Lunch at El Campesino

Lunch at El Campesino

What’s the best thing to do at work on a slow Friday afternoon? Take a lunch break and go out to eat must be the correct answer. I’m sure not everyone has the type of job where leaving for a long lunch break is accepted, but if you do I would advise checking out an El Campesino near you. When we arrived, a hostess greeted

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My First Visit to Calvary Cemetery

My First Visit to Calvary Cemetery

I was six years old the first time I went to a cemetery. It’s a day I remember clearly, even some 70 years later. I grew up in a family where there were a number of elderly relatives. For the first half dozen years of my life I was chiefly unaware of the deaths in my family. Then, with the passing of some distant aunt,

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The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

What marks a new year? Across most of the Western world, parties leading up to midnight of January 1st celebrate a new calendar year. Often, the first day of school in September marks a new year. In the business world, fiscal years can begin and end at any time. For the Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is the two-day religious festival that honors the Jewish New

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Mario Lemieux – A True Pittsburgher

Mario Lemieux - A True Pittsburgher

Few are the Pittsburgh sports figures who inspire awe even decades after their playing days are over. In fact, there are only three who come to mind—Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Mario Lemieux. I told my children about Roberto Clemente’s career and legacy. I listened to my grandfather as he talked about Wagner in reverential tones. He would recount how when he worked as a

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The History Behind the Holiday: Labor Day

The History Behind the Holiday: Labor Day

We all look forward to that long weekend at the beginning of September. The one that celebrates Labor Day… or is it Memorial Day? Labor Day is the first Monday in September; it is a federal holiday that is often celebrated with day-drinking and barbecues. For a lot of people, it’s really just a long weekend. But, do you know why we get this extra

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The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

Pittsburgh is the 61st largest city—by population—in the country. By 2015 data, Pittsburgh has a population of approximately 305,000 over 55.5 square miles. When Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough in 1794 it amassed only a half square mile. The City of Pittsburgh has been absorbing municipalities for centuries. However, unlike other cities—such as Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego—city limits have stayed virtually unchanged since

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Planning a Funeral

Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral is one thing that most people don’t think about until they have to. It’s not a particularly enjoyable process at any point. In fact, it is almost always accompanied with emotions of grief. In the midst of those emotions, there are hundreds of questions and decisions that need to be made. Do you know the answers? Many common practices of saying good

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Pittsburgh Police Building Community Through Chess in the Square

Pittsburgh Police Building Community Through Chess in the Square

Police officers in Pittsburgh are engaging with the members of the community over games of chess. “The focus of this outreach is to build relationships with our neighbors, and the objective of the chess program is to bring people together in conversations and healthy competition. Playing a game of chess breaks down barriers that may exist between police and community members,” said Tiffany Kline-Costa, Sergeant,

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How to Fit in at Pennsylvania Poker Tables

How to Fit in at Pennsylvania Poker Tables

With the world continuing to open back up, people are beginning to embrace public recreation once again. That means going to the movies, attending sporting events, meeting friends at restaurants and coffee shops, and so on. And for many in Pittsburgh and around the state, it will also mean heading out to one of the area casinos. Pennsylvania simply has a little more to offer on

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