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Moon renames road for former chairman

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

State officials have renamed Ewing Road interchange in Moon for former supervisors' chairman Jack Wise.

Wise, 77, was appointed to the board in 1982 and subsequently ran for the office, serving from 1984-89, when the Moon Transportation Authority was formed. The authority, the first Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance authority in the state, built the interchange as well as two others along Route 376 in Moon to boost development and address safety concerns.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful thing for them to do,” said Wise of naming the interchange after him. He credited former township manager Greg Smith, assistant manager Jerry Bunda and engineer Italo Mackin as well.

State Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, introduced the legislation to rename the interchange, which has been marked with signs bearing Wise's name.

Although a Democrat, Wise worked on Mustio's campaigns for state representative. Wise also served as chairman on the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and treasurer of the Allegheny County Finance and Development Commission during the tenures of former county executives Jim Roddey, a Republican, and Dan Onorato, a Democrat.

Wise and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of two sons, Joseph and Patrick, and have one grandchild.

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