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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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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 Rural Life in West Deer Township

The Rural Life in West Deer Township

Opinion by Julie Long 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

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives in This Corner of Pennsylvania

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives in This Corner of Pennsylvania

Men and women who were born to be entrepreneurs start businesses in our area every day. Some folks have the entrepreneurial spirit in their DNA.  Others develop this spirit by examining their options and deciding that being the boss makes sense.  And still more find themselves with a talent or craft that they attempt to monetize.  All three groups produce both successful businesses and business

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PCTV: Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

PCTV: Pittsburgh’s Newly Renovated, High-Tech Soapbox

We’ve all heard the saying “use it or lose it.” It’s most often applied to physical health and exercise, but that saying is also apt when it comes to a community’s health and the exercising of rights, particularly the right to free speech. Pittsburgh Community Television’s mission is to encourage the residents of the city of Pittsburgh and local nonprofit organizations to exercise their right

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Pittsburgh’s Employment Scene for Seniors

Pittsburgh's Employment Scene for Seniors

Whether by choice or from necessity, more seniors are working in their retirement years. According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 annual retirement survey, “54 percent of senior workers (age 60+) say they’ll work after retiring from their current career, up from 45 percent last year. Of this group, 81 percent say they’ll most likely work part-time, while 19 percent plan to continue working full-time. Customer service, retail

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Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Not long ago, the U.S. Census bureau released information indicating that Pennsylvania leads all states in the share of homeowners who have lived on their property for more than 30 years. A statistic even more revealing of Pennsylvanians’ propensity for sinking deep roots finds that 78 percent of the state’s residents were born here. In this category, we rank second to Louisiana. Having never been

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The New Ways to Work in Pittsburgh’s Shared Spaces

The New Ways to Work in Pittsburgh's Shared Spaces

The places where we work change with time. In centuries past, the workplace was primarily the home or farm. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, workers moved into factories, and as the shift moved to administration and service-based economies, much of the workforce flocked into office towers where mazes of cubicles flourished. Transitions such as these are often times subtle. Today, where we work

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