OktoberQuest + Transit Fare Changes + 2nd Case of West Nile Virus
Good morning everyone! I’m back in your inbox this morning with your new edition of the Pittsburgh Daily. Here are all the most important things to know about what’s happening in town, including…
- The second confirmed case of West Nile virus in Allegheny County
- Breaks in transit fares for some riders in Allegheny County
- Mother demanding answers after fight between Ringgold students caught on camera
So, ready? Here we are.
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Here are the top stories in Pittsburgh today:
1) The City of Pittsburgh is working to help struggling minority business owners. According to a study by LendingTree, Pittsburgh has only 1% black-owned businesses. That’s why the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has challenged to change the face of entrepreneurship by offering up to $3 million to minority-owned businesses through its new Business Loan Fund. recovery and growth. One of the recipients is Live Fresh Cold Press Juice and Smoothie Bar, owned by Brett Gilliam. Prior to becoming a recipient of city funding, Gilliam’s multiple stores in the city were self-funded, a hurdle he says “many black-owned businesses face.” Other recipients of financial support are Blanket & Board, an event planning company, and Hazelwood Café, a cafe. Eligible minority-owned businesses can access loans of up to 100,000.
2) Bikes and beers come together at the next OktoberQuest event, returning for the first time since 2019. Brought to you by Walk Ride Northside (WRNS), this 4.5-mile epic is a way to experience the beauty of the Northside and the delicious brews that call it home. All skill and comfort levels are welcome, according to the event’s webpage. Runners can expect to visit Allegheny City Brewing, Penn Brewery, Four Points Brewery, 412 Brewery and War Streets Brewery. Entrants will receive two samples from each participating brewery, a souvenir plastic cup, and WRNS loot.
3) A local mother demands answers after a fight between her two daughters and another Ringgold student was caught on camera. On Friday afternoon, a verbal altercation between students began on their bus, then turned physical when they arrived at school. In the video, the 18-year-old daughter of the affected mother was punched repeatedly. The girl’s 15-year-old sister then stepped in to help. A nearby business owner overheard the fight and tried to defuse the situation. However, mother Ricki Roberts believes it was a fight that would never have happened if the bus driver had intervened. Ricki says both of her daughters have concussions and the district told her that her oldest daughter was suspended. “It’s kind of a joke. I don’t have the right to know what’s going on with the other students,” said Ricki Roberts.
4) Allegheny County transit riders may see lower fares in the coming months. The country says it will launch a year-long pilot program of reduced fares in mid-November, offering a test group of beneficiaries of the supplementary nutrition assistance program assistance with transport costs to shape a future program potential. A long-term program shaped by the results of the pilot could be launched in late 2023, according to the press release. The pilot project will use a random selection of volunteer adult SNAP food program recipients under the age of 65. The county has not yet announced the number of participants or the amount of the rebate. The county will outline how to apply for the pilot program and provide further details by the end of October, according to the news release.
5) The second case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Allegheny County. Officials said the man who tested positive for the virus is in his 60s and lives in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He had mild symptoms, was never hospitalized and has since recovered. Earlier this month, the virus was discovered in a 70-year-old woman. The woman, who lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was briefly hospitalized before being released to recuperate at home. The Department of Health has installed additional mosquito traps in the Brighton Heights area. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported eight more West Nile virus cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year.
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Today in Pittsburgh:
- Book Babies – Mount Lebanon Public Library (9:30 a.m.)
- Contemplative pedagogy for the well-being of students (10:00 a.m.)
- Preschool story time! – Northland Public Library (10:00 a.m.)
- Toddler Hour – Northland Public Library (10:00 a.m.)
- Pittsburgh Architecture Week (PAW) – Tour: Oakland Civic District – Fifth Avenue Walking Tour (10:00 AM)
- Pittsburgh Architecture Week (PAW) – Community Volunteer Day (10:00 a.m.)
- Music and Movement – Penn Hills Public Library (10:30 a.m.)
- Baby Talk – CC Mellor Memorial Library (10:30 a.m.)
- Time for Tots – Castle Shannon Community Library (11:00am)
From my notebook:
- Pittsburgh Bike: “The Carrie Furnace Hot Metal Bridge is on its way! It will connect pedestrians and cyclists to the Greater Allegheny Crossing bike path in the Upper Mon Valley, through the development of the 22 million mile Allegheny County Trail dollars recently announced.” (Pittsburgh Bike via Facebook)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “More than 60 protesters marched down Forbes Avenue on Monday in an effort to ban the use of facial recognition technology.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Instagram)
- Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh: “Our last #YappyHour of 2022 is upon us. Come hang out on October 11th at Coop de Ville! Join us once again for our #Halloween themed event! We’ll be having treats and treats! gifts for the best-dressed costume! And free Puppiccinos with every drink.” (Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh via Facebook)
- Pittsburgh Trail: “We’re getting closer to our goal. Help let us know we’re giving away a $9,199 e-bike and tag a friend who could use a new bike. @trekbikes #trailpghxtrek” (Trail Pittsburgh via Facebook)
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “Bring a friend and whip up seasonal cocktails in our virtual workshop on October 7! Hanna and Drew are back with more bartending basics, drink trivia, and fall’s best flavors from the garden to the glass. Get Get yourself a cocktail kit in advance!” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
You are now in the loop and ready to start this Wednesday on the right foot. I’ll join you early tomorrow with a new update!
— Rachel Tasker
About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.
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