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Plum snow response beefed up

By Karen Zapf
Procedures to beef up clearing snow-covered roads in Plum that were decided during a closed council committee meeting were put into action during this week’s snowstorm. Councilman Steven “Skip” Taylor said Monday that six public works employees were deployed at the ...

Plum superintendent receives 5-year contract and $10,000 raise for next year

By Karen Zapf
Plum Superintendent Timothy Glasspool has a new five-year contract that will boost his salary to $142,600 in the 2015-16 school year. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, school board members approved the deal, which runs from July 1 through June …

Plum’s Unity VFD to seek license for small games of chance

By Karen Zapf
The Unity Volunteer Fire Department is looking to add variety to its events and raise money. President Ira Helfer said the department plans to seek a small games of chance license to conduct 50/50 drawings and other raffles at events, including ...

Plum Council vows to keep meetings open

By Karen Zapf
Council committee sessions will be open to the public despite Plum manager Michael Thomas’ decision to close a recent public works committee meeting, as well as future ones, President Mike Doyle said. “We are not banning anyone from attending any type ...

Plum School Board in limbo over budget prep

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members Tuesday night were expected to consider a budget for 2015-16 that would request exceptions to go above the maximum property-tax rate increase allowed under the Act 1 index. The item was included on the agenda despite board ...

Plum’s 1st property tax hike since 2006 could reach 6.2%

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District is considering raising property taxes next school year by as much as 6.2 percent. Whether the district actually raises the real estate tax, and by how much, won’t be determined until spring or early summer. The ...

Plum School Board OKs teachers contract

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board voted, 7-2, Tuesday night to approve a four-year contract with the district’s 268 teachers. The pact is retroactive to Sept. 1, 2014. The teachers are set to vote on the proposal Feb. 3, said Plum Borough Education Association ...

Flood victims’ family to receive $1.5M in damages

By Bob Bauder
Government agencies have agreed to pay a total of about $1.5 million in damages to the family of a Plum woman who drowned in 2011 ...

Plum School Board considering iPad for each student

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members are exploring the possibility of providing an iPad for each student. The board is considering starting its own “1:1 Initiative,” a national ...

Soaring costs may prompt Plum School board to reconsider Regency Park Elementary fixes

By Karen Zapf
The price to remodel and expand Regency Park Elementary School has increased by a half-million dollars. Construction officials discovered that in addition to not finding enough area in a crawl space below the first floor to install a new elevator, the ...

St. John the Baptist school in Plum to mark Catholic Schools Week with activities

By Karen Zapf
The Catholic Schools Week theme incorporating faith, knowledge and service is how St. John the Baptist in Plum strives to carry out each day. “We celebrate it all year round,” Principal Theresa Szmed said. The Diocese of Pittsburgh is celebrating Catholic Schools ...

Volunteers with varied backgrounds police slopes as ski patrol at Boyce Park

By Karen Zapf
Skiing has been a big part of Crystal Gruber’s life since she was in fourth-grade. Gruber, 29, of Squirrel Hill skied while living in southeastern Michigan, ...

Former Plum student accused of sneaking into high school, stealing money

By Karen Zapf
A Penn Hills man arrested in connection with robbing stores at the Monroeville Mall has been charged with taking $69 from Plum High School. Demetryaiss Llamar ...

Membership numbers surge at renovated YMCA in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Bonnie McCann was a member of the East Suburban YMCA more than a decade ago when her children were growing up. McCann, 58, in recent years ...

USGA seeks volunteers for 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont

By Karen Zapf
Ed and Margaret Peters enjoyed traveling to Pinehurst, N.C., last June for the U.S. Open. While there, the Fayette City residents spoke with volunteers who told them the U.S. Open would be in the Pittsburgh area in a couple of years. The ...

Plum School Board to focus on cutting costs to avoid tax increase

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board President Sal Colella put fellow board members and administrators on notice to get control of spending. With construction wrapping up on the new Holiday Park Elementary and remodeling set to begin at Regency Park Elementary, a shuffling of ...

Plum shuffles principals with elementary school shifts

By Karen Zapf
The Plum Borough School District’s change from running five elementary schools to four will result in two principal shifts for the 2015-16 school year. Jeff Hadley, Center Elementary principal for three years, will move to an assistant principal position at Oblock ...

Fire closes Coxcomb Hill Road in Plum

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Josh Parise met his wife in California, but she was the one who found their dream house in Plum. Josh and Vanessa Parise enjoyed six ...

Plum resident creates driftwood monsters

By Joyce Hanz
When does an ordinary piece of driftwood become extraordinary? When it falls into the hands of George Gavasto and becomes a whimsical piece of art for ...

Boyce Park events promote winter safety for kids

By Adam Smeltz
They don’t even have to look outside. Physicians at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC can tell it’s been snowing just from the injuries that ...

Advertisers ask Plum Borough Planning Commission to update message-board regulations

By Karen Zapf
When Bill Brash opened Grand Slam Pizza on Route 286 nearly two years ago, he bought an electronic message board to promote the new business. “The ...

Plum Community Center carries on with new leadership

By Karen Zapf
The work of Paul Witkovitz will live on with the Serenity Ridge independent-living community for senior citizens, the director of the Plum Community Center says. Witkovitz, who had been president of the center’s board of directors until his unexpected death Dec. ...

Bowl-bound Plum graduates set to strike up their bands

By Karen Zapf
From the time Andrew Marzullo was 9 and attended Pitt football games with his father, an alumnus, he knew what he wanted to do in ...

Plum School District’s Regency Park renovation may need to be tweaked

By Karen Zapf
A surprise finding that complicates remodeling for Regency Park Elementary School is giving the Plum School Board pause. Fifty-year-old drawings of the school indicated 200 feet ...

Suspect in Plum, Monroeville grocery robberies arrested in Mississippi

By Chuck Biedka
A former Bell Township man suspected of robbing grocery stores in Plum and Monroeville on Saturday was arrested early Tuesday after he was found sleeping ...

Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.

By The Associated Press
Freezing rain and wind chills in the teens have prompted school delays in western Pennsylvania, and scattered vehicle accidents, including an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 north of the city. That crash, near Wexford, had northbound traffic down to one ...

Plum Boy Scout troop has decorated VA trees for a decade

By Karen Zapf
Kristy Coie makes sure each Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend that she has juice, milk and donuts ready for some visitors to the Pittsburgh VA’s University ...

Plum budget holds taxes, but adds ‘flood mitigation fee’

By Karen Zapf
Homeowners won’t see a property tax increase next year, but a new fee will take effect in January. Plum Council voted 3-1 last week to approve the $11.6 million spending plan for 2015. The same vote count was recorded for a ...

With tax increase looming, Plum School Board takes a swipe at cutting expenses

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members went into a budget session to work on trimming a $3.4 million deficit in an initial draft of the 2015-16 budget. A few hours later, board President Sal Colella announced progress. “We took $1.3 million out of the ...

Plum Council OKs budget with no tax increase

By Karen Zapf
Plum Council on Thursday approved an $11.6 million general fund budget for 2015 that does not increase property taxes but includes a flood mitigation fee. The vote was 3-1 with Councilman Dave Vento opposing the fee. Councilmen John Anderson, Leonard Szarmach ...

A vision for Sugar Plum Days: Support efforts launched for 2015 return throughout Plum

By Karen Zapf
A fundraising campaign has begun to restart Sugar Plum Days next year. Organizers are hoping to raise $3,000 to bring back the mid-December event that has served for more than a decade to kick off the holiday season in Plum. “We know ...

Holiday Park firefighters want emergency signal near station in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Rick Borgoyne crosses his fingers when volunteers with the Holiday Park Fire Department start up the trucks’ engines and approach Route 286 to answer a ...

Learning full STEAM ahead with interactive lab at Plum’s Holiday Park Elementary

By Karen Zapf
Alexandra George had fun checking out all the roller coasters at Tokyo Disneyland this summer. Little did she know that the experience would benefit her when ...

No Sugar Plum Days this year in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The grinch didn’t steal Sugar Plum Days this year, but a lack of financial support did. For the past seven years, Charlene Hrivnak has coordinated ...

Plum pursues walking trail at new community hub

By Karen Zapf
Plum might build a new walking and jogging trail on land between Renton and Old Leechburg roads. The borough’s nearly $12 million preliminary budget for 2015 includes $150,000 to develop the Renton site for recreational use. “My goal is to ...

Plum School District trends upward in advanced placement test scores

By Karen Zapf
Advanced Placement scores and course offerings continue on the upward trend at Plum High School. Principal Ryan Kociela said the high school has earned the status of AP District Honor Roll. Plum High School has received the designation in four ...

Plum School District moves forward with emergency-training plans

By Karen Zapf
The resource officer program and security efforts in the Plum School District are being expanded. Plum police officer Joe Little, who will be the district’s second school resource officer, is scheduled to start the job in January at Oblock Junior High ...

Proposed flood-mitigation fee in Plum brings concerns about cost

By Karen Zapf
As a small business owner, Rich Nesbit keeps a close eye on costs to operate Nesbit’s Lanes on Leechburg Road. When Nesbit of Plum heard that borough council was considering a flood-mitigation fee as part of next year’s budget, he decided ...

Murrysville woman charged with stealing from scholarship established in memory of Plum football player

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville woman is charged with stealing money from a scholarship fund established in memory of her former classmate, Plum football player Jeff Boynton. Rachelle Dever, 54, is charged with access-device fraud and theft by unlawful taking. She is accused of ...