City of Pittsburgh Council District 8
Proclamations and Resolutions Sponsored by Councilman Gilman

Mark Nordenberg Day

July 29, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared July 29th, 2014 as "Mark Nordenberg Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Mark Nordenberg served as the 17th Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh for 19 years, helping the University become a premier research institution and improving both the school's academics and athletics programs.


Style Week Pittsburgh

July 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared the week of August 11-17 as “Style Week Pittsburgh” in the City of Pittsburgh. Style Week Pittsburgh was created in order to use style and high fashion as a medium to help promote small business economic development within the Pittsburgh region and will illuminate the city of Pittsburgh under the international fashion spotlight, while enhancing fashion awareness, diversity, and inclusion within the region.


Pittsburgh's Best Chefs Day

July 15, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared July 15, 2014 as "Pittsburgh's Best Chefs Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Twelve Pittsburgh chefs were named 2014 Chefs of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine for their excellence in the culinary arts.


Will of Council supporting the proposed Definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Under the Clean Water Act to restore protection to crucial Pennsylvania and US waterways

July 8, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council for the support of the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed changes to the definitions of waterways under the Clean Water Act, which would restore protections to 8 million Pennsylvanians and over 117 million Americans.


Will of Council inviting the National League of Cities to host its 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition in the City of Pittsburgh

July 8, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council Passed a Will of Council extending an invitation to the National League of Cities to host their Congress of Cities and Exposition, the nation's largest educational event for city officials, here in Pittsburgh, the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


LifeShel Day

July 8, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared July 8, 2014 as "LifeShel Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Alan Fu, Siri Ramos and Jayon Wang, students at Carnegie Mellon University, created LifeShel, an innovative smartphone case and mobile application designed to offer protection from sexual violence by broadcasting a high-pitched whistle, in partnership with Pittsburgh Action against Rape and Carnegie Mellon’s Environmental Health and Safety group.


American Outlaws Pittsburgh Day

June 30, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared July 1, 2014 as "American Outlaws Pittsburgh Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. The American Outlaws are a national group whose mission is to "support the United States National Soccer Teams through a unified and dedicated group of supporters," and the Pittsburgh chapter has organized several viewing parties here in Pittsburgh to support the US National Team in the 2014 World Cup.


Will of Council urging Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Senate to support House Bill 1272 amd Senate Bill 1340

June 24, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council calling for support of bills in the Pennsylvania General Assembly which would enable all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police. 

See the press release here.


Will of Council urging Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Senate to oppose efforts that attack the collective bargaining rights of public sector union workers

June 24, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council asking that representatives in the Pennsylvania General Assembly do not support any efforts to get rid of employer's obligation to make automatic deductions of union dues which would hamper the union's right to collective bargaining.

See the press release here.


Mister Fred McFeely Rogers Day

June 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June 22, 2014 as "Mister Fred McFeely Rogers Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Mister Fred McFeely Rogers, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Child Development and an ordained minister by the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, a children's television show that remains popular almost sixty years later and his legacy includes songs, television shows and writings along with benefits, fundraisers and a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the community.


Dr. Rory A. Cooper Day

June 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June 17, 2014 as "Dr. Rory A. Cooper Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rory A. Cooper, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehab and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, has received numerous awards for his work in robotics and medicine including the 2014 Engelberger Award for Application, the robotics’ industry’s highest award, and has made marked improvements in people's lives.


Le Mardi Gras Day

June 17, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June 14, 2014 "Le Mardi Gras Day" in the city of Pittsburgh. Le Mardi Gras, located in Shadyside, is the oldest family owned cocktail lounge in the city and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.


Myrna Zelenitz Day

June 17, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June 11, 2014 as "Myrna Zelenitz Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Myrna Zelenitz is retiring as Executive Director of the East End Cooperative Ministry, an organization providing hands-on services to the hungry, homeless, elderly and others struggling in the East End, after eighteen years of service and leadership.


Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Day

June 3, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June 3, 2014 as "Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea to receive feedback from peers, ultimately getting to present ideas in front of local entrepreneur leaders; The City of Pittsburgh has held five of these events and they have led to the creation of more than sixty local companies.


Immigrant Heritage Month

June 24, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared June as "Immigrant Heritage Month" in the City of Pittsburgh. There were 2,370 H-1B visa requests from 2010-1011 in Pittsburgh, and the hard-work of these immigrants anchors the City's economy and enriches the City's culture.


Be There Day

May 27, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 29, 2014 "Be There Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. The "Be There" campaign is a nationwide multimedia and awareness campaign dedicated to getting parents and community members more involved in their children's education; this campaign is sponsored by United Way of Allegheny County, who will be holding an awards ceremony to honor those who have 'been there' for the City's youth.


Will of Council urging Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to revise its proposed rules to limit smog-forming emissions from coal-fired electric generating facilities

May 27, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council stating that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's new guidelines for coal-fired plants do not do enough to protect the State's air quality.


Cheers for Ears Day

May 27, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council has declared May 27, 2014 as "Cheers for Ears Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Cheers for Ears is an annual public awareness and fundraising program held by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Hearing Center Auxiliary and has reached close to 10,000 students and raised thousands of dollars to support the Hearing Center at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.


Kaite Keim Day

May 27, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 27, 2014 as "Katie Keim Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Katie Keim, a local student at the Ellis School, founded the non-profit organization A Dozen at a Time, which is dedicated to raising funds and resources for foster children, for which she has been awarded the St. Lawrence Book Award and for which she will be honored as part of the 2014 Class of Greek America's 40 Under 40.


Shirley Gleditsch Day

May 19, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 22, 2014 as "Shirley Gleditsch Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Shirley Gleditsch serves as the manager for the East End Community Thrift Store, which provides low-cost clothing and household goods, and has been an active part of the Thomas Merton Center, a grassroots organization promoting education and awareness on a variety of social justice and human rights issues.


DePaul School for Hearing and Speech Day

May 19, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 19, 2014 as "DePaul School for Hearing and Speech Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. As one of only 40 schools nationwide that provides listening and spoken language education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has worked hard to improve the quality of life for youth in the City of Pittsburgh


Will of Council urging federal government to exert all possible diplomatic leverage to bring about peace with justice in both Sudan and South Sudan

May 13, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council asking the United States' government, and especially the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, to take any diplomatic actions available to help bring peace to Sudan. Additionally, the Council recognized and strongly condemned the massacre that took place in Bentiu.


Gay Blood Drive Day

May 6, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared July 14, 2014 as "Gay Blood Drive Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. National Gay Blood Drive Day is a day in which heterosexual allies can donate blood in place of their gay or bisexual friends, raising awareness of the discriminatory and antiquated ban on gay blood donations.


Bach Day

May 6, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 10, 2014 as "Bach Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Music Alliance is honoring the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach with a festival that will showcase the talent and range of Pittsburgh's musicians as they perform works highlighting the composer's vocal and instrumental compositions.


Food Revolution Day

May 6, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 16, 2014 as "Food Revolution Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Food Revolution Cooking Club is an innovative player engaged in local issues such as community development and raising awareness of healthy food options as well as global issues such as food security.


Steve Mendelson Day

April 29, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 2, 2014 as "Steve Mendelson Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Steve Mendelson is the founder and owner of the Mendelson Gallery, an art gallery committed to the local art scene for over 40 years.


Cathy Jacobson-Guzy Day

April 29, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 3, 2014 as "Cathy Jacobson-Guzy Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. Cathy Jacobson-Guzy is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh who is now the director of tennis at the Billie Jean King and El Dorado Tennis Centers and is being inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.


Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Day

April 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 2, 2014 as "Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. The Women's Center & Shelter has been at the forefront of creating and implementing innovative and effective programming aimed at preventing partner violence and providing services to intimate partner violence victims.


Michael Cherock Day

April 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared May 23, 2014 as "Michael Cherock Day" in the City of Pittsburgh. Michael Cherock is a veteran of the US Navy's Submarine Force and has made lasting contributions to the city's small business community, having been named as the Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania.


Will of Council City of Pittsburgh calls for elected officials at the state and federal level to work with Pittsburgh to join together to repair America’s infrastructure 

April 22, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council urging elected officials at the state and federal level to work with Pittsburgh to join together to repair America’s infrastructure systems in order to create family-sustaining jobs, ensure our families and communities are safe, healthy and prepared for climate change, and to address climate change.

See the press release here.


Will of Council asking the FDA to re-evaluate blood, tissue, and organ donation policies

April 14, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council urging the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA to re-evaluate discriminatory policies around blood, organ, and tissue donations to meet current scientific standards, to ensure safety in the process, and to allow for a larger pool of donors to help with the organ, blood, and tissue shortage crisis.

See the press release here.


Tartan Day

April 1, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared April 1, 2014 the “Tartan Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.


Carnegie Mellon University Spring Carnival

April 1, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council paid tribute to Carnegie Mellon University Spring Carnival’s 100 years of success and celebration. The Council of the City of Pittsburgh declared April 10, 2014, “Carnegie Mellon University Spring Carnival Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.


WQED 60th Anniversary

April 1, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council commended and congratulated WQED Multimedia for sixty years of excellence in communications and community service to the residents of Pittsburgh, America, and the rest of the world. The City of Pittsburgh declared April 1, 2014, “WQED Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.


Bystander Awareness Day

March 25, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared March 25, 2014 "Bystander Awareness Day" in the city of Pittsburgh. Bystander Awareness is an evidence-based program that attempts to prevent sexual assaults from happening through an activist/collective/community culture of response.


Will of Council in support of the PA Agenda for Women's Health

March 25, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council passed a Will of Council supporting members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature’s Women’s Health Caucus and their groundbreaking approach to addressing the unique health needs and concerns of women.

See the press release here.


Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh and Joey Travolta Film Workshop Day

March 25, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared March 25, 2014 the “Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh Joey Travolta Film Workshop Day” in the city of Pittsburgh. The Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh will host the 4th annual Joey Travolta Film Workshop, where adolescents and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their 'typical' peers will spend 10 days creating short films from start to finish.


Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama's Centennial Celebration

February 18, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council declared February 18, 2014, “Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. City Council paid tribute to the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama’s first 100 years of success, and celebrated the next 100 years of innovation and talent in the arts and entertainment professions.


Joshua Yoskosky and Joe Fogiato Day

Feburary 18, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council designated February 18, 2014 as “Joshua Yoskosky and Joe Fogiato Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. Josh and Joe were recognized for their selfless and heroic efforts to rescue their elderly neighbors from a devastating house fire in Oakland on January 31st.

See the press release here.


Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition/St. Bede's

February 11, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council recognized the students of St. Bede School for their accomplishment as winners of the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition.


Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Pittsburgh

January 14, 2014: Pittsburgh City Council designated January 2014 “Cervical Cancer Awareness Month” in the city of Pittsburgh, signaling a call for expanded access to life-saving screening tests and vaccines.

See the press release here. 


 

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