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  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
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  48. Shadow on the Lawn
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  51. University Impact Aid Law
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  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
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  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
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  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
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  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
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[HOME]

  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher

Letter to the Chancellor

The following letter was hand delivered to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg on Oct. 18, 2010.

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg:

Once again, I am bringing to your attention the very serious issue of the University of Pittsburgh’s 2010 fireworks display, which is scheduled to take place from Mazeroski Field.

The first firework explosion from last year’s display awakened my 90+ year-old parents from their usual deep sleep and caused me to jump off of the living room couch, unsure if a bomb had gone off in the street. The sound of the exploding fireworks for the next 20 minutes reverberated through my body. If it rattled me, I can only imagine what my parents, who are of advanced age and have weaker constitutions, must have felt. It was a harrowing experience, and I hope that my parents and I never need to suffer through that terror again.

My parents stayed in their bed for 20 minutes, waiting for the fireworks display to end. The exploding firebombs have very serious potential health consequences including: the sudden burst of noise from exploding shells can adversely affect the function of the heart, and the loudness of the booms can lead to hearing loss.

You are knowingly and willingly ignoring the very serious health risks to the residents and numerous hospital patients in our neighborhood. Your own interests are deemed far more important than the health, safety and well-being of the residents and hospital patients.

In addition, ash from the exploding firebombs has landed on rooftops and in the yards of neighbors. How could you choose a fireworks display site that is within 300 feet of residential homes and an adjacent tree-filled hillside? That hillside and nearby homes can easily catch on fire endangering the lives of residents. Do you care? Also, those fireworks traumatize animals in the neighborhood. No cruelty is justifiable.

It is clearly illegal to launch fireworks from Mazeroski Field.

You are avoiding responsibility for this fireworks display by stating that the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire have given their approval of this event in past years. Although it is true that the city must be held accountable for allowing this event to occur, you are responsible for initiating this event and doing nothing to prevent it, despite claims that point to its potential dangerousness. I am putting you on notice that should there be a medical emergency concerning my parents as a result of this event, civil charges will be made against you.

Several weeks ago (and the following event can be verified by Pitt Police Officer Ron Bennett) a student told a long-time resident; “This is a campus neighborhood. If you don’t like it, then move.” This occurred when the resident asked students to keep their volume down during a drunken party. Your attitude is very similar to the student's. By your inaction, you are implicitly telling my parents that if they don’t like the fireworks, then they should leave their home and return when it is over.

But my parents will not leave their home. They intend to keep their dignity. My 94-year old father was born and raised in this neighborhood and lived here his entire life, with the exception of the four years he spent fighting for our country in the Second World War. My mother has been here for 68 of her 90 years. They didn’t ask for this fireworks display to take place in our neighborhood, and they will not stand by as helpless victims.

Attached is a petition signed by twenty-one long-time residents of Panther Hollow. You will note that the majority of them are between the ages of 71 to 94 years. All of us are speaking to you with one voice and one message – move the fireworks display to another venue outside of Oakland.

Sincerely,

Carlino Giampolo

 

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