Articles from the April 14, 2020 edition

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SSSNA to match $5,000 in donations to Brashear Association

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) has announced a $5,000 matching grant for The Brashear Association Food Pantry. In an effort to help their neighbors during... — Updated 4/14/2020


Voices Against Violence offers free help for Beltzhoover elderly

Voices Against Violence (VAV) is offering help to senior/elder, disabled and shut-in Beltzhoover community members as part of their community service initiatives. Volunteers are... — Updated 4/14/2020


Goodwill opens no-contact donation centers to meet public and environmental need

Responding to the needs of the public, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania has opened “no-contact” self-service donation areas at each of their 27 southwestern Pennsylvania store locations. The donation centers are open... — Updated 4/14/2020


Pennsylvania businesses to benefit from waiver for prepayments of Sales Tax

Businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months. That means businesses that normally have a monthly prepayment requirement will not be charged... — Updated 4/14/2020


Dept. of Aging: Essential court functions and legal assistance are available

As Pennsylvanians follow the Governor’s stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Office of Elder Justice in the... — Updated 4/14/2020


Multi-state council has goal of getting people back to work, restoring the economy

Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney... — Updated 4/14/2020


Carnegie Science Center offering educator resources as schools adapt to online instruction

As Pennsylvania schools turn to online instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, teachers and administrators can find a wealth of educational activities, videos, and lesson plans on Carnegie Science Center’s... — Updated 4/14/2020


PUC urges consumers to know their options, seek out needed resources to keep utility bills affordable during COVID-19 pandemic

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is urging consumers to understand the resources and options available to help keep utility service affordable during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to contact their utilities for... — Updated 4/14/2020


Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful providing residents with an option to report illegal dumping that is on the rise due to Covid-19

As an unintended consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, state parks, state forests, game lands and communities are seeing an increase in littering, including personal protective equipment such as gloves, wipes, and masks as well... — Updated 4/14/2020


BodyRock! 2020 goes virtual

UPMC Health Plan, Early: Media Collective and Stage AE has announced BodyRock! 2020, is becoming a free virtual fitness event. This event is designed to deliver the best of Pittsburgh’s fitness scene to an active audience all... — Updated 4/14/2020


Department of Aging offers online COVID-19 Resource Guide for older Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has launched an online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults easily find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being. The guide is housed on the department’s... — Updated 4/14/2020


Pennsylvania begins implementing new Federal unemployment benefits, eligible claimants get extra $600

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package... — Updated 4/14/2020


Highmark, AHN and Gateway Health launch online tool to meet critical needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the increased need for access to social service resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Gateway Health are implementing an online social care network, Aunt Bertha, to serve a... — Updated 4/14/2020


New Guidance about COVID-19 economic impact payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries

The Treasury Department has launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return, and also announced that it would begin making automatic... — Updated 4/14/2020


Pennsylvania launches COVID-19 job hiring portal

Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal at launched by the Pennsylvania... — Updated 4/14/2020


Fitzgerald calls for Primary Election to be conducted by mail

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has called for an expansion of the state’s emergency declaration to allow the county to send a ballot to every registered voter in Allegheny County so that the June 2, 2020 primary election may... — Updated 4/14/2020


City finalizes $52M bond to fund 2020 capital projects

The City of Pittsburgh Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized the issuance of a $52 million bond to fund 2020 capital improvements, which had been delayed several... — Updated 4/14/2020


City and partners distribute 4,600 meals to children and seniors

With assistance from the Salvation Army, Parkhurst Dining and Eat'n Park, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation distributed 4,611 meals to children and seniors... — Updated 4/14/2020


South Side Community Council Plant Sale taking orders

South Side Community Council's (SSCC) Annual Plant Sale is still on and taking orders until April 22. To order, mail the completed order form available at — Updated 4/14/2020


MWCDC will hold online Community Forum on April 22

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) will hold an online/teleconference for its April 22 Community Forum. The "Go To Meeting" Community Forum will include... — Updated 4/14/2020


Alliance can help Hilltop organizations buy food for distributions

The start of the Hilltop Alliance's (HA) 2020 Fresh Fridays free food distribution program had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Alliance is still looking to... — Updated 4/14/2020


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