Juliana Kochis stands with several students while listening to a student presentation at the Ambridge Center for Hope. Kochis spent over 150 hours volunteering at the center while she was in high school.

Jefferson Awards: Kennedy resident keeps up her dedication to volunteer center

Juliana Kochis connected her church and the Ambridge Center for Hope to earn a Jefferson Award.

about 20 hours ago

 The Chautuauqua Amphitheater shown in August 2014.

National Park Service enters Chautauqua showdown over historic amphitheater

The project became heated last fall after Chautauqua Institution acknowledged that it planned to demolish the structure and build a replica.

about 20 hours ago

2Do this week, May 3-10: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

River City Brass Band, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and IonSound Project are in town.

about 20 hours ago

 A self-portrait done by John A. Hermann Jr. His paintings and sculptures from his collection fill the rooms of the John A. Hermann Jr. Memorial Art Museum in Bellevue.

Bellevue house tour will school visitors in art and architecture

A house museum with one of the largest collections of a single artist’s work is on the May 9 Bellevue Live Worship Shop Tour.

1 day ago

Peter McKay: Helicopters attack free-range kids!

Get with modern parenting: Kids must be scheduled every second, have all decisions made for them and never be allowed to fail.

1 day ago

Hazardous waste dropoff today in North Park

The first of six Household Hazardous Waste Collections to be held Saturday at the North Park swimming pool parking lot.

1 day ago

 Darlene Scalese leads a training for Operation Troop Appreciation's "Welcome Home"  veteran support program at the organizations' office in Century III Mall.

Jefferson Awards: Volunteer eases troops return from overseas

Darlene Scalese of West Mifflin provides a fresh welcome home through Operation Troop Appreciation to veterans who have served.

2 days ago

 Susie Grossi of Brookline, left, and her sister, Bee Falconio of Ross, join other family members at Painting with a Twist in Castle Shannon.

Finding your creative and social side -- with paint

Painting with a Twist, a national franchise that turns art into a social event, is thriving in the Pittsburgh area.

2 days ago

 Comedian Chris Tucker performs Friday at Heinz Hall.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Chris Tucker, the Boilermaker Jazz Band and Alia Musica perform; Kennywood opens and bodybuilders hit the stage at Soldiers & Sailors.

3 days ago

 Damon Young taught high school English after graduating from Canisius.

Blogger left basketball behind to chronicle black experience in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgher Damon Young runs the nationally popular Very Smart Brothas blog while navigating the city’s recent evolution.

4 days ago

 Che Esch in the Aspinwall Riverfront Park, part of which opened to the public earlier this year. Esch raised $10,000 with his lawn cutting business and a matching grant which was used to buy the land for the park.

Jefferson Awards: With lawn mower and dedication, a teen helps build a park

Aspinwall Riverfront Park exists in large part because of the efforts of  Che Esch, who cut lawns to raise money for the land.

4 days ago

 Mariah Aquino-Truss meets with state Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. at his office in Rochester to talk about Mariah's work to raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Mariah was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis three years ago.

Jefferson Awards: Girl spreads important message about arthritis

Mariah Aquino-Truss, 9, of Patterson Heights, Beaver County, is a finalist for outstanding volunteer in the 2014 Jefferson Awards.

5 days ago

 Megan "Megs" Yunn poses for a portrait at the office of her nonprofit Beverly's Birthdays. Ms. Yunn started the organization in 2012 and provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters.

Jefferson Awards: She throws birthday parties for homeless children

Megan Yunn, Jefferson Award winner, provides birthday parties for homeless children who may never have had one in their lives.

6 days ago

 Ronald Lawrence, the local chapter president and a founding member of 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania, talks to students during a meeting of the group at Allegheny County Community College on the North Side.

Jefferson Awards: Volunteer works to inspire black youth

Ronald Lawrence, who learned a strong work ethic from his parents, passes on those skills to black youth in the Pittsburgh area.

1 week ago

 Ahmaree Osborne, 5, and his mother, Ashona Osborne. Ms. Osborne works an irregular work schedule at an Arby’s restaurant.

Irregular work schedules: efficient for employers, but tough for workers

Uncertainty can exact its own cost as the push for higher wages continues.

1 week ago

 Latasha and Charlie Batch,  Best of the Batch volunteers and 2014 Jefferson Award winners.

Previewing the 2015 Jefferson Award finalists

Seven Pittsburghers are among 48 Jefferson Award winners who will be recognized as super volunteers at a ceremony on May 4.

1 week ago

 A life-size replica of the famous woman assembly line worker from the "We Can Do It!" poster greet visitors at the Heinz History Center's exhibit on Pittsburgh during World War II.

'We Can Do It!' at Heinz History Center looks at homefront, battlefront

Visitors to the “We Can Do It!” exhibit at the Heinz History Center will hear the voices of Pittsburgh people who helped win World War II.

1 week ago

 Rob Dulabon helps train Ultimate Frisbee player Micah Ziff, 15, of Fox Chapel, at his RODU gym in Larimer.

Flick that Frisbee like a pro

As Ultimate Frisbee gains popularity at all age levels, Pittsburgh welcomes its first indoor training facility in Larimer.

1 week ago

 A stained-glass welcome to Biddle's Escape, a new coffee shop at Biddle and Trenton in Wilkinsburg.

5 things we are loving this week

A coffee lover’s escape and a vinyl record hero are in the house.

1 week ago

 Brazilian pianist and composer Andre Mehmari will perform at The Andy Warhol Museum at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Hot List events for the coming weekend - April 23-26

Texas Tenors, Todd Rundgren, Andre Mehmari, Patricia Halverson, Scott Pauley

1 week ago

Raising 'free-range kids': bad parenting or good life lessons?

Case of “free-range” parents in Maryland sparks discussion on childhood freedoms.

2 weeks ago

 YouTube star Curt Wootton in "Pittsburgh Dad."

YouTube celebrates 10 years

In the last decade, YouTube has changed our culture in many ways, including in Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago

 The Gervasi Vineyard and Winery has six villas with luxury suites.

Gervasi Winery in Canton nurtures an elegant retreat

Gervasi Vineyard and Winery, a bit of Italian luxury in northeastern Ohio — just a little more than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh.

2 weeks ago

 Visitors to the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum can also access Discover World, a kid-friendly place of natural history and science.

Much more to visit in Canton than the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Yes, start there, but move on to the William McKinley Presidential Library, the Classic Car Museum and the Canton Art Museum.

2 weeks ago

 Judd Apatow and the cast of "Freaks & Geeks" accept an award in honor of the show's 15th anniversary at the TV Land Awards at the Saban Theatre last Saturday. The awards show will be telecast at 9 tonight on TV Land, Nickelodeon and NickMom.

5 Things We Are Loving This Week

A “Freaks and Geeks” reunion, Tekko 2015 convention, Amal Clooney, the arrival of spring and Jackie Robinson.

2 weeks ago

Peter McKay: It was an accident … I swear!

He went flying over the handle bars of his bike, but his bigger worry was his wife flying off the handle.

2 weeks ago

 Designer Lauren Levant Bland met real estate agent Ryan Edmondson when she and her husband bought a house from him. He was so impressed with her work that he asked her to redesign his living space in Bloomfield. It is the winner in the small residential category of the Renovation Inspiration Contest.

Renovation Inspiration Contest: A leap of faith in Bloomfield

A real estate agent trusted his designer to create a rustic, open space on the second floor of a row house in Bloomfield.

2 weeks ago

 Art Garfunkel will perform Friday night at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland..

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend, April 16-19

The Honeck brothers, Art Garfunkel and Guster hit town.  Barry Williams appears at the Westmoreland County Home Show.

2 weeks ago

 Stephanie Kasper, born March 8, 1915.

Century Club: Stephanie Kasper is known for family fun and food

Love and laughter brought Steffie and Joe Kasper together. She celebrated her 100th birthday on March 7.

2 weeks ago

 Jeff Davenport, an employee at Mele Brothers & Sister Florist in Braddock, delivers flowers to the Propel Charter School in Homestead. Mr. Davenport also wrestles professionally for Pro Wrestling eXpress in McKeesport.

Local pro wrestler Jeff Davenport delivers flowers by day, poundings by night

The night job for Mr. Davenport, 41, is inside the ring at Pro Wrestling eXpress in McKeesport. His moniker: “Crusher Hansen.”

3 weeks ago

 A screen shot from the Sesame Street parody of "Game of Thrones," in which Grover learns the "Game of Chairs."

5 Things We Are Loving This Week: 4/11/15

We love “Star Wars” for download, Quote Tweet, a “Sesame Street” parody, a battery discovery and the smell of coffee in the morning.

3 weeks ago

'Librarian' role brings Noah Wyle to Steel City Con

Protecting hidden archive in ‘Librarian’ was a nice departure for ‘ER’ star.

3 weeks ago

 Elizabeth Lucas was born April 6, 1909, in Belle Vernon.

Century Club: At 106, Elizabeth Lucas' roots run deep in Belle Vernon

Elizabeth Lucas can remember when Mon Valley girls headed to Pittsburgh to "clean for rich people" — starting at age 13.

3 weeks ago

Scout works to get wheels to developing nations

Louis Collins will host a collection for bikes next Saturday at Westminster Church in Upper St. Clair as part of his Eagle Scout project.

3 weeks ago


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