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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 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 …

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 ...

Police charge third man in fatal shooting of teenager in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Allegheny County Police have arrested a third man in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager at a housing complex in Monroeville. Police charged Darnell Burks, 19, of Monroeville on Thursday with criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen ...

U.S. Marshals task force arrests homicide suspect in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Officers from a federal task force arrested a man wanted for a May 16 homicide Thursday in Monroeville. Trenton Knight, 26, is charged with homicide and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The charges stem from the killing of ...

Area volunteer firefighters to undergo background checks

By Patrick Varine  and Gideon Bradshaw
Parent volunteers at school have to do it. Boy Scout troop leaders have to do it. And once July 1 rolls around, Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters will have to obtain at least two criminal-background clearances and possibly three. More than 20 pieces of ...

Gateway may lay off 8 teachers

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School District administrators have recommended furloughing eight teachers under the proposed budget for the next academic year. The $71.7 million proposed budget includes $68.8 million in revenue, and would draw $2.9 million from the district’s reserves to balance the budget ...

Monroeville zoning board decision may hinge on definition of ‘family’

By Gideon Bradshaw
A lawyer for a Monroeville couple is asking zoning officials to consider that a group of engineers visiting the country for training qualifies as a family under local zoning rules. Under Monroeville ordinance, up to five people who aren’t related by ...

Monroeville cyclist takes part in annual trek to raise money for MS

By Gideon Bradshaw
The first time Alan Iszauk took the more than 100-mile bike ride through the western Pennsylvania countryside, the reason didn’t make a difference. “My first time, ...

Gateway School District mulls background checks on board members

By Gideon Bradshaw
Members of the Gateway School Board said they’d like to go beyond the district’s legal obligations and explore a policy that encourages directors to go through the same clearance processes that some district volunteers must pass. District policy requires “independent volunteers” ...

Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Man convicted in Redstone robbery plans to appeal sentence

By Liz Zemba
A Monroeville man who is serving five to 12 years for an armed robbery plans to appeal the mandatory minimum portion of his sentence as unconstitutional, according to his attorney. But even if Vikram Yamba, 30, wins in Superior Court and ...

Civil War graves reveal brutal toll of war on communities like Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Louis Chandler knew he’d found the right grave when he saw the letters “VO” on the headstone he’d pried out of the ground. The letters meant ...

2 arrested in fatal March shooting in Monroeville

By Tony Raap
Allegheny County police charged two men in connection with a teenager’s shooting death in Monroeville. Deonte Howell, 18, and Javon Peterson, 19, both of Turtle Creek were arrested Tuesday in the March 23 death of Justin Clark, 16, who was shot ...

Monroeville Council notes: Zoning officer retires, CVS and Skyzone approved

By Gideon Bradshaw
Zoning and code enforcement officer Mark Ciufo retired, effective Friday, after 23 years working for the municipality. His base salary was about $67,000. Council approved the temporary appointment of municipal engineer Paul Hugus as zoning officer. Council also approved advertising for ...

Monroeville Council contracts for audit of franchise fees, revised ordinance

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville will pay a private law firm about $12,000 in two agreements related to telecommunications in the municipality. Council voted last week to pay the Cohen Law Group — a Downtown law firm founded by a former Pittsburgh city councilman that ...

Gateway band to perform in Memorial Day parade in D.C.

By Gideon Bradshaw
It won’t be Adam Thimons’ first time in the spotlight when he and 90 bandmates from Gateway High School perform on national television in the ...

Voters oust 3 incumbents from November ballot

By Gideon Bradshaw
Voters in Gateway School District largely favored newcomers and turned down three incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election. Of the four incumbents seeking re-election to Gateway ...

Pitcairn newcomer earns spot on November ballot

By Gideon Bradshaw
Michael Tobias, a newcomer to Pitcairn politics, took the lead in the all-Democrat primary for borough council Tuesday. Six candidates appeared on the Democratic ballot. Councilman Kevin Dick is not seeking re-election this year, meaning council will have at least one ...

Police investigating break-in at Monroeville office of state Rep. Joe Markosek

By Gideon Bradshaw
Police on Wednesday were investigating a break-in at the Monroeville office of state Rep. Joe Markosek, who said that an intruder entered through a window, ...

Pitcairn retiree takes on neighborhood cleanup effort, seeks volunteers

By Gideon Bradshaw
Five years into retirement, Alan Ankney, 65, is spearheading an effort to start a volunteer neighborhood cleanup effort in Pitcairn. On Monday, borough council voted ...

School closing no longer option for Gateway

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members learned last week they missed the deadline to close a school building before the next school year as a way to trim down the budget. Board members and administrators discussed possible school closures throughout April while officials ...

Gateway director says board discussed school closing in private meeting

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board members’ accounts of discussions over possible school consolidation raise questions about whether the board violated the open-meetings law. Board member Bob Elms, who is seeking re-election this year, accused some directors of trying to hold off on public ...

Voter turnout numbers expected to be low in Western Pa.

By Gideon Bradshaw
Voters shouldn’t expect long lines for the May 19 primary. Elections officials expect a small fraction of eligible voters to show up at the polls, which will decide party nominees for the Nov. 3 general election. Turnout generally is lower in ...