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Elementary school program in Plum shows fun and math can be in same equation

By Karen Zapf
Mary Cecchetti has a tablet computer, but admits her daughter uses it the most. “She does math games on it,” said Cecchetti, 42, of Plum …

Ex-Plum officer’s hearing set for April 23

By Karen Zapf
A former Plum police officer charged last week in connection with a breach of the borough computer system is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 23. Jeremy J. Cumberledge, 31, of Browntown Road in Plum, surrendered to detectives with …

Plum EMS center bids to be submitted

By Karen Zapf
Bob Moran eagerly anticipates the day the Plum Emergency Medical Services operation moves to its new location on Old Mine Road. “We will pick up our people and trucks and move,” said Moran, deputy director. The new building will have …

School attack next door hits Plum residents hard

By Karen Zapf
Michele Gallagher was concerned when she heard sirens and helicopters just a short distance from her Plum home. “I knew something wasn’t right,” said Gallagher, a member of the Plum School Board. Gallagher soon found out that police and ambulance …

Hockey game scheduled in May to benefit Plum EMS

By Karen Zapf
Brittany Grant had a close relationship with her grandfather. Grant, 26, said she, her siblings and her cousins referred to Al Franci, Plum’s mayor from 1990-97 who died last November at age 81, as “Nono.” “I went to Shadyside …

Winter weather causes overtime, salt supply to add up in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The winter weather took its toll on both the borough’s salt supply and manpower. Councilman Steve “Skip” Taylor, public works committee chairman, said during last week’s meeting that seven snow events in March resulted in 166 hours of overtime for …

Former Plum police officer charged in computer security breach

By Karen Zapf
Authorities on Thursday arrested a fired Plum police officer on a charge of unlawful use of a computer. Jeremy J. Cumberledge, 31, of Browntown Road in Plum, surrendered to detectives with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office at the office …

Plum teenager lands music deal

By Karen Zapf
John Vento vividly remembers the day about two years ago when he met Jess Bitsura. Vento, 53, of West Deer, a musician and partner in …

Plum school officials discuss program cuts to trim down deficit

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members are eyeing a host of options, including program cuts, to eliminate the estimated nearly $1 million deficit in the latest draft of the 2014-15 budget. “I think program cuts should always be an option,” board member …

Bids for Plum paving projects come in lower than expected

By Karen Zapf
With warmer temperatures finally arriving, Plum officials are turning their attentions to much-needed road work. Council members on Tuesday night were expected to consider awarding contracts for paving projects on 19 borough roads, as well as the first phase of …

Plum community center looks to expand membership

By Karen Zapf
Doris Morris has a lot on her plate. Morris, 80, of Plum, is a member of the Red Hat Society, the Plum AARP and Golden …

Subsidence causes road closure of Plum’s Center Road

By Karen Zapf
Work was expected to start this week on a portion of Center Road in Plum that remains closed to traffic because mine subsidence was causing …

Grads named to Plum’s Distinguished Alumni class

By Karen Zapf
Harriet Lee Mulholland Miller recently retired from her career in the wine industry. Miller, 65, of West Chester, is looking forward to restarting a career …

Impending move a sign of growth for Plum fire department

By Karen Zapf
Members of the Renton Volunteer Fire Department are looking forward to later this year, when their new station off Renton Road is expected to be …

Because of contract, Plum classes won’t start until Sept. 4

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District officials have moved the start of the next year to September, to avoid an expense of several hundred thousand dollars tied to language in the current teachers contract. The school board voted last week to change the …

Plum running program helps area students get on the track

By Karen Zapf
Jay Marston was pleased when 140 children joined last year’s Running Mustangs program. Marston, who with Plum School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool last year started …

Plum students display computer skills in community class

By Karen Zapf
Working as a flight attendant didn’t give Dave Leiendecker much time to learn how to use a computer. Leiendecker, 62, of Plum decided last year, …

Residents opting for Plum budget cuts, not tax hike

By Karen Zapf
Borough residents said they want more cuts rather than an increase in the property-tax rate to help balance the proposed 2014-15 Plum School District budget. “Everyone has to sacrifice,” Paul Lawrence told Plum School Board members last week during a …

Plum students ready for battle(bots)

By Karen Zapf
Robotics teams from Plum and Norwin high schools have a lot of work to do in the next month. The students won the top seeds …

Subsidence closes Center Road in Plum

By Tribune-Review
A portion of Monroeville Trestle Road, known locally as Center Road, in Plum was closed to all traffic Tuesday because mine subsidence was causing it …

Plum school calendar adjusted

By Tribune-Review
The Plum School Board during Tuesday night’s meeting voted to approve adjustments to calendars for both the current school year and the next one. Graduation has been set for June 4. Also, school will not be in session on April …

Fire destroys vacant house in Plum’s Logans Ferry Heights

By Braden Ashe
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire on Monday night that destroyed a vacant house in Plum’s Logans Ferry Heights neighborhood in …

Plum graduate Cressler gets offer from Vanderbilt

By Bill Beckner Jr.
Just four days after his release from Cornell and official word that he was transferring, sophomore guard Nolan Cressler picked up a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt. Since Thursday, a number a higher-level programs have inquired about the 6-foot-4 Cressler, a Plum …

School air conditioning, construction among Plum’s projects

By Karen Zapf
Julie Proskin vividly remembers last September’s PTA meeting at Center Elementary School. “The thermostat read 89 degrees (in the room),” said Proskin, Center Elementary PTA …

Plum native writes about life at the races

By Karen Zapf
Running has been a part of Brian Baleno’s routine for more than half his life. Baleno, 36, a Plum native who now lives in Alpharetta, …

Former Plum police officer to fight his termination

By Karen Zapf
A Plum patrolman is fighting his termination. Plum Council during the March 11 meeting voted to fire Officer Jeremy Cumberledge, a seven-year veteran of the department, after suspending him in January for what officials said was an internal breach of …

Plum student learns important lessons as volunteer

By Tribune-Review
“So no one faces cancer alone.” “Cancer support for the whole family the whole time.” These are trademark slogans of Gilda’s Club. When I began volunteering at Gilda’s Club, I did not fully realize the significance of these slogans. Over …

Groups propose division of PBAA assets

By Karen Zapf 6:13 p.m.
Two organizations are set to receive equipment and money from the defunct Plum Borough Athletic Association. Attorney Rolf Patberg who represents the association, or PBAA, said late last week under an agreement that is pending the approval of Allegheny County …

Plum officials debate whether it should deliver on mailbox repair

By Karen Zapf
When mounds of snow from borough plows knock over and damage residents’ mailboxes, Plum public works employees replace them. Councilman Steve “Skip” Taylor wants the practice to continue. Council members recently discussed the possibility of ending the program because of …

Panel recommends school year start delay for Plum schools

By Karen Zapf
Classes in the Plum School District were set to start a week earlier than usual in August. The start date, though, could be later. The Plum School Board education committee last week recommended pushing back the start of classes for …

Holiday Park park-and-ride lot to return on Route 286

By Karen Zapf
A park-and-ride lot at the Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department on Route 286 is scheduled to reopen Monday. Port Authority of Allegheny County spokeswoman Heather Pharo said the transportation agency recently reached a two-year agreement with the fire department to …

Council considers changing Plum police candidate prerequisites

By Karen Zapf
Plum officials plan to hire a new patrolman this year. Police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong has proposed a change to the borough’s civil service regulations in hopes of getting a new officer on the street as soon as possible. Armstrong wants …

Plum police suspect attempted animal cruelty in incident

By Karen Zapf
Plum police are investigating a case of what they are referring to as animal cruelty in the Clover Commons development off Abers Creek Road. Pamela Ring, 69, of Wild Violet Drive, said that when she took her dog, Milo, a …

UPMC data breach, ID theft more expansive than thought

By Karen Zapf and Adam Brandolph
A Plum woman who works for UPMC St. Margaret in Aspinwall told borough police that she is one of the victims affected by a data breach and identity theft scheme affecting employees of the hospital system. The employee reported that …

Plum Council votes to part ways with borough police officer

By Karen Zapf
Plum Council on Tuesday night voted to fire a borough police officer after suspending him two months ago for what officials said was an internal breach of the municipal computer system. The vote was 6-0. Councilman Donald Knopfel was not …

Some Plum roads not bearing weight of winter storms

By Karen Zapf
Just as Plum officials figured out a way to pay for cost overruns on salt, fuel and public-works overtime from the harsh winter, another challenge …

Input sought from Plum fire chiefs group on borough budget

By Karen Zapf
Plum officials have been aiming to restart a program in which the borough assists the four volunteer fire departments in purchasing vehicles. The most recent …

Reader: Plum school board ignoring elephant in the room

By Tribune-Review
Dear Editor: On the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 28, I did something that very few other Plum residents did. I went out in the cold and attended the school board meeting. The board members made nice noises about looking out …