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How ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Recreated Mr. Rogers’ TV Set

Production designer Jade Healy is a master of playing with space to contrast the differences between characters and their environments. In “Marriage Story,” she explored the painful divorce between Scarlett Johansson’s Nicole and Adam Driver’s Charlie by accentuating full and empty spaces in New York and LA. But, with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” she had a more ambitious...

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She’s Mrs. Rogers. But Joanne Rogers Has ‘Always Been Her Own Person.’

In “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” there is one scene where Mister Rogers’s piano playing is upstaged.Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, is seated at a piano in the living room of his apartment in Pittsburgh, and his wife, Joanne Rogers (played by Maryann Plunkett), is at a separate piano beside him. The couple plays a lively duet, and Mrs. Rogers, her...

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Mr. Rogers’ Real Neighborhood

LATROBE, Pa. — “Welcome to Mr. Rogers’ real neighborhood,” says Mary Lou Townsend as she opens the door to the Latrobe Area Historical Society on a warm fall Friday afternoon. The building, formerly a synagogue, sits on a tree-lined street in the small town with a population of about 8,000, about an hour outside Pittsburgh. Just a few blocks over...

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Educators Continue Mister Rogers’ Legacy Through ‘Simple Interactions’

For teachers to admit to their students they don’t know something can be very uncomfortable. Having that conversation captured on video can leave teachers feeling even more exposed. The school, in this case, was Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5, where Melissa Butler, a kindergarten teacher at the time, was leading a technology project focusing on circuitry. The videotaping of teachers’ lessons was part...

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Excela, Saint Vincent, Seton Hill Team Up To Provide Grief Counseling For Children

Childhood and death shouldn’t go together, but they often do. That stark reality is prompting a movement within Westmoreland County to increase services for children grieving the death of a loved one — whether from suicide, an opioid overdose or natural causes. “Our community was in great need,” said Maureen Ceidro, an Excela Health bereavement counselor. “There’s a lot of hurting hearts...

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‘1-4-3 Day’ Will Celebrate Mister Rogers’ Message of Love

The number 143 meant a lot to Fred Rogers, and not just because it’s the weight he maintained his entire adult life. It was one of many ways he said “I love you.” Representing the one letter in “I,” four in “love” and three in “you,” the number was a shorthand reminder of compassion. [q_button type='normal_button' size='medium' text='Read More' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon=''...

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Gov. Wolf to Honor Fred Rogers with ‘143 Day’ in Pennsylvania

If you don’t already know why the number 143 was so significant to Fred Rogers, then May 23 will be your day to learn. To get you up to speed, the beloved children’s show host loved the number because it was a sort of code for “I love you” — with one letter in “I,” four in “love,” and three...

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Fred Rogers-Harvard Partnership Focuses on Adult-Child Interactions

The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College is working with Harvard College’s Graduate School of Education to promote adult-child relationships in early learning. The new three-year collaboration continues a partnership between Dana Winters, assistant professor of child and family studies at Saint Vincent, and Junlei Li, former co-director of the Fred Rogers Center. Li now is the Saul Zaentz...

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Love Thy Neighbor

“Stronger Than Hate” became a rallying cry to unify Pittsburgh in the aftermath of devastating tragedy. Nevertheless, divisions persist in western Pennsylvania just as they do in communities throughout America. Our own Dr. Dana Winters was featured on WTAE-TV Pittsburgh in a segment entitled "Love Thy Neighbor." See how the Simple Interactions approach encourages connections, and hear Dr. Winters' own...

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