Friday’s AMBC: Playoff Football Time

The 2022 WPIAL Football Playoffs are here, and Matt Drzik will let you know who’s playing, who’s resting, and more coming up in sports updates beginning at 6:45.

Frank Sparks starts your weekend with news at 6:30 on Beaver County Radio.

VIDEO: Humane Society CVT Taylor Ball Discusses Fleas, Ticks, and How To Prevent Them

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“You can definitely get rid of them, but it is going to be a process. It isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight.”

Taylor Ball is a Certified Veterinary Technician with the Beaver County Humane Society, and she joined Matt Drzik on the November 3 edition of A.M. Beaver County to discuss how to prevent and deal with fleas and ticks once they enter a home or infiltrate a pet, along with the effects of diseases such as heartworm and Lyme disease.

The key to dealing with fleas and ticks, according to Ball, is prevention through the use of “preventables”. “We have a lot of products to where you shouldn’t have to worry about fleas and ticks in the home because it is something that we are so used to easily preventing in the first place.” The most common types of preventables are chewables and collars for the pet to wear; cats and dogs are the most common carriers of fleas and ticks within the home.

While ticks can cause Lyme disease in pets and humans, and mosquitos are the causers of heartworm for certain animals, the most ubiquitous offenders are fleas. Ball says that the major reason behind that is their propensity to mate and spread their eggs: “One female can lay up to 40 eggs in one day, and an adult flea can live for about 3 months. So in that three months, just one flea can lay over 2,000 eggs.” Ball heavily suggested that any pet owner who has a higher flea manifestation to use daily vacuuming and cleaning of the pet’s area, tossing out any heavily-infested bedding, and to continue to use preventables to help terminate the fleas.

The Beaver County Humane Society is headquartered at 3394 Brodhead Road in Center Township. They can be contacted by calling 724-775-5801 or by checking out their Facebook or YouTube pages. You can also go to their website for further information about their services, events, and much more.

To watch the full conversation with Taylor Ball, click on the Facebook feed below!

Beaver Memorial Library To Hold “Hopes & Dreams” Fall Fundraiser On Saturday, November 5

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“During the year we have several fundraisers, but this is our very big one that we plan for all year…it’s a very special event.”

The Beaver Memorial Library will be holding its annual Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, November 5 at its location on College Avenue. The event will run from 6:30 to 8:30, and tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The ticket will include a snack box and complimentary beverage. Sue Ann Curtis of the Beaver Memorial Library gave a preview of this fun evening event on the November 1 edition of A.M. Beaver County with Matt Drzik.

Sue Ann Curtis

The event will feature the raffling off of several baskets donated by local businesses and dignitaries, in which tickets (separate from the event tickets) can be purchased for $2 a piece. There will also be a “Unique Boutique” featuring used and discounted jewelry and a “knit shoppe” that is sponsored by the Beaver Memorial Library Knit & Crochet Club.

All proceeds will go to the library, which Sue Ann describes as “not our grandmother’s library anymore. We encourage people to come in and use the library; that means we have tutors coming and tutoring students here, and children of course coming into the children’s library having a good time playing with toys and reading books…people coming in using the computers, and we have special needs groups that come in and socialize here in the library.”

To listen to the full preview of “Hopes & Dreams” with Sue Ann Curtis, hit the play button below!

“Baby Bello” To Become Hub For Events & Small Gatherings In Beaver Falls

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“Our hope is that it won’t just be these kind of five activities, but that those will be really dynamic and fluid as the time and as the people in the community change.”

Renee Suhr spoke to Matt Drzik about the establishment of the “Baby Bello” in Beaver Falls, located at the site of the old PNC Bank. The Baby Bello is a spin-off of the “Portobello” building that is set to be built next to Oram’s Donuts along 7th Avenue, and both buildings will be used as gathering spaces to hold regular or one-time events.

Suhr hopes that the Baby Bello can act as “how a town square would have functioned like in an old city in Europe, where you have maybe a small market, people coming to meet up and exchange goods and services…that’s where decisions get made, because you’re standing in line waiting for the same thing.” She also expects the Portobello to do the same thing, with additional amenities including an indoor restaurant.

For now, Suhr will have a section of the space open for public events and gatherings, and another section dedicated to the relocation of her primary business, Stray Cat Studio. The website for Stray Cat Studio is where those interested about the Baby Bello can find out all the information, as well as their social media outlets such as Facebook.

To listen to the full interview with Renee, hit the play button below!

VIDEO: Rocco Cozza Is The Founder Of Cozza Law Group & Co-Host Of “The Entrepreneur Life” On Beaver County Radio

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“When I look back at how we do the show on Saturdays, and we kind of bounce all over the place…that is truly the mind of an entrepreneur.”

That “show” is called The Entrepreneur Life, which airs 10:30 to 12:30 Saturdays on Beaver County Radio. Rocco Cozza co-hosts the show along with Eric McKenna, and Cozza dropped by the BCR Studios to preview Saturday’s show with Matt Drzik on the October 29 edition of A.M. Beaver County.

Rocco is the founder of Cozza Law Group, which focuses on business law and entertainment law in the Pittsburgh area. He officially launched it in July 2019, and received a boost in growing his business because of the fallout of the pandemic. “I was a small law firm at the time. These larger law firms were starting to play defense,” Cozza said. “They were basically getting rid of their associates. They were hoarding all the work at the partner level…so I just saw an opportunity and went and attacked the marketplace, and through the pandemic we grew exponentially. I just played offense.”

Cozza has lent his entrepreneurship experience and business law knowledge to Beaver County Radio starting this past April, when The Entrepreneur Life premiered on Saturdays. Rocco talks for two hours about the situations and mental states that separates successful entrepreneurs from struggling DIYers and self-made bosses who may still be stuck with an employee mentality.

“The biggest piece of advice I can give people,” Rocco stated, “is if you really feel a passion for what you’re doing in your heart and in your mind, just keep going. You’re going to have bumps in the road. If you just keep pushing forward and make adjustments, you’ll eventually reach success…but you gotta weather the storm.”

To watch the full interview with Rocco and Matt, click on the Facebook feed below!

Friday’s AMBC: Rocco Cozza, Esq.

Rocco Cozza, Founder of the Cozza Law Group and co-host of “The Entrepreneur Life” on Saturdays, joins Matt Drzik for a discussion about his practice as an entertainment lawyer and journey as an entrepreneur. The conversation will take place following the 8:30 news on A.M. Beaver County.

Plus, high school football is in its final week of the regular season, and Matt will let you know who plays where in sports.

Frank Sparks starts the weekend with local news at 6:30 on Beaver County Radio.

Lincoln Park Presents “Fiddle In The Box” Featuring John Parrendo On October 20

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“To come out to an actual live performance, I think, just does so much for that ambition to want to further your studies and interest in the instrument or your art.” -John Parrendo

Lincoln Park Arts will be presenting “Fiddle In The Box” featuring violinist John Parrendo at the BlackBox Theater this Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM. The show is part of Lincoln Park’s “In The Box” series, which features smaller music combos and groups for a more intimate performance.

Violinist John Parrendo (Image Courtesy of Lincoln Park Arts)

“We’ve had jazz, Latin, country-rock…all different varieties of things,” spoke Eric DeFade about the BlackBox Theater. “It’s an amazing venue that can be converted from regular concert seating to a venue with tables and a bar in the back…kind of like an instant pop-up nightclub.”

DeFade joined Parrendo to discuss “Fiddle In The Box” on the October 17 edition of A.M. Beaver County; a show that Parrendo describes as a show with much variety. “This Thursday, you’re going to hear a little bit of everything,” he stated. “Pop, rock, country, jazz, instrumental…it’s not just going to be fiddle, but violin and some of the music I’ve played over the years including music from some of the artists that have inspired me over the years that I’ve been playing.” Parrendo hinted at the songs spanning “from Frank Sinatra to Dave Matthews” and hinted that there may be a Charlie Daniels song or two scattered into the evening’s repertoire.

Tickets for “Fiddle In The Box” are still available for Thursday’s show. Click the logo to the left for a link to the tickets page, or you can call the Lincoln Park box office at (724) 576-4644 for this and all other shows this season at Lincoln Park.

To listen to the interview with John, Eric, and Matt, hit the play button below!

Phil Bourque Previews Penguins’ Season Opener On A.M. Beaver County

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“This team is built to win right now.”

That “team” is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who open their 2022-23 regular season against the Arizona Coyotes at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night. The Penguins Penguins Radio network color analyst Phil Bourque joined Matt Drzik on the morning of the game (October 13) to discuss the upcoming season for the Penguins, who signed Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to extended contracts during the past offseason.

“They need to pay ownership and management back for bringing the team back together again,” Bourque said, “Because a lot of people thought ‘There’s no way we can bring Tanger AND Geno back’, and they found a way to do that.” The return of Malkin and Letang with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby marks the 17th consecutive season of the trio playing together–tying the North American sports record.

Penguins management added several new faces to the lineup in the offseason, including Ty Smith, Jan Rutta, and Ryan Poehling…but the one new face that Bourque sees having the biggest impact is defenseman Jeff Petry. “Jeff Petry is a guy that I think will lighten the load for Kris Letang, as far as what’s expected for a defenseman for driving some offense,” Bourque stated. “The one thing we were kinda lacking was jam, some toughness on the backside. That’s why I think they moved Mike Matheson and John Marino, and brought in Jan Rutta and also Jeff Petry.”

As far as the matchup against the Coyotes, Bourque favors the Penguins on paper, but the Stanley Cup Champion knows the dangers of overlooking an opponent: “If you’re peeking a little bit towards your next opponent, which is against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, you’re gonna get punched in the nose in your home opener against Arizona.” Bourque suggests that in order for the Penguins to win tonight, is to “have a great start, get the fans into it, get the lead, and then just pile on.”

Coverage for the Penguins’ game against Arizona on Beaver County Radio begins with pregame at 6:30 PM, and then Phil Bourque will join play-by-play man Josh Getzoff with the call of puck drop at 7:00 PM.

To listen to the full conversation with Phil, hit the play button below!

VIDEO: 4th Annual Fall Fest To Kick Off Series Of Seasonal Events For New Brighton

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“The purpose of the event, really, is just to get people into our downtown to see what New Brighton has to offer.”

The event being referred to by New Brighton borough manager Tom Albanese is the 4th Annual New Brighton Fall Fest happening on Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Albanese joined Matt Drzik on the October 11 edition of A.M. Beaver County to preview the Saturday afternoon event.

New Brighton borough manager Tom Albanese

Local businesses and vendors will take over the parking spaces outside their facilities (traffic along Third Avenue will remain open to the public) to promote their food, services and crafts…along with live music and midway activities for the kids throughout New Brighton. There will be no food trucks at the event, as Albanese and the borough hope that attendees who will visit the Fall Fest take a bite out of the local restaurants whose food will be stationed at the main intersections of downtown. Beaver County Radio will be broadcasting live from Fall Fest as well from noon until two, featuring the Prize Caddy & Personality Prize Wheel.

Albanese says that all the vendors are set in stone; however: “We had a couple cancellations so there might be a spot or two available if anybody is interested.” Interested groups or parties may reach out to the New Brighton Borough by calling 724-846-1870, or by directly emailing the festival runners at nbfallfest@newbrightonpa.org.

To watch the full interview with Tom Albanese, click on the Facebook feed below!