Friday, May 17, 2013
Whether they are in the city or country, there are places near home where you can find fresh produce—or get seedlings to grow your own.
To every thing there is a season—and we are in the season of planting. Despite the frost warnings this week, May is the time when many plants take root. And not far behind are the early harvests. There are a number of local farms that provide a variety of seedlings and sprouts, produce, and other products as the growing season progresses. Some are out in the country, while others are urban farms. (Check out the video in this article's media gallery of Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery in Wilkinsburg.) According to the LocalHarvest.org website, most produce in the United States is picked 4-7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold. Fortunately for Dormont and Brookline …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Larry Stakes became the operations manager of Franco’s in Dormont on Jan. 1, and he’s working to ramp up the location’s reputation as a neighborhood favorite.
Patrons at Franco’s Trattoria might see a familiar face in the establishment’s new operations manager. Larry Stakes, a Dormont resident who has been the general manager of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for the past 18 years, became the operations manager of Franco’s on Jan. 1. The restaurant is still under the same ownership, but Stakes will oversee operations for both the Dormont and Peters Township locations. Stakes said he embraced the opportunity to manage Franco’s because the restaurant is one of his own favorite local places. “This was one of my favorite restaurants anyway,” he said. “I live right around the corner, and we’d come up all the time.” “In the restaurant business, you always have to change and be relevant,” Stakes said. “I look…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The owner says it's all about "location."
The A.B. Charles Hobby Shop in Mt. Lebanon will be closing this weekend in preparation to its move to Peters Township, according to the Observer-Reporter. The familiar barn store on McFarland Road, near the end of Banksville Road, will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. The owner Scott Charles, of Upper St. Clair, told the newspaper that Peters is now the "Cranberry of the South Hills" and expects store traffic to improve with the new location on Route 19, in a space where Century Sports once existed. A.B Charles has been in Mt. Lebanon since 2006. Before that, the shop was located on Route 19 in Dormont for 61 years. Hours at the new store will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and, likely, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
There are numerous great restaurants in the area, so we at Patch picked a few of our favorite fine dining establishments that we think you and your significant other would love to try. Check them out and book your reservation soon!
Valentine’s Day is a week away and plenty of restaurants in the South Hills are offering special dinners for a romantic evening. There are numerous great restaurants in the area, so we at Patch picked a few of our favorite fine dining establishments that we think you and your significant other would love to try. But you better book your reservations now, because most of these places are filling up fast for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 14. We’ve compiled a list of several restaurants with their locations, phone numbers and websites. Look below to see if the restaurant closest to you is offering any dinner specials. Is your favorite restaurant not on this list? Add it to the comments section below! Franco's Trattoria in Dormont Phone: 412…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Sewickley man allegedly took donation jars meant for cancer patients and area volunteer fire departments. One of the alleged thefts took place at the Panera Bread on Green Tree Road.
A Sewickley man arrested this week is accused of stealing charitable donation jars from several businesses across the Pittsburgh area, including Scott Township. The jars contained loose change to help cancer patients and area volunteer fire departments. Ohio Township police Chief Norbert Micklos said they arrested Michael Coyle, 33, of Sewickley, after he allegedly took the donation jar at a 7-Eleven on Neville Island on Jan. 20. Ohio Township police, who cover Neville Island, charged him with theft and receiving stolen property. But Micklos said Coyle also confessed to similar thefts in Scott Township and Peters. Scott Township police said a donation box was stolen from the counter at the Panera Bread along Greentree Road. The theft …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A federal judge sentenced Oliver Wynn Herndon to more than 11 years in prison Monday morning.
A Peters Township doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing narcotics and who pleaded guilty to health care fraud and all related charges in court in May, was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison. Oliver W. Herndon was sentenced in federal court to 135 months imprisonment—or 11 years and 3 months—which is to be followed by three years of supervised release on his convictions for violating the federal narcotics laws and health care fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Monday. United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Herndon, 40, of 311 Braeburn Drive. "We continue to make addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse one of our highest priorities by targeting the illegal…
Monday, September 3, 2012
In a difficult economy, many graduates have returned to their childhood homes looking for work.
- Joe Dowd
Monday, September 3, 2012
Many college graduates are finding themselves in a decidedly retro phenomenon, where economic independence starts from the security of their parents' homes. "What seems to be changing is not that kids are returning home for a while after college, but how long they are living at home before they can leave," said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Long Island's Hofstra University. That could have widespread implications for local communities—including Dormont, Brookline and Beechview. Changing economic dynamics and cultural shifts are among the reasons experts cite for the re-emergence of nuclear, multi-generational family homes not unlike family units of post-WWII America. More Kids at Home, Less …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
A historic, nationwide study will be held locally in Peters Township on Tuesday, June 19.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The American Cancer Society and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) invite Pittsburgh-area residents to participate in a historic, nationwide study that will provide valuable information needed to fight the war against cancer and save lives. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is designed to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause cancer. Local enrollment sites will open June 19-23 at five WPAHS locations across the area. Enrollment dates and sites are: Although walk-ins are welcome, participants are encouraged to sign up in advance at www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/WPAHS. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Peters Township physician faces 11 or more years in prison.
A McMurray doctor, who was accused of illegally prescribing narcotics, pleaded guilty to health care fraud and all related charges in court Tuesday. Oliver Wynn Herndon, 40, of Peters Township, appeared in federal district court before Judge Arthur Schwab. His attorney Roger Cox and Drug Enforcement Administration representatives—including assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Kaufman—were present to relay his summary of offenses. Herndon, a 1996 graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and the parties reached a plea agreement. Schwab said the maximum sentence could be up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and mandatory restitution payments. The agreement states he’d have to acknowledge his responsibility to the remaining counts, …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Bella went missing last week, but has been spotted around Peters Township four times since then.
Owner Jennifer Garfold said her family misses their lost dog, Bella, very much. She went missing last Friday when she slipped out of her collar outside of Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic on East McMurray Road in Peters Township. Since then, she has been spotted nearly four times. Last Saturday, she was seen running across Fife Farm on Thompsonville Road. Monday afternoon, she was spotted near Valley Brook Road and Route 19—close to a gravel lot by the trail. And this week, residents told Garfold over the phone that Bella was roaming the Hidden Brook neighborhood and Molly Drive. Garfold said when she receives a call she tells the person not to try and catch her because Bella gets scared and will run. She said a "very nice family" has …