Aaron Thomas was 14 when a Pittsburgh police drug task force raided the Garfield home where he lived with his parents, whose lives were ruled by an addiction to cocaine and heroin. That led to his first encounter with the juvenile justice system. But the time he would spend in and out of…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Juvenile offenders often experience harsh, sometimes horrific childhoods
Camila Rivera-​Tinsley is the director of education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She comes to Pittsburgh from The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, where she specialized in private/​public partnerships, doubled the number of students served by the center’s environmental education programming, and increased staff diversity by creating a communitybased job pipeline…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Professionals new to Pittsburgh
Milt Washington, 81: Washington was the long-​time owner of Allegheny Rehabilitation Housing Corp. — one of the largest black-​owned businesses in Pennsylvania. He was a man with a tremendous work ethic, and his success in providing low-​income housing and in several other businesses he owned allowed him to become a committed civic leader as well.…
It’s time to don your best apparel for holiday parties, dinners and events. And then, of course, you’ll need to have those clothes cleaned. There are countless options, but Jerry Montesano’s Shadyside Valet is a standout.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Shadyside Valet’s can-​do performance attracts a national following
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