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Summer camps in Pittsburgh area move beyond arts, crafts

By Chris Togneri
The future, it seems, will be thick with robots. At least, that’s what the kids who attended Camp Invention at Chartiers Valley Primary School last week ...

Jerome Bridge traffic signals removed in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
Traffic signals are temporarily gone on the Tenth Ward side of the Jerome Bridge in McKeesport because the pole holding the lights was removed after ...

Old Economy in Ambridge reschedules its American Celebration event for Aug. 8

By Tribune-Review
Old Economy Village has postponed its An American Celebration event scheduled Saturday, citing severe weather expected during the weekend. The historic village in Ambridge rescheduled the event for Aug. 8, Michael S. Knecht, site administrator, said Thursday. …

Upper St. Clair School Board passes $72.52 million budget, raises taxes

By Matthew Santoni
The Upper St. Clair School Board passed a $72.52 million budget for the 2015-16 school year that raises taxes and will expand the district’s “one-to-one” technology program so all middle school students will get take-home tablet computers. The budget adopted Monday ...

Mt. Lebanon to consider new options for controlling deer population

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials will explore culling deer with some mix of sharpshooters, an archery hunt and surgical sterilization. Since consulting with Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist Jeannine Fleegel, managed-archery specialist Jody Mattuck and sterilization consultant Tony DeNicola this week, commissioners directed Mt. ...

Mt. Lebanon to consider easing restrictions on borrowing

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon commissioners will decide July 14 on whether to ask voters to eliminate the four-commissioner supermajority required for the municipality to borrow money and whether to shorten the time such borrowing must be advertised to the public. The proposed changes ...

Freshmen can march with Bethel Park band in 2016-17

By Tribune-Review
Students entering eighth-grade at Independence Middle School this fall could be among the first group of students eligible to join the Bethel Park High School marching band as ninth-graders. The school board on Tuesday approved allowing freshmen to join the …

Young achiever: Liam Ellis

By Tribune-Review
Age: 10 Residence: Franklin Park Family: Parents Laura and John Ellis Noteworthy: Liam was the winner of Scholastic TurfMutt’s national “Be a Backyard Superhero” national writing contest, sponsored ...

Western Pa. billiards businesses strive to attract younger clientele

By Adam Smeltz
Physics professor Joseph Busche sees the addicts arrive as college freshmen, already bound to computer games that keep them holed up in their dorm rooms ...

July 4 events sought for Trib roundup

By Tribune-Review
Communities and organizations planning July 4 events are invited to submit information for a list in the Trib’s Neighborhoods section on July 2. Send details about parades, festivals, fireworks displays and other events to announcements@tribweb.com. …

Strawberry festival returns to Sewickley Heights church for 1st time since 2007

By Tory N. Parrish
A small Sewickley Heights church used to flourish with corn roasts, spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers that drew in members and visitors while helping to ...

Dormont house ready to go on market after makeover

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont elected officials, residents and curious house hunters on Monday began sizing up a former abandoned duplex that the borough gave a total makeover thanks ...

Renewed paper recycling efforts abound in Western Pa.

By Tony Raap
The Rev. Don Stokes was approached after a Sunday service earlier this year by Royal Oak Recycling officials, who gave him information about the company’s ...

Speakers to discuss deer issue in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Discussions about troublesome deer in Mt. Lebanon have gone on for years, but now officials hope dedicating a whole evening to the topic will give the commission time to reach a consensus on what to do next. The board of commissioners ...

Tax hike, staff cuts loom for Montour School District

By Tory N. Parrish
The Montour School District plans to close a $3.6 million budget deficit with a tax hike, staff cuts and possibly the elimination of the free pre-kindergarten program it started in the fall, the district’s superintendent said. The 2015-16 deficit would have ...

Young Achiever: Erik Steinmetz

By Bill Zlatos
Noteworthy: Steinmetz recently became an Eagle Scout with Troop 17. For his Eagle Scout project, he built three fishing stations, or benches, around Marshall Lake ...

DIY Network show to help rebuild historic Oakdale cabin

By Karen Kadilak
A TV production crew will make its first visit on Friday to a historic cabin in Oakdale that will be rebuilt next month for an ...

Waterways make Western Pa. perfect place for stand-up paddleboarding

By Doug Gulasy
Sandy Steffan always spent a lot of time around the water. “Kids in our family got put in a life jacket and thrown off the back ...

State program helps Dormont home go from blight to beautiful

By Matthew Santoni
An open house Monday on Dormont Avenue will be different from what Realtor Bob Dini usually handles. The Dormont house is not yet on the market, ...

Moon Area, Cornell union remains on back burner

By Tory N. Parrish
An idea to merge the Moon Area and Cornell school districts remains stalled, nearly a year after a Moon Area school board member suggested it Cornell School District Superintendent Aaron Thomas said he has reached out to Curt Baker, his counterpart ...

Cost-cutting measures eliminate PR position

By Tory N. Parrish
Avonworth School District’s growing student enrollment means the district has to cut corners where it can to pay for expenses related to instruction, the superintendent said. “We’re pretty lean as it is administratively,” Superintendent Thomas Ralston said. Still, cost-cutting has led to ...

Write-in votes  keep race for Dormont council going

By Matthew Santoni
The race for Dormont Council wasn’t decided in the Democratic primary, after all. Even though the two incumbents and one zoning board member forming the Friends and Neighbors for Dormont ticket were swept in the May 19 Democratic primary, Yvonne “Onnie” ...

Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden tour to focus on yesteryear

By Karen Kadilak
A public walking tour exploring the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden will be held on their campus in Beaver County on ...

Young Achiever: Nathaniel D’Amico Walko

By Adam Smeltz
Noteworthy: The federal Corporation for National and Community Service recently honored Walko with the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award. The honor recognizes his contribution of ...

Summer jobs programs in Western Pa. help youths find place in workforce

By Natasha Lindstrom
Kia Tyler had just wrapped her freshman year at Slippery Rock University last spring when she took on a life-changing responsibility: She became the primary ...

Western Pa. school districts unite with Robert Morris to push Maker Movement

By Tory N. Parrish
Cornell School District plans to turn an elementary classroom into a “maker space” by adding desks with erasable white-board tops and tools such as 3-D printers and electronics kits, Superintendent Aaron Thomas said. Along with the Avonworth and Moon Area school ...

West Allegheny district, library offer mobile program to promote early childhood literacy

By Tory N. Parrish
Early childhood literacy is key to starting youngsters on the right path educationally and socially, some West Allegheny School District officials say. That’s why the district ...

Lauth takes reins of Mt. Lebanon police force

By Matthew Santoni
Aaron Lauth’s first hint of his future in law enforcement developed on a ride-along with Tim Logue — Green Tree’s police chief and Lauth’s neighbor ...

Dormont Council considers forming authority to handle storm sewer budget

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont council will consider next month whether to form a separate authority that would collect a new stormwater fee from every property in the borough and use that money to repair and improve storm sewers. Inspired by frequent flooding along several ...

Moon Area administrators want proposed tax hike gone

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School Board approved a proposed final 2015-16 budget that included a property tax increase of a little more than one mill, but the district’s administration recommends that the final spending plan not include a tax hike, the superintendent ...

Project aims to control feral cat population in Pittsburgh area

By Tom Fontaine
Key findings of a project to map colonies of feral cats in Allegheny County remain top secret, with organizers declining to reveal their locations out ...

Young Achiever: Abbie Minard

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Minard’s essay, “The American Revolution: Product of the Enlightenment,” won first place in the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s George ...

Upper St. Clair development in commissioners’ hands

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair commissioners will consider the second phase of the Bedner Estates development next month, which would include 31 more homes and a controversial connection to Main Street in neighboring Bridgeville. The partnership of Heartland Homes and J.T. Thomas Builders ...

Some Mt. Lebanon residents want to pay per trash bag

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon commissioners want to delay moving to a “pay-as-you-throw” system of garbage collection, despite residents’ pleas Tuesday night to reduce the waste some households produce. The municipality’s environmental sustainability board and local officials have been considering whether to charge residents ...

Bethel Park tax hike under limit set by Pa.

By Eric Eisert
The Bethel Park School Board passed a 2015-16 budget on Tuesday that raises property taxes by about $64 for a typical homeowner. The $82.8 million budget represents an increase of $3.9 million from the 2014-15 budget, and the new tax rate ...

Basketball tourney fundraiser to continue in memory of North Allegheny athlete

By Trib Total Media
Nearly 10 years after a standout North Allegheny athlete died from complications of a head injury he suffered playing rugby, the Eric Pelly Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament and fundraiser continues and will be held June 4 this year. The tourney is ...

Eagle webcam in Pittsburgh shuts down for season

By Staff Report
Even after the bald eagles nesting in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood had two eggs that never hatched this spring, the parent birds still frequented a nest on a bluff high above the Monongahela River. PixController and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania ...

Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center earns USTA award for serving community

By Karen Kadilak
The Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, just honored with a United States Tennis Association award, typically keeps its courts filled from morning to night. “We open ...

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 ...