Wheeling Ranks Nine In Affordable Housing

Area residents who happened to look at the msn.com home page Thursday, Oct. 13, saw a familiar scene. The website used a photograph of Wheeling’s Chapline Street Row of historic homes to illustrate an article on “the 10 best places to live cheaply.” Wheeling ranked number nine on the list of cities that have “affordable housing markets.”

The top city on the list, compiled by Forbes.com, was Sandusky, Ohio. Third on the list was Cumberland, Md., while Springfield, Ohio, ranked eighth.

The Forbes.com article listed Wheeling’s median income as $48,900, with a median housing price of $75,000, and an unemployment rate of 8.7 percent. The article gave Wheeling a “great schools” rating of eight.

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Area music lovers have another opportunity to hear three talented musicians perform classical and contemporary music, but in a new venue for music.

A short recital will be presented in the National Technology Transfer Center foyer on the Wheeling Jesuit University campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. The featured performers are Juan Jaramillo, violin; Robert Troeger, keyboard; and Jose Puentes, bass and cuatro. The program is free and open to the public.

They will perform music by Handel, Corelli, Dupre, Faure and other composers.

Jaramillo, a native of Venezuela who has lived in Pittsburgh for several years, is the principal second violinist of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Troeger, a Wheeling resident, is the organist-choirmaster of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling, and director of music and member of the fine arts faculty at WJU. Puentes, who also is from Venezuela, lives and performs in the Pittsburgh area.

The three gifted musicians performed in concert at St. Matthew’s last Sunday, Oct. 9. Anyone who missed that delightful concert, as well as those who had the pleasure of hearing their excellent performance last weekend, will want to be in the audience for this week’s program.

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Wheeling native Sean Hennen, who is working as a member of the writing staff for CBS’ hit new television series, “Person of Interest,” has written the season’s eighth episode of the drama. He will receive an on-screen writing credit for Episode 8, which is likely to air in early November.

Hennen, a graduate of Linsly School and Elon University, is the son of Sherry and Mike Hennen of Wheeling. He served as a summer intern for the Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer during his college years.

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Four members of a Wheeling family – Dave and Valerie Parsons and their two daughters – have had a distinction that many established movie stars cannot claim.

All four family members were in two movies being shown at Marquee Cinemas at The Highlands at the same time. They appeared as extras in the locally-produced “Doughboy” movie and in the Taylor Lautner movie, “Abduction,” which was filmed in Pittsburgh.

In addition, the local actors were chosen as extras during a Pittsburgh film shoot for the new “Batman” movie, set for release next year. The family also has appeared in “Unstoppable” and a few other movies made in the region.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net