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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council takes on literacy challenges

By Ashley Ropar Point Park News Service In a downtown Pittsburgh office building, refugees from Bhutan, Israel, and Iraq are learning English by working through the days of the week and the weather. Across town in a South Hills library a tutor is helping adults overcome life-long learning difficulties to help them in the job market, or maybe to simply... Read More

HackPittsburgh takes ‘Do-it-yourself’ to next level

By Ashley Ropar Point Park News Service Strewn about in a back street warehouse in the Hill District are objects including a Power Wheels Car that has been supped up to reach speeds of 30mph. In the corner sits balled up fabric remains of a high altitude balloon launch. Crowding around tables is a random collection of some of Pittsburgh’s... Read More

ALCOSAN public comment period coming to a close, residents concerned

By Krystal Hare and Ashley Ropar Point Park News Service At the Sept. 18 public meeting, a local environmental supporter asked if the Allegheny County Sanitation Authority (ALCOSAN) considered the projected rain increase over the next 20 years that may negatively affect the proposed updates. At the following meeting a resident of Etna questioned institutional checks and balances to ensure... Read More

Local artists fight to keep art in schools

By Ashley Ropar Point Park News Service After a day of fundraising, Michelle Barabas found her briefcase was stolen, along with the $1,500 raised that day to support art education in Pittsburgh area schools. Barabas and supporters were undeterred as they gathered for the second day of Art Squared in Market Square, where they continued to showcase their talents in... Read More