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Homewood Children's Village head resigns

Posted by Elwin Green on September 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Homewood Children's Village President and CEO Derrick L. Lopez has resigned, the organization announced this evening.


An emailed press release from HCV said that Mr. Lopez is stepping down to complete his doctoral dissertation at Michigan State University, where he is studying educational policy.


Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam has been promoted from Deputy CEO, and Director of Evaluation and Research, to interim President and CEO.


Mr. Lopez ...

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The French Connection

Posted by Elwin Green on September 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Last November, I shared the news (passed on to me by Councilman Burgess' chief of staff Shawn Carter) that France had issued a warning to its citizens not to visit Homewood. Noting that French citizens were unlikely to do so anyway, I asked "Why should we care?" and answered:


I care because I see opportunity here. If Homewood can be internationally famous...

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Final Business District Planning Meeting Tonight

Posted by Elwin Green on September 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a reminder that the last of three meetings by Operation Better Block, about the redevelopment of Homewood's business district, will be held this evening at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Homewood branch, 7101 Hamilton Avenue. Come at 5:30 for refresments; the meeting will start at 6. This meeting is for everyone in Homewood who wants to have a voice in the future of our business district.


Tonight's meeting will offer a recap of the first two. Here's a preview of ...

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Byrdsong presents "Urban Agenda Strategy" for Homewood - Part 1

Posted by Elwin Green on September 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (1)

T. Rashad Byrdsong, President and CEO of Community Empowerment Association

About two dozen people came out for a meeting at Community Empowerment Association in which CEA President and CEO T. Rashad Byrdsong presented a document for the community's review and use, titled "Homewood Urban Agenda Strategy: An Inner-City Model for Urban Revitalization."

Mr. Byrdsong ...

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Urban Agenda To Be Presented

Posted by Elwin Green on September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm just going to leave this here for now:

HN Updates

Posted by Elwin Green on September 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


1) The two episodes "Building A 21st Century Journalistic Enterprise" which I've announced twice already are on hold until I do some higher-level work on my calendar. The next time I mention either, it will not be with location TBA. The location will be included. Thanks for your patience.


2) I missed the deadline for completing the NewU grant application for which

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Ambassadors sought for energy-efficiency program

Posted by Elwin Green on September 12, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Mark your calendar for Monday, Sept. 15.


GTECH Strategies, a nonprofit that is familiar to many Homewood residents for its work in reclaiming vacant lots, is looking for a few good residents to help lead a program for enhancing the neighborhood's energy efficiency.


The ReEnergize Pittsburgh Ambassadors program seeks three residents who, as a promotional flyer puts it, "are passionate about creating change in their communities."


These Am...

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An Urgent Request From The Publisher

Posted by Elwin Green on August 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Dear Readers,


I'm writing to ask for your help WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE HOURS.


Today, I was invited to apply for a $20,000 grant to help fund the continued development of Homewood Nation. Two such grants are being offered by UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, Inc., in its "New U: News Entrepreneurs Working through UNITY" competition. NewU exists "to supp...

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Homewood Nation, v. 2: Part 2 - Hanging Out For The Good Of The Hood

Posted by Elwin Green on August 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

In my last post, I announced that a major upgrade of Homewood Nation is coming, and that Google Hangouts On Air will be a major part of of that upgrade.


With a Hangout On Air, a group of people (up to ten, I believe) can use webcams (or other video cameras attached to computers) to video conference over the Internet.



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Homewood Nation, v. 2: Part 1 - A Community Heads Up

Posted by Elwin Green on August 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

So, this happened:


I went to Operation Better Block's meeting about redeveloping Homewood's business district Tuesday evening.


Those of you who follow Homewood Nation on Twitter, or who have

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