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  Project Lifesaver – Bringing Loved Ones Home

By: Paula Green April is “Autism Awareness” month and during this observance, we bring you the latest developments in assisting those with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, intellectual disabilities and other special needs.   Law enforcement and other emergency responders have a powerful tracking system available that helps bring your loved ones home.  “Project Lifesaver” is a program […]

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Fresh Healthy Vending: Make the Smart Snack Choice

  Fresh Healthy Vending is dedicated to inspiring all of us to make healthy snack choices. That very important choice can only be made when healthy choices are available. With that in mind, Fresh Healthy Vending provides communities with vending machines stocked with only healthy, delicious and natural foods.  For example, Fresh Healthy Vending is […]

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Mover and Shaker of the Month

Hana Haatainen-Caye Speechless was launched ten years ago By: Paula Green Earth Day is commemorated in the United States on April 22.  It is a time when we celebrate the beauty of our planet and think “greener thoughts.”  One local woman, Hana Haatainen-Caye has not only grown to appreciate greener and healthier living she has […]

Starting the Conversation Vaccinations: A Tough Decision

By Marianne Reid Anderson Parents today seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to vaccinating their children. Medical experts are telling them that their children need to be vaccinated

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By Paula Green and Marianne Reid Anderson Adding your own unique flare to your wedding will keep your guests talking for years. Check out these great ideas and locations for help expressing the wonderful and one-of-a-kind couple you are.

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Trading stories and sharing a favorite book or song with a new friend. Being greeted with smiles and high-fives from staff and team-mates after scoring the winning point. Always fitting in, just for being you.

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Vincentian Academy is a world-class, highly vibrant, Catholic secondary school and is located conveniently in the heart of the North Hills.  Now in its 83rd year, Vincentian Academy

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Bringing new retail, dining, entertainment, offices, housing and hotels, McCandless Crossing becomes a preferred destination while boosting the local economy McCandless Crossing has been a vision of Perrysville native, Kevin Dougherty, since growing-up here in the North Hills. Located at the cross-roads of McKnight Road and Duncan Avenue, the new McCandless Crossing is a 1.2 […]

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Starting the Conversation Vaccinations: A Tough Decision

By Marianne Reid Anderson Parents today seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to vaccinating their children. Medical experts are telling them that their children need to be vaccinated

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Starting the Conversation: Coping with an Empty Nest?

By Marianne Reid Anderson I can’t even cope with putting my dog in a kennel, let alone sending children, of-age or not, off into the world. After years of helicopter parenting, how do you stop hovering and let go? From school age, to sleep-away camps, to college, to that first apartment? As the child to […]

Starting the Conversation – What is the Fad with Fad Diets?

By Marianne Reid Anderson When I read Joella Baker’s article on “Sticking With It,” I know she’s right and that exercise and a nutritious diet are the key. But fad diets just seem so alluring.  Why is that? A good friend of mine recently lost a lot of weight and when I asked how he […]

Starting the Conversation: Dress Code

Should Students Dress for Success? Going to private school and being “required” to wear a uniform, for me, was great! No decisions, no competition, no peer pressure for a fashionable anything – just grab and go for all day, jeans and T’s when I got home. Sweet and Simple. Perfect. It was also great for […]

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A SUMMER OF HOPE…

 By Rosemary Garrity  Keep those fingers crossed! Can the Pirates not only repeat the great season they had last year…or better yet…surpass it??  That’s what most Pittsburghers are hoping they can do. And why not?  The roster is very strong with players like hometown hero, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutcheon, Pedro Alvarez, and Gerrit Cole, to […]

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PyroFest 2014! America’s Largest and Most Fantastic Fireworks Festival

By Marianne Reid Anderson Appearing on May 24, 2014 at Hartwood Acres, PyroFest is a one-of-akind spectacular fireworks event designed to amaze, thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. On May 24th the sky will become a festival of light and pyrotechnic special effects that are choreographed with split-second timing to a monumental musical score. […]

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A New Celiac’s Fight for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

By:  Joella Baker This will be my first holiday going gluten-free.  I’m actually excited about the naturally gluten-free items that I plan to include in my Thanksgiving.  I love food and I love to eat and I especially love my Thanksgiving favorites. Just because now I’m gluten-free doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the holiday […]

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Staying Fit when You’re Back in School 

    By:  Joella Baker   Staying active throughout the school year is tough for those kids who don’t participate in organized sports.  Summer is a great time to be out swimming, riding bikes and just being outside.

Exercise and Diet: Myths and Facts to Help You Succeed

By:  Joella Baker I’m always hearing people talk about the different diets they are trying and ways they plan to lose weight, lose it fast and keep it off.    The truth is there is no easy way to do this.   If you really want to lose weight and have it last, it takes the following…

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Need to Get-Away: Visit Garrett County

Neighboring Garrett County, Maryland has been selected by Travel & Leisure as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors. Located only two hours outside of Pittsburgh, Garrett County is the western-most county in Maryland and home to: Deep Creek Lake, the state’s largest freshwater lake Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only ski resort (32 slopes & trails for […]

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All That Glimmers Bridal Event

  You and members of your family, friends and wedding partyare cordially invited toPittsburgh’s Premier Wedding Show: All That Glimmers Bridal Event Saturday, March 15th11-3pmVIP starts at 10am Conveniently held at The Grand Room of the new Holy Trinity Center985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237(at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road) VIP Event […]

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Fresh Healthy Vending: Make the Smart Snack Choice

  Fresh Healthy Vending is dedicated to inspiring all of us to make healthy snack choices. That very important choice can only be made when healthy choices are available. With that in mind, Fresh Healthy Vending provides communities with vending machines stocked with only healthy, delicious and natural foods.  For example, Fresh Healthy Vending is […]

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Day and Night, Over the Bar Bicycle Café Lights-Up the North Park Boathouse

By: Marianne Reid Anderson Ever since Over The Bar Bicycle Café opened its North Park Boathouse location a little over a year ago, the North Park Boathouse has become the place to enjoy a fabulous meal, great ambiance,

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Business Spotlight: Hey Baby! 4D Ultrasound Studio. Let’s Take a Look at You!

3D/4D Imaging of Your Bundle of Joy Through 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound technology, Hey Baby! 4D ultrasound studio offers you a personal and profound look at your baby-in-waiting. Performed in the same

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Dayalan and Associates: Family, Primary Care and so much more!

Dayalan and Associates Family Medicine, a division of Genesis Medical Associates, is a NCQA-recognized Level-3 Patient Centered Medical Home, providing complete medical management for all patients, and serving as your home base to manage every aspect of communication within your network of caregivers while providing a secure patient-portal for access to your medical records.

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2015 Healthcare Guide

Northern Connection Magazine’s 2015 Healthcare Guide   Massucci Vision Plus 6600 Brooktree Road; Suite 2800 Wexford, Pa. 15090 724-719-2712 www.visionsource-massuccivisionplus.com  Orthopedic Specialists – UPMC 1-877-471-0935 www.upmc.com/orthospecialists Donna Summers Moul, MSED., PC Certified Life Coach Mars, Pa. 724-935-6275 Dr. Chufo’s Weight Loss and Wellness www.drchufosweightlossandwellness.com 1-800-900-THIN Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and The University of […]

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Chiropractic Family Health Center: Healing Peripheral Neuropathy

Chiropractic Family Health Center announces a breakthrough treatment protocol for treating peripheral neuropathy pain, a common condition with devastating effects and thought to be incurable.

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Just a Thought—Viva la Difference

    By Janice Lane Palko During the Christmas holidays, my husband, 25 and 20-year-old sons and I went to see Les Misérable at the movie theater.  It was the only movie that all four of us had not seen so that’s why we chose it.  While I enjoyed it, I could tell after 10 […]

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Just a Thought: A Christmas Collage By Janice Lane Palko

This year I will celebrate my 53rd Christmas, and I guess I have enough years under my belt to wax a little nostalgic on Christmases past.  It has happened gradually, but Christmas has changed a lot over the decades.  When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, the month of December was a […]

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Spook-tacular Trivia – Haunted Tales, Trails & Films with a Pittsburgh Twist

By: Paula Green It’s that time of the year again for haunted legends and bewitching folklore.  The spookiness and intrigue becomes more spine-tingling when the tales are found within our own region.  This month, we’ll explore some supernatural Pittsburgh tales and look at scary movies that were filmed in our area.

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Northern Connection’s 15th Annual Wedding Issue

Feature your business in Northern Connection Magazine’s upcoming WEDDING ISSUE! Email: northcon@consolidated.net for ad rates and more information! Space is limited! This issue will also be delivered at the All That Glimmers Bridal Event on March 15th, 2014. At The Grand Room at the Holy Trinity Center in the North Hillshosted byArista Catering and Event Planning!