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Program helps Western Pa. students develop awareness of water resources

By Megan Guza
Elementary students from Trinity Area watched recently as the young brook trout they’d raised escaped the unseasonable heat and splashed into the cool waters of ...

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart students prepare for Scotland trip

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ashley Sitarik cautioned Matthew Wojtechko about the cup that he took off his head on the auditorium stage at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart ...

Bill would change residency requirements for Mt. Lebanon firefighters

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon may relax the residency requirement for its volunteer firefighters so members who move away aren’t automatically barred from participating. The commission introduced a bill last week that would allow up to six active volunteers to move outside Mt. Lebanon’s ...

Pittsburgh area teens make a difference with volunteer service

By Tory N. Parrish
Some Pittsburgh-area teens hope to make an impact with their community service. On Saturday, about 30 teens from Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Wilkinsburg volunteered at ...

Mt. Lebanon board raises taxes, approves teacher contract

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s school board voted unanimously Monday to pass a $92.64 million budget and approve a new three-year contract for the district’s teachers. The budget for the 2015-16 school year raises taxes by 0.4 mills, to 23.55 mills, which means homeowners ...

Development strategies in Franklin Park shift toward single-family homes, townhouses

By Tory N. Parrish
Franklin Park is growing on the strength of its high-performing schools, strong police force and other amenities, borough officials say. The nature of that growth, however, is changing. Market conditions are shifting from apartments that appeal to young professionals to ...

New management breathes life into Upper St. Clair office park

By Matthew Santoni
New management plans to put more than $1 million into remodeling an Upper St. Clair office park to take advantage of its leafy, suburban setting. Forty-Two ...

Numerous communities to host Memorial Day activities

By Tribune-Review 11:50 a.m.
Events are Monday unless otherwise noted. Aspinwall: 11 a.m. Service begins at Aspinwall American Legion Post 77, 233 Commercial Ave. Parade follows, along Commercial Avenue to Eastern Avenue to Second Street to Virginia Avenue to Fourth Street to ...

Young Achiever: Leo Sweeney

By Tribune-Review
Age: 14 School: Pittsburgh Sterrett Academy Residence: Point Breeze Family: Parents, Leo and Maria Noteworthy: Leo advanced to the 2015 National History Bee Finals after winning a regional competition ...

Upper St. Clair’s last working farm to open doors for community day

By Matthew Santoni
For South Hills kids who seldom see cows up close, a weekend event at Upper St. Clair’s historic Gilfillan Farm could open some eyes. As part ...

Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association helps students advance musical education with scholarships

By Tory N. Parrish
Alvin Zhu’s passion for piano was cultivated by his mother, his first teacher. At 4 years old, the Mt. Lebanon native began tickling the ivories under his mother’s tutelage. Now 24, Zhu plans to relocate from New Haven, Conn., to New York ...

Forest Hills Nursery School plans reunion to celebrate anniversary

By Tory N. Parrish
Forest Hills Nursery School is a throwback to the past, according to some students’ parents. No technology is used in instruction, unless the bell that education ...

Change in zoning could accommodate senior housing in Bethel Park

By Eric Eisert
A planned senior living complex on McMurray Road could be the first facility allowed under modified zoning in Bethel Park. Council agreed Monday to modify some residential and commercial zoning districts. Under the new regulations, senior housing facilities are a permitted ...

Teachers pact, budget up for vote at Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon school directors will vote Monday on both a new contract for the district’s teachers and a budget for the 2015-16 school year that will raise property taxes by 0.4 of a mill. The school board previously approved a $91.64 ...

Olympic lifting provides strong workout

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Sewar AbuNuwar of Mt. Lebanon strained to lift a weight-laden barbell, while volunteer coach Kevin Montgomery of Washington watched and advised one recent Saturday at ...

Parents of Moon Area elementary students upset by construction work during school days

By Tory N. Parrish
Some parents of Moon Area School District students are upset by what they say is construction work taking place during the school day in two elementary schools. The work is a health hazard and disruptive, they said. “Facts are against the quickness” ...

South Park Oval receives makeover; more county park improvements coming

By Matthew Santoni
Joggers, walkers and stair-runners will have a new playground in South Park on Saturday when Allegheny County officially reopens the renovated “Oval” at the fairgrounds ...

Memorial Day event notices sought

By Tribune-Review
Communities and organizations planning Memorial Day parades, festivals and other public events are invited to send notices, for a listing in the Trib’s Neighborhoods section on May 21. Send information to announcements@tribweb.com and provide contact information by May 18. …

Dormont board rejects zoning variances for storage facility

By Tribune-Review
The Dormont Zoning Hearing Board has rejected most of the zoning variances requested by developers of a proposed Guardian Storage building on West Liberty Avenue, likely delaying the project for either court appeals or a redesign. East Liberty-based Guardian Storage …

Push to refurbish former Coraopolis train station falls short of $75K goal

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Leaders of a project to refurbish the former Coraopolis train station expressed disappointment that a crowdfunding effort fell well short of its $75,000 goal, but ...

Additions planned for Bethel Park’s Cool Springs Sports Complex

By Eric Eisert
Bethel Park Council will hold a public hearing May 18 on a proposal to rezone land connected to the Cool Springs Sports Complex for a ...

Dormont officials seek ways to reduce expenses

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont’s budget problems could be fixed for 2015 by holding off on buying new vehicles for the police department and public works, officials said at Monday’s council meeting. The borough had been looking at a likely deficit by the end of ...

Northern Regional, McKeesport police to test vehicle immobilizer

By Adam Brandolph
When Pittsburgh police officers pulled over and approached a silver Infiniti in Highland Park in November 2012, the driver threw the car into drive and ...

Young achiever: Alyssa George

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Alyssa took first place in the poetry category for seventh- and eighth-graders in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Writing Contest, which drew more than 3,800 entries ...

Mt. Lebanon High School renovation project nears completion after 3 years

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District has almost finished its three-year, $110 million effort to rearrange and renovate its high school, which students and officials said has ...

Programs help girls in Pittsburgh area find pre-owned prom dresses

By Melissa Daniels
When she went to her first high school prom, Sherry Thornhill couldn’t afford to purchase her own gown. So she borrowed one from a friend. For ...

6 candidates vie for 3 seats on Dormont Council

By Matthew Santoni
The recent departure of Dormont’s borough manager and the holes left in the 2015 budget have become campaign issues in the Democratic primary, where six ...

Owners of self-storage complex seek variances to build in Dormont

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont’s zoning hearing board will hold a second meeting Thursday evening on a proposed self-storage facility that would fill most of the block across from the intersection of West Liberty and Pioneer avenues, having granted the project one special exception ...

Closing elementary school building to become preschool in Moon Area

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School District is moving ahead with plans to repurpose a closing elementary school to house the district’s first preschool and other programs when the building reopens as a resource center for the 2015-16 school year. The school board voted ...

Ban on feeding deer first step in Mt. Lebanon, says consultant

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon can take many steps to reduce the number of collisions between deer and vehicles before turning to lethal culling, a consultant told the commissioners Monday. Sandy Baker, whose website calls her “the deer doctor” and an expert on deer ...

Young Achievers: John Bal and Rocco Maue

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: The Moon Area High School seniors recently won top honors in the 20th  Annual Penn State Beaver  Science Challenge. This was the second-consecutive year ...

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 9:00 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 ...