WORK SPACE FOR LAWYERS When looking for a spot for his law firm, OGC Law, Neulon Avenue resident Greg Teufel was surprised to find that, while more than half of attorneys in Pennsylvania are either solo practitioners or work for small firms, he was not able to find co-working spaces tailored specifically to law practices. So he decided to start one. Law Offices Spaces Mt. Lebanon, at 1575 McFarland Road, is following a national trend of co-working spaces that meet specific needs of attorneys.
Co-working spaces allow several businesses to share resources and infrastructure, and promotes a collaborative work environment.
“The multi-professional co-working spaces typically don’t work well for attorneys,” he says.
So, what are attorneys looking for in a co-working space?
Because of client confidentiality, the open workspaces found in most co-working centers are not good for interviews and conferences, Teufel says. Also, many co-working spaces don’t offer a lot of room for file storage, essential for legal cases, which generate lots and lots of paper. He believes the space will offer a good mix of privacy and collegiality.
“All types of legal practice areas have a common culture in terms of the way they work,” he says, “and the collaborative environment encourages sharing of knowledge and referrals.”
For more information visit www.ogclaw.net/law-office-spaces
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, CyberCrunch will be in the larger parking lot behind the Mt. Lebanon Public Library hosting a hard drive shredding and electronics waste recycling event. Vehicle unloading assistance will be provided to all visitors. For a complete list of what will be accepted for free, what items will be accepted for a fee and what items will not be accepted, visit www.ccrcyber.com/events.
ARTIST MARKET RETURNS Imagine strolling through an outdoor art fair, music in the air and the smell of barbecue tempting you…and just then, you see the perfect watercolor painting for your living room and a unique silver bracelet for your daughter’s Christmas present. That’s only part of the Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market experience.
This year’s signature regional art fair is Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, in the Academy Avenue lot.
Longtime chairs Steve and Wendy Denenberg encourage artists to apply early; applications are available now at www.mtlebanonartistsmarket.com.
Mark your calendar for this juried festival of top-quality paintings and prints, photography, sculpture, jewelry, woven goods and other handmade works in various media, presented by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership.
SPIKING THE SQUATTERS As part of a planned upgrade, the north and south parking garages have received total light replacement, including the area along Parse Way.
Crews have also installed more than 1,500 feet of pigeon spikes to keep the birds from roosting. The plan is to cover all possible roosting surfaces with the spikes.
MORE BOUNCE FOR THE BUCK Tennis ball manufacturers crank out about 300 million balls every year. Almost half that number, 125 million, are used in the U.S., and once they get tossed into the trash, that can account for up to 20,000 metric tons of landfill space. For the past couple of years, players at the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center have helped decrease that number.
John Brown, secretary of Indoor Tennis for Mt. Lebanon, works with a Vermont-based company, Recycle Balls, to turn the used tennis balls into a crumb-rubber compound that is used in tennis courts, playground surfaces and other green products. Players deposit the used tennis balls into a courtside recycling bin. Once the bins are full, Brown and other volunteers from Indoor Tennis and the tennis center staff put the balls in a prepaid UPS mailer and send them off to Recycle Balls in Burlington, Vermont.
Brown estimates that the tennis center collects about 1,000 balls a month. He first heard about the program from friend and tennis partner Andrew Baram, who served on Mt. Lebanon’s Environmental Sustainability Board for several years.
“Andy shamed me into it,” Brown says with a laugh. “It took us a while to get going, but now it’s going well, and we hope to have a bin at every court this summer.”
NEW BUSINESS ON BEVERLY Noah Ternullo of Ralston Place has opened Digital Arc Systems, a software and engineering firm, above Inner Rutz, 295 Beverly Road. The company helps businesses with both simple and complex computer needs, and the services can be tailored to fit, depending on how much work is needed. Among other services, they can assist with the design and selection of hardware or help choose software for use in the cloud, on a mobile device or desktop. To reach them, call 412-560-5167 or go to digitalarcsystems.com.
NEW MT. LEBANON JUNIOR COMMISSIONER Joey Harrington, a junior at Mt. Lebanon High School, began his term as Mt. Lebanon Junior Commissioner in January. Harrington has been involved in student government since he was a middle school student.