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Edgeworth man pleads guilty in bank fraud conspiracy

By Brian Bowling
An Edgeworth man admitted in federal court Friday that he conspired with others to defraud a bank on a $2.4 million loan for a Florida property. Joseph W. Nocito Jr., 44, president of Castle Mortgage Co., pleaded guilty to bank fraud ...

Ex-Ambridge police officer pleads guilty, gets probation

By Tom Mcgee
A former part-time Ambridge police officer will serve probation after pleading guilty to drug-related charges. Andrew Wanto, 31, of Leet, pleaded guilty last week in Beaver County Common Pleas Court to misdemeanor charges of obstruction of administration of law and criminal ...

Sewickley Herald woman of year impacted many through leadership roles

By Mya Koch
Although Eleanor Friedman never would utter the name of someone who has sought help — occasionally, she said, all it takes is a knowing smile ...

PMT spotlight to shine on Sewickley Academy senior

By Tom Mcgee
A Sewickley Academy student is helping to bring a Tony Award-winning musical to life in Pittsburgh. Ariel Richter, 17, a senior at the Edgeworth-based school, will ...

Quaker Valley schools chief to take close look at volunteer law

By Bobby Cherry
Superintendent Heidi Ondek said she wants to “properly interpret this law so that we’re in compliance and we’re accurately defining what is a volunteer. “Lots of school districts — all 500 of them across the state — are looking into this ...

Sewickley Herald Man of the Year’s reach goes beyond his official role

By Gary Horvath
Like plenty of others, Wayne Murphy has spent many hours of his retirement walking his dog. But what would simply be an act of ...

McDonald’s Edgeworth plan raises concerns over safety

By Tom Mcgee
Some residents are concerned that a proposed McDonald’s, if built, could bring a safety hazard to Edgeworth. A McDonald’s restaurant is proposed near the intersection of Hazel Lane and Ohio River Boulevard. Council has until May 19 to hold a hearing ...

Sewickley teen shares pet cleanup idea with borough

By Tom Mcgee
A Sewickley teenager is taking an idea that helped his street and helping the rest of the borough. Connor Mangan, 15, earlier this month presented six wooden boxes with bags for people to use to clean up after their dogs to ...

Officials to consider permit-only parking for Sewickley zone

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley officials will consider adding permit parking on Walnut Street between Rose Alley and Bank Street later this month. The area would include about 25 spaces, borough manager Kevin Flannery said. The area would be permit-only parking from 8 a.m. to ...

Column: Social media often makes us anti-social

By Mya Koch
I’m over it. It’s just not so much fun anymore. Like anything else we become enamored with when it arrives on the scene, the luster of social media — at least for me — has worn off. Facebook used to be ...

Car accident closes historic stone arch bridge in Edgeworth

By Melissa Daniels
A 126-year-old stone arch bridge spanning a shallow, tree-lined creek in Edgeworth is shut down indefinitely because of a Sunday afternoon crash that damaged the ...

Quaker Valley musical hits comedic note for senior citizens, others

By Tribune-Review
Sewickley area senior citizens were treated to a performance of Quaker Valley High School’s musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” last week. During the production, staged ...

New owner sought for Sewickley landmark

By Bobby Cherry
An iconic Sewickley building that once was a train station and later attracted many prominent musicians of the Big Band era, including Ella Fitzgerald and ...

Providing safe haven aim of teen-driven Sewickley Gay-Straight Alliance

By Bobby Cherry
At a teen-organized group meeting, students introduce themselves with their names and the pronouns by which they want to be referred. In a meeting last month, some preferred male or female pronouns and others preferred gender-neutral pronouns. The introduction — which occurs ...

Sewickley Herald announces Man, Woman, Citizen of the Year

By Tribune-Review
Each year, Sewickley Herald staff members have the difficult task of deciding who to select as our Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year. As evidenced by the number of nominations we’ve received, there is no shortage of people who are ...

Before-school club gets Quaker Valley elementary students running

By Gary Horvath
Some Quaker Valley elementary school students are getting more out of their mornings these days, while they get their bodies moving and connect with friends. Osborne ...

Cherry: Leaving you with a thought: It’s good knowing impact we make

By Bobby Cherry
The Sewickley Herald is an institution. I’ve learned and appreciated that sentiment over the past eight years as a staff member at this more than 110-year-old messenger of news. My time with this storied community institution, however, is ending. I’ll ...

Parking garage bid rejected in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
Plans for a parking garage in Sewickley have been stalled again. Council members Monday night rejected the only bid received for a proposed privately run parking garage in an area currently occupied by the Green Street municipal lot. The lone bidder ...

J.McLaughlin clothing store joining Sewickley’s active main street

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
J.McLaughlin is coming to Sewickley. The men’s and women’s clothing store, known for its classic American apparel, is scheduled to open March 20. It’s the chain’s ...

Sewickley Hills road to close Monday

By Bobby Cherry
Glenfield Road in Sewickley Hills will close March 23 and remain closed for about two months, an Allegheny County spokeswoman said. The closure is expected to begin at 7 a.m. and continue through May 15, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said. The county’s ...

Quaker Valley senior interacts with the house in comedic ‘Chaperone’

By Bobby Cherry
Without an audience there’s no show, says Quaker Valley High School student-actor Peter Heres. That sentiment is especially true this year for Heres, whose role as ...

Snow day doesn’t stop school for Sewickley Academy

By Bobby Cherry
For one day last week, many Sewickley Academy students attended class from home. When several inches of snow fell March 5, administrators closed the private Edgeworth school for the day, but doing so enacted the academy’s first virtual school day for ...

Solutions sought for Bell Acres road slide

By Bobby Cherry
Allegheny County officials are considering ways to fix a sliding area of Camp Meeting Road in Bell Acres, a county spokeswoman said. “We are in the process of designing a repair to a slide area on a portion” of Camp Meeting ...

Sewickley Academy graduate gets spot on ‘Jeopardy’

By Mya Koch
Little did Leslie Gordon know, when she took an online test for fun with one of her college roommates, she’d wind up auditioning for and ...

Public-use spaces a concern with Sewickley private-garage proposal

By Bobby Cherry
Later this month, Sewickley leaders could find out whether a privately run parking garage could be built in the borough. Bids for at least a 150-space parking garage at the site of the Green Street municipal lot are expected to be ...

Photos: ‘Pirates’ at Quaker Valley

By Kristina Serafini
Osborne Elementary School fifth graders performed “Pirates! The Musical” last week. ...

Weather prompts some school activity changes in Sewickley Valley

By Bobby Cherry
Overnight snow forced some schools to delay or close Thursday, and that has led to changes for some school-related activities. At Quaker Valley, students haven’t been in the classroom since last Friday. Planned conference days Monday and Tuesday kept students home ...

Quaker Valley hires assistant principal, promotes elementary principal

By Bobby Cherry
More changes are coming to Quaker Valley’s administration. Board members last week approved hiring Laura Cipriano as assistant high school principal and named Edgeworth Elementary Principal Susan Gentile as the district’s new director of instruction and learning. Cipriano replaces Deborah Riccobelli, who ...

No more half days for Quaker Valley students

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley administrators say changes were needed to the school district’s calendar, in part, to provide more focus on instruction and standardized testing, Students will start the 2015-16 academic year Aug. 25, similar to the August start for the current ...

Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy officials tout benefits of completing projects prior to graduation

By Mya Koch
Anna Farnan is creating a light system so hearing-impaired students can participate in crew sports. Walter Hubsch has come up with a “plane spotting” guide, ...

Life Unleashed: Stress-free training found on pet store shelves

By Andrea Lamping
Dog training can be a lot easier with the right help, and sometimes, that help comes in the form of devices, gizmos and treats. Here ...

Koch: Movie buff gets peek behind the scenes

By Mya Koch
I’ve always been a little star-struck. I adore movies. I turned green around the gills when my daughter got cast as an extra in the Will Smith “Concussion” film. I’ve been around Pittsburgh forever, and around newsmakers — you’d think ...

Sewickley painter turns hobby into successful career

By Kellie B. Gormly
Artist Claire Hardy may be a southern California native, but you would never know it based on her oil paintings depicting Pittsburgh’s industrial past. Hardy, a ...

Sweetwater curriculum picks up STEAM

By Gary Horvath
As Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley marks its 40th anniversary, education coordinator Stephanie Stewart and her staff became inspired to create an expanded ...

Art is for everyone, Sewickley library curator says

By Mya Koch
Randi Morgan recalls the moment she became an art collector. She was living in Chicago and had been visiting galleries, and a papier mache teapot ...

Howard Hanna build in Sewickley could begin next month

By Tribune-Review
Howard Hanna could start construction in late March or early April on a roughly $1 million office building in Sewickley. Sewickley Council members approved the plan earlier this month. The 4,500-square-foot building at Broad and Thorn streets calls for a flat roof, ...

Nominations for Herald honors due by March 6

By Tribune-Review
The Sewickley Herald is accepting nominations for the newspaper’s Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year honors. From now until March 6, we’ll look for your recommendations of those who have given to the Sewickley Valley community. Send us a few ...

Cherry: Forgetting charger sparks fear of missing out

By Bobby Cherry
I was a few minutes into my commute earlier this week when I realized I had forgotten the portable charger for my iPhone. After contemplating turning around to retrieve it, I quickly ran my day’s planned events through my mind and ...

Grant helps Sewickley employees analyze their fitness habits

By Bobby Cherry
One night last week, Kevin Flannery woke up 15 times and lost about 37 minutes of sleep. Sewickley’s borough manager might not have known his nightly sleeping patterns without the use of the activity and wellness tracker Fitbit. Along with sleeping patterns, ...