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Plum native to be inducted into polka hall of fame

By Debbie Black
Polka jammer Randy Koslosky has spent decades making and sharing his music to preserve its legacy in Western Pennsylvania. The Plum native will be ...

Residents to Plum School Board: Move ahead with new school

By Karen Zapf
A majority of residents who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday night about a proposed new Regency Park Elementary School told Plum School Board members to get the project done. “It would be detrimental to stop this process,” parent Leigh-Anne Weiss ...

New school year brings iPads for all Plum 6th-graders

By Karen Zapf
Ryan Coughlin is no stranger to technology. Ryan, 12, who on Monday is set to begin sixth grade at Pivik Elementary School, plays video games, has a Kindle e-reader and an iPhone, and knows how to navigate his mother’s laptop. The youth ...

Photo gallery: Plum American Legion picnic

By Tribune-Review
The Plum American Legion held its annual summer picnic on Saturday, Aug. 15 ...

Photo gallery: Our Lady of Joy parish festival

By Tribune-Review
Our Lady of Joy’s recent parish festival featured great food, games and live music. ...

Military to be honored at Plum pride parade next month

By Karen Zapf
When Richie Hrivnak kicked off a military banner program last year, the mayor’s son had in mind honoring relatives who served in the armed forces. Hrivnak, 12, son of Plum Mayor Richard Hrivnak, is hoping to showcase the banners during the ...

Plum Republicans name replacement school board candidate for November ballot

By Karen Zapf
Susan Caldwell last month received the support of Republicans on the Plum School Board for the seat left vacant by the resignation of Joe Tommarello. Caldwell, ...

Plum man negotiates plea deal in New Kensington shooting case

By Chuck Biedka
A man accused in a New Kensington shooting case is negotiating a plea deal that could drop the most serious charge of attempted homicide. Wesley Richland ...

Trial of Plum High School teacher to begin in November

By Adam Brandolph
An Allegheny County judge got personal with the lawyer representing an ex-Plum High School teacher accused of having sex with a student, asking him whether ...

Plum School Board rejects bids for bus garage remodel

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District transportation service is set to operate from its new home on Greensburg Road at the start of school later this month despite the fact that the terminal building hasn’t been remodeled. The Plum School Board last week ...

Plum to provide insurance benefits for firefighters

By Karen Zapf
Plum council on Monday night voted to approve a $22,500 expenditure for a supplemental insurance policy for firefighters in the borough’s four volunteer departments. The money, which will come from the borough’s general fund this year, is to be spent on ...

Plum considers 2 development projects

By Karen Zapf
Plum Council on Monday is expected to consider two developments that would add residential and commercial offerings in the borough. Members during a recent work session heard details about Hulton Village, a proposed two-building development that would include a restaurant and ...

Car crashes into Plum restaurant; no one injured

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A Plum restaurant was able to stay open for business Wednesday evening after a car crashed into its main entry. Plum police said an elderly woman ...

Plum School District committee discusses plans to meet student needs in wake of sex charges against teachers

By Karen Zapf
As a grand jury continues to determine whether Plum School District officials stayed mum while teachers may have abused female students, the newly formed Safe & Supportive Schools Committee got to work Wednesday night. “Recovery has to happen for the community ...

Plum Council to consider proposed developments

By Karen Zapf
Plum council on Monday night is expected to consider two proposed developments that would add residential and commercial offerings in the borough. Members during the work session earlier this week heard details about Hulton Village, a proposed two-building development that would ...

Plum man, 21, accused of attempted homicide

By Chuck Biedka
A 21-year-old Plum man is accused of attempted homicide for allegedly firing more than a dozen gunshots at a New Kensington house Saturday. Wesley Richland ...

2 quit race for Plum school board

By Karen Zapf
A former Plum School Board member who quit his elected position in June citing lack of faith in district leadership on Monday dropped out of the Nov. 3 election. Joe Tommarello, 22, was elected in November 2011 and won the Republican ...

Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation

By Karen Zapf  and Megan Guza
A judge on Wednesday held for court a second round of witness intimidation charges against a former Plum high school teacher, telling defense attorney R. ...

Fugitive arrested at Plum motel on drug, gun charges

By Tony Raap
A fugitive task force arrested a Clearfield County man wanted on drug and gun charges and hiding in a Pittsburgh area motel, authorities said Wednesday. Members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday arrested Robert Selfridge, 35, ...

Plum School District administrators average 4 percent raise

By Karen Zapf
Administrators in the Plum School District have received salary increases for the 2015-16 school year. The school board during its July 21 meeting approved increases totaling nearly $69,000 for 19 administrators including building principals and other department heads. The average ...

New Regency Park Elementary School gets go-ahead in Plum district

By Karen Zapf
Construction of Regency Park Elementary School is back on track. The Plum School Board on Tuesday night approved: • Awarding a $268,000 contract to A.W. McNabb of Burgettstown to demolish Regency Park Elementary, the former Pivik Elementary School, the maintenance ...

Young Plum, Gateway performers spend summer on stage with CLO

By Ed Phillipps
This summer has been anything but a vacation for several local performers. Plum’s Gianni DelMastro, a fifth-grader at Regency Park Elementary, and Ellie Tongel, a ...

Former Plum school board member testifies before grand jury

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Former Plum school board member Joe Tommarello testified Thursday before the grand jury looking into who knew what and when during the teacher sex abuse ...

Teacher pact timing in Plum raises questions

By Karen Zapf  and Adam Brandolph
A former Plum school board member who is set to testify to a grand jury Thursday says investigators asked him about the timing of a ...

Stampede in the Park organizers gear up for race day

By Karen Zapf
The annual Stampede in the Park 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk on Aug. 8 has activities building up to it. Fundraising activities include car washes at King’s Restaurant on Route 286 and a promotion whereby patrons who bring a coupon to ...

New assistant manager to tackle Plum’s planning, zoning ordinances

By Luke Torrance
David Soboslay has worked for and with local governments for more than 22 years and now he’s employed by Plum, the borough he’s called home ...

Plum board members reach consensus on new elementary school

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board on Tuesday night reached a consensus to proceed with building a new Regency Park Elementary School. “The right thing to do is build a school,” board member John St. Leger said following a nearly hour-long board …

Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school

By Karen Zapf
Upheaval continues in the Plum School District with parents expressing anger Monday night over the school board pulling back on building a school and the school board failing to select a ninth member. About 40 parents and students, all wearing ...

Writings attributed to jailed Plum teacher dubbed evocative of stalker

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was ...

Plum landslide to be fixed after year

By Emily Balser
Drivers on Repp Road in Plum will soon see repairs to a landslide that has been there for more than a year. Borough Manager ...

School budget holds line on Plum taxes

By Karen Zapf
Property owners in Plum will not see an increase in their school taxes for the 2015-16 year. The school board voted 6-2 to approve a $61.6 million spending plan that is balanced by emptying the capital reserve fund and using nearly ...

Plum officials reassess equipment policy after sexual assault case

By Karen Zapf
The head of policy for the Plum school board expressed surprise Tuesday that a Plum high school teacher kept a school-issued laptop three months after ...

Plum teacher’s lawyer says latest allegations don’t measure up

By Megan Guza
The attorney for a Plum High School teacher charged for the second time with victim intimidation said Tuesday that even if his client contacted the victim, the emails do not merit the charge. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was charged Monday with sending ...

More witness intimidation charges are filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second ...

Milltown Road in Plum closed by landslide

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A portion of Milltown Road in Plum has been closed to traffic because of a slide, PennDOT announced Friday. The road is closed between Repp and Barnes roads. Through-traffic will be detoured. The slide from below the roadway is located …

Plum lawyer suspended for five years

By Adam Brandolph
The Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a Plum lawyer for five years as a result of his criminal conviction for taking money and failing to file his taxes. Robert Langston Williams, 53, pleaded guilty in April ...

Attorney asks judge to dismiss charges against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph  and Karen Zapf
The lawyer for a Plum High School teacher accused of having sex with a female student has asked an Allegheny County judge to dismiss criminal ...

Plum School Board seeks volunteers for steering committee

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board is looking for volunteers to serve on a steering committee for the Safe & Supportive Schools Committee that has been resurrected following the arrest of three teachers this year — two of whom are charged with ...

Library’s summer reading program taps children’s inner superhero

By Luke Torrance
School is over, and summer officially is almost here. For children across the country, that means no more tests, no more homework and no more books. The Plum Community Library is trying to change the last one through its summer reading ...