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“Garden Installation” hints at eclectic Northside history

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Photo: This photo, taken in 1986, shows the raw site of  "Garden Installation," before work began. Courtesy of Winifred Lutz By Amy George Many old buildings throughout Pittsburgh hold clues that point to their versatile histories. The...

Performance art in Fineview celebrates connections in unlikely spaces

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A new event series created by Bike Pittsburgh and the Office of Public Art celebrates city steps. By Haley McMonagle On Oct. 11 and 12, H. Gene Thompson, a nonbinary artist working in collaboration with Fineview...

Northsiders can borrow tools for free at neighboring library

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Photo: A shelf of the tool library's available power tools, courtesy of Dan Malakoff. Library card holders can borrow over 600 hand and power tools from the collection. By Dan Malakoff Once a tool library opened in...

Northside native leaves her impact

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Photo: Dorothy Mae Richardson speaks at the 16th anniversary of Neighborhood Housing Services with former Mayor and Pennsylvania State Representative Tom Murphy (from left); former Pittsburgh Mayor Caliguiri; and former Neighborhood Housing Services Executive...

BreadWorkS celebrates 40 years

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In the following 2015 feature story, The Northside Chronicle dives into the day-to-day processes of bread making at “Pittsburgh Born and Bread” bakery, BreadWorks, located in Charles Street Valley*. On Oct. 19, BreadWorks will...

Etta Cox a staple of Northside jazz

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The enduring career of Etta Cox is one of successes, challenges, and interminable faith. By Zach Armstrong Photo by Kahmeela Friedson Audiences in jazz clubs, Broadway theaters, film screenings and social gatherings have found themselves entertained for...

Local TV host a “one-man production company”

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Timmy Willis, professional drummer for 52 years, talks about what piqued his interest in the instrument, his love for videography, and his ties to Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). By Alexander Oh Not many people can say...

Game of chess empowers women, communities through strategic thinking

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Ashley Lynn Priore was four years old when she began playing competitive chess. Now she runs her own nonprofit, The Queen's Gambit Chess Institute, to teach others the "science of decision making." By S. Rose...

Naomi Ritter, founder of The Finesse Institute, on inventive media solutions

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Correction: In the August print edition of The Northside Chronicle, Finesse Institute Founder Naomi Ritter was incorrectly identified as a mother. Ritter is not a mother. We sincerely regret the error. Naomi Ritter started her...

Fineview’s Dolores Swartworth led a life of service

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Dolores Swartworth, longtime Northside activist and resident of Fineview, died on May 24. In her 88 years, she was a dedicated volunteer, community activist, and spiritual inspiration. By Amanda Andrews Photos courtesy of the Northside Leadership...