Voting information now available by text; 2 million in Pa. aren't registered
Pennsylvania has just launched a voter registration text messaging service. Eligible Pennsylvania citizens can text the word "PA" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones. The user will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locator and link to contacts for county offices and the Department of State. 
The text message link also provides users with important dates and deadlines significant to the Nov. 8 general election. Standard messaging rates may apply.  
Know someone who's not registered to vote? Oct. 11 is the deadline to register before the Nov. 8 election, when candidates for president, U.S. senator and other offices will be on the ballot. Pennsylvania now has online registration at  
Questions? Call the Allegheny County Elections Division at 412-350-4500. 
Other important deadlines:
•    Nov. 1: Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot 
•    Nov. 4: Last day to return a completed civilian absentee ballot

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.

Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience. From the nation’s second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the only vintage sports car race on city streets, you’ll have a blast in Pittsburgh!

A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:

  • Kelly Strayhorn Theater – Pgh East Side
  • Gallery Crawls – Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District
  • Yoga in the Square – Sundays from June 5-September 25
  • Allegheny County Summer Concert Series – Various County Parks
  • Bach, Beethoven and Brunch Sundays, June 19-August 14 2016, Mellon Park
  • Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park – Watch cinema under the stars at seven Pittsburgh area parks 7 days a week June through August.
  • The First Fridays at the Frick – Free admission, but $5 donation suggested.
  • KidsPlay @ Market Square – Tuesdays 10-11am July through August
  • Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden – largest biblical botanical garden in North America
  • Three Rivers Storytelling Festival – August 5-7, Northland Public Library
  • City of Pittsburgh Great Race – September 25
  • Light Up Night® – November 2016
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
Inline image 1Port Authority Fare Rate Public Hearings
To learn more and share your opinions, attend the Port Authority’s Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the William Penn Ballroom at the Omni William Penn Hotel.
Tuesday, March 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Connolly Ballroom at Alumni Hall. 
Those wishing to speak may call 412-566-5187 in order to register. E-mail for more information.
Click on the picture above for a printable flyer.
GENERIC PUPPY DOG PET PETS PUPPIES DOGS Dog wardens will canvass homes in Allegheny County through the week of April 20 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.
The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh — working in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University — will build joint technology infrastructure that will provide leaders and citizens with data-driven tools to improve the effectiveness of local government.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.8 million to fund the first 18 months of the effort, supporting three major initiatives.
The city and county will create a Government Solutions Engineering team of data experts to seek ways to spur local government modernization and supply data-driven management tools to government leaders. The team will work on ways to make government more efficient and customer-friendly for residents; standardize data formats; better track public spending via performance-based budgeting; and synthesize data on tax delinquency and code enforcement to better track problem property owners.
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The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department and Colcom Foundation is providing opportunities for area residents to properly dispose of a wide variety of materials at  “hard to recycle” collection events scheduled in 2013.

At the upcoming events, individuals can drop off televisions, e-waste (including computers, monitors, keyboards printers and more), cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, ink and toner cartridge, paper for shredding.

NEW THIS YEAR – PRC is partnering with NOVA Chemicals and Appliance Warehouse to collect hard white molded Polystyrene packaging material free of charge, at each Hard to Recycle collection event.

For more info contact Sarah Alessio Shea at

City of Pittsburgh specific event:
Saturday 8/17 9AM-1PM at City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services, 3001 Railroad Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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