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Local teen competes on U.S. fencing team at Maccabi Games in Germany

Squirrel Hill teen Guy Waks Beresteanu will compete on the U.S. Juniors Male Fencing team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games in Berlin this summer. The competition takes place every four years and represents Europe’s largest Jewish sporting event from more than 30 countries worldwide. 

For the first time since World War II, the games will be held in Germany. The event also occurs 50 years after the establishment of German-Israeli relations. This celebration of Jewish unity, culture and heritage takes place next week at Olympic Park in Berlin, the same location where Jewish athletes were prohibited from participating in the 1936 Olympic Games. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States and the Pittsburgh Jewish community at this historic world event,” says 14-year-old Beresteanu, who will attend Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill this fall. 

Beresteanu has been fencing since he was 6 and has competed at the 2014 USA Fencing National Championships, where he earned a C15 rating. He has also qualified for the 2015 U.S. national competition in San Jose, Calif. 

“I love fencing because it is very intense,” he says. “You have to be extremely fast and accurate, and it’s also a mental game.”

The 2015 European Maccabi Games take place July 27 through Aug. 5. For more information, visit http://www.emg2015.de/en.

Yinzer accent makes late night

Actor Patrick Wilson, an alum of Carnegie Mellon University’s theater department, shared his best Pittsburgh impersonation with Seth Myers on NBC last week.

Myers, whose father holds a degree from CMU as well, talked Stillers, Gullifty’s and the Original Hot Dog shop with Wilson, who appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers to promote his movie Space Station 76.

“It’s an accent that exists just at the confluence of the three rivers,” Myers quipped.

Watch the stars swap their yinzer accents here.

A guide to Pittsburgh's indie movie theaters

Emma, a blogger for iheartpgh.com, offers up a twist on a familiar summer ritual. "When the weather starts heating up, sometimes the only thing to do is go inside. This season many of us will take to the air-conditioned refuge of our local megaplexes. To switch things up, I offer you a list of local independently owned theaters. Many of the theaters screen the same new releases, but also provide character and unique programming."

To read Emma's sweet guide to Pittsburgh's little guy theaters, click here.

Suburban-in-City apts. opening at Summerset at Frick Park

Pennrose Properties and Ralph Falbo are opening a series of apartment complexes next month called The Gateway at Summerset. Located within the Summerset at Frick Park development, the complex will feature sidewalks and lawns just like other housing on the site as well as the community center and other suburban amenities. The goal? To mix the best of suburban life with the excitement of Pittsburgh's city and nightlife, only minutes away.

To read more, click here.

Legendary Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill is featured on the National Geographic Channel

We wouldn't call millions of vinyl records in storage and on sale to a vinyl-loving clientele hoarding...still, Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill received national attention on the National Geographic Channel's Taboo series Tuesday night in a piece on "Hoarders," alongside a woman who shares her home with 400 pigs...

Watch it on the National Geographic Channel.

Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill still "top dog" national destination for vinyl

A USA Today feature about this past weekend's national Record Store Day celebration calls out Jerry's Records as the "top dog" in the country for vinyl shopping. "A repository of 3 million vinyl discs, with a side room of 25,000 78 rpm records," the Squirrel Hill landmark has cemented Pittsburgh as a "hub for collectors."

Read the complete USA Today article.

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CAPA student percussionist plays for first lady for second time

Jason Yoder, a 16-year-old junior at CAPA, has performed not once, but twice, for first lady Michelle Obama. In September, the percussionist performed with world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma for Obama and the other G-20 delegates' spouses during the summit. And Yoder, a Squirrel Hill resident, performed again by invitation on Wed., Nov 4, Yoder in the White House Music Series' Classical Music Student Workshop Concert.

"It is just truly an honor for Jason and for the school and for our district. We tell our students all the time that the arts will take them anywhere, and this is especially true for Jason," CAPA principal Melissa Pearlman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Click here to read the complete Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Jason Yoder.

Dozen Bake Shop: America's best cupcakes in your own backyard

Dozen Bake Shop has made Forbes Traveler's roundup of the best cupcakes in America, sharing the honor with New York's famed Magnolia Bakery, among others. Getting special attention is Dozen's "delectable" Cosmo cupcake, which is "made with dried cranberries soaked in vodka and lime juice with a tangy lime buttercream spread on top, inspired, of course, by the popular cocktail the Cosmopolitan."

"People are drawn to cupcakes because of their versatility, uniqueness, and convenience," says James Gray, owner and head baker for Dozen Bake Shop. "Cupcakes are so easy to eat and don't require plates or utensils."

Dozen has locations in Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, Downtown and the North Side, and recently announced a South Side spot

Click here to read the complete Forbes Traveler article.

Dunkin' Donuts: First national chain to go kosher in Pittsburgh

Good news for those who love apple fritters and Bavarian cream as much as they love their religion: Dunkin' Donuts, in Squirrel Hill, is now kosher.

This marks the first national chain to go kosher in all of Pittsburgh.

After being approached by Squirrel Hill residents, the Dunkin' Donuts--which opened at Forbes and Shady Avenues in a few weeks ago in the former Boston Market spot--altered its standard menu to adhere to Jewish dietary laws. The doughnut shop makes three kosher restaurants in Squirrel Hill. The total number of kosher-certified businesses there up to 10. The Squirrel Hill Dunkin' Donuts is one of just 35 kosher Dunkin' Donuts nationwide

"In addition to special kitchen equipment and storage requirements, the Squirrel Hill location dropped its line of flatbread sandwiches and breakfast meats. Instead, the restaurant offers vegetarian sausage and bacon on its breakfast sandwiches," reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

We'll pick a local, independent business over a chain on almost any day, but it's still refreshing to see Dunkin' Donuts taking into account the neighborhood's wants and needs.

Click here to read the complete Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article.

From grime to glam: Posh Pittsburgh neighborhoods

CNN highlights Pittsburgh by focusing on some of our neighborhoods that offer "great shopping and even better dining."

The article recommends exploring the formerly seedy, now-hot Lawrenceville for locally owned boutiques (including Sugar) and eateries (they suggest trying to the lasagna at BYOB Piccolo Forno; we suggest the wood-fired pizza preceded by a margarita at the Round Corner Cantina just across the street). The Strip District gets called out as a foodie destination--there's java at 21st Street Coffee and Tea (a Pop City favorite) and sweet treats at Enrico Biscotti Company.

The article also recommends fashionistas pop into e.b. Pepper and Moda on Shadyside's Walnut Street, and refuel in Squirrel Hill with Thai at Bangkok Balcony and cupcakes at Dozen.

And though Sewickley's not quite a city neighborhood, the borough--11 miles northwest of the city--makes an appearance, thanks to its unique boutiques and the affordably chic food at the Sewickley Cafe.

The article also guides readers to a CNN video that chronicles Pittsburgh's progression from a depressed steel town to the revitalized host of the G-20 global summit.

To read the complete CNN article, click here.
To view the CNN video, click here.

Picture-perfect: Pop City photographer profiled in Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Pop City photographer Brian Cohen and his family in a recent "I Picked Pittsburgh" feature.

After meeting in Israel and spending time together in London, Oxford, Ethiopia and Binghamton, N.Y., British-born Cohen and his wife, New Jersey-native Ilyssa Manspeizer, decided to move to Pittsburgh with their four children in 2006. The family now resides in Squirrel Hill.

The family was looking for an urban environment with opportunities for both the parents and kids. Manspeizer is now the park resource manager for the Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation, and Cohen, in addition to his position with Pop City, teaches at Chatham University and is working on a project that contrasts the city today with the record of the great photographer W. Eugene Smith from the 1950s.

To read the complete Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, click here.

Pittsburgh's got game: Silky's in Squirrel Hill a top U.S. sports bar

Squirrel Hill's Silky's Sports Bar and Grill has ranked as the fourth best sports bar in the U.S., according to lifestyle website Digital City.

"This low-key Squirrel Hill sports pub may not look like much from the outside, but once inside, you'll see its character," Digital City fawns. "Enjoy the warm atmosphere, great beer selection and big crowds on game night."

We agree, Digital City, but you forgot one thing. What about Silky's crowning achievement--its table shuffleboard? That's what truly sets this bar apart.

To read the complete article click here.

If twee could be edgy: Pittsburgh small presses make some big noise

Picking up on a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature, The New Yorker is now hip to Pittsburgh's killer indie lit scene. Yes, we've got tons of small publishers and literary journals; yes, they're all beautifully named (Encyclopedia Destructica has got quite the ring); and yes, as The New Yorker remarks, "this town rules" a ton more than Sienna Miller ever realized during her brief stay here a few years back. The flattering post hails not only our publications and publishers, but also our hills, railroads and blast furnaces, and unique neighborhoods such as Polish Hill and Squirrel Hill.

To read the complete post click here.

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