Spent the bulk of the day with the Frothling. First we drove out to Fox Chapel and I showed her around Shady Side Academy, where my father taught English for many years, and the place where I grew up and went to school.
We then shared some lunch at Chev and Rachel's Family Diner before heading to the grocery store to pick up supplies for her impending sixth birthday party.
Now we're chilling, watching some cartoons while waiting for the Frothette's caseworker to stop by for a home visit and some updates on her case.
The Frothling enjoyed the first T-Ball game of the year. She's hitting the ball much better this year, and her throwing and catching is improving as well. We moved her into a community league this year, I think the coaching is better and she's meeting some of the kids she'll be with in kindergarten this fall. Next year she'll be in the six year old program, no more hitting off the tee then!
Sara Cuadra Berg, 42, of Fox Chapel applauded Holy Family's efforts. She came to the United States when she was 14 to escape war-torn Nicaragua. She was taken in by local nuns.
“I am the face of the children coming to this country ... This is your opportunity to say to a child, you are worthwhile,” Cuadra Berg said.
“The good works of the Holy Family Institute and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have my full support,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.
We've always been a nation of immigrants, most of our forebearers came here seeking refuge from war, poverty or discrimination. Immigrants make our country stronger, not weaker. They are an asset, not a liability.
Emotions are running high in Emsworth, where the Holy Family Institute has announced that it will take in up to three dozen child immigrants from Central America who have crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The Catholic nonprofit will house the unaccompanied minors while they wait to be placed with a family member or foster parents. The children will be under the age of 12. Sister Linda Yankoski of Holy Family plans to hold a public forum at 7 p.m. July 29 to address area residents' concerns about the institute's plans.
"A lot of community members are concerned about the disease and drug cartel involvement these children could bring," said Emsworth Mayor Dee Quinn. "The news was quite a shock."
Never mind that most of the "disease" concerns are totally without merit, a phantom created by the right-wing noise machine in order cast these refuges (and that's what they are) as "the other." Luckily, Central America doesn't have Jenny McCarthy and does have universal health care, so their vaccination rates are actually better than ours.
As approved and certified foster parents, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we get a phone call sometime in the future looking to place some of these children with us, and we will welcome them.
There is outrage in Emsworth after someone posted signs trying to recruit people to join the KKK.
Police say the signs aren’t illegal, so people in the neighborhood are taking some action of their own.
None appeared on my street, even though we're just a block away from Center Ave. The telephone numbers listed on the poster bear area codes for North Carolina and Virginia, but that doesn't rule out a local being responsible. I've lived here in the same house for over 18 years, I know all the neighbors well, and I'm not aware of anyone with racist attitudes. If I see any of these odious posters pop up, I'll be tearing them down.