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O’Hara-based furniture drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity

By Tawnya Panizzi
It was quality over quantity at last weekend’s O’Hara-based furniture drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity, but event coordinator Colleen Cadman was OK with that. “It ...

Indiana Township launches holiday food drive

By Tawnya Panizzi
Holly Sammartino is making it easy for Lower Valley residents to help the hungry this holiday season. The Indiana Township’s community services coordinator this week launched the township’s first community-wide food drive in hopes of helping families overcome holiday struggles. “Many people ...

Masters swim club hits Shady Side Academy pool, seeks members

By Tom Mcgee
A group is reliving its swimming days on Sundays. The Flying Fish Heads hit the water each Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Shady Side Academy pool. The masters swim club is open to anyone 18 years or older. Libby Ernharth swam ...

Aspinwall officers join program to help find lost individuals

By Tom Mcgee
Two Aspinwall police officers are participating in a program to help families find loved ones if they wander away. Officer Scott Bailey recently updated town leaders on Project Lifesaver, a nationwide program that provides tracking devices that can be used by ...

Aspinwall officials consider benefits of joining land bank

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall will continue to explore joining a land bank initiative. The concept is being supported by the Congress of Neighboring Communities and the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone, both of which Aspinwall is a member. Other communities considering participation in the ...

Plan keeps Indiana Twp. tax rate steady

By Tribune-Review
Indiana Township property taxes will remain the same in 2015 if supervisors approve the proposed budget next month. Supervisors will advertise next year’s budget, which holds the real estate rate at 2.47 mills for the general fund and .48 mils ...

Blawnox woman greets Boyd visitors with smile

By Sharon Drake
Cindy Schade never forgets a face. She brings her quick wit and her friendly attitude to her job at Boyd Community Center. “That’s why I’m here. ...

Book signing by Aspinwall author scheduled for Shadyside eatery

By Tawnya Panizzi
Self-proclaimed spiritual-growth junkie Carol Briney says in her new book that the answer to achieving happiness is to “get unstuck” in whatever struggles are miring ...

Curtain to rise on Fox Chapel Area middle school production of ‘Aladdin, Jr.’

By Tawnya Panizzi
Heartfelt lessons and a hefty dose of humor ride into Dorseyville Middle School on a magic carpet when students perform “Aladdin, Jr.” The annual fall musical ...

Scholarship formed in memory of Fox Chapel Area star athlete

By Tawnya Panizzi
Gil Damico served 29 years as the Fox Chapel Area athletic director and hailed the late Rich Kriston as the “best pure athlete” he ever ...

Aspinwall ready to light up for holidays

By Tom Mcgee
Santa Claus will make his usual early stop in Aspinwall this weekend. Light Up Aspinwall kicks off tonight, Thursday, with events throughout the borough’s business district ...

New public works site in Aspinwall taking shape

By Tom Mcgee
The layout for the borough compound near Aspinwall Riverfront Park is being finalized. Councilman Kevin Gordon said the public works area will include a three-bay garage, storage building and salt shed. He said the newly-chosen location is slightly different than what ...

Fort Pitt Auto provides space for mural, garden in Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
Pam Bruno is getting ready to turn an empty wall in Sharpsburg into a work of art. Bruno plans to turn a side of Fort Pitt ...

Grants to help pay for Aspinwall’s Brilliant Avenue intersection realignment

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall leaders are preparing to use several state grants the borough has received. A $500,000 grant awarded last year through the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund will be available for use next month, borough manager Melissa Lang said. That ...

Fox Chapel Holiday Boutique gathers food to feed the hungry

By Tawnya Panizzi
It might seem early for holiday shopping, but anyone who made a trip to the Fox Chapel Racquet Club this past weekend probably didn’t leave ...

Health and safety program for senior citizens

By Tribune-Review
St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg will co-host a health and safety program for senior citizens at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 in the John Paul Center along 9th Street. Presented with Oakmont-based Home Instead Senior Care, Nurse Barbara Corsi and …

Warriors in Pink Quilt offers hope to breast cancer patients, hangs in UPMC St. Margaret

By Tawnya Panizzi
When Mt. Lebanon resident Brenda Boron was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, the mother of two stitched together a recovery plan with hope and ...

Indiana Twp. seeks bids for new facility

By Sharon Drake
Indiana Township supervisors authorized bidding for the new public works facility. The new wing will attach to the existing public works building on municipal ground along Route 910. The footprint of the new area will be approximately on the site of ...

Fox Chapel dragon boat team claims title as best in nation

By Tom Mcgee
A dragon boat team based in Fox Chapel can claim the title of best in America. The Pink Steel team of Steel City Dragons took ...

Program brings shade to communities along Allegheny River

By Tom Mcgee
Tree planting events are planned in several local communities involved in the TreeVitalize program. Aspinwall will have its third tree planting day since becoming involved with ...

Wrestling tournament to remember longtime Sharpsburg firefighter

By Tom Mcgee
For the second year, a wrestling tournament in Sharpsburg will honor a longtime firefighter. Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department will host the Mario Ferraro Sr. Memorial Wresting ...

Grant to help provide easier access to Indiana Twp. community center

By Tawnya Panizzi
Indiana Township leaders are using a $15,000 grant to make upgrades that will make the community center along Saxonburg Boulevard more easily accessible to people with disabilities. The project includes walkways that will enable visitors in wheelchairs to access all parts ...

O’Hara clothing designer earns national recognition

By Sharon Drake
O’Hara designer Kathleen DeMartino can thank Martha Stewart for putting her business on the map. Demartino’s Depression Couture, a clothing line she makes with recycled textiles ...

Aspinwall projects get boost from state

By Tom Mcgee
Three projects in Aspinwall have received a $1.5 million boost in state funding, officials said this week. Aspinwall Riverfront Park will receive $921,453 from the multimodal ...

Fox Chapel Boy Scouts selling wreaths to benefit scouting programs

By Tom Mcgee
Boy Scout Troop 380 from Fox Chapel is getting an early start to the holidays. Scouts are selling wreaths through this weekend. The wreaths and greens ...

Concert to celebrate Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church organ’s birthday

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Georgian-style pipe organ at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church has grown to be such an integral part of services that members will celebrate its 50th ...

Grant to help fund Fox Chapel trail upgrade

By Tawnya Panizzi
With help from a state grant, Fox Chapel officials will continue to link borough parks through an upgraded trail system planned for next summer. Fox Chapel will get $139,000 to construct a safer pedestrian trail along Squaw Run Road, borough manager ...

Cooper-Siegel Community Library program to feature North Indian classical music

By Sharon Drake
A free concert at Cooper-Siegel Community Library this Sunday will feature North Indian classical music. Michael Griska will perform first on the surbahar and then ...

Blawnox seeks proposals for tax anticipation note

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox is preparing for its 2015 budget by searching for a tax anticipation note. Council agreed last week to seek proposals for a $150,000 loan for the start of 2015. Requests are due by Nov. 15. Information will be sent to Northwest ...

Some residents want temporary cell tower in Blawnox torn down

By Tom Mcgee
Residents on Carla Drive in Blawnox want a temporary cell tower removed. Sara Wolk, a resident on the street, said when the temporary tower was installed last year, neighbors understood that it would be removed once a permanent tower was up ...

Yearlong investigation leads to Sharpsburg drug busts

By Tom Mcgee
Several arrests were made in Sharpsburg last week as part of a roundup of drug suspects in Allegheny County. Samuel Anderson, 44, of Penn Ave. in ...

2 Fox Chapel Area teens to hit Byham stage in ‘A Chorus Line’

By Tawnya Panizzi
Two local teenagers will be high-kicking their way across stage when “A Chorus Line” dances in to town this week. Deirdre Roberts and Mia Schmidtetter, freshmen ...

Glitter and Glow event at Fox Chapel Golf Club to kick off holidays

By Tawnya Panizzi
Members of the Fox Chapel Garden Club have the golden ticket for festive flower arrangements, food and friendship. “Glitter & Glow: A Girls’ Night Out to Kick-Off the Holiday Season” is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, at the ...

St. Mary statues restored, returned to Sharpsburg grotto

By Tom Mcgee
Two pieces of the St. Mary Grotto at St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg have made a welcome return. Statues that were part of the original ...

Project closes part of McClellan Road in Indiana Township

By Tawnya Panizzi
After years on the books, a portion of McClellan Road in Indiana Township closed for good this week. Plans are part of the $220 million Pennsylvania ...

Aspinwall artist looks to past pieces to inspire work for upcoming show

By Tom Mcgee
For his latest show, Aspinwall artist Mike Pezzulo looked to his past for inspiration. Pezzulo will have his artwork on display at Mosaic K in Aspinwall ...

Fox Chapel author, life coach releases book about finding peace, happiness

By Tawnya Panizzi
Most people don’t need a therapist, they just need a change, a local author said. That advice doubles as the title of a just-released book ...

Sharpsburg sidewalk fix put on hold

By Tom Mcgee
Sidewalk repairs in part of the Sharpsburg business district are on hold while officials continue to decide what material would work best in the area. Officials had requested bids for new concrete sidewalks along Main Street. The bricks in place along ...

Garbage pickup fees on rise in Indiana Twp.

By Tawnya Panizzi
Indiana Township residents will pay a slight increase in refuse hauling costs beginning in January. The rate for curb service by collector Waste Management will increase by 3 percent, or 42 cents a month. That means residents will pay $17.24 each ...