Student Loan Relief + Penn Hills Shooting + Mt. Lebanon Speaker Series

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! I’m back in your inbox this morning to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening in town. Today, you’ll find these stories and more:

  • Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians Seeking Student Loan Relief They Won’t Be Taxed
  • Man found shot dead in Penn Hills home
  • Residents evacuate after a fire occurs at the South Park apartment complex

Here we are!


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Here are today’s top stories in Pittsburgh:

1) As millions submit their applications for student loan forgiveness, Governor Tom Wolf reminds Pennsylvanians that they will not be taxed by the state if they get relief. And this reminder is impacting a good number of people who reside in the key state, as more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians are eligible for help. Governor Wolf says the plan is a weight off the shoulders and the state will not charge residents who benefit from it. The student loan forgiveness initiative has been underway since President Biden announced in August that his administration was writing off up to $20,000 in student loan debt for millions of Americans.

(CBS Pittsburgh)

2) A local man was found shot dead in a house in Penn Hills. The victim has been identified as Dwight Nolan, 31. Penn Hills police received the call for the shots around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Investigators found a bullet hole in a first floor window and vehicles in the driveway were hit multiple times. Officers are said to have blocked off an area in front of the house on the 300 block of Crescent Gardens Drive. More than a dozen evidence markers were placed on the street, in a driveway and on a vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

(CBS Pittsburgh)

3) The To go up Lebanon Library Speaker Series will feature author Colson Whitehead at their next event. Whitehead is the author of “The Underground Railroad”, which won both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. The author also won a second Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for “The Nickel Boys,” making him the fourth writer to win two Pulitzers in the fiction category. His other books include “Harlem Shuffle”, “John Henry Days”, and “Zone One”. His next book, “Crook Manifesto”, is due out next summer. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead at the Mellon Middle School Auditorium in Mount Lebanon on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. For more information and ticketing information, go online to mtlebanonlibrary.org/455/Speaker-Series.

(The Almanac)

4) Residents of the Lindenbrooke apartment complex in South Park was forced to evacuate due to a fire on Saturday evening. Emergency crews were dispatched to the building on Royal Drive around 8.15pm. The fire triggered a second alarm around 8:23 p.m. A member of the Library Volunteer Fire Company said a kitchen caught fire in the building. Responding crews reported that they had experienced severe heat and apartment residents and their pets had to evacuate. The building was ventilated and the residents were able to return to their homes, but the firefighters indicated that the resident of the apartment where the fire had broken out will have to move. The flames did not spread beyond this room and the teams were able to extinguish the fire in about twenty minutes. There are no casualties.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)

5) Ten black mothers who have lost their sons to violence have come together to open a new art exhibit that takes a closer look at racial trauma, injustice and healing. The aim of the artistic work is to analyze and represent social problems through the prism of mothers who have lost their children. Four of the 10 mothers were in Pittsburgh to unveil the exhibit called “Optic Voices: Mama’s Boys” in memory of their sons Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Antwon Rose and Oscar Grant, respectively. Pittsburgh First Lady Michelle Gainey opened the event. The artist behind the exhibit said he felt it was his duty and responsibility to bring the artwork together and amplify social justice. Guests can view the exhibit at the August Wilson Center Thursday through Sunday through January 31.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)


Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Pumpkin Lantern Craft – Plum Community Library (10:00 a.m.)
  • Lab Mice Storytime – Northland Public Library (10:00 a.m.)
  • Spooky Snacks Take & Make – Penn Hills Public Library (10:00 a.m.)
  • Creative Thinking Thru Movement – Mount Lebanon Public Library (10:00 a.m.)
  • Halloween Story Time with the Plum Police Department (10:30 a.m.)
  • Family Storytime – CC Mellor Memorial Library (10:30 a.m.)
  • Pre-K Story Time – Avalon Public Library (10:30 a.m.)
  • Coloring page – Plum Community Library (11:00)
  • Bookworm Babies – Castle Shannon Community Library (11:00 a.m.)
  • Musical Monday – Brentwood Library (11:00 a.m.)
  • Monday Morning Book Club – Avalon Public Library (11:00 a.m.)
  • Adult Maker Open Lab with resident artist Judé Ernest (1:00 p.m.)
  • Book cellar – Public Library of Mount Lebanon (1:30 p.m.)
  • The Chinese Question: The Gold Rush and World Politics (2:00 p.m.)
  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (2:00 p.m.)
  • Monday Movie – New Releases – Brentwood Library (2:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “Miniature figurines, miniature saguaro cacti, and even a miniature…bigfoot? Our Garden Railway: Our National Parks are full of surprises! Plan your visit today: https://www.phipps. conservator… Photo © .. .” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: “The Museum is delighted to host BOO! A Sensory Halloween 👻 on October 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is specially designed for children, adults and families who will benefit from expanded accessibility and sensory amenities. (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: “Join the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and CivicCLP as we invite David Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States (2009-2022), on stage.” (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: “There are lots of places to love in Pittsburgh – and for Pittsburgh Magazine, the Director’s Circle section of the Benedum Center is one of them! Do you have a favorite seat in the Cultural District? 💺” (The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Science Center: “Upcoming #TourYourFuture tours for girls and non-binary youth ages 11-17: 📍 Covestro LLC, North American Headquarters: Tuesday, November 8 📍 Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh – Wildlife Center: Tuesday, November 22 📍 Aquatech: Friday, November 2 December 📍” (Carnegie Science Center via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: “Special thanks to Duolingo for their incredible stewardship! Yesterday this awesome group of volunteers weeded and mulched various tree beds and the terrace garden at #MellonPark 🌳💚” (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy via Facebook)

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Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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