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Allegheny County sports complex at Montour Junction hits delays

By Tory N. Parrish
Delays in obtaining environmental permits will delay completion of the first phase of Allegheny County’s planned 78-acre sports complex by another year, an official said. ...

Alumni organize Edgewood reunion

By Tory N. Parrish
With its family-like setting, the former Edgewood School District was a place where students considered their classmates to be anyone attending school at the same ...

Revamp of old restaurant on tap in Franklin Park

By Tory N. Parrish
A family-owned restaurant that became a hometown tradition in Franklin Park closed last year after 62 years in business. Now, new operators plan to reopen ...

‘Deer-proofing’ consultant coming to Mt. Lebanon

By Tribune Review
Deer management consultant Sandy Baker will begin three days of appearances in Mt. Lebanon with a presentation on gardening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Mt. Lebanon Park off Cedar Boulevard. Baker, of Rochester, N.Y., is the author of ...

Neville Island cleanup effort needs volunteers

By Tribune-Review
The Neville Green organization and Neville township officials are sponsoring a third annual litter pickup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in honor of Earth Day. Volunteers will meet at the Neville Island Fire Station on Grand Avenue. Gloves, safety ...

Mt. Lebanon wants to update master plan for Uptown district

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials want to update a 20-year-old “vision statement” for the Washington Road business district, which could help to steer development, grants and enhancements. Business ...

Cabbage contest engages Western Pa. 3rd-graders in gardening

By Bob Bauder
Malia Baney earned some cabbage by growing a cabbage last year through a third-grade science project at Big Beaver Elementary School. Malia, 9, of Big ...

Dormont Council points to ex-manager for deficit

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont officials won’t say why they soured on former borough manager Jeff Naftal enough that he quit, claiming he was about to be fired, in February. But council laid blame on him Tuesday for about $300,000 in budget shortfalls during the ...

Bethel Park voters get chance to change charter

By Eric Eisert
Bethel Park Council wants voters to decide whether the police chief should report directly to the municipal manager. Council voted 6-0 Monday to place a referendum on the ballot for the  Nov. 3 election because any change would fall under ...

Moon Area aims to ease parents’ transportation worries

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School District’s elementary school transportation plan for the 2015-16 academic year should allay parents’ fears about grade reconfigurations and school reassignments negatively impacting students’ bus rides, officials said. Superintendent Curt Baker presented a plan at Monday’s school board ...

Wal-Mart plan ignites election  in McCandless

By Tory N. Parrish
Anger over the possibility of a Wal-Mart Supercenter opening in McCandless could change the political landscape in the town, where four of the seven council ...

Young Achiever: Kelli Lucas

By Tribune-Review
Age: 17 School: Senior at Trinity Area  High School Residence: Canton Family: Parents, Dave  and Denise Lucas Noteworthy: Kelli was selected as Washington County’s only winner in the Pennsylvania ...

Goat-grazing business fills environmental niche in Western Pennsylvania

By Tory N. Parrish
Goats really will eat anything — quietly and without much encouragement — so it makes simple sense to some to take advantage of that. Pittsburgh resident ...

DEP campaign targets undermined communities

By Brian Bowling
Sending property owners a notice showing how their buildings sit above old mines has encouraged more of them to subscribe to a nonprofit state mine subsidence insurance program, a state official said. “It’s probably the best response we’ve had to ...

Restaurants taking advantage of new state law allowing beer deliveries

By Gideon Bradshaw  and Chris Foreman
As Bob Guiliani says, a pizza and a beer go well together for hungry people. And he should know — Guiliani’s Papa Rocks Pizza Pub ...

Bethel Park in experienced hands with new police chief

By Matthew Santoni
Between when he left as commander of Pittsburgh police’s Zone 5 station the afternoon of Feb. 23 and when he was sworn in as Bethel ...

Montour students grab anti-bullying by horns

By Tory N. Parrish
Bullying is an issue that is not going away, despite more public and media attention on the problem, a Montour High School senior said. “We just need to show that bullying still goes on and try to get people, if they ...

Probe of former Dormont manager reveals nothing improper

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont begins its search for a new borough manager Thursday, and contractors’ investigations into the former manager turned up nothing irregular, officials said. Jeff Naftal, who became Dormont’s manager in July 2012, sent a letter to council Feb. 26 resigning effective ...

Dormont keeps pool operator

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont council renewed the contract for Florida-based Jeff Ellis Management to operate the borough’s swimming pool for a second summer, now that some of the controversy over changes the company brought has faded. Council voted, 6-1, Monday to award the one-year, ...

Combative Krav Maga classes gaining in popularity in Western Pa.

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Instructor George Varre sent seven men and three women jogging to warm up in his basic Krav Maga class one recent Sunday at Wright’s Gym ...

Young Achiever: Alexis Payne

By Brian Bowling
Noteworthy: The national  nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists and Writers picked Alexis as one of its 16 Portfolio Gold Medal Award winners in its annual ...

Escape to the Lake, in 30th year, still riding for MS patients

By Doug Gulasy
Multiple sclerosis didn’t mean much to Emerson White when he registered to participate in the Bike MS Escape to the Lake ride for the first ...

Marshall rejects plan for 4 hotels

By Tory N. Parrish
Marshall supervisors rejected a developer’s plan to build four hotels in an industrial park — a plan some objected to over doubts that they would get sufficient business. Carnegie-based The Forza Group Inc. was seeking township approvals to build the hotels ...

Program pairs Western Pa. students with businesses to solve real problems

By Tory N. Parrish
A school-to-business partnership in which students work with executives to solve complex problems is on a growth track. About 70 South Fayette and North ...

Forest Hills extols enthusiasm, experience of new mayor

By Tory N. Parrish
Frank Porco Jr. has big shoes to fill, Forest Hills Council President Markus Erbeldinger said. Council last week voted to appoint Porco to serve as the ...

Western Pa. nurses who served during Vietnam invited to tea in their honor

By Aaron Aupperlee
The transition between war and peace was rocky at times for Kathie Swazuk. The Army nurse served in Vietnam at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in ...

Keystone Oaks beginning full-day kindergarten

By Matthew Santoni
Keystone Oaks schools will start full-day kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year with the hope that the district’s youngest students will learn more with more ...

Young Achiever: Jane Fusco

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Fusco was one of 36 girls chosen to for the Discovery Girls Leadership Summit in Monterey, Calif., a three-day working and writing conference focused ...

Western Pa. school districts address e-cigarettes

By Bill Zlatos
Arlene Bender knows how hard it is to quit smoking. A smoker for more than 40 years, she tried going cold turkey. She tried hypnosis, acupuncture, ...

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ready to bloom again

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Tiny green fingers of growth poke through the soil at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, harbingers of what will be thousands of spring daffodil blooms, said ...

Churchill teens putting Irish dancing skills on world stage

By Karen Kadilak
Two Churchill teenagers will be among about 6,000 competitors from 16 countries at the World Irish Dancing Championships Sunday through April 5 in Montreal. Audrey Hutton, ...

2nd hotel planned in McCandless

By Tory N. Parrish
McCandless will be getting in on Pittsburgh’s hotel boom when a developer breaks ground in the next three months on the town’s second hotel, an official said. This week, McCandless Council approved Selma, N.C.,-based AdVenture Development LLC’s site plan for ...

Upper St. Clair revisits district budget

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair school officials are looking to trim a proposed $73.7 million budget for the 2015-16 school year and cut back on a proposed 0.84-mill property tax increase. The school board initially passed the preliminary budget to give the ...

Kennedy man knocks out book about one-of-a-kind collection

By Rebecca L. Ferraro
John Kirwan Jr. inherited a neighbor’s collection of signed baseballs representing all the teams in the National League and continued to build it over the ...

Regional winners of National History Day contest posted

By Tribune-Review
Here are local winners in the National History Day Competition, held last weekend at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District: JUNIOR DIVISION • Junior paper: Jordan French, first place, Bellmar Middle School, Belle Vernon; Evan McLoughlin, second place, Kentucky ...

Moon assesses ways to help struggling Mooncrest

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon officials want to know what they can do to spur investment in a historic community with high rates of poverty and unemployment. The township is ...

Franklin Park zoning board outlines decision on exemptions

By Tory N. Parrish
Franklin Park Zoning Hearing Board has issued written decisions outlining why it granted 11 exceptions to zoning rules for a proposed gas station and hotel — exceptions that the borough council and staff believe are excessive. “The borough will review the ...

Coraopolis, South Side races to show support for struggling veterans

By Katie Foglia
On Saturday, people concerned about raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide among veterans will run as one. The fourth annual Run as One events, sponsored by nonprofit veterans’ organizations Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon and ...

Variances sought in Northway mall mend

By Bill Zlatos
The owner of the Shoppes at Northway is seeking a tax break on a portion of $11.9 million in infrastructure improvements that could help ease flooding on the McKnight Road corridor, breathe life into a ghost of a mall and ...