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Trafford Rec Board auction marks 25 years

By Chris Foreman
Organizers of the Trafford Recreation Board auction are celebrating their 25th fundraiser on Saturday. The annual event has been the lifeblood of several renewal projects in ...

Trafford hires new borough manager

By Chris Foreman
Another woman with an extensive accounting background will serve as Trafford manager. Trafford Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Rae Ann Tronetti, who runs the Deltron Management Consultants firm. Tronetti, 48, of Latrobe, recently served as interim financial director in ...

Penn Township commissioners, Graziani meet for four-hour session

By Chris Foreman
Over breakfast and coffee at The Lamplighter, all five Penn Township commissioners met in a private, unadvertised “strategic-planning session” in January to help new manager Alex Graziani craft long-term goals for the township. Though Graziani and a commissioner, Paul Wersing, insist ...

Aide accused of throwing shoe at Penn-Trafford special needs student

By Chris Foreman
A Penn-Trafford school aide is accused of dragging a Penn Middle School special-education student on a carpet and throwing one of the girl’s shoes at her during an incident earlier this month. Penn Township police on Thursday filed charges of simple ...

Penn-Trafford school board considers adding $4.1M in bonds

By Chris Foreman
The last piece of the funding puzzle for the remodeling project at Penn-Trafford High School could be finalized over the next month. After reviewing a report Monday from a financial adviser from PNC Capital Markets, district officials said the school board ...

Trafford native writes the book on early rock concerts

By Rege Behe
Pat DiCesare is responsible for one of the greatest — if not the greatest — moment in Pittsburgh music history. When the Beatles performed Sept. ...

Woman charged for holding teen drinking party after video found at Penn-Trafford

By Paul Peirce
A video confiscated at Penn-Trafford High School by a resource officer resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old woman Thursday for holding an underage drinking party in her home this month. Linda Swope was charged with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol ...

Asbestos removed from Penn-Trafford High School

By Chris Foreman
Contractors working at Penn-Trafford High School this month discovered a small amount of asbestos, but officials said there are no health hazards to school staff or students. As part of the schoolwide remodeling, workers found asbestos in two fume hoods and ...

Trafford business helps out Vietnam vet

By Chris Foreman
Ordinarily, Al Pulice strives — and strides — to help local veterans by organizing a cross-state fundraising walk. Now, the Murrysville man is helping needy ex-service ...

Manor trash-collection fees going up

By Chris Foreman
Monthly garbage prices are going up for Manor residents in April as part of the borough’s new contract with Republic Services. Under the terms, which council approved last week, most residential customers will begin paying $14 a month, which is an ...

Drilling hearing begins in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
Though horizontal drilling likely would extend for more than a mile underground from a proposed well pad in northeastern Penn Township, an Apex Energy executive says owners of nearby town houses wouldn’t be disrupted by round-the-clock operations. In the first ...

Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission lot might be subdivided

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board might get the final say on the future of the former PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center, after all. Penn Township Solicitor Les Mlakar said Monday that he will talk with an attorney for the Level Green Volunteer Fire ...

Drilling proposals in Penn Township draw concern of Monroeville officials

By Gideon Bradshaw
As plans for two natural gas wells near Monroeville’s boundaries gain momentum, officials there are expressing concern about what drilling operations might mean for infrastructure and traffic. The state Department of Environmental Protection approved a well site in neighboring Penn Township ...

Penn Township officials eye 10-year paving schedule

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are embarking on a long-term plan to map out when to pave locally owned roads. Besides targeting roads that might be paved this year, officials are trying to prioritize when to address others, based on their quality and ...

Penn Township solicitor to meet with Protect PT attorney

By Chris Foreman
Despite worries about a possible legal challenge to their pending zoning ordinance, Penn Township commissioners said they are willing to let their solicitor meet with an attorney who represents a residents group that has criticized some drilling regulations. Commissioners on Monday ...

Teenagers charged in Penn Township robbery

By Tribune-Review
Two teenagers have been charged with a robbery in Penn Township last month, according to police. Joseph Sirnic, 19, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week and is awaiting a formal arraignment in March on robbery, conspiracy and related ...

Ex-server at Penn Township restaurant forged tips, police say

By Tribune-Review
A woman who worked as a server at Lucci’s Pizza and Pasta, 3510 Route 130, is charged with forgery after allegedly overcharging customers. Gina Haney, 30, of North Huntingdon was arraigned Wednesday before Penn Township District Judge Helen Kistler. Customers noticed the ...

Penn Township’s 600-foot drilling setback assailed by both sides

By Chris Foreman
The pushback on the setback issue continues in Penn Township, as the zoning hearing board prepares to review a proposed unconventional drilling site near a nursing home and town-house community. Township commissioners aren’t just taking heat from the residents in densely ...

Penn Township contractor beset by fiscal, legal challenges

By Chris Foreman
A Penn Township sewage contractor is under a court order to surrender some equipment so a bank can sell it to satisfy $11 million in defaulted loans. An attorney for Galway Bay Corp. attributes the company’s cash-flow troubles to the Municipal ...

Penn Township officials host drilling meeting

By Chris Foreman
While some academics raise alarms about the safety of unconventional gas-well sites, those who make their living in the drilling industry downplay the potential health concerns for residents near wells. Both sides’ talking points during a Feb. 5 informational meeting organized ...

Trafford Motor Co. building closer to demolition

By Chris Foreman
Though Trafford council has condemned a former Trafford Motor Co. building, officials said they aren’t sure about a timeline for a possible demolition of the dilapidated structure. After a Feb. 3 hearing, council voted to designate the building at Fifth Street ...

Penn-Trafford School Board OKs supplemental work for high school project

By Chris Foreman
Penn-Trafford School Board members dipped into the district’s $1.2 million contingency fund Monday night to pay for nearly $130,000 of supplemental work at the high school. As part of the $31 million improvement project, the district is paying $45,040 to Lobar ...

Firefighters ask Manor Council for help with new truck

By Chris Foreman
Borough firefighters have asked Manor Council to pitch in to help them buy a used truck. The firefighters are debating whether to buy a used truck that the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department is selling for between $50,000 and $60,000. They have ...

Penn-Trafford administrators eye state education standards

By Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford administrators will have an informational meeting about state education standards next week. The Feb. 12 session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the high school, 3381 Route 130, Harrison City. Interested parents should register by contacting Janice ...

Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority, Alcosan reach settlement

By Chris Foreman
The Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority agreed to a $16,000 settlement to end a 2013 lawsuit Alcosan filed concerning sewage treated from a North Huntingdon mobile-home court. Attorneys for the two authorities last month formally settled and closed the case in Westmoreland ...

Penn Middle School evacuated after bomb threat; students taken to high school

By Tribune-Review
Penn Middle School in Harrison City was evacuated after a bomb threat was found around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials in the Penn-Trafford School District. Students were taken to McCullough Elementary and were transported to the high school, where they ...

Naming rights sold for Penn-Trafford High School classroom

By Chris Foreman
A family and consumer science room at Penn-Trafford High School will become “Marylou’s Corner” when it reopens next school year. Through a paid sponsorship, Westmoreland County Register of Wills Michael Ginsburg and his family are naming the room after his late ...

Gunfire reroutes school buses; Claridge man charged

By Bob Stiles
A Penn Township man who allegedly fired a rifle toward his girlfriend during a domestic dispute that resulted in the rerouting of two school buses ...

Woman gets probation in Trafford prostitution case

By Bob Stiles
A Plum woman accused of promoting prostitution while living in Trafford reached an agreement with prosecutors on Tuesday that calls for her to be placed on a probationary program for first-time offenders, according to her attorney. Jamie Starr Conti, 31, will ...

Gunshot shuts down 4 blocks in Penn Township, forces buses to return to schools

By Tribune-Review
Police said a Penn Township man was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Westmoreland County Night Court on criminal charges related to a domestic dispute during which a gun was fired, causing police to close portions of four streets. Some Penn-Trafford ...

Up to 12 Penn-Trafford students might be charged in ‘sexting’ case

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township police are preparing to file criminal charges against several Penn-Trafford High School students accused of distributing fully or partially nude photos. Police anticipate between six and 12 students will be charged through an investigation after the confiscation of cellphones ...

Apex Energy CEO discusses Penn Township plans

By Chris Foreman
Though Apex Energy is pursuing as many as eight unconventional gas well sites in Penn Township, CEO Mark Rothenberg said the company will do “everything we can so people don’t even know we’re there.” Next month, Apex will become the first ...

Penn Twp. officials task zoning board with handling drilling permits

By Chris Foreman
In what Penn Township commissioners described as an extra layer of review, the zoning hearing board will hold public hearings on drilling companies’ applications for local permits for unconventional well operations. Commissioners voted unanimously this month to require companies to receive ...

Trafford aims to quickly tackle drilling ordinance

By Chris Foreman
Despite a later start than their neighbors in Penn Township, Trafford officials could have a draft for a proposed ordinance creating some regulations for unconventional gas drilling within a couple of months, a borough solicitor said. Though state law requires the ...

Penn Township inks deal with clerical workers

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township commissioners have approved a new five-year contract that gradually will increase wages for three union-represented clerical employees by 12.3 percent. The deal with Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania Local 1058 runs from this month through the end of ...

Tanker crash closes lane of Turnpike in Penn Township

By Tribune-Review
The driver of a tanker truck that crashed on the turnpike in Penn Township Tuesday morning will be cited for driving too fast for conditions, ...

Penn Township commissioners hear from supporters of shale drilling

By Chris Foreman
Supporters of shale drilling stepped up this week to discourage Penn Township commissioners from imposing local regulations that could curb unconventional gas wells from operating on the largest of the township’s private properties. Since a public hearing last May about updates ...

Insurance helps cover cost of plow truck in Trafford

By Chris Foreman
Trafford Council is moving forward with the purchase of a new truck that will be used for snow removal to replace one that is totaled. Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy a 2015 four-wheel-drive truck through a state purchasing contract ...

Penn Township to limit speakers, require premeeting registration

By Chris Foreman
An overwhelming interest in Penn Township’s pending zoning ordinance is leading officials to require township residents and property owners to register for the chance to give comments at a public meeting next month. Township officials also said they are willing to ...