By Julia Felton
Several organizations are hosting events Monday to commemorate Marin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some ways to honor King’s legacy in Pittsburgh: Prayer breakfast The Allegheny County Bar Association on Monday is hosting their 24th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program at Ebenezer Baptist.
The Allegheny County Bar Association on Monday is hosting their 24th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Wylie Avenue from 7:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m.
Touted as one of the region’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, the program commemorates his contributions to changes in law and social justice.
The event will include a buffet-style breakfast, a prayer service and a recognition program.
Representative Summer Lee will be honored with the Drum Major for Justice Award during the event.
The event is open to the public, and the bar association requests that attendees bring donations of diapers, wipes or formula for Ebenezer Baptist Church’s community pantry for the event.
At the Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has several activities planned to engage youth in the day.
Events include opportunities to paint a self portrait of hopes and dreams, create art to be shared with local community groups and care homes and visit the “I Have A Dream” mural designed by artists from Gwen’s Girls, Youth Places and MuseumLab’s afterschool program.
Local artists Morgan Overton and Trenita Finney will host an art program from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. at the museum.
Nikki Giovanni talk
The University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening will host Nikki Giovanni, a retired professor from Virginia Tech University. Her career has focused on bringing awareness to issues of racism and gender identity. A renowned poet, Giovanni will host a discussion at the university titled “From Surviving to Thriving: Culturally Relevant Emotional Wellness.”
The event is free, but attendees will be asked to provide registration confirmation at the door.
Food drive at Trace Brewing
Repair the World is hosting a food and supply drive at Trace Brewing on Main Street. People can stop by to drop off donations and participate in their donation sorting party between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.
Community mural at Pittsburgh Glass Center
Pittsburgh Glass Center is hosting a free community day from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. Monday. The event includes free demonstrations and activities, like glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations by local glass artists.
Visitors also can contribute to a collaborative community mural.
People are encouraged to bring books to donate to the center’s Free Community Little Library.
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As Pittsburghers prepare to head downtown for First Night, there are some street closures to be mindful of.
- Duquesne Boulevard).
- Maddock Place will be closed from Penn Avenue to Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
- Eighth Street will be closed from Liberty Avenue (Tito Way) to Fort Duquesne Boulevard (parking lot access only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Ninth Street will be closed from Liberty Avenue to French Street.
- Garrison Place will be closed from Exchange Way to French Way (parking lot access is only accessible from Fort Duquesne Boulevard).
- Exchange Way will be closed from Garrison Place to 8th Street (parking access is only accessible from 10th Street).
- All alleys leading into the footprint from Penn Avenue, Liberty Avenue and 6-10th Streets, including Cecil CLO Academy Way, Barkers Place, Scott Place and French Way
Save your tree from a landfill by bringing it to one of nearly two dozen drop-off locations in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Allegheny County residents can bring trees through Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to dusk at drop-off locations in all nine county parks:
- Boyce Park – Soccer fields parking lot
- Deer Lakes Park – Veterans shelter parking lot
- Harrison Hills Park – Parking lot at Chipmunk and Cottontail Drives
- Hartwood Acres Park – Middle Road parking lot
- North Park – Swimming pool parking lot
- Round Hill Park – Alfalfa shelter parking lot
- Settlers Cabin Park – Wave pool parking lot
- South Park – Wave pool parking lot
- White Oak Park – Wedding garden parking lot
City residents can bring their trees to a dozen parks and public works locations through Jan. 26, though hours vary:
- Allegheny Center
- Sue Murray swimming pool parking lot (any time)
- Brighton Heights
- Jack Stack parking lot (any time)
- Brookline Recreation Center (any time)
- Public Works Division 5 (weekdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Baum Grove parklet (any time)
- Public Works Division 3 (Weekdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Highland Park
- Zoo parking lot (any day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
- Homewood North
- Public Works Division 2 (Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Perry North
- Public Works Division 1 (Weekdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Sheraden Park parking lot (any time)
- South Side
- Southside Riverfront Park lower parking lot (any day from 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Squirrel Hill South
- Schenley Park, Prospect Drive roundabout (any time)
Find out when you can pick up those last-minute Christmas dinner additions.
Aldi: ALDI stores are closed on Christmas Day. However, ALDI stores will operate limited hours on Christmas Eve and will close by 7 p.m.
BJ’s Wholesale Club: Stores will be open on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
CVS: While many CVS Pharmacy locations, including 24 hours locations, will remain open on Christmas, some pharmacy hours may be reduced or locations closed for the holiday. Customers are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours at their preferred locations.
Walmart: Stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Stores are closed Christmas Day.
Rite Aid: Most locations will be open Christmas Eve, and select stores will be open Christmas Day; however, hours will vary. Call ahead to confirm hours.
Sam’s Club: Stores will be open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.
Shop ‘n Save: Christmas Eve closing times vary by location. All stores are closed Christmas Day.
Target : Most stores will close at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. All stores are closed Christmas Day.
Costco: Some stores will be open for limited hours on Christmas Eve, and all stores will be closed Christmas Day. Call ahead to confirm hours with your local store.
Walgreens: Walgreens stores will be open regular business hours on Christmas Eve. Pharmacy hours will vary by location. All 24-hour locations will remain open 24 hours. On Christmas Day, most stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while 24-hour Walgreens locations and 24-hour pharmacies will remain open. Customers can check their local store hours using this store locator.
NEW YORK — New York is planning tight security around the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the wake of mass shootings elsewhere in the U.S., police said Wednesday, while stressing that there’s no known, credible threat to the famed event itself.
The holiday tradition, which draws throngs of participants and spectators, this year comes two days after six people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, and four days after another shooting killed five people at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. Also over the weekend, a man who allegedly threatened to attack a synagogue was arrested at New York’s Penn Station with a knife, a ski mask, a swastika arm patch and an associate, authorities said.
SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA — Sheetz is lowering the price of unleaded 88 gas to $1.99 per gallon for the next week, the convenience store chain announced Monday.
The price is only available at the 368 Sheetz stores that offer unleaded 88. Sheetz operates 642 stores in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.
Only vehicles from 2001 and newer can use the blend.
As the sun began its descent, an elegant and shivering wedding party posed for pictures in front of PPG Place, while inside Santas from around the world drew a crowd.
Pittsburgh police maintained an obvious but not encroaching presence during the festivities. Officials said they had prepared for the event by assigning officers to work 12-hour shifts and engaging other safety agencies, including Port Authority Police and officers from the state and the county.
Pittsburgh outreach professionals and first responders also were on site.
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Giant Eagle will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year.
As of right now, Giant Eagle also plans to be closed on Christmas Day.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Police said they responded to a 911 call on Halloween night for two kids who say they were robbed at gunpoint of their candy. This happened around 6:45 p.m. on Halloween night near Carrick Plaza along Brownsville Road. Police say they’re investigating whether the weapons were real or not.
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Omaha, Nebraska — A Halloween celebration turned frantic after a man drove through a barricaded area and was shot by an Omaha police officer Monday night, police said.
CBS Omaha affiliate KMTV reports that the man was critically wounded. His name hasn’t been released.
Police said no one else was seriously hurt.
Some 3,000 children were expected. The motorist was critically wounded but was the only person seriously hurt, though the crowd got frantic.
At least 151 people, including 19 foreign nationals, are now reported to have been killed during an incident at Halloween festivities in Seoul, according to fire authorities.
Pittsburgh’s trick-or-treat hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
For a safe trick-or-treating experience, follow these tips:
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks if possible to reduce the risk obstructing a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Make sure costumes are the correct size to prevent trips and falls.
- If you are escorting children, please keep an eye on the road for vehicles.
- Don’t walk on the street. Stay on sidewalks and cross streets when safe at intersections and crosswalks.
Sweetest Day is this month, and the holiday is touted as a way to share romantic deeds, expressions, acts of charity or kindness.
This Saturday is Sweetest Day, the annual holiday with Midwestern origins in which you can do acts of service, or give cards, chocolate, candy, flowers and other gifts to those people who are special to you.
When is Sweetest Day 2022?
The annual holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday in October, touted as a way to share romantic deeds, expressions, acts of charity and kindness.
This year, it’s on Oct. 15.
How did Sweetest Day get started?
According to National Today, Sweetest Day was first celebrated in Cleveland in 1922, when multiple candy companies distributed more than 20,000 boxes of candy to the city’s vulnerable, including “newsboys, orphans, old folks and the poor.”
Locals share their coming out stories for National Coming Out Day.
The first National Coming Out Day was in 1988, celebrating the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Advocates Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary first proposed the idea of National Coming Out Day. It was their belief that illustrating to most people that they already knew and respected someone in the LGBTQ+ community helped push the human rights movement forward.
The experience of coming out is personal and unique to each individual. We asked a handful people to share their experiences of coming out — the good and the bad — and why this day is important. Here are their stories.
‘It wasn’t my choice, but I’m glad it happened’
My coming out story happened when I was a teenager. I was scared to come out because I didn’t know how my parents would take it. We can kind of say my coming out wasn’t really planned, it hurt and it wasn’t my choice but I’m glad it happened. I’m 24 years old and ever since the day I came out, I made it my duty to be fully out and proud about it. I am very blessed to have never dealt with any rejection from my loved ones due to the fact that I’m a lesbian, and even though it was hard for my parents to accept, my mom has always defended me and my family has always loved me the way that I am. Coming from a religious household made me have the whole “Catholic guilt” mentality and I tried “praying the gay away” thing, which I find pretty funny, considering the fact that I’m a lesbian atheist that practices witchcraft now. My friends are all gay so everyone was very supportive (yet not surprised, the closet was made out of glass) and I’ve been very blessed! I started college and I became the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, I started working with my community to build a better future for LGBTQ+ individuals and I’ve met many wonderful people throughout the years. I hope to inspire many young members of the LGBTQ+ community to live life loud and proud, and if you can’t do that just now, know that there is a community out there that will love and accept you for who you are, even in moments where you can only be yourself behind closed doors. Happy coming out day from your local they/them lesbian!
— Claudia, Fort Walton Beach
President Joe Biden is planning a Labor Day trip to Pittsburgh, the White House announced.
The location wasn’t specified, but in a statement, the White House on Monday said Biden “will deliver remarks to celebrate Labor Day and the dignity of American workers.”
Biden will also travel to Milwaukee that day.
The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum will host it’s annual Bunny Trolley on April 8-10 and April 15-16.The season favorite let’s guests ride an antique trolley to visit the Easter Bunny. Additional activities include a scavenger hunt, a springtime craft, photos with the Easter Bunny and the opportunity to hold a live rabbit courtesy of the Four-Leaf 4-H Club.
The Spring Fling with the East Bunny event is sold out for Easter weekend, but the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays in April and May. Masks are required to be worn by visitors over 2 years old, social distancing will be practiced and enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place.
For more information, call 724-228-9256 or visit www.patrolley.org.
While St. Patrick’s Day pays homage to Ireland, and celebrations are held in the country, many people in the United States also pay homage, especially due to the large number of Irish people who migrated to the country many years ago.
Who was St. Patrick?
St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat but changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick), which comes from the Latin term for ‘father figure’ following his decision to become a priest.
The celebrations on March 17 first began back in 1631, when the Church created a Feast Day in homage to St. Patrick. Having been the Patron Saint of Ireland, he died around the fifth century, which means that his passing came 12 centuries prior to the modern version of the holiday first being observed.
“We know that he was a Roman citizen, because Britain was Roman then, and then he was enslaved and taken to Ireland, where he either escaped or was released,” said Marion Casey, a clinical assistant professor of Irish Studies at New York University.
“And then he became a priest and went back to Ireland, where he had a lot of luck converting the Druid culture into Christians.”
The church associated a botanical item with St. Patrick, which is customary for all saints, as he was assigned him the symbol of the lucky shamrock.
Yes. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the second federal and state holiday of the year. It is one of several holidays where the date changes each year in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Others include Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
The purpose of the act, which became a law in 1968, was to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees.
There will be no mail delivery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
No. United States Postal Service offices will be closed.
No. The following banks are scheduled to be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The year 2021 has finally come to an end. As many chose to celebrate at home due to rising COVID-19 cases, a crowd of about 15,000 in-person spectators came from across the country and the world to watch the ball drop in Times Square. You can relive the ball drop in the video above. Just after midnight, Eric Adams took…
Santa Claus has packed his sleigh with toys for all the good girls and boys and he has made sure the reindeer are secured for takeoff. Now, they are traveling around the world to visit millions of households.
(CNN) While you are waiting to hear the jingle of bells in the air that means Santa is near, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a tracking system to show the jolly man’s progress worldwide.NORAD, which is responsible for protecting the skies over the United States and Canada, activates its Santa tracking system at 6 a.m. ET on Christmas Eve. People can follow Santa’s journey around the world on NORAD’s website or they can call the command center at 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).A live operator, or a recording, will give the caller Santa’s current whereabouts.“Due to COVID concerns, the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center will have fewer phone operators, so callers who do not reach a volunteer will hear a regularly updated recording as to Santa’s current location,” reads NORAD’s news release.The tracking service can also be accessed through Amazon Alexa, OnStar and the Bing search engine, according to the news release.
Westmoreland County drivers can expect to see more police patrols focused on cracking down on aggressive and impaired drivers in the region through the New Year’s holiday.
“Whether it’s day or night, people can expect to see increased state police patrols targeting impaired drivers,” said Lt. Ryan Maher of Troop A in Greensburg.
Maher was among the local and state police officers and PennDOT officials who Thursday at the Latrobe Municipal Building announced the launch of the annual Operation Safe Holiday Campaign.
The patrols in Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties with Troop A will not only be focusing on impaired drivers, “but aggressive drivers and speeders,” Maher said.
During 2020, between Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, Troop A investigated six traffic fatalities and 96 additional wrecks that resulted in injuries. Maher said 27 of those “holiday” accidents involved impaired drivers.
“Our goal is to attempt to reduce that number this year,” Maher said.
PITTSBURGH — Officers packed up and handed out meals to community members in need.
“It means a lot to us actually. It’s probably one of the best parts of our jobs,” said Commander Shawn Malloy.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in South Side donated more than 3,200 meals of turkey and sides.
“Any time we can help out with the community, that’s what we’re here for,” said Malloy.
Officers say they love the opportunity to get out into the neighborhoods and build positive relationships.
“The officers really love doing this part,” said Malloy. “This is what we love to do the most.”
People like Sharon Smith, who received a meal, are grateful.
“It’s very meaningful, especially for our community so that we get to see our policemen in action and that they want to help us out and be grateful that they’re around to help us,” she said.
Better not forget to buy the Thanksgiving turkey this year — a last-minute trip to Giant Eagle will leave you empty-handed.
The O’Hara-based company announced Wednesday that its Giant Eagle grocery stores, Market District stores and GetGo gas stations will all be closed on Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Giant Eagle said in a news release that its goal is to give its workers the chance to enjoy the holiday.
“Our team members have been working tirelessly to provide a safe shopping environment for our guests while ensuring access to essential food, fuel, and medicines,” company spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski said in a statement. “We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they have shown day in and day out.”
Giant Eagle’s transportation and retail support centers will also close for the holiday.
The company encouraged shoppers to make sure to stock up on stuffing, pumpkin pie and gasoline in advance.
Stores and offices will reopen as normal Nov. 26 for Black Friday.
First Published November 3, 2021, 8:52am
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — 68% of Americans say they will participate in Halloween festivities, which is up from 58% last year during the coronavirus pandemic.
But there are still fewer people taking part than in 2019.
And this year we are buying more candy.
American consumers are expected to purchase about $3 billion worth of candy.
KDKA’s Jon Delano spoke with Chris Beers, the founder of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in the Strip District, for the Sunday Business Page.
“The most popular is going to be M&M’s, still Hershey’s, the everyday candy you can find just about anywhere. These are the most popular,” Beers said. “You really want to wow them? You got to get a Clark Bar, and we’re one of the only places to find a Clark Bar, so this is a Pittsburgh original. This is the one people are really looking for.”
Often it’s not the food that’s hard to find, it’s the packaging it comes in.
The Labor Day parade may be canceled again this year amid rising coronavirus cases. But that’s not stopping people from enjoying other activities around the city like the Soul Food Fest here at Market Square.
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Labor Day often marks the time to change home decor from summer to fall. Shoppers will find a large array of seasonal and holiday decorating items this weekend at the 28th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds. About 200 vendors will fill five buildings
Shoppers will find a large array of seasonal and holiday decorating items this weekend at the 28th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds.
About 200 vendors will fill five buildings and line walkways during the four-day event. Hours will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
“This is a nice opportunity to get out and do some shopping,” said Trisha Cusick, assistant to promoter Dave Stoner, owner of Family Festivals Association Inc. “You can go online and get anything from all over the world delivered to you in 48 hours, but here you can pick something up and turn it around and see what it really looks like.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The luck of the Irish will be celebrated in September.
The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Sept. 18. It was postponed due to COVID-19.
A Tennessee man is facing charges after he allegedly fired an AK-47 near where officers were conducting a traffic stop.
The Dyersburg Police Department stated that three officers were conducting a traffic stop when they heard gunshots coming from a nearby area, prompting them to investigate immediately.
“The gunfire was close with officers hearing tree limbs breaking from the rounds being fired in the wooded lot between the officers and Ewell Street,” the department said in a statement.
The officers spoke with witnesses who also heard the shots, with the investigation leading them to the home of 25-year-old Jeffrey Atwell.
Atwell told police the gunshots were actually fireworks. But during the questioning, the officers were able to identify 24-year-old convicted felon Marcus Akins in the home, who is wanted by police for failing to appear in court. They then located an AK-47.
Major cities were already braced for gun violence as shootings had been on the rise over the past few weeks, but nearly 100 people were shot across the country during the holiday weekend.
New York City alone saw 26 people shot from Friday through Sunday, with two of them resulting in deaths.
Five people were shot in the Bronx Saturday at around 9 p.m., and 10 more people were shot Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.
A large brawl between as many as 50 adolescents in Atlanta resulted at least one death. Police sought footage of the fight to find leads on the cause of the fight and the death. A 14-year-old boy died, and police arrested a 17-year-old in possession of two guns, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
A shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, left eight people wounded shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday when someone fired multiple shots near a car wash, with some of the victims returning fire. Police said that the victims were taken to hospitals and are in stable condition. No suspects are in custody.
Two people died and three others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Cincinnati when a suspect opened fire during a fireworks display. The identities of the victims was not made public, and police released no information about the suspect.
Police were not exempt from the violence, either: Two Chicago officers were shot and wounded around 1:45 a.m. Monday. One officer was struck in the foot while the other was struck in the thigh. The officers went to hospital as a precaution, as their injuries were not life-threatening.