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The loves of my life, Mykah, Zavary, Kambria, and Levi

Seeing my family, exchanging gifts with one another, taking a step back and slowing down to be with the people we care about... these are the things that make this time so special.


For some, this time of year can bring with it a sense of loneliness. The elderly and the homeless populations of Pittsburgh can be hardest hit during this time. Strangers we meet on the street can be a forgotten parent or child who lost touch. Mental illness, old age, the stresses of scraping by day to day- it can be very easy for us to judge others and point fingers. But please, let’s not forget- we all get our turn. Someday, dear reader, you may very well be in a less fortunate position.


I’m reminded of a story I saw on the news recently of an elderly gentleman who would travel to restaurants by himself. He’d get a table for two and place a photo of his deceased wife across the table from him to help him feel closer to her. Before we’re in this situation, let’s take advantage of those who are still here.

The good news is, we can easily make a difference in the lives of others. All we need to do is simply reach out to one another. I implore you, wherever you’re reading this, to simply connect with someone less fortunate. A simple cup of coffee or conversation with a child or someone who’s been marginalized in our society can make all the difference in the world. A quick trip to a children’s hospital or a retirement home can change someone’s outlook and perspective on life. Let your fellow man know that they aren’t alone. We’ll all be better for it. Sincerely,

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Arnold Davis Co-Publisher/Senior Partner of A Taste of Pittsburgh Magazine Arnold Davis knows how to raise the bar. You know him as the man who founded Olympia Steel Buildings, creating hundreds of jobs in Southwestern, PA and eventually across the globe. We know him as the man with the heart-of-gold. “I’ve always had a passion for helping the less fortunate,” says Davis, co-publisher of A Taste of Pittsburgh Magazine. “Now, we’ve all got a beautiful opportunity to join together as a community, to help our fellow man.”

One of Mr. Davis’ passions happens to be for a great organization you may have heard of called St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude leads the world in research on treatments for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


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a strong longing for or impulse toward traveling and a desire I have had my entire life. When I was younger I can distinctly remember my parents traveling all over the country for pleasure, for business, or just a trip to hike the Appalachian Trail for the weekend. Every time they would come back I would be greeted with shirts, hats, and trinkets from around the globe. Before the age of 10, I realized that if playing with a toy maraca was that much fun, seeing Latin American for myself had to be a million times better. And it was! As an adult, you’ll find my Facebook page riddled with quotes about traveling and my Pinterest boards filled with a bucket list of my top destinations. Wandering to the next foreign land often occupies my thoughts and if I don’t have an upcoming trip planned, I feel like something is missing. I was once asked if I traveled so much because I was trying to escape home. For me, that answer is unequivocally, no. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I travel to learn, about myself and my soon to be new friends from Greece. I travel to expand my mind and imagination. I travel to experience the seemingly mundane things in life as if it were happening the first time. I travel to become engrossed in other cultures so as not to simply be a tourist, but rather a local to foreign land. And in fact I travel to appreciate home that much more. Some of my best moments in life have been the ones spent in unknown lands, seeing the sun shine on the other side of the world. The times when I woke up on another continent in pursuit of one adventure and found another. Putting this next issue together of A Taste of Pittsburgh Magazine brought me even more enjoyment than usual as this edition brings with it a most beautiful, luxury travel section. These pages are filled with high end resorts and unique worldly landmarks sure to capture your interest. If even just one time, I beseech you to follow Andrew Ziimerman’s quote and “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.”

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BEST COLLEGE FOR YOU By Reese Randall, Special Projects Editor


Preparing for college is a huge commitment. However, with an over abundance of local and regional colleges and universities to choose from, making a decision on the best school for you can be made easy by a simple list. Here is our abbreviated list of 5 colleges leading the way in higher education, including—but not limited to— Allegheny College, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh. With so much to consider when preparing for college, we’ve compiled our college “planning” notes as a snapshot of what’s offered—a resource to help plan for your college search.


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Students can earn their bachelor of arts degree through masters’ and doctorates in one of Pitt’s 16 schools and colleges, including the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, the School of Information Sciences, as well as business, nursing, education, health and rehabilitation sciences, and social work, along with graduate schools in law, medicine, dental medicine, public health, and public and international affairs. Highly motivated students can take classes through Pitt’s Honors College, which has helped Pitt students regularly win Goldwater, Fulbright, Udall, Truman, and other national and international scholarships.

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In addition, regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville offer the advantages and environment of liberal arts colleges along with the resources and prestige of a major research university.

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Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt students have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments. Additionally, Pitt is ranked ninth nationally in annual federal science and engineering funding, according to the National Science Foundation. sity,” recognizing that the interaction of different ideas and perspectives is a critical element of the pursuit of knowledge. The “Year of Diversity” will celebrate diversity in all of its forms, including cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, political affiliation, and academic approaches, recognizing and respecting these differences strengthens our community as a whole.

One of the nation’s foremost research universities, the University of Pittsburgh has consistently ranked among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of “100 Best Value Public Colleges Nationwide”, and the top value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for 11 years in a row.


Pitt’s commitment to sustainability has been recognized by both the Princeton Review, which included the school in its “Guide to 353 Green Colleges” and the Sierra Club, which listed Pitt as one of its “Cool Schools”. Many of Pitt’s sustainability projects have been student-driven, such as a composting system for Pitt’s dining facilities and a power-reduction plan for the Towers residence halls.

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Recognizing that college students will find that some of their most transformative experiences happen beyond classroom walls, Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum offers students structure to broaden their horizons with educational and cultural opportunities to maximize both their personal development and their Pitt experience. Pitt’s widely acclaimed “Cheap Seats” program through Pitt Arts offers students the opportunity to attend many of Pittsburgh’s plays, concerts and other professional artistic performances at venues around the city.


Sports enthusiasts can enjoy attending one of Pitt’s 19 Divisions I men’s and women’s sports, or can participate in one of scores of intramural and club-level sports. The Petersen Event Center, home to the men’s’ and women’s basketball programs, is one of several athletic facilities available to students. And it’s not just about learning in the classroom. The Princeton Review lauded Pitt as one of the “50 Colleges that Create Futures”, based on the real-life experience many Pitt students receive in their chosen fields, including Pitt’s Internship Prep Program and Internship Guarantee for those who complete it.


Pitt’s Costs, Calendar and Enrollment Count Tuition & Fees: $18,618 (in-state) $29,578 (out-of-state) Room & Board: $10,950 Application Deadline: Rolling Total Enrollment: 28,649 Source:

Pitt is also committed to cultivating a campus community that upholds diversity and inclusion as core values, and has declared 2016-17 the “Year of Diver-

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree.

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Allegheny offers more than 32 majors across the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary majors and self-designed majors.

Allegheny has more than 120 student-led clubs and organizations covering areas such as activism and politics, performing arts and media, and spiritual and religious life. Allegheny is also home to 10 nationally affiliated social Greek organizations and is a founding member of both the NCAA and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).


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Allegheny College is more than halfway toward its goal of climate neutrality in 2020. Allegheny is listed in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 353 Green Colleges” and has been recognized by the Sierra Club, EPA, and American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment for its leadership in sustainability. Additionally, ranked Allegheny Environmental Science major fourth in the nation among all college and universities.

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At Allegheny College students explore their talents and passions. Named one of the 12 Most Innovative Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, students pursue their interests on a campus with more than 200 years of history and tradition. In 2016, the college was recognized

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by the Council on Undergraduate Research as the #1 baccalaureate college in the nation for providing high-quality research experiences to undergrads. Since 1821, Allegheny students have completed and defended a comprehensive research project during their senior year. Additionally, the Allegheny Gateway brings together nine offices that foster intellectual enrichment, cross-cultural and global engagement, civic and social responsibility, ethical development, career exploration and personal growth. More than 90 percent of Allegheny seniors benefited from Gateway experiences such as internships, study away and civic engagement. Allegheny’s Costs, Calendar & Enrollment Count Tuition & Fees: $44,250 Room & Board: $11,170 Application Deadline: February 15 Total Enrollment: 1,931 Source:


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from the ground-up for the study and design of sustainable living, learning, and development. Chatham was mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation as a destination for green living.”

Student Life

Chatham offers 60 student organizations to help explore a student’s passion and help to discover new ones, including a variety of clubs focusing on Chatham Cougar spirit, performing arts, literary journalism, service and engagement, student advocacy and leadership, religion and spiritual life, student organizations and special interest groups, academic honor societies, mentorship programs and intramural and recreational sports. As a member of the NCAA Division III and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Chatham scholar-athletes get the best of both worlds—the University support of their athletic endeavors and the assurance that their experience at Chatham will be rigorous and well-rounded in the classroom, as well as on the playing field. They also offer students on-and-off campus activities including sports events, whitewater rafting, bonfires, shopping, plays, concerts, camping, and more.

Online Learning

Chatham offers online bachelor’s complete degrees, for which they accept up to 90 credits completed at an accredited two-year or four-year university, including: a B.A. in Psychology, RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, B.A. in Business Administration, B.A. in Healthcare and Business Management.

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Chatham University offers Certificate, Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.), Post-bachelor’s certificate, Master’s, Post-master’s certificate and Doctorate—professional practice. Additionally, Chatham offers more than 40 majors, including but not limited to communication, creative writing, criminology, cultural studies, education, healthcare and business management, health and exercise sciences, humanities, interior architecture, international studies, media, music, natural science, nursing, political science, self-designed program, social science, and sustainability. There is also Chatham’s Integrated Degree Programs (IDP), which allows well-qualified students to have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree along with a related master’s degree in as little as five years. By working toward a master’s degree during the last year of undergraduate work, the degree offers significant savings over traditional mas-

ter’s completion. In addition to graduate programs at Chatham, the university has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and other universities to offer additional programs for their IDP students. Students will receive their bachelor’s degree from Chatham and their master’s degree from one of their partner institutions. Go to for a list of programs.

Chatham University is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report. It’s the 4th highest ranked university in the nation for sustainability performance with a STARS Gold Award from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) and is one of only 22 colleges to receive a perfect score in the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll. The University was honored with an International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Excellence Award for their exceptional integration of sustainability efforts with academics. In support of every student’s academics, nearly 100 percent of students receive some form of financial aid from Chatham, which means that for many students, the cost of a Chatham education may be comparable to—or more affordable than—that of a public institution.

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Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, School of Health Sciences and the School of Arts, Science and Business.


Alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, Chatham University lives, leads and teaches sustainability. In 2014, the University opened Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first academic community built

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Chatham’s Costs, Calendar & Enrollment Count Tuition & Fees: $35,475 Room & Board: $11,042 Application Deadline: August 1 Total Enrollment: 2,224 Source:

Honors College, joint degree programs, and pre-medical and health professions programs.


Duquesne University offers more than 165 degree programs at the baccalaureate, professional, masters and doctoral levels. Undergraduate programs include business, education, biomedical engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, music, natural and environmental sciences, nursing, pharmacy, pre-med and law. Go to for a full list of programs.

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The nine schools include: business (A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration at the undergraduate level and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business); education (School of Education); health science (Rangos School of Health Sciences); law (a pre-law program is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and School of Law at the graduate level); liberal arts (McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.); music (Mary Pappert School of Music); science (Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences); nursing (School of Nursing) and pharmacy (Mylan School of Pharmacy and the Graduate of Pharmaceutical Sciences). Special programs include

With more than 200 recognized student organizations, such as the Black Student Union, the International Student Organization, Student Athlete Committee and the Student Government Association, there is something for everyone. In addition, Duquesne students are in close proximity to great dining, shopping, sports and entertainment options.

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Online Learning

Duquesne University offers accelerated, online bachelor’s degree programs for adult students as well as a number of online master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Duquesne is consistently ranked in the top tier of schools in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. The most recent rankings put Duquesne at #37 in the Best Value Schools category. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll again has selected Duquesne University as an honoree for the country’s highest federal recognition for universities that strengthen communities.

Duquesne’s Costs, Calendar & Enrollment Count Tuition & Fees: $35,062 Room & Board: $11,760 Application Deadline: July 1 Total Enrollment: 9,404 Source:


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Duquesne University is a pioneer in using green technology to maintain its standard of energy conservation and sustainability. Since 1997, the Facilities Management Department has operated its natural gas fired electrical generator. Duquesne is also the first campus co-gen (combined heat and power) facility in the state that was authorized to create alternative energy credits and the first in the state to earn the EPA’s Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award. Additionally, Duquesne’s student residence, Des Places Hall earned a Gold LEED certification. Green amenities include rooftop solar cells to generate electricity; carpeting, flooring and ceiling tiles made from recycled materials and energy-saving LED fixtures that illuminate exterior entrances and sensors that switch off room lights in unoccupied rooms—just to name a few high efficiency methods the university has provided to increase overall sustainability across campus operations.


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Penn State offers more than 160 majors including bachelor and associate degree programs.

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All of Penn State’s more than 160 majors are divided among academic colleges, which are the units from which students receive their degrees. In addition to the 12 academic colleges at the University Park campus, Penn State offers 6 other academic colleges across Pennsylvania that allow students to finish their degrees at a campus other than University Park.


Led by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the University is committed to the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality and economic well being for current and future generations. Penn State is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent and its electricity consumption by 20 percent over the next decade.  At sustainability.psu. edu you can find out about more than 100 sustainability-related courses, 60 student organizations, 40-degree programs including the Sustainability Leadership Minor, and how to compost, recycle and reduce your energy use. Find out ways to get involved in sustainability activities on campus and tips for sustainable living by following @sustains on social media. The giant Dittany Lion logos above Beaver Stadium are energy smart and each illuminated by 1,400 bright LEDs that only use 330 watts of TOTAL electricity — the same as a standard coffee pot.

and recently added its first senior director for veterans’ affairs and services to provide overall leadership in the development and coordination of services and programs to meet the needs of Penn State’s community of veteran students.

Online Learning

Penn State was one of the first universities to offer online education when it launched its online school campus, Penn State World Campus, in 1998. The World Campus has grown from 41 students to more than 18,000 today. The majority of online students at Penn State are adults age 24 and older, but many traditional-age students at Penn State take online courses during their college career. U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State World Campus’ undergraduate programs No. 1 in 2015 and again in 2016. Online learning exists in a number of formats across the University. Through Penn State World Campus, students can choose majors in the sciences, business, IT, liberal arts, and health care, among others. The majors are offered in partnership with the colleges at Penn State’s University

In 2015, , Penn State’s World Campus undergraduate programs were ranked No. 1 in the country for veterans by U.S. News and World Report.

Student Life

Each Penn State campus is unique offering students a vibrant student life full of opportunities to participate in clubs and organizations and essential support services. Services are in place that can help students, including academic support, career services, multicultural centers, and counseling services. As a top university, Penn State offers experiences in research, co-curricular opportunities, clubs and organizations, and athletics at all levels of competition. There is something for every Penn State student to become engaged in outside the classroom. There is a club for students named Bob, and a club for Harry Potter enthusiasts called The Three Broomsticks Society. Academic clubs run the gamut including Engineers for a Sustainable World, The Forensic Science Club, and The Arts and Architecture Society.

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With 160 majors and 20 undergraduate locations throughout Pennsylvania, students have opportunities across the academic spectrum, and a variety of campus choices to meet their needs and interests. And, if your interests include sweets at mealtime, Penn State does have ice cream, courtesy of Penn State’s legendary Berkey Creamery. But there’s more to food services at Penn State than just dessert. If you’re on a special diet Penn State Food Services prides itself on being responsive to vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal and other dietary requests. Finally, The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest in the world, with 645,000 loyal Penn Staters.  


In addition, Penn State received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED) from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the third straight year. It recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to diversity and inclusion. The University also has been noted for its military-friendly services


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Park campus, as well as Penn State’s campuses across the state. The same professors who teach in classes also teach online, offering online students the same rigor and quality in their Penn State education. In addition, Penn State’s colleges also offer online classes as well as courses that blend in-class experiences with online learning. Courses offered online through Penn State World Campus are structured around weekly assignments and deadlines, so students have the flexibility to complete each weekly assignment when it’s convenient for them.

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The Economics of Arts & Entertainment Pittsburgh’s Cultural Scene Is Adding Jobs, Improving Life By: Michael Cunningham / 412-268-7298 /

As the arts and entertainment industry drives Pittsburgh’s economic growth, Carnegie Mellon University drives the growth of the local arts and entertainment industry. Students in programs such as the Master of Arts Management (MAM) and Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM), which are joint partnerships between the H. John Heinz III College and the College of Fine Arts participate in internships and apprenticeships, taking ownership of a wide ranging projects. For many, contributions to the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment sector continues after graduation. More than 100 MAM alumni impact the region as emerging professional arts leaders.

“This is such a great place where you can make a living as an artist,” said Kathryn Heidemann assistant dean of Arts & Entertainment Management the Heinz College. “It is very much an artist’s community alongside an arts organization community, and they intermingle very well here.”

“For a mid-sized city, we have all the big players,” said Brett Crawford, assistant teaching professor of arts management. “We have a tier one symphony. We have two LORT [League of Resident Theatres] Theatres. We have the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with Broadway Across America and five big stages.

Heidemann, a CMU alumna herself, directs the MAM program. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in New York City, the United Kingdom and other places, and is a Pittsburgh arts commissioner.

Take an in-depth look at what makes the region a destination for creative professionals and others in the article “Pittsburgh Steels the Spotlight.”

From internationally renowned arts organizations to film resources, performers, analysts and events, Pittsburgh has become a place where arts and technology blend seamlessly.


“It was really here that I saw that beautiful marriage of the different sides of the arts spectrum coming together,” she said.

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The arts and entertainment sector plays a huge role in driving Pittsburgh’s economic vitality, accounting for nearly $1.2 billion in annual economic impact in Allegheny County by creating thousands of jobs, attracting creative professionals to the region and improving the quality of life. All of this helps the city consistently rank at or near the top of lists of “America’s Most Livable Cities.”


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A Carnegie Mellon alumna has created a simple-to-use device to enhance checkups and reduce health care costs. By: By Melissa Silmore

A new device promises to reduce costs and eliminate unnecessary biopsy procedures in women who find lumps in their breasts. The device, called PalpAid, was developed by Carnegie Mellon University alumna Molly Blank, who recently received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. The device helps measure and track breast lumps through soft tissue mechanics and computer vision techniques. “It’s truly astonishing that in the 21st century, physicians still rely on their sense of touch to assess deep lesions in the breast,” said CMU Professor James Antaki, Blank’s adviser. He said he can imagine PalpAid’s patent-pending technology becoming as common as stethoscopes and tongue depressors.


Blank’s next step is to secure clinical trials with the aim of making PalpAid available within a year through her startup, CurvyQ.


“People don’t realize that when you’re 20-something, there’s a very high probability of having a lump of some kind, but the greatest risk factor for actual

breast cancer isn’t family history, it’s increased age,” she said. Blank said less than 2 percent of biopsies performed uncover cancer, which means some two million procedures each year may be causing needless anxiety and $2 billion in health care costs. Using soft robotic touch coupled with computer vision techniques, PalpAid quantifies a lump’s precise size and shape, allowing women to better monitor potential change and avoid additional testing. “Assessing a lump’s stability over time is a well-established medical guideline,” she said. “Right now that path isn’t as viable because it’s scary when you’ve got a lump. “A lot of the time these lumps will resolve themselves or shrink,” she said. Now Blank is continuing to make connections with the medical community while working as a University of Washington design lecturer.

The daughter of an engineer, Blank grew up taking apart VCRs and said she always knew she wanted to invent medical devices. After taking a course from Antaki, she said she realized they shared a mission of making health care more affordable.

To help commercialize her technology, Blank took advantage of CMU resources such as the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Blank’s work also was supported by CMU’s NSF I-Corps program. “Opportunities were so available,” she said. “It was easy for me to jump in. I received lots of encouragement from the CMU community. It was incredible.”

School of Computer Science To Offer Computational Biology Major Graduates in High Demand by Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Companies By: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

of the School of Computer Science. “That’s why it’s especially important for a degree program in computational biology to be within our school, providing students with the rigorous computational perspective for which we are famous.”

The undergraduate degree program at one of the world’s leading computer science schools will prepare students for positions now in high demand in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for medical school and graduate studies across the spectrum of computation and biology.

Though the School of Computer Science offers numerous master’s degree and Ph.D. programs in a variety of general and specialized computer science areas, the new bachelor’s degree in computational biology will be just the second undergraduate program within the school, joining the Computer Science Department’s bachelor’s degree program that began in 1989. Admitted students in computer science will have the option to add computational biology as a minor or second major.

Computational biology enables users to leverage computational approaches to scientific discovery that could not be made with traditional means. “Computer science increasingly is driving the research agendas in any number of disciplines, including biomedical research,” said Andrew Moore, dean

The curriculum for the new program emphasizes those aspects of computer science that are most relevant for computational biology, and provides firm foundations in natural sciences. It builds upon a pioneering computational biology program launched in 1987 and previously administered by the Mellon College of Science.

“With the new program, we are providing a curriculum designed to train students to tackle the biomedical problems of the next century through rigorous training within one of the leading computer science institutions in the world,” said Robert F. Murphy, head of the Computational Biology Department. “An important goal in designing the curriculum was to retain the outstanding grounding in computer science associated with the computer science major while making room for coursework in biology and computational biology.” Students will learn from faculty members who are internationally recognized leaders in computational biology. Phillip Compeau, an assistant teaching professor who co-created the online introductory learning materials for computational biology known as Rosalind, will serve as academic adviser for new computational biology majors. Information about the new program is available online.


Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science will launch a new bachelor’s degree program in computational biology next fall, complementing the Computational Biology Department’s existing Ph.D. and master’s degree programs.


them, by having fake interactions with them, or by posting flattering or unflattering reviews of products and businesses. But fraudsters have learned to camouflage themselves, Faloutsos said. They link their fraudulent accounts with popular sites or celebrities, or they use legitimate user accounts they have hijacked. In either case, they try to look “normal.” FRAUDAR can prune away this camouflage. Essentially, the algorithm begins by finding accounts that it can confidently identify as legitimate — accounts that may follow a few random people, those that post only an occasional review and those that otherwise have normal behaviors. This pruning occurs repeatedly and rapidly. As these legitimate accounts are eliminated, so is the camouflage the fraudsters rely upon. This makes bipartite cores easier to spot.

CMU Algorithm Detects Online Fraudsters Method Sees Through Camouflage To Reveal Fake Followers, Reviewers By: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

An algorithm developed at Carnegie Mellon University makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review or if a politician with a suspiciously large number of Twitter followers might have bought and paid for that popularity.


The method, called FRAUDAR, marks the latest escalation in the cat-and-mouse game played by online fraudsters and the social media platforms that try to out them. In particular, the new algorithm makes it possible to see through camouflage that fraudsters use to make themselves look legitimate, said Christos Faloutsos, professor of machine learning and computer science.


In real-world experiments using Twitter data for 41.7 million users and 1.47 billion followers, FRAUDAR fingered more than 4,000 accounts not previously identified as fraudulent, including many that used known follower-buying services such as TweepMe and TweeterGetter. “We’re not identifying anything criminal here, but these sorts of frauds can undermine people’s faith in online reviews and behaviors,” Faloutsos said. He not-

ed most social media platforms try to flush out such fakery, and FRAUDAR’s approach could be useful in keeping up with the latest practices of fraudsters. The CMU algorithm is available as open-source code. A research paper describing the algorithm won the Best Paper Award last month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD2016) in San Francisco. Faloutsos and his data analytics team specialize in graph mining, a method that looks for patterns in the data. In this case, social media interactions are plotted as a graph, with each user represented as a dot, or node, and transactions between users represented as lines, or edges. The state-of-the-art for detecting fraudsters, with tools such as Faloutsos’ NetProbe, is to find a pattern known as a “bipartite core.” These are groups of users who have many transactions with members of a second group, but no transactions with each other. This suggests a group of fraudsters, whose only purpose is to inflate the reputations of others by following

To test the algorithm, Faloutsos and his students used a massive Twitter database extracted from the social media platform in 2009 for research purposes. FRAUDAR found more than 4,000 accounts that appeared highly suspicious, though most of the tweets had not been removed and the accounts had not been suspended in the seven years since the data was collected. The researchers randomly selected 125 followers and 125 followees from the suspicious group, along with two control groups of 100 users who had not been picked out by the algorithm. They examined each for links associated with malware or scams and for clear robot-like behavior, such as replying to large numbers of tweets with identical messages. They found 57 percent of the followers and 40 percent of the followees in the suspicious group were labeled as fraudulent, compared to 12 percent and 25 percent in the control groups.

Among the suspicious accounts, the researchers found 41 percent of the followers and 26 percent of the followees included advertising for follower-buying services — 62 percent and 42 percent, respectively, if deleted or suspended accounts are ignored. Few such mentions were found in the control groups. “The algorithm is very fast and doesn’t require us to target anybody,” Faloutsos said. “We hope that by making this code available as open source, social media platforms can put it to good use.” In addition to Faloutsos, the research team included Ph.D. students Bryan Hooi, Hyun Ah Song, Neil Shah and Kijung Shin, and Alex Beutel, who recently received his Ph.D. in computer science. The National Science Foundation supported this research. Originally published at

President Suresh Takes Ride in Uber Driverless Car Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday for the first official ride in an Uber self-driving car, as the company rolled out its high-tech innovation in the home of autonomous vehicles.

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The commercial application of autonomous driving has drawn national attention in recent days, highlighting the formative role Carnegie Mellon research has played in a field that could ultimately save thousands of lives a year. “Universities like Carnegie Mellon have the power to change the world. This demonstration is a very good example of that,” Suresh said. “This is why innovation is so closely connected to research universities. For several decades, CMU has pioneered the technology behind autonomous vehicles.” The inaugural ride began at City Hall for a loop around the downtown area. The Uber car then drove Suresh and Peduto to the CMU campus in Oakland.

Noting the car’s acceleration and slowing down was very smooth, Suresh added that he was particularly pleased to see two CMU alumni in the front seat of the car. Peter Castelli (2004), Uber test operations manager, rode in the passenger seat, while David Power (2016), Uber vehicle operator, was behind the handsfree wheel.

The university’s 14th self-driving car, a 2011 Cadillac SRX, takes ramps, merges onto highways and cruises at 70 mph. The test vehicle looks like a production model SRX because its sensors are integrated into the vehicle’s body. In June 2014, Congress members rode through Washington, D.C., in the self-driving Cadillac. Originally published at Images courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University


The birthplace of self-driving or autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, Carnegie Mellon has been developing AV technology for more than 30 years. To date, CMU has filed more than 140 invention disclosures for AV technologies.


ing projects at FreeMarkets, Inc., and employment at Censeo, where he exhibited impeccable understanding of client needs as well as the subject matter,” according to Gomulka, who is now vice president of marketing at Summa, a digital solutions consultancy specializing in human-centered design, strategy and agile software development. As for compassion, Sharma says it’s in his firm’s DNA, in part, because of his grandfather. Outside Sharma’s boyhood house in India, a fruit vendor sold goods there daily. “Every day my grandfather would speak kindly to the impoverished man as if he was part of the family,” Sharma recalled. “But in a way he was, because my grandparents always treated everyone like family.” That same atmosphere is what Sharma tries to foster today at Censeo.

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At Censeo Consulting Group, founded by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Raj Sharma, improving the bottom line doesn’t come at the expense of others.

Since founding Censeo Consulting Group in 2003 and serving as its CEO, Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Raj Sharma has been guiding clients on how to operate more effectively while not excluding public and social goals. The company’s performance has led to inclusion in some noteworthy groups including The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces and Forbes’ Best Management Consulting Firms.


Being named to these publications is in line with what was recently written about Censeo by Sigal Barsade, professor of management at Wharton and Olivia A. O’Neil, a senior scholar at George Mason Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. In The Harvard Business Review they described Censeo as a stellar example of a workplace where the 50 employees share affection, goodwill and compassion.


Cofounder and CEO Raj Sharma wanted to build a company that made authentic connections with clients. Along the way, Sharma realized that this strategy, which increased clients’ trust and the firm’s impact, was also critical to Censeo’s organizational culture, wrote Barsade and O’Neil. Sharma, who in 2001 earned his master’s degree in industrial administration from CMU’s Tepper School of Business, doesn’t disagree. He says his pri-

vately held firm’s success stems from nurturing atmosphere and outreach. Earlier this year, Censeo partnered with Girl Rising, which is a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. Launched by two film producers in Hollywood, the organization’s goal is to change attitudes that perpetuate gender inequality. Censeo is providing pro-bono support to the nonprofit, including strategy, fundraising and development services for the organization’s work in India. “It’s an exciting time for Girl Rising in India! Following a nationwide broadcast, and with new programs in development, there is a great deal of opportunity to drive impact, It’s been wonderful working with the thoughtful team at Censeo, as they join us to advance our efforts.” said Girl Rising CEO Christina Lowery. Censeo’s goodwill approach with Girl Rising continues a series of partnerships with education access nonprofits.

As a youngster, he loved spending time at his uncle’s office supply business. And after moving to the United States, he gladly helped out at his mother’s gift shop. He was steeped in the entrepreneurial world, so it was no surprise he was drawn to business school. He explains that he chose Tepper because of its analytical curriculum, which complemented his softer skill sets. “Tepper helped sharpen my understanding of people and organizations by using analytics,” he said.

Not long after graduation, he founded Censeo to help clients improve the way the manage their organizations, partner with their supply chain and leverage IT to drive strategic impact. Within a year, Censeo had secured a contract with the Department of Defense, followed in the months and years to come by Boeing, Alcoa, United Technologies and other high profile companies. The firm doesn’t divulge its annual revenue but Sharma notes it’s well into seven figures. After the presidential election, Censeo plans to reach out to government leaders of all parties to help achieve public policy goals. “If we want to solve the world’s problems, one way to do is it by improving management practices within social and public sectors, regardless of political affiliation,” Sharma said.

Praise for Censeo’s authentic connections comes from one of Sharma’s former classmates, Emel Gomulka — who earned her MBA from Tepper in 2000, where she first met Sharma:

He still visits the fruit vendor when he returns to India. He shares the same kind of dedication to his own work, certain he’s found a way to create change by combining his zest for kindness with his passion for fact-based consulting.

“Raj and I worked closely together on several consult-

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David L. Finegold, DPhil

President of Chatham University By Reese Randall | Special Projects Editor


ettling in as the new president of Chatham University, Dr. Finegold—a 30-year long leader in higher education, including, but not limited to researcher, professor, academic officer and author—shares the whirlwind it’s been since he and his wife Susan arrived to campus this past summer. “This is the first time we’ve been to Pittsburgh and the people here are so welcoming. The city has so much to offer and it’s so accessible,” shares Dr. Finegold. “I am really enjoying it and I’ve only just scratched the surface.” What was the appeal to become president of one of the most prestigious universities in western Pennsylvania? The appeal of Chatham University is how close-fit the mission and values it has with what I’ve worked on throughout my entire career. The university is an early pioneer in global education and that was a great match to my work in research throughout my career in government and different countries around the world. Describe the impact of Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus and the commitment the university has made to embody sustainability and education combined. With the Eden Hall Campus, Chatham is now one of the top-rated private universities in the world, ranking #4 globally. We really see sustainability as the core aspect of what we do—including having LEED platinum buildings and no water bottles permitted on campus, to the great work our students are doing in the community. Staff and students can immerse themselves in the green living of our campus.

Dr. David Finegold, the 19th President of Chatham University.

What advocacy and educational initiatives are planned to further connect Chatham with the local community and our region? What’s been great so far is how many exciting programs are in place. For example, to combat hunger we’re going to extend that further, as well as with health fields— including, but not limited to—nursing and counseling. We’ll be setting up a health clinic developing part of East Liberty to offer those services to people who need it. We’re just in the process of doing physicals in the local high schools and educating students about substance abuse. From kids in school to our over 50 demographic any student who wants to continue their education—they can do so here at Chatham. What changes have occurred now that Chatham is fully coed? Chatham has been coed now for 20 years at the graduate level. We are welcoming our second class of coed undergraduate students and what is so exciting about this, is it has dramatically increased our female enrollment significantly. The indicator is not just in numbers, but the quality of the diversity. It’s also increased the offerings of our athletics department, as we’re launching lacrosse and ice hockey teams, too.


Share with prospective students what they may not already know about Chatham. The most important thing to remember is you don’t have to make trade-offs when it comes to choosing a college. You don’t have to give up attending a liberal arts school because you may believe you can only find one in a small town. At Chatham students can experience the wealth of a liberal arts college while living in a vibrant, metropolitan city. However, if a student prefers a rural landscape we have that, too with all of our campuses. We are a short walk to the campuses of Pitt and CMU and our prime location is so close to many museums, the Strip District and professional sports teams. Our students are building connections and engaging with the local community. For instance, we’re all about food at Chatham and our grads are working within our regional food system and are contributing to the cutting edge of the local food movement. We have all the benefits of a big city, with small classes with full-time professors. You’re not just a number at Chatham.


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Will the role of president change you—or do you believe it will reveal who were meant to become? So far, it really does feel like everything I’ve done has built up to this moment. Being Chatham’s president is one of the greatest positions in the world.

Business-to-Business Trade Show Will Feature Speakers, Exhibitors, and Networking Events


The Pittsburgh Business Show (PBS), a business-to-business trade show, conference, and business networking event, will debut on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This free show will introduce products, services, and strategies that will help companies establish and advance their business goals. All industries, including financial, technology, energy, education, healthcare and more, are invited to exhibit and attend.

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Sa Bom Nim Joseph Bruno, Master Instructor C.S. Kim Karate Âť By Kate Benz

It hasn’t gotten old yet.


Not the 85-hour work weeks, seven days straight without a break. The training, competing, and teaching that over the past three-plus decades has evolved from something he does to a way of life. The only thing that has gotten old, Master Joseph Bruno will laugh, is him.


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Standing amongst a backdrop of medals, plaques, magazine covers and walls full of trophies that stand 2 ft., 4 ft., and 6 ft. tall in the C.S. Kim Karate studio in Bethel Park, the Sa Bom Nim Master Instructor and Eighth Degree Black Belt smiles humbly. “I don’t mean to downplay them or who gave them to me. But there’s another guy that’s going to be getting that award next year. The letters I get from my students?” he says, pointing to photos that line the shelves in his office, “They’re sending them to me. It means a lot, that appreciation. That’s the highest reward.” Those letters trump being inducted into the Martial

As a result, the fundamentals students learn on the mat are carried with them into their daily life, encompassing far more than the ability to defend oneself. “Where everyone can be their best,” is more than just a motto that’s displayed in every one of C.S. Kim’s 10 locations. “You learn discipline and a strong work ethic. Respect and how to remain peaceful and calm,” he says. “You can’t take that off when the uniform comes off.” The inability to maintain that serenity is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about Master Bruno when they see the accolades, hear about the training that has spanned three-plus decades, including intense instruction in Korea. “They think I’m

Much of what he has learned he credits to Grand Master C.S. Kim, who introduced Tang Soo Do to Pittsburgh in 1974. It was Master Kim who suggested he begin teaching as a way to finance the classes he was taking once his job at the mill became obsolete with the exodus of the steel industry.

Respect and admiration between teacher and student functions as a two-way street. To excel at Tang Soo Do requires a fervent dedication to fusing mind, body, and spirit, regardless of external distractions. Bad days at school, home, or the office don’t belong on the mat. It’s one of the reasons why every class begins with a brief meditation. “When something is running through your mind it becomes stress,” he says. “Concentrating and pushing it out gives you a break.” Regardless of age, even for young kids, coming to class means you’re going to work. This isn’t playtime.

going to beat them up,” he smiles. Although hardpressed to think of a situation in which he wouldn’t feel comfortable defending himself, the confidence does not creep into cockiness. Around 1980, Bruno did just that, taking over the Bloomfield location. He’s remained with the organization ever since. “I’m lucky that I had such wonderful parents,” he says, “but I almost have a second father in Master Kim. Without his guidance and continued support I wouldn’t be here.” Still training and practicing for several hours each day, there’s little motivation for Master Bruno to rest on his laurels. “I can’t let these people get better than I am,” he smiles.

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There’s an oasis that sits tucked at the end of a grand, winding driveway off of Coraopolis Heights Road; where the noise of the world disappears amidst a backdrop reminiscent of the French countryside.


By Kate Benz


“I never thought of it as being unusual,” says Barbara McKenna, daughter of the original owners. “It was just wonderful.”

Fueled by romance, their dream became reality when William purchased the property for $1,800 cash from Mr. McClinton, a farmer who had fallen on tough times.

It was 1928 when her parents, William and Clara Kryskill, pulled the car over once more to admire the rolling meadow in Coraopolis Heights. It had been one of their favorite spots to park, young lovers who had met on a blind date some five years earlier. Each time, they would sit and dream, watching an ignited horizon that glowed from the blast furnaces deep in the Ohio Valley. One day, the clouds rolled in and in them they saw turrets and towers pointed with banners that soared in the breeze and belfries protruding into the sky.

At the time, the couple had been spending the summer months operating the Clark Studio Tea Room in Noank, Connecticut. But there was something about that beautiful piece of land, six lush acres of abundance and solitude, that had taken hold of them.

“’There, Clara, look!’” William exclaimed, hand pointing excitedly to the sky. “’I am going to build you a castle… just like that.’”

For the next seven years they returned to Pennsylvania every September with the intent of building their castle in the sky. They named it Hyeholde, a take on William’s love for Old English, translating to “high on a hill.” When it was finally completed in 1937, they settled in upstairs and began serving their first meals—seven courses each—downstairs in the West Room, which could accommodate up to 25 guests.

“My mother always preferred to be in the kitchen, cooking and baking,” says Barbara. The menu included homemade cakes and preserves and sherry bisque soup (a recipe still served today), as well as Sunday dinners from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. that offered three choices: half a broiled chicken for $1.00, porterhouse steak for $1.25, or Maine lobster for $1.50, which was delivered in barrels packed with seaweed and ice. It was her father who enjoyed playing the role of host, welcoming guests who arrived from all points north, south, east and west to enjoy dinner, lunch, teas, and wedding breakfasts at the charming country restaurant. A visionary, William had been inspired to build the structure using existing materials.


“ Everything is recycled from something ”saysBarbara.“ Timber beams were dismantled from the old Stonesifer barn in Robinson Township and waxed, while the cool, dark, slate floors originated from a Presbyterian church and nursing home that were being demolished in Pittsburgh.”



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“Everything is recycled from something,” says Barbara. Hand-hewed timber beams, some as long as 30 feet, were dismantled from the then 100-year old Stonesifer barn in Robinson Township while the cool, dark slate floors originated from the roofs of a Presbyterian church and nursing home that were being demolished in Pittsburgh.

1950, European tapestries, and a window seat adorned with two cozy pillows that still remains in what was once the family’s living room.

Step into the French Provencal structure and immediately, the sweet, musky aroma of that timber warmly greets you, as does the well-used hearth of a brick fireplace that holds court in a nook in the Great Hall.

“I have dreams still that the beds are unmade in my parent’s room or there are towels all over the bathroom, which women who came to the restaurant could use. The men had to go outside to use the outhouse,” she laughs.

It’s one of dozens of tranquil features: bookshelves lined with her father’s collection, including a 3,200 page Webster’s New International Dictionary printed in

“Our bedrooms were upstairs,” says Barbara. Her parents room accommodated the second layers of guests who arrived amidst a swirling winter chill.

On the grounds of the property, the family maintained an abundant garden that produced succulent vege-

tables used in the prepared food. In 1952, her father began construction on a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home that stood about a hundred yards or so from Hyeholde. When it was completed, the family moved in for two weeks before William decided it was better used as an income producing rental. When the Kryskills sold the property to the Foy family in the early 1980s, that house was turned into a jazz club known as the Cabaret. To easily accommodate guests in the mood for an after dinner drink, the Foy’s tunneled under the driveway to create a connecting corridor. During its heyday, the nightclub served its customers well, putting the spotlight on artists like Charlie Bird and Chris Connor—big names of the day. The stage lights remained bright until 1991.

“Obviously, that only lasted a short while,” she smiles. The typed Agreement of Sale, which hangs framed on a meticulously laid-out timeline in the tunnel reads, “THEREFORE, A NEW BEGINNING TO AN OLD TRADITION IS PROCLAIMED!!!” along with a handwritten note from Barbara to her father:

Dad, May Quentin and I bring to this adventure as much love and creativity as you and mother did. May Hyeholde’s future be as distinguished as it’s past—and may our stamina hold out ! We love you.

In August of that same year, Barbara and her late husband, Quentin McKenna, repurchased Hyeholde after having made a pact with each other: “No pets, no second homes, and no restaurants.” Today, that stamina has translated into a tireless effort to find innovative ways to utilize as much of the property’s space as possible. The goal is to ensure guests are treated to a one-of-a-kind experience. The old garages have been converted into a cozy pub they call “Q” in honor of Quentin, elegant picnics can be enjoyed on the grounds that include comforters, pillows, candles, a bottle of champagne, and a basket of food partially served on silver trays. On the grounds is an apiary which produced 60 pounds of honey this year and an herb garden with fragrant basil, parsley, and thyme that is used in the kitchen. The old Cabaret is now used for weddings and business functions, holiday markets, art exhibits and food demonstrations. Hyeholde was also the first in Pittsburgh to feature a Chef’s Table in the kitchen, where seven to eight courses can be enjoyed while “watching the organized chaos,” as Barbara likes to say. While once regarded as “just a place older people would come,” today Hyeholde’s charm has proved irresistible for a new generation of food enthusiasts.

1516 Coraopolis Hgts. Rd. · 10 Min. From Pittsburgh International Airport · 20 Min. From downtown Pittsburgh · 412-264-3116 ·


“I like to say we are a restaurant that embodies a ‘Feast for all the senses,’” says Barbara. “While we’re not trendy and I don’t want to change our style, we are always trying new things with regard to venues and tastes. You come here and never know you’re still within miles of the city. It’s a good place to get away from everything.”



a taste of fashion


634 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


“It’s not that people are surprised that we can reconstruct fur garments,” says owner Guy Herrmann, standing in the showroom of Carl W. Herrmann Furs on Smithfield Street. “They’re surprised to the extent we can.” For four generations, the Herrmann family has catered that delight by adapting to fashion and trends that have evolved considerably since the company was founded in 1900. Sure, they still cater to those who prefer a traditional cut, but these days, grandma’s full length mink can be deconstructed and modernized to suit the “It Girl” of any age. “We can work the hem up, shear and groove it, change the collar style, or add ruffled edges,” Guy says. “Often, we can also turn it into a reversible raincoat, cape, or vest, which is a huge trend right now. The only thing that limits us is the age of the fur because over time, the leather hide is slowly drying out if it’s not been properly stored.” The fullness can also be taken out to make it more lightweight. Twenty to thirty years ago, Guy explains, coats were made with very thick hides that could weight up to eight and a half pounds. While that might seem nominal, imagine carrying a gallon of water on your back all winter long. Today, clients want versatility, buttery softness, and feather weights. Upstairs on the second floor, a master furrier will spend an entire day cutting, stitching, and patterning something into a new design. The majority of the changes are related to shortening hemlines. Ninety-five percent of the coats today are knee length to mid-thigh. The final product has a fun, edgier vibe that tends to be much more versatile. Clients can just as easily envision wearing them with a ball gown as they can with a pair of dark jeans and cozy turtleneck.

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Another sticking point has to do with perceived cost. Many are under the impression that reconstructing a fur garment is a bank-breaking pursuit. Not so, says Guy. “We recently had a client who brought in a mink coat that hadn’t been worn in years. We were able to have it sheared and fashioned into a tailored jacket, and with what was left over we created a stole and a cape with mink whip-stitching. The total cost for everything was $4,100.” Even if age and poor condition put the kabob on reconstruction, trading in your old fur is always an option. Today’s designs come in a variety of bold hues – navy, burgundy, purple, red, hunter green – in addition to the timeless neutrals. Choose from mink, fox, sheared beaver, and shearling – all 100% farm raised. Water proof materials, similar to that used on the reversible raincoats, come in 95 different colors. Patterns are sleek, fits tapered. Garments move with you, rather than restricting you.

Gents can also indulge in leather, furs, or our best selling shearling products. “Think ‘Marlboro Man’ with a modern twist,’” Guy says. There are also a wide variety of fur accessories to choose from, including everything from ear and hand muffs, gloves, scarves, hats, slippers, and boot cuffs to purses, ascots, hair bands and even cell phone cases. Regardless of what you choose, protecting your investment is the key to its longevity. An air conditioned home is not sufficient enough to prevent accelerated deterioration of materials. Instead, for $52/year, you can store your garment in the Herrmann’s fur vault, where temperatures hold steady at 39 degrees. When properly cared for, tailored and refashioned to complement your personal style, there’s no reason why any fur garment can’t outlast how long you’ll like it. “There have been times when I’ve gotten on the phone with a client’s daughter because they just couldn’t envision their mother’s old coat being turned into something trendy,” Guy says. “I always start off those conversations by saying, ’I know what you’re thinking,’ but the reality is that there’s no telling what we can do with it.”


“Some people come in and balk at the idea of shortening an expensive coat into a jacket or stroller,” Guy says. “However, the real value is in the enjoyment. My answer to them is always, ‘What kind of value or enjoyment are you getting out of something that sits in your closet or storage not being worn?”


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John A. Warnick, Esq.

Founder of The Purposeful Planning Institute Until February 2010, John A. Warnick was a senior partner in the Denver office of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Private Client Services practice group. Since then he has been serving as a solo practitioner through the Law Offices of John A. Warnick working with clients who want more out of their estate planning documents than just tax efficient boilerplate. Mr. Warnick is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the most prestigious legal organization in the U.S. for attorneys who spend the majority of their time dealing with trusts and estates. He is also an active member of the Colorado and Wyoming bar associations as well as the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Counsel. He has been included in the Best Lawyers in Colorado (Estate Planning and Tax) and Super Lawyers (Estate Planning and Tax) since 1999. Mr. Warnick founded the Purposeful Planning Institute (“PPI”) in early 2010. With over 350 members in the U.S. and five other nations, PPI is transforming the ways in which estate and financial planning is delivered through tools and concepts he calls the keys of Purposeful Trusts & Gifts and the paradigms of Purposeful Planning. Mr. Warnick believes technical (tax and legal) concepts are dominating the planning processes and this leads to documents which are sterile and complex, offering few, if any, clues to what mattered most to the client. Too often inheritors are left to wonder if the estate planning document is really what their parents/grandparents wanted.


Mr. Warnick received a BA magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and his JD from George Washington University with honors.



Purposeful Trusts & Gifts capture the trust creator’s voice, vision, values and life wisdom. With a Purposeful Trust inheritors and trust beneficiaries hear the voice of the trust creator, clearly understand what the intent and purposes of the plan are, and are inspired and guided by the trust creator’s sharing of life wisdom and values. As you might imagine, there isn’t one style or size for a Purposeful Trust or Will. They reflect the unique heart and personality of the trust creator. Mr. Warnick has also pioneered new models for trust distributions and governance which empower and encourage beneficiaries to use trust resources pursuing lives of significance and positivity. He believes that if you balance technical planning with greater attention to the impact you would like to see your wealth have on future generations of your family, you won’t reap the unintended negative consequences which too often result from non-purposeful planning. Mr. Warnick has written and spoken extensively across the nation on a wide array of estate planning and tax topics. He was the author of two BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) Tax Management portfolios. He co-authored “Selecting a Trust Situs in the 21st Century” which was published in the March/April 2002 issue of Probate and Property. From 2009 to 2011 he wrote a bi-monthly column for the Journal of Practical Estate Planning, a CCH publication. He is currently working on a book for the American Bar Association entitled the Purposeful Trust Handbook.

a taste of fine wine

Medal Wine. Gold Medal Families.


ive years ago when Robb McKinney submitted his first bottle of wine for expert critique, he had no idea he would win a silver and a bronze medal from the American Wine Society’s amateur winemaking competition. He also wouldn’t have guessed that by 2016 he would have amassed 16 medals including several silvers and an international gold in this year’s Winemaker Magazine Competition, the largest of its type in the world with almost 3000 entries from 13 countries.

How did you get your start in winemaking? After visiting a bed and breakfast in 2006, whose niche was winemaking, I started helping the owner who had learned from “the famiglia”. In 2010 I started making wine on my own, attending educational conferences and being mentored by other winemakers I had met along the way. Now I have a wine club of my own.

Do you grow your own grapes? No, we source them from Suisun Valley or Lodi, California (some from the same vineyard where Francis Ford Coppola sources his grapes.

How does winemaking tie in with your family dynamics work of coaching and advising families of wealth? Wine needs good root stock to succeed. But grapes grow in a dynamic terroir (terrain, climate, soil and tradition) that gives wine its unique aroma and flavor and also contributes to its success. Families too need that good stock but are also affected by a dynamic environment that gives them each their unique aroma and flavor for success.

So as long as you have good grapes you will have good wine? It’s an essential starting point, but not necessarily. A lot happens after the grapes are picked. A vintner considers the grapes and his vision of the desired finished product. With this in mind he can develop a plan and make adjustments as needed. We help families consider their own fruit--their intellectual, human, social, spiritual and financial wealth--and then help them develop a plan to maximize it. This plan helps a family pinpoint their vision, values and goals so that they can not only work intentionally toward these themselves, but also share them with their other advisors (accountants, trustees, attorneys, etc.) and their family members so that everyone is on the same page—piloting the family toward their discovered, and sometimes undiscovered, place of most of most potential.

How do you help families define their vision, values and goals? The answers are inside every family; we just ask the right questions to bring them out. The Ultimate Discovery Experience™ leads families into strategic exploration of what is important to them—for the current and future generations. Having uncovered and established these significant purposes affords a family a firm foundation for success.

Do you integrate hands-on winemaking into your practice? We invite families to work alongside each other pressing grapes, racking and bottling the wine. It’s fun, fellowship and bonding with a great bonus at the end. Both of my passions are incredibly rewarding-gold medal families and gold medal wines.

It sounds interesting. How can I learn more about your discovery experience. . .and get involved with the winemaking process?

Robb McKinney CFS, CLTC, CRPC® | 435 Swanson Lane, Wexford, PA 15090 724.940.6321 | | Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd., a registered investment advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial.


You can visit our website to learn more about The Ultimate Discovery Experience™ or call or email us to check on upcoming winemaking activities.


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Attorney at Law


The walls of David Shrager’s downtown law office are covered by a collection of national accolades, recognitions, and awards. For 15-plus years as a criminal lawyer, DUI defense attorney, and most recently as Judge on the Court of Judicial Discipline, he has received awards etched with words describing him as Premier, Superior, Best, and Top Ten. But after you meet him you will quickly discover that for Shrager it’s not about the accolades. It is about serving his clients and getting great results. “I’d be comfortable living next to 95% of my clientele,”he says. Hailing from a family of lawyers, the career choice came naturally. After two years of corporate litigation, however, boredom sunk in. He wasn’t built for sitting in an office all day pouring over documents, human interactions coming few and far between.

Regardless of the situation, the reality is the same: right now, at this moment in time, someone needs his help. And he gives it, with one caveat.

His success has also come with immeasurable sacrifice, in part due to the 24/7 accessibility he extends. “Over the years, people would say,‘I can never talk to my lawyer.’No one can ever say that about me. It’s very simple: I treat people the way I would want to be treated if I were in that situation.” That approach was also born out of necessity. “When I got started, I didn’t have any money. I was living in a dinky apartment in the South Side where you had to crawl over someone to get out of bed,” he adds. “I did everything by myself, leaving my card with anyone and anywhere. Many of my habits now came from necessity, but translated into being able to help my clients better.” When someone does find themselves on the other side of the law, David takes a triage approach, iden-

This isn’t for me, he thought to himself. So he quit. While he figured out what to do with his life, he took a job as a bouncer and bartender in area nightclubs—upscale and otherwise. The former was a nod to his background as an amateur fighter in the Golden Gloves. Over time, though, friends would turn to him for advice, anxious and scared over what DUIs and bar fights would bring them. Jail? Fines? What’s going to happen to me? I made one bad mistake… is my life going to be ruined? The guidance he provided proved mutually beneficial. In helping others, he ended up helping himself, able to pinpoint an area of law that he knew he would enjoy and excel at. “If you like helping people so much, why didn’t you become a prosecutor?”

Sure, there are predators out there, but the majority of his clients are someone’s mother, daughter, father, son; struggling with drug and alcohol addictions or mental health issues. Far from being bad or evil human beings, they’re simply struggling with something bigger than they are. More often than not, the person they’re hurting is themselves, and the criminal case against them is a symptom of the problem that’s gripped them. Clients span demographics, ethnicities, and tax brackets. Many people have taken his business card—doctors, CEOs, judges, nuclear engineers—usually with a chuckle, until the call comes in the middle of the night. “When people realize how easily you can get in the system, be wrongly accused, or make a mistake, it’s scary. It’s easy to go from citizen to defendant in the blink of the eye,” he says. “Most people will think it will never happen to them but it’s a conversation I’ve had millions of times.” Regardless of the situation, the reality is the same: right now, at this moment in time, someone needs his help. And he gives it, with one caveat. “I have the world’s worst business motto,”he says.“After I help a client, I say to them,‘I don’t ever want to see you again.’ If I’ve done my job right, I will have made sure they don’t have these problems anymore.”

Getting to the root of the problem is paramount. Each of us make millions of decisions every day. Some are inconsequential, but some can be devastating.

tifying what the situation is, how it can be fixed and what he can do to help someone sleep a little better that night.

“If we all had a camera watching us 24-hours a day and saw anyone at the worst 10 minutes of their life, they’d look pretty terrible,” he says. “In an instant, you could make one bad decision and the next thing you know you’re a defendant.” Exclude one factor from any equation and suddenly, the story has a very different ending.

“There’s nothing in the world that’s worse than laying your head on a pillow and not being able to sleep. When something haunts us, the last thought before we go to bed and the first one when we wake up, it’s the worst feeling in the world. I want to try to avoid people having that feeling. I want them to know it’s being handled and I will take care of it,”he explains. If and when you ever do have to make that call, what you’ll hear on the other end is a reassurance: You don’t have to worry.

Let’s say you ran into a friend at college. Maybe if you hadn’t, you wouldn’t have stayed for one more drink. If you hadn’t stayed, maybe you could have beaten the rain. “I don’t think a good person who’s made a single bad decision needs to be removed from the game of life,” he says. “So, what we want to do is help those people and put them back on the path. I want them to be productive citizens, working and paying taxes. We don’t want to warehouse people in jail.”

It’s his job to worry about your case, a job from which he will never clock out early or take a day off. “People are putting their lives in your hands,”he says.“You have to respect that.”


It’s a question he hears a lot. Reflective, he points out the different aspects to justice, one being the ability to balance it with mercy and compassion. “That’s really important to me,”he says.


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Attorney at Law

When someone does find themselves on the other side of the law, David takes a triage approach, identifying what the situation is, how it can be fixed and what he can do to help someone sleep a little better that night.

Attorney David J. Shrager


437 Grant Street, Suite #617 Frick Building Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Office: 412.261.6198 Direct: 412.969.2540


a taste of tradition

THE SEWICKLEY VILLAGE BARBERSHOP The Sewickley Village Barbershop is not your average hair cuttery. Jenine Persuit is the shop’s 4th owner but she has an interesting history with the shop. From a fateful encounter with the owner, to the connection between the shop and her family, this business story is more unique than your typical sale. The quirkiness of The Village Barbershop and the heart behind it makes for an experience unlike any other. Nestled in the heart of Sewickley amongst numerous shops and restaurants, the atmosphere of the location and shop are welcoming and warm. Jenine has been doing hair for 34 years and spent 30 of those years working at her father’s shop in Ambridge, PA. After breaking a bit from hair, Jenine took a new passion selling real estate. While working in Sewickley, she came across a quaint little barbershop that caught her eye, not knowing that fate would bring her back years later. Not thinking too much of it, she made conversation and left her card with the shop owner. One day, the owner of that quaint little barbershop came into Jenine’s office and informed her that he was selling the shop. Although she had

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been working in real estate, Jenine decided to go with her gut and she bought the shop. Little did she know that was the same shop her father started working in when he first got out of barber school. Even more coincidental, the father of one of Jenine’s stylists was one of Jenine’s father’s friends when they were younger. The Village Barbershop has been in business for 80 years and even has a bit of a vintage-like vibe. “When I took it over it was very old and kind of eclectic,” explains Jenine. It has a touch of Victorian, a little vintage edge; it’s a little bit of everything. It’s not just the aesthetics that sets this business apart from the rest. The customer service at The Village Barbershop is above average. There’s not

an ounce of snootiness and every customer that walks in can expect to feel like family. With 99% of the customers being walk-ins (though you can make an appointment if you prefer,) there’s a casual ease about coming in for a service. The primary customer base is men and children but women are more than welcome to come in as well. Services offered range from cuts, to beard trims, to hot towel face shaves-all for a reasonable price. The services offered here aren’t even available at every other salon and the customer testimonials tell you everything you need to know about the satisfaction you’ll receive. The humor and fate behind how Jenine’s connection with the shop came about ensures her that she made the right decision. But that’s all just the history of this unique barbershop; the future is another story. While unsure of what exactly is next for the barbershop, Jenine says that if business continues to be as successful and busy as it’s been, the one room barbershop might even have to expand. For now-they embrace the coziness of the shop and the casual, nurturing atmosphere where new customers become friendly regulars.

439 Broad St, Sewickley, PA 15143 724.417.0465


Combining Tradition and Style


a taste of design



By: Allison Glatsky



that is changing the way we do things. Both men agree that the reason handmade now is far more than what it used to be, is thanks to technological advancements. Much of the design work can be done through the computer, where the designers are able to draw out intimate details. In addition to creating the perfect piece of jewelry, the designers keep their doors open to customers that come in needing something fixed. While there may be some pieces that are beyond fix, Paul says if the customer is willing to take a chance, they’ll try the best they can to turn trash to treasure. After all, they admit that it’s all about taking risks, because makers are changing the world and even if they’re falling, they’re also succeeding.

unique bond is one of the premier attributes that aids in the success of the Mock & Co. label. The cohesion that Anthony Mock and Paul Bierker of Paul Michael Design have created in each of their businesses has allowed them to deliver beauty and perfection for customers in thirty-eight different countries. Anthony brings luxury and style, seeing lines and customizing to a tee. On the other hand, Paul is a visionary that pulls out the story attached to the jewelry. Together, they’ve created a bond and gained respect from the public for their unique work.

Anthony Mock has been designing jewelry for nearly 16 years and just recently moved to the Paul Michael Design studio. Prior to the Lawrenceville location, he was at his office in Squirrel Hill focusing primarily on wholesale. The jewelry guru felt he wasn’t growing at the pace he wanted and it prompted the business move. He says it’s important to him to see the production process, who’s making it, and knowing that it’s the absolute best piece the customer can get. His start in the jewelry business came when he was working at a jewelry kiosk in the mall, where he would try to watch and imitate what his boss was doing. He became intrigued by it all and began learning more. Eventually, he got an offer from both Jared’s and Koleman’s and learned finer type jewelry.

Both Anthony and Paul agree that Mock & Co. and the jewelry industry as a whole is evolving. Customers are now able to get more involved in the process whether it’s designing the ring or pouring the gold, the men at the Paul Michael Design studio create an experience instead of solely a purchase. “We’re not just selling a product,” says Paul, “We’re selling a piece of life. It’s high-contact, fully intimate jewelry.” The perfect product begins with an idea from the customer, a vision from the designers, and technology



He now has his sights set on luxurious, high-fashion pieces that still look good with your everyday outfit. All of the stones that go into the Mock & Co. pieces come from Israel and are all high-quality, natural certified diamonds and gem stones. If the customer comes to him with general ideas regarding color, detail, and type, he gets creative and turns a perfect vision into a unique treasure.





Despite being considered the first company in Pittsburgh where you can see and receive a complete quality product from beginning to end, Anthony and Paul agree that their devotion to their businesses means that their family suffers. As a jeweler, or an entrepreneur in general, much of their time is dedicated to designing and coming up with new ideas. Lack of communication from excessive work takes a toll on their home life, and the pressure to balance both is not easy. Anthony recently celebrated the birth of his new child, where he had to spend time in and out of the hospital, and less time away from his source of income.


So what drives these creative designers to keep going when their sacrificing their personal life for work? The love of it. Anthony recalls times when people have shown him rings he’s made when he was seventeen years old and the longevity that his rings have keeps his passion going. Paul admires the fact that they’re giving customers something greater than they imag-

ined possible. The jewelry that Anthony Mock and Paul Bierker create is timeless and they take pride in delivering a beautiful piece that customers can afford. Everything Anthony sells is made with detail and class the intent to deliver a lifestyle.

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT As for what lies ahead for Mock & Co., Anthony plans on furthering his business and excelling in customer satisfaction. Purple accents and royalty looking pieces with high-fashion accents and small stones are projected to be the next popular trend just in time for Christmas. Paul believes rose gold will also be in high-demand. Together, the designers aim to continue this family-like atmosphere and hope to build up the Mock & Co. label even more-gaining more exposure and growing an extensive fan base.


a taste of perfection




When you are ready to make the leap into plastic surgery be it for cosmetic enhancement, body reshaping after massive weight loss, illness or simply to fix a trouble spot that is bothering you, you want only the best in surgical care. For that you need to look no further than the Hurwitz Plastic Surgery Center located in Oakland. Dr. Dennis Hurwitz, MD, F.A.C.S. has been practicing since 1977 which amounts to a staggering thirty-nine years in the field. His main practice has been focused in Pittsburgh, but he has also practiced in Beverly Hills and the Brandywine area near Philadelphia. Through his many years of practice Dr. Hurwitz has amassed an extensive body of knowledge on all topics of plastic surgery. On top of his private practice he is also a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, a position he has held since 1999, a past director of the UPMC Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center and a diplomat to the American Board of Plastic Surgery. With his involvement in clinical research, which has led to 162 scientific publications, Dr. Hurwitz has had a multitude of opportunities to travel to many countries to be a guest lecturer on some of the most innovative procedures available to plastic surgeons. One of his original and most impressive procedures is the total body lift. In his travels and through the various papers that Dr. Hurwitz has written, he has met many other plastic surgeons from around the globe that are interested in his knowledge in both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. Through these world wide meetings, Dr. Hurwitz has experienced first hand the latest advances in plastic surgery from abroad and brings these advanced techniques to his Pittsburgh patients. These intimate professional relationships has led to further speaking opportunities.


Dr. Hurwitz’s devotion to his craft has led him to become not only a valued practitioner and innovator in medicine, but also a respected teacher. In June of this year he had the opportunity to speak at a conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In July, he returned to Brazil, but this time he was in Rio De Janiero, a week before the summer Olympics and stayed at the Windsor Atlantic Hotel overlooking the beach volleyball courts.


a taste of perfection Just recently in September he was invited to speak at a conference in Iguazo Falls, Argentina. Having not only a very technologically innovative practice, but also one that is on the cutting edge in particular topics has afforded him many invitations to speak and to also do live operations on patients in Egypt, Brazil, Belgium, Israel and Kuwait. In November of 2016 he will be speaking at the World Congress of Plastic Surgery in Monte Carlo, Monaco with other recognized leaders in the field. On top of his speaking opportunities Dr. Hurwitz has a contractual relationship with the Kuwait ministry of health and a teaching professorship at the University of Kuwait to advise at their university hospital. Now the ministry of health sends patients to Pittsburgh for his surgical expertise. Dr. Hurwitz performs a wide variety of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery on Kuwaiti citizens to provide service and teach technique to the young plastic surgeons. He works hard for a week at a time every five months. Otherwise he has trained in Pittsburgh plastic surgeon fellows from Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Israel, India, South Korea and France. Another fantastic by product of his world travels has been the chances he has had to meet and then occasionally work with other doctors and doctors in training. One such doctor, Dr. Lucas Baldo, has just spent a month in Pittsburgh learning plastic surgery with Dr. Hurwitz. As he is a clinical professor he is also able to observe other colleagues. He met Dr. Baldo while speaking in Sao Paolo. Dr. Baldo was very intrigued by his presentation and the subject matter and was then able to capitalize upon that by coming to the United States and working with Dr. Hurwitz on a close basis. Being involved in these international conferences has also afforded Dr. Hurwitz not only the opportunity to travel the world – which is his passion – but also to extend himself and to raise the profile of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also been able to cultivate amazing personal relationships between all different types of plastic surgeons, through different ethnicities and cultures and to break the barriers between those by focusing on the common link of plastic surgery. He has had the opportunity to have rewarding interplay with brilliant plastic surgeons continuously throughout his career. While practicing in Pittsburgh, Dr. Hurwitz and his wife Linda have played host to many trainees and plastic surgeons from all over the world and from that gained valued professional and personal relationships.


Aside from being an internationally known professor, Dr. Hurwitz is known for developing techniques and using the latest technology. He strives to also have the newest and best technology on his side. Five years ago he had the privilege of meeting a Dr. Onelio Garcia in Miami and learned the values of using vaser liposuction which is a type of ultrasound liposuction. Through their meetings and experiences, he began to incorporate it. He has spent well over $150,000 to ensure that his practice offers the most up to date equipment for all procedures. He has attempted to take the quality of medicine that is found in Pittsburgh and move it to a new level of technology and technique. In 2016 Springer. com published his plastic surgery textbook, Comprehensive Body Contouring: Theory and Practice, which includes these latest techniques and technologies, which have been well received.


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“Working in concert with the faculty and trainees at the University of Pittsburgh, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to innovate in surgical technique and then inspire surgeons worldwide. My legacy are my patients and my associates that I have taught and inspired to deliver excellence in plastic surgery.” - Dennis Hurwitz M.D.


Dr. Hurwitz and his wife Linda visit Devil’s Cove at Iguazu Falls. Here Dr. Hurwitz led an unprecedentd two day seminar on Upper Body Contouring Surgery Botucatu, Brazil.


a taste of perfection

“Creating new surgical therapies starts with disappointment with what is available. Then coming up with alternative options and offering those therapies in a responsible way to patients. Finally, a concerted effort is needed to present these presumed advances and pass the review of peers in order for scientific publications to share the experience with plastic surgeons around the globe.” - Dennis Hurwitz M.D.

Dear Dr. Hurwitz, “It was a pleasure recently to meet you again in Misiones, Argentina and share with you the expert panel in Post bariatric surgery, this made me feel very happy and proud. I wish to formally thank you for the support I have received from you since 2006, all your knowledge and expertise in Post bariatric surgery, contributed to my training. This is an invaluable gift for me, now demonstrated by our work here in Venezuela, pioneering that field. As I mentioned in my recent talk in Argentina, my first and strong steps in post bariatric plastic surgery, I owe to you, my dear professor and friend, Dennis Hurwitz. I will always be grateful for your humility and affection.” - Linda Rincon, Plastic Surgeon, President of Venezuelan Plastic Surgery Society

My Dear Friend Dennis, “Plastic Surgeons throughout Brazil are indebted to you for showing us the right way to approach body contouring surgery in the massive weight loss patient. When you first arrived to lecture at our national meeting in 2003, we had read your ground breaking innovative publications, but were even more impressed with the results seen in your well organized slide presentation and videos. We have invited you to return to lecture most every year since because you continue to amaze us with you thoughtful and artistic innovations in body body surgery. You have many friends in Brazil.”


- Dr. Flavio Mendes, Professor of Plastic Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil


3109 Forbes Ave., Ste 500 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 866.473.2570

Wife Linda and Dr. Hurwitz with President of the Argentina Society of Plastic surgeons, Dr. Gustav Abrile and his wife Lisa at hotel party Iguazo Falls.

In office operating room in Oakland, Pittsburgh.


Dr. Hurwitz visits the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France where he attened the IMCAS World Congresses meeting.


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Dominic Brandy, M.D.

“It takes 15 years to become an overnight success.” What are your credentials? Degrees and/or certifications I am a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than over 35 years of experience performing cosmetic surgery and hair restoration in the Pittsburgh area. In 1981, I opened one of the first medical spas in the region dedicated to minimally-invasive and non-invasive facial rejuvenation and cosmetic surgery for the face and body. Today, I have three medical spas in Pittsburgh and one in Columbus, Ohio and five Skin Center Express locations offering some of our most popular med spa treatments. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh and earned my degree in medicine from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completing an internship at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, I went on to serve as Director of Emergency Medicine for Divine Providence Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During this time, I continued my education through a comprehensive cosmetic surgery fellowship program sponsored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

What is your greatest achievement? It has been over 10 years since I developed the minimally-invasive Quicklift facelift surgery. The Quicklift is a minimal-recovery, minimal downtime surgery that really bridged the gap for people who were interested in cosmetic surgery, but not interested in the extensive downtime of a traditional facelift. Ten years ago, having to take two weeks or longer off from work and social commitments was a huge barri-

er for many people wanting cosmetic surgery. Today, so many surgeries are minimal-recovery and require less downtime, which is why, I believe, cosmetic surgery has continued to increase in social acceptance and popularity.

How has your profession evolved since you began? When I began my career over 35 years ago, people were very private about cosmetic surgery. They simply did not discuss the cosmetic procedures they had with friends or even family. Today, people are so open about cosmetic surgery and the benefits of it. I believe social media really paved the way for this new idea of cosmetic surgery and how changing something about your body can change how you feel about yourself in a positive way. In my practice we used to focus on traditional marketing sources to get our name and brand in front of the public — television, radio, print and direct mail. Today, we still use traditional media sources to market our brand, but we are now more focused on social media outlets such as Instagram, Facebook and even Snapchat. Social media makes the interaction with our customers more personal. Our followers get a true sense of our personalities, how we interact with our patients, how we perform surgery and how our patients look and feel after recovery. It is an intimate experience that can only be achieved through social media. Social media has truly changed the way we do business.


My current memberships in professional societies include:


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American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery American Society of Liposuction Surgery American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (Co-Founder) International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

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American Medical Association Pennsylvania Medical Society Ohio State Medical Association Allegheny County Medical Society

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What procedure do you perform the most? EyeQ and Abdominal Etching

What sets your practice apart? I think what sets our practice apart is how we engage on social media. We have really embraced this new type of marketing. People who follow us can get a sense of who we are as a company and how invested we are in each and every patient. Our followers get to know us before ever walking in the door and that really has changed how people approach cosmetic surgery. They are more comfortable with having surgery because they have an understanding of what happens behind the scenes from watching Snapchat. On Facebook, they have read patient testimonials and our blogs and on Instagram they have seen hundreds of before and after photos. They walk in the door feeling that they know me and my staff, and they feel more invested and educated in the whole process. Social media has lifted the veil on cosmetic surgery and has made it less intimidating for people.

What is your Dream innovation? A pill that could reverse aging.

What’s your philosophy? I believe that when you feel good about yourself you approach life with a positive, optimistic outlook. And If I can help my patients achieve their life goals, by improving their confidence and self-esteem in some way, then that makes coming to work a worthwhile experience for me!

How do you advocate learning in your profession?


Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving through innovative surgical techniques, new procedures and new technology. In the past, doctors and surgeons would attend medical conferences to help us stay current in our field and we would read medical journals or visit other surgeons to study their techniques. And while there is still a place for that type of learning in the field of cosmetic surgery, today social media has changed how we learn. With innovations like Google Glass and Snapchat, to name a few, we are able to watch surgery being performed and communicate in real time with other surgeons about surgical techniques and new procedures. The opportunity to learn and evolve is ever present with social media and it is truly a fascinating experience.


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By: Hilary Daninhirscha


“He’s never done anything that he hasn’t made into a success---he’s a go-getter and never gives up.”


Zeigler’s family has always been the driving force behind everything he has always done. “Being the forward thinking guy that he is, he was not going to stay here and let it kill him,” said his daughter, Jordan, who runs the now-booming family business, Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals. Zeigler tirelessly researched his options. A new liver, transplanted at a hospital in Nashville, extended the lease on his life indefinitely. And for a man who made it his life’s work to develop real estate, this was the ac-

Chalk Hill area, surrounded by his beloved mountains in Fayette County, near U.S. Route 40. It is still where he lives to this day with his wife, Rhonda. In addition to Jordan, they have two sons and three grandchildren, who are never far from his sight. Zeigler grew up in meager circumstances. One of seven siblings, he helped contribute to the family finances by asking neighbors if he could cut firewood. Another early job was selling dictionaries door to door. “They didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love,” says Jordan. His wife and he briefly left the area to sell timeshares in Florida, but an ingrained love of the Farmington area, as well as a desire to raise their children near grandparents, made a return trip home inevitable.

Restaurant and Inn, an historical landmark that had been one the first bed & breakfasts on Route 40. Although he had never owned a restaurant before, Zeigler’s business acumen and his devotion to the area contributed to that restaurant’s success for the past two decades. Other properties would soon follow: Zeigler took over Braddock’s Inn in Farmington in 2015, a popular restaurant known for down home cooking, as well as four properties that are now popular wedding venues and retreats: the Granary, the award-winning Fernstone Retreat, Whispering Pines, and Timber Ridge. Zeigler’s special gift for seeing beneath the surface enabled him to turn them these properties into the gems that they are today. These buildings are now

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celeration clause that allowed him to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, only a few months after his transplant.

That was two years ago. Today, Zeigler is recovered and going back to doing what he loves best: spending time with his family and brightening the lives of others while overseeing the family real estate and restaurant businesses. Zeigler was born in Uniontown and grew up in the

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All of the Zeiglers love the area, with its natural beauty and proximity to such landmarks as Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob and Laurel Caverns. “My whole family lives here. It is a close knit and welcoming community. My father always said there is nowhere else he’d want to live than here,” says Jordan.

cornerstones of both the family business and the general area, drawing in visitors and guests from around the country. The Zeiglers also own Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals, with 35 luxury properties in the Ohiopyle and Laurel Highlands area and is now the #1 provider of vacation rentals in the Laurel Highlands of PA.

Soon after his return from Florida, Zeigler began collecting real estate, establishing Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals, with a current cache of 35 properties for rent and four award-winning wedding venues. One of Zeigler’s first purchases was the Historic Stone House

This is one of the many reasons that Jordan uses the word ‘pioneer’ to refer to her father. “He’s never done anything that he hasn’t made into a success---he’s a go-getter and never gives up,” she says.



hen he was told that he had only a few months to live due to liver failure, Frederick Foster Zeigler IV had only one thought: his family.


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“We are proud of what we’ve grown here and continue to fall in love with this area, just as our guests do. It’s a blessing to us and to all who come here for vacations, weddings, family reunions, and to see the globally-recognized attractions, such as Fallingwater.”


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“He makes everyone feel special. You treat the CEO the same as the janitor,” she says. “He has the biggest heart for the mountains and for our guests who come here.”

Zeigler treats his businesses with the same TLC as he treats everyone else. He still stops in every day at the office to check on things or will drop off food from one of his restaurants and introduce himself to the guests. “I’ve had many guests come back and say, ‘Where’s Fred?’ It’s totally a family business in the truest sense of the word,” observes Jordan.

It was this positive outlook and sense of humor that got him through his illness. When he was undergoing his liver transplant, he

turned his focus outward to the other patients that he met who were in similar situations rather than brood about his own health. Despite the arduous recovery process, he would make others laugh or would pull pranks on the doctors, just to get a smile out of the other patients. Everyone is equal in Zeigler’s eyes. “He makes everyone feel special. You treat the CEO the same as the janitor,” she says. “He has the biggest heart for the mountains and for our guests who come here.” Jordan also relays how, on Christmas, her parents would take them to the hospital and look at the tags on the trees, which were wishes for gifts from the patients. “He would take every tag on two full trees, and we would go shopping and buy every one of them on there. That is the kind of stuff he does—he has a heart of gold.” About three years ago, Zeigler started a ce-

lebrity bartender event at the Stone House on fall and winter weekends, an auction that benefits a person in need. The entire community donates money and goods, and the Zeiglers contribute a complimentary stay at one of their properties at these events. Jordan says that as her father has been building and giving for more than 30 years, she wanted to honor his life and what he’s done for the community and his family. “He has been my biggest influence since I was a little girl. He was the best father, the best role model I could have ever asked for,” she says. “We are proud of what we’ve grown here and continue to fall in love with this area, just as our guests do. It’s a blessing to us and to all who come here for vacations, weddings, family reunions, and to see the globally-recognized attractions, such as Fallingwater. The mountains are true gems, and so is my dad. One –of-a-kind.”


Jordan said her father’s philosophy in life is, “When you’re blessed, you bless other people.” That, she says, remains a huge part of their family core values. And it extends to their business, too. They take the phrase “spreading the love” to heart with their wedding venues, where they treasure the ability to be an integral part of someone’s special day and stay with them.


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person can be considered blessed in life for many reasons. Beauty, intel ligence, creativity, in love and with success just to name a few. Rebecca Caimano – the owner of the new chic boutique Bloom Home Market in McMurray – has been blessed in more ways than one can count. And all of these blessings she attributes to her family and her faith. Rebecca has long dreamt of starting her own furniture and accessories boutique. But it seemed that each time she would consider starting it that there were things in her personal life that were more pressing and required her full and undivided attention. The most important of which being her husband and her five beautiful children.

When you enter Bloom Home Market you will find an amazing mélange of items for sale.

In April 2016, those years of dreaming and planning for her future finally came to fruition when Bloom Home Market finally opened its doors. Rebecca feels that this was the right time and that she was led there not only through the

do it themselves. Her goal is to help not only her business to bloom, but also to help others bloom in the process. One common theme that you will find with Rebecca is her commitment to helping others. Within the business she is able to do that through several different avenues. First off she buys many of her pieces at the Washington City Mission Shops. By purchasing items there, she first and foremost is donating to the mission. She also has been asked by Resurrection Power which is a Christian organization that currently has two men’s homes and one women’s home to help those in recovery, to decorate their next women’s home. She will again do this with pieces that she has upcycled and many of which she has purchased through the Mission shop. Within the shop itself she has gorgeous jewelry for sale that is made by Village Artisan Fair Trade the proceeds of which go towards empowering people to be able to provide for

“So blessed to be working at Bloom Home Market. It is a dream come true to be doing what I love and with such a lovely person as Rebecca.” - Denise Cargill

When you enter Bloom Home Market you will find an amazing mélange of items for sale. The dominant of these being her phenomenal furniture pieces. Rebecca has always had a knack for purchasing previously loved items at flea markets and church rummage sales and while on a shoestring budget creating pieces that look like they are off the pages of a magazine. That is part of what she hopes to offer to others at her shop, all the while keeping the prices low so that they are attainable by everyone. She also helps people to repurpose items that they already own and will even teach them to

their families and to get them out of human trafficking. Giving back to others is one of her core beliefs. At the shop itself you will see a many pieces that are French country, European and farmhouse style with a modern twist to make them look fresh and new. All the while still maintaining the pieces’ original style. Many of her pieces are solid, well made antique finds that have survived through generations and will far into the future. She loves to look for items that have unique architectural details that you may not find in modern construction and to bring them back to their former glory. Bloom Home Market has so much more to offer than just furniture and jewelry. She has also started to carry a large selection of topiaries and fresh plants. She hopes to stock more florals as the store grows as well. There are many great things on the horizon for Rebecca and Bloom Home Market.

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urging and undeniable support of her family, but also through her faith in God. Her faith played a large role in her choosing the name Bloom Home Market. During the brainstorming stages of business planning she kept having the phrase “bloom where you are planted” come to mind. She felt as though God had put that into her mind and that it was finally time for her to open her business and allow it its full potential to bloom. Thus the store was named.









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A place for kids to escape the sometimes dimming confines of their home life and focus on a successful future via learning, camaraderie and uplifting social interactions. However, this is not always the case. With the insurgence of social media, bullying has transcended from a shove on the playground to, in some situations, constant “viral” berating seen by thousands in a matter of seconds. I am constantly reminded that this is not a perfect world, a fact that I can accept, but I must ask myself, “What can we do? How can I make this world a better place, even for just one child?” Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) has provided an answer to my questions. Going on 5 years now PHCSE kicks off their school year with an anti-bullying walk-a-thon, appropriately named, “Soar Above Bullying.” The results of this event are exponentially effective in more ways than one. First and foremost, it brings awareness to bullying and what that entails. As previously mentioned, bullying has transformed over the years and seems to have a far greater and continuing effect on our children. PHCSE strives to teach the tremendous impact bullying can have. A harsh word to the child sitting alone at lunch everyday has the ability to destroy confidence and self-esteem, is one of the many lessons the school teaches to those who will listen. The Soar Above Bullying Walk-A-Thon is not held in isolation either. This event is open to the public and its coordinators make a valiant effort to bring together the community with their involvement as well. Schools, families and community alike have the chance to come together to support the well-being of children and create a learning environment conducive to success. Seeing the involvement and support of those around them has a positive and more profound effect on the students, according to PHCSE teachers. Parental involvement is instrumental to the program as well. Parents and families serve as the first line of defense to prevent and or stop bullying. For that reason, the PHCSE team seeks to educate parents on the signs of a child that is bullying or being bullied themselves. The event is free to attend, but the school does kindly ask for donations to further their anti-bullying efforts. The Owleus Bullying Prevention Program, implemented by PHCSE teachers Mishelle Rayburg, Nina Tortorice and Kailey Trit, seek to systematically stop the existing bullying problem and prevent the development of any new issues. Every dollar donated goes directly to the program and allows the school to focus on anti-bullying measures all year long. The program has shown to have a great impact as the school’s number of bullying incidents has decreased since its inaugural year. The school often invites local Pittsburgh musical duo, Josh and Gab to perform at anti-bullying rallies. The two perform an unforgettable high-energy musical-comedy with a focus on anti-bullying. They make it fun,” Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Rayburg said. “The students and teachers really enjoy the shows. Everyone is dancing and singing together while learning to respect and support each other.”

“Olweus Bullying Prevention has helped me a lot and learning about bullying is very important to me. It helps me learn what bullying is, how it can be stopped, and what it feels like to get bullied. It also helps me to not be a bystander and to actually try and help my peers when they are getting bullied. I feel that everybody should help each other out, and stop that bully from bullying others. I remember when my friend was being bullied. She raised her hand to answer a question in class and everyone started laughing when she got the answer wrong. They started calling her dumb and stupid so then I stepped in and told that person to stop because bullying is not right.” -Student Vice President Brionna Davis


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As I sit and write this, I must admit that I do not have kids nor did I experience bullying first hand. But I do see bullying occur around me and when the time comes that I must send my future children off to school I pray that it is an environment like that of PHCSE.


I am often reminded the effects bullying can have when I filter through my social media accounts. I see those whom I went to school with dealing with the lasting effects of bullying, children that are reaching out for help from a current bullying situation, or even bullying occurring right in front of my eyes. And then there’s the hope, the light at the end of the tunnel when I see schools like PHCSE or those that use social media for good, to reach out and help. I see simple reminders to “spread kindness always,” from the W.H.Y? Get Help Facebook page. A page that was created by students in memory of a young man who took his own life due to the effects of bullying. The page seeks to make students aware that it is ok to ask for help and that what seems like a small bit of kindness can save a life. A fact that we should all remember.

Bullying prevention starts at home with family and continues through 14 some years of schooling, so let us not ignore it or mourn when the unimaginable happens. Let simply start the prevention today. STUDENTS & STAFF “Olweus Bullying Prevention has helped me help others when they are getting mistreated. Mostly when people are getting picked on at recess and lunch. When I witness someone getting mistreated I make sure I confront the bully, not in a rude way, but in a calm and serious way. If the person that is getting bullied doesn’t tell an adult and the situation gets more serious then that’s when I make sure I tell someone. I also make sure I include people in all activities whether it’s for Olweus, educational activities even when we are just at recess. Olweus has helped me start standing up to bullies so that hopefully one day no one is a bully anymore. - Student President DaLynn Moore ‘

“Before coming to teach at PHCSE I witnessed many incidents of bullying amongst my former students and even my colleagues and administrators where I had previously taught. Yet none of those schools seemed interested in working towards taking on a school-wide anti bullying stance like we have done here at PHCSE with the Owleus Bullying Prevention program. I am so honored to be a part of a committee of dedicated teachers and staff members that consistently work to educate our students, their families and the Penn Hills community about the harmful effects of bullying. Throughout my three years of teaching at PHCSE I have had the opportunity to witness my students mature both emotionally and socially as a result of their participation in the OLWEUS program. I appreciate the fact that this program is not a temporary fix and is implemented yearly at our school to give our students the tools necessary to both deal with and try to prevent bullying from even occurring. I often say to my students that the actions of one can affect us all so be mindful of how you treat other people, be accountable for your actions and put positive energy out into the world.” - Olweus Bullying Chair – Seventh Grade Teacher – Kailey Tritt

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As I recalled fairy tale stories from my former career as an elementary school librarian at Edgeworth Elementary School in Sewickley’s Quaker Valley School District, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities of how the wise, generous, kind, loving, and very fair rulers of the kingdom (this time in the real form of Drs. Nenad and Milena Janicijevic) were always richly rewarded for their good deeds. The first blessing started off with one of the most gorgeous summer days, according to radio and TV announcers. That was good news to all the attendees who knew they would be guests at an outdoor wedding reception later in the day, and certainly a relief for the Janicijevic/Zhurak families from the fear of heavy lightening and rain witnessed only a few days earlier. As I backed my car out from my garage into the street, I again heard on my car radio, “A perfect day in Pittsburgh!” I couldn’t help but pause then bless myself, and I heard a not-so-silent mumble coming from my lips, “and they so deserved it, thank you Lord!” I left my home early, after warnings about the construction along so many routes leading to Pittsburgh’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. Even though I was quite early, I was surprised to see that the wedding party had already arrived, as they too, had been fearful of the same traffic conditions, besides knowing that another wedding was also scheduled for the same day. V.Rev. Fr. Rajko Kosic had been needlessly concerned about everything being on time.

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Many of the Janicijevic’s long-time friends from Pittsburgh’s American Serbian Club and their own Medi-Help medical practice staff were outstanding in aiding and helping out, doing their best to make the whole event special. Special mention must be made here of Baby Jake,

I was warmly welcomed by Drs. Nenad and Milena, and young Dr. Bora and his Kum, Dr. Borislav Janicijevic from Canada. Quickly I found my eyes fixated on the beautiful aisle ahead, decorated with long white toile and flowing white ribbons on the rosettes. The white looked so pristine picturesque, with all the colorful icon saints smiling down from above. To the angelic choir singing of “Dostonjo Jest,” the bride was escorted down the aisle by her mother, Dr. Valentine Zhurak. Iryna’s father, sadly, was unable to make the long journey. It wasn’t too long before we saw the hands of the wedding couple tied as one, and heard V. Rev. Frs. Dragan Filipovic and Rajko Kosic chanting, “O Lord our God, crown them with glory and honor,” and declare Bora and Iryna “King and Queen of their own household, their dominion, their family.” And after hearing the Gospel lesson about Christ’s miracle at the wedding feast in Cana, they drank from the common cup three times, symbolizing that from that moment on they would share equality from the same cup of life. Throughout the wedding ceremony, the Holy Trinity Choir sang heavenly under the capable direction of Bob Topich, but especially so as the bound and crowned couple followed the priests around the



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o many of us hope to make a difference in the world, but often fall short of that. Others succeed in such a way that it shakes the very ground that we stand on with its enormity. In 1992 when Dr. Jim Withers – an internal medicine doctor – set out to the streets of downtown Pittsburgh with nothing more than a backpack of pharmaceutical samples, a previously homeless friend to help him navigate the streets, and a strong feeling that something needed to change, he took the first step in what would become one of those earth-shaking acts of selflessness. Backed by a mission-driven medical organization with deep roots in Pittsburgh that shared his philosophy that health care needed changes to a flawed system, they were able to work together to make the first steps toward that change. Dr. Withers realized that the issues surrounding homelessness and the lack of access to not only shelter and other basic needs, but also to adequate medical care were so great that he needed to do something to rectify that. Albeit a risky endeavor, the need for change was so strong that he could not help but act. From that need and drive came Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net. As one can imagine, the project was at first met with some adversity due to its radical approach to medicine. It has now become the first of many “street medicine” programs in the world.


Dr. Withers – along with a handful of students and other medical professionals and with the support of Pittsburgh Mercy and their generous donors – is able to carry on his mission to help the homeless population of the city in detecting and treating many different types of ailments before they require emergency care. Their work has allowed for a new view of how health care has progressed and where change is still necessary as well as showing that there is a need to see value in each other even when there seems to be no hope.


A large part of the treatment and assistance to the homeless community is the ability to understand where their greatest needs lie and how to best serve them. The ability to create and maintain personal relationships with a subset of people who have not always had the opportunity or ability to maintain such relationships is also key in allowing Dr. Withers and his

team to document either the progression of the illness or the process of healing. Sharon Sumansky – director of Homeless Services at Pittsburgh Mercy - pointed out that there is an ability and creativity in the program that has allowed for the beginnings of a “system of wellness rather than one of sickness.” Along with medical care, the program offers guidance, education on medical issues, and a cold weather shelter.

As a part of this ever-growing project, a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter has been created that is open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., November 15, 2016-March 15, 2017, regardless of the outside temperature. This shelter is located downtown and provides a place to sleep, hot meal, shower, medical care, basic necessities, and other assistance. Through this and other programs, they have been able to house over 1,400 people. As with any outreach program, there is always a need for not only volunteers at the emergency shelter, but also of donations of everything ranging from items such as toiletries (shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.) to items that are necessary for housekeeping (towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, trash cans), and the ever-present need for donations of hot meals. They have also been fortunate enough to pair with many Pittsburgh restaurants to aid in their cause.

WHILE ON STREET ROUNDS: Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net, Dr. Jim Withers, and Christopher Roach, outreach supervisor, offer Nikki a referral to Wellspring Drop-In Center while Lacey English, a visiting, second-year medical student from the University of North Carolina, looks on. Located in Uptown Pittsburgh, Wellspring Drop-In Center is a Pittsburgh Mercy program which serves people who are experiencing homelessness. Participants can receive a hot meal, shower, connect to supportive services, and participate in open art studios.

CREW ON THE MOVE: Street outreach teams from Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net are out several nights a week, year-round, including winter. In winter, they help direct people who are experiencing homelessness to the Severe Weather Emergency Shelter at the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Downtown, and other vital programs.

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IGUEL DE CERVANTES famously wrote, “He who sings scares away his woes.” This is a sentiment to which we can all relate. Chasing the blues away with your favorite song playing in your car stereo on the journey to work can melt away anxiety. A cool jazz tune playing during dinner can set the mood for a relaxing meal. Graduation ceremonies, weddings, funerals… music hits us deeply on our most vulnerable human levels. It speaks to us. Music is a gift of the utmost importance that we need to pass along to our children. Recently, the Isner kids, Mykah, Zavary, Kambria and Levi got dressed up and picked up their instruments to showcase their talents. The scene was so beautiful we photographed it to share with our readers.


This family has made a commitment to ensure their children have the gift of music to help foster creativity and academia. Their mother and father Greg and Kami tirelessly take them to weekly rehearsals at The Pittsburgh Music Academy in Carnegie to sharpen their skills. Kami, knowing the importance of a musical influence in her children’s lives encourages the children to practice daily. It can be difficult work, but the rewards are infinite. Language development, increased brain activity, higher test scores and increased spatial awareness are just a short list of the benefits that musical children enjoy. Not to mention, the beauty of a child being able to create art from thin air, what could be more encouraging to a young person?


Passively listening to music is something we all do throughout daily life, but there is something magical about creating music that not everyone gets the chance to experience. We implore you to dig into the wealth of resources the Pittsburgh community has at its disposal to share with your children and yourselves the joy of creating music.

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architecture that can feel fake. They don’t catch the spirit of classical architecture. Studying for years in Rome and Germany was an enormous advantage for me.” After studying throughout Europe, he moved to America to study at the University of Notre Dame. He attained his degree and headed to the Southern United States to design extravagant homes, often valued at more than 15 million dollars. Eventually, he landed in Pittsburgh. He brought his flare to the Three Rivers designing commercial and residential projects throughout the region including the Orr’s Jewelers building in Sewickley, for which he received an award from the International Masonry Institute for Best Commercial Design.


nyone who has glanced at the landscape of Pittsburgh from one of the city’s many vantage points has probably taken note of a variant feature typical of this region: the buildings. They’re mottled, to say the least. Some of the architecture screams for our attention; a-typical designs, bright colors… while other neighborhoods seem to flow seamlessly between structures wit h a delicate harmony. The focus for this piece is the latter, architecture that blends in-step with surrounding structures to connote a sense of fluidity.


To many architects, a traditional approach to design is a timeless thread that stitches throughout a community, tying buildings together through basic, raw materials like wood, steel, and iron. Buildings and renovation projects conceived with respect to local traditions can give an ageless feel to a property. Such is the mission statement of local architect Carmine Carapella AIA. “If you drive through Squirrel Hill, those homes will look good no matter what year it is, they aren’t built in a modern style or as part of a fad in architecture,” Carapella told me in his Strip District office, emphasizing his passion for high-end traditional design. “These homes are timeless and they fit where they’re supposed to. It’s pretty simple… the old stuff looks beautiful and often times the new construction utilizing glass, metal, and synthetic materials, it often looks bad and out of place.”


As Carapella moves about his office, shuffling schematic renderings and oil paintings of buildings, he speaks to me about the experience he brings to Pittsburgh. Carapella has classical architecture in his DNA. He hails from Italy, a country steeped in architectural notoriety, the archetype of building for the Western World. “Many architects who have spent a semester or two overseas make attempts at traditional

He likes Pittsburgh, it reminds him of Europe. “If you look at the layouts of many of these neighborhoods… the church will be the largest structure in town, the neighborhoods are very easy to walk around and built with commerce in mind, very European.” Carapella also agrees that the city is experiencing a special resurgence that promises to make a welcoming home for businesses in the international community. “The city is evolving. In the next 20 years, it will be a major city, bigger than we imagine now. This could be a major hub for many businesses; I agree 100% with these lists calling us the, “most livable city.” This puts a lot of importance on the way the city handles new construction projects. The city’s building project managers understand what they’re doing, making the city more functional and attractive to a worldwide audience.

The emotional connection between Carapella and his work is evident. His face brightens when he speaks of his work. “When I sit at the drafting table, I approach the project like it’s the most important one I’ll ever do,” said Carapella. “The client for me, in the moment, is the most important thing. I treat them more like a friend. And people don’t always understand the importance of that relationship. Beyond simply designing a building, the architect overseas cost breakdowns, negotiates with contractors, with the city… there’s a lot that goes into a construction project. “The architect is like a diplomat for the client. We represent the client to the borough, the contractor; you need to defend the client’s wishes. Finance, negotiation, artistic vision… these are all so important to complete a project and many people don’t foresee these hurdles. As an architect, you have to be the client’s guardian angel from the start of design until the structure is completed.”


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The Modern American Classic home remodeled this year is the home of John and Brigitte Savchik. “I fell in love with a Bavarian house he designed in North Carolina, so I called him up and things just clicked,” Brigitte told us. “Carmine has so much talent; he is world class in my opinion. He far exceeded my expectations.”


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Love, Loss and Life The Legacy of Reid Marshall By Amanda Allis


Loss and mourning are things that we will all experience over the course of a lifetime. These experiences leave an imprint on your life. When a loss occurs later in a person’s life you often hear “they lived a good long life” or “what a blessing to have lived so long.” But the loss of a young person cannot be as easily explained. One such loss is that of Reid Marshall.


During his senior year at Peters Township High School Reid was involved in a car accident that tragically took his life. Unfortunately, the boys in the car were not wearing their seatbelts and with the impact of the collision the air bag deployed and sadly is what caused his death. News of his passing shook the entire community. Over the time that he was in the hospital there was an overwhelming outpouring of support and comfort. At first his family was certain that he would be okay as medical advances have made it much more realistic that you could survive a crash. Then came the news from the doctors and neurosurgeons that nothing could be done. The thought that he may be gone was completely incomprehensible. Still holding out hope that he could come back to them Reid’s family watched for any signs of life – a jump in the monitor, his eyes opening or any sign of movement that he might possibly

be staying with them. Sadly, that was not the case. Reid’s family was confronted by their son’s inevitable fate and filled with total disbelief and heartache. Just 24 hours prior to the accident their son was a kind, vibrant and loving young man. He was referred to as a teddy bear because of his warm and compassionate nature. He was a salt of the earth young man who had a kind word for everyone. He was an avid golfer who took part in many tournaments with both other children and adults. He also loved to play baseball, soccer and basketball. From a young age had a true ear from music and the piano and by the age of 5 or 6 he was able to play more than twenty songs by memory. At an age where most kids are dreaming of their futures and finally leaving home Reid was planning to go to Washington and Jefferson College so that he could stay at home with his family. He was a very deep thinker and extremely intelligent. He had plans of going into real estate and following in his mother’s footsteps. Frequently he would sit down with his family and have long talks and would always have a million questions. All of which they would gladly spend hours talking about. He also spent time working with children’s organizations and loved to be around children.

Now his family was faced with the truth that Reid would never graduate from high school or go to college. He would never have the opportunity to walk down the aisle at his wedding or to see the joy in his own children’s faces. Through this came much heartache and a questioning of why was Reid taken? The pain and disbelief were almost unbearable, but his family’s faith was able to help them to continue on after their loss. Once they were able to see through the fog of disbelief that this had actually happened they started to not only mourn his loss, but to celebrate his life and all that he had given to them during his brief time on Earth. Their faith allowed them a chance to remember the funny things that Reid had done and how kind and warm he had been. These things also helped to keep his memory alive.

Reid had been an organ donor as was everyone else in his family. Through this the CORE program was able to make sure that his organs were able to be used to save the life of someone else’s loved one. They facilitated the donation of his organs and through letters to the recipients the family was able to meet those who had received his heart and kidney. This emotional meeting allowed them to see a part of their son living on. Being blessed with the opportunity to meet with them helped the process of healing to continue. That along with support groups and reading many books on loss. One in particular that was helpful in working through their grief was the book “Embraced by the Light”. The book gave them the feeling that God was truly looking over us. They also learned that you should never let a day go by without telling your family and friends that you love them and how much they mean to you. Life is short and fleeting and we never know how much time we will be blessed with on Earth, but you should use every minute to its fullest.


The life of Reid Marshall was short, but very full. Through faith and time his family has learned to celebrate his life and the time that they were blessed with together. As a memorial to their son the Marshalls give a scholarship each year to a Peters Township High School graduate who has demonstrated their commitment to the community and in working with children.


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A rare find in Peters Township. This striking estate features a 2 acre plus picturesque landscape with waterfall and exquisite outdoor entertainment areas including stone veranda, gazebo, and fireplace.


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A picturesque setting like no other. A private drive and wrought iron gate opens to a peaceful 7+ acre escape. Complete with a wooded homesite and pond with jetting fountain that provides the ultimate experience in tranquility.

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Privacy meets convenience. In the heart of Peters Township and only a few minutes from Southpointe. This chateau exudes elegance! The impressive wine cellar is a must-have for the connoisseur and casual wine enthusiast alike. Ravish in the many amazing elements in this bril-liantly designed Sholz Home built by Paragon Homes.


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Desirable Southpointe location, yet only 20 minutes to Downtown Pittsburgh. This home is per-fect for anyone one who loves golfing and wine. Sprawling with charm, open spaces elegantly connected by arched architectural elements throughout. A flexible spacious floorpan and rare 5-car garage. The Old World prevails on the lower level with custom stone, iron, and wood accents in the wine cellar. The perfect place for the entertainer or to enjoy for yourself. Complete with media room, full bar and poker area. A romantic first floor master opens to the rear deck that overlooks the 11th green of a championship golf course.




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“My daughter Avery had so much fun, especially playing music with her friends. She absolutely enjoyed dancing and singing in her Musical Theater elective! The parents’ class was so helpful. We learned about new tips, tricks and apps to keep practice fun.”



- Susan Baida Mills

Pittsburgh Music Academy offers programs to help students stay sharp all year long, including the Summer. This Summer our students enjoyed our Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute and the Chamber Music Intensive Camp both held at the state of the art, Shadyside Academy (pictured below). The Suzuki Institute offers a wide choice of instruments and daily free parent education sessions. The emphasis on Chamber Music is somewhat unique and allows for a great deal of personal musical growth as well as fun for all who participate. The Chamber Music Intensive Camp is a day camp and geared toward advanced students entering grades 7th-12th, who play the violin, viola, cello, piano and flute. Students enjoyed a full week of hard work and personal growth as a musician. At the Pittsburgh Music Academy we also encourage our students to be involved in the betterment of their communities. We often put on shows for the enjoyment of our neighbors such as our Christmas in July concert in Market Square and our Community Show for the residents of Friendship Village in August.

The girls have participated in the camp the last 2 years, and they particularly like the supervised practice sessions the best. They like the time to focus and the great tips for productive, effective practice strategies. The music is always challenging yet enjoyable and accessible. Even after a long day at camp, they come out energized and excited about their day and ready to put the master class tips to work. They can’t wait to do the camp again next year. - Michelle Salgado

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January 28th and May 20th at the Carnegie Location 2:00 pm-4:30 pm If you’ve been thinking about adding music to your child’s education, this half-day camp will help both of you get a good foundation in the Suzuki meth­od of music education. This camp was specifically designed for parents and children to do together and is a perfect way for 4 - 8 year olds to begin music lessons and to choose an instrument.

Concerto Workshop January 14th and 15th

Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Greentree Here students get the chance to live out their dreams and show off their talents to family, friends and community. They can play a solo piece or with a group with a professional orchestra. This concert prepares students to perform at the highest level in front of an audience.

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Funyak Lanscapes installs everything from top to bottom for your outdoor space. The luxury kitchen pictured above is made with the highest quality appliances from FireMagic. FireMagic’s built in grill and accessories are made to last with a stainless steel construction and polished comfort touch control knobs. For Winter time, the beautifully designed fireplace by Josh Funyak keeps the space comfortably heated. This fireplace uses natural gas and provides an easy ignition. The charming stone work from floor to amount of natural light for the space. With electric heaters this space is perfect for any time of the year.


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So what if the clouds are rolling in? Falling temperatures are no excuse for staying hunkered indoors. Take a breath-of-fresh-air approach to your next house party, moving the festivities outside to take full advantage of wide open spaces, cooking s’mores and sitting around the fire pit, a cup of steaming hot cocoa in your hand.


Here, Jawn Funyak of Funyak Landscapes shares his top tips for how to create an outdoor living space that will keep your guests cozy and entertained throughout the fall and winter seasons. Incorporate a fire feature

The majority of outdoor living areas include a fire feature to ensure that the space can be utilized year-round. With Pittsburgh clocking in with more gray days than Seattle, investing in fire pits or fireplaces means you won’t be limited to enjoying your investment for only three months out of the year. “An outdoor fireplace serves the same purpose as it does indoors,” Funyak says. Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine in the glow of its radiating warmth. Fire pits, another option, can be full wood-burning or gas ignited, which can appeal to those looking for something maintenance-free. “Turn it on, enjoy the flame, and when you’re ready to go to bed, you simply turn it off,” says Funyak. “It’s a lot easier than splitting wood and then having to worry about putting out a fire late at night.”

store grill on wheels that you throw away in two years,” says Funyak. Other popular options include adding temperature-controlled wine coolers, refrigerators, and kegerators. “The outdoor kitchen encourages guests to gather just as they would around your indoor kitchen island,” he adds. 3

Add an outdoor kitchen

Forget about having to run back and forth into the house and worrying about your guests damaging flooring and carpeting with snowy, muddy footwear. The outdoor kitchen offers a no muss, no fuss approach to entertaining. Often the main feature is a traditional or hibachi grill, which can range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, and are built into masonry structures. “This isn’t your old box

Seating areas

Imagine a fire pit with a 16’ diameter of natural patio stone anchored by a pillared wall that guests can perch on, bench seating covered in cozy, weather-proof cushions, or Adirondack chairs arranged in circle around a blazing bonfire. Soften masonry or stone hardscapes with inviting seating elements adorned with cushy pillows and throws that encourage leisurely enjoyment of your surroundings.

As an additional option consider investing in mounted or tall heating stands. 2

Consider roofing options

Often times, outdoor entertainment areas incorporate a roof, whether as an extension of your home or a standalone pergola. While it needn’t cover the entire space, the majority of Funyak’s clients often want at least partial coverage for grilling areas, media walls, or designated seating sections. Typically, the design is architectural, making it appear as a more seamless extension of the home itself. 4


porate seasonal color with a rotation of native blooms so that your guests aren’t looking at wilted or browning plantlife while you’re outside toasting the winter solstice. Evergreens add a holiday touch during the winter season and can easily be decorated with lights while hardy mums burst with rich hues of burgundy, mustard, fuchsia and scarlet. “Outdoor parties are a great time to break out additional urns or potted plantings to use as focal points,” says Funyak.

Create a Garden of Eden that blooms year-round

Just because the sun isn’t blazing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bountiful garden in the cooler months. Incor-



Embrace a seasonal theme

The most important element is that you and your guests have fun and the most successful parties are often built around a unique theme. Host an afternoon tea for the ladies or a poker and cigar soiree for the gents. Invite family and friends over for football Sunday or make the most of a heavy snowfall with sled riding parties or a snowman making contest for both kids and adults. When you do, be sure to offer warm or hearty beverages like hot toddies and hard cider to the drink menu. No matter what elements you ultimately decide to incorporate into your outdoor living space, Funyak’s trusted team of design professionals rely on 3-D rendering to give you a complete visual of how to turn any dream into a reality. From heated sidewalks to media walls and audio systems, the sky’s the limit for creating an area that you and your guests can enjoy 365 days a year.

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f you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know how difficult it can be. You might have tried diet after diet without seeing any results, or even lost a few pounds, only to gain it back. Maybe you’ve tried to exercise, but end up discouraged after a couple of weeks at the gym with no movement on the scale.

Rick Olin decided to start the program four years ago after having a quadruple bypass. “I tried everything there was to lose weight, but even if I lost it, I’d gain it back almost instantly,” he explained. “This was the simplest thing I ever tried, and it worked! And it’s still working! I lost 55 pounds in 43 days, and I’ve kept it off for three years.

Every year, you make a resolution to finally shed the weight—but instead of a resolution, what you really need is a plan that works.

“I have way more energy these days, I’m off all of my medications, my bloodwork is all good, and I sleep so much better,” he added. “It’s been a dramatic change. The biggest thing is that I feel good about myself—it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Jeff and Kay B., Aliquippa Jeff lost 101.5 lbs., Kay lost 85 lbs.

“Initially, like anyone else, I was skeptical,” said Patti Massa, who lost 68 pounds in a little over five months. “When I was told that I could lose a halfpound a day with no exercising, I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ But I followed the program to the letter—and the numbers on the scale started to drop immediately.

To help these patients, Dr. Vactor created a fourpronged program that enables users to lose up to a pound per day. The program, which is customized to each client, works by balancing hormones in the body naturally, removing toxins in the body on a cellular level, balancing the body’s pH level, and raising metabolic levels through a healthy, alkalinebased food management program supplemented by natural lipotropic drops. “When I attended Dr. Vactor’s workshop and heard what he had to say, I realized that this approach made total sense,” said Dr. Richard Rafferty of the Disc Institute of Pittsburgh, who lost 47 pounds in three months on the program. “I wanted a safe and healthy way to lose weight, and it was exciting to realize that this was a plan that would actually work!

Tina Z., Wexford lost over 65 lbs.



“It wasn’t a struggle at all,” she added. “You learn what trigger foods and emotions cause your body to gain weight. I tried all sorts of programs before, but they never showed me that part of it. Now I’m working with my body instead of constantly fighting it. I feel wonderful—and I get compliments all the time!” “People are skeptical and uncertain—they think, ‘Why would this work for me when all of these other programs haven’t worked?’” agreed Dr. Vactor. “And that’s why I enable people to come preview the program with no obligation. They will be given the tools to lose weight, reset a new metabolism, and learn how to keep the weight off. We do all of this all without using drugs and no exercise is required.

“I’d tried a lot of different things to lose weight—I ate right, I exercised, I worked with a personal trainer, I even went gluten-free, but none of them worked,” Dr. Rafferty added. “Then I tried Dr. Vactor’s program and I started seeing results every day— there’s no better feeling than watching that weight come off. It really fuels your momentum and determination.” Because the plan provides a healthy way to lose weight, many medical professionals refer their overweight patients to Dr. Vactor, as well as take part in the program themselves.

There are many reasons why Dr. Vactor’s program works, including the fact that it is easy to follow and involves real, high-quality food. More importantly, it is sustainable, because people learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid in order to make permanent lifestyle changes.

“Empower yourself and take the time to come in.”

To learn more about Dr. Vactor’s program, call 724.742.2700 or visit online at Dr. Michael Vactor and KDKA afternoon host Robert Mangino on-air discussing how well Mangino did on his program.

Guarantee can be reviewed in office prior to starting the program. Results may vary based on an individual’s physical health, diet, personal commitment, and adherence to the program. Information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


“For a long time, it was ingrained into my head as a doctor that the only way to lose weight was to eat less and exercise more, but for a lot of people, that presents a real challenge,” explained Dr. Michael Vactor, radio personality, author, doctor of chiropractic, natural health care advocate and weight loss expert. “Everywhere you turn, there are gyms and pills and diets—yet 69 percent of the adult population is still overweight, and that number goes up every year. “Research shows that most people only make it about three days on a diet for two reasons— first, they’re always hungry because they’re used to consuming large amounts of processed food, and second, because they’re not seeing results. It’s hard to have willpower when the scale isn’t moving.”

“Of the more than 3,000 people who have lost weight on the program, we’ve helped more than 100 nurses, a dozen doctors and several pharmacists,” said Dr. Vactor. “Because there are no stimulants involved, we are also able to help people with more serious health problems like diabetes or heart disease.”


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What memories do you treasure most? Which ones do you recount regularly with family and friends? Extraordinary travel experiences are almost certainly at the top of your list.


Presented by: Virtuoso and Pittsburgh Travel Gurus, Gulliver’s Travels 412.441.3131 |

When you’re ready to venture off the beaten path and create new memories to last a lifetime, you’ll find that working with someone you can trust is vital. Gulliver’s Travels has been customizing enriching experiences for discerning travelers for more than 50 years. Through Virtuoso, its professional travel advisors have insider connections to over 1,000 upscale hotels and resorts like these, plus luxury cruises, tours and more. They can arrange VIP treatment wherever you go and ensure you receive complimentary amenities just because you’re a Virtuoso traveler. Moreover, they will take the time to listen to your aspirations and help you create the perfect trip, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy every moment.


The best travel experiences often start with where you stay. Through its affiliation with the international Virtuoso travel network, Pittsburgh travel agency Gulliver’s Travels brings you this selection of incredible hotels and resorts around the world to fuel your travel dreams. Each offers something unique, amazing—and often unexpected.


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The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort


Set on 483 remarkable natural acres of a former coconut plantation and only 25 minutes away from the San Juan International airport, The St. Regis Bahia Beach is the only resort recipient of the distinguished AAA Five Diamond rating in Puerto Rico. Certified as a Gold Audubon Sanctuary, the resort features a pristine two-mile beach; an oceanfront swimming pool; unique nature trails; 139 guestrooms with magnificent views; the iconic St. Regis Butler Service; a world-class Remède Spa; a signature restaurant, Fern, conceived by JeanGeorges Vongerichten; and a challenging oceanfront golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.



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Castello Banfi-Il Borgo A 7,000-acre, family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region, some 40 miles from historic Siena, the Castello Banfi has its origins as an ancient Etruscan settlement and as a Romanesque Renaissance castle that even merited mention by Dante. Its 14 rooms offer privileged privacy and superb comfort with king-size beds, fine furnishings and fabrics. The well-appointed bathrooms boast rain showers and deep tubs and feature unique amenities made from the estate’s Sangiovese grapes. La Taverna restaurant in the arched cellar, where oversize casks of the local Brunello di Montalcino once matured, serves superbly authentic Tuscan cuisine.



Ulusaba Private Game Reserve


As do all of Sir Richard Branson’s resorts, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve prides itself on offering a completely personal and exclusive experience. Here on the edge of the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll

track the “big five” in open vehicles while knowledgeable guides educate you with information about the animals and their habitats. And although you’re deep in the African bush, you’ll experience the five-star

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Wanderlust Destinations


These hand-picked destinations from UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list combine luxury with learning and experience, a combination sure to add extraordinary to any vacation. To be chosen for the World Heritage List a site must have worldly value and represent the art, culture, thought or evolution of our magnificent planet. The sites are both natural and man-made, but all show exceptional beauty and creativity that have somehow helped shaped our world as it is today. The following pages represent just a small percent of the World Heritage list, but are sure to bring intrigue and wanderlust.


Lavaux Vineyard Terraces Coast of Switzerland

The Lavaux Vinyard, stretching 18 miles along the Northern shores of Lake Geneva, is the largest contiguous vineyard in Switzerland. This highly valued wine growing region landed on UNESCO’s World Heritage site list in 2007 due to its contributions to the development of the area around it since the 11th century. Today, the area is sometimes referred to as the “best wine region you’ve never heard of,” due to the fact that virtually no wine is exported. The beautifully made, easy to drink white wine is made in small batches, so once locals and visitors to the area take their share, there is little left. Regardless if you are a wine connoisseur or not, this area will grab your attention with its vast amount of hiking trails and unmistakable gorgeous scenery. From charming farmhouses and long running vineyards to the deep blue waters of Lake Geneva, this area will take your breath away.


From charming farmhouses and long running vineyards to the deep blue waters of Lake Geneva, this area will take your breath away.


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Galapagos Islands Ecuador

One of the original 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Galapagos Islands are 620 miles off the coast of South America in the Pacific Ocean. These 19 islands, only 4 of which are inhabited, were formed by continual seismic and volcanic activity, with each one being the tip of an underwater volcano – those in the west still being active. It is believed that the extremely isolation of the islands has led to the development of numerous, unusual animal and plant life. For the avid diver, these islands are the place to visit. With one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, divers can experience species and geographical formations unlike any other. UNESCO says that the islands are truly a unique living museum and showcase of ecological evolution.


For the avid diver, these islands are the place to visit.


Olympic National Park

Washington State, United States of America

Olympic National Park is every nature lovers dream come alive.


Olympic National Park is world renowned for its vast amount of different ecosystems located within its 1,440 square mile area. From the peak of Mount Olympus to, less than 33 miles away, the undeveloped coastlines of the Pacific Ocean lie rugged peaks and U-shaped valleys as far as the eye can see. Linking ocean to land and mountains are the 11 major river systems that run through the national park. The river systems are home to many anadromous fish species that migrate from sea water to fresh water. The glacier clad mountains are scattered among old growth forests and a protected temperate rainforest. The physical features of this area from rainforest to coastline have created immensely differing vegetation areas and thus the park is home to a varied animal and plant life. Olympic National Park is every nature lovers dream come alive.


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Mont Saint-Michel Normandy, France

This 37 year UNESCO World Heritage site, referred to as the “Wonder of the West,” is a Gothic style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael. It is strategically built atop a rocky islet just 600 meters from shore. Today the island has a population of just 44 people, but was once home to farmers and fisherman that lived in the village just beyond the walls of the abbey. This remarkable mediaeval walled city, crowned by the abbey once had a flourishing monastery known

for as a learning facility. William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy who had conquered England in 1066, inhabited the island and set up his court there. The highest point of the island is the spire at the top of the Abbey’s bell tower, which has become the centerpiece of this historic areas skyline. This site is said to be a technical and artistic masterpiece.

Taj Mahal Agra, India


Taj Mahal is considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in the entire range of Indo-Islamic style. This magnificent structure was built in 1632 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal and completed in 1648AD. Taj Mahal is seen as such a wonder by all who view it due to its acres of shimmering white marble, carved and inlaid Islamic patterns, and a few thousand precious stones. This breathtaking architectural feat is located on the Yamuna River and surrounded by acres upon acres of lush gardens. The four sides of the Taj Mahal are perfectly identical, creating an astonishing mirror image on each side. During construction of the palace its believed 22,000 workers and over 1,000 elephants were used to transport and the build the Taj. With its beauty, it is no shock why there are over three million visitors annually, especially being so easily reachable with only a two hour train ride from Delhi, India.


Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a psychedelic underwater playground for divers with the world’s largest network of coral reef. The area boasts 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish, 4000 types of mollusk, 30 kinds of whales, and a variety of dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles. Not only does the Great Barrier Reef provide a beautiful scenery here on earth, but it is one of the few structures that is visible from space. This natural wonder covers an area of 348,000 square kilometers and can reach over 2000 meters deep in places. Most recently, some have blamed rising sea temperatures for bleaching and killing coral reefs in the area. However scientists say this protected zone is not past the point of recovery.

Queensland, Australia

Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island La Reunion Island may be one of the lesser known World Heritage sites, but it is none the less strikingly beautiful. The scene is set by two major volcanic peaks, large rock walls and cliff-rimmed cirques. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is one of the most active in the world, with frequent, but however short eruptions. This site contains a variety of ecosystems including heaths, cloud forests and subtropical rainforests. The 970 square mile island has a surprising population of around 845,000 that have a love of nature and pride for their homeland. An understandable respect for their surroundings given it’s “most significant and important contribution to the conservation of the terrestrial biodiversity of the Mascarene Islands,” according to UNESCO. Visitors of the Island can choose from a multitude of hiking trails, climbing on the magnificent cliffs, and paragliding over the volcanos, to name a few of the adventures to be had here.


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Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

Country Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, the fortunate result of a volcanic eruption 50-60 million years ago, is a coastal area in Northern Ireland with 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. In the midst of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines, these unique rock formations have inspired legends of giants walking over the sea to get to Scotland. The area showcases spectacular views of the unique columns protruding from the cliffs. Giant’s Causeway is of great geological importance as it has been home to many scientific studies on basaltic volcanos and has helped develop the understanding of activity in the Earth’s geological history. The causeway sees over half a million visitors per year and in 2007 the visitor centre received a National Award of Excellence for ‘Best Tour Visit’ by CIE Tours International, for the 5th consecutive year and has become an important symbol for Northern Ireland.

The Acropolis of Athens


Athens, Greece


This historical monument has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage site list since 1987. It is one of the most recognized symbols of the ancient Greek culture. In the 5th century, under the instruction of sculptor Pheidias, the Athenians transformed a once rocky hill into a sign of the flourishing art and culture of their time. The Acropolis of Athens is a prime example of adapting a natural site into a true expression of supreme architecture. Most notable structures on the mount are the Parthenon, the Erechtheon, and the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis. According to UNESCO, “On this hill were born Democracy, Philosophy, Theatre, Freedom of Expression and Speech, which provide to this day the intellectual and spiritual foundation for the contemporary world and its values.” Through the years this site has been plundered, ransacked, under siege, and set ablaze, yet to this day it still remains looking over the city of Athens.

Cinque Terre, and the Islands Liguria Region, Italy


This UNESCO site is the proverbial place to “get away from it all.â€? These cliffside villages at Cinque Terre are steeped in history and have a scenic view unparalleled by any other, which is what landed it on the World Heritage list in 1997. Most notable are the colorful houses that make up the five medieval fishing villages, which are set amidst a beautiful array of castles, churches and clinging gardens. At this site, a 19th-century rail line shuttles people between the villages as cars have been banned here for over a decade. Those that have settled here over the last millennium have turned this rugged coastline into a haven for specialty seafood cuisine being that it lines on the Mediterranean. Two specialty wines come from the region, Cinque Terre and the SciachetrĂ , both made using local Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes.


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Park Güell

Barcelona, Spain


Description: Park Güell is one of the world’s most impressive public parks and is situated in the heart of Barcelona. Designed and constructed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi in 1900 and completed in 1914, the site eventually became city property in 1923, but continues to be a vibrant park with mil-


lions of visitors. Boasting many archways, colonnades and majestic artwork there is many reasons why so many tourists flock to see this artwork Gaudi intended to show. Throughout the park there is a playground for the mind such as columns that simulate palm tree trunks, quilts of ceramic tiles, and rubble arches that grow out of the ground. Passing the entrance to the park is a smiling dragon made from mosaic tile that stretches down the middle of the divided stairway catching the eyes of children and adults alike. Park Güell is truly a remarkable work of art for many to continue to visit.

Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza Etat de Yucatan, Mexico

The Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s grandest sites constructed by the ancient Mayans. Flourishing between c. 750 and 1200 CE, the site is rich in monumental architecture and sculpture which promote themes of militarism and displays imagery of jaguars, eagles, and feathered-serpents. The most popular site of all Chichen Itza would be that of the towering Castillo pyramid, which consists of cosmological symbolism. Its four sides contain 365 steps that depict the solar year. It also includes 52 panels which depict each year in the Mayan century as well as each week in the solar year and 18 terraces for the eighteen months in the religious year. Tourists who visit this incredible wonder of ancient architecture can also experience what ancient Mayans experienced. The grass fields still exist where the Mayans used to play a similar ball game similar to soccer. This ancient ruin has easy access from Cancun, anyone could take a daytrip and step into Mexico’s deep and majestic past.


The Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s grandest sites constructed by the ancient Mayans.




Classic Holiday Eggnog 4 cups Whole Milk 1 cup Sugar 1 Dozen Egg Yolks 1/2 cup Bourbon 1 cup Chilled Heavy Cream Grated Nutmeg 3 Cinnamon Sticks


Whisk milk and sugar over medium heat in saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Separately, whisk egg yolks. Whisking constantly, pour hot mixture into yolks in a slow and steady stream.


Return mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until desired consistency is reached- 20 to 25 minutes; don’t simmer. Quickly strain into a bowl. Stir in bourbon and cream. Cool completely; cover with plastic-wrap; refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with nutmeg. Add cinnamon sticks before serving.

Christmas Wine

In a medium pot, add ground black pepper, crushed clove buds (and whole stems), cinnamon, nutmeg, whole bay leaf, orange peel, vanilla bean, sugar, and 1/4 cup of red wine. Turn heat on low, and cook until mixture forms into a syrup. Add the remaining red wine into pot and continue heating until it warms to your preferred temperature.Cover and heat over medium-high until heated through, but not boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and heat for an hour or longer to bring all of the flavors together. Adjust the sweetness by adding more brown sugar, as necessary. Strain and serve hot with a splash of brandy, if desired.


1 Bottle of Red Wine 5 Whole Black Peppercorns grind into powder 2 Whole Cloves crushed into powder 1/2 Vanilla Bean 1/4 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 Sliced Orange Peel 1 tbsp Brown Sugar 1/4 tsp Nutmeg 1 Bay Leaf 1/4 cup Brandy



Christmas Angel Cupcakes


1 box Angel Food Cake Mix 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste 1 cup fresh red berries 1 1/4 cups Water 2 tablespoons Sugar 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 2 tablespoons Sugar 2 teaspoons Vanilla Bean Paste Powdered sugar


Heat oven to 375ยบF. Place paper baking cup in each of 32 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, combine cake mix and water with mixer on low speed 1 minute. Pour mix into muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake 15 minutes or until cupcakes are golden brown and cracks on top feel dry. Remove from muffin cups to cool. In bowl, beat whipping cream with mixer on medium-high speed until thickened. Reduce speed; combine sugar and vanilla bean paste. Beat mixture until stiff peaks form. Spoon whipped cream into decorating bag fitted with large star tip. Put whipped cream on top of cooled cupcakes; garnish with berries. Sprinkle tops with powdered sugar.

Holiday Jello Cheer 1 3 oz. envelope of strawberry jello Clear distilled liquor (try flavored vodka, rum, or tequila) 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin Whipped Cream


Starting with the red layer, combine 1 1/4 cup of hot water with red gelatin in a medium bowl. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved, and add 3/4 cup of a spirit of your choice. Fill a shot glass 1/3 of the way full with the hot gelatin mixture. Refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes. Once the red layer is set, dissolve the unflavored gelatin in 3/4 cup of hot water. Stir in half of a 14 oz. can of condensed milk, and combine. Refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes. It’s important to let each layer set so that it won’t bleed into the following layer. Repeat this process 3 more times. Create another red layer, then white, and then red to finish the top. Add whipped cream if desired.


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here’s a reason why Cenacolo owners Steve and Jennifer Salvi spent an exhaustive week in San Francisco obtaining their Neapolitan certification, an endeavor that had them working from early morning until late at night.

“I love pizza,” he laughs. That passion for food, and love of sharing it, is what inspired the couple to open a second restaurant next door. Del Forno, Italian for “out of the oven” succinctly describes the entrees rounding out the menu. But it’s the pizza that will take center stage; and that pizza is serious business.

“We’ve been working on perfecting pizza for about a year. You need to get it right,” he says. Some like it this way and some like it that way. The Salvi’s get it: people are very finicky about their pizza. It’s why the same thoughtful and methodical approach to providing an authentic dining experience—their signature—was applied to all aspects of their new endeavor.

The ovens were imported from Italy. A temperature controlled dough room ensures external elements, such as humidity, hold steady at optimal levels. Doing so creates a more consistent product. Although toppings will vary, customers can choose from two different styles: Neapolitan and Italian. “Neapolitan is chewier, more moist, delicious. Ideally, it should be eaten within 45 seconds of being served. Italian is a thicker crust that can hold more toppings,” he says.


The ambiance encourages a let-your-hair-down approach to a night out. The open kitchen adds to the liveliness, as does the presence of flat screen televisions. However, both food and company are still encouraged to be savored. Bring your kids, your buddies. Sit, stay. There’s no need to rush.


Once plates have been cleared, if you want a change of scenery without having to go too far out of your way, patrons of both restaurants can access a cigar and bourbon room in the back. “Instead of them having to end the night, we wanted to give them additional time to relax.” he explains.

“Family meals have always been huge for us,” he says. “Every week, Jennifer would go to her grandparents on Sunday to eat and I would go on Monday to mine. We saw a need and just started making pasta.” They had no idea just how deep that need would be. Bulging at the seams, an expansion to a full scale restaurant came in 2013 after a chef Steve used to work with said he’d work nights. Cenacolo’s recipe for creating an authentic Italian experience with hand-crafted, unpretentious dishes proved irresistible. Not only for their customers, but for the area restaurants who asked to be supplied by the Salvi’s pasta. Their original mission, to be the best pasta house serving the best pasta, has always remained inclusive. It’s one of the reasons they began offering pasta making classes once a month. Patrons saw the various noodles being crafted by trained pastai in Cenacolo’s fresh market and wanted to get in on the action. As a result, it’s not unusual to see 50 or more people signing up for the two-hour, hands-on course. One that involves fabulous wine and instruction from Jill Pelchen, their “Gnocchi Queen.” In preparation for the cooling temperatures, the menus now include new dishes that are comprised of seasonal ingredients. Think pumpkin, roasted apple, and pecan pancakes for Sunday breakfast and a weekday menu that incorporates savory pumpkins and butternuts. “Our customers are our extended family,” he says. “If it wasn’t for our customers, we wouldn’t be here. I tell all of our people that we have one shot to make them love our place. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so when they come to eat here, they better be blown away.”

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Using premium ingredients to encourage unity, food has become the conduit for this family-run operation to build on a faith-based foundation that values the time friends and family can spend together at the dinner table. The goal is for you to leave satisfied, rested, and in peace.


The Salvi’s have come a long way from an idea that began in their basement back in 2005. Lunch, although hand-prepared using whatever was fresh and available, was served only a few days a week. Soon, though, word got around. Reservations began pouring in; so often that tables were booked weeks in advance. When they started serving dinner, the response was the same.


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Building the Future and Protecting the Past: Building the Future and Protecting the Past: Parkinson Construction Parkinson Construction Taste of Pittsburgh (TOP): How long has Parkinson Construction been in business? Taste of Pittsburgh (TOP): How long has Parkinson Construction been in business? Nigel Parkinson (NP): We have been in business since the early 1980’s – 1983 to be specific. Nigel Parkinson (NP): We have been in business since What the early 1980’s –your 1983decision to be specific. TOP: influenced to get into the construction business? TOP: What influenced your decision to get into the construction business? NP: My background is actually in management. After college and graduate school, I worked with a NP: My background is actually in management. consulting firm that was engaged with various inAfter college and graduate school, I worked with a dustries, and eventually I discovered that construcconsulting firm that was engaged with various intion management was my niche. dustries, and eventually I discovered that construction management was my niche. TOP: What types of projects does your company generally perform? TOP: What types of projects does your company generally perform? NP: Our focus is on large, complex construction projects that are multifaceted. We do a lot of NP: Our focus is on large, complex construction landmark projects and fast-track projects. Some projects that are multifaceted. We do a lot of examples of this are the Verizon Center, Nationals landmark projects and fast-track projects. Some Stadium and the Washington, DC Convention examples of this are the Verizon Center, Nationals Center. Stadium and the Washington, DC Convention Center. TOP: Is there a job that your company has worked on that you are particularly proud of? TOP: Is there a job that your company has worked on that you areare particularly proud of? that sticks NP: Well, there lots, but one project out most in my mind would be our work on the NP: Well, there are lots, but one project that sticks reconstruction of the Pentagon after 9/11. That out most in my mind would be our work on the was such an emotional time, and to be able to help reconstruction of the Pentagon after 9/11. That rebuild a piece of that momentous structure was was such an emotional time, and to be able to help truly meaningful to us. rebuild a piece of that momentous structure was truly meaningful to us. TOP: What attributes of Parkinson Construction do you feel set you apart from your competitors? TOP: What attributes of Parkinson Construction do you We feelstrive set you yourofcompetitors? NP: to apart createfrom a culture pride in who we are and what we do, and we are totally dedicated to NP: We strive to create a culture of pride in who we are and what we do, and we are totally dedicated to

overall customer satisfaction, quality and integrity. When we say we will do something, we get it done overall customer satisfaction, quality and integrity. on time, efficiently and with the utmost degree of When we say we will do something, we get it done quality and professionalism. on time, efficiently and with the utmost degree of quality andthat professionalism. Another thing sets us apart is our dedication to the community. Parkinson Construction partners Another thing that sets us apart is our dedication to with DC’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs the community. Parkinson Construction partners (ORCA) which is a program started by the mayor with DC’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs that aims to help citizens who have been incarcer(ORCA) which is a program started by the mayor ated find employment, housing, education and that aims to help citizens who have been incarcerhealthcare once they reenter society. ated find employment, housing, education and once theyofreenter Onehealthcare other involvement note issociety. our partnership with a local Catholic high school for girls that offers One other involvement of note is our partnership training and internships for young women who wish with a local Catholic high school for girls that offers to pursue careers in engineering, design and the training and internships for young women who wish construction field. to pursue careers in engineering, design and the construction field. your company was in charge TOP: Locally speaking of the repurposing and constructing of buildings TOP: Locally speaking your company was in charge in East Liberty and turning them into what is now of the repurposing and constructing of buildings Hotel Indigo. Could you tell us more about that in East Liberty and turning them into what is now particular project? Hotel Indigo. Could you tell us more about that project? NP:particular Hotel Indigo comprises several previously existing buildings merged with new construction. NP: Hotel Indigo comprises several previously One of our passions is the repurposing of existing existing buildings merged with new construction. structures into something new and functional. This One of our passions is the repurposing of existing joining of different buildings has created a unique structures into something new and functional. This structure in which no two rooms are exactly the joining of different buildings has created a unique same -- they have different ceiling heights, sizes, structure in which no two rooms are exactly the windows and angles. We believe that we have same -- they have different ceiling heights, sizes, created a remarkable hotel that exchanges cookie windows and angles. We believe that we have cutter space for interesting areas that project the rich created a remarkable hotel that exchanges cookie character and history of a distinctive part of the City cutter space for interesting areas that project the rich of Pittsburgh. character and history of a distinctive part of the City of Pittsburgh.

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