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Zombie bridge moves to its final resting place at Heinz History Center

By Gideon Bradshaw
Lying dismembered on the second floor of the Monroeville Mall and surrounded by blood-soaked zombies, a footbridge that has come to symbolize an iconic, homegrown ...

Teen police academy in Monroeville aims to steer youth on straight path

By Gideon Bradshaw
James Miles said he hopes a month-long summer program will help his grandson, Carlos, stay out of trouble. “This will keep him on the straight and narrow,” Miles, 70, of Garfield said. Carlos Miles, 15, is one of about 10 boys in ...

Intended demolition of homes draws questions in Pitcairn

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn spent about $70,000 to buy two properties in what borough officials say is an effort to improve the look of the town’s main thoroughfare. However, the lack of a public vote on the property purchases may run counter to the ...

Gateway drops plans to have students scan ID cards on bus

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District won’t use ID scanners and tablets to help track students on buses when classes resume in August. The scanning cards — which students would use with a card reader as they got on and off district buses — ...

Gateway, other districts wrestle with charter school drain

By Kelsey Shea  and Gideon Bradshaw
School districts desperate to retain students say taking a personal approach can help draw families back into public schools. Leaders in Gateway and Penn Hills school districts announced plans this year to interview families leaving their districts for charter schools, a ...

Senior housing proposal tabled in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Monroeville planning commission voted Wednesday to table a request to rezone residential land on Northern Pike to pave the way for a senior citizen housing complex. The developer, Lancaster Land, a subsidiary of Buffalo-based Clover Group, hopes to build a ...

Photo gallery: North American Martyrs’ summer festival

By Tribune-Review
Threatening weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those at the North American Martyrs 5th annual summer festival. ...

Gateway graduate works on film about women in arts

By Gideon Bradshaw
Jamie Socci’s goal is to create a film highlighting challenges women in the arts face. But the seed of the film wasn’t a political message. The idea for the film instead grew out of the Monroeville native’s friendship with Arizona painter ...

Sensors will help ease traffic jams on Route 22 in Monroeville, Murrysville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A state contractor is working to upgrade signals along part of the William Penn Highway corridor in Monroeville and Murrysville to improve traffic flow. Bronder Technical Services, of Butler County, began installing the InSync traffic-control system in 19 lights along the ...

Pitcairn to push out homes to make way for borough building

By Gideon Bradshaw
Pitcairn officials plan to tear down four aging houses on Broadway Boulevard — a move Councilman Kevin Dick said will provide “a new face for the community” with a new borough building. A tenant who likely will have to move soon ...

Rainy summer draws skimpy crowds at Allegheny County pools

By Gideon Bradshaw
Last Thursday started off with strong attendance at Boyce Park Wave Pool, with more than 160 people showing up for a free swim class. But the ...

Monroeville Council to consider agreement with fire companies

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council was expected to vote Tuesday on whether to adopt a five-year agreement with the municipality’s volunteer fire companies. Under the proposed agreement, the fire companies would continue to provide fire, rescue and emergency medical services in Monroeville. During the ...

PPG to conduct annual butterfly count at Monroeville location

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville manufacturer will hold an event this weekend to help track butterfly populations across the United States and Canada. With the help of attendees, PPG ...

Bus cards concern for Gateway School District

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District is testing out a bus- and student-tracking system this summer touted as a way to streamline routes and keep closer tabs on students. Although the administration is moving forward with the system once students return in August, some ...

New events planned for Monroeville’s July 4 celebration

By Staff Report
Monroeville’s Fourth of July celebration is shaping up with close to 100 entries and some new features for the popular parade that gathers more than 5,000 spectators along the 1.5-mile route on Route 22 and Mall Boulevard on July 4. ...

Pitcairn Patter: Burger Blast on tap from Community Renaissance

By Patti Kemerer
Community Renaissance will be firing up the grill again July 11 for the second Burger Blast of the summer. You’ll find them from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Wall Avenue and Third Street. The ...

Breakfast, lunch prices increase at all Gateway schools

By Gideon Bradshaw
Meal prices at Gateway schools will increase next year. The Gateway School Board approved the $1.8 million cafeteria fund budget for 2015-16 — $12,000 more than the year that just concluded — that raises lunch and breakfast prices in Gateway schools. Lunch ...

Gateway  tax increase, budget cuts irk audience

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Gateway School Board approved an increase in the property-tax rate amid a flurry of last-minute cuts in staffing for next year that drew criticism from district workers. The board passed the 0.4345-of-a-mill increase — which brings the district millage to ...

Car crash damage repaired, Monroeville salon reopens

By Gideon Bradshaw
Dipali Shah said the car that crashed through the wall of her Monroeville salon last fall damaged more than the wall; it disrupted the business she had worked for five years to build. Brows “R” Us closed in October when a ...

Monroeville church to hold service for shooting victims in Charleston

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville church will hold a service Wednesday night to remember the nine people killed last week in a South Carolina church shooting. The 7 p.m. service in the Garden City United Methodist Church on Laurel Drive is nondenominational and …

Security cameras, more police planned at Monroeville Mall

By Gideon Bradshaw
Security cameras and more police officers will monitor activity at the Monroeville Mall, officials said Tuesday, as part of a larger effort to bolster shoppers’ safety. The video surveillance system and additional patrols are among  security upgrades seven months  after the ...

3 injured in crash that ties up Route 22 in Salem for nearly 8 hours

By Renatta Signorini  and Stacey Federoff
A crash on Route 22 in Salem shut down the congested highway for nearly eight hours Tuesday and sent three people — one with critical ...

Gateway approves budget with property tax hike

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board voted Monday raise property taxes .4345 mills as part of the $70.8 million budget for 2015-16. The bump in millage translates into $43.45 for every $100,000 in property value and brings the district tax rate to 19.3264. The ...

Monroeville, Pitcairn join others to apply for grant

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville and Pitcairn have joined a group a municipalities that plans to seek state funds meant to stimulate local development. Councils in both communities voted this month to work with East Pittsburgh, North Versailles, Trafford, Turtle Creek, Wall and Wilmerding to ...

Gateway teachers nix idea of using volunteers

By Gideon Bradshaw
An offer from Gateway School District officials to the district teachers’ union to allow volunteers to take over some of the coaching and other positions the district pays adults to fill hit a wall last week. Gateway Education Association President Michael ...

Monroeville teenager accused of attack with baseball bat

By Bill Vidonic
A Monroeville teenager on Saturday hit a woman in the head with a baseball bat, causing bleeding on her brain, police said. Monroeville police charged Jacob Petkovsek, 17, as an adult with felony counts of aggravated assault, along with reckless endangerment ...

Firefighters to help family with costs for Monroeville woman’s heart procedures

By Gideon Bradshaw
A longtime volunteer firefighter is seeking help with medical costs stemming from a heart condition diagnosed two months ago that has upended her granddaughter’s life. “No one knows how stressful it is on a family — mentally, physically emotionally,” Pat Douglas ...

Registration open for Camp G at new location

By Patti Kemerer
It will be a “Wild Excursion” as Camp G heads to a new camping destination this year, Jumonville, in Hopwood. As it has done for more than 45 years, the organization again will take girls, ages 7 to 16, from ...

Gateway cuts jobs to balance budget

By Gideon Bradshaw
The Gateway School Board voted Monday to eliminate nine teaching positions from next year’s budget as district officials wrestle with a revenue shortfall that persists despite a proposed increase in the property-tax rate. Next year’s proposed budget is $71.6 million. Along ...

Experiencing poverty in test opens eyes about difficulties families face

By Gideon Bradshaw
Social worker Erica Maloney said one of her clients until recently lived in Pitcairn and relied on public transit to go to work in Monroeville’s commercial corridor every day — a round trip of more than three hours. “It takes two ...

Former Monroeville police chief settles lawsuit with municipality

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council voted last week to settle a lawsuit filed by the former police chief. Under the terms of the settlement, Old National Insurance Co., Monroeville’s liability insurance provider, will pay Steven Pascarella, 47, $9,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he ...

Boyce Campus Middle College graduates final class

By Gideon Bradshaw
Cody Stubbs said he wouldn’t still be in high school if it wasn’t for the personal connections he found at Boyce Campus Middle College. “I came ...

Gateway looks  to curb costs of transportation

By Gideon Bradshaw
When Valerie D’Alessandro was growing up in Washington, Pa., school buses wouldn’t pick up her classmates who lived within the city’s boundaries. “I had many, many friends who walked to school,” said D’Alessandro, 43. “Walk zones” around most district school buildings, as ...

Informational meeting on tap for Pitcairn seniors

By Patti Kemerer
Eastern Area Adult Services will hold an informational and assistance session for senior citizens, ages 60 and older, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at  the borough office, 583 Sixth St. A grant is making it possible for Eastern Area to ...

Photo gallery: Gateway High School Class of 2015

By Tribune-Review
Antimarino Stadium was the scene as 297 members of the Gateway High School Class of 2015 graduated on June 4. ...

Monroeville settles lawsuit filed by former police chief

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council voted unanimously Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit with the former police chief. Municipal solicitor Bruce Dice said Monroeville’s insurance provider will pay $9,000 to settle the lawsuit, which Steven Pascarella, 46, filed in July. Pascarella stepped down as ...

Gateway might add pay-to-play fee for sports, band, other activities

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended “pay to participate” fees as high as $100 for sports and other extracurricular activities, but school board members are expressing concern over whether families could afford the fees. “In terms of continuing to offer these ...

Monroeville Council to consider changes to some employees’ benefits

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville Council will consider employee health benefit changes, adjusting benefits for some not covered under union contracts. Council is expected to consider the proposal during the Tuesday meeting. A work session is planned for today . The proposed ordinance would adjust benefits ...

Monroeville postal carriers earn prestigious safety awards

By Gideon Bradshaw
One million miles is equivalent to more than 40 times the earth’s circumference. It’s also a benchmark the United States Postal Service uses for a ...