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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 …

PennDOT to close Route 28 in both directions Friday night

By Bobby Kerlik
PennDOT will close Route 28 in both directions overnight Friday, routing traffic through the Strip District. The 8 p.m. closure will last until 8 a.m. Saturday between the 31st Street Bridge and the Chestnut Street overpass so crews can erect …

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 …

Completing survey can help secure money for water meters in Blawnox

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox needs help from its residents to secure a grant for new water meters in the borough. The borough will include a survey with third-quarter water bills sent to 150 homes. The survey asks for household income information and is …

O’Hara man plans opening bash for Blawnox business

By Sharon Drake
Matt Mitsch and his mother, Rose, are expanding their business. Rose’s Notary along Route 8 in Shaler is branching out to a second site in …

Maintenance building plan in Indiana Twp. gets grant funding boost

By Sharon Drake
The proposal to build a new roads and maintenance building in Indiana Township got a jump start with a $250,000 grant from the Community Finance Authority. Municipal funds will be used along with the state grant money, Indiana Township manager …

Bridge repairs to close portion of Old Freeport Road in O’Hara

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who use Old Freeport Road in O’Hara to cut around traffic on the nearby main road won’t be able to do so for several …

Dorseyville Road work done early

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who travel along Dorseyville Road in Indiana Township were treated to a nice surprise this week when construction zones along one stretch were opened three weeks early. The Allegheny County Department of Public Works closed a portion of the …

Hartwood Fest to raise money to repair stables, organ

By Tawnya Panizzi
Charlene Campbell remembers visiting Hartwood Mansion for elementary school field trips and riding horses as a young adult with friends through Hartwood Acres Park, which …

RIDC trail plan takes step forward

By Tawnya Panizzi
It was a matter of baby steps, but a proposed walking trail through RIDC Park in O’Hara finally is expected to move forward this fall. …

Volunteers gear up for Heritage Day in Sharpsburg

By Tawnya Panizzi
If the bratwurst and beer aren’t enough to entice you, maybe the sausage and stuffed cabbages will get you to St. Juan Diego Parish’s third …

Fox Chapel Area homecoming to feature football, carnival, tight parking

By Tawnya Panizzi
Between carnival games and construction, parking will be especially tight for Friday’s homecoming game at Fox Chapel Area High School. Football fans are asked to …

Animal Friends suggests trap, release program for Sharpsburg stray cats

By Tom Mcgee
Representatives from Animal Friends want Sharpsburg to consider continuing its trap, neuter and release program when dealing with cats in the borough. After Sharpsburg officials discussed hiring a firm to catch stray cats in the borough, which could lead to …

Wolves return a Sharpsburg success story

By Tom Mcgee
The Sharpsburg Wolves comeback will continue after the squad’s first tournament this past weekend. The team from Sharpsburg finished 1-3 in the Basketball Stars of …

Waterplant upgrades get Sharpsburg Council OK

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg’s water plant will get $22,459 worth of upgrades. Officials approved the work by Industrial Systems and Control for the plant last week. Councilman Anthony Sacco, who oversees the public works committee, said the work is needed. “I’d like to …

Sharpsburg fills board vacancies

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials have made appointments to two borough boards. Art Barbus and Matthew Brudnock were named to the zoning hearing board and Andrew Sabo was named to the planning commission. Before making the three appointments last week, borough officials accepted …

Fox Chapel Area receives grant; seeks partner school to mentor

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area School District is doing something right, and the state wants them to share it. The district was awarded a $50,000 grant through Gov. Tom Corbett’s pilot Mentoring Grant Program to increase student achievement at a low-performing school …

Fox Chapel teen wins $25K scholarship in Google Science Fair

By Megha Satyanarayana
A sophomore at Fox Chapel High School said Tuesday he was humbled that his fruit fly-inspired robots won top honors and a sizable scholarship at …

From Aspinwall to New Kensington, free shuttle offers rides to some UPMC facilities

By Tawnya Panizzi
The best medical care in the world won’t help if a patient can’t get to it. St. Margaret Foundation President Mary Lee Gannon said that …

Aspinwall seeks funds to begin Brilliant Avenue intersection work

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials hope to start designing the Brilliant Avenue intersection alignment by the end of the year. Officials plan to realign Brilliant Avenue with the entrance to Aspinwall Riverfront Park to improve safety at the park entrance. Borough manager  Melissa …