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New Program to Help Grief-Stricken Children in Westmoreland County

From school shootings to last month’s synagogue shooting, drug overdoses to the war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the reality of death is never far away from children. When Excela Health Home Care & Hospice started exploring ways to help grieving children, it turned to the man who once devoted an entire episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” to the death...

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack Took Place In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The mass shooting that killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend took place in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, where Fred Rogers lived while making his children's show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Rogers grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and moved to Squirrel Hill when he got married. He enjoyed the community's diversity, says Roberta Schomburg,...

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Took Place in Mr. Rogers’ Real-Life Neighborhood

Among the countless reasons the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue rocked the nation was the fact that it literally took place in Mister Rogers’ neighborhood.Images of Fred Rogers and variations of his heartwarming quotes, reminding people to seek out “the helpers” in times of crisis, often pop up on social media feeds following a national tragedy. But last Saturday, a gunman opened...

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The Synagogue Massacre Was Actually in Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood. What Would He Say?

The irony that the real-life neighborhood of Mister Rogers was the site of a hate-inspired mass shooting was lost on few people. Fred Rogers lived in and filmed “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in the historically Jewish Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, where an anti-Semite opened fire at a Saturday morning service in the Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 worshipers. Two other...

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Here Are 5 Things You Might Not Know About Mister Rogers

"Won't you be my neighbor?" For 912 episodes, Fred Rogers asked this question of his young viewers — and for the entire run of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," our answer was a resounding, "Yes!" For generations of kids, Rogers was a model of friendliness, kindness and the importance of being earnest. His soothing voice, zip-up cardigan and sneakers made him approachable and welcome...

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Fred Rogers, Our Friend and Neighbor

It's been 50 years since "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" first went on the air – a television program for young children that treated them with respect, and helped them understand a complicated, often challenging world. Faith Salie looks back on the exceptional Fred Rogers, talking with his family and collaborators, and with filmmaker Morgan Neville, director of a new documentary, "Won't...

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Bill on the Road: How to Find Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers became a household name for his popular children’s television program which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.  And while Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood left the PBS airwaves in 2001, generations of viewers still have fond memories of the soft spoken, kind, and thoughtful television “neighbor”.   A documentary and a feature film, both based on his life, are set to...

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Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast: Visiting the Fred Rogers Center

On episode 5 of the Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast, we visit the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Our special guest is Karen Struble Myers, Director of Development and Communications, who shares with us many wonderful stories about Fred and the great work the Center does throughout the...

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