Bonnie Pfister
Ned Schano (left) with xxx
Ned Schano (left) with Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski

George Washington’s peace pipe. Mister Rogers’ television set. World Series-winning baseballs. As director of communications for the Heinz History Center and co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Ned Schano spends his workday helping to tell the story of the Pittsburgh region. In his spare time, he’s active with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and plays tennis on a U.S. Tennis Association league team that includes players Italy and Colombia.

Schano is a Neighbor at, a virtual concierge that highlights the great live, work and play options in the 10-county region. Like the dozens of other Neighbors, he helps newcomers and natives alike find their way in the the region. Surf around or take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz to be matched up with Neighbors who may share your interests and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region. Use the powerful job search aggregator featuring tens of thousands of jobs open right now in the region, to consider your next career move, or check out our Featured Employers to find out what jobs they’ve got open and what they’re looking for in people they hire and promote.



Tene Croom

DuckyArticleA 40-foot rubber duck docked at the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge across the Allegheny River Sept.27, kicking off a party on the bridge and the month-long Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Check out the video below.)

“My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face,” Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has said about his floating creation. The duck chose Pittsburgh as the place to stage its American debut, to the envy of many U.S. cities. It has spread joy in Belgium, Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

The bridge party starts at 5:30 p.m., and coincides with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Market, also hosted on the bridge, as well as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl. After the party’s over you can see the duck at Point State Park through Oct. 20.

The Festival of Firsts, which continues throughout the city through Oct. 26, is the Cultural Trust’s presentation of edgy U.S. premieres of new works of international contemporary performing and visual artists. I’m curious about such offerings as Granular Synthesis, an audio-visual smorgasbord. The duo of Kurt Hentschlager and Ulf Langheinrich will present this self-described “visual radiation” for free at SPACE, 812 Liberty Ave. through Oct. 20.

A certain je ne sais quoi is likely when dancers perform in the U.S. premiere of Henri Michaux: Mouvements, thanks to choreographer Marie Chouinard of Montreal, Quebec. Presented by the Pittsburgh Dance Council, the show contains some nudity. Check it out at the Byham Theater on Sept. 28 at 8:00 p.m.

And then it will be time for the Carnegie International, which kicks off Oct. 5! But more on that later.

Plan your outings to the Festival of Firsts event here. Here’s that video:

Bill Flanagan

With the team’s defeat of the Chicago Cubs Monday night at PNC Park, the Pirates are definitely “in” – in the spotlight of the playoffs, that is. This first run since 1992 at the pinnacle of MLB, the World Series puts the Pirates and their hometown more in the spotlight than ever.

Like the Bucs, the Pittsburgh region is looking better than ever — re-imagined and re-made in significant ways since 1992. We’ve capitalized on Pirates winning streak to present the highlights of the region’s own great American comeback in a fun video, à la 60 Minutes, the classic American TV newsmagazine. In the interest of time, so that fans can get back to the business of cheering on the Buccos, we present the Pittsburgh region’s transformation in “60 Seconds!” Got a minute? Check it out.

Phil Cynar

Exhibit at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh is a town built, to a large degree, on historical philanthropy when considering public assets around arts and culture. Many are the museums here – from the Heinz History Center and the Children’s Museum to the National Aviary and the Carnegie Museums, and more. When out-of-town guests come a-visiting or just for your own rainy day getaway, Pittsburgh museums are sure to please. The underwriting of these and other arts and culture assets by well-to-do Pittsburghers has proven to be good investments of their “green.” But today – as these facilities embrace the latest sustainable operations and practices to lessen their impact on the environment and reduce energy consumption – their value is multifaceted. And often, the innovation, parts and materials that are making such sustainability achievable are homegrown – coming out of the Pittsburgh region’s universities, entrepreneurial startups and companies firmly established in the sustainability space within the region’s broader energy sector.

Pittsburgh’s green museums and similar places of interest are highlighted in Part II of a series on these structures – old and very new – in Green News Update. Part I is available here. For a deeper dive on a dozen nifty green practices underway at our region’s museums, check out this sidebar.

If you already know Pittsburgh as the new “Emerald City” you’ll be even more impressed. If not, and you hail from elsewhere, you might find yourself green with envy to discover that Pittsburgh is where all this – and more – is happening.

Author’s Note:  Green News Update Editor Bobbie Faul-Zeitler writes from personal experience with Pittsburgh’s green assets. She participated in a May 2012 “green Pittsburgh” media study tour organized by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and VisitPittsburgh, in cooperation with a number of the region’s green champions.