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Aspinwall seeks help collecting ticket fees

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall could look to outside help to collect fees from unpaid parking tickets. Officials are considering allowing Penn Credit to help collect unpaid parking tickets …

O’Hara votes to seek bids for community center

By Tawnya Panizzi
Boyd Community Center Executive Director Stephanie Flom couldn’t contain her excitement last week after O’Hara Council gave the green light to move forward on plans for a new $8.2 million facility. “It’s finally happening,” she said, raising her arms into …

O’Hara, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, Sharpsburg join forces to save on street paving costs

By Tawnya Panizzi
Aspinwall Manager Melissa Lang is aiming to get more bang for the borough’s road budget buck by joining three neighboring municipalities to bid the work. Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, Sharpsburg and O’Hara will collectively seek bids for each of the municipality’s …

Volunteers sought to pull weeds from Trillium Trail

By Tawnya Panizzi
Volunteers plucked 125 garbage bags full of garlic mustard from Fox Chapel’s Trillium Trail last spring, and Maria Harrington is shooting to double that total …

McCormick starred in 3 sports in high school

By Marty Stewart
Bob McCormick, who graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 1970, was a man for all seasons during his high school days. He played …

Blawnox, Indiana Twp., O’Hara roadwork to commence

By Tawnya Panizzi
At least three local projects made it into PennDOT’s $500 million regional road work schedule this summer. They will affect traffic in Blawnox, Indiana Township and O’Hara beginning this spring and lasting through 2015 in some cases. In Blawnox, a …

Gold medalist shares life lessons with Fox Chapel Area’s Dorseyville Middle School students

By Sharon Drake
Gold medalist Dan McCoy visited the Dorseyville Middle School gymnasium April 10 where more than 1,000 students, dressed in red, white and blue and waving …

Fox Chapel Area students show support for Franklin Regional peers

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area High School students created a banner last week for their peers at Franklin Regional High School, the site of tragedy on April …

Aspinwall hires part-time officer

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall hired Walter Salachup as a part-time police officer. He will be paid $12 an hour. Salachup has been an officer since 2012 and currently works for the Indiana Township and West View police departments. Mayor Joe Giuffre swore him …

Shady Side Academy grad died of alcohol poisoning

By Margaret Harding
A Shady Side Academy graduate found dead in a Chicago dorm room died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Chicago police discovered the body of University of Chicago student Nicholas Barnes, 20, on Feb. 15 …

Bed and breakfast plan can move forward in Aspinwall

By Tom Mcgee
Karen Connor can begin to move forward on her plan for a bed and breakfast in Aspinwall. Council voted 4-3 to advertise an update to …

Students’ artwork creates ‘Happiest Hour’ at Adat Shalom preschool in Indiana Township

By Sharon Drake
Parents, grandparents and siblings — while toasting with goblets of chocolate milk — strolled the corridors of Adat Shalom last week during a “Happiest Hour” …

Proposed bed and breakfast in Aspinwall gains traction

By Tom Mcgee
Bed and breakfasts are a step closer to reality in Aspinwall. Council voted 4-3 to advertise an update to its conditional uses in the borough’s zoning district that stretches from Western to Brilliant avenues, known as AR-3. Council members Kevin …

Technology upgrades set for libraries in Sharpsburg, Fox Chapel

By Tawnya Panizzi
After two brief closures this winter, Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel will close one final day this month to wrap up ongoing computer upgrades. …

Recreational boat ride business proposed to Sharpsburg officials

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg could be the place to go for a recreational boat trip. Nicole Moga of Troy Hill wants to open a business, Boat Pittsburgh, in Sharpsburg using the public boat ramp off of 13th Street in the borough. Two pontoon …

Festival committee’s gift to help purchase Sharpsburg fire truck

By Tom Mcgee
The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department got a boost from another community organization to buy a new fire truck. The Guyasuta Days Festival Committee donated $10,000 …

Sharpsburg looks to work with business owners to find solutions for deteriorating sidewalks

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials hope to meet with property owners in the borough’s business district to determine how to repair bricks along the sidewalk. The bricks on …

Final fish fry of season set for Aspinwall Catholic school

By Tawnya Panizzi
Lenten fish fries at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy are as much about serving the community as they are serving up fried platters of …

Fox Chapel resident races to serve the community

By Sharon Drake
Bill Simpson is stepping up his support of the St. Margaret Foundation, thanks to the help of family and friends. Last year, he and his …

Fox Chapel Area school construction project set to start

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area School Board on Monday night awarded contracts worth $30.3 million in anticipation of the high school remodeling project that kicks off next …

Applicants needed for Fox Chapel Area School Board

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Fox Chapel Area School Board needs two new board members. Residents who live in Region 1 can begin applying this week for the school board seats. Region 1 includes Sharpsburg and Wards 2, 3 and 4 of O’Hara Township. …

Proposed community center in O’Hara moves one step closer

By Tawnya Panizzi
Plans for a new community center that will serve Lower Valley residents be closer to reality this week if O’Hara Township Council votes as expected on Tuesday, April 8, to seek bids for the proposed $8.2 million facility. Council meets …

Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church preschool offers art class for children

By Tawnya Panizzi
Children at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church preschool are forgoing finger paints, and instead learning the flamboyant styles of Warhol and Chihuly. In the colorful classroom …

FCA junior set sights on military career

By Sharon Drake
After Andrew Golio finishes his junior year at Fox Chapel Area High School he will leave for the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland and then …

Officials to vote about possibilities of bed and breakfasts in Aspinwall

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials will vote next week on whether bed and breakfasts will be allowed in the borough. The proposal would make bed and breakfasts a conditional use in part of the borough. They would be allowed in the area of …

Aspinwall man recognized for 50 years of Italian radio programming

By Tom Mcgee
The world has gotten smaller since Sal Patitucci took to the airwaves. When Patitucci first began broadcasting his Italian radio program almost 50 years ago, …

Riverfront plan for Blawnox remains murky

By Tom Mcgee
Developing a riverfront area in Blawnox is still a goal of the borough’s planning commission chairman but he’s no closer to realizing that dream. Richard …

Despite expansion, St. Margaret rehab has few rooms available

By Tawnya Panizzi
Despite an expansion just four months ago, the UPMC St. Margaret Rehabilitation Institute near Aspinwall has few rooms available to patients. The facility has maintained …

Font change could save government millions, Fox Chapel student finds

By Adam Smeltz
A trim, more svelte typeface on federal documents would slash the government’s ink expenses and could save taxpayers more than $100 million a year in …

O’Hara woman remembered for dedication to community

By Tawnya Panizzi
Many will remember Elaine Mitsch as the smiling and ever-present face behind the welcome counter at Boyd Community Center, but her reach was far greater, …

Three Rivers Heritage Trail to add section from Aspinwall to O’Hara

By Tom Mcgee
The Three Rivers Heritage Trail will expand from Aspinwall to O’Hara thanks to the efforts of representatives from Friends of the Riverfront, Aspinwall Riverfront Park …

Sign designs to be recommended to Aspinwall officials

By Tom Mcgee
A Carnegie-based design company might make it easier to navigate Aspinwall. Borough officials will recommend hiring KMA Designs to design signs that will guide people through the business district and other sites in Aspinwall. The Carnegie-based firm and Wayfinding Associates …

Sharpsburg continues considering sign rules

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials continue to shape an ordinance for signs in the borough. Council began discussing the possibility of limiting flashing signs last month. Under a possible set of rules, some existing signs would be grandfathered in and could remain. The …

Traffic patterns to change at Fox Chapel Area High School as construction project start nears

By Tawnya Panizzi
Traffic patterns at Fox Chapel Area High School are expected to change March 31 in anticipation of the district’s estimated $46 million construction project that …

Weather adds day to end of Fox Chapel Area school year

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area students will sit through one more day of classes in June thanks to inclement weather this winter. The school board approved a change to the district calendar that makes June 6 the last day of school. District …

Volunteer registration starts for senior event at FC Golf Club

By Tawnya Panizzi
Cold weather aside, it’s time to start thinking about summer days on the links. Volunteer registration opened this week for the Constellation Senior Players Championship, …

Sharpsburg resident hopes to bring skate park to town

By Tom Mcgee
Efforts to develop a skate park in Sharpsburg could get help from the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone, or ARTEZ. Chris Lisowski of Sharpsburg, who has been active in trying to get a skate park in the borough, asked council …

Tax-abatement program could come to Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials will advertise plans for a tax-abatement program in the borough. The program’s goal would be to entice people to fix up blighted properties and bring residents and businesses into the borough. It would apply to improvements made and …

O’Hara zoning change could mean riverfront improvement

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara Council last week tweaked the township’s zoning ordinance to allow for more improvements to property along the Allegheny River. Members approved a riverfront Green Overlay District that will accommodate projects such as trail development. In an overlay district, a …