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An Inside Look at the Pierogi Makers Of Pittsburgh

By Katie Kelly Lynne Szarnicki has been in the pierogi making business for over ten years and has a distaste for Mrs. T’s Pierogis, what she calls a fake pierogi. Elisha Veon got the idea to start a food truck after multiple discussions with her mother on what she was going to do when she was gone. Helen Mannarino is... Read More

Pittsburgh Pickers: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

By Katie Kelly Jeff Gordon and Roger Levine found interest in collecting mid-century modern furniture like old bar stools and vintage luggage sets eventually going on to open a store. After making a chalkboard out of an old picture frame for his girlfriend, Seth Hunter realized a deeper love for finding and selling unique pieces, opening a shop that included... Read More

Pittsburgh’s Remaining Collectible Stores Offer Lifetime of Novelty Fun

By Jacob Berlin Jack Cohen wasn’t happy with the monotony of his day-to-day lifestyle of numbers-crunching math and science. It was work, not play. So he decided to open a toy store. “I used to be an engineer. I hated my job,” Cohen says. “My wife felt that there was no place to buy toys for the kids. And we... Read More

School Spirits: The Haunted Campuses of Pittsburgh Universities

By Nicole Pampena  When the ghost of Martha Jane Poe rocks the cradle in the Cathedral of Learning’s Early American Room, she does so slowly, and exactly four times — no more, no less. When conservatory students at Point Park University see The Lady in White, they learn she gets her name from the wedding dress she wears and the... Read More

Dahntahn Dialects: The Language of Pittsburgh

By Nicole Pampena It was 2011 when “Pittsburgh Dad” joined YouTube opening with that line, in turn introducing the world of Pittsburghese to the mainstream internet. The character was created by Greensburg native Curt Wootton, who stars as Pittsburgh Dad, and his friend and director Chris Preksta, where as many as two-hundred thousand viewers watch Pittsburgh Dad yelling at the... Read More

Pittsburgh Holiday Desserts You Must Try

By Lauryn Nania, Point Park News Service For Ethan Griffin, the holiday season doesn’t arrive until he heads to Market Square to sell his “moonshine” bars and other sweet delicacies at the Pittsburgh Christmas Market. Angela Carnicella loves selling Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte cake during the holidays as much as she likes to eat the treat called “one of the... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Lack of Teachers of Color is Worsened by an Educator Shortage

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service Of the 31 teachers in the elementary school where she teaches, Pharlan Ives is the only teacher of color. She tries not to think about it. LaRita Stewart, a fourth grade teacher at Highland Elementary in Ambridge, Pa., understands what that’s like; she’s the only African-American teacher her whole school district. “Nobody needed... Read More

What are Yinz breathing? The battle to breathe clean air

By Jordan Slobodinsky, Point Park News Service The view of Clairton Coke Works from Melanie Meade’s backyard is a visual reminder of the lifetime of difficulty her family has endured from one of Allegheny County’s worst polluters. Cheryl Hurt has seen and breathed soot-laden air as a child, and now as a daycare owner in Clairton, she’s actively trying to protect... Read More

Innocent Faces in Familiar Places: A Reflection on the Synagogue Shooting

By Derek Malush, Point Park News Service October 27th, 2018 8:56 a.m. The alarm on my cracked Android cell phone rings through my ears for the third time. The snooze button has become a close friend of mine throughout the mornings, especially on a Saturday. I drag my feet down the carpeted stairs and begin to fix myself a cup... Read More

Point Park Students Get Out To Vote

By Andrew Brinker, Point Park News Service Students woke up early this morning but not just to get to class. Instead, hundreds, maybe more than ever before, headed to the Epiphany Catholic Church in Downtown Pittsburgh, the designated polling place for those registered to vote on campus. By early afternoon, the Catholic church was packed with voters. The line formed... Read More