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Life’s moments still matter to Trafford author Jakiela

By Rege Behe
Memoirs were once a person’s “whole life story from birth to almost death, or birth to fame,” according to Lori Jakiela. But the Trafford native, ...

Penn man hopes new signs will slow traffic on Waugaman

By Chris Foreman
Still dealing with an exposed game room after man suspected of drunken driving smashed into his home last month, Paul Varrato said he hopes some ...

Trafford mayor wants changes in parking ordinance

By Chris Foreman
Ten months since a controversial parking ordinance took effect, Mayor Rey Peduzzi is leading an effort to recommend revisions that he says will benefit Trafford business owners, patrons and residents. One of Peduzzi’s most significant recommendations is to extend the limit ...

Penn Township’s Kendall Vertes launches pop music career

By Chris Foreman
Springing from four seasons in the cast of the popular “Dance Moms” reality show, Kendall Vertes is launching a pop music career. Los Angeles-based Jenga Productions ...

More bids to be sought for summer paving project in Manor

By Chris Foreman
Manor Council will solicit another round of price quotes for road-paving contractors this summer because the only bid the borough received by a mid-April deadline was too high, manager Joe Lapia said. Officials anticipate having about $475,000 available — which includes ...

CEO: Apex could drill soon in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
Apex Energy might have a rig on site ready to drill two unconventional gas wells in Penn Township within a couple of months, the company’s CEO said. Apex could begin surface construction work on an 89-acre property off Walton Road within ...

Trafford joins county land bank program

By Chris Foreman
The demolition of a second Trafford Motor Co. building is likely this summer now that Westmoreland County officials are working to acquire the blighted structure through their land bank, Trafford council members said. On April 16, council voted 6-0, with Henry ...

Trafford ‘oversize-vehicle’ regulations under review

By Chris Foreman
After an “oversize-vehicle” ordinance went unenforced for a decade, Trafford officials are considering revisions to accommodate people who park large work vehicles outside their homes without degrading the character of neighborhoods. The push to change the regulation arose in February after ...

Penn-Trafford School Board supports county land bank

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board is pledging its support for the Westmoreland County Land Bank. As Trafford council prepares to consider joining the land bank, the school board voted unanimously Monday night to approve an intergovernmental-cooperation agreement with the county organization. Trafford ...

‘Mermaid Jr.’ lands on Trafford Middle School stage

By Tribune-Review
Trafford Middle School will stage “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door ...

Disso named Trafford police chief

By Chris Foreman
Trafford has its first police chief in a decade. Though borough officials long have referred to Carmen Disso informally as chief, council last week unanimously ratified his promotion retroactive to Jan. 1. Disso, who has been with the department since 1998, ...

Trafford resumes manager search

By Chris Foreman
Spurned by their preferred candidate, Trafford Council members are renewing their search for a full-time manager. Council will reconsider the dozen applicants for the opening after Rae Ann Tronetti declined an offer last month, council President Jay Race said. Council voted ...

Race takes over as Trafford Council president

By Chris Foreman
Dennis Hockenberry’s tenure as Trafford Council president lasted all of 12 days. Saying he wanted to return calm to council, Hockenberry last week relinquished the president’s gavel that he accepted after he and three others ousted Henry Schultz as president during ...

Trafford man waives preliminary hearing in crash that seriously injured minor passenger

By Bob Stiles
A Trafford man accused of causing serious injury to a female passenger when he crashed his vehicle in February waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jonathon Michael Lukart, 20, had been scheduled to appear on charges of aggravated assault ...

Trafford man cited after being hit by car on Route 30

By Tribune-Review
A 50-year-old Trafford man suffered serious injuries late Monday night when he was hit by a car while walking in the eastbound lanes of Route 30 near the Westmoreland Mall, state police said. Raymond P. Quinlan was walking near St. Clair ...

Apex Energy gets zoning approval for Penn Township drill site

By Chris Foreman
Apex Energy has the necessary approval from the Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board to drill two unconventional gas wells on an 89-acre property near a nursing home and town house community. In a meeting that lasted about five minutes Thursday night, ...

Trafford Council picks new president, names chief, resumes search for manager

By Chris Foreman
There’s another new borough council president, a new title for the commanding police officer and a renewed search for a borough manager in Trafford. It was a busy first 15 minutes during council’s meeting Tuesday night. After the maneuvering, council …

Penn-Trafford board OKs last bond issue for remodeling project

By Chris Foreman
In approving a fourth set of bonds for its high school remodeling project, the Penn-Trafford School Board has lined up the money needed to complete the $32 million project. The school board voted unanimously Monday to authorize the final issue of ...

Summer rec, reading program planned for Penn Township youngsters

By Chris Foreman
A new program sponsored by the Penn Township Recreation Commission and Penn Area Library will offer free activities for children ages 3 to 5 two days a week in June and July. Officials are designing the one-hour program to be split ...

Local eateries delivering suds with customers’ grub

By Gideon Bradshaw   and Chris Foreman
As Bob Guiliani says, a pizza and a beer go well together for a lot of hungry people. And now that the state Liquor Control Board ...

P-T board bounces hoops coach after consecutive losing seasons

By Chris Foreman
After a second-straight losing season, the Penn-Trafford School Board is bouncing the head coach who has led the varsity boys basketball coach program since 2008. Though board member Jay Tray called Ryan Yarosik a good man, respected teacher and role model, ...

Penn Township woman waives right to hearing in party involving teens at her home

By Bob Stiles
A Penn Township woman who allegedly gave alcohol to teens at a party in February will stand trial. Linda Swope, 50, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges of corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person and furnishing ...

Penn Middle school student wants to steer bikes to disadvantaged kids

By Chris Foreman
Aaron Sloan wants to create a new life cycle for old bikes. As a service project to help celebrate his bar mitzvah, the Penn Middle School ...

Project planned for Bushy Run Battlefield

By Chris Foreman
Construction of a walking trail from Route 993 to the monument at Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township might begin in May. Members of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society are reviewing the five bids that they received for the work ...

Officials brainstorm for Penn Township growth

By Chris Foreman
An “aging-in-place” population and declining school enrollment has Penn Township officials considering ways to accommodate growth as they form short- and long-range municipal goals. Ideas for expanding the township’s tax base were prominent during a “brainstorming” session that Manager Alex ...

Schultz ousted as Trafford council president

By Chris Foreman
Trafford Councilmen Jay Race and Casey Shoub have criticized the vague wording of a public notice that four colleagues used to publicize a special meeting ...

Penn Township officials consider recreational future of Hall property

By Chris Foreman
More than a decade has passed since Joseph “Junior” Hall Jr. signed away 65 acres to Penn Township for $1 to use for a recreation area. Although the property has been unused for the past dozen years, renewed enthusiasm by township ...

Trafford Middle School program talks about cyber bullying

By Chris Foreman
When Philip Little of the state Attorney General’s Office talks with students in the region about cyberbullying, he tells them about a startling statistic backed by several studies. For every 10 children who see a mean-spirited remark online about another student, ...

Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation seeks applicants

By Chris Foreman
Board members of the Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation are looking for volunteers with leadership qualities who want to help with the board’s projects in the district. Expecting to be down to nine board members by late spring, foundation officials want to ...

Penn-Trafford officials investigate employee’s possible interaction with former students

By Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford school officials confirmed Tuesday that the district is investigating the conduct of an employee who possibly had personal interactions with former students. In a press release, Superintendent Matthew Harris said administrators were made aware of the concerns by high school ...

‘Music Man’ comes to Penn-Trafford

By Chris Foreman
“The Music Man” is marching into Penn-Trafford High School this weekend. The popular show about con man Harold Hill’s stop in River City, Iowa, to start ...

Officials consider change to Penn Township road-crew residency policy

By Chris Foreman
Though Penn Township commissioners say there is no shortage of applicants for public-works job openings, they’re raising the possibility of relaxing the residency requirement for new employees. Without a consensus, commissioners didn’t indicate that they’re ready to make a change yet. Under ...

Primary battles take shape for Penn-Trafford School Board school board, Harrison City district judge

By Chris Foreman
Though some candidates are unopposed for nominations this spring, there will be contested primary races for some Penn-Trafford School Board seats and for the district judge seat based in Harrison City. Meanwhile, there are several spring races for row offices and ...

AG office to pay for Penn Township narcotics overtime

By Chris Foreman
In a deal billed as the first of its kind in Westmoreland County, the state Attorney General’s Office is offering to pay the overtime costs for a Penn Township narcotics detective to help its investigators attack the drug trade in ...

Attorneys for Penn Twp., citizens group question driller during zoning hearing

By Chris Foreman
Those who oppose Apex Energy’s plan to drill two unconventional wells in Penn Township claimed March 12 that company officials haven’t given enough proof to ease their concerns about noise, truck traffic and declining property values. Further, they contend that a ...

Level Green teacher joins Scholastic advisory board

By Chris Foreman
Amy Damaska’s one-year role on the Scholastic Reading Club Teacher Advisory Board begins this weekend with a meeting in New York City. Damaska, a second-grade teacher ...

Property owners surprised to learn Trafford wants to tear down their buildings

By Chris Foreman
Trafford Council might choose to condemn the historic “bank building” as it considers properties that might be eligible for grant-funded demolitions. But the owner — who bought the one-time Westinghouse-affiliated inn two years ago for $15,000 — said he considers the ...

Penn-Trafford officials taking cautious budget approach

By Chris Foreman
Though Gov. Tom Wolf touted more state funding of public schools during his budget address last week, Penn-Trafford’s business manager said it’s “unrealistic” to expect that all of the new executive’s proposals will be finalized before district officials pass Penn-Trafford’s ...

Penn-Trafford aide accused of assault resigns

By Chris Foreman
A former school aide who was charged last month with simple assault and harassment because of an incident with a student has resigned. The Penn-Trafford School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of Sharon Kosko, who had been a paraprofessional at ...