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Events with alcohol help libraries raise funds for extras

By Adam Brandolph
Dan and Emma Frohm hadn’t been inside a library for nearly two decades until they moved to Mt. Lebanon about two years ago. But it …

Mt. Lebanon’s artificial turf plan hits a snag

By Matthew Santoni
Construction on Mt. Lebanon’s controversial $1.05 million project to replace grass playing fields with artificial turf was supposed to start Aug. 1, but work has hit a snag with government regulators and needs a permit related to stormwater runoff. Officials …

New Cinemark in McCandless boasts modern luxuries

By Tory N. Parrish
A new Cinemark theater will have all the amenities expected of modern cinemas when it opens on Friday in McCandless. After a two-year delay, Plano, …

Dormont market to reopen this fall

By Matthew Santoni  and Chasity Capasso
When she was managing People’s Food Mart in Dormont, Melissa Verner never imagined she’d get any payback when she donated food to the needy, delivered …

Wexford I-79 interchange in need of repair

By Tory N. Parrish
The Wexford interchange of Interstate 79 and state Route 910 needs millions of dollars worth of work to improve safety and the flow of traffic in Marshall and Franklin Park, but most of the work would require a boost from …

Young Achiever: Derica Sanchez

By Megha Satyanarayana
Noteworthy: Sanchez was one of two local winners in the George W. Tippins annual Business Plan Competition in May. She will be heading to California …

Dormont man finds hope, raises $10K for mental illness through cross-country walk

By Matthew Santoni
As he trudged across the country from Virginia Beach to San Francisco, Ian Cummins knew he was not alone. The friends who walked across whole …

Half of Allegheny school districts dodge increase in school taxes

By Megan Harris
School property taxes for a median value home will increase by more than $240 in one Allegheny County district, but most increases across the Pittsburgh region are less than $100. Half the school districts in Allegheny County – 23 – …

New Children's South site nearly ready to open doors

By Tory N. Parrish
Children’s South visitors won’t experience an interruption in services when the outpatient center moves this month from Bethel Park to a bigger facility in South …

South Park residents want answers on cell tower

By Matthew Santoni
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Parks Director Andy Baechle likely won’t take up South Park residents’ request to discuss a proposed cell tower in the county park, as the county leaves the matter with township authorities. Last year, the …

Western Pa. soccer clubs enjoy year-round, steady growth

By Doug Gulasy
Pete Breski didn’t begin playing soccer until he was 34, but today there are opportunities for children as young as 4 to learn the sport. …

Moon Area hires architect to guide $26.2M project

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School Board hired a Lancaster-based architectural firm to oversee about $26.2 million in work at two buildings as part of an elementary school restructuring. MM Architects will provide architectural, engineering and construction management services for a capital …

Mt. Lebanon mulls ‘Pay-as-you-throw’ garbage idea

By Matthew Santoni
A citizens panel says Mt. Lebanon could adopt a “pay-as-you-throw” garbage collection system by 2016, but only if the municipality is able to educate people on its benefits and save money over a flat-fee system. Municipal taxes cover the cost …

Partnership blends students with businesses

By Tory N. Parrish
Today’s high school students need to know more than what’s in books, local teachers believe. They need to be able to identify and apply solutions …

Runners prepare for Pittsburgh’s Great Race by analyzing their form

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Four people wearing socks or barefoot ran in the asphalt parking lot at Chiodo Plaza in Robinson. The method and place were unusual for running. …

Low-cost spay, neuter service Fix ‘ur Cat goes mobile

By Chasity Capasso
Spaying one female cat can prevent 60 births that would add to the millions of unwanted and homeless cats born each year. Fix ’ur Cat …

Effort afoot to transform Peters Lake into destination spot

By Brian Bowling
Built as a reservoir in the 1930s, Peters Lake provides a touch of wilderness in the increasingly urban South Hills. “It just kind of takes …

Young Achiever: Madeleine Wiley

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Wiley won two Community College of Beaver County scholarships, the Robert D. Thompson Jr. Memorial Scholarship, awarded to full-time students with family members in …

LeMoyne art show branches out

By Chasity Capasso
In Madeleine’s Garden at the historic LeMoyne House in Washington, the 21st annual Art in the Garden art show will bring together artists from across …

Charter school planned for former North Catholic building seeks state OK

By Tory N. Parrish
Curtis Kossman sends his daughter, 16, to Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel for $28,300 a year to get support for her dyslexia. His son, 13, also has dyslexia and attends The Gow School, a boarding school near Buffalo, N.Y., …

La Roche upgrades sports complex

By Tory N. Parrish
La Roche College soccer team captain Bryan Weimerskirch doesn’t miss the way the soccer field used to look, or the work it took to make …

Coast Guard officer sets anchor on long career keeping Western Pa. waterways safe

By Karen Kadilak
Todd Talasky said he enjoyed every day of the nearly 37 years he served in the Coast Guard before retiring last week as its most …

Movies to become memory exercise for seniors with dementia

By Matthew Santoni
The Denis Theatre Foundation and a Massachusetts-based nonprofit will begin a film discussion program for senior citizens with dementia later this month while raising money to renovate the closed Mt. Lebanon movie house. Artists for Alzheimer’s is working with the …

Effort under way to recognize Etna officer killed in 1921

By Bethany Hofstetter
Two volunteer investigators with the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of Allegheny County are working to get recognition for an Etna police officer who died in …

Step out with Footsteps for Recovery 5K in North Park

By Rochelle Haitz
Footsteps for Recovery will host its fourth annual 5K Walk/Run on Sept. 14 at North Park’s Harmar Pavilion, and proceeds will benefit the new nonprofit that helps people with eating disorders. The organization started as a campaign to educate the …

Mt. Lebanon library carves niche to tap creative side

By Chasity Capasso
The Mt. Lebanon Public Library has joined the worldwide Maker Movement, by turning two rooms into its own Maker Space for patrons of all ages …

Dormont to rehab, then sell old home

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont Council is going into the house-flipping business. After months of evaluations and appraisals, council this week approved spending $146,000 to renovate an abandoned two-unit apartment house in the 1400 block of Dormont Avenue with the intent of reselling it …

Kincaid retires from Penn Hills’ United Methodist Church, starts new church

By Patrick Varine
J-Lavon Kincaid may be officially retired as a United Methodist Church minister, but his ministry is far from over. Kincaid will hold a “back-to-school prayer …

Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity

By Chasity Capasso
Avonworth’s new two-story primary center for kindergarten through second grade opened Monday and is easing overcrowding in the growing school district. “Our elementary school was …

Young Achiever: J.D. Galloway

By Bobby Kerlik
Age: 16 Residence: Forest Hills Family: Parents Ed and Lynn; sister, Lauren, 19, brother, Jackson, 8. School: Trinity Christian School, junior Activities: Soccer, school plays, …

Western Pa. municipalities’ rules for cell towers in flux

By Matthew Santoni
Bethel Park is among more than a dozen Pittsburgh-area municipalities looking to establish rules for smaller cellular antennas within their communities, having watched such “distributed antenna systems” cause angst on the other side of the state. Standing shorter and carrying …

No takers for old McCandless movie theater

By Tory N. Parrish
The sales price has been slashed again for a 35-year-old movie theater in a McCandless shopping center where Wal-Mart wants to build a supercenter. The Pittsburgh North 11 at 9700 McKnight Road is for sale for $4 million, according to …

Think before you ink: Tattoo removal a $27M annual business

By Aaron Aupperlee
Alexis Hancharik hopes to have her divorce finalized by the end of the month. But the tattoo of her husband’s name scrawled between her shoulder …

Deaths of cats prompt review in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials are wondering what they can change after police were unable to do anything about a resident who had amassed almost 80 cats in her Pennsylvania Boulevard rental home, most of which had to be euthanized when the …

Back in session: What’s new at Pittsburgh-area schools

By Tribune-Review
Schools across Pittsburgh’s suburbs have added math, writing and science courses for fall, many of which will employ the latest laptop and tablet computers that …

Young Achiever: Robert Veltre III

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Was awarded the Dr. Owen M. Katz Scholarship by the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Chapter of the Materials Information Society. He also received the Outstanding …

Upper St. Clair resident’s appeal of proposed grocery tossed

By Matthew Santoni
An Allegheny County judge ruled that Upper St. Clair didn’t violate a resident’s rights to be notified of zoning changes for a development that includes a Whole Foods Market, tossing one of several appeals being backed by Giant Eagle. Common …

Mt. Lebanon residents opposed to loss of brick roads

By Matthew Santoni
Jim Jordan said he searched an extra year for a house so he could buy on one of Mt. Lebanon’s brick-paved streets. About 10 miles …

Feasibility of Moon Area-Cornell merger remains uncertain

By Tory N. Parrish
Cornell ended its football program two years ago because of the school district’s small size, Superintendent Aaron Thomas said. With only about 15 varsity players, Cornell — which comprises Coraopolis and Neville Island — had to forfeit games when students …