham
3. At City Paper, staffers drew hand turkeys to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. Each one reveals a little bit of our staffers' personalities (and artistic abilities).
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click to enlarge "The Pretty 1" artisan jewelry, owned and designed by Nicole and Debbie Cerilli, for sale at the I Made It! Market - PHOTO BY ASHLEY MURRAY
  • Photo by Ashley Murray
  • "The Pretty 1" artisan jewelry, owned and designed by Nicole and Debbie Cerilli, for sale at the I Made It! Market
4.On Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the "nomadic" I Made It! Market set up its holiday shop on two floors of the Nova Place on Pittsburgh's North Side. One hundred vendors displayed their handmade wares. Mother and daughter Debbie and Nicole Cerilli, of Pittsburgh, sold their artisan jewelry, which they describe as  "whimsical, dainty and delicate."
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click to enlarge Michelle Lancet, co-owner of the fabric store Spool, in Allentown, welcomes Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for a visit on Small Business Saturday. - PHOTO BY ASHLEY MURRAY
  • Photo by Ashley Murray
  • Michelle Lancet, co-owner of the fabric store Spool, in Allentown, welcomes Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for a visit on Small Business Saturday.
5. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto visited the fabric store Spool in the Allentown neighborhood for Small Business Saturday. Co-owners Michelle Lancet and Jennifer Swartzwelder received funding from the Hilltop Alliance to open the store on Sept. 13 in the neighborhood's business district on Warrington Avenue. "The business district has done everything they can to help us succeed," Lancet says.
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From the pages of the City Paper:

CEA construction instructor and Ma’at foreman Johnnie Comer (right), standing with Homewood natives Woody Yates (center) and Adrian Foster (left), on one of the floors they are remodeling at the 7800 Susquehanna Street warehouse renovation project. - PHOTO BY HEATHER MULL
  • Photo by Heather Mull
  • CEA construction instructor and Ma’at foreman Johnnie Comer (right), standing with Homewood natives Woody Yates (center) and Adrian Foster (left), on one of the floors they are remodeling at the 7800 Susquehanna Street warehouse renovation project.

Staff writer Ryan Deto explores a workforce development program focused on ensuring that minorities and disadvantaged laborers, like those with a criminal record, are given opportunities to contribute to Homewood’s current construction revival. Development projects are slated for the once-neglected neighborhood, including a 40-unit apartment complex and the new state-of-the-art Animal Rescue League shelter, bringing hopes of economic vitality that could combat the neighborhood’s drug and violence problems. Rashad Byrdsong, president of the Community Empowerment Associate, who himself was formerly incarcerated in 1992, wants to ensure that people from the neighborhood and all disadvantaged workers get to share in any future prosperity. 

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