Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Ross Park Mall...

My Fellow Tattlers,

Well, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an article if Ross Park Mall's formula is working:

A year after southwestern Pennsylvania finally got its very own Nordstrom store -- tucked, in true Pittsburgh fashion, high on a hill out of sight for confused drivers -- mall workers credit the Seattle chain for drawing shoppers from far off environs: New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Shadyside.The article can be seen here:

Personally, I have not a problem with the mall going upscale. However it would be nice if the powers that be would diversify. Like any good stock portfolio, you should diversify. In the sense of retail -- have a variety of stores.

In this Tattler's opinion, Ross Park Mall is all high end CLOTHING stores. It would be nice if management could attract other retailers such as a book store or something to do with electronics.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Fall Things To Do...

My Fellow Tattlers,

As the leaves continue to change colors, means several events are coming up. Below is my list of must sees during this Tattler's favorite time of the year.

Soergel's -- This beloved apple orchard in Wexford is always a must see for my family. It is just a fun place to go. Once upon a time they had a huge pig named Tubby, who I fear is in a better place these days. The cider is dynamite and it's a great place to bring the kids.

Oktoberfest at Sisters of Divine Providence - This convent in McCandless sure knows how to have some fun. Come out on Saturday, October 17 to celebrate the harvest!

North Hills High School - A car cruise and homecoming carnival will be held on Saturday, October 3.
Several North Hills clubs, athletic groups and booster organizations will offer carnival games and activities including a hole-in-one putting game, football toss, bean bag toss, duck pond and a dunk tank where students can “dunk the principal.”

Winchester Thurston School - This school in Allison Park will hold its Apple Fest on Saturday, October 10. This event will include hay rides, live entertainment and family activities.

McKnight Road - Come and get your pumpkins and cornstalks in the parking lot of Ross Towne Center along McKnight Road. More details are coming.

If there are any events you'd recommend, let this Tattler know!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Who is Tom Michalow?

My fellow Tattlers,

I asked the same question when I got a campaign mailer yesterday. Well, he is the Democrat candidate running for the Allegheny Council seat against incumbent Matt Drozd (R).

I am not one to endorse candidates on this web site because I honestly hate how newspapers do such actions. However, I like voters to be informed. So, if Drozd's people or any other candidates want me to inform about their preferred candidate, you can reach me: sirfuller@hotmail.com.

This guy has a website at http://michalowforcountycouncil.com. Personally, I don't think he has a chance but stranger things have happened. Below are some adjustments to his web site he should make to become a little more competitive:

- Throughout his web site Michalow touts his background as a member of Avalon Borough Council. This is a good thing but the site lays it on a little thick. He should focus more on his background as a teacher. Most revere teachers much more than politicians.

- Michalow should put real issues on the web site. As a regular voter I would be more inclined to see what he thinks about Allegheny County-related issues such as the drink tax, city-county merger, airport opportunities, etc.

- I wish Michalow would Please, please, please upgrade his web site. It would be great if he could include some videos talking about specific issues. If that is too difficult, Michalow could create a YouTube page where such videos could be posted.

While I consider myself a moderate conservative, that doesn't mean I would never vote for Michalow. This Tattler is sick of partisan politics and votes for people on both sides of the aisle. I would just ask that Michalow give us Tattlers more information about his ideas.

These are just a few tips I'm offering as someone who has covered local politics for several years (RIP McKnight Journal). Trust me, these are good tips.

I wish you the best of luck Tom Michalow.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rivers Casino...

My Fellow Gamblers... ah, I mean Tattlers :)

I went to the Rivers Casino the other day and here are my thoughts:

- Those machines are tight! After an afternoon of playing, they weren't giving me any wins. Oh slot machine gods, at least play with me a little bit.

- They have video blackjack tables that are very creepy. It has a huge screen with a computerized dealer that looks at you when it's your turn. Way too surreal. Additionally, the woman dealers are in French maid outfits for you perverts :)

- The line to get a player's card was super long, however it moves really fast.

- The buffet is overpriced. Lunch is $13-ish and dinner is $25. It includes a salad bar and several stations such as American, Italian, Chinese, pizza, dessert and others. The ribs in the American section were overcooked and tasted more like beef jerky. The Mongolian section was something different and the pizza was good.

While I had a few minor issues with the buffet, the food was generally good for a buffet. I still believe it was not worth the money. If they added more seafood items on the buffet, it might be worth it.

The Post-Gazette's phantom diner, Munch, gave it a decent review. I have heard rumors that Munch is actually four different PG reporters but that is besides the point. Munch's article is here.

- I tend to travel to Las Vegas every other year and I'm used to casinos with a theme. The Rivers Casino has no theme, which was weird to me. It's not a necessary condition, however I felt it would be cool if it had a theme. By the way, I recommend the buffet at Paris in Las Vegas.

- Much like Kennywood and Sandcastle -- this is a good people watching spot. I love people watching!

In the end, I'd recommend giving the Rivers Casino a visit. I had a good time but wish Lady Luck was on my side.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Help a good cause...

My Fellow Tattlers,

I recieved an E-mail from a reader and must say, if you're looking for a good cause this is a great one. So come on out this Friday and enjoy yourself while lending a helping hand to a great charity.

My daughter Chelsea (16 yrs old) has organized a concert, "Face the Music,"
which will benefit Family Resources in their fight to prevent child abuse.
The concert will feature a fantastic local teenage band
"Crossing Boundaries"
with Courtney Barker as the opening act.

The concert is at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 28 at the
Family Resources retreat center in Mars.

Tickets can be purchased that night
for $10.

Additional information is available at www.familyresourcesofpa.org

It's a great cause.

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