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Aspinwall school students focus on community during Catholic Schools Week

By Tawnya Panizzi
From bowling to basketball to breakfast with guests, students at Christ the Divine Catholic Teacher Academy in Aspinwall have a schedule brimming with excitement this ...

Shady Side students prepare for production of Tony-Award-Winning ‘Into the Woods’

By Tawnya Panizzi
Shady Side Academy senior Chloe Zack said there hasn’t been one moment that wasn’t a challenge in bringing the school’s musical to life. “It feels good ...

Search for new Blawnox borough manager continues

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox officials still are searching for a new borough manager. Councilman Randall Stoddard announced last week that council had been prepared to make an offer to a candidate for the position. Before that happened, however, the candidate withdrew. Interviews for the ...

Broadway actor to appear at Fox Chapel Presbyterian

By Tawnya Panizzi
Broadway actor Bruce Kuhn will perform on a local stage next week when he brings his Lenten drama/comedy to Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. “The Gospel of Luke” is the story of Jesus, memorized word for word from the Bible and told ...

Blawnox checks out what Parkview EMS can offer

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox is interested in what a different emergency medical service could provide for the borough. The borough is covered by Foxwall EMS, based in Fox Chapel. Officials asked Parkview EMS, based in O’Hara, for details on what service it could provide. Tom ...

Blawnox delays decision on water fee hike

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox officials will take more time to decide on some fees for 2015. Officials voted to table increasing the water rate by 30 cents to $6.24 per 1,000 gallons and setting a basic service charge of $18.74 per quarter. The budget included ...

Teamwork keys success for Fox Chapel manager

By Sharon Drake
Gary Koehler is a private man in a public job. As Fox Chapel’s borough manager for the past seven years, he works with borough council, residents ...

Grant money could help cover cost of replacing Blawnox water meters

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox officials are seeking another grant to help replace 150 water meters in the borough. An application will be submitted for Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant money through Allegheny County for the project. The borough has $21,000 for the project ...

Sharpsburg hires parking-enforcement officer

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg will look to its neighbor to fill its new position of parking-enforcement officer. Officials hired Sandra Woods to the position last week. Woods has the same title with Aspinwall. Her final day there will be Jan. 30, and she will ...

Fox Chapel native honored for maternity clothes with built-in technology

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Blake Uretsky dressed with her fake baby bump and went shopping at maternity stores. She was doing research. Uretsky was studying how maternity clothes fit pregnant ...

Fox Chapel Area students reach out to help Animal Friends

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area High School students have gone to the dogs. Community Outreach members are collecting treats, toys and Timothy hay to benefit Animal Friends ...

Millvale workshop to show how to create iconic artwork

By Tom Mcgee
When Peter Pearson was 12, he saw an icon of a mother and child. From then, he was hooked. Pearson has spent 45 years studying, painting ...

O’Hara man always searching for answers

By Sharon Drake
Professor William “Bill” Dunn walks the talk of “pracademics” — applying academic insights to solving real-world situations. As a newly installed fellow of the National Academy ...

Sharpsburg begins search for new borough secretary

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials are looking for a new borough secretary. Jan Barbus’ last day with the borough was Jan. 2. She had held the position since 2011 and previously served on borough council. Barbus’ husband, Art Barbus, recently opened House of 1,000 Beers ...

O’Hara-based software company plans 2016 move to East Liberty

By Tawnya Panizzi
An international software company with an office in O’Hara will move next year to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood and share a building with Google. Autodesk, one ...

Plan would have Aspinwall police vehicles filling up closer to home

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall vehicles could be filling up closer to home. The borough is considering opening an account with the Sunoco station on Freeport Road for all nondiesel ...

Chabad Fox Chapel effort nets $40K to help fight against hunger

By Tawnya Panizzi
In the spirit of the new year, Rabbi Ely Rosenfeld challenged not only himself but the Jewish community to a resolution to help the needy. The ...

Hampton woman named executive director of Fox Chapel’s Cooper-Siegel Community Library

By Tawnya Panizzi
As the newly appointed executive director at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel, Jill McConnell is eager to give residents the full story on all ...

Aspinwall reaches 3-year deal with police officers

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall police have a new contract with the borough. The three-year contract was finalized late last month and approved by council earlier this month. It runs through Dec. 31, 2017. The previous contract expired Dec. 31, 2014. The deal covers Aspinwall’s five ...

Pastor returns from retirement to lead Indiana Township congregation

By Tawnya Panizzi
Millvale native Linda Miller-Pretz feels at home in her new position as interim pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Indiana Township. “I like the ...

O’Hara community center leaders begin search for marketing director

By Tawnya Panizzi
Lauri Ann West Community Center leaders are looking for someone to represent the O’Hara facility as construction begins on a new center. The center began a search last week for a marketing and development director, a role that will involve forging ...

After years running parish banquets, Sharpsburg native opens Main Street eatery

By Tawnya Panizzi
Up to his elbows in butter cream frosting, Brother Tom Hartman doesn’t skip a beat when the industrial size oven buzzes like an alarm from ...

Pittsburgh Field Club’s lobster lunch proceeds to help children have happy birthdays

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Women’s Board of Pittsburgh is cooking up a fundraiser on Jan. 30 with hopes that the party lasts all year. Members will host “A Wild ...

Woman, 77, dies in Indiana Township house fire

By Braden Ashe
An Indiana Township woman died in a fire early Sunday morning in her home. Betty L. McCann, 77, of Crest Drive died from acute ...

Aspinwall to update traffic light timing

By Tom Mcgee
Traffic will flow a little easier on Freeport Road in Aspinwall thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The borough received an $8,000 ...

Pastor leaves mark on Indiana Twp.’s United Church of Christ parish

By Tawnya Panizzi
After nearly a decade at the helm, the Rev. Joe Kiewra has bid farewell to Trinity United Church of Christ in Indiana Township but feels ...

Rose Parade gets touch of UPMC St. Margaret

By Tawnya Panizzi
The country’s biggest parade, celebrated with flowers, music and an ode to football, had a piece of the Lower Valley traveling through it. The Rose Parade ...

Gingerbread house building at Sharpsburg Towers sweetens holiday season

By Tawnya Panizzi 9:27 p.m.
Armed with handfuls of gumdrops and licorice, Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Lindsay Arnone visited residents of the Sharpsburg Towers last week with the ...

Plans call for $3.5M public works building in Fox Chapel

By Tawnya Panizzi 9:00 p.m.
A $3.5 million public works building for Fox Chapel is expected to move forward this spring. Council is considering a proposal that would replace three older buildings behind the municipal complex along Fox Chapel Road. There also would be a cold ...

The Waterworks Giant Eagle transformation to a Market District will add jobs, restaurant

By Tawnya Panizzi 9:00 p.m.
Expansion of The Waterworks Giant Eagle will create about 175 jobs in the Lower Valley. The grocery store, an anchor in the shopping plaza along Freeport ...

Fox Chapel Area Rotary’s gift boosts effort to beat childhood hunger

By Tawnya Panizzi
Some of the backpacks that go home each day with students from Fox Chapel Area schools are stuffed with cans of soup and crackers rather ...

Garden to again bloom at Sharpsburg Library

By Tom Mcgee
The garden at Sharpsburg Community Library will grow again. A grant from Allegheny Grows will fund a community garden at the library. The library’s garden was ...

Fox Chapel Area senior interns on school construction project to ready for future

By Sharon Drake
Alison Arnone is smiling and energetic, whether she is wearing her white hard hat or a white puffy gown. The Fox Chapel Area High School senior ...

Blawnox going high-tech to keep eye on budget issues

By Tom Mcgee
A new computer system will help Blawnox officials get a better view of the borough budget. Officials approved a $1,300 contract with Ray Dougherty to provide computer support. The contract also includes a $100 per month retainer for any additional services. The ...

Indiana Twp.’s Cove Run Road to reopen ahead of schedule

By Tawnya Panizzi
Traffic news keeps getting better for Indiana Township residents. On the heels of Route 910 opening last week, township manager Dan Anderson announced this week that Cove Run Road will open sooner than expected. The busy stretch near Emmerling Park was shut ...

Blawnox’s $2M budget includes tax increase

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox needed its mayor to approve the 2015 budget. Mayor Anthony Gross broke a 3-3 tie vote to approve the $2 million budget for next year. Council members Deborah Laskey, Randall Stoddard and Patricia Bucha voted in favor of the budget, ...

Blawnox seeks financial assistance

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox officials will apply for a state program to help get the borough’s finances on track. Council members approved filing an application for the Department of Community and Economic Development’s early-intervention program last week. It will cost the borough no more than ...

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 ...