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Penn Hills Library director introduces kids to ‘talking’ drums

By Patrick Varine
Tyrone Ward has more than three decades of experience making his drum “talk.” Ward, executive director at the Penn Hills Library, is a percussionist, and …

Penn Hills police will hold first of new crime-prevention meetings, focus on ID theft

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills Police Crime Prevention Division will hold an open meeting for all residents today (April 24), at 7 p.m. on the second-floor social hall at Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department No. 227, 125 Universal Rd. The primary topic …

Penn Hills council meeting cancelled

By Tribune-Review
The regularly-scheduled April 21 Penn Hills council meeting has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will take place May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber at the municipal building, located at 12245 Frankstown Road. For more information, visit …

Verona’s Steel City Rowing Club fundraiser to showcase ‘garage brewers’

By Patrick Varine
Dean Hornsby already knows a lot about beer. Hornsby, 44, of Oakmont, works for a craft-brew supply company, so it seemed appropriate that family members would buy him a home-brewing kit for his birthday. What surprised him was how much …

Film Forward series dives deeper into documentaries

By Patrick Varine
Bringing people together through the power of film is an exciting prospect for Scott Almendinger of Oakmont. Almendinger, 25, is part of Man and Camera, a filmmaking team based in the Pittsburgh area. He will also serve as one of …

PHSD will make up cancelled school day on Easter Monday

By Tribune-Review
Penn Hills School District officials announced that Easter Monday, April 21, will serve as an additional makeup day for students and staff. For more information, visit www.phsd.k12.pa.us. …

Penn Hills Library patrons may find a surprise on the shelves: eggs!

By Tribune-Review
The Easter Bunny — or at least the Penn Hills Library staff — is hiding Easter eggs on shelves throughout the library April 14 to 17. “We want our grown-up patrons to have some holiday fun,” said staff member Janet …

Penn Hills School District eyes $5M budget shortfall

By Patrick Varine
At the outset of planning for the 2014-15 school year, Penn Hills School District officials are looking at ways to deal with a roughly $5 million shortfall. At the school board’s finance committee meeting on Monday night, Business Director Rick …

Penn Hills council will vote on $18M borrowing proposal on Monday

By Tribune-Review
Penn Hills council will vote on borrowing $18 million at tonight’s (April 7) council meeting, in order to undertake a refunding project as well as to finance capital improvements. Municipal Manager Moe Rayan could not be reached to comment on …

Penn Hills Library restricts hours during holidays

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills Library will be closed on the following days: • April 13, in observance of Palm Sunday. • April 18, in observance of Good Friday. • April 20, in observance of Easter. For more information, call the library …

Penn Hills track teams sweep 400-meter relay at Tri-State Championships

By Tribune-Review
A relay team of Penn Hills girls took first place in the 4x400-meter relay this weekend at the Tri-State Championships, held April 5 at West Mifflin High School. The team of Jayda Berry, Terri Collington, Chances Foy, Seraya Steward and …

Penn Hills team takes first place at battery-car competition

By Patrick Varine
Atalia Pleskovitch, 11, of Penn Hills wasn’t going to let her older sister outdo her. So when the Linton Middle School student saw her sister …

Penn Hills students put modern spin on Oz with ‘The Wiz’

By Patrick Varine
Adam Rayan wasn’t interested in being a clunky Tin Man. He wanted to be a funky Tin Man. The Penn Hills junior will have his …

Penn Hills man recognized as one of governor’s ‘Everyday Heroes’

By Patrick Varine
Bill Neal Jr. has a good sense of what it means to be invested in your community. His family has been in the Penn Hills …

Penn Hills School District offers early-retirement package for some staff

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills School District teachers have the option to take an early-retirement package that the school board approved at its March 24 meeting. The package consists of 10 years of health care, where the coverage level will remain at the …

Concert to benefit scholarship in memory of Penn Hills English teacher

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills School District English teacher Ken Greene died in February 2013, but if Bobby Fello of Penn Hills has his way, Greene’s memory will …

Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame prepares for Class of 2014

By Tribune-Review
Each week in April, the Progress will partner with the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to present biographies of this year’s inductees. The induction …

Boyce no longer among proposed dek rink locations

By Patrick Varine
Boyce Park will not be the location of a new dek hockey rink as Allegheny County officials originally announced last fall. Officials from the county, Highmark and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation confirmed on March 25 the park will not be …

Penn Hills designer’s work to be featured at benefit

By Patrick Varine
For Cary Heard, 20, of Penn Hills, being what he called “normal and boring” is not an option. “Live your life like it’s golden, not …

PennDOT set to begin work on Hunter Road in Penn Hills

By Patrick Varine
PennDOT crews are working on a closed portion of Hunter Road in order to repair a large buckle caused by drainage issues. Work crews placing …

Teen violinist to tour with National Youth Orchestra

By Patrick Varine
When it came to picking up a musical instrument, Inori Sakai started out simply wanting to be like her sister. The Ellis School senior and …

Penn Hills native recognized by Pitt for community service

By Patrick Varine
Felix Catlin, 52, of Penn Hills was recently given the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Community. Catlin was …

Penn Hills High School seniors honor ’97 graduate, Purple Heart recipient

By Patrick Varine
After Theron Wade’s library science class read a chapter from Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War story collection, “The Things They Carried,” students were surprised to learn …

Forbes Elementary students don ‘Heavenly Hats’ for cancer charity

By Patrick Varine
A Wisconsin-based cancer charity is taking its hat off, to thank Forbes Elementary students for putting their hats on. Forbes third-graders last week held a …

Penn Hills’ Linton Middle School goes ‘under the sea’ with ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’

By Patrick Varine
The stage at Linton Middle School is reminiscent of an expensive home aquarium. Towers of what appear to be coral, barnacles and sea anemones run …

Toastmasters celebrates 90 years of building confidence

By Shawn Annarelli
It can be easy for a public speaker to feel alone in a room full of people, as every person is watching and listening to the speaker’s every action. What if you stutter, stammer, slip — or worse — go …

Penn Hills gifted-education group gearing up for ‘Super Saturday’

By Patrick Varine
Members of the Penn Hills chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, or PAGE, are gearing up for a second “Super Saturday,” full of …

Fire rips through Verona apartment building

By Braden Ashe
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire on Sunday that ripped through the roof of an apartment complex across from the Verona …

Photo gallery: Star Wars Day fundraiser at Linton Middle School

By Tribune-Review
The Star Wars galaxy descended on Linton Middle School in Penn Hills once again this year, as members of Garrison Carida joined students and parents …

Dek hockey players have range of options in Penn Hills

By Patrick Varine
It’s shaping up to be a lively summer for any Penn Hills resident with an interest in dek hockey. A new league, a new rink …

D’Andrea, Penn Hills residents sign settlement agreement

By Patrick Varine
After legal battles and more than $12,000 in taxpayer money spent in the past seven years, the matter of Joseph D’Andrea’s proposed property expansion is …

Linton will host town-hall meeting to discuss transportation

By Tribune-Review
Linton Middle School in Penn Hills will host a March 17 town-hall meeting to hold a discussion about school-district transportation plans in the 2014-15 school year. District officials and the school board are in the process of terminating a contract …

Penn Hills transportation undergoes second round of outsourcing

By Patrick Varine
Prompted by ongoing complaints and concerns with its transportation provider, Penn Hills school board officials will transfer some bus routes through the end of the 2013-14 school year to other bus companies. Board members voted 6-2 on Monday night — …

Penn Hills Council enacts one-time sewer amnesty program

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills council voted unanimously at Monday night’s council meeting to institute a one-time amnesty program aimed at addressing the large number of residents who received collection letters last year for five-year-old delinquent sewer bills. About 700 residents received collection …

Allegheny River Boulevard reopened after landslide

By Matthew Santoni
Allegheny River Boulevard has reopened following a landslide in Lincoln-Lemington, authorities said. Rocks and mud blocked the outbound lanes close to Washington Boulevard shortly after 3 p.m. Pittsburgh police and public works crews closed all lanes with barricades between Washington …

Donor name to be stripped from Penn Hills library

By Bobby Kerlik  and Shawn Annarelli
Penn Hills Council voted this week to remove the name of a late businessman and philanthropist from the library because his estate failed to follow …

At Penn Hills High School, ‘Oz’ will be ‘trashy’

By Patrick Varine
Kala Lorey wants your trash. But only certain pieces of it. Lorey, the drama and music director at Penn Hills High School, will help her students put on “The Wiz” as the high-school musical this spring, and this year’s musical …

Parkway East sign improvements near Penn Hills begin Monday night

By Tribune-Review
Overhead sign improvements on I-376 (Parkway East) in Allegheny County will begin on Monday, March 3, PennDOT officials announced on Thursday. Work requiring intermittent single-lane closures in both directions will occur from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the Pennsylvania …

Penn Hills man convicted in slayings of mother and son, wounding a third

By Adam Brandolph
An Allegheny County jury on Tuesday convicted a Penn Hills man of fatally shooting a mother and her son nearly two years ago and wounding a third person. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth Lazarra will sentence Andre Lamar Olive …