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Budget includes several Aspinwall donations

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Aspinwall officials have divided up its annual donations to local nonprofit groups.

The 2013 budget included $10,000 for local organizations, the same as the 2012 budget. This year, the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel will receive the most money with a $4,000 donation. The library also has a branch in Sharpsburg.

Foxwall EMS service will receive $2,000 in funds. The company serves Aspinwall and neighboring communities. The Aspinwall Civic Association and Riverfront Park will each receive $1,000.

The borough opted to include two new groups in its donations. All of Us Care will receive $1,000 and Free Rides for Seniors will receive $500.

Councilman Kevin Gordon said All of Us Care has regularly requested assistance from the borough.

“They've been around a long time,” Gordon said.

The Sharpsburg-based organization works to prevent crime and substance abuse among children. Gordon said the Pittsburgh North Optimists Club, which has done work for the Aspinwall area in the past, have supported the group.

“They're strong supporters of All of Us Care,” Gordon said.

Free Rides for Seniors offers transportation for residents in the Aspinwall area who are 60 and older along Freeport Road. The service is based in O'Hara.

The borough will not use the fund for community events, including the annual trick or treat night, but funding for that is available in the budget, Gordon said.

The remaining $500 in the account will be saved for flowers for funeral arrangements if needed, Gordon said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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