Archive for April, 2010

April 30, 2010

I love honeybees.  I don’t love the stories I’ve been doing on them the last few years. No one understands why… but for the fourth year in a row, commercial honeybees are dying in large numbers. From October 2009 to now, they’re down 34 percent…. that’s just about the same percentage for each of the past four years.
I talked to Beekeeper Jim Fitzroy about the new survey just released. My photographer Ken Murray and I went out and watched Jim check on his hives. He lost 7 out of 11 over the winter.
He told me everyone needs to pay attention because fewer bees mean higher grocery bills.
“Every third bite of food you eat has been probably pollinated by a honeybee.” Jim said.  It means farmers are paying much more to rent honeybees to pollinate their crops which makes those crops more expensive.  In some local cases farmers are paying quadruple what they used to per hive. (It takes three hives per acre.)

Jim also let me dip my finger in the hive and taste the wonderful honey …. YUM!

My thanks to Jim Fitzroy for his help and explanation on this story and if you ever see Fitzroy Apiary honey for sale…. BUY IT!


Organ Donation
April 27, 2010

Wednesday on Action News I’m doing a story on organ donation. (click here to watch my report)  I talked to a wonderful woman, Sandy Rusnak, who’s on the kidney transplant list. She’s still waiting. She’s hoping doctors find a match for her soon or someone will be an altruistic donor and offer her one of their kidneys.  Her family members aren’t suitable donors and so she’s on the list hoping and praying.

I also went inside the O.R. with my photographer Dan Pratt to watch a kidney transplant.  It was a 19 year old girl getting a new kidney from her father. It was amazing.

CORE, the organization that works to sign people up on the donor list, told me Pittsburgh ranks in the middle of the country when it comes to getting people to sign up to be donors in the event doctors cannot revive them.  Join me for a closer look at organ donation Wednesday on Action News.

If you’d like to sign up to be an organ donor click here.

Creative Dog Grooming
April 27, 2010

My friend just sent me these odd photos.  Check out the creative/strange ways pets owners are grooming their dogs.

“The creative grooming show has placed in USA for winning the title of top decorated dog every year. These wonderful photos captured by a U.S. Photographer Ren Netherland, who travels thousands of miles each year to attend each competition.  The owners of these dogs used some of the most imaginative ideas have included a snail; an American football player and even Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow.”

Chefs for CASA
April 26, 2010

What a beautiful night at Bella Sera in Washington County to raise money for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA for kids is a local non-profit organization that trains community members to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts of Washington County.

This is the organizer of the Chefs for Casa fundraiser, Fradelle Karpen and her husband, Jay. They’re such a wonderful asset to our community!

CASA executive director Vivian Osowski shared the importance of helping children through such a difficult process when they have no one else to speak up for them.

Here I am with 2009 Wake Up Your Dreams winner Katelyn Duran. Her voice is amazing and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from her in the future!

We enjoyed great music by Bill Loughman and Adam Brock & The Jazz Trio!

This is Jason Capps and Tina. Jason owns Bella Sera (both in Washington County and his new restaurant in Market Square) and donated the space and some food to the event.

Some of the region’s best chefs donated their time and food to make this evening so special! Thanks to:  Executive Chef for Bella Sera Adam Gooch,  Bella Sera Chef  Josh Horowitz, Owner and Chef of Angelos Restaurant Michael Pasalaqua, Owners of Bartram House Bakery Tim and Denise Warne, Francos Trattoria, Creations by Carlini and Mediterra Bakehouse.

Great food for a great cause!

Project Bundle Up
April 26, 2010

Here’s a fun event I participated in that benefitted Project Bundle Up.

Steelers kicked Jeff Reed joined Stephen Cropper and Sally Wiggin, Major Robert Reel and me at the LeMont on Mt Washington.

Jeff Reed talked about his recent work with the Salvation Army and said working with the struggling families has changed him and his perspective on life.  He seemed very humble and honest about his experience.

Take a look at the yummy meal!  MMMMMMMMMM.   The LeMont donated every bit of the food so 100% of the proceeds benefitted Project Bundle Up.

There were also venders there selling things for which a portion of the proceeds went to the charity.

I bought several things from Evelyn’s Elegant Edibles. Click here to take a look at what she sells.  I just made the Gourmet Meatloaf for dinner last night and everyone here gobbled it up. Delicious. I also bought the Stuffed Pepper Soup and the Chicken Noodle Soup mix.

Meet a Female Humanoid!
April 22, 2010

This just came to me from the Carnegie Science Center. Want to meet a female humanoid?



PITTSBURGH Visitors and media have the chance to get up close and personal with a unique Japanese humanoid robot named Yume in roboworld™ atCarnegie Science Center through Sunday, April 25.

The most lifelike robot yet, Yume may seem a product of fantasy, which is fitting, because “Yume” is Japanese for “dream.” She looks eerily like a woman, moves, and makes facial expressions. Thanks to Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and a group of its graduate students, Yume is unveiling a new look, personality, and programming behind her movements.

Dubbed The Yume Project, the ETC student team of Christine Barnes, Andy Ping Li, Mike Honeck, David Teot, and Yan Lin has worked with Kokoro Robotics, creators of the Actroid, to develop an intuitive user interface that allows animators to quickly develop performances and shift the focus of humanoid robotics from realism to believability.

Yume will remain in the roboworld™ Workshop on the Science Center’s second floor through Sunday, and visitors can see the robot from 10 am to 5 pm. Members of The Yume Project also will be onsite each day and will be available to speak about their endeavor in further detail.

Mental Health Help
April 22, 2010

NAMI does great work when it comes to helping improve our mental health. Whether you’re dealing with temporary depression or something more serious, NAMI can help.

Friday and Saturday  ( April 23 &  April 24) at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott NAMI is hosting a conference called The Power to Ignite Change: A Personal Call to Action. If you need help or someone you know does or if you work in this field, you may want to stop by and check it out. You can register at the door.

During this two-day event, participants will explore the complex challenges still facing our mental health system, and will hear about innovative local solutions that are already making a positive impact on these issues. The conference will also provide tools and strategies for how to advocate, and will identify a current focus for our advocacy efforts. You can join the conference for one or both days.

Friday, April 23 – Growing the Grassroots: The Crucial Need for Advocacy
Saturday, April 24 – Confronting the Challenges in the Mental Health System

Click here for more information

Joe Hardy & Penn State Fayette
April 21, 2010

It’s always a great time to visit Nemacolin… but especially for such a great cause: education.

I had a great time emceeing the Blues and White Gala at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort which raises money for Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus….. to offer scholarships to students who need help paying for their education.   Here I am with 84 Lumber’s Joe Hardy and Director of Development, Lori Omatick.

We honored  two “Friends of Penn State Fayette”: State Senator Richard Kasunic (D-Dunbar) and Centra Bank.

Pittsburgh band No Bad JuJu performed. They are so amazing!

Key sponsors of the gala to-date include 84 Lumber Company, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, BAE Systems, Mr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Blaney, Centra Bank, Ford Business Machines, Miss Ida Procyk, University Commons Student Housing, and Williams.

The Cookie Diet
April 20, 2010

Tonight on Action News at 5:45 you’ll see my report about The Cookie Diet.  The doctor who invented it is from Pittsburgh and now lives in Miami! Click here to watch my report.

He flew in to talk to me about his secret formula that helps keep your diet on track. (Click here to get to his website)

Dr Sanford Siegal has been treating obese patients for 50 years. He said in 1975 he worked on a recipe designed to help curb hunger and he came up with a secret mixture for his patients. His instructions were to eat six cookies a day… no more no less… whenever you’re hungry and then a low calorie dinner. He also supplied a daily multi-vitamin that  his patients had to take everyday.  Soon other doctors around the country wanted to buy the cookies for their patients and now he’s selling them to everyone.

I talked to a local woman who lost 30 pounds in 3 months on the cookie diet.  She says it’s easy because you just keep the cookies with you and pull one out whenever you’re feeling hungry and she says she was surprised at how quickly she dropped the weight without exercising.  I tried one of the cookies and it did fill me up surprisingly quickly and it tasted pretty good….  not at all like a “diet cookie.” Dr Siegal says his diet works because the weight comes off fast and that keeps people motivated to stick with it. In addition buying them from his website you can now also pick them up at Walgreens and GNC stores.

I thought with summer just around the corner it would be a great time to look into this!  You’ll see more of my report tonight on Channel Four Action News at 5!