This is our backyard. it is presently to be closed. The yellow tape didn't stop everyone from recreational activities.
The city has issued more news on the closing of parks in a more stringent way. No basketball nor sports is to be played. The first attempt was a bit weak and not well followed.
Pittsburgh received an order from the State Health Commissioner on October 4, 1918 closing all places of amusement in the state, including saloons, college football games, movie houses, and public funerals. The order provoked near universal protests by politicians, newspapers and the general public. From October 4 to 7, there were 284 reported cases in the city; on the fifth day, October 8, 453; and on the sixth day, 784. Hospitals were overwhelmed, and any patient capable of being sent home was cleared out. The mayor cancelled all church activities and closed the playgrounds. Churches, clubs, and settlement houses became sick wards. A tent hospital of 300 beds was set up in Washington Park. The deaths began piling up: on October 15, 39 died; October 16, 61; October 17, 75; October 22, 121; October 23, 133. The city was soon struck with a shortage of gravediggers and coffins as well as hospital beds.
Many surrounding towns were worse off than Pittsburgh. Elizabeth had 900 cases. Coal patch and mill towns with their close and cramped quarters were hit especially hard. In Rossiter, Indiana County, one out of five residents had the flu. Carnegie Steel had 2,600 workers off sick. Bishop Canevin of the Catholic Diocese ordered relief stations to be set up in all 27 city wards; sisters served as nurses, and church buildings became infirmaries. On October 29, the death toll crested at 176, and within days, movie houses, saloons and some politicians began pushing hard for an end to the restrictions on gatherings. On November 6, the death toll dropped below 100; two days later, new cases declined to 189 from 585 a week earlier. There was a spike in infections following the November 11 Armistice signing that ended the war and triggered mass celebrations. When it was over, Pittsburgh counted 4,500 dead with 700 children orphaned. Altogether, in Pennsylvania, 40,000 died.
Hat tip to Mindy D's Facebook wall and a post from one of her friends, C.P.F.
If you make one, or some, send a photo, and I'll share them here, or comment on my FB wall too.
Photo from East Carson Street on Pittsburgh's South Side on the Saturday night of St. Patrick Day as posted by Peter Werowinski on the Facbook group, South Side Secrets.
FYI this garbage can is a perfect metaphor for what our hospitals are gonna be like when everyone who refused to socially distance gets sick enough to need medical treatment.
The public could not speak at this meeting. However, a public hearing is in the works for the weeks or months to come. If you have something to say, do so in the comments below or on the comments at the YouTube video as well.
All the videos from Pittsburgh's City Council are posted on this YouTube playlist.
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Phase 4 Learning Center
5850 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Job Title: Recruiter, Pittsburgh Summer Learn and Earn Program (multiple positions)
Compensation: $12 - $15/hour (Based of education and experience)
Start/End Dates: March 10, 2020 – May 31, 2020 (Possible hours of operation in June 2020)
Status: 20-30 hours/week
Submit resume and cover letter to: Rickflanagan2010@gmail.com
Lead Learn and Earn Recruiter
Background: Phase 4 Learning Center is assisting with the recruitment phase of a summer internship program for youths between the ages of 14 and 21. The Phase 4 will assist with identifying youths whose families meet certain income requirements and who wish to participate in the Pittsburgh Summer “Learn and Earn” Program. Phase 4 will assist youths in completing an on-line application and submitting all supporting documentation to Partner4Work to qualify for the program.
Job Summary: Be part of a recruitment campaign team charged with attracting participants to the Pittsburgh Summer Learn & Earn program. Each recruiter will guide potential participants in completing the application process, help coordinate promotional mailings, visit Pittsburgh high schools, conduct phone canvassing, and work a flexible office schedule to maximize the success of the recruitment efforts. Applicants for this position should be creative, highly motivated, self-directed and personable, with a passion for engaging with young people coming from all backgrounds.
JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Job Title: Learn and Earn Eligibility Field Service Agent
City of Pittsburgh Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program
Hourly Rate: $15.00 per hour- hours may be flexible (March thru July, 2020)
Report To: Program Supervisor
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Human Resources/Pittsburgh Partnership
304 Wood Street, 5th Floor,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Send Resume and Cover Letter To: James.Brenner@pittsburghpa.gov
SUMMARY: Assists higher-level administrators within the City of Pittsburgh’s review of applications to participate in the summer youth employment program known as Learn and Earn.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
Ability to –
Education Required: Two years college or university study preferred, or equivalent
Experience: 1 year of work experience in customer service, management, business, human or social
services, or personnel administration, or an equivalent number of years of education and practical
Successful candidates will actually be employees of Goodwill of Southwestern PA. Drug testing and orientation by Goodwill required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to perform job effectively and safely by utilizing required equipment and to be able to move boxes of promotional materials up to 10-25 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: General Office. May work evenings or weekends and holidays when needed or necessary (rare occurrences).
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Training on the application data base and any training as required by City of Pittsburgh or it’s Learn and Earn partners such as Goodwill of Southwestern PA and Partner4Work.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: none
Check out the proposal for SKWIM & Water Polo. It is being made with the cooperation of The Pittsburgh Project.
This is a draft, and some changes are expected.
Application for PPS Summer Dreamers Academy 2020 for SKWIM & Water Polo with
The Pittsburgh Project and Coach Mark Rauterkus
SKWIM & Water Polo
by Coach Mark Rauterkus and The Pittsburgh Project
Activity Name: SKWIM & Water Polo
Desired Number of Campers Per Block: 120.
Desire only double-block. Desire 60 campers at Camp South Hills and 60 at Camp PCA.
Preferred Block Type: Only interested in doing double block activity. Transition time is needed to change into and out of swim suits.
Preferred Site: Only interested in holding SKWIM & Water Polo at schools with pools.
For 2020, this includes both: Camp South Hills with access to the on-campus pool at Brashear High School and Camp PCA.
On Site: Activities are 95% on-site, with the exception of limited, off-site/cross-site, game-days & water carnival competitions.
Preferred Grades: Grades 3, 4, 5. Older students are preferred. Grade 2 is okay, but less desired. We want the greater majority of the kids to be tall enough, to be able to stand in the shallow end of the pool.
Total Proposal Cost: $266.60 x 60 students x 2 sites = $31,992
Total Proposal Cost per 75-minute block = $133.
At the always productive and popular SKWIM & Water Polo Camp, directed by Coach Mark Rauterkus, students learn and improve swimming abilities, knowledge of aquatic game play and fitness. SKWIM (played with a disk) and water polo (with a ball) are teamwork games. We race, dive and stress passing, defense, sportsmanship, water safety, goal setting, and online literacy. Plus,we keep an eye on the daily sports news leading to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan.
Coach Mark Rauterkus
Head Lifeguard at The Pittsburgh Project
2801 N Charles Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
412-298-3432 = cell
January 22, 2020
Dear Administrators and Selection Committee for PPS Summer Dreamers:
Students in SKWIM & Water Polo gain valuable, life-saving skills that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment in-and-around the water, as well as future employment as a lifeguard.
Too many kids can’t swim. The number of deaths in the water, both a pools and in natural settings, are too high. The statistics report that the water is especially dangerous within the ranks of the poor, African-Americans and adolescent males. We need to teach all our kids how to swim and gain a respect for the water for public safety sake.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowning is the leading cause of accidental dealth for children under the age of 4 and second leading for children under that age of 14. Seventy-nine percent of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability. Research shows that 64% of African-American children have little to no swimming ability.
Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%. Furthermore, Summer Dreamers in water polo are always able to swim in the deep end by the end of camp, and often by the second week. Our high expectations and use of googles, fins, paddles, kick-boards, individual and group challenges and the clever e-course, Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming, zooms our progress. Many lessons and examples of the supporting digital learning are of our own show-off students, helping to connect the learning.
Knowing how to swim, and swim well, have so many benefits. Our efforts that advocate for more aquatic opportunities for kids includes the release of a list of more than 160 reasons why students should join their schools’ swim teams. This list (seehttps://swim.CLOH.org/why-swim)holds true for this offering at Summer Dreamers. The quality experience and the consistency of practices at SKWIM & Water Polo Camp rivals the rigor and excitement provided to those who participate in theirPPS middle-school swim teams.
SKWIM and Water Polo game-play acts like rocket-fuel for the overall experience. Game-play engages and reinforces far more with our students than what the races of competitive swimming provides. We race too. The values with the sportsmanship, teamwork and rules coding changes are wonderful problem solving situations to witness among the youngsters.
In 2020, we want to return water polo to the PPS Summer Dreamer line-up because the staffing situations have been resolved through long-term persistence and partnership efforts from efforts with a large cadre of others that include: Lifeguard Workforce Development / Learn & Earn, Citiparks Aquatics, Allegheny County Parks, The Ellis School, Chatham University, International Swim Coaches Association, American Water Polo, SKWIM USA and by far, the most important, our hosting sponsor, The Pittsburgh Project.
In the recent summers, swim instruction and pool operations on the Northside at The Pittsburgh Project has been successful. Capacity building efforts with staffing and procedures now allow for the necessary guards and instructors. We are excited to offer the programs again. Water polo was part of the first eight years of PPS Summer Dreamers.
Thanks for the opportunity to serve our children, again, in 2020.
Coach Mark Rauterkus
412-298-3432 = cell