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Upgrades in store for Fox Chapel Area students

By Bobby Cherry
When more than 4,100 Fox Chapel Area students return to classes Wednesday, some will find new iPads, classes and freshly painted hallways. A nearly $34 million construction project continues at the high school in O’Hara as students and staff will find ...

Work continues on Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara, fall opening eyed

By Tawnya Panizzi
A glance from Powers Run Road at construction of the Lauri Ann West Community Center belies what soon will be an expansive gathering spot for ...

Community garden considered for Blawnox

By Tawnya Panizzi
Leaders of a new community group — I Heart Blawnox — proposed to borough council members Thursday night the idea of a community garden. Director Tracey Russell said the plan would do more than help feed the hungry. “It’s something that could ...

‘I Heart Blawnox’ ministry aimed to rally community

By Tawnya Panizzi
From restaurants and riverfront access to a sought-after hub of antique shops, there’s a lot to love about Blawnox — and members of a Fox Chapel church want to spread the word. Rev. Tracey Russell and a team of volunteers from ...

Turning off some lights could save cash in Blawnox

By Tawnya Panizzi
It’s a little darker for a few hours overnight in Blawnox. In an effort to save money, council this month approved a proposal by member Harry Novicki to power down the community’s decorative light posts at 3 a.m. The change was ...

Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional rank top schools on Niche.com website

By Liz Hayes
Alle-Kiski Valley school officials are wary of the school rankings compiled by Shadyside-based Niche.com, even though most local schools scored better on Niche than on the state-generated performance profiles. Apollo-Ridge Superintendent Matt Curci sums up the generally held view: “Whether looking at ...

Reading with a buddy a joy for O’hara woman

By Sharon Drake
Barb Kengor is one in a million. After retiring from teaching to spend more time with her family, the O’Hara woman has grown her commitment to ...

Route 28 north ramp in Sharpsburg to close for work

By Bobby Cherry
Drivers who use the on-ramp from Freeport Road to Route 28 northbound near the Highland Park Bridge won’t be able to do so at night Aug. 26 and 27. Inlet repair work on the ramp will be force the closure, PennDOT ...

Shady Side Academy returns to 7-day boarding

By Tawnya Panizzi
From new science labs to faster Internet, the 930 students who return to class at Shady Side Academy on Tuesday will see improvements at all three campuses. At the senior school in Fox Chapel, leaders have reinstated the seven-day boarding system. “The ...

Aspinwall Catholic school enrollment grows; technology advances

By Tawnya Panizzi
An increased enrollment and $40,000 in technology upgrades had leaders at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy rolling out the red carpet to welcome students ...

More bridge work detours Indiana Twp. drivers

By Tawnya Panizzi
Another day, another detour for motorists who drive through Indiana Township. PennDOT this week closed the LeFever Hill Road Bridge over Little Deer Creek in the township. The bridge is expected to remain closed through mid-November. The reconstruction project will affect about ...

Move could put vacant Blawnox land on tax rolls

By Tawnya Panizzi
Blawnox soon might be able to get some of its abandoned properties back onto the borough’s tax rolls. Council is expected to vote during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 to join the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program, which ...

Civil War letters lead to O’Hara woman’s book

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara resident Carolyn Wilson unearthed more than nostalgia and history when she found a stack of Civil War-era letters in the attic of her childhood ...

Blawnox zoning change would allow riverfront trails in future development

By Tawnya Panizzi
Blawnox council will revisit the borough’s zoning ordinance to accommodate future riverfront development. Council is expected to vote at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 to codify the existing overlay district ordinance, which members originally approved in 2014. An overlay district ...

Aspinwall Marina to cut back on number of boats it will serve

By Bobby Cherry
Steve Vitale has spent 12 summers on the Allegheny River with his boat docked at the Aspinwall Marina. But this season will be his last. All of the about 100 boaters who store boats in the off-season at the marina last week ...

Fox Chapel Area tells parents that door-to-door business not affiliated with district

By Bobby Cherry
Fox Chapel Area School District leaders on Tuesday notified parents that a door-to-door salesman claiming to do business with the district has no connection with the schools. An American Youth Group Inc. salesman Tuesday morning was soliciting for advertising space in ...

Route 28 off-ramp to Sharpsburg, Aspinwall to close overnight this week

By Melissa Daniels
PennDOT will close the Route 28 off-ramp to Sharpsburg and Aspinwall near the Highland Park Bridge overnight this week. The closure will start at 9 p.m. and last until 5 a.m. the following day beginning Tuesday through Friday night. Traffic ...

Sharpsburg, Aspinwall ramp at Route 28 to detour traffic nightly

By Bobby Cherry
The Sharpsburg/Aspinwall off ramp from Route 28 will close at 9 p.m. Aug. 18 for roadwork, a PennDOT spokesman said. The closure will continue nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday night, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said. Crews will be ...

New Indiana Township public works building expected to be ready for winter

By Tawnya Panizzi
Indiana Township’s new $1.2 million public works building is expected to be complete in time for winter weather. Construction kicked off earlier this year on the garage on Route 910. Crews from Elizabeth-based Swede Construction began erecting the pre-engineered metal building this ...

Freeport Road work to limit traffic Aug. 15, 16

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who use Freeport Road in O’Hara and Harmar will be limited to single-lane traffic this weekend. Lindy Paving crews will be paving the road from 8 p.m. Aug. 15 to 6 a.m. Aug. 16, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said. Single-lane restrictions ...

Boyd Community Center making good on pledge to pay back loan to O’Hara Township

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Boyd Community Center Association is making good on its pledge to repay O’Hara $1.5 million the organization borrowed in 2014 to launch construction on its new facility. The $9.3 million facility — to be known as the Lauri Ann West ...

Indiana Twp. man gets 4 to 8 years in prison for DUI crash that killed teen near Pittsburgh

By Adam Brandolph
One by one, Rikki Fleming’s friends and family walked up to the microphone Thursday to tell Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Thomas E. Flaherty how ...

Photos: Fox Chapel Area band preps for season

By Kristina Serafini
Members of the Fox Chapel Area High School Marching Band are spending the last few weeks of summer preparing for their upcoming season, which includes ...

Photos: Sharpsburg celebrates Guyasuta Days

By Jan Pakler and Stephanie Strasburg
Sharpsburg celebrated its annual Guyasuta Days festival, which included a kids day. The festival wrapped up Saturday, Aug. 8, with fireworks. ...

Neighbor: O’Hara lawyer to discuss civil liberties at library

By Sharon Drake
Kim Watterson is gearing up for a discussion for the Civil Liberties for Grownups program at Cooper-Siegel Community Library. At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, she will ...

Photos: Fox Chapel library group tours Rodef Shalom temple, garden

By Kristina Serafini
Members of the Fox Chapel-based Cooper-Siegel Community Library’s Adventures in the Burg group toured on Aug. 11 the Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden and temple. The ...

Survey says Aspinwall, Sharpsburg residents want trails, dog park

By Tawnya Panizzi
Results of a survey on potential riverfront development show residents in Aspinwall and Sharpsburg want better bike links with the City of Pittsburgh, more walking trails and a dog park. A recap of the survey was released this week by the ...

Fox Chapel grad brings Class of ‘90 back together

By Sharon Drake
Libby Culbertson Ernharth makes connections. “I’m for team anything — always. It allows you to share,” the lifelong O’Hara resident said. Libby is coming off helping connect her classmates from the Fox Chapel Area High School Class of 1990. Last month, class ...

New police chief has Aspinwall community in mind

By Bobby Cherry
David Caplan won’t be sworn in as Aspinwall’s new police chief until Aug. 12, but he has spent the last several weeks meeting community members. “It makes me feel great when I walk in the coffee shop or in the restaurant ...

Refinancing 2010 fire hall bond could save Blawnox $836,000

By Tawnya Panizzi
Blawnox stands to save $836,000 if council votes to refinance a $2.7 million bond originally issued in 2010 to pay for construction of the borough fire hall. “It doesn’t open up money for them now but it is a huge benefit ...

Council to consider bike trail in Blawnox

By Tawnya Panizzi
A state grant awarded to the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone could help accelerate the possibility of a bike trail through Blawnox if borough leaders agree. The development group, also known as ARTEZ, received $55,000 from the state Department of Community ...

Affordable housing on the way to Lower Valley communities

By Tawnya Panizzi
Money from state casinos is expected to help revitalize Sharpsburg and other Lower Valley communities by targeting housing needs and ridding blighted properties. Up to 15 homes will be built for moderate-income families who qualify for mortgages in Sharpsburg, Etna and ...

Annual paving work set to begin in Blawnox

By Tawnya Panizzi
Blawnox’s annual road-paving project is expected to kick off in about a week, with the hope of it being complete by Labor Day. Work will cost $69,850 and target Jackson and Second streets. Motorists should expect both streets to be closed the ...

Photos: Sharpsburg celebrates Guyasuta Days

By Jan Pakler
Despite rain, the annual Guyasuta Days began Aug. 3 and included the traditional crowning of the chief and princess to help kick off the six-day ...

Photos: Adventure program offers zip line rides at O’Hara camp

By Kristina Serafini
A new summer day camp program at Camp Guyasuta in O’Hara gave kids the chance to explore the outdoors. STEM Adventure Day Camp at Camp Guyasuta ...

Aspinwall Meals on Wheels reaching out for new customers

By Bobby Cherry 6:26 p.m.
For 40 years, volunteers have prepared, bagged and delivered some 400,000 meals to homebound residents within the Lower Allegheny Valley. But the nonprofit Aspinwall Meals on ...

O’Hara aims to keep vehicles off RIDC walkway

By Tawnya Panizzi
The new pedestrian trail in O’Hara’s RIDC Park is getting a lot of use — not only by walkers. Township Manager Julie Jakubec said trucks have ...

Presidential candidate Clinton makes campaign stop in Fox Chapel

By Natasha Lindstrom
Hillary Clinton spent Wednesday morning wooing Western Pennsylvania’s wealthy donors and political power brokers at a private fundraiser in Fox Chapel, part of a national ...

Indiana Twp. siblings place in Bible Bowl

By Tawnya Panizzi
Go ahead and quiz them — Caleb and Sarah Langford will probably know the answer. The Indiana Township siblings this month took home second place in ...