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Norwin School District considers feasibility of science and technology building

By Dave Rullo
Norwin officials will decide this summer if the district will embark upon a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of a science and technology building. The proposed STEM Center would enable high school students to explore career pathways and work …

North Irwin could tax fire department’s amusements

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Council plans to meet with North Irwin volunteer firefighters to discuss a proposed tax on amusement machines housed at the fire hall. Council member Gina Sonnik at Monday’s meeting suggested a public meeting be set up between the …

Growing architectural firm takes ‘social capital’ approach

By John D. Oravecz
As a nuclear power plant operator aboard the submarine USS Columbia at age 25, Michael Cherock suffered a debilitating injury to his left hand and …

Seinfeld takes Irwin man’s Jaguar for a sip, spin

By Jacob Tierney
Jerry Seinfeld had a problem. He had no luck finding a classic Jaguar for his webshow, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” until his producers got …

Irwin man drowned in Allegheny River, medical examiner’s office says

By Michael Hasch
A man whose body was found floating in the Allegheny River was identified on Thursday as being the man who was swept away last week while wading at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical …

Sweet tooths targeted by Irwin’s Lamp Theatre

By Tony LaRussa
When Marion McFeely saw all the effort that people were putting into refurbishing the Lamp Theatre in Irwin, she wanted to do her part to …

Norwin school buses to add audio recording equipment

By Tony LaRussa
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, audio recordings will be made of activity on Norwin school buses, which already are equipped with video cameras. The audio recordings, which now are allowed by state law, will be made to protect students …

North Huntingdon to remove stop signs in Lincoln Hills

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have given the go-ahead to start the process to remove two of three stop signs at the three-way intersection of Oxford Court and Westminster Drive in the Lincoln Hills neighborhood. The request to remove the signs was …

Upkeep of properties frustrates Irwin neighbors

By Tony LaRussa
Run-down properties near her Palmetto Street home prompted Sally Lust and several neighbors to complain to Irwin officials. “These properties are not just eyesores; they’re a health hazard,” Lust, who has lived on the street for 27 years, told officials. …

North Braddock pizza shop trademark dispute headed to court

By Tony LaRussa
Pizzaioli, be warned: If the sign on your shop uses the words “Vincent’s” or “Pizza Park” — or if your menu includes a “Vinnie Pie” — you probably will wind up in court. The owners of the iconic Vincent’s Pizza …

Chief wants cameras to eye Irwin Park drug activity, vandalism

By Tony LaRussa
For vandals and drug users, Irwin Park is more fun at night. At least that’s what Irwin police Chief Roger Pivirotto says. And that’s why Pivirotto is recommending that the borough install a video surveillance system in several areas of …

Irwin man faces charges after altercation

By Tribune-Review
An Irwin man was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a Salem man and woman and threatened to kill them. Police said Joseph Stoll Jr., 18, went to a Salem residence at 1:25 p.m., …

Driver injured, cited after 4-car crash on turnpike near Irwin

By Tribune-Review
State police in New Stanton on Sunday released details from a four-car accident Thursday that involved a state trooper in a patrol car. The accident occurred about 4:55 p.m. at mile marker 70.2 westbound between the New Stanton and Irwin …

Contractors decline to bid; Irwin gives job to public works

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials have scrapped plans to pay a contractor to remodel the borough’s shabby police station and instead are using its own employees to do …

Consulting firm outlines North Huntingdon’s strengths, challenges

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials have long known the community has a number of advantages — and some challenges — when it comes to attracting businesses that fuel the township’s economy. Now they have a blueprint to help focus on what works …

Boy Scout’s hydrant-painting project continues in Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has agreed to allow a Boy Scout to continue a project to refurbish fire hydrants that another Scout in his troop started in May. Jared Harkins, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 252, received the go-ahead …

Norwin to still bus to day care centers next school year

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin officials will hold off on implementing a plan to stop transporting students to and from child-care centers that are outside the attendance boundaries of the child’s assigned elementary school. District officials had announced that the change would begin with …

Environmental group expands to include all of Norwin area

By Tony LaRussa
A group that formed in the wake of a decision to allow Marcellus shale drilling in two North Huntingdon parks is spreading its wings to reach more people concerned with the process used to extract natural gas. The North Huntingdon …

Norwin School Board approves tax hike

By Dave Rullo
Norwin School board last week OK’d a 1.85-mill tax rate increase along with the 2014-15 budget. The $64.1 million budget includes a 4.8-percent increase in expenditures over the current budget. Business manager John Wilson said part of the reason for …

North Huntingdon approves additional seismic testing

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners last week approved a second application to allow seismic testing in the township to determine areas that might contain natural gas in Marcellus shale. Cougar Land Services plans to conduct three-dimensional underground seismic testing on 322 acres …

Pep Boys coming to Norwin Town Square

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners last week approved a pair of measures that will separate the Norwin Town Square shopping center into five parcels and allow for the construction of a new Pep Boys auto service center. The first resolution carved up …

Irwin OKs credit cards for department heads

By Tony LaRussa
Department heads in Irwin no longer will have to dig into their own pockets when they need to make emergency purchases. Irwin Council voted unanimously this month to provide the police chief, borough manager and public works superintendent with credit …

North Huntingdon official suggests disbanding cycle unit

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners declined to vote on a request to disband the municipality’s three-vehicle motorcycle unit based on an assertion that the bikes aren’t being properly utilized and pose a danger to officers. “I know there’s a gentleman from North …

North Huntingdon rezones land in Altman Farms plan

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday approved a request for a zoning change that will allow a developer to build multi-unit housing in the Altman Farms neighborhood. Although people who live near the 35.65-acre former farm off Gina Drive packed a …

Westinghouse lauds Irwin councilwoman Kelly

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Councilwoman Deborah Kelly recently was honored by her employer, Westinghouse Electric, for her community-service efforts. As part of the recognition, the company donates $500 to a nonprofit organization selected by the employee being recognized. Kelly used the money to …

Police to target aggressive driving in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
Police are advising drivers in North Huntingdon to calm down and take it slow. Township police will be on the lookout for aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, tailgating and running red lights on roads from June 30 through Sept. 14 …

Norwin reading program focuses on science, math

By Tony LaRussa
The summer reading program that kicks off this week at the Norwin Public Library promises to be packed with fun activities to keep children sharp while they are out of school. “The goal this summer, as it has been in …

Work will correct storm-sewer problems on 2 Irwin streets

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials plan to spend up to $140,000 this summer to correct storm-water problems on two borough streets. The work, which still must be put out for competitive bidding, will be done primarily along Highland Avenue between Penglyn and Cherokee …

Altman Farms ‘quadplex’ developer seeks North Huntingdon zoning change

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon residents who worry about increase in traffic and the prospect of losing woods and farmland around their properties in the Altman Farms housing plan are protesting a proposed zoning change that would permit the construction of multiunit housing. …

Wet road, bald tires likely played role in fatal North Huntingdon wreck

By Tony LaRussa
Slick road conditions coupled with speed and a pair of bald tires likely were factors in a fatal accident along Route 30 on Friday, according …

Norwin School Board tries to anticipate state budget

By Tony LaRussa
Even after combing through Norwin’s proposed $64.1-million budget turned up some $60,000 in potential savings, the school board is poised to approve a spending plan on Wednesday that requires a tax hike to make up for less state funding than …

Free musical performances on tap for Irwin, North Huntingdon

By Tony LaRussa
Residents and visitors to Irwin and North Huntingdon are going to get an earful this summer. Free performances will be on tap starting this weekend during Irwin’s Ethnic Food Festival and Craft Show along Main Street with nearly 30 crafters …

North Irwin’s emergency management coordinator resigns

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Borough is looking for a new emergency management coordinator. Former coordinator Mark Haradzin resigned from his position on May 12 because he’s too busy with work and school. “When I took the position of EMC for the borough …

North Huntingdon teen raises money to help deaf community

By Tony LaRussa
Three years ago, Mark Downey faced the grim prospect of a life in near silence after a blow to the head while playing street hockey …

Police, teachers use Norwin drill to prepare for attack

By Tony LaRussa
Moments after a trio of police officers with drawn guns stormed through the front doors of Norwin High School, the sound of gunfire echoing through …

Norwin hires assistant principal

By Tony LaRussa
The principal of the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center has been hired to serve as assistant principal of Norwin Middle School. Troy Collier, who …

North Huntington teen to be featured on billboard

By Colin Gabauer
A North Huntington teenager is among this year’s crop of Westmoreland County students to promote their healthy habits on Excela Health billboards. Jason Bevington of …

Norwin aims to add staff

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin’s superintendent says that after three years of trimming finances, the district can’t afford to keep cutting. In fact, he says, it’s time to add to the budget. “Over the past three years, the school board and administration have made …