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O’Hara woman pens book; tells story of more than 30 years teaching

By Tom Mcgee
A former substitute teacher for the Fox Chapel Area School District recalls some of her fondest memories in a new book. Carolyn Wilson of O’Hara has released “Lies I Have Been Told” through Edgewood Press. Copies are on sale at Mystery ...

Tax rate stays put in O’Hara

By Tawnya Panizzi
For the 12th straight year, O’Hara residents can expect real estate taxes to remain steady. Council last week approved the township’s $22.2 million budget, keeping the property tax rate at 1.725 mills. The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 again ...

Providing officials tablet computers could benefit Aspinwall

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall could incorporate more technology into borough business. Officials are considering an offer from Sprint to provide 10 tablet computers for $25 each, with a $250 monthly fee for 20 gigabytes of data. Borough Manager Melissa Lang said the devices would ...

Route 910 reopening eases Indiana Twp. traffic issues

By Tawnya Panizzi
The opening of Route 910 in Indiana Township last week is a holiday wish come true for residents who tangled with traffic related to the 10-month closure of a portion of the busy road. The stretch between Cedar Run Road and ...

Indiana Twp. OK’s budget; tax rate holds

By Sharon Drake
Indiana Township property taxes will remain the same for 2015. Supervisors approved the $7.5 million budget last week that holds the tax rate steady at 2.95 mills with 2.47 mills for the $4.7 million general fund and .48 mills for the ...

Aspinwall seeks new trash collection deal

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall is preparing to seek bids for its next trash service contract. Waste Management currently provides the service. Councilwoman Ann Pawlikowski said she is working with solicitor Steve Korbel to prepare the advertisement for bids. Pawlikowski said the request will include electronic ...

Chabad Fox Chapel to close out Hanukkah with Fun Fest event

By Tawnya Panizzi
Rabbi Ely Rosenfeld prefers to think outside the box. Rather than just lighting a menorah to mark the first day of Hanukkah, the director of Chabad ...

Fox Chapel Area children shine in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’

By Laurie Rees
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s version of “The Nutcracker” is like no other. Artistic director Terrence Orr infuses local icons, landmarks, and personalities to make the traditional holiday ...

O’Hara sewage pump station funding approved

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara Council has approved spending nearly $300,000 on an aging sewage pump station in the Crofton neighborhood but details of the project have yet to be worked out. The equipment will either be removed or replaced, Township Engineer Chuck Steinert said. “We’d ...

Retired lieutenant colonel excited to be home in Indiana Twp. for holidays

By Sharon Drake
Barry Wingard wants people to include those serving in the armed forces when sending out holiday greetings. “I know it sounds trite,” Wingard said. “Just write ...

Fox Chapel Garden Club sale benefits community organizations

By Tawnya Panizzi
Twinkling lights and lavish greenery transformed the Fox Chapel Golf Club into a winter wonderland, making it the perfect backdrop for the “Glitter & Glow” ...

Show in Aspinwall to feature work of local artists

By Tom Mcgee
An art show this Friday will have a local feel to it. Mosaic K on Freeport Road in Aspinwall will host “Art in the Wall” from ...

Parkview lends Sharpsburg a fire engine

By Tom Mcgee
Members of the Parkview Volunteer Fire Department are lending fellow firefighters more than just a hand. The department has given the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department a ...

Cooper-Siegel Library event to offer healthy eating tips

By Tawnya Panizzi
For all those who carefully wade through holidays sidestepping calorie-laden dishes, Cooper-Siegel Community Library is helping ward off extra pounds with a class on healthy eating. Holistic Health Counselor Janet McKee will host a class that teaches not only how to ...

Tax rate expected to rise in Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
The property tax rate is expected to increase in Sharpsburg for next year. The nearly $2 million budget for 2015 was approved for advertising last week. The budget calls for a 0.53-mill tax increase. That would set the borough tax rate ...

Help wanted for Sharpsburg holiday event

By Tom Mcgee
Volunteers are being sought for Sharpsburg’s Christmas celebration, Councilman Greg Domian said. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the borough Christmas tree on Main Street and include events at Linden Gym. Information is available on the event’s Facebook ...

Fox Chapel budget plan calls for tax hike

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel residents might see a slight tax increase in 2015, but Finance Director Joy Hardt said they can also anticipate a slew of community improvements. “There’s a lot of work to be done next year,” said Hardt, who finalized the ...

Indiana Twp. woman takes the lead of Women’s Board of Pittsburgh event

By Sharon Drake
Judy Leininger is anticipating a busy season. Not only will there be three children home for Christmas, two coming in from New York City, but then ...

Holiday celebration scheduled for Sharpsburg

By Tribune-Review
Sharpsburg will host a holiday celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the borough Christmas tree. The Sharpsburg Worship Kids Choir will sing Christmas carols, and Santa Claus will visit. Hot chocolate will be served. After, the Linden Gym will host ...

Lawmakers visit Fox Chapel Area; finances highlight talk

By Tawnya Panizzi
A legislative workshop at Fox Chapel Area High School gave residents a chance to discuss taxes, education funding and cyber schools with some of the people who create local laws. The school district hosted a public forum last week where residents ...

Fox Chapel Area teacher named Pennsylvania’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Eli Ziff gazed over a crowd of Pennsylvania’s best educators Monday in Hershey and told them his music teacher, ...

O’Hara-based Armada Supply Chain Solutions gets food to restaurants

By John D. Oravecz
Fans of the McRib can’t get one without Armada Supply Chain Solutions. Making sure the barbecue-flavored pork sandwich that McDonald’s sells periodically gets to the right ...

House OKs naming Downtown federal courthouse after ex-judge

By Brian Bowling
The U.S. House on a voice vote Monday passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would name the federal courthouse, Downtown, after former Judge Joseph F. Weis Jr. of Fox Chapel. Weis, 91, died March 19. The Pittsburgh native ...

Fox Chapel twins work to bring holiday joy to all

By Tawnya Panizzi
If they keep it up, Santa just might enlist Henry and Zane Gavazzi as his newest elves. The sixth-grade Dorseyville Middle School twins are fresh off ...

Sharpsburg Council seeks to turn blighted properties into parking spaces

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials are considering one move that could solve two borough problems. Councilman Matthew Rudzki said that he would look at the possibility of the borough acquiring blighted property through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. The borough would use the ...

Junior council member sought for Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials want the next generation of leaders to have a voice in the borough. Council is accepting applications for a junior council member through Dec. ...

Tax hike proposed in Blawnox

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox residents can expect to pay more in taxes for the second straight year. The $2 million proposed budget for 2015 calls for a 0.5-mill tax increase. That would set the rate at 9.85 mills. If the budget passes, a homeowner ...

Aspinwall officer leads local police effort to collect presents for ill children

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall police officer David Nemec gets an extra thrill when he goes Christmas shopping. For the fourth year, Nemec is leading Presents from Police, an organization ...

Midshipman shares Naval Academy tales with Shady Side Academy students

By Tawnya Panizzi
Midshipman Kari Nogacek is living out her childhood dream. The 22-year-old Naval Academy junior grade lieutenant learned last week that she was assigned for training in ...

Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation to host toy drive

By Tom Mcgee
Members of the Pittsburgh North Optimist Foundation will do their part to brighten the holidays for children in the area. The group will host a toy-drive ...

Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Harvest Fair raises $65K for charity

By Tawnya Panizzi
You have to sell a lot of odds and ends to rake in $65,000, but that’s just what the Presbyterian Women of the Fox Chapel ...

Fox Chapel graduate keeps Rural Ridge close to his heart

By Sharon Drake
Aaron Zaffuto is only 25, but he is tapped into the history of his community. As a lifelong resident of the Rural Ridge neighborhood of Indiana ...

‘Wicked’ author shares writing tales with Fox Chapel students

By Tawnya Panizzi
As a child, author Gregory Maguire said he hoped to grow up to become a statue — or an elephant. Fortunately for him, his plan didn’t ...

O’Hara woman offers to help Sharpsburg handle stray cats

By Tom Mcgee
An O’Hara woman wants to help Sharpsburg with its cat issue. Marianne Pisano, a registered nurse who began feeding a client’s colony of cats so the client could focus on his health, has offered to serve as a liaison between caretakers ...

New owner has big plans for Rock Airport

By Sharon Drake
Rebranding Rock Airport is just the first move up for new owner Alfred Kuehn. Kuehn, founder of Management Science Associates, completed the purchase of Rock Industrial Park last week. The property is located on the shared border of Indiana Township and ...

Fox Chapel Area schools forum to feature legislators

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Superintendent Gene Freeman wants to open a dialogue between district residents and the lawmakers. “Sometimes we get orders from the state and I think a lot of times, the public asks why we are doing these things,” Freeman said. The ...

Council approves new rifles for Aspinwall police officers

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall police officers will soon have two new rifles at their disposal. Council voted 5-1 to move forward with the purchase of two Rock River Entry Operator Two rifles earlier this month. Councilman Mark Ellermeyer opposed and Councilwoman Ann Marsico was ...

Effort to bring fishing event for veterans back to Squaw Valley Park picks up steam

By Tom Mcgee
Efforts are under way to make a fishing event for veterans a success for another year. Donations are being accepted for the annual Fishing Rodeo for ...

Crazy sweater tea to be served at Fox Chapel’s Cooper-Siegel Community Library

By Tawnya Panizzi
Anyone itching to sport their wackiest holiday sweater — without shame — has a legitimate reason to do so during Cooper-Siegel Community Library’s upcoming Victorian ...