TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


Workshop to help Etna, Millvale move toward solar energy

By Tawnya Panizzi
A workshop this week in Etna is aimed at helping people overcome the barriers of going solar. The Solarize Etna & Millvale campaign is one of four in Allegheny County under the Solarize Allegheny project, funded by the Heinz Endowments ...

Penn Hills man ‘beside himself with grief,’ pleads guilty to fatal DUI

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills man involved a fatal car crash while he was drunk two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a three- to ...

Sharpsburg North Canal Street fire investigation continues

By Tom Mcgee
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is continuing to investigate a fire in a Sharpsburg apartment building last week. The fire on North Canal Street broke out at about 4 p.m. Feb. 16. No people were injured because of the fire, ...

Grant money to help UPMC St. Margaret fight youth obesity

By Tawnya Panizzi
UPMC St. Margaret Foundation is set to receive $5,000 to fight obesity in children. The money comes from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation and will be used by the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program to study the associated ...

Shady Side Academy students pass knowledge on to others

By Tawnya Panizzi
Shady Side Academy senior Chloe Zack says a little encouragement can go a long way. Zack, 17, is one of 31 SSA students who will volunteer as a math and reading tutor for children at Urban Pathways Charter School in Pittsburgh. The ...

Sharpsburg considers intern to help with borough business

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg official are looking into having an intern for the summer. The intern from the Local Government Academy would work on creating a list of blighted properties. The borough used an intern last year to help with various projects in the ...

Sharpsburg appoints junior council member

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg’s youths will have a voice in borough affairs. Officials appointed Dominic Magnelli as a junior councilman last week. Officials began accepting applications for the position in December, with the goal of finding someone to represent the young residents of Sharpsburg. Magnelli, ...

Aspinwall Catholic school gears up for Lenten fish fry

By Tawnya Panizzi
Anyone looking forward to fish and chips in the cafeteria at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy should mark their calendars for Friday. For the first time in six years, the school along Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall is offering only one ...

Drake: ‘The Legend’ combines tennis and academia

By Tribune-Review
Byron “Bucky” Phillips gets around. Often, he is found in Harmarville at Alpha Tennis and Fitness, the Mellon Park bubble or Lakevue Athletic Club. He also roams ...

Aspinwall police chief to retire

By Tom Mcgee
After nearly 39 years, Aspinwall police Chief John Sabol is stepping away from police work. Sabol, 62, will officially retire March 1. His final day of ...

Authors of latest diet book have Fox Chapel Area ties

By Tom Mcgee
For their newest cookbook, Bill Staley and Hayley Mason looked back to their first and turned to a family member for help. “Make It Paleo II” ...

Fox Chapel area pastors reflect on the meaning of Lent

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Rev. Diana Harbison believes Lent is a time to quietly appreciate what Jesus sacrificed for his followers. “When I was a kid we always joked ...

Aspinwall’s road paving plan for this year in early stages

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials are hopeful that road paving work can be done earlier this year. Councilman Mark Ellermeyer said officials are reviewing the list of roads that need to be paved and what will be prioritized. Last year, paving wasn’t completed until ...

Fox Chapel man works to secure a sunny future for the community

By Tribune-Review
James “Jim” Pashek knows about ecosystems and relationships in the environment. As chief operating officer of Pashek Associates, designing parks and recreation areas is a natural ...

Fees to use some Indiana Twp. facilities to rise

By Sharon Drake
Changing park fees is one way Indiana Township is getting ready for spring. Rent for the newly-constructed pavilion in Rural Ridge, which sits behind the Kevin Brozek Community Center, was raised $10 to $45. It’s less for residents. Rent for Middle ...

Grant to help build 2 Sharpsburg homes as part of sustainable housing initiative

By Tom Mcgee
Two new homes are coming to Sharpsburg with the help of a grant from a Pittsburgh firm. Bridgeway Capital, a lender that works with small businesses and nonprofits, has given a nearly $50,000 grant to Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone, or ...

Aspinwall shopping for best trash deal

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials hope to award a new contract for garbage and recycling collection next month. Solicitor Steve Korbel said the availability of the contract will be advertised this month. Borough officials are looking for a three-year contract with two option years. ...

Fox Chapel Area could push back start of school next year

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area students could start the fall semester about a week later than usual, to allow additional time for ongoing work at the district’s high school. The school board last week released a draft of a 2015-16 calendar, which ...

O’Hara Elementary to reopen after water damaged classrooms

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara Elementary School is expected to reopen Wednesday after a burst pipe caused school to be closed today. In addition, an orientation session for new parents that was supposed to be tonight has been postponed until 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in ...

Playground designed for use by disabled gets O’Hara’s OK

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara Council approved a plan that will make the township home to the region’s only public adaptable playground. Designed for children with physical limitations, autism or ...

Aspinwall author’s latest mystery released

By Tom Mcgee
The setting for Aspinwall author Martha Reed’s new book may be Nantucket but there is a Pittsburgh feel to this mystery. “The Choking Game” is on ...

Riverfront development proposal needs Sharpsburg, O’Hara, Aspinwall support

By Tom Mcgee and Tawnya Panizzi
The leader behind efforts to create Aspinwall Riverfront Park has her sights set on property farther down the riverfront. Susan Crookston met with officials in Sharpsburg, O’Hara and Aspinwall last week to seek support for a proposal to turn 47 acres ...

Parking officer active in Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials are reminding visitors and residents in the borough that a parking enforcement officer is now working in the community. Sandy Woods began work in the borough last week. She had previously been employed in a similar position in Aspinwall. ...

Plan calls for removal of 300 Camp Guyasuta trees for safety

By Tawnya Panizzi
Two near-misses were enough for Camp Guyasuta Ranger Mike Daniher. “We had two trees fall near tents,” said Daniher, who for 16 years has lived on site at the 130-acre nature reserve in O’Hara, which more than 20,000 campers visit each ...

Aspinwall police to crack down on parking violations

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials are telling police to write more parking tickets. The borough’s parking enforcement officer, Sandy Woods, left Aspinwall at the end of last month to take a similar position in Sharpsburg. Councilman Jim Donahoe said between six to eight parking ...

Fox Chapel United Methodist pastors to hit Sharpsburg streets on Ash Wednesday

By Tawnya Panizzi
Bringing a new twist to an old tradition, the Rev. Tom Parkinson will dole out blessings on Ash Wednesday to those who are too busy ...

Aspinwall Meals on Wheels serving community since 1975

By Tom Mcgee
The kitchen at St. Edward Church starts to get especially busy at about 10:30 a.m. on weekdays. Drivers start arriving to pick up their meals to ...

Aspinwall officer to ride in honor of fallen comrade

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall police officer Shawn McMinn is preparing for another ride to honor those police officers who never made it home. McMinn will participate in the annual ...

Anonymous gift helps Sharpsburg food pantry serve community

By Tawnya Panizzi
It was weeks after Christmas when John Staud got his best holiday gift. An anonymous donor gave $2,500 to the St. Vincent de Paul food ...

Exercise program keeps Sharpsburg seniors on their toes

By Tawnya Panizzi
Ernestine Griffith, 90, says she’s “not big on exercise.” “But I like this,” said Griffith, motioning to a VHS tape titled “Rise Up with Rosie.” The Sharpsburg ...

Women’s Board of Pittsburgh charity bash helps make birthdays special for children in need

By Tawnya Panizzi
Carol Moyer of O’Hara has been attending the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh fundraiser as long as she can remember. It’s a high-end affair with lavish gift ...

Historic Indiana Township church in need of repair

By Tawnya Panizzi
Trinity United Church of Christ this week launched a capital campaign to cover costs of painting and  exterior repairs to the 139-year-old church. The Rev. Linda Miller-Pretz, interim pastor at the Indiana Township church, said the old white building that sits ...

Aspinwall school students focus on community during Catholic Schools Week

By Tawnya Panizzi 9:09 p.m.
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 9:09 p.m.
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 9:09 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 ...