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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 …

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 …

Photo gallery: Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park police play charity softball game

By Tribune-Review
Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park police officers helped to raise $12,100 to support Special Olympics as part of a Badges ‘n Bats event on Aug. …

Cumberland Trail repairs under way

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny School District’s Pump House Run is a popular community fundraiser that benefits physical education programs in the district. Its popularity and other …

Photo gallery: Students mark National Aviation Day

By Tribune-Review
Students in second through sixth grades were invited to 11 airports across Pennsylvania, including the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, for activities to mark …

Young Achiever: Alexis Werner

By Margaret Harding
Age: 19 Residence: Etna Family: Mother, Nicole Zottola; father, Shawn Werner; step­father, Gregory Zottola; sisters, Madison Werner, Riley Werner; brother, Enzo Zottola School: Graduated from …

Universal Allegheny County library support gets a push

By Bill Zlatos
Across Allegheny County, 23 of the 24 communities that lack their own libraries don’t provide funding to nearby libraries that their residents may visit. Those …

Greenfield couple sets off on yearlong mission to world’s poorest nations

By Chasity Capasso
A Greenfield couple soon will leave on a missionary trip that will take them to the poorest regions of 11 countries in 11 months. Christopher …

YMCA to resubmit plans for Bethel Park center

By Matthew Santoni
The YMCA is fighting to convert the Blade Runners ice rink in Bethel Park into a fitness center, despite a judge’s order that overturned the project’s zoning approval. “The Y has served the residents of the South Hills for 70 …

Franklin Park festival to benefit spina bifida research

By Tribune-Review
The annual summer festival of the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania, an event to celebrate and support the organization’s disability-related services, will be held Saturday in Franklin Park. The festival will run from 1 to 8 p.m. at the …

‘HIIT’ workouts growing in popularity in Western Pa.

By Doug Gulasy
Chris Labishak often sees people in his gym running on a treadmill or using an elliptical machine at a steady pace, and thinks they could …

Photo gallery: Back to School Brigade

By Tribune-Review
Operation Homefront held a Back to School Brigade on Saturday at the Charles E. Kelly Commissary, to distribute free backpacks and school supplies to local …

Kayaking grows in popularity in North Park

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ten would-be kayakers of various ages listened as volunteer instructor David Bennett demonstrated the correct way to use a kayak paddle at North Park Lake. …

Traffic signal issues dog Dormont

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont is dealing with annoying breakdowns of traffic signals that a contractor installed less than three years ago along West Liberty Avenue in Dormont, as …

Mt. Lebanon leaders approve borrowing $4.2M

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon commissioners approved borrowing $4.21 million a week after Moody’s downgraded the municipality’s bond rating, a change that could lead to slightly higher interest payments for the municipality. The commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved issuing the bond with the …

Moon Area schools starting back early to allow time for renovations

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School District students will start the 2014-15 school a week earlier than they did last year, and earlier than any other public school …

Upper St. Clair couple’s Down syndrome advocacy a labor of love

By Chris Togneri
Margie Kondrich was afraid to look at her baby. In 2003, after giving birth to her daughter, Chloe, in a Pittsburgh hospital, the attending medical …

Western Pa. wellness centers embrace unconventional direction

By Adam Smeltz
Melissa Migliaro said she almost had an out-of-body experience when she first saw it, this earthy patch of rustic calm amid the commercial sprawl of …

Propel school OK’d as Sto-Rox decision overturned

By Jake Flannick
Leah Walker enrolled her daughter in a charter high school more than 10 miles from their McKees Rocks home, rather than send her to nearby Sto-Rox High School. “It was a hard decision,” said Walker, 39. Her daughter, Courtney, will …

Kennedy businesses lament loss of grocer

By Matthew Santoni
Tenants of the Kenmawr Plaza shopping center in Kennedy are worried that the closure of a Shop ’n Save supermarket there in June is causing …

Developer sought for Dormont green space

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont will seek developers for the “passive park” at the corner of West Liberty and Hillsdale avenues, hoping to find a better and more productive use for the small parcel. Council voted 5-0 on Monday, with councilmen Drew Lehman and …

Rewrite of Dormont’s ‘outdated’ zoning code in works

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont has little open property to develop and just 0.7 square miles of land, and officials and planners there hope a revamp of the borough’s 20-year-old zoning code and map can steer redevelopment and new businesses to the right spots. …

Back-to-class updates sought from schools

By Tribune-Review
Schools are invited to submit information about new programs, building updates and other changes for the next school year by Aug. 15, for a back-to-school package that will run in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Neighborhoods section on Aug. 21. Send items …

Dormont theater tops fundraising goal for digital projector, computer

By Matthew Santoni
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will get to keep up with the digital age of movies thanks to the successful conclusion of a last-ditch online …

St. Barnabas run gets 1st international entrant

By Karen Kadilak
A teenage girl from Sweden who is vacationing with family friends in Pine will make history by competing on Saturday in the St. Barnabas Charities …

South Fayette considers option for stalled civic center project

By Tory N. Parrish
South Fayette spent $5 million to buy the former Star City Cinema in 2009, with the intention to turn it into a hub of civic …

Peters library offers programming robots for residents to borrow

By Tory N. Parrish
Michael Hsieh might grow up to be a computer programmer, he said. He has experience with coding using programming languages such as Scratch and Snap, …

Bellevue nonprofit’s project helps land, youths blossom

By Chasity Capasso
Youths involved in a Bellevue area community outreach program have transformed an unused, grassy area behind Allegheny General Hospital — Suburban Campus into a garden. …

Castle Shannon parish plans special Masses for 125th anniversary

By Matthew Santoni
Having celebrated the 120th anniversary of its school this year, St. Anne Catholic Church in Castle Shannon is ready to kick off its 125th anniversary …

Public’s interest in space endures, Western Pa., national groups say

By Bobby Kerlik 12:45 p.m.
Western Pennsylvanians have been stargazing, and in some cases making discoveries, as part of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for 85 years, even as …

Placement of public car chargers needs to be revved up, experts say

By Tory N. Parrish
Lisa Karraker took the plunge. After thinking about it for years, environmental concerns motivated the Beechview resident to buy her first electric car, a 2014 …