Summer 2022|volume 15|Issue 4

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    15 years. This publication has kept us busy and mostly out of trouble for that length of time. The oft-repeated phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun” has certainly been true for us during our The Strip! journey.

    From presenting the idea of a Strip District magazine to Becky Rodgers—founder and driving force of the gone-but-not-forgotten Neighbors In the Strip—and to her sister/assistant, professional writer Cynthia Helfrich, who agreed to do whatever it would take to launch the magazine, through to this issue seems like a very short time, and certainly not 15 years. If not for these two people, who understood and embraced the value of a Strip magazine, we may not be celebrating The Strip!

    It has been a very interesting period of time, rewarding us with many new friendships and experiences along the way. We sincerely thank all of you—our readers; our loyal advertisers (most of them with us since the early days); our writers, photographers, designers, and artists; and of course our staff—for your enthusiasm and professional support through the years.

    Also celebrating anniversaries are Robert Fragasso Financial Advisors and the Oxford Development Company. Both organizations have travelled interesting paths to 2022, and we add profiles of their anniversaries to accompany our own special anniversary section in this issue.

    To top things off, editor Greg Suriano continues our “Beyond the Strip” series with a follow-up installment of his exploration of the Pittsburgh area’s most charming small towns. And Tom Powers delves into the fascinating history of Lawrenceville’s Arsenal storehouse.


    “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

    — F. Scott Fitzgerald