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Graduate Certificate in
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Expected Completion, June, 2009
Using Social Media to Engage
Customers and Their Communities
Advanced Public Relations Strategies
Proposal Writing and Execution
Press Release Workshop
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All Saints’ Antiques Show Returns to
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
REHOBOTH BEACH—One of the nation’s
longest-running and best loved antiques shows
returns to the Rehoboth Beach Convention
Center July 29 –August 1, 2009 under new
management. The show is now in its 60th year.
“It’s an all-new show with several new dealers
and a new look,” says show chairperson Joan
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WC Reforms Could Hurt Agents, Small
SACRAMENTO—A workers’ compensation bill
moving its way through the California Legislature
doesn’t go far enough in attempts to reduce costs
to reform the troubled system. Without
compromise, the bill could be headed for a veto
by the Governor Gray Davis, putting off the
problem for another year and allowing an already
troubled situation to worsen.
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AMTMA Presents Important Display of
ALTOONA—This fall the Alto Model Train
Museum Association (AMTMA) will officially
unveil a collection of railroad posters that have
been added to its permanent displays in Altoona.
Several of the posters can be previewed at
Lakemont Park this summer. All of the posters
will be on display when the 29th Street location
re-opens in September.
It’s clear when you look up at 360 West 11th
Street that this wasn’t the vision or the work of an
ordinary developer. The stucco facade, balconies
and colorful appearance are flush with
In fact, 360 West 11th Street is the work of Julian
Schnabel, artist, filmmaker and, now we can add,
While it takes that individual vision to build a
building like this, it also takes a contractor willing
and able to go beyond the ordinary to bring the
vision to reality.
Great Buildings, Great Art
Pablo Picasso said “Give me a museum and I’ll
fill it.” In New York you might as easily say,
“Name a museum” and there a good chance
Sciame built it. The firm's signature of attention to
detail and construction of design-focused
architecture has helped the company build its
portfolio to include many of the City’s
internationally recognized museums.
According to Sciame Executive Vice President
Michael Porcelli, success began with the
company’s work at the Morgan Library where
Sciame was responsible for the construction of a
150,000 square-foot complex.
In large buildings, heating, ventilation and air-
conditioning systems become pretty compilcated.
Even in the largest buildings that complexity
pales when compared to designing a system that
repilcates an environment for animals.
In a recent project at the Bronx Zoo, the
challenge for WDF, Inc. was to apply HVAC
systems to recreate the broad range of
environments found on the island of Madagascar.
Built in 1918 as a lion house and more recently
designated as a landmark building, WDF
renovated the 50,000 foot building in three years.
Ferreria Construction 31 Tannery
Headquarter’s Launches Green Business
The headquarters of Ferreira Construction is one
of only a few buildings in the country that produce
more electricity than they consume on an annual
basis and is known as a “net zero electric”
The use of renewable energy (solar photovoltaic
and solar thermal) has resulted in a greatly
reduced carbon footprint of more than 200 Tons a
year of CO2. The 42,000 square foot building in
Branchburg, New Jersey is the first fully
documented net-zero electrical commercial
building in the United States.
Governor’s Voice Mail Jammed As Third-
Party, Bad-Faith Opposition Heats Up
SACRAMENTO—Governor Gray Davis may not
sign AB 1237 (Martha Escutia, D-Huntington
Park), the third- party bad-faith bill, if caller
reports of busy signals and full voice mail at his
office are an indication of consumer opposition to
the bill. The governor in dicated he would sign
such a bill barring public outcry.
In an early vote the Assembly ap proved the bill
Thursday on a 43-26 margin.
New Attempts Likely To Target Insurers’
Investment In Low Income Communities
SACRAMENTO—Not unlike a debate last year in
Washington, legislators in Sacramento are
planning to introduce legislation that would
encourage insurers to make targeted investments
in low income communities.
During last year’s financial services
modernization debate, Congressional leaders
and lobbyists argued about ap plication of the
Community Reinvest ment Act, which requires
banks to in- vest in the low income communities
where they operate.
AMA President-Elect Randolph Smoak: An
CHICAGO-With the recent announcement to form
a physicians union, Randolph Smoak is taking
the helm as president of the American Medical
Association at a time when the health care
industry is set to go through another stage of
Dr. Smoak was named president-elect of the
AMA June 23. Prior to his election, Dr. Smoak
served as the chair of the AMA's Board of
The Interoperability of BIM
When talking about BIM (Building Information
Modeling), there are two meanings that can be
taken from the word ‘into ropera billty, according
to Dr. Thomas F. Glavinich, an Associate
Professor of Civil, Environmental and
Architectural Engineering at the University of
The first relates to building systems working
together; the second concerns software systems
working together. On the topic of systems
working together, we’re already realizing the
benefits of BIM. When considering software, we
have some ways to go, according to Glavinich.
Pittsburgh's Castles: Unlocking Pittsburgh's
Past and Personality
Home preservation in the United States is
somewhat of a conundrum. From the eyes of a
European, there may not be anything old here to
save. From the eyes of many an American, the
value is too often in re making rather than
Today, a new interest in urban lifestyles has
spawned more preservation of the city’s homes
on the part of the indi viduals and community
Cemeteries: Places for the Living
Buried outside of a chruch in the Washington
County town of Amity lies a man once thought by
some to be the real source of the book of
A visitor might walk by Solomon Spaulding's
headstone without notice. It reveals only that he
died October 20, 1816, at the age of 55.
Cemeteries are the last places where many
people want to spend a vacation. Still, the
numbers of tourists visiting cemeteries and
searching for the graves of people like Spaulding
continue to grow.
Contrary to modern political assumptions, the
dense city, not the quiet office suburb, is the
facilitator of market capitalism.
Throughout history, cities have been the
creator of wealth, the breeder of genius, and
the market for art, technology and science. In
fact, the words “city” and “civilization” have the
same root. To socialist reformers like Eugene
Debs, the city is what had to be dispersed for a
revolution to take hold.
INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION
CANAL PARK STADIUM
April 10, 1997 marked the grand opening of the
new Canal Park Stadium in Akron, Ohio. This
magnificent facility represents not just a new
home for Akron's new AA baseball team, the
Akron Aeros, but a symbol of the renewed vigor
in Akron's downtown. As the regional center for
government, banking, utilities and professional
services, downtown Akron is now becoming an
entertainment destination for families and
individuals of all ages.
NOMINATION OF THE EVERETT BUILDING
DOWNTOWN OHIO, INC. AWARDS PROGRAM
Once cited as "One of the five ugliest buildings in
Akron , " the Everett building has become an
attractive keystone structure and provides an
aesthetic gateway into downtown Akron.
The building was purchased by developer
Anthony Troppe and two private investors under
the name Everett Revival Group in December of
1995 for $450,000. The building has since
undergone a 1.5 million dollar restoration.
(Machinery and Equipment Tax Credit)
The Manufacturer’s Investment Tax Credit is a
program offered through the State of Ohio which
encourages the expansion of existing operations
and supports additional investment into the state.
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
has the expertise to help your business take fill
advantage of the benefits the Investment Tax
Before built-in closets became standard household features, clothing and personal items
were stored in wardrobes, chests of drawers and trunks. George Breed, a Pittsburgh dry
goods merchant, owned this elegant neo-classical wardrobe, which was probably made
in the 1830s. Its massive size, use of mahogany veneers and skillful carving indicate that
it was an expensive piece of furniture and symbolized the prosperity of its owner.
Several cabinetmakers were known to have been producing furniture of this quality at
the time, including William Alexander, Benjamin Montgomery and Henry Beares.
Similarities in the work of these cabinetmakers could be attributed to a skilled carver who
did work for several cabinetmakers. The maker designed the wardrobe to be easily
disassembled for moving by removing several pegs and screws. Gift of Emma Zug,
Exhibitors at the 1939 New York World’s Fair looked to the future with optimism.
Buildings and furnishings were designed to showcase the wonders of new materials and
reflect technological developments that would make life better. This futuristic chair made
for the U.S. Steel Corporation Exhibition Building highlights two different products made
by the company, tubular stainless steel and clear plastic. The building and exhibit were
designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, one of the most eminent designers of the 1920s and
30s. Gift of Robert G. Reith, 2004.108
Ten Ways Pittsburgh Can Become Better at
Pittsburgh is trying hard to be at the center of
something in the coming years. Looking at the
boom ignited at Stanford University that spread
throughout Silicon Valley and the San Francisco
Bay Area in the 1990s, Pittsburgh is hoping to be
the next center of technology.
It has competition. Boston and Cleveland and
Atlanta Washington and countless other blues
are hoping that something just as large will color
the local sky green.
Treasure Island Returns to San Francisco
Not long after the close of the 1939-1940 Golden
Gate International Exposition, the U.S. Navy
leased Treasure Island from San Francisco for
Use during and and after World War lI. Now The
City is getting it back.
In an era of military downsizing that leaves old
bases open for new uses, finding a developer
interested in unused government property is
frequently difficult. But some abandoned bases
have opened up valuable real estate. Among the
most valuable is Treasure Island.
Disused streetcar tracks and overhead wires still
in place. Residents along the line calling for
restoration of trolley service. A skeptical, reluctant
San Francisco's Market Street Railway in the
early 1980s? No, It’s Philadelphia’s Germantown
neighborhood in the past few years. While the
tracks still divide the cobblestones in the streets
of this early Philly suburb, it’s been decades
since the residents of this now diverse community
could take a streetcar downtown.
Top of the World in New York
"When they ask you in America," a cousin said to
Ayn Rand (then Alice Rosenbaum) as she
prepared to sail to New York, "tell them that
Russia is a huge cemetery and we are all dying
New York was nothing but lights on the horizon to
Rand then, but she would sit through a feature-
length silent film several times just to get a
glimpse of it. For the aspiring writer leaving a
country to which she never would return, the
skyline of New York represented the philosophy
that made the motor of the world move.
People I Have Interviewed
Harry Binswanger, editor, The Ayn Rand Lexicon
Randolph Smoak, president, American Medical Association
Brian Regan, executive director, Morgan Library and Museum
Lisa Phillips, director, New Museum
Giorgio Bianchi, partner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture, MOMA
Dr. George Campbell, director, Cooper Union
Steven Holl, principal, Steven Holl Architects
Chip Haynes, author, Peak of the Devil
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