Hooray, It’s the Holidays in Pittsburgh! Light Up Night

Hooray, It’s the Holidays in Pittsburgh! Light Up Night

As fall fades into winter, the hours of daylight grow short, and darkness appears to reign.  For millennia, people have been “racing against the dying of the light” by observing various festivals and religious holidays that center on light overcoming darkness.  The Romans celebrated Saturnalia; the Celts, the Winter Solstice; the Jews, Hanukkah; and the Christians, Christmas.  All of these observances have light as an

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Rick Sebak: Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Rick Sebak: Pittsburgh’s Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Watching a Rick Sebak show is like visiting your grandparents’ attic with your kindly, cool uncle. As he dusts off and opens the boxes and trunks, he gives you a little history, unearths some long-forgotten treasures, tells some great stories, and stumbles across some surprises.  And in the process, you also learn a bit about yourself. Described by some as a national treasure, a visionary

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Pittsburgh is a Great Place to Buy a Home

Pittsburgh is a Great Place to Buy a Home

We all know Pittsburgh is a great place in which to live, but is it a great place in which to buy? The answer is a resounding “yes!” If you are looking to buy a home, Pittsburgh is a bargain for a number of reasons. The first is price. According to data collected by Trulia, the current average listing for Pittsburgh is $211,000 and the

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CME Websites: Keeping Alert for the Next Opportunity

CME Websites: Keeping Alert for the Next Opportunity

One idea of entrepreneurial success is the person with a vision who introduces a new product or service and achieves fame and prosperity. Another, and more practical approach, is simply to listen and watch for opportunities in your own business environment.  At CME Websites {Code Media Essentials}, our company growth has been fueled far more by “paying attention” than by innovative brilliance. CME actually began life as

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Guide to Pittsburgh Area Credit Unions

Guide to Pittsburgh Area Credit Unions

Credit Unions are financial institutions owned and controlled by the union’s members.  More of a populist way to do your banking, it’s no wonder credit unions appeal to Pittsburghers’ working-class, do-it-yourself sensibilities.  The Pittsburgh area is home to numerous credit unions, some have exclusive memberships and others more open.  The following is a list of many of the area’s largest credit unions. Allegent Community Federal

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The Best Seasonal Family Activities

The Best Seasonal Family Activities

How can you be sure that the activity you’ve carefully planned for your family will be a winner? You can’t really be sure until after the event. However, you’ll know you’ve picked a winner when, a week or a month later, someone in your family comes up to you and says: “Let’s do that again.” The following lists of fun family activities for you to

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The Best Summer Family Activities

The Best Summer Family Activities

Golf or Miniature Golf Though golf can be a frustrating game when it’s is not going your way, the consolation is that it gets you out and exercising in idyllic settings. It is also a great inter-generational sport. With so many country clubs around Pittsburgh there’s bound to be one right near you. Swimming Swimming is a great bonding experience. It doesn’t get any better

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Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year again. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, and darkness descends earlier. The time of year when the scratching of a branch against your bedroom window easily turns into the decaying finger of a Zombie; when silver clouds passing across a full moon provoke visions of werewolves; and shadows falling across the floor inspire thoughts of lurking monsters. At

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A Chat with Christopher Whitlach Host of PCTV’s Into Pittsburgh

A Chat with Christopher Whitlach Host of PCTV’s Into Pittsburgh

Christopher Whitlach is most well known for his work at the Pittsburgh Foundation, where he serves as the nonprofit’s manager of Marketing and Communications. Recently, he has channeled his considerable knowledge and experience gained from working there and with numerous other nonprofits into a new venture: television host. In addition to his work at the Pittsburgh Foundation, Christopher is now the host of PCTV’s show

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Ben Ramsey: From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey: From PCTV to Hollywood

Ben Ramsey, screenwriter and film director, has lived in Hollywood since 1996. He wrote The Big Hit, which starred Mark Wahlberg. He has also written Dragonball Evolution and the direct-to-video films Blood and Bone and Love and a Bullet. Before Ramsey “went Hollywood,” he cut his screenwriting and film directing teeth in Pittsburgh.  Popular Pittsburgh was pleased when Ramsey recently took the time to tell

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