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Bullied South Fayette student’s case prompts wiretap overhaul legislation

By Aaron Aupperlee
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to change the state’s wiretapping and electronic surveillance law since a South Fayette High School student was cited for recording audio of a bullying incident at the school. “Sometimes, you don’t realize a problem until there’s …

Incident transforms bullied South Fayette student

By Adam Brandolph
A South Fayette teenager’s decision to record a bullying incident with his iPad has “changed everything” for the quiet, reserved boy, his mother said. For …

Carnegie skatepark construction heats up like the weather

By Megan Guza
Construction resumed late last month on Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie after a winter hiatus, and Pitcher Park Foundation President Mary Pitcher hopes it …

Carlynton, Chartiers Valley reaffirm security in wake of FR school stabbings

By Megan Guza
Area school administrators say they believe their districts are as prepared as they can be for a crisis, be it an intruder, shooter or a mass stabbing incident like the one that left 22 people injured at Franklin Regional in …

Voluntary tutor sessions popular with Carlynton students

By Megan Guza
On a gorgeous April day last week, nearly 20 students sat with their heads bent over notebooks, textbooks and laptops – rather than making a beeline to the buses at 2 p.m., the students headed to room 216 at Carlynton …

Carnegie uses state allocation to update road paving schedule

By Megan Guza
Because of funding allocations from the state, Carnegie Borough Council at its monthly voting meeting Monday night was able to make changes about which roads will be paved this year. The 2014 road maintenance program originally included work to Modern, …

Collier gets creative in ways to pay for extra road salt

By Megan Guza
Board directors in Collier have to make more cuts to this year’s budget to help pay for the extra road salt the township needed through the snow-plagued winter. “The salt cost was way over our average budget,” township finance director …

Bridgeville music center-sponsored brass camp trumpets value of practice

By Dona S. Dreeland
A Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance was musician Ryan Wolf’s inspiration. When Doc Severinsen put the trumpet to his lips, Wolf, a fifth-grader, was hooked. “One …

Carnegie gets rewarded with ‘Tree City’ designation

By Dona S. Dreeland
Carnegie now is a Tree City USA community. This designation rewards The Shade Tree Commission members and borough officials for their work to beautify the …

Wall to wall rock Saturday night at Carnegie Music Hall

By Tribune-Review
Carnegie Rocks, a rock concert featuring three bands — including Pittsburgh’s ultimate U2 tribute band, Yinz2 — takes over Andrew Carnegie Music Hall on Beechwood Avenue Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first act will begin …

Collier Township’s use of solar energy recognized by state

By Megan Guza
Collier Township received a state award last week for the work administrators have done using solar energy. The 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence was …

Military exhibit a showstopper at Bridgeville History Center

By John Oyler
The latest of a series of exhibits at the Bridgeville History Center celebrates the contributions made to our nation by servicemen and women from the Bridgeville area. I’m sure the fact that my brother Joe coordinated the exhibit has influenced …

South Fayette family spreads the good news in many ways

By Charlotte Smith
A chance phone call with a request to help resulted in a career change for Joe DiDonato of South Fayette Township. With a degree in …

Collier couple celebrate birth of first child

By Cindy Babish Schultz
Cassie and Bill White of Collier Township are receiving congratulations on the birth of their first child, Owen David White, who was born on March 13, and weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Kermit and the late …

South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying

By Adam Brandolph
Several parents voiced their concern at a school board meeting on Tuesday over how administrators in the South Fayette School District handled a bullying incident …

Legal experts question prosecuting South Fayette boy for recording bullies

By Adam Brandolph
A South Fayette High School student convicted of disorderly conduct for attempting to record his bullies shouldn’t have been prosecuted, legal experts said on Monday. …

South Fayette mother wants case against bullied son to be dropped

By Adam Brandolph
The mother of a South Fayette High School student convicted of disorderly conduct for recording classmates bullying him wants a judge to reverse the decision and the district to apologize. Shea Love, 40, of South Fayette questioned why school officials …

Carnegie among bounce-back communities

By Dona S. Dreeland
Carnegie is one of nearly a dozen Allegheny County towns involved in a program to help bolster its business district. Leaders since 2007 have been …

Carnegie resident turns 103

By Dona S. Dreeland
Life has been difficult at times, but Mary Carlson of Carnegie wouldn’t change a thing. At 103, one of her earliest memories is that of …

Bridgeville resident helps teach importance of recycling

By Dona S. Dreeland
Nancy Alauzen of Bridgeville has been a strong advocate of recycling for nearly a quarter century. “My dad dragged me to recycling seminars,” said Alauzen, 55. “I found it really intriguing.” She later worked for a packaging company and discovered …

Storm-water runoff can make Carnegie dog park a muddy mess

By Megan Guza
Dog owners who use the Carnegie Park dog park hope a rain garden will fix the storm-water runoff that creates a mud pit in the middle of the area — which, they say, is not just a nuisance, but dangerous. …

Autistic South Fayette High School senior overcomes life challenges

By Megan Guza
Joey Blum is excited to graduate from South Fayette High School in May – he is looking forward to college, marriage and starting a family. …

CV Intermediate program named finalist for regional award

By Megan Guza
Chartiers Valley Intermediate School’s new Locomotion Lab initiative is a finalist in a regional award competition that recognizes creativity and innovation in education. The lab, …

County designates Collier, Scott, Heidelberg as Banner Communities

By Megan Guza
Collier Township has been named a 2014 Banner Community for the second straight year. Thirty-one communities were selected as Banner Communities by Allegheny County, which recognizes communities that “implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and that govern …

A well-deserved plug for an efficient Amtrak operation

By John Oyler
My wife and I had the pleasure of looking after our granddaughter Rachael while her parents were engaged in business in the East. They drove here from Champaign, Ill., left Rachael with us, and went on to Philadelphia and New …

Carnegie pizza parlor changes ownership

By Charlotte Smith
Patron’s Pizza has opened at 1006 Washington Ave., Carnegie, in the former Jimmy Z’s and Joe Daddy’s Pizza location. Selling square cuts, slices and whole specialty New York-style pizzas, hoagies, cheesesteaks, breadsticks and salads, they offer $5 luncheon specials and …

Presbyterian youths to hold car wash to help fund mission trips

By Tribune-Review
The Junior Youth Group of Carnegie Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a car wash on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Wesbanco parking lot at 100 Broadway Ave. in Carnegie. There is no set fee for a …

Pittsburgh mayor honed leadership skills at Char Valley

By Megan Guza
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was left of center long before he became the city’s 12th consecutive Democrat to hold the office. The Scott Township native …

Art, tradition come together at Carnegie’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church

By Dona S. Dreeland
When Beverly Kapeluck moved to the Pittsburgh area from Minneapolis, she took it for granted that people of Ukrainian descent knew how to “write” eggs …

Port Authority to review Scott route change request

By Megan Guza
Back and forth became contentious at times during last week’s Scott Township’s Council meeting, as residents demanded answers about bus routes through a residential neighborhood. Residents of Orchard Spring Road are divided on the Port Authority bus route 38. Some …

Chartiers Valley juniors research names of servicemen on plaque

By Megan Guza
Five Chartiers Valley High School juniors are on a quest to find the stories behind 17 local servicemen after a plaque bearing their names was …

Planned Collier trail gets state funding boost

By Megan Guza
A planned Collier walking and biking trail that will connect Nevillewood and the Panhandle Trail received another grant last week, bringing the total state funding for the Collier Discovery Path to $250,000 — half the cost of the trail project. …

Crafton Park to get new playground

By Megan Guza
Crafton children will have a new playground for the unofficial start of summer. The borough council recently voted to replace equipment in Crafton Park. The current wooden, multi-dimensional playscape was built in 1993, and an assessment in 2012 found the …

Cash-strapped Bridgeville Legion post hits jackpot with fundraiser

By Dona S. Dreeland
Operation Dinner Dance, hosted by Bridgeville American Legion Post 54 on March 22, exceeded expectations. “We had to turn people away,” said Rick Burke, one …

Green Tree snowman contest winners warmed up to task

By Staff Report
Winners have been named in Green Tree’s annual Snowman contest. The contest featured three categories — biggest, most creative and most traditional. Biggest: Andrew and …

Oyler: From railroad books to the Lesnett family and everything in between

By John Oyler
Every few months I devote a column to odds and ends, topics that warrant being discussed but aren’t big enough to justify a full column. This week’s column is an attempt for us to catch up on a number of …

Around Town: WBN makes positive connections for local women

By Charlotte Smith
They say it’s all in who you know. With the Women’s Business Network of Southwestern Pennsylvania, referrals are the name of the game. The network’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the growth, performance and integrity of professional women by …

Carnegie family touched by outpouring of support after fire

By Cindy Babish Schultz
The Lewellyn family of Ridge Avenue in Carnegie sincerely thanks all of the fire department personnel who responded to the catastrophic blaze that consumed their home and all of their possessions. The family is touched by the concern shown by …

‘Gun control’ makes Civil War room in Carnegie library more complete

By Megan Guza
One of the most complete Civil War rooms in the country enhanced its collection of artifacts last week, with three historic rifles that replaced three …