The Curse of the Kick: Murder and Misery in McKees Rocks

The Curse of the Kick: Murder and Misery in McKees Rocks

“Yes, definitely,” said Pittsburgh spiritual intuitive Jack Kaine, when he was asked whether he believed an incident at Indian Mound in McKees Rocks could have triggered events that made life miserable for a McKees Rocks man and his family. Jack’s specialty is detecting spiritual energy, whether it’s a positive force or not, and seeing to it that it goes on to its greatest good. Drawing

Read the Full Article

What the Heck are Constables and Does Pittsburgh Need Them?

What the Heck are Constables and Does Pittsburgh Need Them?

You’ve probably heard the term constable before, but do you know exactly what a constable is and what one does? Unless, you’ve had a run in with the law, you may not. Constables Go Way Back Constables have been around for centuries, and the term “constable” comes from the Old French word conestable meaning “steward.” The first constables were established in France at the beginning

Read the Full Article

Should You Rent or Buy a Home in Pittsburgh?

Should You Rent or Buy a Home in Pittsburgh?

Owning a home has been an integral part of the American dream for decades, but one person’s dream can be another’s nightmare. If you are moving to the area, or simply looking for a place of your own, this question is probably preeminent in your mind: Should I rent or buy a home in Pittsburgh? Well, that depends. Each quarter, Florida Atlantic University publishes the

Read the Full Article

Private Schools Near Pittsburgh

Private Schools Near Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is noted for its abundance of excellent colleges and universities. In addition, the region is also fortunate to have a wealth of wonderful private schools for elementary and secondary education. Following is a list outlining some of our area’s best private schools. Aquinas Academy Founded in 1996, Aquinas Academy, located in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, is a college-preparatory school for students in Pre-K

Read the Full Article

Randyland

Randyland

An adage advises to “bloom where you are planted.” In the case of Randy Gilson, he not only bloomed but also painted, created, and transformed a drab, depressing neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side into a whimsical wonderland known as Randyland. A little over 30 years ago, Gilson, 59, rented an apartment in the Mexican War Streets on the North Side. Gilson, who is a waiter,

Read the Full Article

A Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

A Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

When Diana Napper makes a promise, she keeps it. In 1990, her best friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman lost her battle with breast cancer. Before Carol Jo succumbed to the disease, Diana promised her that she would pursue a lifelong dream of designing jewelry and opening a jewelry store, selling her designs that would fund a hospice in Carol Jo’s name. Diana honored that promise

Read the Full Article

Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

In 1994, Diana Napper founded The Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. She began this foundation to honor a promise she made to her friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman before she lost her battle with breast cancer. Initially, Diana had designed a small piece of jewelry, a Swarovksi teardrop pin capped with a pearl to symbolize hope over

Read the Full Article

What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

In 2004, nearly a quarter million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Of them, approximately 15 percent were women of reproductive age. While the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are older, the troubling part is that when younger women are diagnosed with the disease, it is usually found in a more advanced stage and the tumors are

Read the Full Article

Credit Unions or Banks?

Credit Unions or Banks?

  What’s the Difference Between a Credit Union and a Bank, and Where Should I Keep My Money? Credit unions or banks? It’s not a case of “you say po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to.” They are not the same things just with different names. But what are those differences? Both credit unions and banks offer many of the same services and products, but their structures and

Read the Full Article

Dad: The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad: The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond: Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children–1 out of every

Read the Full Article