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Ringo Starr In Pittsburgh + Free Meals For First Responders

Good morning, Pittsburgh—and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable weekend. That Steelers game yesterday against the Bengals was a real nail-biter… I could feel the collective ‘sigh’ of relief from every corner of the steel city as Boswell’s final kick made it through the posts. 1-0! Now, let’s cover what is going on in town.

Humid; a morning thunderstorm. High: 76 Low: 57.

Here are the top stories today in Pittsburgh:

1) A Sewickley woman remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks yesterday by honoring first-responders in the Pittsburgh area. Josie White was living outside New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and the memories are still vivid—even 21 years later. Following the attacks, Josie put her efforts into helping others as a way to cope. She donated her time and helped in any way she could to offer support, including cooking for first responders. After moving to Sewickley, she started feeding the firefighters at the Pittsburgh station where her brother worked. This led to the creation of 911 Dinners, an initiative where volunteers make delicious homemade meals and deliver them on 9/11 to police, fire and EMS personnel in the city and beyond. Yesterday, volunteers as young as 12-years-old came together to deliver meals. Josie said the reaction she got from first responders was overwhelmingly grateful.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)

2) Beatles legend Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band entertained an enthusiastic crowd at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night. And it’s been a long time coming, because the former Beatles drummer and his new bandmates had to postpone this show three times due to the pandemic. It was fitting that the concert finally took place in the month of September, because it’s the same month that the Beatles played their one and only Pittsburgh show nearly 58 years ago to the day on Sept. 14, 1964 at the old Civic Arena. Although he didn’t perform all of the Beatles best hits, he did include “Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Act Naturally,” and “What Goes On,” in the setlist.


3) A local man was hospitalized after being shot and crashing his vehicle into a home in Pittsburgh’s Knoxville neighborhood. Allegheny County dispatchers said emergency crews were called to the 200 block of Charles Street in Knoxville at around 9:25 pm Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a male with a grazed gunshot wound in a wrecked vehicle which had struck a home. They believe he crashed his vehicle into the home during the shooting. The victim was taken to a local hospital, and an investigation is ongoing.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)

4) Traveling between Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood and Downtown may be more complicated for the next two years due to infrastructure renovations. The Smithfield Street Bridge is undergoing an $8.49 million rehabilitation. The bridge will remain open through most of the project, but traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. Additionally, the use of one sidewalk will be closed during the project. Work during the project will include steel repairs, spot painting, replacing the existing sidewalk in two of the four spans, replacing the epoxy deck surface, concrete deck repairs and concrete and masonry substructure repairs.

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

5) Kennywood is making headlines in the amusement park industry after restoring the fan-favorite ‘Kangaroo’ ride. The park received the Publisher’s Pick Renaissance Award at the 2022 Golden Ticket Awards after re-opening the attraction earlier this spring. The Kangaroo debuted in 1962 and quickly became a fan favorite for its simple fun and appeal to a wide range of visitors. The ride inspired the introduction of park mascot, Kenny Kangaroo, and was the last ride of its kind in the world when it was retired after the 2020 season. After receiving many pleas from park visitors to bring back the classic ride, Kennywood partnered with Premier Rides to modernize and restore the ride. Now, riders can experience an enhanced ride with new theming, lighting, and a dedicated logo for the first time ever.

(CBS Pittsburgh)

Today in Pittsburgh:

  • North Hills Coin Club – Northland Public Library (6 pm)
  • History of Italian Cinema: Obsession (Visconti 1943) (7:30 pm)

From my notebook:

  • Visit Pittsburgh: “🏉 Steelers Nation is ready. 💛🖤 There’s a lot to celebrate today, with the Steelers entering their 90th season, their 16th under Coach Tomlin, and the 1st game with Mitch Trubisky leading the offense. Six is ​​great, but seven would be better. !” (Visit Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • City of Pittsburgh: “Today the City of Pittsburgh remembers all of our family, friends, and first responders we lost 21 years ago on September 11, 2001” (City of Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “Phipps is looking for individuals with friendly smiles and extraordinary customer service skills to enhance our guest experience! Join us for open interviews on Sept., 13 and 20 from 1 – 4 pm Learn more: https://www.phipps.conservatory. ..” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
  • Trail Pittsburgh: “Today we launch our 2022 Trail Fund to support our hard working trail crews. We aim to raise $20k. @Trekbikes has donated this Fuel EXe 9.8 to help get us to that goal.” (Trail (Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: “The Harris Theater lineup this month spans classic favorites — like Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges — to the latest independent films, like Senegalese thriller Saloum. Grab your popcorn and enjoy the show. 🎟️🎟️🎟️ ▶️ TrustArts.or…” ( (The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: “It’s almost fall! Time to break out the fuzzy sweaters and decorative gourds. For families and caregivers with young children, this season also provides endless opportunities for learning. Check out these fabulous fall activities.” (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh via Facebook)

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That’s it for today. I’ll see you soon!

Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is a native Pennsylvanian with stops in Erie and State College before making Pittsburgh her home in 2020. She’s got a background in a little bit of everything… from working in media newsrooms and public health to the 2016 Presidential election. 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 food in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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