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This Week In Pittsburgh History: Pitt Wins the National Title!

DHREA 29/11/2017

 

Eighty years ago, the game of football didn’t carry the popularity it does today. But we here in Pittsburgh never really wait for things to be popular to start winning championships and dominating our competition. In a 10-0 win over Duke on November 27th, 1937, the Pitt Panthers completed their season with a 9-0-1 record. The only blemish, a tie, occurred earlier in the season in a 0-0 draw with Fordham at the iconic Polo Grounds.

Despite the tie, the Panthers would go on to “share” the national championship that season. After the 1937 Rose Bowl controversy surrounding the selection of the 1936 National Champion Pitt Panthers over a “more marketable” SEC team (imagine that), the Panthers declined their invitation to the 1938 Rose Bowl to avoid further controversy. So, similar to the 1994 season or this year’s election, there were two groups celebrating two different champions for different reasons. You know the saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” (For the record, Pitt won the championship that mattered, the AP Writer’s Poll. 😉 )  Among the Panthers’ vanquished opponents that year were Penn State (28–7), Notre Dame (21–6), Nebraska (13–7), Wisconsin (21–0), and West Virginia (20–0).

Another piece of trivia to toss out when you’re out watching football today…1937 was the first season the NCAA started keeping and recording official statistics for games!

Hail to Pitt!

 

 

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What is #GivingTuesday?

DHREA 28/11/2017

 

We’ve made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, NFL Sunday, Cyber Monday…and now we’re at the finish line with #GivingTuesday. What is #GivingTuesday, you ask? Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Here’s a full description below! taken from the good folks at givingtuesday.org!

“Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.”

 

 

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals!

DHREA 27/11/2017

Brick and mortar? What is this, the 1990s? It’s not about Black Friday anymore…it’s about Cyber Monday!!!

Cyber Monday might be the perfect kick-off to the holiday shopping season, and there are deals for everybody from the busy professional, to the work-from-home parent. Retailers are offering deep discounts on their sites (and often in brick and mortar stores as well), making it a perfect time for bargain hunters.

There are plenty of stores that have great deals on individual items like TVs and gaming systems, and many other retailers have blanket discounts that might be more enticing for shoppers. These usually offer a certain percentage off of “everything”. Exclusions, however, almost always apply in this scenario.

Also worth checking out is BFAds.net. A sister site of Ebates, BFAds.net focuses on holiday deals, and has looked at which stores have the biggest blanket discounts. They pass along their results to you, which could result in some big savings!

CLOTHING AND APPAREL

Old Navy – 40% off ‘everything’ on the site

Gap – 50% off

Kohl’s – 20% off site-wide

Macy’s – Get an extra 20% off Cyber Monday sale prices

Banana Republic – 50% off

J.Crew – 40-50% off most items, and take an extra 10% off your total.

Tommy Hilfiger – Take 40% off ‘everything’ and get free shipping

Levi’s – 40% off site-wide

Frederick’s of Hollywood – Naughty? Nice? Either way, you’ll get 50% off

Aeropostale – Discounts fluctuate, but savings reach up to 75% off, with an extra 25% off select items

The Loft – 50% off, as well as free shipping

Timberland – Take 30% off any item site-wide

MISSGUIDED – The women’s clothing chain is cutting prices by 50%

Under Armour – Save up to 40%

Dockers – 40% off site-wide (with free shipping included)

HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES

Coach – Get a new handbag (and more) for up to 50% off

eBags – 30% off handbags, luggage and more

Kate Spade – Save 30% site-wide.

SHOES

Puma – The shoemaker has cut prices by 30% and is offering free shipping

Footlocker – Save 25% site-wide

TECH AND TOYS

Dell – Discounts run up to 50% for most items, with an extra 15% off PCs

Toys R Us – Discounts run as high as 40%— and you’ll get a $5 egift card when you spend $29 or more

OTHER

The Body Shop – 50% off and free shipping

Petco – It’s not a blanket discount, but you can save up to 70% on dog beds, toys, treats and crates

 

 

 

 

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The REAL History Behind Black Friday!

DHREA 24/11/2017

 

 

Black Friday has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie, but there are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of the shopping event, some even going back as far as the 1800s.

Turns out, you don’t have to rewind quite that far to find the source.

Along with the cheesesteak, the term Black Friday is rooted in Philadelphia (a city synonymous with chaos 😉 ). In the 1950s, police in The City of Brotherly Love used the term to describe the horde of shoppers from the suburbs that descended into the city for the days after Thanksgiving, according to Bonnie Taylor-Blake, a neuroscience researcher at the University of North Carolina. The city promoted big sales and decorations, ahead of the Army/Navy football game on Saturday.

“It was a double whammy. Traffic cops were required to work 12-hour shifts, no one could take off and people would flood the sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. The cops had to deal with it all and coined the term.”

City merchants also started to use the term to describe the long lines and shopping mayhem at their stores. “It became this comical reference to downtown Philadelphia following Thanksgiving.”

In 1961 there was a push to rebrand the day as “Big Friday”, as a concern grew that the negative connotation would keep people from going to the city. Clearly, the effort didn’t catch on. In the years since, retailers have learned to embrace the name, and have even expanded the one-day shopping event into a four-day marathon.

Among other ridiculous urban legends, Black Friday is most commonly mistaken for being named after the day retail companies would become profitable for the year. Retailers used to record their losses in red ink and profits in black.

Now you know the real story behind the “Black Friday” moniker. Use this information wisely. You never know when facts could come in handy!

 

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Hacks!

DHREA 22/11/2017

When Thanksgiving is just days away, all those “how am I going to get this all done?” anxieties inevitably start to kick in. But before you start agonizing over a dozen things at once, we might have a few solutions right here for you:

1. No rack? No problem. 

Use large carrots and celery sticks as a makeshift rack on which to cook your turkey. This is especially helpful if you’re using one of those aluminum disposable pans, which don’t come with a rack.

2. Get a head start on those spuds.

Peel potatoes for mashed potatoes hours ahead of time (or even the night before) and leave them in a mixture of lemon slices and water in a salad spinner with the cover on. When it’s time to boil the potatoes, just pull up on the inner basket and they drain themselves. Toss the lemon, add the potatoes to a pot of water and you’re good to go.

3. Kitchen shears are your secret weapon.

Use them for more than cutting butchers’ twine and opening bags of pecans. You can quickly cut green beans, snip herbs, and trim excess fat off of the raw turkey.

Cutting up herbs with kitchen scissors.

4. You don’t need a food processor to make pie dough.

Place flour in a pie plate and, using a box grater, grate frozen butter into the flour. You get the perfect little “pea-sized” crumbs that every recipe is talking about, no pastry cutter, butter knives, food processor, or sweating necessary.

5. Put your melon baller to work on apples.

Yep, you can use a melon baller to core apples for pie. You won’t mangle the fruit and even little kids could help. It also works for pears, which are often too soft to core with a corer.

6. Salt is the key to chilling wine faster.

Put a handful of salt in a bucket of water and ice to chill wine in a fraction of the time. The salt allows the mixture of ice and water to be colder than just ice and water alone, plus the water is a more efficient conductor of cold than just ice.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Travel Information

DHREA 21/11/2017

 

Thanksgiving is notorious for being one of the busiest times of the year to travel, and this year may be the worst Americans have seen in more than a decade!

Nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend — the highest travel volume since 2005, and a 3.3% increase from last year, according to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA) and INRIX, a global transportation analytics firm. Those traveling this year represent 15% of the country’s population.

Eighty-nine percent of travelers will journey by car. AAA found car rentals average around $70 per day — 34% higher than last year. Those flying to their destination, however, may have booked a cheaper Thanksgiving trip than usual. According to AAA, the average cost for round-trip flights was the lowest in five years.

Regardless, travelers heading to the airport by car or to their final destination on the road will endure a stunning amount of traffic. According to AAA’s estimation of traffic conditions in the 10 most congested cities in the United States, here’s exactly what days and times you should avoid, as well as how much longer it will take you if you have no other option:

  • Chicago – Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (3x longer)
  • San Francisco – Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (2.5x longer)
  • Los Angeles – Tuesday from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. (2.5x longer)
  • Boston – Tuesday from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (2.5x longer)
  • New York – Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (2x longer)
  • Washington, D.C. – Tuesday from 4:45 to 6 p.m. (2x longer)
  • Seattle – Tuesday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (2x longer)
  • Atlanta – Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m (2x longer)
  • Houston – Wednesday from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. (1x longer)
  • Detroit – Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (1x longer)

 

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Team Building (Featuring Alex Deacon and Josh Caldwell)

DHREA 20/11/2017

In this can’t miss, informative broadcast, Alex Deacon welcomes real estate guru Josh Caldwell!

Alex and Josh discuss the importance of team building, picking the right components for your machine, and deliver other tips and tricks to put you on the path to success. This broadcast can also be found on iTunes, Google Music Podcasts, and multiple other podcasting platforms…all for free!!!

 

 

About our guest:

Josh Caldwell is the President of the Pittsburgh REIA and the director of the American Real Estate Investors academy. He is a master marketer and who specializes in creative financing. Josh is amentor, author, radio show host, and regularly speaks at REIA clubs around the country. He also owns a marketing company called Above The Clouds Marketing.

 

 

 

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Today In Pittsburgh History: The Hockey Hall Gets “Super”

DHREA 17/11/2017

Mario Lemieux is more than just a hockey player. He’s arguably the greatest hockey player to ever play the game. You could also make an arguement he single-handedly saved the PITTSBURGH Penguins. (Sorry, not sorry, Kansas City 😉 )

After the 1996-97 season, Lemieux was forced into retirement after battling back surgery and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Of course, history tells us this wasn’t the last we’d see of Super Mario, but at the time, the greatest player in hockey was being forced into retirement during his peak. 

Frank Deford wrote in Newsweek, “Notwithstanding Gretzky’s abiding majesty, posterity will never forget that no athlete—not even the sainted Lou Gehrig—has ever before Lemieux been struck down by a deadly disease at the very moment when he was the best of his sport at the best he ever would be. And since: Lemieux has achieved miraculously in remission, struggling, on the side, with a back injury so grievous that it has benched him after he merely laced up a skate. That is the stuff that answers people these days when they wonder where all our sports heroes have gone.”

Due to the circumstances, Lemieux became the ninth player to have the mandatory three year waiting period waived, and took his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17th, 1997. Below is the NHLiInduction videp from 19 years ago. Sit back, and enjoy this week’s “Super” Throwback Thursday!

 

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Thanksgiving Table Treats

DHREA 16/11/2017

 

These Thanksgiving turkey treats are so easy to make and are perfect for the kids or adult table at Thanksgiving. These turkeys are so easy to build, even the most novice of artists can tackle the job. Oftentimes we’re so focused on Black Friday shopping deals, we forget to have fun on Thanksgiving! These treats add the extra fun and flair to the holiday table!

 

These Thanksgiving candy turkey treats are so much fun to make with the kids. Perfect for class treats or the Thanksgiving table!

 

These would be a fun project to do with the kids and you could always wrap up the candy with Saran wrap first you wanted extra candy protection.

MATERIALS:
  • Tulle (Check the Dollar Store!)
  • Reese’s Pieces or M&Ms in fall colors
  • Pipe cleaners (yellow, orange, brown, and red)
  • Google eyes
  • Glue
  • Small clear hair elastics (also much cheaper at the dollar store!)

These Thanksgiving candy turkey treats are so much fun to make with the kids. Perfect for class treats or the Thanksgiving table!

TO DO:

  • Place your candies in the middle of the tulle circles and secure closed with the elastic bands.  Leave enough excess tulle to form the “feathers” in the back.
  • To form the head, cut the brown pipe cleaner to approximately 6 inches.  Roll up the pipe cleaner leaving about 2 inches at the end.
  • Cut a piece of the orange pipe cleaner to form the beak {just over 1 inch} and wrap it around the outer coil of the brown pipe cleaner.
Thanksgiving turkey treats tutorial.
  • Cut a red piece of pipe cleaner for the wattle and glue google eyes on either side of the beak.
  • For the feet, cut a yellow pipe cleaner to approximately 8 inches and fold the end into three toes.  Check the video if you’re having troubles with this step.

Thanksgiving turkey treats tutorial.

Now you just have to stick the body parts into your tulle and your turkey is ready to go!

 

 

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More Heat Saving Myths!

DHREA 15/11/2017

As the winter months press on and the cold temperatures look to be sticking around for the long haul, many homeowners will start to rely on the myths and fables they hear to reduce their utility bills, or warm their home. Don’t be fooled by these heating myths:

Myth: Reduce the heating bill by closing vents and registers.

Most newer model homes have forced-air heating systems, which balance pressure to equally distribute heat throughout the home. By closing off vents and registers the balance is thrown off causing the heating system to work much harder to heat the home.

Myth: Your house will heat up faster if you set the thermostat higher.

Heating systems deliver air at the same constant rate no matter how high the heat is set. If it is cold and the thermostat temperature is set to 80 degrees to “quickly” warm the house, you will find the heating system will just run at the same rate until it reaches the desired temperature.

Myth: Adjusting the thermostat while gone won’t do anything for your bill.

The warmer you keep the house, whether in it or not, the more your utility bills will cost. Reducing the temperature while you are out can significantly reduce the utility bill. There’s a couple different scientific explanations I could utilize here, but common sense should go a long way here. You wouldn’t leave the television on when you’re not home and expect the electric bill to go down, would you?

Myth: Cold floors are a part of winter.

A cold kitchen or bathroom floor during winter may be because your home is not properly insulated. Homes should be able to keep warm air in and cold air out during the winter months. If your floors are abnormally cold, check for air leaks around windows, doors and ductwork. It may just mean that you need to seal your home to reduce the cold drafts from occurring.

 

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