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Residents, visitors asked not to park along Aspinwall Memorial Day parade route

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Aspinwall police are asking onlookers who gather for the join Fox Chapel-Aspinwall Memorial Day parade to avoid parking along the route.

“It's been a problem,” said Bill Jakovac, American Legion Post 77 adjutant. “The police ask every year and people still seem to park along the streets.”

In its 83rd year, the Memorial Day Observance — this year on May 27 — draws large crowds for the festivities. The parade weaves through the narrow streets of Aspinwall from Commercial Avenue to Eastern, on to Second Street, Lexington Avenue, Fourth Street, Western, Center and back to Commercial at the American Legion Post.

“It impedes the route, when people park along the streets,” Police Chief John Sabol said.

With large groups like the volunteer fire department, baseball teams and scouts that participate, vehicles parked along the route make for a tight squeeze, Jakovac said.

The event will kick off this year with 11 a.m. services led by American Legion Commander Moe Barr.

Officials from neighboring communities will lend a hand, from the Rev. Ken White, pastor of St. Scholastica Parish, reciting the invocation, to the mayor of Fox Chapel, Alex Scott, welcoming the crowd. Guest speaker will be Ronald Hestdalen, the director of the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, who will be followed by Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy students Elizabeth Studebaker and John Rielly placing wreaths at the American Legion monument as well as a salute to the lost veterans.

There also will be a church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday the HJ Heinz Progressive Care Center in O'Hara.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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