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Craft beer craze taps the Eastern suburbs

By Kyle Lawson
When two strangers find common ground over a craft beer, bar owner Dan Hadley is reminded of why he first got in to the business. …

Transition to new parent web access for Gateway student information rocky

By Gideon Bradshaw
A new parent portal that gives web access to Gateway students’ grades and class information is prompting complaints and frustrations. Gateway administrators plan to consider alternatives to the district’s student-information service. Gateway School District adopted I-Pass, a software package designed …

Gateway students made scarves for women undergoing cancer treatment

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway teacher April Dull said a project to help breast cancer patients under way in one of her classes might have special relevance for the …

Voting locations in Monroeville, Pitcairn

By Tribune-Review
Here’s the list of local polling places for the  Nov. 4 election. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The Allegheny County Division of Elections can be reached at 412-350-4500. If you are not sure where …

North Huntingdon youth group volunteer waives hearing on child porn charges

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges that he kept a cache of child porn in the house he shared with his wife and daughter. Mark Andrew Patterson, 45, did not comment during his …

New SRO agreement riles some Monroeville officials

By Gideon Bradshaw
A cost-sharing agreement Gateway School District and Pitcairn officials reached months ago for the borough to provide the district with a school resource officer at Gateway Middle School is stoking resentment from some Monroeville officials. “I don’t want residents to …

Monroeville may consider outsourcing of animal-control duties

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville leaders as a cost-saving measure plan to consider privatizing municipal animal-control services. Mayor Greg Erosenko recently called on council to consider alternatives to relying on a public works employee. He said the municipality would save most of the annual …

North Huntingdon church shaken by youth pastor’s child porn rap

By Renatta Signorini
In a voicemail early Thursday, Andrew Mark Patterson of Monroeville expressed remorse to the pastors of the North Huntingdon church where he recently developed a …

Gateway battles declining enrollment

By Gideon Bradshaw
The movement of large employers away from Monroeville and competition from charter schools in and near the district has left Gateway School District with fewer students than the district has had in more than a decade, according to figures provided …

School districts snooze on advice to move back high school start time

By Gideon Bradshaw
English class is the first of the day for Natalee Tommarello, a Plum High School senior. It also is one of the hardest. “I notice that when (the instructor) is teaching the class, I’m daydreaming and dozing off,” she said. …

Pitcairn to begin demolishing blighted homes

By Gideon Bradshaw
The meeting might as well have been set to the tune of “Wrecking Ball” as Pitcairn Borough Council authorized the demolition of 22 properties Monday. Twenty of the properties were among the 32 blighted and unsafe properties the borough officials …

U.S. doctor’s book recounts rescue in Afghanistan in which Norwin graduate died

By Joe Napsha
A Colorado aid doctor, kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2012 and rescued four days later in a raid by special forces, said he grieves for the Navy SEAL from Monroeville who was killed during his rescue. Dr. …

Proposed Monroeville budget holds off on tax increase

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville’s proposed budget for next year includes a $2.4 million spending increase but no hike in the property-tax rate. The $31.8 million spending plan, which municipal Manager Tim Little submitted to council Oct. 16, is 8 percent greater than this …

Penn Hills man arrested for pair of KFC robberies

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police arrested a man they believe is connected with back-to-back KFC restaurant robberies in the eastern suburbs. Maurice Carter, 23, of Penn Hills was arrested on Oct. 16 at his girlfriend’s home in Wilkinsburg. Carter is charged with …

Monroeville bus ridership on the rise

By Gideon Bradshaw
Tara Darrow said lines were shorter when she first started taking Monroeville’s P67 bus to get to her job in downtown Pittsburgh. “We have to …

Gateway School Board rejects later start time for high school

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board on Wednesday rejected a proposal to start classes later at the high school. The members cast the straw poll at a meeting of the board’s safety committee following a presentation by Peter Fanzen, a University of Pittsburgh …

Pitcairn officials plan to demolish blighted housing

By Gideon Bradshaw
Lucas Park asked Pitcairn police to help him inspect an abandoned house on Third Street about a month ago, after he noticed signs that someone might be living there. “I just found it odd that the window was open, and …

Monroeville Library celebrates 50th anniversary blanketed in cozy art

By Gideon Bradshaw
With shelves upon shelves of fiction, there’s no shortage of yarns in Monroeville Public Library. Now there’s no shortage of yarn, either. As part of …

Gateway trades in chemicals for greener options

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District is reducing hazardous chemicals with the help of a private grant. The district is one of 55 Western Pennsylvania schools that have …

Chase suspect, shot by police, arraigned in his hospital bed

By Chuck Biedka
A Monroeville man accused of shooting at four police officers after a 30-mile chase last month in the Kiski Valley was arraigned Wednesday morning in his Monroeville hospital bed. Joshua Benjamin Jesse, 41, of Tyrolia Drive is accused of four …

Monroeville backyard beekeeper enjoys the buzz surrounding the hobby

By Kyle Lawson
Beekeeping in the backyard can take some persuading. Take for example Monroeville resident John Yakim, who described his wife’s reaction to the idea. “She thought …

Monroeville library skips improvements, stays course in funding request

By Gideon Bradshaw
Two original boilers at Monroeville Public Library will have to make it through another winter while library officials rein in a wish list of improvements. Library officials say they won’t ask for additional funding to make up for revenue that …

War memorabilia draws collectors to Monroeville Convention Center

By Gideon Bradshaw
From the blurry scanned image, Michael Kraus wasn’t sure whether the photo portrait of a Union soldier had any value but he decided to buy …

Pitcairn Road to reopen Wednesday

By Gideon Bradshaw
A roughly one-mile portion of Pitcairn Road closed since late last May will reopen 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Pugliano Construction Company, based in Plum, completed the $1 million project on time and within budget, Allegheny County public works officials said …

Monroeville parking lot crash damages parked vehicle and auto service garage

By Gideon Bradshaw
A driver hit a parked vehicle and nearby garage in an accident early Thursday morning. Monroeville police chief Doug Cole said the driver was transported to Forbes Regional Hospital after she crashed into a parked vehicle in the McDonald’s parking …

Paramedics learn how to respond in new CCAC Boyce lab

By Gideon Bradshaw
When Mark Place started working as an emergency responder, instructors used pieces of tape to simulate injuries like compound fractures — a regimen he described …

Gateway shifts administrative personnel

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Gateway School Board approved a series of shifts among the district’s high-level administrative positions during a meeting Monday. School officials promoted Peter Murphy to Gateway High School principal. He previously was the school’s assistant principal. Murphy moved into the …

Volunteers nurture organic garden to boost food pantry variety in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A community organic garden is wrapping up its most productive harvest yet. The Monroeville Food Garden has generated at least 500 pounds of fresh produce …

Gateway School Board opts to hold off on land bank vote

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members want more details before they agree to support a proposed lank bank within the district. The board Monday voted to table a decision whether to opt into plans to join a multimunicipal land bank slated to …

Collapsed Old Ramsey Road slated for repair work

By Gideon Bradshaw
During the winter Monroeville officials are looking to fix Old Ramsey Road, which has been closed more than a year. The municipality is seeking bids …

Route 22 accident snarls traffic

By Tribune-Review
Westbound traffic on Route 22 is being diverted off the highway after two pickup trucks collided at its intersection with Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, near the Monroeville border. Traffic had backed up to the Branthoover Cut-Off, near Export, …

Monroeville spaces out police hires

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville’s police chief is hoping the 16 new hires the department has brought in over the past few years will prevent a retirement bubble of …

Marching band competition slated for Gateway High School

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway High School will host an all-day showdown this month that will decide the top high school marching band in a five-state region. The 17 marching bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, North Carolina and Virginia will play at the …

Vote tabled on expansion of Monroeville Hindu temple at request of its leaders

By Gideon Bradshaw
After drawing some opposition over legal and safety concerns, Monroeville Council tabled a vote on whether to allow an expansion at Sri Shirdi Sai Baba …

Abandoned, stolen items pop up in the strangest places in Monroeville

By Kyle Lawson
If Monroeville had a lost-and-found bin, it would be massive. People who live and work in Monroeville have experienced large, unexpected items changing hands over the years both with and without consent of the original owner. Monroeville resident Kenneth Hagerich …

Sports equipment drive on tap at Monroeville Mall

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Monroeville Mall is collecting sports equipment this month to help a local youth organization. A bin has been placed in the mall food court …

Monroeville Public Library becomes target of heist of more than 200 bestsellers

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Monroeville Public Library is reporting thousands of dollars in books stolen, in a string of thefts that have hit libraries in Allegheny and nearby counties. Interim director Sally Michalski said staff counted more than 200 books with a value …

Marching bands ready to strut at multi-state competition at Gateway High School

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway High School will host an all-day showdown this month that will decide the top high school marching band in a five-state region. The 17 marching bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, North Carolina and Virginia will play at the …

PennDOT bridge inspections to close Parkway East lanes

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT inspections of two Parkway East bridges on Wednesday and Thursday will result in single-lane closures in each direction for motorists on the highway during the day. The lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on …