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October 29, 2018: Interfaith Memorial Service for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Draws 2,500, Boston Red Sox Win Fourth World Series in 15 Years, This Haunted House Doubles as a Fund-Raiser for the Homeless

1. INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VICTIMS DRAWS 2,500: An interfaith memorial service for the 11 victims gunned down at a Pittsburgh synagogue drew 2,500 people to University of Pittsburgh’s Soldiers and Sailors Hall on Sunday. Speeches given by rabbis encouraged mourners to embrace unity and love, while the city's mayor pledged to "defeat hate with love." Reuters: "Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers elicited shouts of 'vote' from the audience as he called on political leaders, starting with 'those in the room,' to help put an end to hate speech. 'My words are not intended as political,' he said from the stage. 'My mother always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.' The 'Stronger Together' service opened with a performance by a Baptist gospel choir and included remarks by Christian and Muslim clergy, but it was largely led by Meyers and two fellow rabbis representing the three Jewish congregations who used the synagogue targeted in Saturday’s carnage. ... In addition to the 11 mostly elderly victims who were killed, six people, including four police officers, were wounded before the suspect was arrested. Two of the surviving victims remained hospitalized in critical condition. The massacre marked the deadliest attack ever on America’s Jewish community, according to the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Robert Bowers, 46, who has a history of posting anti-Semitic messages online, has been charged under federal hate crime statutes and could face the death penalty if convicted. 'This is the darkest hour in our city’s history,' Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared during Sunday’s service. 'But here’s another thing about Pittsburgh. We are resilient. We will work together as one. We will defeat hate with love. We will be a city of compassion and we will be welcoming to all people,' he said to cheers."

2. BOSTON RED SOX WIN FOURTH WORLD SERIES IN 15 YEARS: The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series championship in 15 years, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 on Sunday. NPR: "But Boston, led by David Price's pitching and Steve Pearce's batting, ruled the road turf to take home their ninth World Series title—and their fourth since 2004. It came as no surprise when Pearce was crowned MVP at the post-game ceremony. At the top of the first inning, the right-hander gifted the Red Sox an early lead with a two-run home run on the sixth pitch from star Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw. David Freese answered with a solo homer for LA, sending Red Sox's David Price's first pitch over the fence and cutting Boston's lead to 2-1. Boston held their 2-1 lead into the sixth inning. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts also lifted the Red Sox in crucial moments. Betts emerged from his Game 5 hibernation to clinch his first career post-season home run. The Red Sox star got a solo home run off of a fly ball—that a Dodgers fan, equipped with a mitt, couldn't even snatch—bumping Boston's lead to 3-1. J.D. Martinez stepped up in the seventh inning with a solo homer that took the Red Sox lead to 4-1. Pearce nailed his second homer in the eighth inning to put his team at its series-winning score."

3. THIS HAUNTED HOUSE DOUBLES AS A FUND-RAISER FOR THE HOMELESS: A D.I.Y. haunted house created by 16-year-old Florida resident Andrew Long is also being used to raise funds for a charitable organization that helps the homeless. Teen Vogue: "He utilized his love for engineering and D.I.Y. projects to create a creepy cemetery in his own front yard complete with lights, sound effects, and ground fog, according to the Tampa Bay Newspapers. And he’s using the proceeds to benefit the Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP), a local charitable organization. 'My Haunt is not designed to scare or shock anyone, only to provide one of a kind creations that entertain the Trick or Treaters each year,' Long said on Andrew Long’s Haunt for HEP’s Facebook page. 'This year we’ve teamed up with the Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) in hopes of raising some money for the cause.' Long told the Tampa Bay ABC affiliate and the Tampa Bay Newspapers that he volunteered with HEP when he was younger and has kept in touch since. 'New for this year we decided to put a name to it, to have something to donate to and for people to have a reason to come,' Andrew told the newspaper. 'I’ve volunteered at HEP before and I thought it would be a good cause.' Long says his passion for Halloween started at 10 years old, when he went to the dollar store with his engineer dad to pick out some spider webs and started decorating their lawn."


COAST TO COAST:  PSAV has acquired Canadian audiovisual and event production company FMAV. Globe Newswire:

CHICAGO:  The Women’s Board of House of the Good Shepherd will have its 111th annual Glow of Hope fund-raising gala November 2 at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. 

LOS ANGELES:  Variety and Rolling Stone will co-host the first-ever Criminal Justice Reform Summit on November 14 at the Jeremy Hotel. The event will have a keynote by CNN host Van Jones and appearances by Kim Kardashian West and Meek Mill. Variety:

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Osaka will open its first North American location in Brickell in the first quarter of 2019. 

NEW YORK:  The International Interior Design Association’s annual Color Invasion will take place November 1 at Center415. The event will have a “Deco Follies” theme. 

The inaugural Eat Up Tokyo, a cultural and culinary symposium, will take place November 8 at NYC Event Spaces. The event is presented by the City of Tokyo and organized by the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Food will be provided by Daisuke Nakazawa of Sushi Nakazawa and Kaukusaburo Sakurai of Wasan Brooklyn. 

The James Beard Foundation’s annual J.B.F. Gala: Rise will take place November 9 at the Pierre, a Taj Hotel. 

The American Society of Magazine Editors’ Ellie Awards will take place March 14, 2019, at Brooklyn Steel. 

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TORONTO:  Newcap Events and Cineplex have partnered to launch Transformational Viewpoints, a live speaker series and networking event that will feature authors, athletes, community leaders, influencers, and more. The event will run from November-April 2019 at Cineplex locations in cities including Mississauga, Hamilton, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. 

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