Bloomfield

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Christina Howell waves and smiles at neighbors as she walks toward Bloomfield’s main drag on a sweltering July morning. She’s lived nearby for 12 years, and she loves the place.

Friends of Mik Pappas

For the first time in 24 years, Ron Costa, Sr., will face an opponent in the Nov. 7 election for magisterial district judge. Attorney Mik Pappas is running to unseat him in Pennsylvania’s 31st Magisterial District, which includes eight East End neighborhoods.

Running as an Independent, Pappas calls himself progressive.

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After threats of its cancellation, the annual Bloomfield Halloween Parade is back on for its 49th consecutive year.

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Just off Penn Avenue, where Bloomfield meets Friendship and borders Garfield, a gate opens onto a narrow courtyard surrounded by low-slung storage garages. They may look as though they’ve seen better days, but Kristin Hughes thinks their best lie ahead.

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A team of graphic designers and marketing consultants are working their way through five neighborhoods to help local entrepreneurs.

The group Up To Know Good is spending its third year setting up pop-up storefronts in less-affluent neighborhoods. This week Up To, as its known for short, will pop up in the North Side and the Hill District the following week. 

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A law requiring businesses in Pittsburgh to give workers paid sick leave has been tied up for nearly a year in the courts, so a workers advocacy group is taking the fight directly to restaurant owners.

Bob Studebaker (L), Sidewall Project (R)

A Pittsburgh artist, who prefers to be known simply as “Brick,” has been displaying art on an exterior wall of her house in Bloomfield for more than two years.

She refers to it as “The Sidewall Project,” and it began as an opportunity for artists to have their work displayed in a public space.

The current exhibit was created by Richard Pell and is a familiar sight to many Pittsburghers.

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Neighborhoods around Pittsburgh are preparing for National Night Out, an event focused on building positive community and police relations.

Aggie Brose, Deputy Director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, said organizers in those communities plan to hand out safety essentials, in addition to fostering community building.

“We’re gonna have a disc jockey, there will be face painting and lots of other children’s activities,” she said. “We’re going to be giving out light bulbs, to light up their porches and safety locks for their guns.”

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Local elected officials gathered in Bloomfield on Monday to celebrate the opening of the Penn Mathilda Apartments, a new affordable housing development meant to keep low-income residents in the East End, especially as gentrification pushes up rent payments.

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The arrest of Max Gonzales, a 22-year-old Carnegie Mellon University student identified by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Graffiti Squad as "number one on the Squad's list of most wanted offenders," has sparked sometimes contentious discussions about vandalism, art and community identity in a changing city.

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According to the Department of Justice, 293,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted each year, and those are just the instances that are reported.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event that aims to greatly reduce sexual violence by bringing awareness to the issue, is coming to Pittsburgh on Saturday September 12, according to event coordinator and sexual assault survivor Camille Goleb.

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Standing on a new dek hockey rink under the Bloomfield Bridge in front of a line of Pittsburgh police officers, Mayor Bill Peduto dedicated the field to the late officer Paul Sciullo II.

Sciullo was one of three officers shot and killed in a 2009 Stanton Heights ambush. That year the baseball field under the bridge was named after the officer.

Local business owners have high hopes heading into Small Business Saturday.

Across Pittsburgh, hundreds of locally owned restaurants and retailers are offering specials, events and giveaways the day after Black Friday to drive up sales as part of a movement launched by American Express in 2010 to get holiday shoppers out of the malls and into the mom and pop shops.

Audrey Guskey, an associate professor of marketing at Duquesne University, said the movement has gotten a lot of attention so far this year.