Tammy Hepps gave up a job at NBC in New York to piece together the picture of her family's and the Jewish community's legacy in Homestead. Her great grandfather helped build a synagogue, the building shown in the background, for the Rodef Shalom Congregation on East 10th Avenue in the borough.  The congregation disbanded in 1993.

Former New York tech administrator finds passion in uncovering Homestead's Jewish history

Tammy Hepps left a great job working with NBC in New York to pursue her family’s history in Homestead.

about 3 hours ago

 Allison Gates of Swissvale and Anthony Williams of the Hill District, model their styles during last year's International Natural Hiar Meetup Day.

Stylebook Snapshot: International Natural Hair Meetup Day festivities find a home in Pittsburgh

For the third year, Tamiah Bridgett will organize events here that carry out the meetup day’s mission to support and celebrate natural hair.

about 3 hours ago

 Il Tetto, Italian for "the roof," is at the top of the tri-level Sienna Mercato at 942 Penn Ave.

Dine: Bucs fans ought to stop here

Where to eat and drink before and after a Pirates home game

about 3 hours ago

 Hepps Pharmacy in Homestead in 1922. Owner Bernhardt Hepps is standing at left, in white shirt. His great-granddaughter Tammy Hepps last year gave up a job at NBC in New York  to piece together the picture of her family's and the Jewish community's legacy in Homestead.

Archivists giving priority to reviving small-town histories

Rauh Jewish Archives sets out on mission to collect small-town histories in southwestern Pennsylvania before they disappear.

about 3 hours ago

 Terri Ploskina displays an “I Care” poster on a bulletin board in her establishment, Dot's Family Restuarant in McKeesport.

Helping caregivers fill the gaps with the community's support

Through “I Care” initiative, United Way hopes businesses and others will keep watch on elderly citizens who may be on verge of crisis.

about 3 hours ago

Wildlife: Hands off the animals, it’s baby season

The temptation to rescue an “abandoned” baby can be overwhelming. Don’t do it.

about 3 hours ago

Travel notes: Airlines allow more seats for those with loyalty rewards

Airlines in the U.S. are setting aside more seats for travelers wanting to redeem loyalty reward points

about 3 hours ago

Exercise and afternoon sunlight may help overcome jet lag

Beating jet lag: A sleep expert weighs in

about 3 hours ago

 Sara, 5, watch Denise Divittis demonstrate the making of parrafin candles during Handson History days at Old Economy Village in Ambridge. They accompanied their grandmother, who demonstrated the making of bobbin lace.

Crafts, tours bring history up close at Old Economy Village

If you want to really know the Harmonists, get crafty every Saturday through September at Old Economy Village in Ambridge.

1 day ago

Jazz Orchestra seeking students for training programs

Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and City Music Center of Duquesne University are registering students for two new training programs.

1 day ago

 Jeff and Laura Young of Mt. Lebanon are runners-up in the small residential category of the Post-Gazette’s Renovation Inspiration Contest for a den they created in an old side porch.

Mt. Lebanon couple create calm refuge away from kids

Renovation Inspiration Contest | In a dark, "tired" screened porch, couple design and build a restful modern place for adults to get away.

1 day ago

 Pan-Seared Corn and Quinoa Salad

Let's eat: Pan-Seared Corn and Quinoa Salad

A salute to summer starts in a salad bowl

1 day ago

 The house at 32 Walnut St. in Crafton has five bedrooms, 21⁄2 baths, hardwood floors, leaded and stained glass windows, a master bathroom, a Trex deck and a fully fenced rear yard.

Buying Here: Crafton

The Boruffs and previous owners have carefully maintained the 114-year-old home's charm and architectural details.

1 day ago

Gardening Q&A: Houseplants get sunburn if they're set out too quickly

When moving houseplants outdoors, avoid sunburn by gradually increasing exposure over 10-14 days.

1 day ago

 The route for the 2015 Open Streets day, May 24, from Market Square, Downtown, to Lawrenceville.

5 things we are loving this week

Dancing in the streets, Everybody loves robots, Babs tells it as it is, Honoring B.B. King  and Fun-raising.

1 day ago

 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art.

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

2 days ago

 Best anyone can tell, the last bourbon to be commercially manufactured in Pennsylvania was made by Bomberger’s Distillery, near Schaefferstown, about 30 miles east of Harrisburg.

Wigle Whiskey bringing bourbon distilling back to Pa.

The Strip District distiller is set to issue its first bourbon next week. It’s the first Pennsylvania-made bourbon in decades.

2 days ago

 Kelly Vanek, from left, Marci Cosens, Beth Mueller, Brandi Darr and Amy Donia will embark on a bike and hike to celebrate cancer survival, honor their mother and promote healthy eating.

Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

2 days ago

 It took two, Ellen Baird and Sarah Baehr, to sell all the great produce from One Woman Farm at last year's Ligonier Country Market.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park has sued Chicago American Sweet & Snacks, saying its cookies called "Smiley's" are a lot like Eat'n Park's best-seller, above.

Eat'n Park sues Chicago cookie-maker over Smiley trademark

The suit says Chicago American Sweet & Snacks sells cookies called "Smiley's" that Eat'n Park says are a lot like its product.

2 days ago

 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 2.2 million vehicles over the four-day holiday period beginning Friday, a significant increase from last year. The heaviest volume is expected on Friday, with 700,000 vehicles.

Memorial Day weekend travel set to fill roads amid less pump pain

Traffic will be up from last year’s total, AAA and the Pennsylvania Turnpike believe, but gasoline prices will be down nearly $1 a gallon.

3 days ago

 Stephanie Steren-Ruta, from Tennessee, who was visiting her grad-student sister at the University of Pittsburgh, makes a stop at the Las Palmas taco stand outside the grocery store on Atwood Street in Oakland.

Dining scene: Las Palmas offers tacos to go and more

With four locations and growing, Las Palmas tacos build a community of frugal fans.

3 days ago

 The “E.O. Beef,” made with London port roast beef, with pickled onion, tomato and horseradish on a brioche bun at Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side.

Munch goes to Arnold's Tea Shop and Cafe on the North Side

The new North Side spot adds comfortable cheer to East Ohio Street.

3 days ago

 Zac Brown and the rest of the Zac Brown Band will perform at First Niagara Pavilion at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Hot List of events for the weekend of May 21

Heritage Players stages “To Kill a Mockingbird,” All Time Low plays at Stage AE, Sandcastle opens, and more.

3 days ago

My Generation sports: There's nothing heroic about this champion

So what do we think of Tom Brady now?

3 days ago

Let's learn from the past: Jimmy Stewart

Actor and Western Pennsylvania native Jimmy Stewart became the first major Hollywood star to join the U.S. military during World War II.

3 days ago

Let's talk about science: Mission to Mercury ends

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into Mercury’s surface after using the last of its propellant on April 30.

3 days ago

 Wagyu Dirty Burger

Kicking off grilling season with a bunch of recipes

If you only do the minimum outdoor cooking, you can still enjoy the benefits.

4 days ago

 Asparagus is purchased at the Ridgeview Acres Farm stand May 14, the opening day of the farmers market in Market Square.

Enjoy Pennsylvania asparagus all year round with these recipes

With these make-ahead recipes, you, too, can extend your enjoyment, whatever the weather.

4 days ago

 "The New Nordic: Recipes from a Scandinavian Kitchen" by Simon Bajada.

Celebrating a sweet taste of summer... sort of

Memorial Day can mean faking it with frozen or jarred berries.

4 days ago

 The new Bison Airlighter  ($79.95) combines a high velocity, 4-inch flame with a jet-air-stream to ignite charcoal grills instantly.

Fresh Finds: Grilling accessories and tools

Add to the fun this season with these gadgets.

4 days ago

 Haagen-Dazs artisan collection's Ginger Molasses Cookie ice cream

Fresh Find: New ice cream flavors

Haagen-Dazs collaborates with artists on new flavors.

4 days ago

 Scenes from previous gathering of "Chocolate Camp" at Country Confection in Canonsburg.

The Food Column: Sweet summer camp in Pittsburgh area

What kid wouldn’t want to spend some time at a candy store?

4 days ago

 The eagle icon of American Eagle Outfitters looms over its South Side Works headquarters. The teen clothing retailer this morning reported a profit of $29.1 million, or 15 cents per share, in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations.

American Eagle posts strong first-quarter as sales grow

The teen retailer’s total revenue rose 8 percent to $700 million from $646 million last year.

3 days ago

 Lakers guard Nick Young, left, and Iggy Azalea arrive at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Delta Foundation, LGBT groups at odds over Pittsburgh Pride headliner Iggy Azalea

The Australian rapper has proven to be a controversial, divisive choice of a headliner for this year’s Pride in the Street.

4 days ago

 Mike Mancuso of Wexford helps his son Lucas, 3, put on an illuminated letter 'L' at Pittsburgh Glass Center's exhibit "ABC@PGC."

Art preview: 'ABC@PGC' project at Pittsburgh Glass Center lets you see letters in a new light

Combining interactivity and literacy, the exhibit comes to Pittsburgh after a year at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington state.

4 days ago

 The 'Mac Attack' grilled cheese at The Yard in Shadyside, comprised of a house cheddar sauce, spiral pasta and soaked bacon lardons.

Owners opening second Yard restaurant Downtown

David Ondik, Michael Allen and Nirav Patel opened the first location of the Yard a year ago in what had been Pangea in Shadyside.

4 days ago

 Maggie Schneider, who has MS, rides with her Maggie Maurauder’s team in last year's MS 150-Keystone Country Ride.

Bicyclists go the distance to support MS research

The Keystone Country Ride is a favorite for bike touring in Central Pennsylvania.

5 days ago

Fired ex-waitress sues Primanti Bros. on alcohol disability claim

In a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court, the ex-waitress says the chain violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

4 days ago

 When a slug moves it leaves behind a tiny trail of mucus.

Let's talk about parks: snails and slugs

These squishy little creatures may not be particularly good looking, but they are quite fascinating once you know a little bit about them.

5 days ago

 Amy Perkins is a deaconess and church mother at First Baptist Church of Bridgeville.

Century club: Centenarian has led a life of caring for others

Amy Perkins couldn’t be a nurse, but she marks her 100th birthday after a life of caring for others.

5 days ago

Ask Natalie: Life's little distractions getting you down?

Confront the noisemakers at the theater, but remember they may not positively respond to even a polite request for them to quiet down.

5 days ago

American Eagle continues global expansion in South Korea, Singapore, Greece

Pittsburgh-based American Eagle will have stores in 28 countries with the new agreements.

4 days ago

 Langdon Dining Table shows off its architecturally influenced foundation.

It's all about the base at the spring furniture market

At the spring High Point Market, manufacturers paid more attention to the base than ever before.

6 days ago

 Carol Brown and Kevin McMahon.

Pittsburgh Opera presents Maecenas XXXI

More than 260 guests enjoyed the gala held at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters.

6 days ago

 Jack + Jules Pittsburgh offers casual apparel and accessories, with a focus on designer denim, for men and women.

Stylebook: Jack + Jules Pittsburgh represents new focus for Lawrenceville boutique

Plus, trunk shows at Larrimor’s and Wilson & Weir, girls’ night at Spoiled Chics boutique, “fix your fashion” workshops for kids and more.

6 days ago

 Penny Morel and Paul Block.

BACHday Bash held at the Aviary

Event supports the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.

6 days ago

 From left, Olga Welch, Phil Parr, Cheryl Hall-Russell and Scott Lammie.

Hill House’s hosts Live from the Hill with Audra McDonald

While Audra McDonald was preparing for her concert at the Byham, the people who made it happen were prepping for an evening next door.

6 days ago

 Joe, Laura, Chris and Sharon Fennimore.

James Beard culinary tribute held at the Art Institute

The James Beard Culinary Tribute of WQED’s Chris Fennimore was a food fest for fans and family Saturday night.

6 days ago

 Matt Rhenish and Evan Frazier.

Three Rivers Youth hosts event at the Renaissance Hotel

More than 250 supporters attended the 135th anniversary of Three Rivers Youth, raising more than $130,000.

6 days ago


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