Thursday, January 4, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mt. Lebanon High School South Gym
But the author of the list, in a court filing this month, said the list was meant to be humorous.
Now, band members from Mt. Lebanon High School, along with music students from Duquesne University, hope to help get the music flowing again in the land of Mardi Gras.
The Mt. Lebanon High School band is sponsoring a districtwide drive to collect used musical instruments and cash for the band at Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans, one of only a handful of high schools that have reopened in the city.
"Meanwhile, as Rite Aid and Brooks-Eckerd smashed heads, Walgreens was pulling the old end-around, quietly opening its first store in the Pittsburgh suburb of Crafton, Pa., just before last Thanksgiving. It was one of the last of the major cities in the United States in which Walgreens had been absent. The plan is to ramp up quickly and develop critical mass in the market within a few years--the same way Walgreens enters every other market.
"If you look at the largest metropolitan areas of the country that we are currently not in, Pittsburgh would be near the top of the list," explained Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin. "There is a lot of opportunity there and a lot of population to serve. And we think the sites are available for us to be successful."
In addition to Brooks-Eckerd and Rite Aid, Walgreens also has the likes of CVS, the No. 3 chain in the market in terms of share of pharmacy sales, a most formidable player to say the least. With 10 fewer stores operating in the area in 2004, CVS drove 15.5 percent of local pharmacy sales versus Rite Aid's 13.5 percent share. And while Pittsburgh may not always have been a major priority for CVS, that is starting to change, noted James Kelly, vice president of investments and retail at Grubb & Ellis, a major commercial real estate advisory firm.
Still, many believe that not only is there more than enough business to go around at present, there's more still on top of that. Pittsburgh is a growing market. "We are underretailed still, apparently to the tune of about 4 million square feet in this market," Kelly explained. "The retail dynamics are excellent right now."
Framing that opportunity, Kelly said is a large senior population and a mass influx of young professionals and new families--something the area hasn't seen in quite some time.
"We had a perception of young people at one point leaving [Pittsburgh]," Kelly said. "A lot of that had to do with [Pittsburgh's transformation] through an industrial ]economy] to a service economy."
But younger people are coming back into the area, he said, crediting the region's strong university system for attracting a more youthful vibe to the area.
And as interest in the market has grown, so, too, has the value of commercial real estate in Pittsburgh in the last few years. The city has attracted the interest of several real estate investment trusts, a trend that is expected to continue, according to Grubb & Ellis. "[Since] Walgreens came in, the prices [for retail real estate] have gone through the roof, and the competition for the best sites is wild," Kelly said.
The school board will vote Dec 18 on whether to notify Associate Superintendent Pamela Pulkowski that the board will open her contract when it expires in June.
The board tabled the motion last month after Dr. Pulkowski told members she had been harassed by others in the district in an effort to get her to quit her job and that she had far exceeded goals set for her position.
She told the board she had filed complaints with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Also at last month's meeting, some community members asked the board to renew Dr. Pulkowski's contract.
Opening the position means that others can be considered for the job or that the board can eliminate the position, board President Joseph Rodella said during Monday's board discussion meeting.
Mr. Rodella said it was his opinion that it makes sense for the board to open the position to allow whoever is chosen as the next superintendent to structure his or her own administration.
If the board doesn't vote to notify Dr. Pulkowski that the contract will be opened, her contract is automatically renewed.
Stuart Chaban is a lifelong resident of Mt. Lebanon, and owns The Coffee Den in the Bower Hill Shops.
According to Chaban, many of the tenants are anxious for this project to go through so customers return to what has become a desolate shopping center.
"We want to get this done and over with as soon as possible. We have options once we get to that point. The more you prolong this, the less businesses you will have in that shopping center and the more abandoned it is going to look...It is not fair to the business owners," said Chaban.
Ten local artists show us their Holiday spirit. Opening reception December 16 from 6-9 pm.
With music by jazz guitarist Alex Kaufmann.
Show up for the reception in your "full" Santa suit and receive 10% off your purchase, plus the admiration of all.
All works on display through December 24.