Thursday, December 17

Begin again on the treadmill, a little housework and breakfast with my son and then off to the office in time for a 7:30 a.m. conference call with the YouthPlaces Board of Directors, where I serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Following the call, we will host a group of amazing leaders at Buhl to discuss the possibility of a Creative Industries Corridor in the Northside. The Urban Innovation21 team is presenting the findings of an intensive study on innovative and culturally inclusive incubators and accelerators throughout the country. Then the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Design Center will share the results of a Commercial Real Estate Assessment of Northside properties.

Then off to a meeting with the Mayor’s office to discuss the Allegheny Center Mall ring road. Later I meet with the Jackson/Clark Partners team to discuss community organizing and strategies for empowering communities. My last meeting is with Ken Doyno from Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and Bill Gatti of TREK Development to discuss housing development in the Northside.

I wrap up the evening as a catcher for my 11-year-old daughter Maria, who is practicing her fast-pitch softball pitching at a garage in Etna.

Italian cookies Diana and her family make every Christmas.

Italian cookies Diana and her family make every Christmas.

Friday, December 18

Spend the morning in a planning session with Buhl President Fred Thieman.

At lunch I meet with Peter Holway from Hirtle Callaghan, then off to meet with Q Development about the projects they are leading in the Northside. The afternoon concludes at Starbucks Market Square where I meet with Jennifer Layman from the Student Conservation Association.

My evening will conclude at the Carnegie Science Center‘s Omnimax Theater for The Polar Express with my daughter and her many cousins.

Saturday, December 19

The weekends are often devoted to family. Rise at 7 a.m. and go for a walk in North Park, then take my daughter to softball practice in Etna. Next, help with the preparation of 200 luminary kits as a fundraiser for a summer camp run by the McKnight Women’s Association. Each year, the women organize a two-week summer day camp to allow teens to gain work experience as counselors while the children enjoy recreational activities.

In the afternoon, I will bake traditional Italian cookies with my kids in preparation for a cookie exchange with friends.

In the evening, we will go to Mt. Lebanon to take Nonna Bucco (my mom) to dinner at Atria’s.

 Saturday, December 20
Sunday begins with Mass at St. Sebastian’s Church followed by brunch at Valliant’s Diner on Babcock Blvd.