What’s the Big Idea?

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A not-for-profit, non-capitalist, and inclusive bookstore offers a safe haven to anyone interested in exploring alternative ideas.  

The Big Idea bookstore bills itself as “Your friendly neighborhood radical bookstore and cafe!” a slogan that, like the store itself, is both charming and cheeky. But it’s a slogan that also requires a bit of thought, which is appropriate given the mission of this bookstore.

The big idea behind the Big Idea bookstore is that its merchandise and volunteers all advocate for an inclusive society that is “multicultural,

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West Penn Hospital spearheads neighborhood safety improvements

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On Monday, May 23, staff and consultants of District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office unveiled the results of a safety audit and plans to improve public safety infrastructure in Bloomfield.

The audit resulted in several recommendations, many of which focused on traffic coming off Penn Avenue, and the need to create a virtual checkpoint as people and vehicles enter Bloomfield. Other recommendations focused on West Penn Hospital, particularly the emergency room entrance, where there is a high volume of traffic and thus,

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Bloomfield Saturday Market offers more than fresh produce 

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Farmer’s markets have long been the preeminent place to buy the freshest local produce, but in the last several years they are also becoming a creative way to address community needs. In addition to offering access to locally sourced food, spots like the Garfield Night Market, Lawrenceville farmer’s market, and East Liberty farmer’s market are helping to redefine the use of public space. With the addition of entertainment, family activities, and intentional social interaction, neighbors are coming to these marketplaces and finding more than just their week’s supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Event producer invites further public input 

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On April 23rd, Little Italy Days event producer, Sal Richetti, began a public meeting about the Little Italy Days festival by expressing his willingness to talk to or meet with anyone at any time. Mr. Richetti, who can be reached at 412.377.2923 or by email at bigdayent@aol.com, discussed planned improvements to garbage removal and entertainment schedules with community leaders before the meeting was opened to the community.

Concerns were raised about both the timing of street closures and garbage from both community leaders and Councilwoman Deb Gross,

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Pittonkatonk Kicks Off On May 7th

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Pittonkatonk is a free, outdoor, family friendly community celebration of brass music that features both local and touring musicians.

Now in its third year, the festival blurs the lines between music festival and family reunion, there’s no formal stage, no ticket prices, and no vending. Instead, bands play in the crowd with little to no amplification. The community creates a potluck table of food donations for refreshment, and folks of all ages can be seen dancing together.  » Read more about: Pittonkatonk Kicks Off On May 7th  »