Briefs – April 3

Published Apr 3, 2013 at 10:42 am (Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 10:42 am)

Port Authority passes

Port Authority passes will now be sold on ConnectCard at nearly 50 Giant Eagle locations throughout Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Riders who already have ConnectCards may also visit these locations to reload their cards. For more information, call Port Authority Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or visit

Country Meadows receives 5-star rating

Country Meadows of South Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual Best Nursing Homes.

To view the report, visit For more information, visit

Volunteers sought

Baptist Homes is seeking volunteers in a number of its operational areas, including escorting residents to and from activities, therapy, beauty parlor and chapel; assisting with evening activities for residents with dementia; and passing food trays and helping with service for lunch or dinner.

Volunteers receive a free lunch and have free access to Baptist Homes’ state-of-the-art Wellness Center. For more information contact Dionne Rose, activity director/volunteer coordinator at 412-572-8254 or email

Reading Is FUNdamental Pgh awarded 12,000 books

Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh will provide local children with 12,000 books from Reading Is Fundamental thanks to a longtime partnership with Macy’s. Funds were raised during Macy’s 2012 Be Book Smart campaign to benefit RIF and will help address critical gaps in the city of Pittsburgh – ensuring children living in need have books to call their own.

The Be Book Smart campaign encouraged Macy’s customers coast-to-coast to give $3 to help provide books for children in their local communities. Through the program, customers received $10 off in-store purchases of $50 or more, and Macy’s donated 100 percent of every $3 to RIF.

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