Community briefs: Public input sought on plan for Moon riverfront park
Moon officials want the public's input on a proposed 17-acre park for the Ohio Riverfront at a meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. All age groups are invited. Officials will discuss preliminary findings of an ongoing study of the site, the former Russell, Burdsall & Ward Corp. bolt factory near the south end of the Sewickley Bridge. People can express their opinions as to their vision and direction for the park's development. The waterfront park, with 1,750 feet of river frontage, has the potential to give area residents river access for boating and kayaking, as well as low-impact activities at new playgrounds and pavilions. The study is expected to be completed in winter. Residents can stay updated on progress of the study at www.moonparks.org. Sewickley
47th May Mart set for Saturday
The 47th annual May Mart in Sewickley will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on Broad Street. May Mart, sponsored by the Sewickley Civic Garden Council, will feature flowers, herbs, vegetables and other plants for sale. The event will be held rain or shine. Participating garden clubs include Trowel & Error Garden Club, flats of impatiens and vinca; Village Garden Club, herbs, exotic geraniums, plants grown from seed; Little Garden Club, "No Brainer Containers" with orchids, hydrangeas, copper garden stakes and garden gloves; Garden Club of Allegheny County, salad bowls, heirloom and mesclun mix; and Grapevine Garden Club, heirloom tomato plants and perennials. Pleasant Hills
Lions announce farmers' markets
The 2012 Pleasant Hills Lions Club Farmers' Market will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 18, in the parking lot of Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church on Old Clairton Road. Roy Fowler, chairman of the planning committee, said the market typically attracts 500-900 customers on a Thursday. "We've had great support from our local farmers and normally have 15-20 vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to organic meat, pies, jams, flowers and a variety of freshly baked breads," he said. Scott
Summer skating becomes possible
Ice skating during the summer at Scott Park might not be a far-fetched idea. Commissioner Eileen Meyers, chairwoman of the parks and recreation committee, floated the idea last month of installing a synthetic ice surface in an overflow parking area at the park. Meyers said she has thought about the prospect for a long time and the idea crystallized while attending the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show in March. While there, she saw a synthetic ice surface manufactured by Bare Bones Inc. Meyers said skaters can use regular ice skates on the synthetic surface. Each side of the surface, which can be flipped over, has a lifespan of 10 years. No cost estimates are yet available, she said, but a state grant could help pay for it, said township Manager Denise Fitzgerald Carnegie
Several roadways to be paved soon
Roadwork in Carnegie should begin within the next few weeks, weather permitting. Several roads are scheduled to be paved and repaired at a cost of $481,964, said Manager Jeff Harbin. One of the main projects will be the Interstate 376 ramp from Bell Avenue to the Parkway bridge, Harbin said. The roadwork is being paid for through the refinancing of a $1 million bond issued in September 2011, said council vice president Pat Catena. "We are excited to get these roads done. We did quite a few last year and we feel we can use the money to fix the roads now," Catena said. In no particular order, Shields Asphalt is scheduled to work on part of Franklin Avenue; Roberta Street, from Reamer to Huron avenues; part of Home Street; and others. Crafton
Officials weigh cameras to thwart vandals
Crafton officials are thinking about installing video cameras at Crafton Park as a way to deter vandalism. Manager Robert Callen said cameras currently placed around the park are not operational. "We've had a number of reports of vandalism -- picnic tables, pavilions, ripped-off shingles and broken lights -- that have become a continuous maintenance problem for our crew." Callen said money to pay for new cameras is not included in the borough's budget this year, but they could be "relatively inexpensive." Officials said cameras at the pool and near the shelters are obsolete. After working for a few years, problems developed with connection hardware. Sharpsburg
Officials ponder flea market rules
Sharpsburg officials plan to research how neighboring communities control their flea markets. Council President Renee Procopio said questions have come up about what kind of permits are needed for sales in the borough. "This would be all these little flea markets that come up throughout the town," Procopio said. The borough has ordinances for soliciting, as well as for farmers' markets, and flea markets could fall under those guidelines. Borough manager Jan Barbus said officials could consider some kind of exemption for nonprofit and religious organizations regardless.
Ribbon-cutting to open fishing pier
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the fishing pier at 13th Street and River Road is set for 1 p.m. June 3. The pier, which is accessible to people with disabilities, will be at the 13th Street Riverfront Park. Guests can make reservations by June 1 by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 412-781-0546, ext. 11. Shadyside
Hearing, speech tests to be offered
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Shadyside will be providing free hearing and speech screenings for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month. DePaul audiologists Debbie Johnston and Kristen Hunter, and DePaul's speech-language pathologist, Michelle Parfitt, will conduct the screenings. Appointments are required. The screenings will take place at DePaul, 6202 Alder St. To make an appointment, call 412-924-1012.
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