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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
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 …

Cell tower plan puts South Park residents on edge

By Matthew Santoni
Residents of South Park worry that their rural atmosphere and views of the park could be ruined by construction of a 190-foot-tall cellular tower near Ridge and McCorkle roads. Allegheny County last year sought to lease up to 61 sites …

Family’s reunion an opportunity to learn history of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s land, official say

By Jake Flannick
Beth Ellis long has held out hope that she would return with her three daughters to the place where she grew up, a swath of …

Mt. Lebanon School District moves $2M from reserve fund to capital budget

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School Board will use $2 million from its reserves to pay for school repairs and for equipment and furniture for the high school. The district’s retirement fund will receive $1 million from reserves. District staff had proposed …

Mt. Lebanon School District, municipality reach deal on turf field’s maintenance

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District will use its equipment to “fluff” the artificial turf field the municipality is installing near the high school, if it meets the turf manufacturer’s requirements. The school board voted, 7-1, on Monday to enter a maintenance …

Quaker Valley principal to join West Allegheny

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley Middle School Principal Sean Aiken will leave the district next month to become assistant superintendent for personnel and student support services for the West Allegheny. School District He was appointed last week and will begin his new duties …

Dozens of high-schoolers attend annual seminar on global events

By Corinne Kennedy
Having read a biography on Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Gabe Ren said he was inspired to pursue a career in business or finance — and …

Young Achiever: Claire Conti

By Brian Bowling
Noteworthy: Claire has raised $7,000 in goods and money in the past two years for the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Larimer. …

Woodland Hills Academy students, staff to move into Swissvale school

By Tory N. Parrish
The Woodland Hills School District’s $15 million renovation of its historic academy building in Turtle Creek will take place during the coming school year without …

Hollywood Theater in Dormont just shy of fundraising goal

By Matthew Santoni
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont has nearly raised enough money to buy a high-tech projection system. Director Chad Hunter said staff at the single-screen theater on Potomac Avenue discovered in June that the regular projector was not working properly, and …

Young achiever: Michelle Do

By Adam Brandolph
Michelle Do Noteworthy: Do won the City Theatre 2014 Young Playwrights Festival contest. She was one of three middle-school division winners. The award means her …

Allegheny County program to help police reunite lost pets, owners

By Tory N. Parrish
Baldwin Borough police have a soft spot for stray animals. “For a long time, our tradition was to bring them back to the station so …

1 injured in crash between car, light-rail train in Castle Shannon

By Bobby Kerlik
Two people were briefly trapped inside a car in Castle Shannon when the vehicle and a T train car collided on Tuesday at a track …

Funding shortfalls leave ambulance agencies ailing

By Tory N. Parrish
In 1987, there were 136 ambulance services in Allegheny County. Today, there are 45, said Tim Butler, deputy administrator for the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority. …

No consensus among Western Pennsylvania police departments on residency rules

By Margaret Harding
Most large suburban police departments in Allegheny County require officers to reside in, or at least near, the boroughs and townships they serve, a survey from the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy found. The institute received information from 14 municipalities …

Flash tattoo fundraiser to benefit North Hills Community Outreach

By Kelsey Shea
Deni Rust keeps telling her co-workers at North Hills Community Outreach that she’ll be taking one for the team when she gets her second tattoo …

Interest in W.Pa. youth sports leagues abounds

By Doug Gulasy
About six years ago, Tom Hussey was looking for a way to get his 4-year-old son involved in baseball. He found an opportunity in his hometown, as the Norwin Community Athletic Association offered a division for children as young as …

Dormont council moves  to remedy parking problem

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont got a free — but unflattering — assessment of its residential parking problems from a trio of Carnegie Mellon University graduate students last summer, …

Sewickley Valley YMCA water exercise program provides fitness benefits without joint pain

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
When she tore her meniscus two years ago, Laure Huckestein of Sewickley, “couldn’t even walk.” She had to be lowered into the large pool at …

Mt. Lebanon leaders approve turf fields

By Matthew Santoni
Youth sports coaches thanked the Mt. Lebanon commissioners for approving a controversial $1.05 million project to add artificial turf to municipal playing fields on Tuesday night, while opponents warned them of turf’s long-term health risks. In a 4-1 vote, with …

Shady Side Academy Middle School labs get overhauled

By Tawnya Panizzi
Summer upgrades to Shady Side Academy Middle School science labs are aimed at providing improved space for hands-on student investigations. Contractors have gutted the sixth- …

Animal Friends summer day camp teaches children how to interact with, care for pets

By Chasity Capasso
Animal Friends considers promoting the animal-to-human bond a major way to solve the animal overpopulation problem. One of the ways the shelter in Ohio Township …

‘Urban farming’ growing concern in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials will consider whether they need regulations for “urban agriculture” in the suburban community, joining a number of municipalities and community groups that …

Fitness briefs: Kids triathlons coming soon

By Tribune-Review
Habitat plans 2 triathlons for kids Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh has two children’s triathlons scheduled for this summer. The first is slated for July 19 at the South Park wave pool. The second is set for Aug. 9 …

Young Achiever: Jeremy Fowkes

By Tory N. Parrish
Noteworthy: A.W. Beattie Career Center in McCandless named Fowkes a 2013-14 Student of the Year. Age: 18 Residence: Richland Family: Parents, Allen and Ellen; brother, …

Entrepreneur revives South Hills golf center, plans more projects

By Matthew Santoni
Brian Shanahan built a credit card processing company. Now, he’s rebuilding an icon of his South Hills youth, and turning his time and money to …

Always-charming Oakmont celebrates 125 years

By Jake Flannick
Gary Rogers has a history with Oakmont. He traces an ancestral line to the first settler there, Michael Bright, who came from the eastern part …

Family honored to have Kennedy road named for son

By Tory N. Parrish
Sean Ruane was many things, his mother said. “He was caring. He was charismatic. He was loving. He was helpful. He was humble,” said Marcia …

Wal-Mart plans worry McCandless center’s tenants

By Tory N. Parrish
Longtime tenants in a McCandless shopping center said they had no idea Wal-Mart was planning to demolish their buildings to build a supercenter. “We’re set here. We’re established. We’re one of the top beer stores in the North Hills,” said …

Upper St. Clair students to fine-tune business skills

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair school officials want to make entrepreneurs out of students in the high school’s life-skills program, with a multi-year plan for them to make and sell school-branded goods such as cards, shirts and banners. Called “Showing How Opportunity …

Leadership propels Dormont Historical Society

By Chasity Capasso
The Dormont Historical Society will be in the spotlight at a July 16 family night event at the Hollywood Theater to mark the society’s 15th …

Franklin Park church garden rooted in faith to feed needy

By Chasity Capasso
Parishioners of all ages at St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church planted a Garden of Hope in the spring, part of the church’s year-round effort to support …

Moon Area OKs extension

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School Board voted on Monday to extend the deadline for union support personnel to replace their five-year contract with a seven-year contract. The 169-member Moon Area Education Support Personnel Association, whose membership includes secretaries, cafeteria workers and …

Donations keep Western Pa. communities’ fireworks shows alive

By Karen Kadilak
Small donations help Midland to hold its big Independence Day celebration. The borough raised about $700 in collection jars placed at businesses for this year’s …

Interfaith group makes promise to help Western Pa. homeless

By Dona S. Dreeland
Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania has a simple mission: to put a face to the word “homeless.” The Rev. Richard R. Seiler Jr., pastor of …

Options limited for special-needs students after graduation

By Megan Harris
Bryan Gardner taps his foot in time to a printer. He misses the instruction, but not the beat. “Time to go. Time to go now.” …

Young Achiever: Andrew Ogren

By Bob Bauder
Notable: Albricias, the official magazine of the Spanish National Honor Society, published a poem written by Ogren entitled “Mi Amore.” Ogren penned the poem in …