Neighborhood Notes

A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

Share this…By: Tom Pollard On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music

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Retiring in Pittsburgh

Retiring in Pittsburgh

Share this…By:  William G. Michaud American’s retiring citizens have been at the center of much attention in the media for the past few years. Bloomberg reported that last year in the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that weren’t in work rose by 800,000. As the number increases more Americans are looking for new pastures that will suit

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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Share this…From the enthusiastic response we received from our readers in regard to our article Pittsburgh’s City Steps, we realized how much you love our City Steps. We love them too, and to foster a greater appreciation for them, Popular Pittsburgh is launching The City Steps Challenge. From April 1 to September 30???, we are encouraging readers to step out and explore the City Steps.

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Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Hamza Perez- Bursting the Muslim Stereotype

Share this…He sounds like Cheech Marin, raps like Jay Z, and preaches love like Gandhi. Hamza Perez is not your average Muslim. Mr. Perez, the Imam of the Light of the Age Mosque located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, also serves as the Youth Director at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, where he runs YA-NE, Youth Alliance for Networking and Empowerment program. If the adage is

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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

Share this…In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden—how it aimed to inspire people to value plants,

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St. Anthony Chapel

St. Anthony Chapel

Share this…“I once remarked while giving a tour, that we’ve had visitors from every continent except for Antarctica. Then I saw a hand shoot up in the crowd and a man said, ‘I’ve lived in Antarctica, so you’re going to have to change that,’” said Carole Brueckner, chairperson of St. Anthony Chapel. Located on Troy Hill overlooking the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, St.

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You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

Share this… Buying or selling a home can be a complex and confusing endeavor, but there is a cast of professionals who can help you to navigate the process. Some of them are obvious–like a Realtor–while others may not be so well-known or may be someone you never even thought of consulting. Below is a rundown of the professionals you may need to have in

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Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA – “Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated”

Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA - "Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated"

Share this…He has no weather radar, no weather maps, no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather prognosticator in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never

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Neighborhood Notes: West Deer – “The Rural Life in West Deer Township”

Neighborhood Notes: West Deer - "The Rural Life in West Deer Township"

Share this…Drive a half-hour outside of downtown Pittsburgh and you’ll find yourself in the country. It’s one of the wonderful things about Pittsburgh, in my opinion, that we can enjoy the rural life and still be so close to the city (or vice versa for you city dwellers). If you head north on Rt. 28, then west on Rt. 910, you’ll come to West Deer

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Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County – Windber: “A Special Memorial Day”

Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County - Windber: "A Special Memorial Day"

Share this…It was a warm, bright morning, Memorial Day of 2014.  The sky was unblemished, and the inhabitants of Windber filled the streets waiting for their annual Memorial Day parade. More people than in past parades squeezed together on sidewalks and lined the streets that surged with excitement.  The parade would be different this year. Loud cracks of the snare drum snapped through the air,

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