Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving...

My fellow Tattlers,

Here is an article that will bring a smile to your face this Thanksgiving.

Don't eat too much turkey. Oh wait, I already did! ZZZzzzZZZzzz

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Post Gazette...

Well this Tattler's question was answered in the online edition of the Post-Gazette. The newspaper's TV editor, Rob Owen, does a weekly Q&A of anything related to television. His latest post can be found HERE.

Q: This is a strange question, but I'm sure you get plenty of those. I tend to watch Fox News frequently and noticed something on several occasions.

During their prime-time lineup I think Verizon may be poaching some extra commercial time. Near the end of commercial breaks, a Verizon FIOS commercial airs, and when it is finished the channel comes back to the program already in progress.

For example, when I'm watching O'Reilly, the show will go to commercial then the Verizon ad will run at the end of the break. Afterwards O'Reilly is about 30 seconds into his next topic.

Is Verizon taking extra commercial time? I know this sounds crazy, but I see it happening all the time.

Any thoughts?

-- Jeff, 28, Ross

Rob: Verizon said it was human error.

"The advertising contractor that develops the ad insertion schedules incorrectly scheduled a 60-second spot instead of a 30-second spot during that program on Fox News, causing the spillover into programming," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. "The contractor has updated the insertions schedules."

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Northway Mall...

First of all, I know that Northway Mall officials changed the shopping center's name almost 2 years ago to Shoppes at Northway. Oooh! Sounds so cosmopolitan. Sorry, you're still Northway Mall to me just like how Mellon Arena will remain as the Civic Arena until it's demolished.

But I digress, I hope Northway Mall officials have an ace up their sleeve because they are facing one tough poker hand. The closing of The Kid Company adds to the amount of vacancies including the former location of Value City.

So what should mall officials do? I actually have no idea but this has been racking my brain for some time. Any ideas?

I remember the days of the mall boasting that humongous bird cage. Remember? How can you forget it!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Business Update...

Here are a few tidbits about businesses in the North Hills. This post has been a long time coming so some of this happened a little while back.

- The Kid Company has closed at Northway Mall. As of last week, signs said it was temporarily closed but according to a Post-Gazette article in Wednesday's edition -- it is closed permanently.

- Famous Dave's seems closed. The last few times I have driven past the location near TGI Friday's, it seemed shut down. Any of you Tattlers have any scoop on this?

- Firehouse Grille and Pizza has opened up along Babcock Blvd in Ross Township. It is owned by a resident of Laurel Gardens. It seems it has taken over the location of Toscana's Pizza.

Any business tips? Email

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North Hills fall play this weekend...

North Hills Senior High School will present it's annual fall play from Thursday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 22. The school's drama club will perform "A Christmas Carol."

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and tickets are on the cheap. The show will hit the stage at 8 p.m.

Maybe this will get all you Tattlers in the spirit for the upcoming holiday season. Remember the lesson you learn from this Charles Dicken's classic as you struggle an Elmo Live toy from another shopper's grip on Black Friday.

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LL Bean Opening at Ross Park this weekend...

In continuing its steps towards offering a more up-scale retail center, Ross Park Mall will open its L.L. Bean store this weekend. Several events are planned for the opening:

The store will mark it's opening with several activities planned from Friday, Nov. 21 - Sunday, Nov. 23. Events include birds of prey demonstrations, Outdoor Discovery Schools clinics, a book signing with L.L. Bean Chairman Leon Gorman, fly casting demos and a GPS techno-treasure hunt.

This Tattler believes that while the L.L. Bean store will be something a bit different, this direction Ross Park Mall is taking may not be fruitful. While I wish the retailer the best, going upscale may not be the wisest decision given these economic times.

In the spirit of our flagship store in Maine, our new Pittsburgh store will remain open 24-hours a day throughout the celebration weekend. Visitors are urged to stop by after 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for refreshments, live music and giveaways.

WHAAAAT? 24-hours? You know at 3 a.m. I sometimes wake up in a cold sweat wondering where I can get a fleece sweatshirt or some outdoor gear.

Hey, at least some private security or off-duty cops will make an extra buck!

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