Pittsburgh Makes Top 10 “Foodie” List

More good news for Pittsburgh’s food scene.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s no surprise that Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene is booming and now the city is getting some national attention.

Pittsburgh has been ranked ninth among best cities in the country for foodies according to a new study by NerdWallet.com.

Surprisingly, the Steel City finished just ahead of New York City in the list.

NerdWallet says they looked at 50 U.S. cities with a population of at least 300,000 and took into account the concentration of restaurants, breweries, and farmers markets.

The research is strictly data-driven, so it doesn’t account for personal tastes.

San Francisco took the number one spot.

Pittsburgh did earn high marks for the cost of meals.

Research showed that the average cost of a three-course dinner for two is $48. The only top 10 city that is more affordable is Portland.

The website also said:

Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene is booming, bringing along innovative cuisine…

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Scary-Looking Insect Invades Area, But Don’t Call Them Ticks

Good news! Weevils are harmless and the swarms we’re seeing of them now will dissipate soon.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Those plump, round insects seem to be everywhere these days. They’re called billbugs, beetles, and weevils. But don’t call them ticks, because they’re not.

“The deer tick is flat as a pancake, and its legs are all splayed out,” says Allegheny County Health Department entomologist Bill Todaro. “The stage of tick that’s out now is a speck. It’s the size of a period at the end of a printed sentence.”

The billbug’s larvae, or caterpillar stage is what turns certain grasses brown as they feed on the shafts.

“We just had a good year for them, it’s been a wet, a good spring, environmental conditions have been good for them, and we have a bumper crop,” Todaro explains.

But it’s the flying, crawling adults everyone notices.

The adults are gray to brown to almost black with pits on their backs. They become active in the spring when…

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Get organized: tips for your home filing cabinet

Even though the modern world is moving more and more to digital spaces, we still have a lot of paperwork to keep track of. Especially if you’re a renter, there are a few very important documents that you need to store in a safe place. So this week, we’re offering a few tips for getting—and staying—organized.

First of all, you’ll need a filing cabinet or a file drawer inside a desk. If you’re tight on space and don’t have many documents to organize and store, consider picking up a filing box. There are a variety of styles of varying size, portability, and durability, so pick what’s right for your needs. An office supply store will have the biggest selection, but places like Walmart and Target have what you need as well. While you’re at the store, you’ll need to buy some hanging folders and file folders to fill your new box. You can go as colorful and decorative as you want, and sometimes color-coding can be a fun, simple way to further organize your papers. Ideally, you’ll want to get a box and folders that fit legal size paper so you don’t have to fold and cram to make stuff fit.

Once you’ve brought home all your supplies, it’s time to categorize your papers and label your folders. How you choose to organize the individual folders is up to you, but alphabetizing or placing things in order of importance are the two simplest ways to do it.

For example, you might label your first hanging folder “Home” and fill it with file folders that contain your lease, records of rent and utility payments, your renters’ insurance policy, pictures you’ve taken of your apartment pre-move-in as well as all your personal belongings, and any correspondences from your landlord.

Your next folder might be for your kids’ documents (birth certificates, passports, school and medical records, etc.).

If you’re a renter and pet owner, it’s also important to keep your pet’s records organized. For example, if you have any additional paperwork with your landlord permitting your pet in the rented property, you’ll want to save that either with your lease or with your pet’s vet records (or make a copy and save it in both places to be extra thorough).

The rest of the things you should file away are either pretty obvious (work papers, financial records, etc.) or unusual. By unusual we mean the instructions and manuals that come with electronics, appliances, and furniture. Why file these things? Because when you move, you’ll want to have the instructions handy for dis-assembly and reassembly of bulky furniture. Just think: you brought that entertainment center into the apartment in pieces, and if it won’t fit through the door fully assembled, you’ll kick yourself if you’ve lost the instructions in the shuffle.

Any papers that seem even a little bit important should be filed away for safekeeping. When spring cleaning time comes around, you can go back through your files and get rid of anything you definitely don’t need anymore. Just remember to shred documents that contain personal information before recycling them.

National Aviary Debuts New “Condor Court” Exhibit

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The National Aviary is showing off its newest exhibit – “Condor Court.”

It officially opened to the public Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Andean Condors are on display in an exhibit set up to look like the Andes Mountains.

And these birds are impressive! They are quite large and have a 10-foot wingspan.

The new exhibit is designed to help them breed, with the hope of reintroducing them into the wild.

“One of the things we are trying to do here is to integrate our conservation field programs more with what we exhibit here at the Aviary, so we can tell the story better,” said Kurt Hundgen, the Aviary’s director of Animal Collections. “To really reach people, you have to be able to interact with them and that’s what we are trying to do here, bring a small piece of Ecuador here to the North Side…

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Furry Tails: Aphrodite Is Searching For A Good Home

CBS Pittsburgh

Are you looking to bring a pet into your home? Local animal shelters are a great place to find a furry companion. So, as part of Furry Tails, I’ll be doing an ongoing feature on adoptable pets from local animal shelters once a week. If you have room in your heart and are looking to bring a lovable ball of fur into your home, maybe one of these guys is meant to be a part of your family!
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Aphrodite

Animal Friends
This Aphrodite has it all – the beauty, the brains, and the lively spirit. The only thing she’s missing is someone to love! Could she find that at your home?

Animal Friends Pet Profile:
Aphrodite is a rabbit who knows what she wants. She has a dynamic personality and can be a little strong-willed at times. However, we wouldn’t want her any other way! Our volunteers report she…

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Influx In Animals Has Beaver Co. Shelter Pleading For Help, Donations

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KKDA) – The Beaver County Humane Society is in urgent need of donations.
This month, dozens of animals were dropped off at the shelter – many more than they’re used to caring for. And it’s hitting them financially.

The cages are full and funds are running low.

“Since June, our shelter has been quite overwhelmed with a lot of admissions,” said Susan Salyards with the Beaver County Humane Society.

The Humane Society says in the last week alone they’ve had over 100 animals come into the shelter.

This month has been a busy time, made worse by several emergency situations in the county.

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“Last week we had a hoarding situation in Chippewa Township and then just this week, Aliquippa Police brought us nine emaciated dogs that are currently in our care,” said Salyards.

KDKA was there as the dogs were removed. Of the nine dogs, seven of…

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Pro tip: The best way to spot clean your carpet

Spilled drink? No problem! The contractor who cleans the carpets here at Alvern Gardens just offered us the insider’s secret to cleaning your carpet: Dawn dish soap.

If you have a small stain from a food spill, there’s nothing better than the same soap you use for cleaning food off your dishes. Just remember it’s all about technique:

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  1. Take a paper towel or a plain white towel or cleaning rag (nothing colorful, you don’t want the dye to transfer to your carpet) and dampen it with cold water.
  2. Put a couple drops of Dawn dish soap on it and lather it up a bit with your fingers.
  3. Gently press (don’t scrub) the towel onto the stain. Keep dabbing to lift it out of the carpet fibers. Again, gently dab, don’t rub or scrub, as that only pushes the mess deeper into the carpet.

And there you have it: a clean carpet is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Now, if you have a big mess on your hands, it’s time to rent a machine or call in a professional.

Here are a couple bonus pro tips:

  • Never use bleach to clean a carpet: you’ll end up with a bleach stain!
  • A dye stain will never lift out without ruining the color of the carpet, so always use a drop cloth when painting or take your DIY project outside or to the garage.

Remember: keeping your home spic and span while you’re renting it is good for your security deposit.