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Life-skills classroom could keep special-education students in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The intensive-learning-support classroom is in full swing at Center Elementary School. The classroom, along with a sensory room, serves elementary students with autism and other intellectual disabilities. District officials now are looking to serve secondary students who need a more intensive ...

Frankstown Acres parents pleased — kids stay at Center Elementary

By Karen Zapf
About a dozen parents left Tuesday night’s Plum School Board meeting with smiles on their faces. Frankstown Acres residents were pleased their children will remain at Center Elementary after the school board voted to change the new elementary attendance zones that ...

Plum man killed in Saltsburg Road rollover

By Chuck Biedka
A Plum man was found dead early Friday outside an overturned SUV along Saltsburg Road in Plum, authorities said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified ...

Plum School District to beef up emergency training

By Karen Zapf
Michele Gallagher’s older relatives have talked about how they ducked under their desks with their hands clutched around their heads and necks when their teachers ...

Added fee would eliminate property tax increase in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Property owners in Plum shouldn’t have to pay higher borough taxes in 2015, but council members continue to debate a potential new fee. An estimated $750,000 in revenue from a proposed flood mitigation fee would be used to pay for storm ...

Plum’s former Pivik school building likely destined for wrecking ball

By Karen Zapf
The former Pivik Elementary building has served the Plum Borough School District for 75 years. The building on School Road was an elementary, junior high and high school, and is a temporary home for Adlai Stevenson Elementary students while the new ...

Jewel thefts reported at Plum retirement community

By Karen Zapf
Officials at Longwood at Oakmont retirement community are urging residents to lock their doors and keep their valuables out of sight after three incidents of jewelry theft were reported. “Residents were advised to lock their homes and be vigilant about how ...

Plum board may redraw attendance lines

By Jodi Weigand
The Plum School Board on Tuesday will consider revising student attendance zones following an outpouring of concerns from Frankstown Acres residents who want their children to remain at Center Elementary School. Under attendance zones approved Oct. 28, Franks-town Acres students, who ...

Case of fired Plum police officer goes to arbitrator

By Karen Zapf
Eight months after his firing, a former Plum police officer is scheduled Thursday to try to convince an arbitrator he should get his job back. Borough ...

Plum man hopes to revive weekly bingo games at community center

By Karen Zapf
A Plum resident wants to bring back bingo to the Plum Community Center. Douglas Parker, owner of E&D Enterprises based at his home in the Holiday Park section of Plum, said he is going to work with his attorney to determine ...

Opus II student orchestra combines talents from several schools in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs

By Karen Zapf
Abigail Casey has loved playing music since she began taking piano lessons as a young child. When Casey, 13, a seventh-grader at Oblock Junior High School, ...

62 townhouse units planned for Serenity Ridge senior housing complex in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Those interested in living in Serenity Ridge, a proposed senior housing development, weren’t waiting for Plum Council’s approval. “I’ve got 17 people signed up on a ...

New Sampson Family YMCA is dedicated in Plum

By Karen Zapf
John Wasko marveled as the expansion of the East Suburban Family YMCA in Plum progressed and contributed financially to the project. “I think it is ...

Plum church reaches out with Thanksgiving meal invitation

By Karen Zapf
As the Rev. Tony Fallisi and his wife were having a bite to eat at the Burger King in Plum one day last year, he ...

Plum taxes can hold with added flood fee

By Karen Zapf
Plum property owners might have to pay a new fee next year. Borough officials are proposing a flood-mitigation fee that homeowners as well as apartment and business owners would pay. Manager Michael Thomas said the borough’s fastest-growing expenses are those related to ...

Some Plum parents irked at newly approved attendance zones

By Karen Zapf
Kevin Smith and his wife, Carolyn, looked forward to their daughter, Ashley, 9, attending the new Holiday Park Elementary School when it opens for the 2015-16 year. But the Smiths, who live on Saltsburg Road in Plum, found out their ...

No foul play suspected in death of man discovered on roadside in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Allegheny County police don’t suspect foul play in the death of a Plum man whose body was discovered early Monday morning beside Pine Valley Drive in the borough. “It’s not criminal,” county police Lt. Andrew Schurmann said Tuesday morning. Schurmann said police ...

New Boyce Park season pass allows skiers to hit slopes quicker

By Karen Zapf
Skiers who purchase a season pass for Boyce Park will be able to hit the slopes quicker this year. New photo-identification passes will allow skiers to ...

Meal-delivery program adds books to the menu in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Plum’s library and community center serve residents in different ways. The two are located in the same complex on Center New Texas Road, and the respective ...

Body discovered along road in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Police from Plum and Allegheny County are investigating the death of a man whose body they found early Monday beside Pine Valley Drive. Plum police Lt. Lanny Conley said a passerby alerted officers to the man, who was later identified as ...

Plum School Board to borrow for Regency Park expansion

By Karen Zapf
After months of evaluating options and crunching the numbers, Plum School Board has decided to remodel and expand Regency Park Elementary instead of building a new school. The board on Tuesday night greenlighted a project that’s expected to cost between …

Plum church kicks off yearlong 100th anniversary celebration

By Karen Zapf
St. John the Baptist Catholic church and school have been a big part of Kathy Edmundson’s life for nearly two decades. She and her family have been members of the church in the Unity section of Plum for 18 years. Three ...

Plum’s 4 fire departments share fund

By Karen Zapf
Plum’s four volunteer fire departments have a variety of needs — everything from gear to building maintenance to apparatus. Realizing that working together provides the most efficient fire service to borough residents, the fire chiefs and those on the financial side ...

Teachers step up after water damages 8 Pivik classrooms

By Karen Zapf
Two classrooms at Pivik Elementary School remained out of use this week as workers continue to repair damage from a water fountain that malfunctioned. Superintendent Timothy ...

Delay of vote on cell tower in Plum keeps neighbors rattled

By Karen Zapf
Whispering Pines residents will have to wait until November to find out Plum Council’s decision on a telecommunications tower proposed near their homes. Council voted last week to table AT&T’s site plan and conditional use applications for a 135-foot tower proposed ...

Senior housing plan to be considered in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Developer James Rumbaugh told Plum Borough Planning Commission members Monday night that a decade ago, he received a request from longtime community volunteer Polly Schmeck. “She asked us (in Plum) to do something similar to a (senior housing) project in Penn ...

Plum 2015 budget includes wish lists that will be pared

By Karen Zapf
Plum Council’s finance committee members are taking out their red pens as they review $1.5 million in staff requests for the 2015 budget. Some big-ticket items are $512,000 for road salt; $200,000 for two new police positions, including a replacement for ...

Plum district locked down during search for robbery suspect

By Karen Zapf
Regency Park Elementary in the Plum School District was on lockdown for nearly an hour Friday as police searched for a suspect in an armed robbery. Plum police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said a man entered the Sunoco on Unity Trestle Road ...

Plum School Board looks to correlation between new Pivik building and achievement while debating Regency Park’s future

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board President Sal Colella thinks a new school building makes a difference. Colella cited the new Pivik Elementary School as an example recently while arguing his point that a new Regency Park Elementary rather than a remodeled building ...

Former Pivik Elementary building may be demolished to make way for sports fields in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The former Pivik Elementary School has a special place in Fred Lucas’ heart. “My parents graduated from there when it was a high school, and my grandmother was a cook in the cafeteria,” said Lucas, president of the Plum Area Soccer ...

Plum church launches new ministry focused on serving elderly

By Karen Zapf
Kathy Ballina feels secure in the knowledge that her aging mother has plenty of family support. “My mother lives with my sister, and I am from a family of seven,” said Ballina, 60, of Plum. “My brothers all do things for ...

Traffic study, safety plan on target for Plum’s Regency Park Elementary

By Karen Zapf
Plans to keep Regency Park Elementary open are expected to a prompt a new traffic study and subsequent safety plan based on changes expected from anticipated construction. “The traffic study is 6 to 7 years old,” Plum manager Michael Thomas said.. ...

Plum officials pleased with uptick in SAT scores

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District officials were concerned when they saw SAT scores leveling out over the past couple of years. School board members also had the situation on their radar and wanted scores boosted. “It was one of the things in our strategic ...

Plum superintendent named ‘emerging leader’

By Karen Zapf
Members of Plum School Board said they didn’t need to look far three years ago when replacing retiring superintendent Lillian Naccarati. Board member Kevin Dowdell said ...

Plum School Board to public: Meeting is a ‘don’t-miss’

By Karen Zapf
Sal Colella wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t a seat to be had for the Plum School Board’s Oct. 14 meeting at Oblock Junior High. “This is a big meeting,” Colella, Plum School Board president, said, adding the board has worked hard ...

Proposed legislation prompts Western Pa. school directors to consider security measures

By Karen Zapf
When Plum School Board President Sal Colella heard about state Sen. Don White’s recent proposal to allow school boards to arm teachers and other employees, he took notice. “We will have two resource officers at the high school and junior high ...

Plum teachers expand annual Festival in the Park

By Karen Zapf
Liz Kostandinu knows that fun is a key factor in encouraging children to read. When Kostandinu, children’s programming coordinator at the Plum Borough Community Library, and JR Pilyih, a Plum School District teacher and coordinator of the Annual Festival in the ...

Plum to limit requests to attend schools outside of residents’ neighborhoods

By Karen Zapf
Plum Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said managing dozens of parent requests for children to attend classes in elementary buildings outside their attendance zones was one of the least favorite parts of his job. For the current school year, the district received 70 ...

Rumors of Regency Park Elementary’s closing put to rest

By Karen Zapf
Tracey Simqu got used to hearing rumors over the last decade that Regency Park Elementary School was closing. “My son is graduating from high school this year,” said Simqu, Regency Park Elementary’s PTA president. “From the time he was in first ...