community: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in Pittsburgh - 07/15/09 09:34 AM
President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, so go out and get yourself a couple of scoops! Here are just a few of the nearby spots for delicious ice cream and frozen treats:
Bethel Park
Dairy Queen - 4846 Library Road Eat ‘n Park - 5220 Library Road Rita's Italian Ice - 5029 Library Road Dormont/Mt. Lebanon
Bruster's - 1810 Dormont Avenue Dairy Queen - 1693 McFarland Road Eat ‘n Park - 2874 West Liberty Avenue and                        1300 Banksville Road Scoops on Beverly - 311 Beverly Road   Peters Township
Bruster's - 444 Valley Brook Road Dairy Queen - 1017 Waterdam … (0 comments)

community: Happy 100th Birthday, Dormont - 07/07/09 08:50 AM
To help Dormont celebrate its centennial, check out the book that chronicles the borough's history from its earliest years to the present. Dormont is a softbound 128-page book, with 207 pictures, that covers the borough's first 100 years in six chapters.
Muriel Moreland, president of the Dormont Historical Society, wrote this book.  According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "[d]uring her research, Mrs. Moreland said she was surprised by the population and housing boom that came to Dormont after the completion of the Liberty Tunnels in 1924 and the Liberty Bridge in 1928. She said from 1928 to 1938, the borough experienced a 478 percent growth."
For more information, visit … (0 comments)

community: Pittsburgh Fireworks: Schedule of Days and Times for 2009 - 07/01/09 01:46 PM
As everyone knows, fireworks are a big part of the July 4th festivities in many Pittsburgh communities.  I hope you have some time to check out a fireworks show near you.  Have a great holiday!
Downtown Fireworks - July 4th, 9:35 pm, Point State Park
Ambridge Fireworks - July 3rd, 10:00 pm, Walter Panek Park
Bethel Park Fireworks - July 4th, 9:40 pm, South Hills Village
Butler Fireworks- July 4th, Dusk, Big Butler Fairgrounds
Canonsburg Fireworks - July 4th, Dusk, Canon-MacMillan Stadium
Crafton Fireworks - July 4th, 9:30 pm, Crafton Park
Dormont Fireworks - July 4th, 9:30 pm, Dormont Pool Lot
Ellwood City Fireworks - July 5th, 10:15 pm, … (0 comments)

community: Upper St. Clair Recreation Center Now Open - 06/30/09 09:11 AM
Upper St. Clair officially opened its $16.5 million recreation center in Boyce Mayview Park on June 13, and the township is hoping it will attract members, as well as new residents.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "[t]he massive center atop a hill includes a two-story, glass-enclosed lobby, two indoor pools, an outdoor pool, meeting rooms seating up to 240 people, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, two full-size basketball courts and a 1/8-mile track circling the second level."
Check out the Upper St. Clair website for more information on hours and membership fees.
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community: Pittsburgh Ranked as #3 Arts Destination - 05/29/09 09:29 AM
For the second year in a row, AmericanStyle Magazine has named Pittsburgh as the #3 arts destination among the nation's mid-sized cities:
"You may think that sports rule in a city still ringing from its sixth Super Bowl win, but a recent survey by a local statistical tracking group proved that the arts are king in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Today's report showed that more people attend art events than sporting events in the city each year."
The magazine mentioned our annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, one of the longest multidisciplinary art festivals in the country (scheduled for June 5-14 this year).  And it named the … (0 comments)

community: Don't Miss Pittsburgh's Historic South Side Home Tour - 05/06/09 10:03 AM

Organizers of this year's home tour on Saturday, May 16, have assembled twelve of South Side's most unique residences and buildings.
"From distinctly repurposed lofts and brand new condominiums to beautifully restored homes, each is a reflection of the owner's own style and tastes. These homes tell a story not just through their unique architectural features but also the personal collections of art, family heirlooms, memorabilia, and travel treasures housed within."
Advance tickets cost $12, or you can combine the tour with a full brunch buffet at Gypsy Cafe for $40.  Tickets on the day of the tour can be purchased … (0 comments)

community: Which Are Mt. Lebanon's Best Restaurants? - 04/28/09 11:10 AM
According to UrbanSpoon and votes from local patrons, the best restaurants in Mt. Lebanon are:
Sesame Inn Il Pizzaiolo Little Tokyo Little Nipper's Pizza Bistro 19 What do you think?  Pass along your comments on whether any of these shouldn't be in the top 5 and which restaurant in Mt. Lebanon is your favorite.
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community: Support "Taste of the Township" Fundraiser in Peters - 04/21/09 11:34 AM
Peters Township is holding its eighth annual "Taste of the Township" fundraising event on Friday, April 24 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Valley Brook Country Club.  It will be an evening of fabulous food, music, dancing and unique auction items. 
Restaurants and caterers located in or with ties to Peters Township will offer delicious samples of their fare, and music will be provided by LOCKDown.  A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased for $50 at the circulation desk of the library in Peters Township.  There will be no ticket sales at the door.
Proceeds benefit the Peters Township Public … (0 comments)

community: Bado's Cucina in Peters Township - 03/31/09 12:07 PM
Here's a sample of restaurant reviews for Bado's Cucina, located at 3825 Washington Road (Route 19) in Peter's Township:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "If you grew up eating in a Pittsburgh Italian family, you can close your eyes and you will smell some of your grandmother's kitchen aromas coming from the Bado's Cucina oven. Italian or not, this is food anyone could love."
Pittsburgh Magazine - "If you're looking for a sign of the culinary times, you could do no better than Bado's Cucina, where the idea of small plates and sharing food is the norm.  Bado's Cucina is small (30 seats), cozy, comfortable, the kind of place seen … (0 comments)

community: Searching for a New Home? Don't Forget to Check out the Neighborhood - 03/31/09 12:06 PM
Evaluating a neighborhood and its schools is an important aspect of your real esate search, especially if you have children. According to HomeFinder.com, here are the key things to look for:
Schools.  Make an appointment to tour the local school and meet the principal. Speak with local parents to learn firsthand about the school's strengths and weaknesses. Also ask about transportation options and before- and after-school programs.
Crime.  Visit the local police station or search online for crime statistics. Neighborhood watch groups are a good indictor of local involvement in keeping a neighborhood as safe as possible. Good operating street lighting … (0 comments)

community: Ride Over to the South Side's OTB Bicycle Cafe - 03/24/09 08:15 AM
Over the Bar (OTB) Bicycle Cafe on Pittsburgh's South Side opened in January, and it was featured in Pop City:
"The first-of-its-kind in western Pennsylvania, the family-friendly café features colorful ceiling murals by Ashley Hodder and ‘art bikes' constructed by THICK Bikes owner Chris Beech. Red Star Ironworks artist Grace Catranis used recycled bike parts to create OTB's wall sconces. With seating for 60, Kotyk hopes to draw lunch crowds from nearby South Side Works, American Eagle and UPMC.
OTB's creative menu features appetizers, burgers  and entrees named for bike terms, trails and organizations, such as the Dirt Rag Delight (burger … (0 comments)

community: Upper St. Clair's "Cozy" Wild Rosemary Bistro - 03/04/09 09:01 AM
Looking for a good restaurant in Upper St. Clair?  Pittsburgh Magazine had this to say about Wild Rosemary Bistro on Bower Hill Road:  
"Wild Rosemary is a small but promising bistro in the South Hills opened by a trio of friends. Recast as a quaint little Euro-bistro, as darling as it is cozy, it's a place where I see lots of long conversations and people falling in love. With only eight tables and in spite of the foul economic weather, the place has become so busy that the team of friends currently has stopped serving lunch in an effort to take … (0 comments)

community: Pittsburgh Is the Best Place to Live! - 02/02/09 02:14 PM
Way to go, Steelers!  We knew you would win the Superbowl (ok, it was a little close). 
Some complain about all of the attention this game gets and say we should be focusing on more important issues, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to point out that this is another reason why Pittsburgh is a great city to live in. Yeah, it's just a sport but it definitely brings the community together.
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community: Do You Know Your Pittsburgh Neighbors? - 01/28/09 09:06 AM
Homeowners and home buyers have another tool available for learning more about the people in a particular neighborhood. 
Criminal Searches has a "Neighborhood Watch" feature, which allows you to enter a zip code, city, or address and then shows you offenders by type of crime on a Google map.  You can also click on each person and pull up detailed information on what their exact offense or offenses were and when they were committed.
Related Post:  Are the Streets in Your Neighborhood Safe?
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community: Mt. Lebanon's Skating Rink Provides Fun for All Ages - 01/27/09 09:43 AM
Upper St. Clair Today published a nice article about the ice rink in Mt. Lebanon:
"Mt. Lebanon Ice Rink is open to everyone at the same low cost Mt. Lebanon residents pay. The ice center, conveniently located in the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center in Mt. Lebanon Park off Cedar Boulevard, began its 32nd season this fall. The ice rink has a regulation ice skating rink and a smaller studio rink. In addition to well-maintained ice, professional instructors and ice guards, the rink offers stadium seating, skate rental, a pro shop, and a snack bar."
Read the entire article (on page 70).  For … (0 comments)

community: Spend New Year's Eve in Downtown Pittsburgh - 12/30/08 12:47 PM
Looking for something to do on New Year's Eve?  First Night Pittsburgh is a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration focused on the arts. Held in more than 200 cities worldwide, the festival is a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. 
First Night Pittsburgh has something for everyone, from children's activities and performances by nationally-known musicians, to installations by local artists and a spectacular fireworks finale. 
Check out the list of events.
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community: Peters Township Restaurant: Capstone Grill - 12/23/08 09:16 AM
The Pittsburgh Business Times published a review of the Capstone Grill, which is located across from Donaldson's Crossroads on Route 19 in Peters Township:
"The focus here is fresh seafood, with worthwhile beef and chicken options for land lovers. Nine fresh varieties of fish are offered daily, available just as diners like them. Experiment with the long list of custom choices - everything from orange mandarin sauce, to almond-crusted (with banana butter), to Thai chili BBQ, or simply chargrilled. The list of fish is fairly international, including Alaskan halibut, Canadian salmon, South American tilapia and Pacific swordfish." 
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community: Scott Township Toy Store Opens for Pittsburgh Shoppers - 12/09/08 09:23 AM
The November issue of Mt. Lebanon Magazine published a story about a toy store that has opened in Scott Township - just in time for you to visit for your holiday shopping:
"Meredyth and Ron Glass this month opened E2 Toys2Try in Scott Towne Center, next to Little Snips.
Named for their children, Ethan and Elyana, the store stocks a wide variety of developmental and environmentally friendly toys for newborns to kids age 9 but it also features a playground with a ship to climb on, a jumping zone, a rope tree and a faux road through the playground so kids can … (0 comments)

community: StonePepper's Grill Restaurant in Upper St. Clair - 11/25/08 08:47 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote about StonePepper's Grill located at 1614 Washington Road in Upper St. Clair:
"The casual, 140-seat restaurant, featuring wood-fired brick oven pizza, gourmet burgers, pasta bar and salads, is located on the former Chi-Chi's site at a confluence of Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. Among its amenities is The Pittsburgher, [a] creation of sauteed onions, provolone cheese and sauce on an Angus burger, served with fries. For sports fans, the restaurant offers 13 flat-screen, high-definition televisions to show Big Ten Network games on Saturdays, and NFL games on Sundays."
By now many of you may … (3 comments)

community: Pittsburgh's "Great Outdoor Appeal" - 11/21/08 02:11 PM
This essay by travel columnist Ginny Prior - "Livable Pittsburgh steps from haze" - has been circulating since September. If you read this when snow is swirling around, this may not be the best time to head outdoors for kayaking, but it's interesting to read an outsider's perspective any month of the year:
"Name the most livable city in America. If you said ‘Pittsburgh,' give yourself a hand. The distinction by Places Rated Almanac reflects an almost unimaginable turnaround for a city once known as the Steel Capital of the U.S. Today, Pittsburgh is not only one of the 10 cleanest cities in the world (Forbes Magazine), it's a great city … (0 comments)

 
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