November PIP/ Roots in the Boot Meeting
Our November meeting is on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Carnegie Library - Main Library in Oakland.
We will continue our discussion on databases and online resources so please bring your questions and comments. We will review the possible topics for the 2017 meetings.
Bring a snack to share - beverages will be provided
Any questions? Call me at 412-622-3154
Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS
Library Services Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Bloomfield Citizens Council announces that Arby’s in Bloomfield is Coming Soon and is Now Hiring!
If you are interested in joining the Arby’s Team in their new home of Bloomfield apply online today!
Go to www.arbys.com/career; click careers at the bottom of the page; click search careers and job fairs; type Bloomfield in the search box; and then choose the position for which you want to apply.
Applicants must be 16 years of age and older. All positions are listed: position title - Pittsburgh – Bloomfield. Arby's is offering positions for full-time, part-time, and managerial opportunities are also available. Apply Today!
New Lighting in Friendship Park
The Bloomfield Citizens Council has the stewardship of Friendship Park and are pleased to announce that the City of Pittsburgh/Department of Public Works has undertaken the replacement of the lighting in Friendship Park.
The work is began during the week of October 10th, 2016 with dismantling the existing, obsolete poles and fixtures. This demolition will leave the park dark for a period of five to seven weeks until the contractor is able to put in the new foundations, new conduit so that wire can be pulled to each pole, install the poles and fixtures, and energize the service.
We all would appreciate everyone’s patience while the upgrading of the lighting for our community is being completed.
WOMEN'S GUILD MEETING OCTOBER 6, 2016 @ NOON
Our Women’s Guild Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, October 6, 2016, at noon in the Seifert Suite on the 6th floor of the Student Union. Parking is available in the Admin Lot behind the Administration Building.
See you on Thursday!
President, Women’s Guild
A splendid pictorial history of
one of Pittsburgh's most
fascinating and culturally
American resident, Janet
Cercone Scullion, has vividly
captured the essence and
spirit of Bloomfield through
images and photos
contained in this book.
This year the Bloomfield Citizens Council, one of Pittsburgh’s most highly respected community based organization’s, held its 48th Annual Family Night Halloween Parade on Thursday October 27th.
This event has grown from a small neighborhood children’s parade to become a huge event for the City of Pittsburgh. It has over 2,000 participants marching in the parade through the Bloomfield community and is attended by 8,000-10,000 spectators. It has become recognized as the largest neighborhood night-time parade in the City of Pittsburgh.
This family event that takes place along the business corridor is facilitated by Parade Chairperson Janet Cercone Scullion and Co-Chairs Joe Covelli and Patty Ladasky. Their team consists of 45 dedicated, hard-working volunteers assisting with this event that is one full year in the planning.
This is truly the Bloomfield Citizens Council’s gift to children all over the City who come dressed in costume along the parade route holding their bags out for candy that is being distributed by the generous participants, just as their parents did a generation ago.
On November 11th, 2012 The Bloomfield Preservation and Historical Society and the people of Bloomfield dedicated an historical display of Beautiful Bloomfield. The following film captured the ceremony.
Raymond Fern, Loved by Family and Friends, Respected by Peers
Raymond Fern was a veteran’s veteran. He served in the United States Air Force, doing a tour of duty in Korea through 1953. After his service in Korea, Ray received an honorable discharge from the Air Force as a Sergeant. He always would tell anyone who would listen that Korea was the “coldest place he had ever been to”. For fifty-nine years his loyalty and dedication to his fellow comrades continued. A great portion of his time was spent at the local Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, where he amassed over 15,000 volunteer hours. In a relentless manner, he served those who had lost their health – the hospitalized veteran – with the motto “Keep ‘em smiling in beds of white”.
In 2006, Ray Fern became the International Supreme Commander of the United States Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), which is the Honor Degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was honored at a banquet in a room packed full of dignitaries and colleagues from twenty-two states across America as well as having speakers such as Past Commander-in-Chief Jim Goldsmith, Major Ronald Dickens, USAF (RET), and Jim Dykes representing Senator Jane Orie. He was the only Pittsburgher ever to achieve this status in the then Cootie 87-year history.
Ray became a member of the Jene-Mager VFW Post 278 in Bloomfield in 1984. He amassed exceptional achievements attained by hard work and personal sacrifice that resulted in Fern’s prestigious rise through the ranks, including being named as Outstanding Commander and All American Commander for each of the offices he held. He was also awarded the distinction of being 100% as Post Commander, County Commander, and District Commander.
Ray was invited to join the MOC in 1989 and became a Life Member in 1993. Again, his support of all fellow veterans became the most important factor while he rose through the ranks culminating in being elected as International Supreme Commander, MOC in 2006. He was named as the All*Star Grand Commander of Pennsylvania in 2000 and was awarded the coveted Pennsylvania Cootie of the Year Award in 2002. From 2000 to 2012 Fern was the Editor of the MOC newspaper, Cootie Courier.
Ray held membership as Chairman/Commissioner of the Keystone Kops Program, Commissioner in the National Home Fire Department, Life Member in the Texas Horny Toads, Life Member in the Department of Europe Bier Busters, Life Member in the Pacific Areas Paddy Daddy Program, and was a very proud recipient of the 2004 Legion of Honor Award received from The Chapel of Four Chaplains. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans (Life Member), American Legion, Merchant Marines, Knights of Equity, Loyal Order of the Eagles, Catholic War Veterans, and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Ray served on the Board of Directors of the Bloomfield Preservation & Heritage Society, served on several committees of the Bloomfield Citizens Council, and has received Distinguished Service Awards from them for his patriotism. From 1997 to 2006, he also served on the Board of Directors for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. He previously served as Hospital Chairman for Sharing and Caring, Pittsburgh.
Ray was also honored by his home town by having City Council Member Bill Peduto and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl declare October 31, 2006 as “Ray Fern Day in Pittsburgh”. Ray served the City of Pittsburgh as a Constable from 1995-1998. He belonged to St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church Parish (formerly Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish), where he served as an usher.
In all of America, Fern’s brightest light shines in the eyes of the Veterans he served and the family he loved so very dearly, his wife Patti Donatelli Fern, his daughter Ilona Fern Grenzig, and son-in-law Bill Grenzig, and grandson Matthew. Ray was the son of the late Winifred Fern and was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday, November 14-15, 2012 at Zalewski’s Funeral Home, 216 Forty-fourth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Fr. Doug Boyd, will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2012 at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus (formerly Immaculate Conception Church).