The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 6, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-6 | UPJ arts center criticized, responds

Submitted by Readers

— On March 2, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was presented at the UPJ Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. Three friends and I, all alumni of the University of Pittsburgh, had reserved seat tickets. We have attended many plays and concerts at PPAC.

When we arrived, people were sitting in our seats and the stage manager refused to ask them to move. She also would not allow us to ask them to move. She left us standing while seating other patrons.

We saw four empty seats together and stated we would sit in them. She stated that they were reserved seats. I told her our seats were reserved, too. She replied that we could sit separately in different seats and if that did not satisfy us, we could get our money back and leave, which we did.

On March 4, I called PPAC executive director Michael Bodolosky. He asked for our names and addresses and stated that each would receive a written apology after he investigated.

It has now been two months and none of us has received a letter. I cannot speak for my friends. However, I do not plan to attend any plays or concerts at UPJ in the future.

If this is how alumni are treated, I cannot remain a dedicated alumnus and will no longer support the university’s activities.

Josephine Bucceri


Editor’s note: We asked PPAC executive director Michael Bodolosky for response, which follows.

Service was not typical of PPAC 

I appreciate the opportunity to respond to a concern related to a recent performance at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

I am deeply sorry that this situation occurred. I want to publicly apologize to Josephine Bucceri and her guests.

This experience is not indicative of the level of service we wish to provide to our alumni and our community.

We will do everything possible, including additional customer-service training, to ensure that this does not happen in the future.

We hope she will accept our invitation to visit again.

Michael Bodolosky

Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

Mock, Howarth have qualities city needs

We are proud to support Marie Mock and Rose Howarth for re-election to Johnstown City Council.

Thirteen years ago, we, two best friends simultaneously needed to find new homes. Our tight budgets fueled the idea we could save money by moving in together. Semi-retired free-lancers, we could live anywhere. Our advisers suggested Johnstown would be a costly choice with declining property values and increasing taxes. But we loved our hometown. Our friends supported our decision, helping us create a wonderful home. It has become a place of gentle miracles and healing love for us and many others. This makes the well-being of Johnstown very important to us.

Mock and Howarth are point women for a swelling energy in town. People are working to improve their neighborhoods, maximizing meager fiscal resources with human volunteerism. This is why it is so important to elect these women and others like them.

Like Pittsburgh and Baltimore, Johnstown can create a renaissance. In a city without mega budgets, we must elect forward-thinking city officials. Those who are fiscally responsible, profoundly ethical, can make something from nothing, inspire community involvement and are used to working with bovine effluvia, turning it into a lovely garden. Marie Mock and Rose Howarth have demonstrated all these qualities.

Kathleen Bailey and Jayne Highlands


National Nurses Week a time to reflect

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year with National RN Recognition Day from May 6-12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded nursing as a modern profession.

I would like to take the opportunity to honor the many talented and compassionate nurses who serve patients through AseraCare. Many of our patients consider the nursing staff to be part of their families. Nurses take care of our patients’ daily needs, listen when times are hard and provide lasting friendships.

Nurses have a gift of combining science with heart. Our nurses and nurses throughout the community make a difference every day, not only through the medical care they provide, but also through the hands they hold and hugs they give.

Nurses touch more than the lives of their patients – they provide comfort, peace and confidence through both tough and good times.

At AseraCare, we are truly appreciative of our nurses’ uncompromising commitment to providing quality care for patients and their families.

Please join me in recognizing and thanking our community’s nurses.

Danielle Cimba

Director, Clinical Services, AseraCare Johnstown

Our spirit includes caring about others

On Thursday, while coming into Johnstown on Franklin Street, I observed lying on the ground a Johnstown citizen who usually pushes a cart of bottles and assorted items.

I stopped my car to go back to provide aid, as did two women and two other men.

As it turns out, this individual was fixing a broken wheel on the cart and was not having an emergency.

It was wonderful to see so many folks coming to her aid. Our community is blessed with many people who care very much.

Don Zucco



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