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Vincentian Academy looks at expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
About $16 million worth of capital improvements could be coming to Vincentian Academy in the next five years if the Catholic school in McCandless secures …

Pine-Richland officials look to improve curriculum consistency

By Rachel Farkas
A new curriculum review process at Pine-Richland aims to tighten instructional consistency and align curriculum to the new Pennsylvania Core Standards. Pine-Richland Superintendent Brian Miller said the goal is to create consistency across classes and buildings while retaining a teacher’s …

Absenteeism of North Hills School Board member causes concern

By Kelsey Shea
Regular absences of one the North Hills School Board member is frustrating some of his colleagues. Board member Jeff Meyer has missed 14 meetings since Aug. 19, 2013. He attended two board meetings in person and phoned into one meeting …

All that Jazz Shaler North Hills Library hosting concert

By Bethany Hofstetter
Shaler North Hills Library is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a new addition to the annual Jazz Extravaganza concert — an art show. “I wanted to actually connect all the arts,” said Marie Jackson, head of library adult …

Hampton considers adding guidance counselor at high school

By Bethany Hofstetter
Hampton Township School District officials are considering a proposal to add a fourth counselor to the high school guidance department as they review the 2014-15 budget. High School Principal Jeff Finch, who will take over as assistant superintendant July 1, …

Annual North Hills Interfaith Gathering to celebrate different traditions

By Laurie Rees
Kalyani Vats is a Buddhist who attended a Christian school and married a Hindu. “All faiths are the same,” said Vats, 51, of Gibsonia. “They all instruct us to be good human beings and to be helpful to one another.” …

Student activity fee at Pine-Richland could be raised

By Rachel Farkas
The Pine-Richland School Board is looking at increasing the student activity fee and setting guidelines to determine what activities require a fee. District administrators suggested increasing the fee from $80 to $100. Currently, the activity fee is a one-time flat …

West View schedules neighborhood cleanup day for April 26

By Kelsey Shea
West View officials plan to follow up the borough’s usual spring cleanup with new trees for the business district. The borough will have a neighborhood cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon April 26. Those interested in helping pick up garbage …

Shaler sets summer paving plan

By Bethany Hofstetter
While the severe winter reduced the amount Shaler Township officials were able to budget for this year’s road-paving project, crews still will repave close to …

Franklin Park man presents program that examines seedier side of Hollywood

By Deborah Deasy
Actress Natalie Wood was 43 when she drowned off the California coast after a boat trip to Santa Catalina Island in November 1981. But her …

Hampton, Pine, Richland named Banner Communities

By Deborah Deasy
Elected officials in Hampton, Richland and Pine took a collective bow this month for leading model municipalities. The Allegheny League of Municipalities, or ALOM, recently …

Unused West View land to become green solution for stormwater runoff

By Kelsey Shea
A partnership between West View and Alcosan will turn a piece of unused land on Center Avenue into a garden designed to keep 250,000 gallons …

Shaler OKs green overlay district to promote riverfront

By Bethany Hofstetter
Shaler and O’Hara townships are the latest municipalities to approve a green overlay district to help promote development along the Allegheny River. Creating the green …

Hampton woman, Aspinwall man team to help small businesses succeed

By Deborah Deasy
Enterprising Sarah Mayer of Hampton knows the pitfalls that imperil small businesses. “They’re all working really hard to make a living,” she said. “One thing …

Photo Gallery: Cherry Blossom Festival at North Hills Art Center

By Tribune-Review
The North Hills Art Center, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Sakura Project, had a Cherry Blossom Festival on March 29. In Japan, various festivities mark …

Pine taking steps to alleviate traffic at busy intersection

By Deborah Deasy
Wheels are turning to ease rush-hour congestion at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Route 910 in Pine. Pine supervisors voted April 7 to acquire a sliver of property near the intersection to accommodate new traffic signals at the crossroad. …

Photo Gallery: St. Teresa of Avila School sixth-grade tableaus

By Tribune-Review
St. Teresa of Avila School sixth-graders had a dress rehearsal April 10 to prepare for their annual presentations of tableaus showing the story of Jesus’ …

McCandless man sues Heidelberg police over arrest

By Tribune-Review
A McCandless man who owns a tree service claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that Heidelberg police lacked probable cause for his April 2012 arrest on fraud charges. Heidelberg police Chief Vernon Barkley charged Mark Kinsella with three counts …

Ross man arrested on child porn charges

By Tribune-Review
A Ross man is accused of downloading child pornography, state investigators announced Monday. Agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Child Predator Section arrested Hart Williams, 28, on Friday following a one-month investigation. He is charged with 15 counts of possession …

Probation officer of suspect in slaying of North Allegheny graduate resigns

By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis probation officer has resigned amid criticism that he failed to report violations by a 16-year-old who was later charged with killing a North Allegheny graduate. Court documents show Simeon Adams remained free for a month while …

‘Road Show’ explores evolution of North Hills

By Laurie Rees
The Northland Public Library and the Franklin Park Parks and Recreation Department are inviting residents on a road trip through local history that doesn’t require …

Ross woman charged with theft from medical practice

By Michael Hasch
A Ross woman was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $100,000 from a North Side medical practice where she was responsible for depositing funds into the practice’s bank account. Maria P. Bonacci, 52, an employee of The Pennsylvania Heart Group …

Huckabee to be honored as St. Barnabas Hance Award winner

By Deborah Deasy
TV talk show host Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, is St. Barnabas Charities’ 2014 Hance Award winner. Huckabee, also a bass guitar player, Southern …

Ross first-graders learn the importance of protecting their heads

By Kelsey Shea
Inspired by a teacher’s head injury, first-graders at Ross Elementary have gotten serious about protecting their brains. In fact, some of them chose to wear …

Page Turners group at Shaler North Hills Library open to all readers

By Bethany Hofstetter
The Shaler North Hills Library is expanding its programs to ensure people of all abilities have the opportunity to engage in book discussions. Page Turners, …

Hampton museum exhibit helps tell story of the Civil War

By Deborah Deasy
Battle of Gettysburg hero Strong Vincent — an Erie County attorney who mobilized Union troops on Little Round Top — is among the life-size, life-like …

Hip-hop concert at La Roche paired with benefit food-truck rally

By Laurie Rees
Events this month at La Roche College in McCandless will feature live music and food trucks — all for entertainment and a good cause. The …

Pine teen helps with online journal that reaches students across nation

By Rachel Farkas
When Shady Side Academy sophomore Shaan Fye isn’t busy with debate or sustainable development, he’s helping run an online journal with students from across the …

Local churches come together to present passion play

By Laurie Rees
Representatives of several local churches are joining together to bring an often-told story to life. “You can read a Bible passage many times, but until …

Revamped music room at Shaler Area Elementary hits the right notes

By Bethany Hofstetter
Music education at Shaler Area Elementary School is about more than learning a song or musical notes and the classroom finally is reflecting that. Shaler …

History of helping has Wolf ready to lead North Hills Community Outreach

By Deborah Deasy
A soprano who first worked at Winky’s — the former fast food chain — is the new executive director of North Hills Community Outreach. The …

Photo Gallery: St. Alphonsus Parish fish fry

By Tribune-Review
St. Alphonsus Parish’s annual Lenten fish fry takes place Fridays through April 18. St. Alphonsus is at 201 Church Road in Pine Township. Hours are …

Pine-Richland students, parents learn about college admission process

By Rachel Farkas
Motivational speaker and education advocate Peter Van Buskirk illuminated the college admission process for an audience of more than 100 Pine-Richland students and parents with …

A.W. Beattie gets ‘thumbs up’ in robotics

By Bethany Hofstetter
By pressing a button and opening and closing his hand inside a wired glove, Alex Burns brings to life a robotic hand that mimics every …

Photo Gallery: Rocket project at North Hills High School

By Tribune-Review
Students in the “Engineering Drawing and Design 2” class at North Hills High School in Ross Township recently built and launched rockets. …

Photo Gallery: Pep rally at St. Sebastian School

By Tribune-Review
At St. Sebastian School in Ross Township, pep rallies aren’t just for athletic events. On March 27, the school had a pep rally to encourage …

McCandless mother ruled unfit for trial, sent to state hospital

By Adam Brandolph
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer is depressed, psychotic and suicidal, making her unfit for trial on charges that she drowned her two youngest sons in a bathtub …

Drowned sons of accused McCandless mother Schlemmer could become organ donors

By Luis Fábregas
Organs and tissue from two McCandless boys whose mother is accused of drowning them might be used for transplants, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. Officials would not say which organs 6-year-old Daniel and 3-year-old Luke Schlemmer donated, …

Drowning of 2 boys defies explanation, North Park Church pastor tells flock

By Bobby Kerlik
North Park Church pastor Dan Hendley told his packed service on Sunday that he couldn’t explain the actions of a mother in their congregation accused …