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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 …

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 …

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 …

Shady Side Academy students revise ‘The Misanthrope’ for fall production

By Tawnya Panizzi
It turns out that Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams weren’t the original mean girls. Gossip, stereotyping and the inevitable fallout are highlighted with Shady Side …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

St. Scholastica Fair Trade Fair to offer unique buys

By Tom Mcgee
An Aspinwall church’s fair will be about more than just items for sale. St. Scholastica Church in Aspinwall will host its first Fair Trade Fair …

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 …

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 …

Fox Chapel Area Early Learning Forum focuses on kindergarteners

By Tawnya Panizzi
More than 70 early childhood educators and administrators came together last week for the Fox Chapel Area School District’s bi-annual Early Learning Forum — a …

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 …

Portion of Aspinwall’s Riverfront Park to open to visitors

By Tom Mcgee
After about four years and $7 million in fundraising, a portion of Aspinwall Riverfront Park will open to the public on Saturday. The west section …

Fox Chapel Area student’s mission: collect books so young children can enjoy reading

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area junior Olivia Van Dyke loves to settle down with a good page-turner to learn a new skill, be inspired or just to …

Ceremony breaks ground on Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara

By Sharon Drake
Community leaders and local children took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lauri Ann West Community Center on Saturday. Work has started on the …

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 …

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 …

Vendor fair in Sharpsburg to offer shoppers unique items

By Tawnya Panizzi
Oakland resident Amy Shannon started stringing beads together as a way to unwind on weekends with friends. She’s hoping to parlay her passion into a …

Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg gets into Halloween spirit

By Sharon Drake
For traditional Halloween fright, there will be two trails in one at the Haunted Trail at Camp Guyasuta on Oct 18. From 3 to 6 …

Sharpsburg mural project has a home

By Staff Report
Sharpsburg resident Pam Bruno’s dream of a mural project in her hometown is closer to reality. Bruno told officials last week that she had secured wall space for the mural that faces 16th Street. She hopes to start the project …

Pizzazz bringing old favorites, new vendors to Fox Chapel Golf Club this year

By Tawnya Panizzi
Marking 100 years wasn’t quite enough for members of the Garden Club of Allegheny County — they want $100,000 to go along with it. With …

Sharpsburg to celebrate fall with festival

By Tom Mcgee
The recently formed Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization is getting ready to hold its first major event in the borough. Kennedy Park will host the Sharpsburg Fall …

Grant saves Blawnox money on water tower painting project

By Tom Mcgee
More funding will be available for a water tank improvement project in Blawnox. Borough engineer Gordon Taylor of Senate Engineering said grant money from Allegheny County will pay for more than expected on an interior water tank painting project. Work …

Fox Chapel library contest offers children chance to earn circus tickets

By Tawnya Panizzi
The circus is coming to town with its big top, tip-toeing elephants and bearded ladies — area children can earn free tickets by cracking open …

Aspinwall budget talks heating up; infrastructure spending could rise

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials may earmark more money to repair infrastructure next year, leaders said as the 2015 budget process begins. Officials may set aside more money for road work, said Councilman Kevin Gorden, who oversees the borough’s finance committee. “The big …

Aspinwall woman focuses on O’Hara fall festival

By Sharon Drake
Anticipation is building for Oct. 11’s Fall Family Funtober Fest in O’Hara. Scarecrows around the community point to Boyd Community Center’s autumn fundraiser. “It’s all …

Aspinwall to receive 20 trees; planting day set next month

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall has received another TreeVitalize grant for 20 trees. This is the third year the borough has received trees through the program. A total of 52 trees have been planted in the past two years. The program provides trees to …

Delays for motorists can be expected in O’Hara along Freeport Road

By Tribune-Review
Motorists who drive through O’Hara near Clifton Avenue can expect delays Thursday and Friday. PennDOT officials said today that geotechnical drilling and research will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Freeport Road, between Clifton Avenue to Wenzel …

Fox Chapel Presbyterian prepares for Harvest Fair

By Sharon Drake
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will host its annual Harvest Fair this weekend. A preview sale will begin the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. …

State grant to boost O’Hara sewer project

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara officials are trying to nail down the last of the necessary easement agreements to move forward with the $4 million Saxonburg Boulevard sewerage project. When they do, work will begin with a boost from the state, which last week …

Halloween Spooktacular slated for Shady Side Academy

By Tawnya Panizzi
From spooky illusions and Irish tap to acrobatics and puppetry, the world’s stage comes alive this year at Shady Side Academy. In its ninth season, …

Nature a big part of Aspinwall park

By Tom Mcgee
As the grand opening for part of the Aspinwall Riverfront Park gets closer, the western part of the park is taking shape. That section is …

Borough solicitor appointed to fill position of Blawnox open records officer

By Tom Mcgee
The solicitor for Blawnox will now serve as the borough’s official open records officer. Council voted 6-0, with council President Deborah Laskey absent, to appoint John Cambest to the position last week. Former borough manager Sherry Kordas had held the …