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‘Chloe’s Law’ educates would-be parents about Down Syndrome

By Chris Togneri
Doctors warned the Kondrich family that their daughter would be different. They were right. In the past year alone, Chloe Kondrich has hung out with rock stars ...

North Hills High School planetarium converted to digital theater

By Katelyn Ferral
North Hills High School is set to open a digital immersion theater, one of few in the state to offer students and the community an opportunity to experience video across a full dome. The theater is scheduled to open Friday ...

CVS expansion could spell end for Upper St. Clair shops

By Matthew Santoni
A newer, larger CVS Pharmacy proposed for the corner of Washington and Fort Couch roads in Upper St. Clair has several small businesses at the ...

Bethel Park deals with ‘sticker shock’

By Eric Eisert
Plans for a new capital building project in Bethel Park could create a tax increase. Council members were presented with a plan this week to replace the existing public works building at a cost of $10 million. Council hired EPM Architecture in ...

Developer adds Ross board to lawsuit

By Katelyn Ferral
A housing developer has added the Ross board of commissioners to the list of people it’s suing over a proposed housing plan on Colwyn Drive. Cardiff Heights LP, developer of a controversial housing complex of the same name in Ross, is ...

Multisite churches becoming more common across Allegheny County

By Adam Brandolph
Pastor Rick Paladin delivers his sermon to about 150 people in White Oak or Murrysville every Sunday. He then hops in his car, drives about 20 ...

Spa business offers sweet ride for young patrons

By Matthew Santoni
The bright pink limousine parked outside South Hills Village is more than just a ride for excited tweens; it’s Sweet & Sassy Spa’s best advertising. “It ...

Fitness festival, blood drive scheduled to benefit Montour graduate

By Karen Kadilak
An all-day fitness festival and blood drive at Montour High School on Aug. 29 will benefit a 2009 graduate who is battling cancer. Joe Chesno, 24, ...

Moon Area students to return to classes after 1-week delay

By Katelyn Ferral
Moon Area schools will open Monday, a week after the start date was changed by construction at two elementary schools. The school board last week delayed ...

Young Point Park graduate to speak at school’s convocation

By Rick Wills
University convocation speakers typically are well into middle age. Not David Jacobs, who’s 28 and just started as Pandora’s music product marketing director. Jacobs, a ...

Young Achiever: Amulya Garimella

By Melissa Daniels
Age: 12 School: Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District Residence: O’Hara Family: Parents, Satya and Srinivas; older brother, Mihir, 15 Notable: Amulya is one ...

New features dot landscape for Allegheny County school districts

By Tribune-Review
Avonworth A videography class will be offered to high school students in a new videography studio that resulted from the senior project of a ...

Young achiever: Anthony Cicco

By Adam Brandolph
Age: 18 School: North Allegheny Senior High School graduate Residence: McCandless Family: Parents, Leo and Cynthia Cicco Noteworthy: Cicco recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank ...

Inside look at what’s new in charter, private, religious, career schools

By Tribune-Review
Jubilee Christian School A second phase of renovations to the Dormont campus of the interdenominational school for K-8 students is under way, and new programs have been added. A classroom for fifth-graders is being added, and the middle school science ...

Kickball, a longtime gym-class favorite, becoming popular among adults

By Doug Gulasy
John Oliverio tore a hamstring once while playing kickball. Another time, he tore a tendon in his hand. And there have been many bumps and ...

Country fair experience to return to Findlay

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
The 40th annual Findlay Township Fair in the Woodlands in woodsy Clinton Park will provide an old-fashioned country fair experience. People can bring their fruits and vegetables, canned, baked and other goods and crafts for judging on Thursday and ...

Extended bus route in Baldwin Borough gives riders more options

By Melissa Daniels
Jennifer Herron won’t mind waking up earlier to get to work, or waiting outside in the winter. Heading outside to catch the bus a little ...

Mt. Lebanon School District to ramp up fundraising campaign

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District’s fundraising campaign has received $1.1 million in pledges and has about $300,000 in hand, but organizers should do more to spread awareness of the effort and court big donors, a consultant said. Consultant Margaret “Maggie” Schmidt said ...

Chuck Blasko and The Vogues return for concert in Turtle Creek

By Kyle Lawson
Anyone who attended Turtle Creek High School in the late 1950s, it seems, has a story about The Vogues. “It’s rare when The Vogues aren’t part ...

First of dual roundabouts opens in North Strabane

By Jason Cato
Public opinion eventually could round into shape, but residents and drivers in North Strabane have yet to warm to a new traffic-control feature associated more ...

Stormwater authority approved in Dormont

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont Council has approved a new stormwater authority, tasking the group with collecting and administering fees to maintain and expand the borough’s storm-sewer system. By a 5-1 vote Monday night — Councilman Drew Lehman was absent and John Maggio dissented ...

Neighborhood movie theaters use unconventional methods to draw customers

By Brian Bowling
With only a single screen available, it’s vital for a neighborhood movie theater to pick the right movie. It’s also tricky. The mystery comedy “The Overnight” ...

North Allegheny grad earns international recognition for public speaking

By Tory N. Parrish
William Knight grew up playing sports, but he was an introverted athlete, he said. “Public speaking isn’t something that came easy or naturally to me,” said ...

Arsenal hard cider now served at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park

By Katelyn Ferral
Fans of Lawrenceville’s Arsenal hard cider now can find it in the North Hills. Arsenal opened a tasting house at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park ...

Dormont library program to pay tribute to Japanese culture

By Katie O'toole
Dormont Public Library will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with a tribute to Japanese culture and history on Aug. 8. ...

Young Achiever: David Berdik

By Brian Bowling
Age: 17 School: Shaler Area High School Residence: Shaler Family: Parents, Anna and Robert; sister, Maryann, 15. Notable: The Future Business Leaders of America awarded Berdik first place in ...

Mt. Lebanon church plans $2M expansion project

By Matthew Santoni
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon is planning to double its capacity with a $2 million expansion, officials told the municipal planning board Tuesday. The 50-year-old congregation has been meeting in the former Sunnyhill mansion off ...

Event to offer glimpse of cemetery’s history at Old St. Luke’s

By Matthew Santoni
The newest grave markers at Old St. Luke’s Church and Burial Grounds went to some of its oldest inhabitants. After a Carnegie Mellon University team used ...

Mt. Lebanon looks to tackle pedestrian safety issue

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon police dubbed it the “Frogger” detail. Like the pixelated protagonist of the old arcade game, a plainclothes cop would try to cross Washington Road in the mid-block crossing outside Washington Elementary School. Any driver who ignored the warning signs ...

Allegheny County libraries getting upgrade with computer software program

By Pam Calfo
Libraries in Allegheny County this month will receive an upgrade to a commonly used group of programs. Microsoft Office, which contains the programs Microsoft Word, ...

Pine-based charity gives children with disabilities tools to communicate

By Katelyn Ferral
Haley Guiste has spent most of her 14 years struggling to let her family know what she wants. The Indiana Township teenager can’t speak — ...

Schools asked to send details on new programs, facilities

By Tribune-Review 11:36 a.m.
Suburban schools in Allegheny County and nearby regions are invited to send information on new programs, facilities or activities that students will find when they return to classes in coming weeks. Details will go into a back-to-school edition of the …

Officials in Ross seek public input on park upgrades

By Katelyn Ferral
Ross officials are looking to improve one of the township’s largest and oldest parks. The board of commissioners is surveying residents on how best to improve Denny Park, a 34-acre park off Jacks Run Road. The survey will be distributed ...

Demolition of ‘C’ wing  to begin  at Mt. Lebo

By Matthew Santoni
With all the new academic spaces at Mt. Lebanon High School complete, contractors next month will start tearing down the school’s old, six-story “C” wing. Demolition ...

Mt. Lebo to get 15 students with F-1 visas

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon High School will welcome its largest-ever group of foreign students this fall, as at least 15 have been enrolled through the district’s F-1 student visa sponsorship program. With tuition costing $17,816 for a full year or $8,811 for a ...

Moon Area board looks to sun for energy savings

By Rebecca L. Ferraro
The Moon Area School Board approved a first step toward installing solar panels on school properties to save energy and money. With Monday’s approval, Superintendent Curt Baker was authorized to meet with Coatesville Solar Initiative/Keares Electrical Contracting Inc. to discuss alternative ...

District officials to sue  to keep money from MTA

By Matthew Santoni
The Moon Area School Board plans to sue to keep tax money the district has been diverting to local transportation improvements for decades. The school board voted Monday to pursue legal action against the Moon Transportation Authority. The MTA was formed in ...

Western Pa. officials push for life-saving heroin overdose medicine

By Bob Bauder
Mike Fendya wasn’t looking for notoriety last month when he became the first Washington County police officer to use naloxone to revive a person from ...

Young Achiever: Brock Kitterman

By Bob Bauder
Age: 10 School: Washington Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District. Residence: Bethel Park Family: Father, Grant; mother, Tammy; and a sister, Brittany, 27. Notable: The Pennsylvania ...