Free Screening of Award Winning documentary “Our School”

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“Part case study on entrenched racism, part heartbreaking human rights story.”- Award winning “Our School” to be shown at free screening in California

On Thursday, September 28, a free screening of award winning documentary “Our School” will be shown at the California Municipal Building, 225 Third Street, California, PA, at 6:00 p.m., with an introduction by Roma filmmaker George Eli of the Romani Media Initiative.

Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held featuring noted Roma scholars including Jud Nirenberg and Christiana Grigore.

The New York Times describes “Our School” – produced and directed by Mona Nicoara and co-produced/co-directed by Miruna Coca-Cozma – as “part case study on entrenched racism, part heartbreaking human rights story.”

This free screening is being held as part of an ongoing effort to bridge the divide between local residents and members of the Roma community who have recently relocated to the California, PA, area. Area officials and members of the community are being invited to attend, as well as the general public. Come help us learn more about our new neighbors and the persecution they’ve fled.

Sponsorship for the event is being provided in part by the Romani Media Initiative, the Law Office of Lisa J. Buday, Webchyk Design Studio, and Pennsylvania Bridges. We are also partnering with local officials and churches to help make this event a success. Additional sponsors are both welcome and needed.

FMI about the free screening of “Our School” please contact Carla Anderton at 724-769-0123 or via email at carla@pabridges.com.

To view a trailer for “Our School” please click here.

Additionally, because there are significant expenses associated with bringing this great event to California, we’ve set up a Go Fund Me page to try and raise extra funds: https://www.gofundme.com/support-free-showing-of-our-school
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September 2017 Edition – “Under Construction”

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August 2017 Edition – Like An Open Book

august2017-coverThe August edition of Pennsylvania Bridges is now available online and in print.

Editor’s Note: August 2017 – Like An Open Book

“Live your life like an open book.” I’m sure you’ve all heard this sage saying. For me, it’s more than great advice, it’s an adage I strive to live by. But, what does it really mean?

Simply put, it means being transparent and honest about who you are and what you believe in. It’s certainly not always easy, but it keeps my life from being unnecessarily complicated. I don’t harbor hidden agendas, and I don’t hide behind any masks. What you see is what you get, period. Love me or hate me, I believe in genuine interactions, and in saying what you

Simply put, it means being transparent and honest about who you are and what you believe in. It’s certainly not always easy, but it keeps my life from being unnecessarily complicated. I don’t harbor hidden agendas, and I don’t hide behind any masks. What you see is what you get, period. Love me or hate me, I believe in genuine interactions, and in saying what you mean, when you mean it.I haven’t always ascribed to this philosophy, but I learned (the hard way), which I don’t recommend, that nothing is to be gained by being false to yourself.

I haven’t always ascribed to this philosophy, but I learned (the hard way), which I don’t recommend, that nothing is to be gained by being false to yourself.Lately, though, I’ve started to believe there’s a deeper meaning behind living your life like an open book. I think it also means to keep your mind

Lately, though, I’ve started to believe there’s a deeper meaning behind living your life like an open book. I think it also means to keep your mind open, and to realize there are yet more words to be written in your personal story.The first rule they teach aspiring writers is that your first draft is just that, only a beginning, a shaky foundation you will eventually replace with a more concrete one as you revise and polish your manuscript. Get your ideas down on the page and, later, you can (and will) fret over whether or not they’re the right words.

The first rule they teach aspiring writers is that your first draft is just that, only a beginning, a shaky foundation you will eventually replace with a more concrete one as you revise and polish your manuscript. Get your ideas down on the page and, later, you can (and will) fret over whether or not they’re the right words. The same can be said for life. Your story can and should evolve over time. As you grow personally, spiritually, and professionally, you change.

The same can be said for life. Your story can and should evolve over time. As you grow personally, spiritually, and professionally, you change.“Live your life like an open book.” Live your life, day by day, and always be open to new experiences and to learning unfamiliar ideas. Be true to yourself and to others, but welcome viewpoints that may cause you to more closely examine the ones you hold dear. Never miss an opportunity to educate yourself and be receptive to change.

“Live your life like an open book.” Live your life, day by day, and always be open to new experiences and to learning unfamiliar ideas. Be true to yourself and to others, but welcome viewpoints that may cause you to more closely examine the ones you hold dear. Never miss an opportunity to educate yourself and be receptive to change.This edition of Pennsylvania Bridges is our annual education issue, meaning we’ve chosen this month to loosely focus on individuals and groups in our region who are learning and developing, as well as those who are advocating for and teaching others.

This edition of Pennsylvania Bridges is our annual education issue, meaning we’ve chosen this month to loosely focus on individuals and groups in our region who are learning and developing, as well as those who are advocating for and teaching others.As usual, this issue contains coverage of local and regional arts and entertainment offerings to help you relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries as you get ready for you and yours to go back to school. Take a break from school supply shopping and take in a play or musical performance.

As usual, this issue contains coverage of local and regional arts and entertainment offerings to help you relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries as you get ready for you and yours to go back to school. Take a break from school supply shopping and take in a play or musical performance. We’ve also got advice on how to best prepare your body and mind for a return to the classroom, with everything from

We’ve also got advice on how to best prepare your body and mind for a return to the classroom, with everything from skin care tips to a newish way of getting organized.

Next month’s edition will feature small and local businesses who are helping to sustain and revitalize our communities. Know of a business we should feature? Drop me a line at carla@pabridges.com. I’d love to hear from you.Until next month,

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

July 2017 Edition – “Fun in the Sun”

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Thoughts from our Editor: July 2017

I’ve written before in this space about some of the personal and professional challenges I’ve faced as a writer and publisher. The predicament facing me now, as I sit in my office on the afternoon of the 4th of July, is I find myself at a loss for words.

What meaningful contribution can I add to the voices assembled in the pages of this edition? What can I say but that I am so blessed – and grateful – to have such an eclectic group of writers share their talents in this publication?

Early in my career, a former colleague told me “If you got content, you’ve got everything.”

It is with no small amount of pride I can say we’ve got such terrific content this month that I’ve been referring to this edition as the Everything AND the Kitchen Sink Issue.

Beginning on page 5, veteran and seasoned reporter Dave Zuchowski takes us on a tantalizing journey to family owned Salamone’s Italian Market. It’s an appetizing read that will leave you ravenous for more.

Still hungry? Looking for a pick me up to perk you up? Flip to page 7, where freelancer Lauren Rearick talks with the proprietors of the Mon Valley’s newest java and culinary destination, Perked Up Café in Charleroi.

Simply turn the page, where we’re delighted to feature an article by noted historian Christopher T. George about the Battle of Monongahela. Taking place on July 9, 1755, this battle “focused the world’s attention” – as Chris notes in his piece – on our region.

Only a couple of pages later, we’re pleased to announce the return of The Entertainment Chuckwagon, where staff writer Chuck Brutz serves up a nostalgic tribute to the late, great Adam West, TV’s Batman.

Speaking of writers making repeat appearances, technology columnist Eric Worton is back this issue with Tips from TechBoxz, with a tongue in cheek commentary about a mobile game his wife can’t stop playing.

Staff writer Keren Lee Dreyer explores the full spectrum of the arts, with stories about a children’s theater program and a local fine arts exhibit.

Columnist and licensed aesthetician Tasha Oskey shares tips on how to prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Managing Editor Fred Terling and contributor Stan Popovich tackle heavy hitting mental health topics, while columnist Reanna Roberts gives her take on the paranormal.

Finally, if you’re looking for a cool activity to enjoy on a hot summer day, we’ve got you covered, with an extensive list of things to do, people to see and places to go this season.

As always, thank you for taking a break from your fun in the sun to peruse our pages.

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

Pennsylvania Bridges June 2017 – “Rise Up Singing”

 

june2017-coverThe June 2017 edition of Pennsylvania Bridges“Rise Up Singing” – is now available online & in print.

 

Thoughts from our Editor: Rise Up Singing

Sun IconSummertime is upon us, and with it comes all the trappings: longer, brighter days, the feel of freshly cut grass beneath your bare feet, the sensation of the sun’s rays warming your skin. The smell of chlorine in the neighborhood pool mixed with the sweet, tropical scent of suntan oil, the sound of childish voices at play, the sight of sandcastles lining the beach, the taste of ice cream enjoyed in the shade – all are synonymous with the onset of our hottest season.

Summertime, and people seem to laugh more, relax more, and frown considerably less than they do in colder months. There’s a greater sense of camaraderie and shared experiences, as individuals and families gather for picnics and celebrations in our parks and on our waterways and strangers become fast friends.

Summertime, and as the old jazz standard goes, “the living is easy.” Indeed, as we first heard from the great songstress Ella Fitzgerald, the “fish are jumping and the cotton is high.”

My favorite line of this George Gershwin tune comes later, however, when Ella tells us, “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing, and you’ll spread your wings and take to the sky.” What a wonderful sentiment is expressed here, this notion that with enough motivation and enthusiasm, we can soar to new heights and expand our horizons.

This is a sentiment shared by many of the people and organizations featured in this edition, the idea they can “rise up singing,” improve their lives, and make their communities a better place.

For example, look at our friends at the Phoenix Arts Center, who’ve risen from humble beginnings to become an established beacon for the cultural arts in Fayette County and the surrounding areas. Fayette isn’t alone in this regard, as the members of the Valley Art Club have been promoting fine arts in the Mon Valley region for two-thirds of a century. Stories on both groups are on pages 15 and 5, respectively.

The aforementioned organizations are only two of the community groups making positive changes in their hometowns, and several more are mentioned in this edition of Pennsylvania Bridges.

I know you’re eager to dive right in, but before I go and let you start reading all the outstanding stories contained within the pages of this issue, I want to take a moment to say “goodbye, thank you, and best wishes as you move forward” to our longtime Faith Columnist, Pastor B.T. Gilligan. In addition to penning his regular, thoughtful commentary on how faith transforms lives, Pastor B.T. has been both a friend and spiritual advisor to my family, and we will miss him dearly. His final column – and his “goodbye” to our readers – is on page 8.

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

May 2017 Edition – “May Flowers”

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Thoughts from Our Editor – May 2017 – “May Flowers”

UFLO1190-8MB We’ve all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers.”

A little digging reveals this sentiment’s origins harken back to 17th century Great Britain and Ireland where the level of precipitation in April is high because of the direction of the jet stream.

Meteorology aside, however, this expression also finds root in the idea that after a long, dark, and cold winter, a more optimistic spring awaits.

“April showers bring May flowers” is a phrase often intended to lift the spirits with the prospect of a brighter, more beautiful tomorrow. Even in the midst of a torrential downpour, we can imagine the splendor to come.

Dazzling and bold, hardy May flowers have withstood the deluge and now shine as brilliant as the sun, their vivid colors a symbol of hope realized. Who among us cannot relate to the resilient flowers of May, and to the notion that we are better for having weathered the April storms?

However, science tells us this common adage isn’t always accurate, depending on the type of flower and where you
call home.

Those living in warmer climates, for example, may see perennial buds beginning to burst as early as March or even April. Because their bulbs have been slumbering in the ground all winter, one month’s rainfall has little effect on their growth and overall health. Rather, it’s the accumulation of precipitation over many months that matters.

On the other hand, annuals, which must be replanted each year, can’t be put in soil until winter and the accompanying menace of frost has past. In climates like ours, that usually means waiting until spring is in full swing.

Whatever the type of flower, it’s clear what matters most is not precipitation but temperature. When the sun begins to warm the earth and spring like conditions have us trading our winter coats for light windbreakers, the first flowers appear, despite how much rainfall occurred during the previous month. Given a hospitable climate, they bask and thrive in the abundant light.

Again, we can draw a comparison between ourselves and flowering plants. Under the right circumstances, given warmth in the form of love and support, we also blossom and flourish as individuals. With help and encouragement, we prosper.

This edition is dedicated to living May flowers, to those who’ve experienced and overcome adversity on the path to success, as well as to those who’ve been sources of guidance and inspiration for those weathering life’s storms.

Until next month, Carla E. Anderton