A Waterfront Anniversary!


It feels like the world is one giant throwback to the ’90s recently. So this week, we’re bringing back Throwback Thursday to celebrate an anniversary of outdoor shopping proportions. We’re going to party like it’s 1999 and celebrate the 18th birthday of “The Waterfront”.

The Waterfront is a super-regional open air shopping mall spanning the three boroughs of Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall, and opened on September 9, 1999. The shopping mall sits on land once occupied by U.S. Steel’s Homestead Steel Works plant, which closed in 1986. The Waterfront was one of the earliest projects to help revitalize Pittsburgh and it’s surrounding areas. The outdoor mall houses everything from department stores, niche stores, restaurants, comedy clubs, piano bars, and much more. The Waterfront is truly a one-stop destination for all day fun.

Shopping malls have always been a popular spot for area youths, but The Waterfront gave us, in a way, our first “adult-themed” mall. It’s open air design and focus on bold stores and businesses became an instant with young adults and socialites. The Loews Waterfront Theater became one of the area’s most popular attractions, due to it’s state of the art cinema experience when it first opened.




At one time, this area was occupied by a steel mill headed by the US Steel Industry. At its peak, there were 450 buildings on the site. In its history, the Homestead Works produced more than 200 million tons of steel for use in railroads, armor, and beams. In its high point during World War II, an entire neighborhood of 8,000 people was razed to expand the mill even further. These stacks remain at The Waterfront today, as a symbol of the Steel City’s past.

If you’d like to read more before you head out for shopping, dinner, and a movie or comedy show, check out this fascinating article from the Wall Street Journal, written a couple months before the official opening of the unique open air mall!





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Flood Preparedness and Safety


Seeing the damage and hearing the heartbreaking stories made me realize…I wouldn’t know what to do if I was faced with the horrendous storm. Or any storm, for that matter. I’m sure I’m not alone, either. Until we’re faced with such adversity, it’s hard to truly prepare for the unknown.

So…we’re going to prepare for the unknown!

Here are flood tips from the Department of Homeland Security. GIve it a read so that, no matter where you may be, you will know what to do in case of an extreme event. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!


Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain or snowmelt, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris or ice, or overflow of levees, dams, or waste water systems, Flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.


Flooding can happen in any U.S. state or territory. It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, stream, or culvert; along a coast; or downstream from a dam or levee.


Flooding can occur during every season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.

Basic Safety Tips

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Flood Watch

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” (Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.)

Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio/phone. Sounds comical, but you will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.Prepare Your Home
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning

Flood Warning = “Take Action!”  (Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.)

Steps to Take

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

After Flooding

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

Make a Flood Plan

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type/s of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, locations for high ground.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a minimum of 3 days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.





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Friday Farewell: Goodbye Summer, Hello School!



Now that the summer season is winding down, I wanted to bring back the weekly blog posts! To start, I’m bringing back a list I compiled last summer detailing a couple good ideas for parents who may or may not be ready to watch their little ones start or go back to school. Preparing for a new school year can be a task almost as overwhelming as staying organized throughout the school year. Here’s a couple ways to start out organized…and stay that way!


Files aren’t just for offices – they’re also a great way to keep your home organized! Set aside a drawer to hold your files and buy some folders with cute patterns (it’s always easier to keep things organized if they look nice!). You can set aside one folder for each child in which to keep their school papers and medical forms, or you can organize the folders by month, or by category. If you keep the folders updated throughout the year, you’ll cut back on the time and stress spent looking for lost papers.


Fill out any necessary medical forms and catch your kids up on all their immunizations. If your child has any allergies that may cause a problem while they’re at school, contact their teacher to discuss necessary precautions.


Before you go out and buy a whole new back-to-school wardrobe, go through your child’s closet with them and have them try on clothes they haven’t worn in a while. Take their outgrown clothes to a resale shop or donate them to a homeless shelter. This will make room for any new clothes and keep their closet from getting too cluttered throughout the year. Then take stock of what your child does have; this will give you an idea of what clothes you need to buy.A good rule you might want to implement is that any time you buy them a new article of clothing, they have to get rid of one in their closet.


You can get a list of needed school supplies from the school office or your child’s teacher. If they don’t provide one, make one yourself. Try to stick to the basics (backpack, pencils/pens, notebooks, etc.) until school starts, so you don’t end up with unneeded supplies. You can always go grab more later if needed.


When school starts they’ll be used to going to bed and waking up at the same time.If your kids have been staying up late and sleeping in late during the summer, you should gradually move up their bedtimes and wake-up times by about ten to twenty minutes each day starting a couple weeks before the end of summer. This will make bedtime easier on everyone once school starts. And once you’ve established a schedule, stick to it.


Stock up on lunchbox basics ahead of time when you see them on sale. Make it fun by letting your kids be a part of the planning process; take them to the grocery store with you and let them pick out something special. Also, ahead of time, you can make notes to put in your child’s lunch box for the first week of school to let them know you’re thinking about them. When you have time you should also do this randomly throughout the school year!


Manage your and your kids’ schedules more efficiently by adding school-related items to your calendar, like holidays and school events. Don’t forget to fill in extra-curricular activities too, like soccer games, music classes, or karate. Keep your organizer with you and make changes whenever something comes up. If you know what to expect, you’ll be much more capable of handling a busy schedule!


Get a special “homework” notebook for each child, and every day when they come home from school, have them write down their homework assignments for that day. Keep the notebooks laid out where everyone can see them, and when they finish each assignment have them cross it off the list. Make a rule that they can only watch TV or have free time when all the assignments are marked off! This is a good way for your kids to have visual proof of their progress, and for you to keep track of what they’re doing.




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The 4th and Fort Duquesne


(Editor’s Note: Happy Independence Day to you and yours! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!)

This week, we’ll celebrate the birth of our nation. However, this week also holds the date for a very important day in Pittsburgh history as well. The Battle of the Monongahela began, and ended, on July 9th, 1755.

The Battle of the Monongahela was one of the most influential battles at the beginning of the French and Indian War. The battle saw General Edward Braddock lead a force of 1,300 troops from Great Britain and British America, attempting to take control of a very loosely protected Fort Duquesne. Or so General Braddock thought.

Met by an unpredictable and unique fighting style by French and Indian forces, Braddock and his troops were defeated handily and retreated roughly three hours after the battle began. Braddock suffered what would end up being a fatal gunshot wound to the lung. This came to a surprise to the Redcoats, as many thought there would even not be a battle, but merely a takeover of Fort Duquesne. The British soldiers outnumbered French and Indian fighters by more than a 2-1 ratio.

The Battle of the Monongahela has been characterized as one of the most disastrous in British Colonial History. Braddock’s failure awakened British and British American leaders, encouraging them to deploy new tactics in future battles. For example, using skirmishers, increasing speed, loosening attacks, and breaking away from “the line of battle”.

Without the failures of The Battle of the Monongahela, no one can really say how history would’ve written itself. As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s also celebrate the biggest lesson from this battle…learning from our mistakes. And after all…learning from our mistakes to achieve greater success is the American way, isn’t it?

Happy 4th, everyone!




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