Aspinwall Beans n’ Cream: Retro Fun and Good Food
By Lucy Stone
Aspinwall Beans n’ Cream, known as ABC, is a retro coffee shop that’s decorated with posters, murals,
and old records from the 1960’s and 70’s. A dozen vintage guitars adorn the walls and the back corners. A small,
electronic, fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere of the place. You can enjoy delicious waffles with all sorts of
topping choices on the weekends, or bagels, sandwiches, and ice cream any day of the week. There’s an assort-
ment of coffees, juices, and other drinks to enjoy under the gaze of The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton,
Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Hendrix. With a sign at the door proclaiming “Hippies Always Welcome”, peace symbols
everywhere, and pictures of the famous Woodstock music festival, the environment is relaxing, and the friendly
employees fit in perfectly. ABC is a cool place, so head down to Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall for some great food
and a fun, vintage atmosphere.
Cooper-Siegel Teen
After Hours Art Club
Aspinwall Beans n’ Cream
Indiana Softball
Glass Center
Paws for the Cure
American Red Cross Babysitting
The Gilded Cage
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Book Reviews
Music Review
Advice Column
Cartoon and Staff
Winter, 2014
After Hours Art Club
By Meaghan Parsons
If you are artsy, and a teen why not attend Cooper-Siegel
Community Library’s After Hours Art Club? It is held
once a month, usually on the last Friday from 5-7 pm. It is
a great time to hang out with friends, eat delicious pizza,
and make unique art projects. Morgan Suity, reference/
teen librarian, is the leader of the group, and always thinks
up creative ideas for fun crafts. In October we painted
rubber ducks like zombies and created mini mummies for
Halloween. In November we made fuse beads and buttons
out of photos. Morgan demonstrated how to put a photo
on the button maker machine to make a cool pin you can
wear on any jacket or shirt. January’s meeting is going to
be a lot of fun! We will be making Rainbow Loom crafts.
Morgan encourages anyone interested to bring their own
looms, rubber bands, knowledge, and creativity. Won’t
you consider joining art club?

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Indiana Township Softball Team
by Madison Borkovich
The Indiana Township U12 softball team has finished
their fall 2013 season of hard work and pertinacity.
Softball is a fantastic recreational sport that brings
girls together and gives them a taste of teamwork.
These dedicated young girls are mainly students from
Dorseyville Middle School. The team includes Laura
Berger, Madison Borkovich, Joanna Delaney, Alayne
Goghan, Alexis Holben, Hannah Humes, Elizabeth
Kaselwicz, Claire Katz, Madyson Kondel, Rory Quin-
lan, Abigail Troutman, and Lizzee Wonderley. This
team has practiced, learned, and grown together.
Great job girls! Time to prepare for summer 2014!
The Pittsburgh Glass Center:
An Undiscovered Teen Hotspot
By Madison Borkovich
The Pittsburgh Glass Center, although unknown to many, is a great place for
teens and people of all ages. At the Glass Center, you can take glass classes or even
workshops where you can learn how to make things out of glass: beads, bowls, jewelry,
you name it! There are also some super cool glass objects for sale!
The glass center is located in Friendship, PA in the Strip District. Also, there is
no admission fee! There is, however, a suggested donation of $5.
You can go on a self-guided tour, but this is the perfect place to go with a Scout
group. If your group schedules a tour ahead of time, then there are even more fun
opportunities for you! You can visit contemporary glass works exhibitions, explore
studios, meet artists, and even see a live glassblowing demonstration! For more
information, call the Glass Center at 412-365-2145 x201. At the Pittsburgh Glass
Center, everyone will surely have a blast with glass!

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Paws for the cure dog walk
By Meaghan Parsons
Sunday October 6, 2013 was a bright, beautiful, clear, hot day,
perfect weather for the Paws for the Cure dog walk at Hartwood Acres.
This is a very worthy event that sponsors the effort to cure breast can-
cer. It was attended by hundreds of people and their dogs. The morning
included a one mile walk, and free t shirts. There was a large number of
sponsors at the event who donated free merchandise and pet treat bags
to the walkers and their four footed best friends. There was also free
water for all, and snacks to refresh the human participants as well. Each
participant paid a 25.00 fee to benefit cancer research. My friend and I would encourage
everyone to attend next year. In many ways you will be glad to have become a part of it.
This was my first year in attendance, but my friend has done it for many years and encour-
aged my family to take part. The dogs will enjoy the socialization as well. It is a very re-
American Red Cross Babysitting Class for Teens
By Meaghan Parsons
At age twelve, I took a babysitting course and have found it
very beneficial to me. It was particularly helpful when looking for
childcare work. I would encourage anyone who is interested in babysitting, childcare of
any kind, or teaching to complete this class. It was offered through Boyd Community
Center. It is also offered at many other facilities. The content of the course included:
infant care, safety, feeding, emergency reactions in unexpected situations, and CPR.
Upon completion of the class, you earn a Red Cross babysitter’s certificate.
At my school, I volunteer as a teacher’s aide for fourth grade. I also work for
many families doing various levels of childcare. Great references from anyone you have
previous been employed by, teachers, coaches, or church officers is a key factor to
securing employment. People want to see that you are a trustworthy, honest individual
who is reliable and responsible enough to care for a child, or to complete any task that
may be required regardless of the job. In this day and age, we all know the job market
is very limited, so making yourself as qualified as you can is always a plus. In the future,
I plan to have a career in early childhood, and this course gives a strong basic start to
become marketable in the work force, after completing a college degree.

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The Gilded Cage
By Caldwell Holden
The golden bars swayed as Mabel and May jumped from side to side of the cage. It
was suspended in the air quite high in order to keep Liz and Quinn from reaching them, though
Jay was sure Liz could if she tried hard enough.
Every time the birds forced their body weight against the harsh bars that kept them
trapped, Jay couldn’t help thinking of the poems he’d read in school - poems about caged
birds and how happy they would be to escape those cages. How they beat their wings against
the bars to the point they bled. Jay’s birds didn’t do that and he knew that the poems were all
metaphors for something else, but they could be taken quite literally as well.
Why were they caged? What was the point of having caged birds when they were so
unhappy? It was so that they could entertain, making their melancholy tunes in the back-
ground - which were really pleas to set them free. It was so that they could be shown off as
Jay’s parents had done on numerous occasions such as at the parties where the birds be-
came so uncomfortable with the loud music. It was so that the cats, Liz and Quinn, would
have something to amuse them as they attempted to pounce at the cage.
To Jay though, they were just what any other pet was to him, companions. When he
was sad or bored or angry it would always calm him down to sit close to the cage and try
watching them without frightening them. However, they didn’t enjoy his presence even when
he was so quiet and still they barely noticed him, for they were far past trusting any humans.
At this moment they were also holding the purpose of entertaining the cats like Liz, who
Jay was holding tightly in his arms as they watched the birds make their antique cage sway.
Every once and a while, Jay would tighten his grip on Liz as she tried to get free from him and
pounce at the birds.
He didn’t understand what it was about animals, such as his cats, who had been do-
mestic their entire lives, that made them so violent. He supposed it was just instinctual for ani-
mals to act this way, though he’d always viewed them as symbols of peace, much gentler and
kinder than humans: humans who start wars and kill millions; humans who pick on each other
and put one another down; humans like Jay’s father, a wealthy business man who fired those
in need of work so easily without even wondering why his boss ordered him to do so; humans
like Jay’s mother who formed childish cliques at parties and made other adult women look like
fools. Jay just didn’t understand it.

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Liz began to squirm in his arms so greatly that she frightened the poor birds even more.
Jay decided he’d had enough of holding her back and wanted the birds to feel more com-
fortable anyway. As he left the room he looked back at Quinn who was hiding in the behind
a chair, curiously watching the birds. She was not as mischievous as Liz but her eyes were
still glazed over as animals’ eyes become when they watch their prey. This was what shed
light on the question Jay had been pondering over earlier. Knowing Quinn as such a quiet
and gentle creature, it just had to be her predatory instincts kicking in and Jay had been
right. Many animals could be peaceful and relaxed even if they were instinctually preda-
tors, like Liz and Quinn - or prey, like Mabel and May. So maybe it was the same for peo-
ple too.
As he walked past, Quinn darted under a chair, obviously startled by him. He smiled
at how innocent she was. Then he went through the dining room and into the family room
where he dropped Liz and closed the door behind him so that she couldn’t follow him back
to the cage.
When he came into the kitchen the first thing he noticed was that Mabel and May’s
cage was swaying more wildly than usual, the birds flailing about in agony. Then he saw
what was making them go berserk and it was already too late. Quinn stood on the butcher
block in the center of the kitchen near where the cage was, building up her momentum. Be-
fore Jay could stop her, she had pounced on the cage and both she and the birds came
tumbling to the ground with the sound of frantically beating wings and chirps that were too
much like screams of bloody murder for Jay to bear.
Quinn darted from the room, knowing she had done wrong.
Jay bent down and picked up the cage. Thank goodness. Both Mabel and May had
survived the incident and neither of them were injured. He didn’t even bother getting his
parents to rehang the cage, since the birds were fine and his parents wouldn’t really care
anyway. He hung them up himself, this time raising the cage as high as he could get it. He
could barely see them anymore, yet he felt extremely close to them at the same time. As
he stared up at the golden cage hanging so far away, his parents came up behind him his
mother holding Liz in her arms. She held the excited cat up to the cage so that she could
peek in, and suddenly, Jay felt like he was right there with Mabel and May, beating his
wings along with them.

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Mother-Daughter Book Club Starts with a Bang!
By Madison Borkovich
The Cooper-Siegel Community Library has a wide range of programs, activities, and events
to offer. A newer program this year is The Mother Daughter Book Club. I regularly attend this
fantastic event, and let me tell you, it is spectacular. The book club meets monthly, which gives
both the mothers and daughters plenty of time to read the novels. Each month, Melanie Moore,
the teen librarian, the mothers, and the daughters sit down in the library and chat about the book.
Both Melanie and the club members take turns asking and answering various questions about the
monthly novel. Melanie helps a great deal at each meeting. Not only does she generously donate
her time hosting meetings and creating discussion questions, she also makes sure to always bring a
refreshing drink and a delicious treat to end each meeting with. Right before the meeting ends, the
club selects a new story to read and discuss for next month’s meeting. If you want to join the
book club, but you are busy on a certain night of the week, don’t worry. At the end of each meet-
ing, after selecting a story, Ms. Melanie along with the club members choose a date for the next
meeting. The Mother Daughter Book Club is open to all daughters in the teen section (6th grade
and up) and their mothers. Please consider joining this fantastic club!
Previous book club titles:
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford
Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

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Book Reviews by M. Stafford
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Drannen
The Running Dream is an inspiring and a heart-felt novel about an upcoming high
school track star named Jessica. Jessica’s straight shot to fame was abruptly disrupted after
a tractor trailer crashed into her school’s bus after a meet. Jessica was left a leg amputee
and spiraled into depression as she tried to reclaim her life. Her life changed when she met
Rosa, an inspiring girl with cerebral palsy. Rosa helped Jessica through the struggles of cop-
ing to change, learning to walk again, and even math. Together, Jessica and Rosa set out to
prove anything is possible with dedication, determination, and friendship as they work to
answer the question: Can we run?
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
In the strange town of Never Better lives a even stranger boy named Jeremy Johnson Johnson; a
boy with the ability to hear the dead, especially the voice of Jacob Grimm, his once German fairy-
tail collector/author turned supernatural protector. Jeremy’s tragic life begins after his flighty moth-
er leaves, crushing his father to a state of constant bed rest, and also leaving Jeremy the sole bread-
winner. But, in this strange town’s core lies a bakery, famous for it’s renowned Prince Cakes, ru-
mored that the first bite causes the consumer to fall in love with whomever his eyes first meet -
unless one closes his eyes. Jeremy’s quiet life becomes jeopardized when his path crosses with that
of Ginger Boultinghouse, who takes a profound interest in Jeremy. Together they set forth in a se-
ries of forbidding events to which all readers of the Grimm brother’s must surely know; not all
ending happily.
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal is a wonderful book. Tom McNeal does a wonderful job of mixing
action with humor, fantasy, and back again. He discloses the plot and keeps you reading through his
playful writing style of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The beginning
and character development in the beginning of the book was rather extensive, but other than that I
can find no other weaknesses in this book. I would highly recommend this to any other fantasy
reader looking for a fun, bashful, stand-alone book!

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Symptoms by Atlas Genius is about the progression of a relationship. Narrated in first person, it seems to hold
sentimental value to the singer.
The song jumps right into the story in the first verse, indicating sparks of a potential relationship. The first line is
most important. “It can do just what you want.” This is another way of saying love has a way of making you see
only what you want to see. As the first verse continues, the narrator is falling in love.
The first and last lines of the chorus are also very significant. “Sweetly lover won‟t you let me know?” The nar-
rator is uncertain whether his feelings are reciprocated and asks - Won‟t you please tell me if you love me for
sure? The last line: “How did the water get so cold?” - Why is the reality so harsh?
The second verse shows that the relationship is progressing passionately. Again, the verse breaks into the chorus
raising the topic of uncertainty and skepticism about whether the feelings are mutual.
The final verse is identical to the chorus with two exceptions: “Now we see what we‟re gonna forget, Never
know what we‟re gonna regret.” These two lines show that the relationship is nearly over. The last line: “How
did the water get so cold?” reflects the sad reality that the narrator‟s feelings were never really reciprocated.
The song evokes emotions that a listener can connect to on a personal level. This song is a definite „must-hear‟.
So, sweetly lover won’t you let me know?
Like a circle round and round we go
Now we see what we’re gonna regret
How did the water get so cold?
Sweetly lover won’t you let me know?
Now we see what we’re gonna forget
Never know what we’re gonna regret
Like a circle, round and round we go
Now we see what we’re gonna forget
How did the water get so cold?
By Atlas Genius
It can do just what you want
Summer tan, these little symptoms you got
Water cool these burns down, you’re so hot
Waves can’t break these feelings like they’re not.
So, sweetly lover won’t you let me know?
Like a circle round and round we go
Now we see what we’re gonna regret
How did the water get so cold?
So we soldier on, with burning feet we run
And here our bodies lay with our own road so far away.
Water cool these burns down, it’s so hot
Waves can break these feelings like they’re not.
Music Review
By Tanay Kumta

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Ask Teen Eye
Dear Teen Eye,
I need a book about a girl with magic of some kind, a little romance, lots of dan-
ger, and mythical creatures with long chapters that would also be appropriate for
a girl between the ages of 10-11.
-Camille M.
Dear Camille M.,
Hello! There are many wonderful books that meet those qualifications. One of
our favorites is Poison by Bridget Zinn, a fun-filled adventure. It is a rather ad-
vanced read with a few scares, but it’s a good one. Also ask your local librarian, we
are sure she will have some great suggestions.
-Teen Eye
Dear Teen Eye,
In my school there is a new girl who sits at my lunch table. She’s usually quiet, and
never talks to us. My birthday is coming soon, but I don’t want to invite everyone
else and leave her out, but she isn’t really our friend – she just sits with us. What
should I do?
Dear Anonymous,
We’ve had similar experiences to that of yours. Our experts here at the teen eye
agree that you should invite her, but leave it up to her to decide to come or not.
Inviting her to party might be a way for her to connect with you and your com-
panions and break the ice to the start of a great friendship.
Best of luck,
-Teen Eye

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Cooper Seagull Part 1
Original cartoon by Caldwell Holden
Teen Eye Staff
Madison Borkovich
Emma Boyer
Hazel Cline
Caldwell Holden
Tanay Kumta
Meaghan Parsons
Megan Stafford
Lucy Stone
Melanie Moore - Newsletter Advisor
Adria Kelleher - Editor