Neighbors in the Strip http://neighborsinthestrip.com Pittsburgh's Market District Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:12:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 http://i0.wp.com/neighborsinthestrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/cropped-bookmark-icon-med.png?fit=32%2C32 Neighbors in the Strip http://neighborsinthestrip.com 32 32 Hello Neighbor: Teddi Horvitz Executive Director of Our Clubhouse http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2016/01/29/hello-neighbor-teddi-horvitz/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:19:20 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1411 Hello Neighbor: Teddi Horvitz Executive Director of Our Clubhouse We’re excited to announce this series of occasional article titled “Hello Neighbor” which will serve as an introduction to folks you may see in and around the Strip District who help make the neighborhood special...
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Hello Neighbor: Teddi Horvitz Executive Director of Our Clubhouse

We’re excited to announce this series of occasional article titled “Hello Neighbor” which will serve as an introduction to folks you may see in and around the Strip District who help make the neighborhood special and that we feel you should know about. 

Teddi Horvitz Executive Director of Our Clubhouse Today we’re featuring Teddi Horvitz who is the Executive Director of Our Clubhouse. The mission of Our Clubhouse is to offer emotional and social support for those touched by cancer in Western PA. Teddi was previously the Director of Development under the leadership of Carol Lennon who retired at the end of 2015.

Feeling the need to give back Teddi began volunteering with Our Clubhouse in 2011 after surviving her own battle with breast cancer. She says the warm and welcoming Our Clubhouse (then Gilda’s Club) certainly felt like the right place and that it was somewhere she could truly make a difference.

We asked Teddi to tell us a bit about Our Clubhouse as many in the Strip might be somewhat familiar with their mission but might not know the whole story. She told us that first every program that they offer is free. Our Clubhouse is also not just for cancer patients or survivors but for family and caregivers as well and really for anyone whose lives have been touched by cancer. Programs range from support groups to health and wellness, cooking, yoga, and even art and expression classes. They offer meditation and other relaxation classes that help members deal with the stress of cancer and post cancer treatment. They even offer pediatric, family and youth support and their staff are all either licensed social workers or counselors who can help members find programs that will best help them.

We asked Teddi about her childhood memories of the Strip District and her internship in New York City with the NHL which included planning a night out in Pittsburgh during the 1997 Entry Draft that involved stops at both Metropol and Primanti’s read our full Q&A below.

 

Neighbors: Our Clubhouse offers free emotional and social support to those whose lives are affected by cancer. Tell us a bit about the types of support Our Clubhouse offers and how the programing works.

Teddi: First of all, everything at Our Clubhouse is free, including membership. We welcome people who are currently living with or are impacted by a cancer diagnosis. We offer wellness and education programs which include support groups, health and movement classes (healthy cooking, yoga, meditation, etc…), art and expression workshops, short-term one-on-one support and educational lectures on a variety of topics that are of interest to our members. We also have an entire Family and Youth program including a pediatric cancer group and a program for kids who have parents with cancer. To become a member, you need to come to a New Member Orientation and meet with our staff who are either licensed social workers or counselors, so they can help determine how we can best help you. Then you can begin to register for activities from our monthly calendar.

Neighbors: Cancer treatment and the other health issues that often accompany different types of cancers can be so taxing with specialists, hospitalizations, dealing with insurance and so on adding stress how does the support that Our Clubhouse offers help them cope with or reduce some of that stress?

Teddi: Great question. Our program is not mandatory. People come as often or as little as they want.  But studies have shown that combining emotional and social support (also known as psycho-social support) with medical treatment improves the quality of life for people living with cancer or other chronic diseases.  Also as reminder, what we provide isn’t just for the person with the diagnosis – about half of our members include family (including children) and friends of someone who has cancer.  As for the stressors, Our Clubhouse offers a lot of great classes, such as meditation and yoga that give people the tools to deal with stress.

Neighbors: Formerly Gilda’s Club, in 2014 Our Clubhouse became an independent non-profit, was renamed Our Clubhouse, and announced a rededication to the core mission. Can you talk about the organization’s mission and any other changes that were made either at that time or that you’ll be making in the near future?

Teddi: As you said, in 2014, Gilda’s Club Western Pennsylvania became an independent non-profit and was renamed Our Clubhouse. Our mission has stayed the same: to create communities of support for everyone currently living with or affected by cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their family and friends.  Our decision to split was not an easy one. However, when the Cancer Support Community, who took over the financially challenged Gilda’s Club Worldwide organization in 2009, could not grant our requested amendments to our license – which included not requiring our members to participate in research studies, keeping the Gilda’s name in perpetuity and maintaining our 7 county service region – the board ultimately decided that becoming independent was in the best interest of our mission and our members. The only thing that has changed is our name, logo and colors. It is only because of our dedication to our mission that we made this change.

Neighbors: Nonprofit budgets are always tight and seem to only get tighter. If money were not a factor is there something or some things that you’d like to see Our Clubhouse do or offer?

Teddi: If money were no object… I’d like to see us add a whole wellness center as part of the clubhouse that would complement the social and emotional support that currently takes place.  I’d also like to have a resource navigator who can help direct people to the plethora of resources that are available in our community.

Neighbors: You’re the new Executive Director but you were the Director of Development previously. Both of those are vital positions in a nonprofit but they’re also typically challenging roles. What was it initially that drew you to Our Clubhouse, and what is it that made you want to lead the organization as the new Executive Director?

Teddi: I started at Our Clubhouse in 2011 as a volunteer. After I faced my own challenges with breast cancer at the age of 36, I wanted to give back. I had moved back to Pittsburgh from New York City and it felt like it was the right time and this certainly felt like the right place.  We hear from almost every person who walks through our doors for the first time the same sentiment: what a warm and welcoming place!  I felt no differently.  The previous executive director, Carol Lennon, and I hit it off right away and she reached out to me when the development job became available, about a year after I started volunteering.  I knew it was going to be a challenge – fundraising always is – but I felt like this was an organization where I could truly make a difference and obviously this is a cause near and dear to my heart because both my mom and I are survivors. I am flattered that the board felt that I am the right person to lead this organization and afforded me the honor to be only its second Executive Director. It is a privilege to work with the amazingly dedicated staff and volunteers who keep this place running for our members; it is inspiring to come to work every day to see first-hand how Our Clubhouse makes a huge difference in people’s lives; and it is our courageous members that make me want lead an organization that does the work we do.

Neighbors: You’re originally from Pittsburgh. Can we assume you grew up visiting the Strip and can you share any fun or fond memories about the Strip from before your time at Our Clubhouse?

Teddi: I grew up in Squirrel Hill and ended up back in Squirrel Hill after living in New York City for 14 years. I do have fond memories of coming to the Strip with my mother to buy fish at Benkovitz Seafoods and walking the wooden floors of Penn Mac. My favorite memory, however, is when I was living and working in New York at the NHL and the 1997 Entry Draft was held in Pittsburgh (think Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Olli Jokinen) at the Civic Arena. I was an intern at the time but because I was from Pittsburgh, I was put in charge of planning a night on the town for all of the teams’ PR directors. That was a lot of pressure.  We started at Mario’s/Blue Lou’s on the South Side and ended up at Metropol and of course there was a stop at Primantis.  I was hired on full-time shortly thereafter so I guess the night was a success. But don’t ask me for any stories…what happened at Metropol… well, you know the rest.

Neighbors: In the past few years the Strip has begun to change quite a bit. Can you talk a bit about how that change is viewed at Our Clubhouse? Also about what sort of changes you might like to see that would help Our Clubhouse either in your mission or even to attract and retain employees? Too, are there any negatives that you’re experiencing as the Strip changes?

Teddi: All of the construction in the Strip is amazing. It’s happened so quickly.  Because we are down on 28th Street and Smallman, we haven’t been too affected by the construction.  We are excited to see the changes happening.  For us, we hope that we can find volunteers from those moving to the Strip, both from new businesses and residents. In addition, we want to let as many people as possible know we are here and that we are a free resource for anyone touched by cancer – and let’s be honest, who hasn’t been?  As you mentioned previously, non-profit budgets are tight so we don’t have advertising and marketing dollars. We mostly depend on word-of-mouth and referrals from oncology departments at hospitals. But if everybody who lives/will live or works in the Strip could tell just one person they know about us, it would be a tremendous help.  We even have our own parking lot that is free to our members! Finally, since you asked, we’d also like to see more food options and/or a coffee shop closer to us.

Neighbors: Thank you so much for answering our questions, one last one before we go. As the new Executive Director and as the former Development Director you likely have it down pat so can you give us your elevator pitch for Our Clubhouse.

Teddi: Our Clubhouse is a welcoming community of support to anyone touched by cancer. We are a free resource to the tens of thousands of people in southwestern Pennsylvania impacted by cancer (we also now have a location in Greensburg).  Finally, I think it’s important to note that every penny raised here, stays here.

Find Out More

To find out more about Our Clubhouse visit their website. They have a new program for Adult Cancer survivors starting in March and information on that program is available here.

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Contemporary Craft Offers Pittsburgh Collectors First Dibs on Emerging Artists http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2016/01/26/contemporary-craft-offers-pittsburgh-collectors-first-dibs-on-emerging-artists/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:24:59 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1407 Contemporary Craft Offers Pittsburgh Collectors First Dibs on Emerging Artists 2016 LEAP Award Winner and Finalists Announced and Featured in the SCC Store PITTSBURGH, PA – January 4, 2016 – Jewelry artist Laura Jaklitsch of Somerville, MA has been selected...
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Contemporary Craft Offers Pittsburgh Collectors First Dibs on Emerging Artists

2016 LEAP Award Winner and Finalists Announced and Featured in the SCC Store

Laura Jaklitsch Studio (photo by Cole Rodger)PITTSBURGH, PA – January 4, 2016 – Jewelry artist Laura Jaklitsch of Somerville, MA has been selected as the Society for Contemporary Craft’s (SCC) 2016 Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) winner. Established in honor of SCC’s Director of Exhibitions, Kate Lydon, for her 20 years of service, the annual LEAP Award was launched in the fall of 2007 and provides exceptional emerging artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in SCC’s Store in Pittsburgh’s historic Produce Terminal building located at 21st and Smallman streets the Strip District.

Jaklitsch, who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2011 from Massachusetts College of Art, elegantly combines traditional craftsmanship and modern design in her work.  Bold in color and sleek in form, her wood and plastic jewelry is at once youthful and sophisticated. “Using my signature wood and plastic inlay technique, I let the process direct the work, while making deliberate color and composition choices,” says the artist. “The painterly, gestural process of cutting into the wood block and pouring the dyed polyurethane is contrasted with the diligence of the findings and the graphic quality of the lines. The resulting pieces are a delicate balance of both experiment and precision, and the wood and plastic abstractions begin to take on a precious, symbolic feeling.”

Reflecting on her career as an emerging artist, Jaklitsch says, “creating a body of work is a continuous process, and I feel both proud of the evolution of my work so far, and passionate about the direction my work is going.” As winner of the 2016 LEAP Award, Jaklitsch receives a $1000 cash prize and the opportunity to retail her jewelry at SCC for one year beginning on January 20, 2016.

Guest juror Brigitte Martin – creator and Editor-in-Chief of crafthaus, a social network and online art community for professional craft artists worldwide – selected the 2016 LEAP Award winner and six finalists from a diverse group of applicants. As the curator for crafthaus, Brigitte is at the forefront of current trends and happenings in the international craft community and is committed to creating awareness beyond the usual art and craft circles, a goal shared by Megan Crowell, Assistant Director of Retail Operations at SCC.

Laura Jaklitsch Ring“Contemporary Craft has a longstanding tradition of discovering and supporting the best and brightest emerging talent,” says Crowell.  “Many of our LEAP winners and finalists go on to exhibit and sell their work at other prestigious arts organizations and galleries, such as the Heidi Lowe Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.  It’s exciting to be part of an artist’s budding career at such a pivotal moment, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors and collectors to make a new discovery.”

Six LEAP finalists were also recognized and their work will be featured in two-month increments in the SCC Store beginning February 2016. The finalists are: Alison Bailey of Greenville, NC (Jewelry); Cheryl Derricotte of Oakland, CA (Glass); Danielle James of Greenville, NC (Jewelry); Erin Castellan of Asheville, NC (Fiber); Marion Angelica of Minneapolis, MN (Ceramics); and Molly Uravitch also of Minneapolis, MN (Ceramics).  For additional information, visit www.contemporarycraft.org.

Support for the LEAP Award is provided by the Castagnari Family Charitable Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

About Contemporary Craft:

Presenting contemporary art in craft media by regional, national, and international artists since 1971, the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) offers cutting edge exhibitions focusing on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, as well as a range of studio workshops, community outreach programs, and a retail store.  Through its mission of engaging the public in creative experiences through contemporary craft, SCC offers meaningful art opportunities for more than 145,000 people a year through four core values: providing vital support for artists; filling critical gaps in public education; sharing cross cultural perspectives; and using art to build community.  SCC is located at 2100 Smallman Street in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, PA.  Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The satellite gallery is located in the “T” station lobby of BNY Mellon Center in downtown Pittsburgh, and is open daily from 6:00 am through midnight. Exhibitions and informal, hands-on art activities in the Drop-In Studio are always free to the public.  For more information, visit www.contemporarycraft.org or call 412.261.7003.

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Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/11/26/santas-live-reindeer-at-wholeys/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:09:03 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1382 Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s on Sunday Dec. 13th Visit with two of Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s on Sunday Dec. 13th from 11 am until 2 pm. Your children will never forget the experience of seeing live reindeer up-close and in...
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Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s on Sunday Dec. 13th

Santa's Live Reindeer and Mrs. Claus at Wholey'sVisit with two of Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s on Sunday Dec. 13th from 11 am until 2 pm. Your children will never forget the experience of seeing live reindeer up-close and in person. You really don’t want to miss this free, family fun event. Plus for a small donation to The Children’s Institute kids can even feed Santa’s reindeer. Mrs. Claus will even be there to hand out candy and there will of course be great in store specials for mom and dad.

Wholey’s fun and festive atmosphere, great prices, fresh food, and wonderful people helps to make your shopping easy and fun. Plus with their free customer parking you never have to worry about finding a spot.

Don’t miss this incredible free event, visit Wholey’s Facebook event page for more information and come to the store during this event for an experience you and your family won’t soon forget. Come meet Santa’s Live Reindeer at Wholey’s on Sunday Dec. 13th.

About Wholey’s

Wholey’s mission is to create happy customers by selling the freshest product at the best prices, in a friendly, fun atmosphere. For over 100 years, the Robert Wholey & Co., Inc. has been, and will continue to serve their customers’ needs with only the finest and freshest seafood, fish, meat, and poultry available anywhere. Visit their website at Wholey.com to find weekly specials or even to order at home delivery of all of Wholey’s incredible products that they ship all across the country thanks to their state-of-the-art cold shipping process that ensures your food arrives frozen and will stay fresh even if you’re not home to meet it.

Visit Wholey.com, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and sign up for their newsletter right on their website.

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Small Business Saturday http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/11/23/small-business-saturday/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:31:37 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1359 Small Business Saturday Visit the Strip District on Small Business Saturday to show your support for independent business. Bring the whole family and enjoy shopping in the Strip District together. You’ll find something for everyone on your list in the Strip...
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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in the StripVisit the Strip District on Small Business Saturday to show your support for independent business. Bring the whole family and enjoy shopping in the Strip District together. You’ll find something for everyone on your list in the Strip this holiday season and we’ve created this shopping guide to help you #shopsmall.

Start Early. Start Right.

Plan to start early with a great breakfast from one of your favorite Strip District restaurants. Have a classic hearty breakfast from Pamela’sDeLuca’sKelly O’s, or Cafe Raymond. All of them are open by 8:30 am which is a great time to find your parking place and plan your route.

Small Business Saturday Shopping Map

Use our Small Business Saturday shopping map to find all of the businesses listed below and plan your trip to the Strip. Don’t just stop at the stores we listed either, there are tons of great gifts in the Strip and we couldn’t possibly list them all so come down and explore.

Stocking Stuffers

For the kids start by picking up their favorite classic candies, fun and different flavors of familiar treats, and of course, something new and exciting at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. Just walking into Grandpa Joe’s will make you feel like a kid again! For the adults visit Mon Aimee Chocolat for rich and indulgent chocolates and international sweets you can’t find anywhere else. Remember, there’s also no shame in shopping for yourself. Mom and dad deserve a smile on Christmas morning after spending half the night wrapping gifts and wondering if those four extra screws were really that important. Of course you already know that the Strip is the place to get tangerines and oranges but did you know that these classic holiday treats represent the gold that Saint Nicholas was said to have dropped into stockings? Pick up a bag of oranges or a few loose tangerines from Penn Mac, Wholey’s, or one of the Strip’s many produce stands.

Gifts for Her

Find everything for the special ladies in your life in the Strip. Visit Collage for jewelry, clothing, home decor, and more. Visit Roxanne’s Dried Flowers for candles, lotions, and gifts for pampering as well as holiday decorations and unique gift cards. Hot Haute Hot has the perfect piece of furniture to complete your home and Loom Exquisite Textiles has fabrics, buttons, ribbon, and more for the DIY lady in your life. Pick up a Pashmina or Kashmir scarf from Lucy’s Handmade Clothing to keep your love warm and fashionable all winter long. Speaking of keeping warm, stop by Backstage Alpaca in the Pittsburgh Public Market for soft Alpaca wool socks, sweaters, hats, and more. While you’re there, visit Jenn’s Gems and find something for your teenagers like some Harry Potter or Doctor Who inspired jewelry or clothing. Speaking of sci-fi and fantasy, it’s no secret than women read more than men so visit Bradley’s Book Outlet to find books for all ages (and some for the guys too!).

Gifts for Him

For the man if your life find the perfect gifts for him in the Strip. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so visit Strip District Meats for a steak or exotic meat gift box. Nothing beats a good cigar, other than a box of good cigars. Visit Leaf and Bean or Cioppino’s Cigar Bar for the best selection of cigars. The perfect match for a good cigar is a great drink so stop by Wigle Whiskey and Maggie’s Farm Rum. If your man prefers a great brew visit East End Brewing in the Pittsburgh Public Market. With all of the booze you’ll be giving you’d better get him some coffee too! Pick up the finest coffees at La Prima Espresso, Allegheny Coffee, or Prestogeorge. Don’t forget that clothes make the man! Pick out his Sunday best in true Pittsburgh tradition with a new Steelers jersey from Yinzers in the Strip (or a Pens or Pirates jersey, hat, or other gear).

Gifts for everyone

No matter the age or gender of who you’re shopping for you’ll find gifts for everyone in the Strip. You don’t need to fight the crowds at those big box stores to get a new bike or bike accessories. Visit Kindred Cycles for bicycles, helmets, lights, water-bottles, winter riding gear, and more for cyclists of all ages. A good meal is always a great gift and you can find gift cards and certificates at all of your favorite Strip District restaurants. Nothing goes better with a great meal than a great bottle of wine. You’ll find a great selection of local wines at Pittsburgh Winery and R Winery. For those hard to buy for folks on your list consider a beautiful handmade piece of pottery from Penn Ave. Pottery, a fun and unique decor piece from Art of Steel, a locally handcrafted gift from Society for Contemporary Craft, or a handmade jewelry or decor piece from around the world at Ten Thousand Villages. Do you have a history buff on your list? They’ll love a membership to the Heinz History Center. Know a great chef, baker, or bartender with a flair for entertaining? You’ll find the perfect piece of kitchen or barware at In the Kitchen.

Holiday Decorations

Our friends at Roxanne’s Dried Flowers have everything you need to invoke the magic of the holiday season – wreaths, garlands, and even small Christmas trees. Find Pittsburgh themed party decorations at Mike Feinberg that will help you throw the best New Year’s celebration ever!

Meet Santa Claus

The Pittsburgh Public Market is going all out with cooking demos, live music, giveaways, and a visit from the jolly old elf himself Santa Claus. Find incredible buys from local farmers, bakers, chefs, and more. Grab a plate of delicious food and sample some beer, kombucha, or hard cider. Find even more exciting gifts from Glam Earth Cosmetics, and Jonathan Moran Woodworks.

Remember Those in Need

It’s easy to get distracted during the holidays and to forget that this time of year can be incredibly difficult for many. The Strip is home to several charitable and health service organizations. Homeless Children’s Fund helps ensure that kids facing homelessness don’t fall behind their peers. Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) helps those dealing with cancer and their loved ones. The Midwife Center offers midwife and other health and wellness services and cares for many low income women and their families. The Three Rivers Mothers Milk Bank collects, stores, and distributes breast milk donations to fulfill their mission of helping preemies. However, in addition to milk donations, they also need financial contributions in order to operate. Donate today to any of these worthy causes and make the holidays brighter for your community.

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International Collaboration Aims for the Moon http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/28/international-collaboration-aiming-for-the-moon/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:12:15 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1333 International Collaboration Aiming for the Moon Our international neighborhood makes for the perfect setting to announce a new international collaboration aiming for the moon. Payloads from 4 continents will rocket off to the moon in a lunar lander built on Liberty...
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International Collaboration Aiming for the Moon

Our international neighborhood makes for the perfect setting to announce a new international collaboration aiming for the moon. Payloads from 4 continents will rocket off to the moon in a lunar lander built on Liberty Ave. in the Strip District. Astrobotic announced Tuesday that they will collaborate with Team AngelicvM, of Chile along with Team Hakuto of Japan to launch Astrobotic’s lunar lander in their effort to compete for the $20 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE.

Astrobotic’s lander Uni will deploy AngelicvM’s lunar rover who will race across the surface collecting high-definition video and images to transmit back to Earth. Read more in their press release below.

 

Team AngelicvM Will Fly with Astrobotic on First Lunar Mission

Partnership Expands Astrobotic Manifest to Represent Four Continents

October 27, 2015

TOKYO – Astrobotic Technology, Inc. announced today that it will carry a rover for Team AngelicvM, the Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Chile, to the surface of the Moon on Astrobotic’s first lunar mission. Team AngelicvM joins Team HAKUTO, the Japanese Google Lunar XPRIZE team, which announced a partnership with Astrobotic earlier this year. Teams HAKUTO and AngelicvM, along with Team Astrobotic, will launch from Earth, fly together to the surface of the Moon, and deploy from Astrobotic’s lander. The teams will then race 500 meters across the Moon’s surface to send high-definition images and video back to Earth in pursuit of the $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE Grand Prize. The signing of Team AngelicvM adds South America to payloads from North America, Europe and Asia, expanding the unique co-opetition (cooperative competition) model spurred by the Google Lunar XPRIZE across the globe.

Team AngelicvM entered into the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to send a rover to the surface of the Moon to project images that carries a message of faith, hope, peace and unity to the world.  Their rover Uni (for “unity”) will explore the surface of the Moon and send images and video back to Earth. Team AngelicvM hopes to create awareness of the problems that we face as a global community, and encourage the new generations to get involved and work together to make a difference. Team AnglicvM intends to use the prize money to support their cause of exploration, hope, and unity across the globe.

Astrobotic wants to make the Moon accessible to the world. Its current manifest showcases the growing, international demand from companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals looking to the Moon as the next step in the human expansion to space and a critical resource for the long-term advancement of science, engineering, and life of Earth.

“All of the teams are out to make history – we’re doing something that has not been done before.  While we all want to win the Prize, I think we also recognize that – no matter which team banks the check – the real winner is all of us,” says John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic.  “Team AngelicvM shares our vision of uniting and inspiring individuals to look to the Moon as the next great destination for exploration and discovery. We are honored to have great partners to join us on this historic journey that will pioneer a new era of lunar exploration for future generations.”

 

“With the challenges facing our world today, it is comforting and humbling to see how a group of dreamers from all these different areas of the planet are joining forces to reach the moon together forgetting about cultural, physical and geographical differences, in order to reach their dreams, and show the world that there is still hope in humanity if we work together towards a common goal,” says Mauricio Guerrero, the CEO of Team AngelicvM.

Astrobotic first mission also will carry the first payload in history from Latin America, which is under development with Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM). Astrobotic intends to launch from Cape Canaveral no earlier than late 2017.

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About Astrobotic:

Astrobotic Technology Inc. is a lunar logistics company that delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company’s spacecraft accommodates multiple customers on a single flight, offering flexibility at an industry-defining low price. Astrobotic is an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST program.  Astrobotic has 21 prior and ongoing NASA contracts, strong commercial partnerships, 9 contracts and dozens of customer negotiations for upcoming missions. With its partner Carnegie Mellon University, Astrobotic is pursuing the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Astrobotic was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

About Team AngelicvM:

In 2007 Gerardo Rocha Haardt, President of Inversiones Angelicvm was introduced to the Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP) competition. He saw this contest as a great opportunity to explore the private aerospace industry and discover alternative options for development for humanity, since literally the “Sky is the Limit”. He decided to create a team to enter the completion and in 2010, Team Angelicvm officially joined GLXP. The main purpose of Team Angelicvm is to build a Rover that would land on the surface on the Moon, comply with the competition requirements, and broadcast back to Earth a high definition music video that carries message of “Faith, Hope, Peace and Unity” to the World. It is our hope that this message will reach across the Globe and impact all of humanity for the better. We want to create awareness of the problems that we face as a global community and encourage the new generations to get involved and work together to make a difference.

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Holidays at Society for Contemporary Craft http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/26/holidays-at-society-for-contemporary-craft/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:03:17 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1330 Holidays at Society for Contemporary Craft Come celebrate the Holidays at Society for Contemporary Craft who are kicking off the festivities with the event CRAFTED on Nov. 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm featuring food and drinks by the Strip District’s...
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Holidays at Society for Contemporary Craft

Chandra DeBuse_BowlsCome celebrate the Holidays at Society for Contemporary Craft who are kicking off the festivities with the event CRAFTED on Nov. 6th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm featuring food and drinks by the Strip District’s own Bar Marco. See incredible works of handcrafted functional ceramics and taste artisanal food and drinks served in select pieces from the exhibit.

You’ll want to add these beautiful pieces to your personal collection. Come back to shop Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm starting on Dec. 6th and running through the 20th.

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Weekend Street Closures http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/23/weekend-street-closures/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:28:21 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1314 Weekend Street Closures There are a few weekend street closures to watch out for this Saturday and Sunday. Plan your route so you won’t run into extra traffic when visiting this weekend. As usual there are a lot of great things to...
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Weekend Street Closures

There are a few weekend street closures to watch out for this Saturday and Sunday. Plan your route so you won’t run into extra traffic when visiting this weekend. As usual there are a lot of great things to see and do in the Strip. Come on down and enjoy Pittsburgh’s favorite neighborhood.

Saturday Street Closure

Street Closure Detour - Tanks for the MemoriesFrom Noon until 3:00pm Smallman Street between 12th and 13th streets will close for Tanks for the Memories at the Heinz History Center. Traffic will be detoured around the closure via Waterfront Place and 13th Street. If you’re coming into the Strip via the 10th Street Bypass under the Convention Center you should use the following detour as there is no direct turn onto Waterfront Place from that side of 11th Street.

Detour: Turn right under the Convention Center on 10th Street. Proceed to Liberty Ave. Turn left onto Liberty and then left onto 11th Street. Follow 11th back towards the Convention Center and make a right onto Waterfront Place and follow the detour back to Smallman via. 13th Street. Click on the image above to see the detour.

Hampton Inn guests: Please contact the Hampton Inn at 412-288-4350 or the Heinz History Center at 412-454-6000 for help or if you have any questions.

Sunday Street Closure

2015 EQT Course Street ClosureSunday from 7:00 am until around 11:00 am there will be several street closures in the Strip for the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The route will come across the 16th Street Bridge and proceed up Penn Ave to 29th Street where it will cross onto Smallman. They’ll only be on Smallman until just before the 31st Street Bridge where they’ll move back to Penn Ave and then onto Liberty Ave. at 29th Street. They’ll then follow Liberty Ave. into downtown.

They will reopen the street as the runners pass through the area. All runners are expected to finish by 11:00 am. Visitors can access the Strip from the downtown area via Smallman Street. The 10th Street Bypass will be open and visitors may take the Parkway to the Bypass and come into the Strip via Smallman Street. Those coming from the east who would travel down Penn or Liberty avenues can also take the Bypass via crossing the 40th or 31st Street Bridges and taking Route 28 to the Fort Duquesne Bridge and exiting towards the Strip onto the Bypass.

Weekend Happenings

Despite the street closures the Strip is your place to be this weekend. Come shop, eat, and have fun in Pittsburgh’s favorite neighborhood the Strip District! There’s a lot going on so don’t miss the following Weekend Happenings. Come visit all of your favorite shops and eateries, and be part of the excitement.

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Zoning Hearing Notice: Penn Ave Condo http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/19/zoning-hearing-notice-penn-ave-condo/ Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:08:36 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1311 Zoning Hearing Notice for Oct. 29th A Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) hearing will take place on Oct. 29th at 9:20 am in the 1st Floor Conference Room in the City Municipal Building at 200 Ross Street. This hearing is...
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Zoning Hearing Notice for Oct. 29th

A Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) hearing will take place on Oct. 29th at 9:20 am in the 1st Floor Conference Room in the City Municipal Building at 200 Ross Street. This hearing is for the 18 story (224 foot tall) condo proposed for the 2600 block of Penn Ave. The developer is seeking several special exceptions and variances for Height, Use, Floor Area Ratio, and Setback.

This building is drawing a lot of attention and Neighbors in the Strip wants our business owners and residents to be aware of this hearing so that they may testify if they feel it will impact their quality of life. Residents of Polish Hill and Lawrenceville have also expressed interested. They too are encouraged to testify if they feel it will have an impact on their quality of life. Anyone may testify at this hearing in favor or opposition to the building.

You can view the ZBA agenda here. The building in question is listed on page 3.

Strip District Zoning

Neighbors in the Strip is working on a new strategic action plan for the neighborhood and the organization. As part of that plan we will be asking stakeholders questions that will likely lead to us working to change zoning regulations for the neighborhood to better reflect the future that stakeholders want to see in the neighborhood and to better protect the businesses in the neighborhood that help make the Strip District such an amazing, dynamic, diverse, and unique place to live, work, and play.

As it stands now much of the Strip is zoned as Urban Industrial (UI) which is a designation applied decades ago. The UI zoning requires variances and/or special exceptions for parts of development plans that we’ve long supported and in some cases for things that large numbers of stakeholders oppose. It is our belief at Neighbors in the Strip that we must, as a community, decide what fits best into our neighborhood which almost certainly requires updating the zoning and replacing the outdated UI zoning. Better and updated zoning is a good thing for developers too as it helps them to understand what the community wants to see happen so they know when they propose a project that it will fit or that if it doesn’t they’ll face a community who oppose granting any exceptions. It also helps developers who might have a project in mind find the right place to put it. Community guided zoning regulations help everyone to work together and help neighborhoods to prosper for everyone. Keep watching the website for more information about the strategic action plan, zoning and city planning, and much more.

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Strip District Store Hours http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/18/strip-district-store-hours/ Sun, 18 Oct 2015 22:45:13 +0000 http://neighborsinthestrip.com/?p=1288 Strip District Store Hours The most popular search phrase that brings people to our website and a fair number of our phone calls are from people asking what Strip District store hours are. The answer isn’t a simple one. The Strip is home to a large...
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Strip District Store Hours

The most popular search phrase that brings people to our website and a fair number of our phone calls are from people asking what Strip District store hours are. The answer isn’t a simple one. The Strip is home to a large number of independent retailers who all set their own hours. It’s also home to many businesses that sell wholesale as well as retail. This means that many stores are conducting wholesale business while much of the city is still sleeping.

We don’t keep a master list of the hours because they are subject to change but as a general rule many stores are open by 9:00 am and everything in the Strip is open by 10:00 am even on weekends, of course there are retailers who don’t open on Sundays but there are fewer and fewer of them these days.

Our coffee shops and some grocery retailers open earlier, some as early as 6:30 or 7:00 am. The weekends are the most popular time for retail shopping and the hours on the weekend are often different from those during the week but we recommend planning to make a day of it if you’re coming to the Strip to shop and to start by getting here early and grabbing breakfast which you can do as early as 7:00 am.

Most shops are open until 4:00 or 4:30 pm with the exception of Sundays when shops may close a bit earlier. Of course during the holiday season some retailers choose to stay open a bit later. All of this is why we STRONGLY recommend calling or visiting the websites for the stores you’re planning to stop at or google their hours. You can find the phone numbers and web addresses to our member businesses in the business directory.

At Neighbors in the Strip we’re working on a comprehensive plan to make extended evening hours more attractive to more retailers. Follow us on Facebook and check back to our website regularly to find out more information.

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Our New Website http://neighborsinthestrip.com/2015/10/17/our-new-website/ Sat, 17 Oct 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://orkoskey.com/Neighbors/?p=249 Neighbors in the Strip Launches It’s New Website We’re proud to announce that today Neighbors in the Strip launches it’s new website. The new website features responsive design so it will work on any device and is packed full of...
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Neighbors in the Strip Launches It’s New Website

We’re proud to announce that today Neighbors in the Strip launches it’s new website. The new website features responsive design so it will work on any device and is packed full of information that is all easy to find and searchable. “We’re very excited to have created this site that will truly be a resource to our community and Strip visitors.” Don Orkoskey, President of the Board said today, “The Strip District is a regional attraction and we’re happy to say that this new website will help show off this amazing neighborhood”.

The new Neighbors website will also provide valuable information about the organization and an easy platform for people looking for everything from parking information to where to eat when they’re visiting the Strip District. The website is laid out in an orderly and easy to navigate fashion so visitors can quickly find the information they’re looking for.

Future plans for the website include making it an even greater resource to aid responsible future economic growth while helping Neighbors serve their members and ensure the Strip District retains it’s personality and uniqueness.

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