The race for the vacant District 8 city council seat is underway, and quickly. Parties have until Jan. 18 to make their nominations after the March 6 special election date was only announced last week. Three candidates have declared their interest in the Democratic Party's nod. But one of those candidates is also planning a fallback run as an independent, and another is said to be considering it, too, proving the current crop of candidates is likely to outlast the party's vote expected later this week. In fact, all 3 candidates have said they'll attend a candidate forum at Chatham University on Jan. 28, weeks after the Democratic Party is expected to make its choice and more than a week after the nominating deadline.
With a 3-to-1 vote this week, Pittsburgh moved one step closer to exiting Act 47, the state oversight program for financially distressed municipalities. Members of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, or ICA, which has been monitoring Pittsburgh’s finances as part of Act 47 since 2004, voted in favor of dissolving the ICA, pending approval from the General Assembly in Harrisburg, WESA reports. The move is certainly good news for city officials, Mayor Bill Peduto included, who say that in the midst of an ongoing economic recovery, Pittsburgh is ready to stand on its own two feet. Others in City Hall would like the added freedom over financial decisions that would come with Act 47's removal here.
Four years after it was removed by the city, Brookline’s missing hippo statue has been found alive and well, the Post-Gazette reports. A PG reporter tracked down the former fixture at the supply yard under the 62nd Street Bridge off Butler Street, overlooking the Allegheny River. Meanwhile, Brookline residents hoping to see the hippo returned to the concrete pad outside of the Brookline Memorial Recreation Center may finally get their wish. The matter is now being reviewed by city officials.
"We Are The Weirdos," an open mic night and live storytelling by women and those who identify as women is billed as "uncensored, unapologetic and unbreakable." Sign-ups and music begin at 7 p.m., with stories beginning at 8 p.m.
Where: Black Forge Coffee House at 1206 Arlington Ave. (Allentown)
When: January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation to Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
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Remember Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day? The Pittsburgh-created “Bring in Your Mom to Work Day” is like that, but with a focus on fighting agism and sexism in the tech industry. Erica Peterson, founder of Moms Can: Code, thought of the idea and wants companies of all kinds participate, not just tech companies and start-ups. The day is set for March 8, which is also International Women's Day. Here's how to plan a day for mom at the office.
The National Aviary in Pittsburgh has a new baby sloth, KDKA reports. And in case you were wondering, her name is Vivien, and she's adorable. A match to their beloved resident, Valentino the sloth who was introduced in 2016, the pair is named in honor of classic Hollywood film stars, Vivien Leigh and Rudolph Valentino. Guests can meet Vivien up close by booking interactive encounters beginning Feb. 1.