Top Bridgeville Area News stories of 2013
Longtime Bridgeville Mayor Donald Dolde was unseated in the November general election by Republican Pasquale DeBlasio.
Dolde, 74, was first elected in 1990 and served six terms. DeBlasio, 50, was elected with 53 percent of the vote.
“To me, it's a loss. I met a lot of nice people in my run,” Dolde said. “I have my regrets. And I wish the new mayor the best.”
DeBlasio said he wants to focus on traffic congestion on Washington Pike.
“Solving that problem — or at the very least, taking steps to begin to solve it — will not only benefit Bridgeville, but South Fayette and Collier, and perhaps even more.”
The flood of July
Homes and streets in Bridgeville were inundated with water in July after heavy rains dumped nearly 2 inches of water on the area in just 24 hours.
The already saturated ground created runoff that left McLaughlin Run flooding its banks.
More than 10 fire and rescue companies responded to the area of Baldin and Railroad streets on the morning of July 10. Three residents were taken to nearby hospitals, and one woman had to be plucked from the water.
Clean up continued through the summer, and the federal government in November declared flood-stricken parts of Allegheny County disaster areas.
After a heartbreaking loss for the same title in 2010, the South Fayette High School football team brought home the PIAA Class AA championship title just in time for Christmas.
The Dec. 15 game was against Philadelphia-area Imhotep Charter at Hersey Stadium. The Lions routed Imhotep 41-0.
It was the district's first state title.
Quarterback Brett Brumbaugh broke the WPIAL single-season passing record previously held by his brother, Christian.
In November, the Bridgeville Public Library's varied issues culminated with an agreement with South Fayette Township Library to take over daily operations.
The Bridgeville library board of trustees voted 4-1 with one abstention Nov. 19 to enter into the one-year agreement.
Board member Pauline Bognartz voted against the motion, and Mike Aqulina abstained. Board member John Oyler resigned from the board effective Nov. 8. Board members Bill O'Connor, Cindy Ghelarducci, Patte Kelley and board president Becky Wisbon voted in favor of the agreement.
“I know there is some sadness,” Wisbon said. “It is with me as well. But this is an important time for the future of the Bridgeville Public Library.”
After much planning and securing of funds, ground was officially broken for the Collier Park Recreation Center July 30.
The recreation center will be at the site of the former U.S. Army Charles E. Kelly Support facility, which the army sold to the township with the stipulation it be used for parks and recreation.
“We expect this to be the flagship of all the parks in Collier,” said township commissioner George Macino.
Once finished, the facility will include a 8,750-square foot gymnasium, an elevated walking track, locker rooms and a lounge area, party and banquet rooms and group exercise rooms.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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