Summer 2019|volume 12|Issue 4

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    Welcome to the summer issue.

    We have attempted in this issue, as in past issues, to present a variety of subjects regarding our neighborhoods and beyond.

    Cynthia Weisfield, who has provided us with recipes from throughout the world, this time has decided to stay in the Strip. Her interview with Abdul Salem gives us insight into the traditions of the Ramadan holiday, as hosted by the Salem family. Their supermarket/restaurant at 2923 Penn Avenue is the place to enjoy the foods and traditions of Ramadan in the Pittsburgh area. The generosity of the Salem family to the community is known by many.

    As office-building construction continues in the Strip, the influx of company employees also continues. Dan Casciato introduces the Bombardier Corporation, which recently relocated almost 500 of their employees to the Strip. These employees are already enjoying the sights and sounds of our neighborhoods, and we welcome them.

    Aleita Hermanowski and Jim Nied take us on a nostalgic look at the life and times of the
    truly unique Nied’s Hotel, a longtime, beloved fixture in the life of Lawrenceville and beyond.
    And Gardenalia/Rooted in Sound—who knew that there was such an exotic place in Lawrenceville?
    Denise Artman tells us all about it.

    All Pittsburghers should get a kick out of Greg Suriano’s essay on his family’s appreciation for the Steel City, its delights and quirks. Greg contrasts our area’s features with those of his home state of New Jersey, making for some revealing and humorous distinctions about traffic, weather, location names, topography, neighborhoods, and especially the food! (Along those lines, transplanted readers are welcome to contact us with stories/letters about their own former states.)

    So there you have it—another issue with something old and something new. Hope you enjoy it.

    “My dream is of a time and place where America will once again be seen as the best hope on Earth.”

    —Abraham Lincoln

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