Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Fwd: Instructor Class Schedule/AEDs/How To Videos

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From: Hennessy, Ann J. <>
Subject: Instructor Class Schedule/AEDs/How To Videos

Instructor Classes for New First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors: 

SWPA Chapter Office, 2801 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222  

May 28 AND May 29, 9 am – 4 pm

July 8 AND July 15, 9 am – 4 pm

July 27 AND August 3, 9 am – 4 pm

August 10 AND August 17, 9 am – 4 pm

August 19 AND August 26, 9 am – 4 pm


Cost of the class is now ONLY $250 (includes instructor materials – DVD, instructor and participant manuals and reference cards.)   Instructor candidates must possess a current American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and/or AED certification(s) or the equivalent.


Please keep in mind that any eligible participant that is not a current Red Cross Instructor will need to complete the online orientation to the American Red Cross prior to the course start date.  This orientation can be found at and candidates should complete all 4 modules:  History, Foundations, Key Services, and Our Commitments.

To register, call 1-800-733-2767 option 3 OR visit

·         Click on "Training & Certification"


Please also keep in mind that we sell AEDs as another way for the Red Cross to provide for those families in need within our community.   So when it's time to purchase or upgrade your AED please call or email me.  Different types of AEDs are available, but all are similar to operate and have some common features, such as electrode pads, voice prompts, visual displays and/or lighted buttons to guide the responder through the steps of the AED


If you do not have any employees interested in becoming a Red Cross Certified Instructor or do not need an AED, would you please consider forwarding this email to a business associate at another company or pass on a contact phone/e-mail so I could contact directly.  This small gesture could help us reach our revenue goals and prepare for future disasters.   


Existing Red Cross Instructors:  Click on the Instructor Tools Tab at and check out the new "How To Videos" for information on entering course records through the AP Portal, accessing your instructor certifications and there's an overview of


The Red Cross is committed to helping Authorized Providers by offering the highest quality training possible so please call or email me if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support and consideration. 




Ann Hennessy

Sales Representative, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services


American Red Cross

Western PA Territory

2801 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 439-9958


AEDs save lives! Are you AED ready?


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fwd: URBAN YOUTH & Joblessness, plus spectator support -- and SHOUT!

Hi Friends of Peace and Justice:

Youth behaviors and urban joblessness is getting some attention with recent events in Baltimore.

In Pittsburgh, we've been working hard to get kids, ages 14-21, to apply for an expanded city and county summer job program, 2015's Earn & Learn. 

Today at 6 pm, April 30, 2015 is the DEADLINE for applications.

Rush into 5321 Penn Ave in Garfield with the application, and other documents such as birth certificates, SS card, proof of address and pay stubs / benefits documentation. If the household income is BELOW a certain ceiling, a shot at a job for 20 hours per week job, at $7.25 an hour for 6 weeks is possible. 

Meanwhile, they play a major-league baseball game to an empty stadium. Humm...

To support the YOUTH beyond jobs, SHOW up when they PERFORM for the good. 

EVERYONE in Pittsburgh should go to the Obama Academy's high school musical, showing at 8 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 30, May 1, 2, 2015. Tickets at the door. It is called "Shout" and has music from the '60s and '70s. The singing, dancing and TALENT is INSPIRING. Amazing. You'll be thrilled and so entertained. Even if you have younger kids or have no connection to the school, you'll LOVE the show. 

If you can't go to the show in any of the next three days, then consider going to a local high school baseball game, softball game, or a boys HS volleyball playoff game. Also, on Friday, May 15, is Pittsburgh Public Schools TAKE A FATHER to SCHOOL DAY. Check out those schedules. Lend a hand.

Finally, we are still playing adult, community water polo on Friday nights at the Thelma Lovette YMCA on Centre Ave in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Drop in after 5 pm. Swim some laps. Join in the fun.

Thanks for the consideration and all you do for our youth.

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fwd: Teen Summer Job Application Deadline NOW!--Looking for Job Fair Employers

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From: <>
Date: Apr 27, 2015 12:34 PM
Subject: Teen Summer Job Application Deadline NOW!--Looking for Job Fair Employers
To: <>

Deadline for 14 to 21 year olds summer job applications is at 6 pm on Thursday, April 30th at 6 pm.
See attached application for more details.
On June 4th the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will be having its annual job fair. Over 1,700 attended last year.
Over 45 employers have already signed up to participate.
If you are employer receiving this email download the attached "Job Fair Interest Form" and fax back the interest form.
If you know of an employer who could benefit please share the information with them.
Rick Flanagan
Eastside  Neighborhood Employment Center
5321 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15224

Fwd: The Eagle

Articles in the school newspaper on TWO fun spring events, YAG and the OBAMA Drama Musical.

The Eagle

Opening Night at the Musical

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 05:35 AM PDT

April 23, 2015 was the opening night of the musical SHOUT. I had to interview Jasmine Deakings because I was completely fascinated about how she was explaining how good the show would be. After all the months and weekends of practice, it all turned out to be a success.

Keshya Jones: How did you prepare yourself for the opening night?

Jasmine Deakings: Preparation for opening night is always nerve racking, but it is extremely exciting as well. After making sure that both my makeup and hair was 60s and mod, I said a prayer for myself and my cast, hoping for a night of success after all the hard work and dedication we put in.

KJ: Where you nervous before the show?

JB: My nerves were all over the place! They were on an all-time high because the cast was majority freshmen and I was hoping that the audience didn't shake them up. However, the audience did the exact opposite! Everyone did great.

 KJ: What was your role in the musical?

JB: I played the role Penelope, blue girl's partner and I was a member of the ensemble as well.

KJ: What was your best experience while working in the musical?

JB: My best experience in the musical was having the opportunity to be student director and watch the show come together. It was great to meet such a new and different people and create friendships as well. I learned to love everyone in my cast very much and they are more like family.

KJ: Did you feel stressed while being a student director and being in the play yourself?

JB: Yes, yes, yes! The second Ms. McKrell made me student director, the pressure was on. Being student director means tons of responsibility. Ms. McKrell was extremely hard on me, but I knew that it was only because she saw the leader in me. In the end, all of the stress, blood, sweat and tears were worth it. I wouldn't trade my cast or this experience for the world.

KJ: As a senior, how do you feel as this being your last year in the musical?

JB: I could write an entire essay on how I feel about this being my last year in the musical. Being a senior in the musical is a bittersweet feeling. Like I finally made it, but at the same time I know I will never have another experience like this. Ms. McKrell was an amazing director, mentor and role model. She taught me so much about myself and life in general. Theater has been an overall life changing experience for me. Musical taught me the definition of leadership, dedication and hard work.

    After interviewing Jasmine Deakings I noticed that she was extremely happy answering the questions. But she was also sad about being a senior and this being her last time in the musical. As I watched how she was in the musical and directed it, I was amazed how it turned out. The crowd loved it and so did I. As Jasmine moves on to college, I wish her the best of luck on her upcoming years!

YAG in Harrisburg

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 05:25 AM PDT

"The next bill on the calendar is bill number 794. Will the clerk please read the title and purpose of the bill?"

"The bill title is 'Internet for All Act.' The purpose of the bill is to provide everyone with free internet."

"Is bill sponsor present? The sponsor is now recognized for a 2 minute sponsorship speech."

For three days, this is how the chamber sessions started. There is a club at Obama nicknamed YAG that stands for Youth and Government. Throughout the year, the club has held meetings learning Parliamentary Procedure, how to write briefs (for those in Judicial) and what to expect at model.

There were two earlier meetings where all delegations on the western side of Pennsylvania met. The first one was elections. We elected Committee Chairs for the senate and house. They run the committee meetings where bills are first debated. There were also elections for justices, gold lt. governor, and editor in chief. The next meeting was in preparation for the trip to Harrisburg. There we edited our bills, revised briefs, and learned our tasks in the model government.

On Thursday, we actually left for Harrisburg. People in leadership positions or in press got off the bus at the hotel, and the rest of us traveled to Gettysburg. There we watched a movie outlining the Civil War, and the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg. Then we took a tour of the battlegrounds and stopped at some monuments for pictures and a brief history. When we got to some cannons, we stopped and our tour guide explained how the process of loading a cannon. The freshmen were a group and we were able to imaginarily load the cannon in 17 seconds. The juniors challenged us and came close with 18 seconds.

After we arrived back at the hotel, we had a bit of time to unpack and then we had to get ready to go downstairs to get our schedules for the next three days. Everyone gets a bill book that includes everybody's schedule and location in the capitol building. We then broke off into Blue and Gold House and the Senate split into majority and minority parties. Senators voted for party leader, party whip and secretary. The Gold Senate had a few leaders from Obama delegation. Ian Thomas was majority party secretary, Jordon Picone was the chaplain, I- Lucy Pearsall- Finch was the secretary and Lainey Newman was the Gold Lt. Governor! She was in charge of the entire gold senate consisting of mostly first year members.

The first day was a little hectic. We spent the entire day in the capitol building. GORGEOUS! a little confusing but that was very much ok. All the returning members who for the most part knew the layout were very helpful with giving directions. The legislators were in and out of senate and house chambers and committee meetings. Everyone was trying to get there bill passed. Some were able to get there bill through both chambers and signed by the governor! The days were long, and each night when we finally got back to our rooms, there was a bit of planning for the next night. Sleep was limited but the hotel beds were comfy! Saturday night was the Gov Ball. Everyone got dressed up and looking cute!! We listened to a couple speeches and awards were given to some advisors. After that, a bunch of us went out and played a slightly intense game of Apples to Apples. The last day was elections, awards, and goodbyes. Lainey Newman won Lt. Governor for next year and some from our delegation won best Committee Chair. The bigger positions for next year- Lt. Governor, Speaker of the house and Governor have been chosen for next year. The trip to Harrisburg was a lot of fun. We got to meet people from delegations on the East Side and make friends across the state. I'm looking forward to next year.


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fwd: Appeal from Ukrainian Trade Unionists

True or not, I don't know. Something to wonder about.

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From: Andy Piascik <>
Subject: Appeal from Ukrainian Trade Unionists
To: Andy Piascik <>

Activists from the New York area are working on a US speaking tour with some radical trade unionists from Ukraine. Step one is to publicize the attached statement; step two is the speaking tour. Please circulate far and wide. I will follow up in the next day or two with  details about where and when they will be speaking. Solidarity,
                                                   APPEAL OF THE INITIATIVE GROUP FOR DEMOCRACY AND                              
                                                                         INTERNATIONALISM IN UKRAINE
Ukrainian anti-fascists are calling on people around the world to mark May 2 as a day of commemoration of those who were killed in the trade union building in Odessa. 
On May 2, 2014 there was a bloody massacre in Odessa where, though data is incomplete, at least 48 people were killed. Some of them were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. The organizers of the massacre were radical Ukrainian nationalists and fascists who support the regime established in the Kiev after the coup in February 2014. Their opponents were the participants of the Antimaydan movement opposed to Ukrainian fascism. They belonged to different political tendencies, but opposition to Ukrainian fascism united them. It was they who were the main victims of the massacre on the May 2. Fleeing from the crowd of aggressive and armed fascists which greatly outnumbered them, the Antimaydan activists tried to take refuge in the House of Trade Unions located near their camp. They were largely without weapons, as they consistently preferred peaceful forms of protest. The enemy attacked the House of Trade Unions with Molotov cocktails, igniting a fire that caused many of those inside the building to flee outside. There, angry Ukrainian fascists beat and killed them. Others who observed this remained inside until they either burned to death, suffocated or jumped out of windows to their deaths. Others who remained inside were hunted down and murdered in cold blood. Local fire service deliberately did not go to the assistance of the desperate people and when it finally arrived, the fascists did not let the fire trucks or firefighters approach the burning building.
The ruling government of Ukraine is doing everything to hide and distort the truth about this crime. The official list of dead people has not been published yet. The results of forensic examination of the causes of deaths are classified and were not disclosed until recently. None of the perpetrators of the massacre has been arrested; the state prosecutor's office deliberately ignores numerous videos proving their guilt. Instead, people who tried to defend the House of Trade Unions have been arrested and put on trial. Though the investigation found no evidence of their guilt, the court refuses to set them free. Official propaganda since the day of tragedy has spread lies like "the House of Trade Unions was not protected by people from Odessa but by citizens of Transnistria and Russian saboteurs", calls these people terrorists and separatists even though the leaders of the Odessa's "Antimaydan" never called for the separation of the Odessa region from Ukraine. But various supporters of this Kiev regime replicate this lie all over the world.
The Odessa tragedy is just one act in the civil war the Kiev fascists launched last spring against its own people that. This is not the only event of its kind. The atrocities of the fascists on May 9, 2014 in Mariupol, massive bloodshed in the Donbass, sadistic treatment of war prisoners, deliberate destruction of vital facilities in the Donbass, the recent excesses of Ukrainian soldiers in Konstantinovka (Kostyantynivka) - all of them are the links of the same chain. This is a manifestation of the bloody totalitarian nature of the regime in Kiev, established in the heart of Europe with the blessing of western political leaders. But the Odessa massacre became a symbol of these atrocities. In Odessa, the Kiev regime's political opponents asserted their own rights without weapons, by peaceful means and they were ruthlessly suppressed with astonishing cruelty and cynicism. The task of all progressive forces of the world is to demonstrate their condemnation and rejection of such methods.
The Kiev regime wants to forcibly impose on the entire population of Ukraine its system of values which totally rejects the Soviet period in the history of Ukraine. It is based on the traditions of Ukrainian integral nationalism, which is the local Ukrainian variant of fascist ideology. These ideas of integral nationalism inspired such figures as Stepan Bandera. For a significant part of Ukrainian society, such attitudes are unacceptable. That is why opposition appeared. Despite all the repression, people have been fighting against the reactionaries and actively looking for an alternative. But the forces of resistance in Ukraine are split, and some of them are not guided by consistently democratic principles. Some of them receive help from Russian nationalists and therefore think that the alternative to Ukrainian fascism is Russian nationalism. But this is wrong and a dead end road. Therefore, the solidarity of international left forces with the liberation struggle against the Kiev regime will help the people of see they have friends and strengthen the democratic tendencies in the camp of resistance.
Finally, solidarity of leftist and internationalist forces is important not only for Ukraine. Now we see the rise of right-wing reactionary movements around the world. In many European countries, neo-fascists are growing in popularity, the youth are joining their parties, and they are gaining more and more votes. Totalitarianism has intensified everywhere and gone on the offensive. The civil war in Ukraine is just one of many episodes of offensive of international reaction forces. But this episode is very revealing. Ukraine is a European country and it in this European country that for the first time in the 21st century that fascists have entered a government while fascist paramilitaries have received legal status in the army and other state authorities. We can resist this attack on our principles and values together, combining our efforts all round the world.
Therefore, we propose to make May 2 a day of international solidarity in defense of democracy and internationalism in Ukraine. To this end, we urge the leftist forces around the world to hold in early May actions of solidarity with the liberation struggle of the working masses of Ukraine. This can be a picket, a march, a meeting, a round table and any other action which would be considered appropriate by activists not indifferent to the problems of Ukraine. From our side, our initiative group will contribute to the dissemination of information about these actions in the media.
Ivan Melekhov
Jeanne Camus
Yefim Mironov
Stanislav Yushchenko
Contact address
New York Contact:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fwd: Seating is Limited! Register NOW for Double-Goal Coaching Certification Workshop

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From: "J Wester" <>
Date: Apr 23, 2015 9:31 AM
Subject: Fwd: Seating is Limited! Register NOW for Double-Goal Coaching Certification Workshop
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>

Good morning Mark! I just wanted to keep you in the loop about our mentoring in athletics initiative. We've decided to move ahead with a training on the subject. The details of the event are below. If you are willing and able, we'd love if you could help us spread the word about this event by forwarding this message to your network.

Thank you!

Positive Coaching Alliance: Double-Goal Coach:
Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons
Join TMP and Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen on Saturday, June 6th from 9-12:30 p.m. for this interactive workshop where you will:
  • Develop strategies for honing a student athlete's on-field performance while keeping spirits high and motivation positive
  • Help student athletes incorporate on-field coaching lessons into their daily life performance and success
  • Learn how to build mutually supportive relationships with parents and league leaders to establish and maintain a positive competitive environment inside youth sports
  • Enjoy an interactive discussion with fellow coaches and a facilitator with extensive coaching experience

Workshop sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins
Registration only $10 per coach

You will receive:
  • Certification as a Double-Goal Coach
  • Power of Double-Goal Coaching book from PCA Executive Director, Jim Thompson
  • Free breakfast
  • Sports items for your team, free clipboards, concussion prevention information and chances to win some great prizes!

Seating is limited!  Click here to register now and secure your spot for this dynamic event!

Questions?  Check out the event website or email Kristine Pugliese, Everyday Mentoring Coordinator, at
About The Mentoring Partnership

The Mentoring Partnership has served the Southwestern PA area for 20 years with our belief that young people are enriched by the support of a caring mentor.  Learn more at

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing "Better Athletes, Better People" by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.  Learn more at

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