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Western Pa. business owners urge shoppers to think small

By Chris Togneri
Stepping inside Attic Record Store in Millvale is like stepping into the past. And not just because they specialize in musical nostalgia that comes in the ...

North Allegheny redistricting prevented crowding in schools, officials say

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny School District’s redistricting helped offset the demographic shifts the district has been experiencing for several years, an official said. School administrators presented enrollment and facilities and capital funding plan updates at a board meeting last week. There were 8,229 ...

Bethel Park students record books for hospital

By Matthew Santoni
Sitting in front of a green screen at Bethel Park High School’s new high-tech TV studio, McKenna Ferris read aloud from “Put me in the ...

Mt. Lebanon staffers become hunters to attack deer problem

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon employees could be the first to cull deer in the community this winter if the commission approves a safety plan and gets enough of its firefighters, police and public works employees to be certified for bowhunting on public ...

McCandless to buy back property for $250K

By Tory N. Parrish
McCandless plans to buy back land it sold to the Postal Service about 10 years ago to control what happens to it, the town’s manager said. “We have no plans to redevelop it … or resell it,” Manager Tobias Cordek said ...

Young Achiever: Dylan Marino

By Tribune-Review
Age: 12 School: Seventh grade at  McGuffey Middle School Residence: Claysville, Washington County Family: Parents, Brian and Tawnya Marino; twin sisters, Abigail and Ashley, 9 Noteworthy: Dylan is one ...

Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh Foundation team

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District will partner with The Pittsburgh Foundation on an endowment to support the schools, as the district prepares to move out of the “quiet phase” of fundraising it began more than a year ago. The Downtown-based foundation ...

Home-schooled students from North Hills advance in robotics competition

By Chasity Capasso
A team of 27 home-schooled students from the North Hills will head to North Dakota to compete in the next round of a robotics competition ...

Clinics go mobile to bring health care to streets of Western Pennsylvania

By Adam Smeltz
Nurses need about 15 minutes to run a health screening on Braden Holland, 3, even when they have to prick a finger to take blood. But ...

Pittsburgh Boy Choir open to all faiths

By Tory N. Parrish
Ten boys fidgeted, tugged at each other’s shirts, chatted and made funny faces. The members of the Pittsburgh Boy Choir behaved as boys 6 to ...

9 Western Pa. female leaders honored at black history banquet

By Tribune-Review
Nine Pittsburgh area female coaches and women with leadership roles were honored at the 29th annual Black History Achievement Awards Banquet, sponsored by The Pastors Wives of the Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania Church of God in Christ Inc. The recent ...

Students get personalized approach to jobs at Bethel Park

By Matthew Santoni
Bethel Park High School is trying a more personalized approach to help students choose a career that bypasses crowded career fair booths and brochures in ...

Moon woman awarded with Pennsylvania honor for garden

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ellen Northy has been gardening for 27 years, since she and her husband, Bill, moved to Moon. A native of Arizona, Northy said she loved the ...

Upper St. Clair’s Goddard School set to open by summer

By Matthew Santoni
A new Goddard School in Upper St. Clair should be open by June — if weather allows the foundation slab to be poured by the end of this year, its owners said. Bob and Lori Santo, owners of the Goddard School ...

3 girls land role as Clara in Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s ‘The Nutcracker’

By Chasity Capasso
Three local girls will play the coveted role of Clara in the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company’s 2014 production of “The Nutcracker,” a company tradition for ...

Young Achiever: Joey Santillo

By Adam Brandolph
Age: 18 Family: Parents, Tom and Pam; brothers, T.J. and Nick; sister Jess Residence: Green Tree School: Senior at Keystone Oaks High School Noteworthy: Santillo, who plays the euphonium, ...

Upper St. Clair special-ed students ‘have a home’ with design program

By Matthew Santoni
Tom Kneier pulled down the handle of the heat-press, applying heat and pressure to transfer an “Upper St. Clair Basketball” logo onto a camouflage T-shirt ...

Junior Achievement of Western Pa. marks 75th anniversary

By Tory N. Parrish
Third-graders at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy in Wilkinsburg know what their needs are, and they yelled them out as instructed Wednesday: water, food, clothes ...

Mt. Lebanon revises plan  to thin deer

By Matthew Santoni
Culling deer with sharpshooters is off the table in Mt. Lebanon despite residents’ requests, but officials could seek state permission to thin the population by ...

Moon Area will seek renovation reimbursements

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School District has taken the first steps to seek state reimbursements for planned renovations at Brooks and Allard Elementary schools. The school board voted 8-0 on Monday to start the application process under the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Planning ...

Marines pay tribute to South Fayette veteran, celebrate Corps’ 239th birthday

By Matthew Santoni
One by one, Marine veterans bent down to offer Charles Saltrick Jr. a hearty handshake and a “Semper Fi,” which elicited a chuckle from him ...

North Hills 1st-graders give up Halloween candy to boost soldiers

By Laurie Rees
First-graders at Highcliff Elementary School in the North Hills School District are sending treats to soldiers serving around the globe. The 82 students donated 145 pounds ...

Chartiers Avenue split traffic flow ends after 30 years

By Tribune-Review
Two-way traffic reopened this week on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks’ business corridor for the first time in nearly 30 years. “We’re happy to announce (it reopened Tuesday),” said Jeb Feldman, manager of economic development for McKees Rocks Community Development Corp. A ...

Young achiever: Mikayla Davic

By Brian Bowling
Noteworthy: Author, director, producer and a performer in “A Not-So-Magical Story,” a student-run performance at Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, scheduled for ...

Lawrenceville nonprofit combines service, study abroad opportunities

By Megha Satyanarayana
Anthony Scaletta spent the summer of 2009 building rainwater collection systems for families in Tanzania. The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown graduate was looking for ...

Aquinas Academy set to open $4.85M expanded hall

By Chasity Capasso
By Thanksgiving, the once-overcrowded Aquinas Academy in Hampton will open its newly built Mross-McGonigle Hall. The $4.85 million building will allow students more space with 15 ...

Dormont explores historic status

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont is searching for its history, and hired a consultant this week to do an inventory of historic properties so the borough eventually can explore getting on a national historic places list. Council approved paying Downtown-based Skelly and Loy Inc. $31,337 ...

Mt. Lebanon budget holds line on taxes

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s recreation center could get a $150,000 dehumidification system designed to prevent condensation from forming on ceiling beams and then dripping onto the ice rink. The municipality’s 2015 budget draft includes $57,750 for sanding and repainting structural beams, and ...

McCandless Trader Horn starts closing process

By Tory N. Parrish
Trader Horn is not waiting for its landlord’s answer on the future of the discount retailer in a McCandless shopping center where Wal-Mart plans to build a supercenter. Trader Horn has been in the shopping center on Blazier Drive since 1992, ...

Boyce Road closure pesters residents

By Matthew Santoni
The long-term closure of Boyce Road in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette for a water main replacement is affecting thousands of commuters and local ...

Canonsburg church to hold 2nd consecration

By Chasity Capasso
A consecration typically is a one-time event for a church, but All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg will host the sacred service for the second time since 1954. More than 600 congregants are expected to  attend this weekend’s event, and ...

Young Achiever: Averie Nichols

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Organized Wear a Hat for Kids with Cancer fundraising event at her school to benefit children with cancer, in memory of her maternal grandmother, ...

Lifesharing allows families to open homes, hearts to disabled

By Tory N. Parrish
William and Jaylee Trzyna of North Versailles were empty-nesters who found they had room and time to care for someone else in 2009. They opened their ...

P.E.O. women’s group holding Founder’s Day celebration in Upper St. Clair

By Tory N. Parrish
P.E.O. International Sisterhood is about more than casual friendships and networking, the president of the philanthropic women’s organization said Wednesday. It provides emotional support and encouragement ...

Cool Springs Sports Complex project starts to settle in

By Matthew Santoni
Crews can begin work by the second week of November on the next phase of construction at Cool Springs Sports Complex and should begin erecting structural steel in January, project manager David Memo said this week. Bethel Park Council gave the ...

How to thin deer divides Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon will seek advice from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on what methods of deer control it likely would permit, as the Board of Commissioners remains divided over whether to allow sharpshooters with high-powered rifles or bows to thin the ...

Mt. Lebanon voters could change home rule charter

By Matthew Santoni
Two questions on Tuesday’s ballot in Mt. Lebanon could make minor alterations to the municipality’s home rule charter. Voters will decide whether to make the charter gender-neutral by replacing pronouns such as “he” and “him” with proper titles to which they ...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners stand ground on artificial turf

By Matthew Santoni
Four of five Mt. Lebanon commissioners say they won’t reverse course on installing artificial turf on municipal playing fields, but the fifth wants them to reconsider alternatives to the crumb-rubber infill that’s drawn opposition from residents with health concerns. A standing-room-only ...

Young achiever: Mariah Aquino-Truss

By Bob Bauder
Noteworthy: The Jefferson Awards have named Aquino-Truss as one of its 2015 recipients for her work with the Arthritis Foundation. Since being diagnosed with a ...