Category Archives: Our Community

Small Acts of Kindness

Small Acts of Kindness For our monthly service project, we were given $100 to brighten someone’s day. I chose to pick up the check for a family out to eat and send nonperishable goods to Houston to help with the relief effort. On a Saturday afternoon, I visited an Eat n Park to partake in…
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One Hundred Dollar Backpack

One Hundred Dollar Backpack Every day on my way to class, I see the same faces—on the corner of an intersection, sitting in the shade of one of our city’s many bridges, walking back and forth down the same stretch of road, and stopping to rest on an open bench. Most of the faces I…
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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness I played the flute most of my life. I say it in the past-tense because I haven’t picked up my flute in quite a few years. When you have kids and work, some things naturally fall to the wayside. But I still love hearing it and bands that include the flute…
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Some Thoughts on Corporate Social Responsibility

Some Thoughts on Corporate Social Responsibility This coming Saturday, I will get up earlier than I like, head to the city, and walk in  benefiting the Light of Life rescue mission. If you’ve read any of my blogs, you have likely stumbled across a reference to the mission. They serve the hungry and homeless in…
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Timing of the Cracker Plant and its role in commercial real estate

Timing of the Cracker Plant and its role in commercial real estate Royal Dutch Shell is in the process of constructing a $6 billion petrochemical plant in Beaver county on the banks of the Ohio River. The facility, also known as a “cracker plant”, will take in oil and gas and break it into smaller…
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What I Learned In Prison

As I stood at the glass exit of the Allegheny County Prison this afternoon it was hard to feel anything but hope. Waiting for the Corrections Officer (CO) to buzz me back into the world is always a moment of anxiety. I think of the prisoners who only know the inside, who are afraid of…
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Pokemon Go! Unites

Pokémon Go! Unites This picture does not depict the reality of the Pokémon Go craze nor just how easy it is to see our community join together in even the smallest way. My 11-year-old son, Zane and I recently took a day trip to Erie, Pennsylvania to visit Presque Isle State Park. We had read…
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The Commercial Real Estate Market Surrounding the Cracker

The Commercial Real Estate Market Surrounding the Cracker As mentioned before, Shell’s Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County has the potential to greatly impact the area. As we discussed with employment, the ripple effect from the plant will help lead to an uptick in manufacturers, industrial companies, oil and gas, logistics and supply chain. General…
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