Snow This Week + Expanded London Flights From Airport + Dormont’s Pig | #specialneeds | #kids

Hey, everybody! It’s me, Rachel Tasker, your host of the Pittsburgh Daily — here to explain all the most important things happening in our community today. In today’s issue, you’ll find:

  • Frigid temperatures, possible snow to hit Pittsburgh this week
  • Tater Tot the pig is Dormont’s unofficial mascot and official Goodwill Ambassador
  • British Airways plans more flights between Pittsburgh and London

Here we go!

Partly sunny and chilly. High: 44 Low: 30.

Here are the top stories today in Pittsburgh:

1) Gone are the balmy 70-degree+ days of November. Winter appears to be arriving in Pittsburgh. According to the National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh, this week’s high temperatures will be hovering around 43 degrees, which the service says is 10 to 15 degrees below normal. A few snow flurries hit some parts of the region yesterday, but didn’t stick. More snow is expected to hit parts of the region starting Tuesday, with totals projected to be around half an inch or less. The National Weather Service reports possible snow will be concentrated in the mountains to the east of the region and in some northern reaches of Butler and Armstrong counties. And don’t expect temperatures to rise anytime soon. Cold weather is projected to extend well into Thanksgiving week.


2) Dormont residents like crossing guard Cheryl Herrington have unofficially found a new mascot and per a mayoral proclamation, the town’s official Goodwill Ambassador—Tater Tot, the pig. Tater is a 150-pound rescued Juliana mini pig, who was adopted by a a local family in 2020. As COVID-19 restrictions shut the world down, his role quickly turned from private to public. Elderly neighbors and those with special needs family members made it a point to walk by and visit with Tater Tot while maintaining a safe distance. And as children returned to school, he was a bright spot for them every weekday afternoon. Tater is house-broken and full-grown. To accommodate his species’ slow metabolism, he eats just a half cup of “mini pig pellets” twice each day, along with fresh veggies, dehydrated sweet potato slices and bites from his preferred patches of grass in the front yard. “He’s really got a knack with the special needs kids around here,” his owner said. “If there’s a hyper kid, he’ll match them and be really energetic. If they need him to be more gentle, he’ll just sit with them.”

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

3) Pittsburgh renters are finally getting some relief post-pandemic. Daily activity in Downtown Pittsburgh has yet to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, but a new report from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership reassures that occupancy rates and rents are recovering. According to the PDP’s 2022 State of Downtown residential report, 91.9% of residences in the Golden Triangle were occupied in the third quarter of this year, up from 81.6% in the fourth quarter of 2020. The average rent in the Golden Triangle was $1.93 per square foot this quarter, compared to $1.80 in the first quarter of 2021. That’s still lower than the average rent in adjacent neighborhoods like the Strip District and North Shore. The PDP says the city is on its way to drawing people back to downtown.

(90.5 WESA)

4) If you’re looking to snag a photo in an iconic red phone booth, it may be more accessible to you now. Starting in May, British Airways plans to begin offering six direct flights a week from Pittsburgh to London, according to the Pittsburgh International Airport. The service to London Heathrow will be available every day but Saturday. Today, British Airways operates just four flights from Pittsburgh each week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, said the expanded service will help local companies to build global relationships. Her agency runs the Pittsburgh International Airport.“Pittsburgh is a global brand, and we need to tell that story whenever and wherever we get the chance,” she said. “That’s vital to building partnerships and increasing international air service.” Blue Sky News reports that leisure travel drives much of the demand for tickets and that British Airways’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner accommodates cargo service, too. With more flights to London, the publication says local passengers can more easily access other international routes.

(90.5 WESA)

5) Cirque Du Soleil is bringing its show ‘Corteo’ to Pittsburgh in January. This will be the first show in the area for Cirque Du Soleil after a three-year stint away. Fans can enjoy the show in 2023 for five shows at PPG Paints Arena from Jan. 5th to 8th. Corteo was created in 2005 and toured from 2005 until 2015 in big top settings.


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Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Holiday Gifts Take and Make Kits – Penn Hills Public Library (10:00 AM)
  • Taxes in Retirement Webinar (10:00 AM)
  • Taps & Apps Happy Hour (5:00 PM)
  • UPMC-PanCan PANCREATIC CANCER Awareness Program (6:30 PM)
  • History of Italian Cinema: They Call Me Jeeg (Mainetti 2015) (7:30 PM)
  • Music Performance Showcase – University of Pittsburgh (8:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: “Just five more days until you can visit the creatures of Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden! There are many whimsical animal topiaries in this show, from whales to reindeer and even the abominable snowman! Learn more: htt…” (Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools: “Deadline This Friday ‼️ Please reach out to your Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone Officer if you need a Thanksgiving meal.” (Pittsburgh Public Schools via Facebook)
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: “What are your plans this Thanksgiving? 🍂 Whether you are entertaining out-of-towners, hanging out with friends or spending some quality time with yourself, here are eight activities that you can enjoy in Pittsburgh this Thanksgiving Break!” (The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History: “Join us next Monday, November 21 at our free Moriarty lecture by Aydin Örstan about his trip to Turkey to study land snails, including endemic species.” (Carnegie Museum of Natural History via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Science Center: “This Saturday, don’t miss Space Out! Astronomy Day! Talk with amateur astronomers, see the stars in Buhl Planetarium, and tour our new permanent exhibit, Mars: The Next Giant Leap! FREE with general admission! https://carnegiesciencecent…” (Carnegie Science Center via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: “Schenley Plaza is GORGEOUS in the fall! Stop by for a relaxing nap on the lawn, a snack from one of the food kiosks, or a delicious meal at the Porch!” (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy via Facebook)

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Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is a native Pennsylvanian with stops in Erie and State College before making Pittsburgh her home in 2020. She’s got a background in a little bit of everything… from working in media newsrooms and public health to the 2016 Presidential election in Washington, D.C. and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality T.V., attending local events and trying new food in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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