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Community briefs: Mt. Lebanon, Fox Chapel road notices

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Several blocks of Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon will be briefly closed to traffic the morning of June 2 for a special procession by churchgoers of St. Bernard Parish, officials said.

After the 12:45 p.m. Mass, the priest, deacons and ministers will carry communion wafers that were consecrated during the Mass in a procession down Washington Road to Academy Avenue and back to the church.

The Rev. David Bonnar, pastor at St. Bernard, said the procession takes place on the Catholic feast day known as Corpus Christi. About 300 people attend the typical 12:45 Sunday Mass at the church, but Bonnar hopes more people will take part in the procession.

Fox Chapel / Aspinwall

Spectators shouldn't park along parade route

Aspinwall officials want onlookers who gather for the Fox Chapel-Aspinwall Memorial Day parade on May 27 to avoid parking along the route.

The police ask every year and people still seem to park along the streets,” said Bill Jakovac, American Legion Post 77 adjutant.

The town's Memorial Day Observance is in its 83rd year and typically draws large crowds. The event will kick off this year with 11 a.m. services, and the parade will weave through Aspinwall from Commercial Avenue to Eastern Avenue, Second Street, Lexington Avenue, Fourth Street, Western and Center avenues and back to Commercial at the American Legion Post.


Resolution makes town's parks smoke-free

Collier's commissioners plan to snuff out smoking in township parks.

The board adopted a resolution on May 8 requiring that recreational areas be tobacco-free. The resolution covers parks, courts, ball fields, playgrounds and bleachers. Signage indicating the area is smoke-free will be provided by the state Department of Health.

The resolution allows township police to eject any person who violates the rule.


Recycle Rama set for Saturday at high school

The annual Recycle Rama is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hampton High School parking lot.

Residents will be able to recycle items such as electronics, cellphones, batteries and appliances without Freon, in addition to bringing up to five bags or boxes of material to be shredded. The North Hampton and Hampton volunteer fire departmetns will collect aluminum cans, with proceeds going to a camp for child burn victims. Details are at under community/Recycle Rama.


Volunteers to build playground this weekend

More than 200 volunteers from the Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and Unity Group of Clairton, along with residents and representatives of Kaboom, a nonprofit that plans playgrounds, plan to build a new play area in the community on Saturday.

The project set for North Third Street Park is one of a series of playground construction projects in the Pittsburgh area supported by an $800,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments. The playground design is based on drawings that children at an April design event created.

Allison Park

Presbyterian church to expand classroom

Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in Allison Park will mark the start of construction on Sunday for a $2 million classroom expansion.

The ceremony will be held between worship services, from 10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

The church, with growing membership, is adding a wing to provide space for its existing preschool program and children's ministry, said Timothy Morgan, a church member who is acting as owner's representative for the project. The work by Nello Construction Co. of Canonsburg is expected to be completed late this year. Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects is the architect.

Quaker Valley

Board to use reserves to balance budget

The Quaker Valley School Board approved a proposed 2013-14 budget of $42.2 million on Tuesday.

The proposed budget is 2.68 percent more than this school year's budget, and most of the increase is attributable to the state-mandated increase in retirement costs, the district said in a statement.

The district plans to use reserve funds to balance the budget — there is a $191,769 gap between costs and revenue, it said. The spending plan includes a proposed millage rate reduction from 21.25 mills to 16.93 mills as a result of the court-ordered property reassessments across Allegheny County that increased property values. The school board will vote on a final budget June 18.


Bullock Pens Park adds kiosk for visitors

Bullock Pens Park in Churchill has a new information kiosk to guide visitors to the sanctuary trail and identify native trees and plants.

“It is our hope that with careful and thoughtful stewardship, this park will remain a nature sanctuary for all to enjoy for years to come,” Churchill Councilwoman Bonnie Pantlik said in a statement.

A dedication ceremony at the park, which is off McCrady Road, took place Saturday.

Wilkins resident Jacob Burke, 16, planned and built the kiosk as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The Churchill-Wilkins Rotary Club funded the $500 project, Churchill Manager Craig Robinson said.

The kiosk display contains a 2- by 3-foot bulletin board and a gabled roof to protect it.

Mt. Lebanon

Fresh Market grocery store to conduct interviews to Wednesday to fill 90 jobs

The new Fresh Market grocery store under construction in Mt. Lebanon will hold interviews for up to 90 jobs on Wednesday.

The store at Washington and Connor roads is hiring workers for an anticipated opening in July. It will be the Greensboro, N.C.-based specialty grocer's first location in Western Pennsylvania.

Those interested must apply online at, entering “keyword” 138 for the Mt. Lebanon location. Candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted with the time and place.


Career, technology center plans free summer camps for 7th-, 8th-graders

Parkway West Career and Technology Center will host summer career camps on June 18 and 19 that are free for any current seventh- or eighth- grade student from the 12 districts that send students to the Oakdale school.

Students will choose two programs to attend, out of a possible seven. They must arrange transportation, but lunch will be provided.

A dress code must be followed, and an application must be submitted at

Parkway West enrolls students from the Carlynton, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Keystone Oaks, Montour, Moon Area, Mt. Lebanon, Quaker Valley, South Fayette, Sto-Rox, Upper St. Clair and West Allegheny school districts.

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