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Mayor Honors Youth Council
(PITTSBURGH) June 15, 2009
Youth Outreach Final Report pdf
Young and the Restless Summer Guide pdf

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl hosted an "End of Year Recognition Event" for the Mayor’s Youth Council on June 15. Parents, family, friends, Youth Commission members and City Council President Councilman Doug Shields, were all in attendance.

At the event, the Mayor acknowledged the Youth Council's past participation in the, "Toy's for Tots Drive" in December 2008 and "Redd-Up Homewood," this past April 2009. Shane Fischbach, Vice Chair of the Youth Council who attends Taylor Allderdice High School, and Raven Sams, a senior at City Charter High School, both spoke about their experiences on the Youth Council.

The Youth Council was also honored for the completion of two documents; "The Voice of the Youth" which is an extensive document that draws information from surveys and forums held to determine the issues that youth are facing in the city from the perspective of Youth. The second document, entitled "Young and the Restless: Summer Survival Guide", is a document which compiles various summer opportunities for high school students in the city. The idea behind this document is to provide youth in the city with "positive" activities to become involved in during the summer.
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Victory Parade Honoring the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins
(PITTSBURGH) June 15, 2009

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato announced plans to honor the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a ‘City of Champions' victory parade through downtown Pittsburgh Monday, June 15, starting at 12:00 noon at the intersection of Grant Street and Seventh Avenue.

"No words can describe the history-making comeback achieved by our team," Ravenstahl said. "No one believed that this could be done, that we could win on the road and defy history, and that the League's youngest captain could make it happen," Ravenstahl said. "On Monday, let's show the world how the ‘City of Champions' welcomes home their Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins."

"Monday's parade will be a great opportunity for this region to honor and celebrate this amazing Penguins team for bringing the Stanley Cup back home," Onorato said.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Rally
(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2009

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced a "Penguins Final March to the Cup Rally" at 12:00 noon on Fri., June 12, on Forbes Avenue between the County Courthouse and City-County Building.

There was live entertainment provided by Kardaz, face painting, and several fan contests that helped rally the crowd as the Pens take on the Red Wings in Detroit for the final Stanley Cup playoff game.

Fans participated in one of several contests where the first prize winners received: gift certificates to Panera Bread; County pool, skating and golf passes; and the ultimate prize of a summer get-away for two at Seven Springs Mountain Resort which included a one night stay and free recreational activities.

  • Best Pens playoff sign
  • Best Pens playoff slogan
  • Best Stanley Cup creation
  • Best Pens playoff beard
  • Best Pens look-a-like
  • Best Pens outfit

The MC and crowd judged the contest.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Rally
(PITTSBURGH) June 9, 2009

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced a "Penguins March to the Cup Rally" at 12:00 noon on Tues., June 9, on Forbes Avenue between the County Courthouse and City-County Building.

The rally was emceed by Val Porter from the WDVE Morning Show, and there was live entertainment provided by Kardaz and the Jimmy Adler Band, as well as the Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band. Several area high school cheerleading teams who share black and gold as team colors were also be on hand to help rally the crowd.

Qdoba Mexican Grill offered free chili BBQ pulled pork burritos, which have come to be known as lucky burritos because they are eaten by Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma before each winning home game. Shearer’s Foods provided tortilla, whole grain and kettle cooked chips. Turkey Hill treated the crowd to ice cream, and Eat’n Park provided black & gold smiley cookies. The Penguins mascot, Iceburgh, Eat’n Park’s mascot, Pittsburgh Smiley, and face painters were also on hand.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Rally
(PITTSBURGH) June 2, 2009

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced a rally at Market Square to "Dethrone Detroit" which began at 12:00 noon on Tues., June 2.

The Penguins mascot, Iceburgh, and face painters were on hand, and musical entertainment was provided by Kardaz and the Jimmy Adler Band.

The Mayor and County Executive declared Tuesday "Black & Gold Day," and they encouraged fans to show their Penguins pride by donning the team's colors to mark the first home game in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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The Grand Opening of the New Zone 3 Police Station
(PITTSBURGH) May 1, 2009

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl hosted the official grand opening celebration of the new Zone 3 Police Station. The Mayor was joined by public safety officials and community members to cut the ribbon and tour the new facility. The community’s public art project was also unveiled (Kim Beck was the artist with her pieces entitled Windows).

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Mayor Kicks Off $36 Million Oak Hill DevelopmentPress Release
(PITTSBURGH) April 24, 2009

Mayor Ravenstahl and Councilwoman Tonya Payne today presided over the signing of the Master Development Agreement between the City's Housing (HACP) and Beacon/Corcoran Jennison (BCJ), bringing to fruition the City's longstanding plans to complete the redevelopment of Oak Hill.

"Today is a day of celebration for our City, for the Hill District neighborhoods, and for the residents of Oak Hill," Ravenstahl said. "Through hard work and leadership, we are bringing quality development to Oak Hill. This final phase will create more than 200 jobs and provide a quality of life community environment for residents and neighbors."

The MDA calls for the design, construction and delivery of 450 units of mixed-income housing, 20,000 square feet of commercial space to include a convenience store and a sandwich shop, and, the renovation of the defunct Wadsworth Hall Recreational and Community Services Building.
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Proclamation Thursday
(PITTSBURGH) March 19, 2009

On March 19, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl presented a proclamation to Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger from the Carnegie Science Center in honor of Earth Hour, which took place on March 28, 2009 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The Mayor also presented a proclamation to Margy Whitmer from Family Communications, Inc. in honor of "Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day." The day was created in 2008 on May 20th, which would have been Fred Rogers’ 80th birthday, to promote neighborliness throughout the region.

Margy was joined by children and staff from Brightside Academy.
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Mayor Ravenstahl Meets the Perry Traditional Academy Championship Basketball Team
(PITTSBURGH) March 17, 2009
The Perry Traditional Academy Boys Basketball team, coaches and managers were honored by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl with proclamations and pizza to celebrate their City League Championship.
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Mayor Ravenstahl Issues The "Pittsburgh Fitness Challenge"Press Release
(PITTSBURGH) February 27, 2009
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Race Director Patrice Matamoros unveiled plans today for the Pittsburgh Fitness Challenge and the Mayor's Cup Award. The Pittsburgh Fitness Challenge is a friendly team competition which encourages groups of runners and walkers to train and race together in any of the May 3, 2009 marathon events. Team members can choose to register for the 26.2 mile Marathon, the 13.1 mile Philips Respironics Half Marathon or the FedEx Ground Marathon Relay, with distances of 5 miles and up. Any group can form a team, but the Mayor is particularly encouraging corporate wellness by creating a special award - the Mayor's Cup - for the area company with the largest team, by percentage of employees.

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Mayor Announces Opening Of New Youth Curfew CenterPress Release
(PITTSBURGH) February 25, 2009
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that one of the region's leaders for providing comprehensive outreach for at-risk youths - Three Rivers Youth - will soon be operating the new City Curfew Center at their Oakland site located at 200 North Dithridge Street. The nonprofit organization ran the City's former curfew and truancy center Downtown and has been tasked with creating a more welcoming environment for youths so that they will be more apt to seek available help and support.

"Our goal here is to positively affect our young people who are at risk of falling into the trap of gangs, drugs, and violence," Ravenstahl said. "This means turning our focus on the reasons why they are staying out late and connecting them with resources that will address these issues and ultimately improve their lives and make our communities safer."

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1st Annual Black History Awards HonorsPress Release
(PITTSBURGH) February 24, 2009
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Esther Bush, president of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, honored the late K. Leroy Irvis and the New Pittsburgh Courier at the 1st Annual Black History Honors Legacy Awards this evening. This inaugural event celebrated those who have advanced the mission of equality, opportunity, and prosperity for the City of Pittsburgh and the country.

The ceremony was hosted by KDKA's Lynne Hayes-Freeland and held in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. Guests were treated to musical entertainment by the C.O.L. Jazz Band, a project of the Center of Life, under the direction of Executive Director Timothy Smith.

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Proclamation Thursday
(PITTSBURGH) February 19, 2009
On February 19, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl held a special “Proclamation Thursday” for Black History Month. He honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the City of Pittsburgh.

Awardees were chosen in the following categories: Business, Education, Civic Engagement, the Arts, Health and Wellness, Communications and Community Empowerment. Mayor Ravenstahl’s “Proclamation Thursday” airs on the City of Pittsburgh cable channel at 3 a.m., 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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Super Bowl XLIII Victory Parade
(PITTSBURGH) February 3, 2009
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"Cage the Cards" Super Bowl Rally
(PITTSBURGH) January 29, 2009
Faithful Steeler fans gathered to cheer their team, wave their Terrible Towels, and support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
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Volunteering at the Jubilee KitchenPress Release
(PITTSBURGH) January 28, 2009
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Joyce Rothermel for lunch-time volunteering at one of the City’s 52 food assistant agencies, the Jubilee Kitchen, located in the Hill District.
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