Tag: Pittsburgh

Restaurant recycling saves money and environment

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Restaurant recycling saves money and environment

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Restaurant owner Sean Casey occasionally finds himself fishing recyclables out of the garbage when others throw them in the nearest waste can. As owner of the Church Brew Works, Casey has been recycling everything he can – including the refurbished church where the restaurant is located – since […]

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Pittsburgh cigar shop offers laid-back vibe

Pittsburgh cigar shop offers laid-back vibe

By Ben Wyland, Point Park News Service: Pittsburgh’s Strip District can be an overwhelming and a chaotic place for a first-time visitor. Leaf and Bean, a cigar and coffee shop, offsets that chaos and provides a laid-back and slower-paced environment for the busy Strip. Owner Jim Robinson, also known as “Island Jim,” wanted to open a […]

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Event highlights role of environmental journalists

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Event highlights role of environmental journalists

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Curt Guyette, investigative journalist with ACLU of Michigan, will not be eligible for a Pulitzer Prize, despite his work as one of the driving forces behind uncovering the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Guyette accepts that a Pulitzer will be out of his reach while working with the ACLU, an […]

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Play engages audience with issues of justice and race

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Play engages audience with issues of justice and race

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service: A play opening Friday in Pittsburgh aims to challenge audiences and bring diversity to the local theater scene. “A Lesson Before Dying,” opening at the New Hazlett Theatre Performing Arts Center on March 4, tells the story of a young African American man named Jefferson who finds himself on death […]

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Pittsburgh Muslims work to combat Islamophobia

| February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment
Pittsburgh Muslims work to combat Islamophobia

By Mia Rupani, Point Park News Service: Kelcey Sharkas feels safe identifying as a Muslim in Pittsburgh, but says she is still cautious in light of recent events that are generating both positive and negative reactions toward her religious community. Sharkas serves as director of programming for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh (ICP) in Oakland. […]

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Proposed PA vaccine rule change triggers autism concerns

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Proposed PA vaccine rule change triggers autism concerns

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Mary Wildman’s life changed forever just a few days after her son’s first birthday. She took her son to the pediatrician for an ear infection, but during the appointment she was told her son was also due for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Her son, Nick, […]

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Clothing donation boxes offer chances — and choices

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Clothing donation boxes offer chances — and choices

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service: When Dawn Blonski came across a clothing donation box in Moon Township’s Kmart parking lot, she promptly decided to drop off her own gently used clothing. The big, red bin had been placed in the lot by the Keystone Paralyzed Veterans of America and West Mifflin’s American Thrift […]

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Light of Life shelter helps homeless throughout the year

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Light of Life shelter helps homeless throughout the year

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service: Thirty years ago, Michael Lipinski could be found in a jail cell at Riker’s Island. Today, he can be found serving dinner to the homeless and poor of Pittsburgh. Lipinski is at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on East North Avenue nearly every day. It is there […]

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Toy drives grant children’s Christmas wishes

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Toy drives grant children’s Christmas wishes

By Gina DiGiorgio, Point Park News Service: Heather Fiedler was getting rid of her children’s old toys when suddenly she came up with a great idea for a way to give back to children in need. Fiedler decided to start her own toy drive, called “Play it Forward,” where people can donate their gently used […]

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Kennywood boasts region’s tallest Christmas ‘tree’

| December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Kennywood boasts region’s tallest Christmas ‘tree’

By Christopher Hawkins, Point Park News Service: Kennywood’s 5th annual light display will be highlighted by a brand new 90-foot-tall Christmas tree, the tallest on record in Pennsylvania. Several metal snowmen towering over 20 feet tall and 1,000 pounds will be on display for the first time this year at Overly’s Country Christmas, courtesy of Westmoreland […]

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