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Monroeville technical school not your father’s shop class

By Karen Kadilak
Students in machine tool technology classes at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville expect to have more career choices when engineering is incorporated …

‘Hit list’ could result in expulsion beyond this school year for Gateway student

By Kyle Lawson
A Gateway Middle School student who was accused last week of writing a “hit list” is prohibited from school grounds for the foreseeable future, officials said. Superintendent Nina Zetty said Monday the administration would recommend that the school board prohibit …

Cost cited as reason for pulling police officer from Gateway Middle School

By Kyle Lawson
The only police officer stationed at Gateway Middle School could be reassigned as a patrol officer by the end of this school year. Gateway School District officials informed parents of the potential loss on April 14, less than a week …

Monroeville’s rival hospitals come in handy

By Kyle Lawson
When UPMC announced plans in 2009 to build a hospital in Monroeville, many critics argued that the nonprofit health care organization would better serve the region by building somewhere other than a community that already had a hospital. But after …

Police say Gateway Middle School student compiled hit list

By Michael Hasch
Police removed a Gateway Middle School student from the school on Thursday after his parents notified officials that they found a hit list with the names of fellow students in his room, according to a letter the principal sent to …

Woman dies after car-truck crash on Turnpike

By Michael Hasch
A Greensburg woman died Thursday after a car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer as both vehicles were approaching the toll area of the Monroeville exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, state police said. Lucille Nicasio, 83, died at 2:48 …

Cosplay makes fans part of the show

By Kyle Lawson
Maia Bryant is looking for a man in spandex and face paint. As Bryant meandered through a crowd of caped crusaders and anime characters at …

Monroeville Council cuts zoning board from 5 to 3 members

By Kyle Lawson
The five-member Monroeville Zoning Hearing Board was reduced to three members Tuesday, despite accusations of political hubris. Councilman Paul Caliari, liaison to the zoning board, said he spearheaded the reorganization of the board because a five-member board was unnecessary. He …

Monroeville officials initiate investigation —into previous investigation

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville Council has approved an investigation of an investigation. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire CSI Western Pennsylvania to determine if a 2013 investigation that a former majority of council had initiated was flawed. That 2013 internal investigation was conducted …

Monroeville weighs action on allegedly flawed probe into 911 computer system

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville Council will decide next week whether an investigator will be hired to examine a probe into allegations that unauthorized individuals accessed information through the community’s 911 dispatch computer system. A move to potentially launch a new investigation was criticized …

Gay-friendly church moves to Monroeville

By Kyle Lawson
In a community already packed with religious diversity, a new church in Monroeville is welcoming Christians who otherwise might shy away from a traditional church …

Taking it personally: Monroeville zoning board could shrink

By Kyle Lawson
The five-member Monroeville Zoning Hearing Board could be reduced to three members this month, and one board member says the move is personal. Monroeville council members said downsizing the board would reduce costs, in the wake of the municipality’s second …

DAR to honor Gateway’s Mark Wallace as outstanding teacher

By Kyle Lawson
Gateway teacher Mark Wallace will receive a state award this month from an organization that shares his passion for American history. The Daughters of the …

Monroeville officials happy with findings of health care investigation

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville officials were happy to learn Monday that a federal investigation has determined that the municipality did not violate a federal law designed to protect people’s health care information. In a March 21 letter to municipal officials, the U.S. Department …

Gateway parents criticize communication after so-called ‘hit list’

By Kyle Lawson
A few Gateway Middle School parents awoke to a troubling text message Friday morning because a school police officer confiscated a so-called “hit list” from three students the day before. Principal Tony Aquilio sent the text about midnight only to …

Garden Club Federation’s annual state convention blooms in Monroeville

By Melanie Donahoo
The 84th annual Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania convention, which runs from April 6 to 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, is …

Gateway teachers, officials make no progress in contract talks

By Kyle Lawson
A meeting this week between Gateway teachers and district officials was short and unproductive, with neither side budging on salary or health care issues, sources said Tuesday. The March 24 meeting was the second in three weeks, after the current …

Work on Third Street bridge in Pitcairn to begin soon

By Kyle Lawson
As spring approaches, so does roadwork in lower Pitcairn, as borough officials plan to seek bids for an upcoming project on Third Street. Repairs to the small bridge on the street are scheduled to begin within the next 30 days …

No violation of privacy laws in Monroeville, feds say

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville leaders did not violate a federal law designed to protect individuals’ health care information, officials said on Monday. In a letter to municipal officials dated March 21, the Department of Health and Human Services said its Office of Civil …

Pitcairn electricity surcharge to fund volunteer firefighters, police

By Kyle Lawson
Pitcairn residents who buy electricity from the borough soon will be charged an additional $5 each month to help fund the borough’s emergency services. Council voted unanimously last week to impose the fee as soon as possible. Borough manager Annette …

Three Gateway Middle School students disciplined in ‘hit list’ incident

By Kyle Lawson
A few Gateway Middle School parents awoke to a troubling text message on Friday morning because a school resource officer confiscated an alleged “hit list” from three students the day before. Principal Tony Aquilio sent the text about midnight only …

At Western Pennsylvania ski areas, snow leads way to ‘wonderful’ winter

By Aaron Aupperlee
By some measures, winter at the Boyce Park ski area was too successful. The Allegheny County-owned ski, snowboard and tubing hill in Plum ran out …

Construction begins on Route 22 Chipotle

By Kyle Lawson
Work crews are laying the groundwork this week for a new Chipotle Mexican Grill on William Penn Highway, across from Miracle Mile Shopping Center. The …

Winter has taken hard toll on Monroeville roads

By Kyle Lawson
Extreme temperature fluctuations and repeated snowfall has done more than drain Monroeville’s road salt supplies this winter. Monroeville Public Works employees have been forced to deal with some potholes over and over again, due to freezing temperatures and the direction …

Gateway teachers, district to meet Monday

By Kyle Lawson
While negotiations between Gateway School District teachers and officials are to continue next week, school director Chad Stubenbort asked both sides this week to consider teachers’ current salaries. “People have told me rumors are flying around as to how teachers …

Gateway board mulls expanding cyber academy

By Kyle Lawson
The Gateway School Board is considering a proposal to expand the Gateway Cyber Academy to include all grade levels. A vote is scheduled for March 26. The school board’s curriculum and technology committee has recommended that the district expand the …

Route 286 work to affect Monroeville section

By Karen Zapf
State Rep. Joe Markosek has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for more than 30 years. One of the projects that Markosek, …

Gateway teacher contract talks stall

By Kyle Lawson
Contract negotiations between Gateway teachers and district officials have stalled in recent weeks as teachers discuss their options moving forward. “There’s always the option of a strike, but nobody on my executive team wants to see that,” said Mike Krestar, …

Library tax question to appear on Monroeville ballot

By Kyle Lawson
Voters will decide this spring whether to establish a dedicated tax to fund Monroeville Public Library. Members of the library board submitted to Monroeville Council on March 6 a petition signed by more than 400 people who support the idea …

Monroeville approves tax hike

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville property owners stand to pay higher taxes this year. Council on Tuesday approved a 1.57-mill tax rate increase. Last year, a half-mill increase resulted in a 2.431-mill tax rate. The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay …

Advisory board calls for bus service at Forbes Regional

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville residents in need of public transportation to Forbes Regional Hospital are out of luck for the foreseeable future, despite the efforts of the newly formed Monroeville Human Needs and Resources Board. A Port Authority of Allegheny County bus route …

Voters to decide on library tax in Monroeville

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville voters will decide on May 20 whether to approve a special tax to fund the Monroeville Public Library on Gateway Campus Boulevard. Library supporters are asking for a one-mill tax, which would increase taxes by $100 annually for the …

Monroeville Council adopts 2014 budget, raises taxes

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville property owners will pay more in taxes this year. Council on Tuesday approved a 1.57-mill tax rate increase. Last year, a half-mill increase resulted in a 2.431-mill tax rate. Council voted 7-0 in favor of the $29.4 million budget, …

Pitcairn considers options for Fire Company No. 1

By Kyle Lawson
A community discussion about the fate of Pitcairn’s two fire companies is scheduled to continue tonight, Thursday, in the Pitcairn Borough Building. A handful of ideas to pull Pitcairn Fire Company No. 1 out of debt have been presented to …

Internal review board clears Monroeville officer in shooting; DA investigation ongoing

By Kyle Lawson
Monroeville officer Matt White returned to duty on Feb. 9 after police said he traded shots with a gunman in December. An internal review board that included the Monroeville supervisor of detectives, patrol supervisor and training officer cleared White of …

With low salt, Monroeville conserves usage

By Kyle Lawson
For the first time this winter, some Monroeville streets were left unsalted during a snowfall last weekend, as municipal road salt supplies dwindled to 200 tons, public-works director Mike Adams said Tuesday. “We were conserving,” Adams said. “We were doing …

Former WorkLink bus service revives as Heritage Community Transportation

By Matthew Santoni
Working commuters in 11 transit-poor communities in the Mon and Turtle Creek valleys hopped aboard expanded bus service on Monday. Braddock-based nonprofit Heritage Community Initiatives …

Pittsburgh Golf Show returns to Monroeville Convention Center

By Melanie Donahoo
Even if the weather is cold and snowy, for some people, the annual Pittsburgh Golf Show — which starts Friday and runs through Sunday at …

Roof condition prompts talk of relocating Pitcairn borough office

By Kyle Lawson
The condition of the Pitcairn borough building’s roof has forced officials to seek a new location for the police department and administrative offices. Repairs to …