Updated: City voters in the general election picked “YES” on ballot question! Thank you.

Update: At the general election in November 2017, the voters in the city of Pittsburgh elected to change the city’s charter to allow city workers the opportunity to take on part-time work as athletic coaches for Pittsburgh Public School. More than 31,000 YES votes, 73%, were in favor. By the way, the unopposed re-election of Mayor Bill Peduto, D, generated 95% support and 39,000 votes.

Click photo above to link to the Post-Gazette article.

Quote:

Ms. Rudiak took up the issue after Mark Rauterkus, a swimming coach at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, approached her. Mr. Rauterkus heard that a part-time coach at another city school had to give up that work because of his city employment.

“We’re shrinking the pool of available coaches, knocking them off,” said Mr. Rauterkus, 57, of the South Side Flats. he called the referendum “a positive step” that “might endear more people to live in the city if they could coach their kids here.”

Listen to this radio interview

Radio host, Dimitri, talks with Coach Mark Rauterkus about more people being eligible to be hired as part-time coaches at Pittsburgh Public Schools.

https://soundcloud.com/1dimitriradio/mark-rauterkus-swimming

Ballot Question

Three time champion: Catherine’s story rocks at The Moth’s Grandslam

There was a tie in the points served by the judges in the audience, but the winner was named. Catherine won for the third time in Pittsburgh.

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Catherine Palmer, award winning story teller, and husband, Mark Rauterkus, after the show in Pittsburgh in October 2017.
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Catherine wins. The scores and the order of the ten speakers.

Bishop Zubik and Catherine at the gala for The DePaul School of Speech and Hearing

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Bishop Zubek and Catherine at the gala for DePaul School of Speech and Hearing.

To be honest, the meetings that were shared in the story that happened in City Hall and in Church after mass were with Pittsburgh’s former Bishop, Bishop Wuerl. This photo, taken a few years later at a special event for DePaul School show Bishop Z and Catherine. Both served as board members for the school.

Beta Burgh Proposals. Three applications submitted

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Three proposals went to answer the call from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s BetaBurgh RFP.

One of the plans, called, Rauterkus.com, aims to begin the process of conducting a feasibility study in 2016 for the building of one or more floating swim pools on one or more barges. It might be possible to get the project to a crowd-source stage (i.e., Kickstarter or Indiegogo).

Two other plans are in the works too:

    • Swim.CLOH.org is for open water swimming.
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Goals: Three proposals!

 

  • 4RS.org is for building two in-river lagoons for holding water games, both SKWIM and Water Polo with floating goals and simple lane line dividers for the game areas.

 

All three will have the BGC (Bloomfield-Garfield.org) as the financial 501(c)(3) for the grant period.

Links:

Surf around this directory to see the text, budgets and art for the proposals: http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/

  1. Open water swimming, Swim.CLOH.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Swim_CLOH_org_text.html
  2. River lagoons, 4RS.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/4RS_org_text.html
  3. Floating pools feasibility, Rauterkus.com http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Rauterkus_com_text.html
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Dick Bower, a famous swim coach who had coached at Greater Pittsburgh Swim Club and Bethal Park, talks to the guys before a swim in the 50-meter course build in the water. The 4RS.org proposal calls that a lagoon.

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The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay. Swimming in the Badeschiff pool The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer's day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree. The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.
The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay.
Swimming in the Badeschiff pool
The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer’s day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree.
The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.

Good news arrived concerning the Sprout Fund Grant for Digital Badges

Yes. We seem to be able to get the technology for Summer Dreamers as a result of the efforts with the Digital Badges and the Sprout Fund.

I need to clear up two questions, it seems. That’s okay as I asked to meet with them a couple of weeks ago anyway.

Go check out the other site, http://CLOH.org.

The photo above was from the practice at the Thelma Lovette YMCA on Friday night.

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