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Sewickley Academy freshman making difference through love of science

By Kristina Serafini
While most teens her age spent the summer relaxing, Chelsea Carver was conducting scientific research at a local park. Carver, 14, of Pine worked alongside …

Sewickley’s Sweetwater center adds new classes for fall

By Gary Horvath
While many locals are clinging to the last days of summer, the Sweetwater Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the fall. The Sewickley cultural center, located at the corner of Bank and Broad streets, released its catalogue of …

St. James Church in Sewickley to kick off Music Plus

By Gary Horvath
The first concert in the Music Plus series at St. James Church features an artist making his first trip to Western Pennsylvania. Stanton Lanier, a …

Classes, programs in Sewickley can show you how to de-stress

By Mya Koch
Janice Held wants you to slow down a minute, find your inner energy and learn who you really are. Held, of Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood, …

Sewickley council allows food trucks to be part of mart

By Bobby Cherry
There will be food trucks at Friday’s final summer Night Mart after all. But Sewickley Council President Susan Aleshire said if Night Mart organizers plan the event next year, “we don’t want just any kind of food truck.” Council members …

Serafini: Good cause or not, people find reason to complain

By Tribune-Review
My Facebook news feed is filled with videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Among those videos, someone shared an article with a headline that suggested it had answers as to why critics were slamming the challenge. I …

Road salt cost rises; Sewickley council OKs buy

By Bobby Cherry
Temperatures could reach the low 80s this weekend, but municipal leaders are thinking about road salt. Sewickley Council members approved spending $79.29 per ton of rock salt for the upcoming winter. Manager Kevin Flannery said the borough typically uses 1,200 …

Need to modernize closes Ambridge theater doors ... for now

By Bobby Cherry
Behind tall, black doors awaits an empty lobby covered in a red and white wallpaper design with a small glass display counter showcasing an array …

Quaker Valley replacing 490 broken, 1-year-old laptops

By Bobby Cherry
After one year of use, nearly 500 Dell laptop computers at Quaker Valley High School are being replaced because of cracks in the devices, administrators said this week. The switch of 490 Dell Latitude 3330 model laptops to Latitude 3340 …

St. James School enrollment remains steady, pastor says

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Despite a growing number of Catholic school closings regionally, enrollment at St. James School in Sewickley remains steady, a pastor at the church said. Classes at St. James began last Thursday where about 155 students are enrolled in kindergarten through …

Sewickley-based group seeks $1M for Sewickley Heights land

By Bobby Cherry
There’s a 58-acre “hole” in Sewickley Heights Borough Park that municipal leaders and Allegheny Land Trust staff say they’re close to acquiring. But they’re looking for public support. Leaders from the Sewickley-based Allegheny Land Trust said this week the group …

Photos: Quaker Valley students head back to class

By James Knox
Most Quaker Valley students headed back to the classroom Monday. At the high school, 10-12 grade returned Tuesday. …

Quaker Valley’s new chief eyes change, respects tradition

By Bobby Cherry
Heidi Ondek has seen many first days of school during her time as an educator. But this year is different. When classes begin Monday for …

Lane: Here’s to the making of an organized student

By Sandra Lane
It’s that time again: Back to school. It’s when we see our kids face the challenges of keeping up with a fast pace of activities, …

Bus staff to work weekend ahead of Quaker Valley’s first day

By Bobby Cherry
As Quaker Valley students prepare to return to class Monday and Tuesday, transportation staff are working the weekend to help answer questions before buses start again. “During the first week of each school year, buses tend to run late,” district …

Interim Quaker Valley Middle School principal named

By Bobby Cherry
There will be one less Quaker Valley administration position left vacant when classes begin on Monday. Quaker Valley leaders this week named John Bornyas as …

Sewickley area experts react to Robin Williams’ death, depression

By Mya Koch
“Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And …

Sewickley Council, theater group reach lease agreement

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Village Theater Co. leaders hope to have approval through the Sewickley’s planning commission in time for an October groundbreaking of a two-screen movie theater on Walnut Street. Sewickley Council last week approved entering a lease agreement with the nonprofit group …

Sewickley councilman questions workshop meeting vote

By Bobby Cherry
When Sewickley Council members last week voted to approve an agreement to allow the nonprofit Village Theater Co. to lease land on Walnut Street, they did so at a workshop meeting — a meeting elected leaders typically reserve for discussion, …

Privately run garage proposed in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
First there was a proposal for a publicly run garage. Now, there’s a proposal for a privately run garage. Frank Zappala and Peter Friday, of Green Street Partners LLC, presented plans on Monday night during Sewickley’s council meeting to consider …

Sewickley ash trees succumb to green beetle

By Bobby Cherry
More than 10 years since first being discovered in the United States, the emerald ash borer continues to wreak havoc on ash trees in Pennsylvania and across the continent. In Sewickley, borough Manager Kevin Flannery said several trees need to …

Edgeworth attorney honored for support of Villa St. Joseph

By Kristina Serafini
Although Eugene Giotto is honored to be receiving Villa St. Joseph’s 2014 Partner in Caring Award, he said there are many others there who deserve …

Koch: Arts education pays off — and passes on

By Mya Koch
I remember the day my niece, Laura, was born — like it was just last week. That gorgeous red hair, those big beautiful eyes — I could see greatness and ambition behind them from the time she was little. We …

Sewickley church librarian knew that’s where she belonged

By Gary Horvath
Sewickley has added the distinction of being home to one of the top librarians in the country. Ruth White, who has lived in Sewickley with …

Norfolk Southern suing engineer over Sewickley train crash

By Brian Bowling
The engineer of a Norfolk Southern train missed or ignored a signal to slow down on July 2, causing his train to slam into the back of a second train in Sewickley, the railroad company says in a lawsuit filed …

Sewickley actor takes on 2 roles in ‘Parade’

By Kristina Serafini
With 11 Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and two Pittsburgh Public Theater shows under his belt, Joe Jackson has had to pull double duty with roles …

Leetsdale church celebrates storied history

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
The cornerstone of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Leetsdale will be celebrated on Sunday. The church will mark the 125th anniversary with an 11 a.m. service featuring the Rev. Benny Tate of Atlanta as guest speaker. Tate is an …

Sewickley Public Library offers free resume service

By Bobby Cherry
While the Sewickley Public Library is known, of course, for books, reference materials and reading pleasures, staff members say a growing number of visitors are searching for jobs and creating resumes on computers. A new website — www.sewickleylibrary.org/jobs — offering …

No-show slows progress on Sewickley Country Inn property

By Bobby Cherry
Plans for the former Sewickley Country Inn property on Route 65 could be shaping up. But developers for the project have yet to get with the borough’s planning commission for a preconference meeting, borough Manager Kevin Flannery said. The property, …

Developer eyes start of Theater Square project in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
By fall, a developer hopes to begin turning vacant property in the middle of Sewickley’s business district into a new mixed-use development. In phase one of the proposed Theater Square project near Thorn and Walnut streets in Sewickley, developer Peter …

Cherry: ‘Biggy’ tended our office, lifted our spirits

By Bobby Cherry
It wasn’t until after Steve died last week that I learned so much about the man who kept our offices tidy and brought a cheerful outlook to sometimes long days. In fact, I didn’t know Steve’s last name until reading …

Photo gallery: Sewickley church carnival held

By Kristina Serafini
Sewickley United Methodist Church’s fifth annual carnival was held Aug. 9 along Thorn Street …

Photo gallery: Quaker Valley band readies for season

By Kristina Serafini
Quaker Valley High School Marching Band members are preparing for a new season of performances. The band will perform Aug. 16 during Kennywood Park’s traditional …

Updates to Sewickley Academy’s Oliver Building nearly complete

By Bobby Cherry
When senior school students at Sewickley Academy return to class early next month, they’ll find a completely revamped science facility. As part of the $13 …

Allegheny Land Trust adds 48 acres to Sewickley Valley project

By Bobby Cherry
More than 1,200 acres of untapped green space are linked with Allegheny Land Trust’s acquisition of 48 acres in Sewickley Hills. Land trust leaders, elected officials and others celebrated the 48-acre purchase last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s great …

Edgeworth, Leet rewarded for recycling

By Bobby Cherry
Edgeworth and Leet Township are among several communities to receive recycling grant funding from the state. The grants were awarded as part of the state’s Recycling Performance Grant Program and provide incentives to help Pennsylvania communities increase recycling and to …

Sewickley fire department happy to stay put

By Bobby Cherry
Cochran Hose Company’s fire chief says his department is content with keeping the station located within the center of Sewickley. “We actually prefer staying where we are right now,” fire Chief Jeff Neff said. “We think some things can be …

Sewickley theater group seeks director

By Bobby Cherry
Just a few months shy of a plan to break ground on a proposed two-screen movie theater within Sewickley’s business district, Village Theater Co. leaders are seeking an executive director to run the nonprofit group. A job ad was posted …

Tasty traditions at heart of Ambridge church’s Rusyn festival

By Mya Koch
Fans of homemade Slavic food may want to attend the 21st annual Rusyn Food Festival, opening Aug. 7 at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Greek …