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Tony Hawk to perform at Carnegie skatepark

By Tribune-Review
Celebrity skateboarder Tony Hawk will be one of the first to break in the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie, officials announced Thursday. Hawk and other members of his Birdhouse Skateboards team will present a free exhibition skate starting at …

Carlynton board fills vacant seats

By Megan Guza
The Carlynton school board approved two new directors Monday night after two resignations in the past month. Monica Dugan and Marissa Mendoza-Burcham, both of Crafton, were appointed unanimously to fill the vacancies on the nine-member panel. “We were extremely impressed …

Couple celebrates 60th anniversary with grandchildren, great-grandchild

By Cindy Babish-schultz
Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Dee and Bob Kohl who will celebrate today, Thursday. They were married in St. John Church in Carnegie in 1954. Bob and Dee will celebrate with their two grandchildren, Marianne Senkowski and Jamie Kohl, and …

Kirwan Heights Fire Department in need of volunteers

By David Mayernik Jr.
Rescue captain Mike Quinlan was 14 when he first volunteered to be a firefighter. Nineteen years later, he still spends hours each week training and …

Carnegie massage business clears hurdle

By Megan Guza
Carnegie council Monday voted 5-1 to grant the conditional-use application of Qun Shen, who is seeking to open a massage therapy business on Main Street. Council President Pat Catena voted against the motion. “I did not feel comfortable with the …

Carnegie-Collier Rotary earns top club prize in district

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local organizations have reaped many benefits from the Carnegie-Collier Rotary Club in the past. Now, it has been named Club of the Year among the 47 organizations in its district. The club, which is in its 90th year, is part …

Carlynton construction projects nearing end as school year begins

By Megan Guza
Carlynton students will have a late start to this school year to make time to complete a variety of remodeling projects started this summer. New secure entrances were added to both Carnegie and Crafton elementary schools, projects that have been …

Carnegie officials want curfew for minors 1 hour earlier

By Megan Guza
Officials in Carnegie hope bumping the curfew for minors down an hour would help combat trouble spots in the borough where raucous youth tend to congregate. Council voted 6-0 Monday to advertise lowering the 11 p.m. curfew for minors to …

Volunteers help organizations keep local history alive in South Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local history would be in danger of fading away if not for the work of historical society directors, presidents and boards who continue to labor …

Oyler: Grumpy Old Men’s book review club churns through history, classics

By John Oyler
Longtime readers are aware of my participation in a book review club of semi-elderly gentlemen. We have been meeting monthly since February, 2000 and have compiled an impressive list of books that we have read. This month we are reading …

South Fayette photographer takes on the smallest subjects

By Charlotte Smith
“Having a baby is one of the most important times in one’s life. The special moments babies experience as newborns go by quickly, said Anne Wilmus. A South Fayette resident who is planning to move to Jefferson Hills, she started …

N.J. developer top bidder for Collier military site

By Megan Guza
A New Jersey-based developer is the new owner of the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility in Collier, a shuttered Army Reserve base named after a …

Carnegie officials at crossroads with gas station owner over sign

By Megan Guza
The Mercury Grand Marquis that sits in a parking lot at Second Street and Mansfield Avenue in Carnegie, advertising a nearby Exxon gas station, could …

Tony Hawk to visit Carnegie skate park site

By Megan Guza
Former professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will visit Carnegie’s Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark Aug. 25 as part of the Birdhouse Skateboards Summer Tour. Hawk and other members of Birdhouse Skateboards, a professional skateboard company, will tour nine communities including Carnegie as …

Heidelberg, neighboring fire departments to use FEMA grant to update gear

By Megan Guza
Four area fire companies will be able to bring life-saving equipment up to date, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association. Companies in Heidelberg, Kirwan Heights, Rennerdale and Oakdale came together to apply for the 2013 FEMA …

Grand jury indicts Crafton businessman on charges of defrauding investors

By Brian Bowling
People with dreams of marketing their inventions or starting businesses handed over thousands of dollars to a man who used the money to take trips, put his children through college and pay child support and alimony, federal prosecutors say. A …

Plan for Heidelberg daycare center moves forward

By Megan Guza
A daycare center owner intends to move forward with plans to buy the former Heidelberg Elementary School and move her operation there. Susan English, who owns Wee Care Children’s Center in Scott, submitted a conditional use application last week, after …

Tax sale pushed back for Heidelberg property

By Megan Guza
Allegheny County’s decision to postpone the tax sale of the former Wright’s Seafood Inn property in Heidelberg could help, not hurt, the planned Heidelberg Apartments project, developers said. Andrew Shull, communications coordinator at ACTION Housing, said it requested the postponement …

New vicar settling into role at Bridgeville church

By David Mayernik Jr.
Chris McCarthy hasn’t been at Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgeville for very long. But Pittsburgh already feels like home to McCarthy. “I didn’t really know …

Heidelberg couple celebrates golden anniversary

By Tribune-Review
Sylvia (Czarniecki) and Ted Gazda of Heidelberg will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Aug. 8. They were wed 50 years ago at St. Ignatius Church …

Oyler: Columnist recalls military map duty

By John Oyler
We had a lot of positive feedback from our column about climbing Mt. Fuji 60 years ago, including some questions about what we were doing in Japan in 1954. If my memory holds out, there will be a few more …

Apis Mead & Winery now open in Carnegie

By Charlotte Smith
Apis Mead & Winery has opened at 212 E. Main St., Carnegie. Owned by Dave Cerminara, formerly the assistant brewmaster at Penn Brewery on the North Side of Pittsburgh, the lounge sells by the glass or the bottle and there …

Collier chief brings depth of experience to new role

By Megan Guza
New Collier Police Chief Craig Lee Campbell has known nothing but law enforcement. Campbell has been a law enforcement officer since he was 19, when …

Crafton teen dies after train hits him under West End Bridge

By Tribune-Review
A Crafton teen died when a train hit him beneath the West End Bridge near West Carson Street on Sunday, authorities said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jessie Numer, 18. Police believe Numer might have …

Boys & Girls Club recovers from Carnegie floods

By Dona S. Dreeland
A month after a heavy rain damaged the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club, children and staff have resumed a daily summer camp program there. The …

South Fayette High School backs out of federal lunch program

By Megan Guza
South Fayette High School will opt out of the federal School Lunch and Breakfast Program — and in turn, federal funding — due to concerns over stricter nutritional guidelines. The guidelines, which took effect July 1, would place a burden …

Deadline nearing for Allegheny County vacant lot program

By Megan Guza
Carnegie resident Dave Murrman wants to give his child and dog more room to run, and a summer offer from the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program has created an avenue for him to do so. Through the 2014 Side …

Chartiers Valley hires architect, though no building plans set

By Megan Guza
Chartiers Valley school officials voted last week to hire Pittsburgh-based architect IKM to handle any future construction or renovations in the district. District spokeswoman Kara Droney said no plans for renovation or construction have been made. “If we do expand …

South Fayette jitterbug club keeps it moving

By David Mayernik Jr.
Karen Somerville sits at a table, greeting members to the Pittsburgh Area Jitterbug Club’s dance at the Sygan SNPJ Lodge No. 6 in South Fayette. …

Ukrainians in Carnegie concerned about their homeland

By Megan Guza
While the world watches the Ukraine with renewed interest after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, Ukrainian-Americans who attend St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie have never stopped watching. “They are all scared,” said Natalia …

Bridgeville native back to Benedum stage

By Dona S. Dreeland
Connor McRory always is eager to return home each summer from Penn State’s main campus. This year, he’ll also return to the Benedum Center stage. …

Some Carnegie residents without Verizon landline service

By Tribune-Review
About 150 Verizon landline customers in Carnegie are without service, the company reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. A statement from Allegheny County said all customers are in the area 200 block of Main Street and cannot call outside lines, including …

Hunt resigns from Carlynton School Board

By Megan Guza
The Carlynton School Board is looking for someone to fill a vacancy after member Carl Hunt resigned last week, effective July 31. Hunt resigned at the July 14 board meeting. He said he will be moving out of the district. …

Bridgeville, Carnegie library directors take differing approaches to plotting programs

By Dona S. Dreeland
Sometimes, a simple idea can spark a whole series of successful events. At Bridgeville Public Library and Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, suggestions from staff and patrons have created popular activities. So have exchanges with colleagues. …

Rosslyn Farms’ appeal to switch districts denied again

By Megan Guza
The state Department of Education last Friday dismissed an appeal from a group of Rosslyn Farms residents seeking to leave the Carlynton School District and join Chartiers Valley. The appeal upholds the department’s original 2013 decision. “I’m happy to hear …

Carnegie residents point to project as flooding cause

By Megan Guza
Lee Cabalik has seen water fill her yard and basement so many times in past years that she now speaks of it with resignation. “The whole front yard gets filled up,” said Cabalik, who lives on Frankin Avenue in Carnegie. …

Money kept out of South Fayette school expansion talks

By Megan Guza
South Fayette school officials met again with architects last week to discuss potential expansion and renovations at the high school, but continued to keep financial information out of the discussion. The district is mulling expansion options that could add up …

South Fayette officials vote to opt HS out of national lunch program

By Megan Guza
South Fayette school officials voted Tuesday night to approve a request for the high school to opt out of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Food service director Tricia Wood said the guidelines, which went into effect July 1, …