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An Open Letter To My Neighbors Who Are Electing Their First President

Posted by Elwin Green on November 3, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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Unfortunately, voting isn't usually this much fun.


To my neighbors, Isaiah and Dorian:


Gentlemen:


This letter is to follow up on the conversation we had a few weeks ago about this presidential campaign, and somewhat about politics in genera...

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Wall of Fame Gains New Members

Posted by Elwin Green on October 7, 2016 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Pittsburgh Westinghouse Academy 6-12 is still known to most as simply "Westinghouse," and is remembered by many of its older alums as the school that prepared them for the world.

 

For years, the Westinghouse Commission on Recognition has celebrated some of those alums who went on to significant achievements in the world with the Wall of Fame, a series of plaques that hang in the school's first-floor hall.

 

On Wednesday, the number of alums so honored grew b...

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Progressive Dinner For A Progressing Neighborhood

Posted by Elwin Green on October 3, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)



The Homewood Brushton Business Association is presenting an event this weekend that will give folks the opportunity to sample cuisine from Homewood caterers while visiting Homewood businesses and institutions.

 

The Homewood Progressive Dinner, being held Saturday evening, will offer a five course meal, with ea...

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Urban Innovation21 Grant Competition Returns

Posted by Elwin Green on September 9, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Neil Dorsey received a $10,000 grant for Dorsey's Records in 2013; his family has owned and operated the business for more than 60 years.

 

Urban Innovation21's  business grant competition is returning to Homewood for a fourth year.

 

The Inclusive Innovation Community-Based Business Grant Competition launched yesterday evening with an orientation session for business ...

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Bill Clinton To Visit Homewood.

Posted by Elwin Green on September 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Homewood Friday to drum up support for his wife Hilary's presidential run.


My initial rush of excitement about this died pretty quickly, when I thought about the traffic problems likely to be created by his visit - especially to the extent that it coincides with activities celebrating the lif...

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Remembering Freedom

Posted by Elwin Green on September 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


On Friday, Sept. 9, the House of Manna Faith Community will conduct the homegoing service (aka, funeral) for their founding pastor, the Rev. Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell, who passed away on Aug. 29 at the age of 43.


The 11 a.m. service will be preceded by a "Freedom Procession," starting at 9:30 at Westinghouse High School.


I visited House of Manna Sunday for thei...

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Homewood Loses A Hero

Posted by Elwin Green on August 29, 2016 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Rev. Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell, founding pastor of House of Manna and former pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, passed away this morning, at the age of 43.

 

I don't know the details yet, but do know that he had endured - and until now, survived - bouts with cancer over the past few years.

 

Bethesda announced the news in a Facebook post:

 

TO: Bethesda Family & Friends
We share news of the passing of Rev. Eugene "Freedom" B...

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Zone 5 Mission Statement Short, Deep

Posted by Elwin Green on July 13, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (5)

I visited with Zone 5 police commander Jason Lando yesterday., and learned that Zone 5 has a mission statement.


I don't know how common (or not) it is for police zones, or even departments, to have mission statements. I don't think that it would have even occurred to me ask about such a thing. But there it was, firmly secured under the glass top of the conference table in Lando's office.


And here it is:

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Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights...Pittsburgh?

Posted by Elwin Green on July 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Alton Sterling (l) and Philando Castile (r) were killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, Minn. last week.


I'm going to make a pitch here. But first, a story:


I was out late, and stopped at a 24-hour convenience store around 3 a.m. to use the restroom and possibly grab a snack.


A younger Black man — I’d say early 30s —...

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Press Conference To Protest Gun Violence.

Posted by Elwin Green on July 12, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)


From the just-passing-along-a-press-release department...this event is happening TODAY:


The Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project will host a press conference at 11 a.m. to address the rampant gun violence that has plagued the city and the nation. More than 100 students will participate.

 

On July 4, gun violence hit the MLK projec...

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