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Sewickley theater gets council’s green light

By Tom Mcgee
The Village Theater Co. soon will be able to celebrate the start of its dream project. Sewickley Council approved the company’s Vanguard Theater Monday night with a 7-0 vote. The 11,800-square-foot theater will be on Walnut Street. Council members Larry Rice ...

Pileup sends 2 to hospital, shuts down highway

By Tribune-Review
Police closed Route 65 in Edgeworth shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday when three trucks collided near Quaker Road. Drivers of two pickups and a large dump truck were injured. A Ford pickup rolled over, pinning the driver inside. Passers-by administered …

Gilded Age estate opening to public for Sewickley Garden Tour

By Tom Mcgee
The public will be able to see part of historic Wilpen Hall — one of the last estates of the Gilded Age in the region and the subject of a family dispute — as part of this year’s Sewickley Garden ...

Sewickley to replant trees; Wolcott Park gazebo heading to Quaker Heights

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley has received nine requests for replanting trees on Centennial Avenue. The borough sent letters to residents after a petition was submitted to save trees on that road that were removed as part of the borough’s paving project. That attempt failed ...

PNC Park serves as church for Sewickley priest

By Gary Horvath
Roughly five hours before the first pitch of Saturday’s 7-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker slipped into a ...

Sewickley teen organizes TEDx talk

By Tom Mcgee
A Sewickley teen will bring an opportunity for intellectual discussion to her school. Chloe Zack, a senior at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, organized a “TEDx” talk for 6 p.m. May 20 in the school’s Hillman Center for Performing Arts. ...

Sewickley Valley primary details outlined

By Tribune-Review
Polling places The following are polling places for each community: Aleppo: Aleppo Municipal Building, 100 North Drive Bell Acres: Big Sewickley Creek Volunteer Fire ...

Harvard education program comes to Quaker Valley

By Tom Mcgee
Harvard is coming to Quaker Valley this weekend. Quaker Valley Middle School will host two days of programs from Project Zero from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Project Zero studies ways to improve education in the classroom. The program is coming ...

Quaker Valley addresses state mandate on volunteer clearances

By Tom Mcgee
Quaker Valley School Board members want to vote on updates to its policy for volunteers next week. The policy on volunteer clearances must be updated as part of new state legislation on security when it comes to outside help in schools. ...

Sewickley Memorial Day tribute nixed for safety reasons

By Gary Horvath
The roster of Memorial Day weekend festivities won’t be as full this year in Sewickley. Because of construction taking place at U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 Air Sea in Glen Osborne, the annual Memorial Day tribute service originally scheduled for ...

Leet girl’s treehouse forced to come down

By Tom Mcgee
A treehouse in Leet built as a school project will have to come down by Oct. 1 after a Quaker Valley student got a lesson ...

Planning commission gives nod to Sewickley theater project

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley planners made it unanimous: The Vanguard Theater project should move forward. The borough’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend that Sewickley Council approve the project after a public hearing last week. Council will hold its own public hearing on the ...

Quaker Valley musical snares Kelly nominations

By Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley High School’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” received eight nominations for the 2015 Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Gene Kelly Awards, including Best Musical. ...

Sewickley group aims to make life a little easier for families of newborns

By Mya Koch
As president of Newcomers and Neighbors of Sewickley, Andrea Hopkins-Green has been there when a young mother couldn’t get to the store for supplies and ...

Explore Sewickley base to move again

By Tom Mcgee
After less than a year in its current location, Explore Sewickley is on the move. The nonprofit organization whose mission is to market Sewickley will relocate to the former Dollar Bank building on Beaver Street. Its current space at 611 Beaver ...

Explore Sewickley seeks Main Street designation

By Tom Mcgee
Leaders of the group tasked with promoting Sewickley are hoping to work with a national organization. Explore Sewickley will apply to be designated as a Main Street organization through the National Main Street Center. The national organization helps revitalize downtown communities. Jennifer ...

5 Democrats seek nominations for Leetsdale council

By Tom Mcgee
The closing of the Leet Street Bridge is one of the top issues for the candidates seeking three seats on Leetsdale council. Five Democrats — Robert ...

Burke: To me, every day is Mother’s Day

By Rev. Thomas Burke
Mother’s Day, coming up Sunday, always is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May. It was started by Anna Jarvis at ...

Sweetwater photo exhibit shows images don’t have to reflect real life

By Kurt Shaw
In an age when digital photography is the norm and the use of image-altering programs like Photoshop is widespread, it’s no longer possible to accept ...

Groups push Legacy Fields project forward

By Tom Mcgee
Work is progressing to get Legacy Fields at Bouchard Family Park in Bell Acres ready for athletes to use, including adding landscaping to stem stormwater ...

Moon teen helping others jump to better health at Sewickley Valley YMCA

By Gary Horvath
When power-lifter Patsy Trello and his wife, Irene — a kettle-bell instructor — started dating when they met at a gym, they joked that should ...

Quaker Valley district taxpayers could face higher tab

By Tom Mcgee
Taxpayers in the Quaker Valley School District could face a tax increase in the 2015-16 school year. The $45.1 million proposed budget calls for a property tax rate of 17.4612 mills, an increase of 0.3064 mills. For a property owner with ...

Sewickley bookshop to host ‘Pittsburgh Dad’

By Gary Horvath
Yinz better get dahn to that Penguin Bookshop over in Sewickley this weekend. Chris Preksta and Curt Wootton — co-creators of the hit Web series ...

3 names added to Tuskegee Airmen Memorial in Sewickley

By Jason Cato
James R. “Wink” Simmons spent part of World War II in the Balkans, North Africa and behind Russian lines. His exploits had him climb Mt. ...

Foragers, foods supporters share secrets for Fern Hollow fundraiser

By Mya Koch 9:14 p.m.
Growing up in Missouri, Rhonda Schuldt recalls, eating locally grown foods was just “part of our DNA.” “We’d shop from farmers all along the side of ...

Bridge work could tie up Sewickley traffic

By Tribune-Review
Commuters who use the Sewickley Bridge will need to prepare for a longer drive time beginning Monday. One lane of the bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for about two weeks while PennDOT inspects the …

McDonald’s abandons plan for Edgeworth restaurant

By Tom Mcgee
McDonald’s won’t be coming to Edgeworth. Borough manager Marty McDaniel said the company notified him Tuesday that it would withdraw its application to build a restaurant at the corner of Hazel Lane and Ohio River Boulevard. A hearing before the …

Work set to begin on housing at site of former Country Inn

By Tom Mcgee 9:14 p.m.
Work soon will begin at the former Sewickley Country Inn site at the corner of Boundary Street and Route 65. Sewickley manager Kevin Flannery said last week that developers for the 26-home Elmhurst plan will start bringing materials to the site. ...

Laughlin Center therapist reaches out to Inner Mongolia orphans

By Gary Horvath
Under the cover of night, a mother leaves her newborn in the drop slot of a mailbox-like bin outside of an orphanage. Unable to afford ...

Campaign to save 33 trees falls flat

By Tom Mcgee
Anna Villella woke up Tuesday morning with the sound of work crews cutting down one of many trees lining Centennial Avenue. “Listening to that woodchipper is ...

Quaker Valley grad has unusual approach to bipolar disorder awareness

By Tom Mcgee
Joshua Walker has performed in more than 30 states, at universities and other venues across the country. But his performance May 1 at Sewickley Heights ...

Sewickley, Leetsdale among 3-time Banner Communities

By Gary Horvath
Sewickley again has been designated as a Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities. Leetsdale also is on the list of 42 municipalities that are receiving the honor for 2015, and both boroughs are among the 17 that have been ...

Missing Sewickley teen found safe

By Michael Hasch
A 17-year-old Sewickley girl who left home last week was found safe in Pittsburgh on Friday night, borough police said. Star Raines-Scales was reported missing …

Edgeworth ordinances would control water pollution

By Tom Mcgee
Edgeworth will hold public hearings on two sewer-related ordinances next week. Council also plans to vote on ordinances to regulate discharges into the borough’s separate storm sewer system and to regulate stormwater on April 21. Both ordinances are designed to prevent pollution ...

Sewickley to move forward with tree-removal plan

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley officials voted to continue with a road improvement project on Tuesday that had been a source of contention. Residents objected to a plan to remove 33 trees as part of a plan to pave and repair sidewalks and curbs …

Judge likely to dismiss kinship care lawsuit against Allegheny County

By Brian Bowling
If Allegheny County paid a Leechburg woman taking care of four children who are related to her, it would probably be in trouble with the federal government, a federal judge said Wednesday. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, Tracy Schaeffer ...

Rough winter exacts a toll from Glen Osborne nature park

By Tom Mcgee
An especially rough winter has prompted caretakers of Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park in Glen Osborne to reach out to the public for help. The Osborne ...

Give yourselves a round of applause

By Mya Koch
Tomorrow evening, the Edgeworth Club will be abuzz with activity. A couple of hundred people will file in. Dinner will be served, toasts will be made and stories shared. But it won’t be a wedding reception or a fundraiser that will be ...

Findlay man accused of stealing $17,000 from bank he managed

By Adam Brandolph
The manager of a Leetsdale bank accused of stealing $17,000 from his employer surrendered to authorities Thursday and was released on nonmonetary bond. Jason Gentile, 41, of Findlay is charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, retail theft and ...