Plus, Pittsburgh’s connection to Daylight Saving Time.
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😷 One year later...

Plus, Pittsburgh’s connection to Daylight Saving Time.

Welcome to Friday, all.

It’s been nearly a year since the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Allegheny County, and while there are some positive developments — like Pittsburgh Public School staff receiving vaccinations at Heinz Field — this is far from an anniversary we’d like to celebrate.

Still, challenges continue for Pennsylvania nursing homes and the vaccine sign-up process can be bewildering for many. Small businesses, especially in the restaurant, hospitality, and arts industries are struggling. Conditions of the pandemic have exacerbated the inequalities present in our communities, and many of our neighbors have experienced tremendous loss, a grief so heavy we must collectively help each other carry.

I really enjoyed this piece by PublicSource that highlights local healthcare workers’ stories of faith during the pandemic, which can serve as inspiration no matter what you believe in.

For me, this moment a year ago wasn’t the first time I woke up to my world flipped upside down. A little backstory on your newest newsletter writer: I was 17 when I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, a battle that shaped me into the resilient soul I am today. While it didn’t feel like it at the time, I like to think that experience helped prepare me for the year of the pandemic. So I will leave you with this bit of wisdom: In great uncertainty, we can always rely on the predictability that change will come. And I know this to be true … there will be better days.

My ask to you: wear a mask, love your neighbors, support local businesses, and treat yourself like Mr. Rogers would — with unwavering kindness.

Now, today’s news … 

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Morning views from the West End. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @fort_frick_412 )

3 things to know today

📈 Pennsylvania health officials are still behind in tracking important race data for COVID-19, which is key to ensuring that vaccines are reaching communities disproportionately affected by the virus. (Spotlight PA)

🌬️Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Labs launched PlumePGH, a new site that uses detailed weather models to track pollution traveling across the region. It visualizes emissions from the county’s four largest sulfur emitters in an effort to hold these industries accountable. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward this weekend. Did you know that daylight saving time started in Pittsburgh? The same year that the U.S. was entering World War I, President Woodrow Wilson signed DST into law. “The father of daylight saving time” was Pittsburgh City Council member Robert Garland. (The Incline / Patch)

3 things to make you smile

🎼 Celebrate 125 years of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with the public premiere of their anniversary video performance. (90.5 WESA)

🎤 Listen in on what locals are talking about with this list of podcasts by Pittsburghers. (Pittsburgh Magazine)

🐧 This might be one of the coolest jobs in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Penguins hired 22-year-old Katerina Wu as their new data scientist, who will study statistics to evaluate player and team performance. (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Are you a Pittsburgh pro?

Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — are getting a weekend guide specially curated by us! 

It includes tips on a wine discount, your next take-out order must-have, and local music to add to your favorites.

Get in on the fun by becoming an Incline Insider today.


🇮🇪 Feel the music of some classic Irish tunes with the Pittsburgh Irish Festival's performance featuring Shane Hennessy (Online)

☘️ Grab a green outfit and get ready for the Shamrock Shindig, featuring Irish beer, Irish music, dancing, and demos to support local businesses (Online)


🇮🇹 Journey to Rome — from the comfort of your own home — in this virtual tour with Pittsburgh's Istituto Mondo Italiano (Online)

📜 Learn about the life of William Trent, one of the founding fathers of Pittsburgh, with a local re-enactor and author (Online)

🦁 Join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's veterinarian, Dr. Alicia Hahn, as she shares her story during "A Day in the Life" (Online)


☘️ Try your luck at a St. Patrick's edition of trivia night with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (Online)


⚖️ Be inspired by dramatic readings of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's most monumental opinions and arguments from today’s acclaimed feminist voices at this Women and Girls Foundation event (Online)

📜 Get nostalgic and reflect on the lost treasures of Pittsburgh with The Incline's Rossilynne Culgan, who is writing a book about local history (Online)


🗺️ Hear from the experts on redistricting, gerrymandering, and how it affects communities in Pennsylvania in this Spotlight PA event (Online)

📜 Travel 19,000 years back in time — all from the comfort of your couch — on this exploration of Meadowcroft Rockshelter (Online)


👩 Join other female-identifying and gender-nonconforming artists, arts administrators, and arts supporters for lively conversation on womanhood and the arts (Online)


🏠 Learn about the life and legacy of Pauline Rosenberg (1863-1940) and her Deutschtown home in this Preservation Pittsburgh event (Online)

One more thing …

Thanks for tuning in for my first week! I hope you have enjoyed it so far.

Looking forward to seeing you back here on Tuesday.

— Francesca at The Incline

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