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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 ...

Boyce Park to open ski season Friday

By Tribune-Review
The Boyce Park ski slopes and snow tubing area will open for the season Friday and will operate through mid-March, weather and conditions permitting. Those planning to go to Boyce Park — a 1,096-acre park in Plum and Monroeville — should ...

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 ...