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Social Security Helps People With Kidney Disease

March 04, 2015 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

By Patricia Thibault
Social Security District Manager Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

Every March, we pay special attention to the kidney, an organ vital to a healthy life. Social Security wants to help spread the word about the importance of kidney health and about what you should do if you think you or a loved one has a kidney-related disability.
Kidney disease prevents your kidneys from cleansing your blood to their full potential. Did you know that one out of three Americans is currently at high risk for developing kidney disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and most of them don’t even know it.
Ebie is a prime example. Ebie was an emergency room worker with an active life at work, home, and in his community. He had no idea he’d developed a kidney condition until one day he felt ill while driving to work and had to call a coworker for help.
Our Faces and Facts of Disability website features Ebie’s story. He says people who receive Social Security disability benefits “can provide for themselves better and have a high quality of life.” As Ebie explains, many people with kidney diseases can greatly increase their quality of life with Social Security benefits. You can learn more about Ebie’s story at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts.
If a kidney disease such as end-stage renal disease (known as ESRD) requires chronic dialysis and prevents you from working, Social Security may be able to help you. If you’re undergoing dialysis, have had a kidney transplant, have persistent low creatinine clearance levels, or have persistent high serum creatinine levels, you may qualify for disability and/or Medicare benefits. You can find more information about eligibility based on kidney disease and the benefits available to you by reading our publications, Disability Benefits and Medicare, both available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
Listed as one of Social Security’s Compassionate Allowance conditions, kidney cancer is another condition that may qualify you for disability and Medicare benefits. The Compassionate Allowances program assists in cases where a person’s medical condition is so severe it obviously meets Social Security’s disability standards—allowing quick processing of the disability application and payment of benefits. You can find more information about Compassionate Allowances by visiting our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances
Drink plenty of water, go for checkups, and if you think you may have a kidney disease, take action right away! As Ebie says, “quality of life is everything.”
If you think you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on a kidney disease, please don’t wait. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi, where you can apply for benefits online.

Carengie Library Programs

March 04, 2015 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Carnegie Library
612 Smithfield Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15222

March 2015
Tuesday Programs

March 3, 2015 – 12:15 pm
The Reel Story – DVD, 106 Minutes
This film dramatizes the story about the struggle of a Boston teacher, Annie Sullivan, to communicate with and teach the deaf, blind, and mute child, Helen Keller. Starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. (1962)

March 10, 2015 – 12:15 pm
The Poisoner’s Handbook – DVD, 120 Minutes
American Experience tells the story of the dawn of forensic investigation, focusing on a number of cases of death by poisoning as well as accidental death by exposure to deadly chemicals. It examines the pioneering efforts of New York’s first medical examiner Charles Norris and his assistant, toxicologist Alexander Gettler. Presented by PBS.

March 17, 2015 – 12:15 pm
Historic Pubs of Dublin – DVD, 60 Minutes
Author Frank McCourt discusses the long history of Irish pubs and explores some of the legendary drinking establishments of Dublin. Presented by PBS.

March 24, 2015 – 12:15 pm
The Reel Story – DVD, 111 Minutes
An eleven-year-old miner’s son is on his way to boxing lessons when he stumbles upon a ballet class. He secretly joins the class, knowing that his blue-collar family would never understand. But when his father finds out he must fight for his dreams and his destiny. Starring Julie Walters and Jamie Bell. (2000)

March 31, 2015 – 12:15 pm
The Reel Story – DVD, 141 Minutes
A big-city lawyer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Starring Robert DuVall and Robert Downey, Jr. (2014)

Wednesday Programs
February 11, 2015 12:00 PM
Second Wednesday Meditation Group
Whether you’re a seasoned meditator or just a beginner, join us for a meditation practice session on the second Wednesday of the month. Each session features an audio guided meditation, followed by silent meditation. Doors open at noon, close at 12:15, and the sessions last a total of about 35 minutes.

Thursday Lunch and Learn
March 5 I 12:15- 1:15 PM
Estate Planning is For Everyone
Presented by Jennifer Dunn, Fifth Third Bank
No matter your age, marital status or net worth, estate planning prepares everyone for the difficult times that come with the end of life. Join us for a free seminar and learn about the five most common documents used in state planning: the will, trust, power of attorney, medical directive, and living will.

March 12 I 12:15- 1:15 PM
Last Minute Filing Tips
Presented by Diana Smith, IRS Tax Consultant
Filing your taxes at the last minute? IRS Tax Consultant Diana Smith will be at the Library to provide advice and guidance for last minute filers.
March 19 I 12:15- 1:15 PM
Women’s History Month: Small Business Counseling for Women
Presented by Anne Flynn Schlicht, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Are you a woman interested in starting or expanding your business? The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to expand your business potential, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs to fit your business needs.

March 26 I 12:15- 1:15 PM
Women’s History Month: The Homewood Cemetery and Pittsburgh’s Famous Women
Presented by Jennie Bedford, Homewood Cemetery
Women’s History Month is the perfect time to learn about the amazing women who chose The
Homewood Cemetery as their final resting place. Join Jennie Benford, Director of Programming
for The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, as she discusses the wide array of interesting
women from Pittsburgh’s storied history.

Friday Programs

Let’s Speak English
Fridays I 1:00 pm
If English is not your native language, join our group for lively English conversation. You don’t
need to bring anything, and there is no need to register. Let’s Speak English is free and meets
every Friday from 1:00-2:00pm.

Saturday Programs
March7 I 2:30-4:00pm
Getting Connected: PowerPoint Basics
Learn how to create slides with text and pictures, as well as other special techniques. This introductory class will help you make your next presentation a hit. Prerequisite: Computer Basics or solid mouse, keyboarding, and Windows experience.

March14 I 104 minutes
Women’s History Month: Saturday Silver Screen Film Club
Belle is an eighteenth-century English woman of mixed race who is raised in privilege by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, but is denied a proper social standing because of her skin color. She falls in love with a young idealist lawyer who aspires to create positive change and she finds herself caught between two worlds. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson (2013).

March 21 I 2:30– 4:30pm
Women’s History Month: How to Write and Publish a Memoir
Everyone has a story to tell. Join Ann K. Howley, award-winning author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, for a fun and interactive workshop on writing your story and getting it published.

March 28 I 2:30-4:00pm
Getting Connected: Basic Internet Searching
Learn how to search the web with ease. This introductory class will explain the basic components of web browsers and webpages, how to use search engines and more! Prerequisite: Computer Basics or solid mouse, keyboarding, and Windows experience.

Job & Career Programs NEW
Skills for Success
Mondays I 10 am
Are you between jobs or looking for new opportunities? Discover your dream career path, develop technology skills, find and apply for jobs, tune up your resume and ace your interview.

Book Discussion Groups
March 4, 2015 12:00 pm
Light Literary Lunch Club
Love literature, but don’t have much time? Bring a lunch and join us at noon on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a short story. Light refreshments are provided. This month’s selection is “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin.
March 18, 2015 – 12:00 pm
Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. At fifteen, she nearly paid the ultimate price as she was shot at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

Teen Programs
Teen Time
Thursdays I 3:30 pm
Hang out at the Library and make Teen Time your time! Play Xbox projected on a screen for larger-than-life action; get crafty, read a book, play board games or just hang out with your friends and eat snacks.
Children’s Programs
Kids Create: St. Patrick’s Day Craft
Saturday, March 14, 2015 I 10:15 AM -11:15 AM
We’ll be making green things to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and drinking green milk!
This is a family program for children 6 months to grade 5. Due to limited space, registration is required for this special program. To register, please call 412.281.7141 or email us at downtown@carnegielibrary.org

STEM Imagination Builders: Block Party
Saturday, March 28, 2015 I 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Using STEM skills to build with a variety of blocks and structural toys, children develop critical thinking, teamwork and motor and communication skills. This is a family program for children age 6 months to grade 5. No registration required.


March 04, 2015 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

International Women’s Day (IWD) is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

International Women’s Day, observed on March 8th, was forged by women with a common cause to shatter the barriers to women’s full and equal participation in labor politics and within their own homes. Today it passes relatively unnoticed both in this country and elsewhere diluted by time and a complacency that obscures its extraordinary history. First observed in the United States as National Women’s Day on February 28, 1908, the idea of a special observance for women was proclaimed by the Socialist Party of America. Women, usually poor, had been working for decades, (centuries) in industries that exploited their labor and ruined their health while simultaneously denying them the right to vote. Women in the U.S. began uniting to claim their rights.

Similar oppressive conditions throughout Europe gave rise to the same sort of fervor. In 1911 the International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen initiated International Women’s Day. Six years later in St.Petersburg Russia, a victorious women’s strike for bread and peace contributed to Russia’s revolution and the Tsar’s abduction. It also won the right to vote for Russian women. The
date was March 8, 1917.

Since then, International Women’s Day has shown the struggles of women to earn basic rights and privileges throughout the world; the right to own property; the right to an eight hour workday for shop girls; the right to birth control; fair hiring, equal pay and maternity leave. The benefits of the ongoing struggle have paid off for some and eluded others. Success varies according to class, culture and country, but the struggle is as constant as sunrise. Today, war, terrorism, homelessness, AIDS, domestic violence, rape, and poverty disturb women’s peace of mind, but those issues do not always impel us to act in unison. It is not easy to find common cause in the face of such overwhelming, often conflicting crises. But, it is possible to resolve to recognize a day that embodies an extraordinary legacy of rights now shared by and long forged by ordinary women.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, please pause to remember all who have gone before and paved the way for rights that we now take for granted

March Events

March 04, 2015 By: admin Category: Consumer Education


Business Exchange Networking Lunch

* Give a 1-2 minute commercial for your business.
* Bring business cards, brochures, and samples.
* Make new business contacts.

Dates and Locations:

March 4 -Wexford, Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North,
910 Sheraton Drive, Mars/Wexford, PA 16046
RSVP: email Carol Briney at

March 11-Mount Lebanon, The Devonshire of Mount Lebanon,
1050 McNeilly Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
RSVP: email Carol Briney at Carol@CarolABriney.com

March 25-Fox Chapel, Comfort Inn (Old Holiday Inn) in RIDC Park,
Ohara Twp
RSVP: email Carol Briney at

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 (Bring cash; No-shows will be billed for the lunch)
RSVP: By Monday prior to the event

For more info, go to: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=JK3ihDIXueZhGz&b=sp1lVkCQVIOoNhEH4W27Kw.


Business for Breakfast Networking Event

Meet the Newsroom

Howard Burns, editor of the Pittsburgh Business Times, will be
joined by the Business Times editorial staff for a special Meet
the Newsroom presentation. This is a great opportunity to learn
how the newsroom operates and what opportunities are available
to get your business into the paper or on the website.

Network with fellow business professionals, enjoy a continental
breakfast and listen to an interesting and informative program.

Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Place: Sheraton Station Square, 300 W Station Square Drive,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Host: Pittsburgh Business Times
Cost: $25 (includes continental breakfast)
RSVP: Suggested by March 9th

Register online at:

For more info, contact Kelli Komondor at 412-208-3845 or


Celebrate Your Connections with Cheers, Chocolate and Chat

Women, join us for an evening of networking, wine, and chocolate.
Mix and mingle with long time friends, business associates and
make new connections.

Date: March 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Place: Cefalos Banquet and event Center
428 Washington Ave, Carnegie PA 15106
Host: Women’s business Network, South Hills Chapter
cost: $25 (includes appetizers and chocolate, cash bar))
RSVP: Required by March 5, 2015

Questions: Contact Jen Ohrman at Jen@Melamom.com.

Register online at:


March 13, 2015
South Hills Country Club

The monthly luncheon meeting of the Women’s Networking of the Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will meet on Friday, March 13, noon, at South Hills Country Club. . Please plan on attending and bring a friend. We welcome members and non-members. Everyone will pass out cards and brochures and present a one-minute “commercial.”

Guest Speaker
Terry Unger, Owner
Flowers by Terry

Terry will bedemonstrating some fun spring and Easter arrangements for your home and business as well as showing some of the new trends in the floral industry.

Located in Caste Village Shopping Center, Flowers by Terry offers unique floral designs to meet your needs. Terry Unger brings over 40 years of experience in the floral field. Flowers by Terry is a full-service local florist that is family-owned and operated.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be having a meat-free lunch.

Lunch for Chamber Members - $20 - Bring a friend!
Lunch for Non-Members - $25
Display Table $10

Please make a reservation by contacting our secretary:
Mary Dilla - secretary@bbwchamber.com

A Good Enough Bad Business: The Entrepreneurial Nonprofit

Speaker: Jo Ellen Parker Jo Ellen Parker
President, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

The Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent
regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of
progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental
breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on
topics essential for women in business such as innovative
entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing
strategies, and logistical business planning.

Date: March 13, 2015
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Breakfast served at 7:30 AM)
Place: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, Shadyside
Host: The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University
Cost: $25 (includes continental breakfast)
Students- $12.50 with valid ID (Email pdecker@chatham.edu)
RSVP: Suggested by March 10

Questions? Contact 412-365-1253

Register online at:


Spring 2015 Success Academy

An Empowering Full Day Workshop for Women

with Beth Caldwell and Mary Lee Gannon

Empowerment * Inspiration * Strategy * Accountability

Attend this full day intensive workshop and learn how to:

•Integrate Systems Into Your Business
•Eliminate Head Trash
•Stop Sabotaging Your Success
•Experience A Powerful Confidence Breakthrough
•Enjoy a Client EXPLOSION
•Strategize for a Brilliantly Successful Business

Also enjoy incredible networking with other smart, successful
women leaders

Date: March 14, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm
Place: Sigma’s Conference and Event Center,
1717 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Host: Pittsburgh Professional Women
Cost: PPW Memers - $129.00; Non-members- $159
(includes breakfast and lunch)
RSVP: Early registration encouraged (Limited Space)

Register online at:


Conquering Challenges to Achieving Results

Led by Bonnie Artman Fox, Mindfulness Speaker and Coach

You may start out strong to achieve goals, but lose momentum when
faced with challenges. Dig deep and discover your inner resiliency
and strengths to make 2015 goals become reality. This program
will show you how.

Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: The River’s Club, 301 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Host: The Rivers Club
Cost: $20/session – pay at the door
RSVP: Suggested by March 13

Questions: Call Bonnie Artman Fox @ 412.877.8331 or
email Bonnie@AConscious.com

Register online at:


How to Get Your Money and Business in Shape

Speaker: Barry W. Courson, Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Start the year of right with best-practice personal finance.
Understand money management, debt management and budgeting
for success.

Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Volunteers of America, 1650 Main Street, Sharpsburg, PA
Host: Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
Cost: Free (Bring a brown bag lunch)

To register, call 412.782.5344 (x209) or email

Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
12:00 – 1:00pm
Speaker: Barry W. Courson, Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Topic: How to get your money in shape so you can get your business in shape.
Start the year of right with best-practice personal finance. Understand money management, debt management and budgeting for success.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Disability Resource Breakfast
Thursday, March 19, 2015
8:30 – 9:30 AM

Speaker: Brian Sibenac, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Topic: Employment and MS
Learn how the services provided by the Multiple Sclerosis Society can improve your quality of life at home, at work and in your community.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

Women’s Power Lunch

Come be a part of the longest running networking luncheon in the
Pittsburgh area. Bring 50 business cards or brochures to hand
out and be prepared to give a short presentation on your business
to introduce yourself to other business women and professionals.

Date: March 20, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: To be announced
Cost: $22.00 (Prepayment required)
RSVP: By March 18th

Questions: Contact Suzanne at Suzanne@womenspowerlunch.com
or 724-452-5152.

Register online at: http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=JK3ihDIXueZhGz&b=df19sX5RG0kbVD_Raq2sUQ


Marketing the Emerging Speaker

Presented by Ted Janusz

Does this sound like you?: You listen to advice from “household”
names in the speaker business. Yet when many of them started in
the business, times were much different. For instance, back in
the late ‘70s, there were only a couple of hundred speakers in
the entire country. Today, you compete against thousands. In fact,
SpeakerMatch claims that today 31 out of 32 people who now try to
start a speaking business will fail.

Also, back when many well-known speakers were launching their
careers, there may have been more speaking opportunities, since
the country had not just emerged from the Great Recession. Only
now are many conventions and conferences, and training budgets
beginning to recover.

You may have heard that to emerge as a professional speaker you
first need to invest thousands of dollars in a speaker website,
a coach, a demo video, a one-sheet, a published book, and other
marketing materials. (To which a spouse, partner or significant
other may have inquired, “Oh, really?”)

For some refreshing and possibly contrarian advice, please join
us to hear professional speaker Ted Janusz discuss:

• How to become known as an expert by having articles placed in
industry publications . . . for FREE!
• An online resource you can access to get specific contact
information for association meeting planners and publication
editors . . . for FREE!
• How to get your book published . . . for FREE!
• Why the national seminar companies may be a good initial
fit for you. (Hint: by sending out several hundred million
brochures each year, they do the marketing for you.)

Date: March 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon; Bonus Session: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Station Square, 300 W Station Square Dr,
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Host: National Speakers Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
Cost: NSA Members & Affiliates-$45; Nonmembers-$55
(Includes networking lunch.)
RSVP: Suggested by March 18th

For more information and to register, go to:


Jazz Happy Hour Networking

A casual twice-a month networking event for those interested in
business innovation in Pittsburgh. A jazz, soul and blues
happy hour show plus open-mike interviews with local executives.

Created by Jessica Lee, a successful entrepreneur and musician,
Jessica Lee’s Jazz Happy Hour promotes live music in downtown
Pittsburgh and assists the entrepreneurial networking of the
region with funding and partnering opportunities.

Date: March 25, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Place: Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Level Four,
One Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Host: Jessica Lee
Cost: $5 (hors d’ouevres included)

Jazz Networking events are held on the second and final
Wednesdays of each month. For information on upcoming events,
visit http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4gu7_&m=JK3ihDIXueZhGz&b=wa1oHEwzIKhgzU.h_X.R0Q

To RSVP, call 412-391-5227 or email erin.sustar@ourclub.com.


Women Take the Wheel: Negotiation Skills from Industry Experts

A Panel Presentation moderated by Beth Caldwell,
Founder of Leadership Academy for Women

Featured panelists include:

* Anne Fleming,President & CEO, Women-Drivers.com
* Lisa Hunt, USX Federal Credit Union
* Tiffany Nolan, ANFI, Liberty Mutual Insurance

• Would you like to learn negotiation skills from women who excel?
• Are you ready to feel confident when applying for a loan, buying
a car or asking for a raise?
• Is it important to you to understand your financial and
insurance status?
• Do you want to be strong and secure while making important

Join us and learn from an empowered panel of women. Their combined
experience will give you the tools you need to remove emotions
from complicated situations, have clarity about about your needs
and negotiate with confidence. Whether you plan on driving a new
car or a new position, you will learn important success skills
from these accomplished women.

Date: March 25, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Green Tree,
500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Host: Pittsburgh Professional Women
Cost: PPW Memers - $35.00; Non-members-$49
RSVP: Early registration encouraged

Register online at:


Advertising Money Math to Grow Your Business Fast & Furiously

Becky Auer & Weston Lyon

Discover how to save yourself from advertising and marketing
catastrophes by using simple money math to liquidate leads, gain
customers at-cost, and grow your business at record speeds!

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Place: Sigma’s Conference & Event Center,
1717 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Sponsor: No BS Marketing Meeting
Cost: FREE for First Time Guests; $20 for Returning Guests
RSVP Date: February 20

Registration Web Address: