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Little library adds to learning experience at Pleasant Hills Arboretum

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills Arboretum has its very own Little Free Library. Borough public-works supervisor Denny Kunkel used leftover materials to craft a little building-shaped box aimed at ...

Software will screen visitors at West Jefferson Hills school buildings

By Dona S. Dreeland
The West Jefferson School District will use new software to screen visitors who want to enter school buildings during the 2015-16 school year. The Raptor system, with a one-time fee of $8,350, relies on a database to screen out people who ...

Brentwood celebration kicks off Friday with street fair

By Staff Report
In honor of Brentwood Borough’s 100th birthday, the community’s Fourth of July celebration will be bigger than ever. The celebration will kick off with the Brentwood Street Fair from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday on Brownsville Road from the Brentwood ...

Officials to discuss work on Pleasant Hills’ Old Clairton Road

By Dona S. Dreeland
Allegheny County will begin its reconstruction of Old Clairton Road this month. The work, which will remove all the cement from the roadbed and replace it with asphalt, should continue into November. A preconstruction meeting has been planned for Monday with Pleasant ...

Brentwood Library receives grant to replace front doors

By Dona S. Dreeland
The Brentwood Library is among four to receive money from a federal Community Development Block Grant through Allegheny County Economic Development to improve accessibility. The library will receive $28,000 to replace heavy front doors with automatic ones. A total of $48,297 ...

Library Corner: E-resources can give students a head start

By Tribune-Review
The start of the school year sometimes can be a little difficult for kids to get back into the swing of things. But the library ...

Brentwood’s centennial year July 4 to be special

By Dona S. Dreeland
Brentwood is celebrating the town’s century mark with a year full of special events, and the next one begins at 10 a.m. July 4. After the ...

Baldwin-Whitehall budget includes tax increase

By Alex Felser
One year after a reduction in the property-tax rate, the millage is going up in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District for the coming year. The school board on June 17 approved its $61.3 million budget with a 5-4 vote, with a ...

South Park Meals on Wheels continues to meet residents’ needs

By Dona S. Dreeland
The need was there from the beginning, when South Park Meals on Wheels began in 1990. That first week, 27 people in the South Park and ...

Hoopla helps bring comic books to life on your computer or device

By Tribune-Review
Several popular TV shows and movies are created from comic books and graphic novels. Some people fall in love with the comic books first, then ...

West Jefferson Hills School Board to approve site work at new high school property

By Dona S. Dreeland
Site preparation continues at the future home of Thomas Jefferson High School, and the West Jefferson Hills School Board is scheduled to vote tonight, Thursday, on a contract with GeoMechanics Inc. for work at the site. The contract with the ...

Longtime Baldwin-Whitehall librarian closes the book on career

By Stephanie Hacke
Joan Schubert smiled as she leafed through the colorful crayon portraits her students had drawn to say, “Goodbye.” Each had her hair perfectly sketched in ...

West Jefferson Hills School Board set to approve final budget

By Dona S. Dreeland
The West Jefferson Hills School Board is scheduled to vote tonight, Thursday, on a $45 million budget with a property-tax rate increase. If approved, the rate will go up by 0.446 of a mill, bringing the rate to 19.038. With that ...

5 streets chosen for repaving in Pleasant Hills

By Staff Report
Five streets will be repaved this summer in Pleasant Hills. The five streets are HiTor, Cavan, Mowry, Coleen and Sequoia drives. Council awarded a contract to Russell Standard of O’Hara on June 15. Council had budgeted $537,000 for the project, said ...

Pleasant Hills to hang military banners

By Dona S. Dreeland
The Military Banner Program is under way in Pleasant Hills, which joins several other area communities in honoring veterans past and present with the displays along main roads. Council hopes to have banners installed for July 4 along Dutch Lane, off ...

Baldwin-Whitehall school leaders get ‘failing grade’ in state audit for fiscal practices

By Melissa Daniels  and Matthew Santoni
Financial mismanagement and high turnover at the Baldwin-Whitehall School District could be hurting academic performance, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Monday. “Students and teachers ...

Northbound Route 88 to close Monday night for 5 months

By Tribune-Review
The northbound lane of Route 88 will close Monday evening for five months for bridge replacement and road work. Beginning at 7 p.m., the lane will ...

Baldwin-Whitehall School Board approves budget containing tax hike

By Alex Felser
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board voted to approve a 2015-16 budget with a real estate tax increase of 0.81 mills on Wednesday. School board members voted 5-4 to approve the $61.3 million budget that included a $1.9 million deficit. Officials expect ...

Judge reduces sentence in case connected to former Steelers doctor

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge Friday shaved two years off the sentence of a Bethel Park businessman who admitted he conspired with former Steelers doctor Richard Rydze in a prescription drug ring. William Zipf, 60, asked for the reduction because the U.S. Sentencing ...

‘Citizen of the Year’ honor shines bright with Whitehall’s Nowalk

By Stephanie Hacke
Rows of crystal chandeliers glisten from the ceiling in the otherwise dimly lit showroom on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. Many of the pieces, joined by nearly ...

Baldwin relay, related events to help fight cancer

By Stephanie Hacke
Wonder Woman and the Avengers will descend on the Baldwin High School track Saturday to unite the community in a fight against cancer. Relay For ...

Indiana County man accused of stealing $100k from elderly Mt. Lebanon woman

By Megan Guza
An Indiana County man paid for credit card bills, dental work, groceries and cat food using more than $100,000 he swindled from a Mt. Lebanon woman over whom he had power of attorney, police say. Lionel Deimel, 68, of Indiana was ...

Columbia Gas to replace gas mains in Whitehall

By Tribune-Review
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania expects to begin work Wednesday on a $1.1 million project to replace gas mains in Whitehall, the company said Tuesday. The project will replace mains on the 400 block of four roads: Overlook Glen Drive, Glen Robin ...

Baldwin-Whitehall’s Schmotzer cited for violating ethics rules

By Stephanie Hacke
A Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member has repaid more than $4,000 to the district after the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission found him in violation of state rules for orchestrating his own hiring for a newly established district job. A ruling released …

Pleasant Hills Garden Club rewarded for community efforts

By Dona S. Dreeland
Before Pleasant Hills became a borough, the Pleasant Hills Garden Club was founded in 1940, a turbulent time in U.S. history. While the nation still was ...

Some Allegheny County pools encounter concerns over deep-end policy

By Katherine Schaeffer
Some residents, and at least one councilman, are questioning the safety of allowing young children who can’t swim to get in the water — including ...

Whitehall school library turns into learning destination

By Stephanie Hacke
Vibrant green and yellow walls, coupled with miniatures desks, high-tech LEGO bricks and a green screen make the once traditional library at Whitehall Elementary a ...

Brentwood F1 team qualifies for world finals in Singapore

By Stephanie Hacke
The success of a tiny wooden car, barreling down a metal track, could propel five Brentwood High School students halfway around the world — with ...

Brentwood offers summer activities

By Stephanie Hacke
The Brentwood Recreation Department is kicking off a summer of fun in the park, with Zumba classes, swimming lessons and a free concert series in the park. Free concerts The Concert Series in the Park, making its debut in ...

Baldwin discusses upgrades for parks

By Stephanie Hacke
More than 100 Baldwin Borough residents chimed in on an online survey expressing their views on what upgrades they would like to see in Elm Leaf Park. Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett shared the results of the survey, along with ...

5K event in South Park raises awareness about melanoma

By Dona S. Dreeland
The little raised mole on Jessica Rogowicz’s knee in 2007 might have saved her life. It always got in the way when she shaved her ...

Write-in votes help former Baldwin Borough council members

By Stephanie Hacke
Write-in votes on the Republican ballot helped three former Baldwin Borough Council members secure a place on the November ballot. Candidates Ed Moeller, Larry Brown and Bob Collet received the top-three amounts of write-in votes for the Republican nominations for three ...

Brentwood Borough School Board debates final millage rate

By Stephanie Hacke
Cuts to eight programs in the Brentwood Borough School District will save about $529,000 next year. Retirements will net another $196,000 savings, while decreases to administrator raises and benefits will save another $9,000 in 2015-16. District leaders Monday for the ...

Reconstruction work set for Old Clairton Road

By Dona S. Dreeland
Old Clairton Road in Pleasant Hills will be reduced to one lane starting in July for a road reconstruction project. There will be no northbound traffic from near the Cloverleaf to Gill Hall Road on the 1.4-mile stretch of Old Clairton. ...

Personnel files found in trash bin outside YMCA in Baldwin

By Tory N. Parrish
Hundreds of Cloverleaf YMCA personnel files containing Social Security numbers, birthdays and other personal data were stacked Monday in a parking lot trash bin near ...

Fire breaks out at Jefferson Hills chemical plant

By Tribune-Review
A fire broke out at a chemical plant Saturday night in Jefferson Hills, an Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor said. Officials warned residents in nearby Elizabeth to stay in their homes, but lifted the order an hour-and-a-half later. The fire was reported ...

Bethel Park man’s altar design chosen for pope’s Mass in Washington

By Natasha Lindstrom
When Pope Francis celebrates outdoor Mass in Washington this September, he’ll be using a custom-made altar and papal chair designed by an architecture student from ...

Greenhouse at Brentwood Middle/High School gets some TLC from volunteers

By Stephanie Hacke
A once thriving greenhouse, perched to the side of a hallway at Brentwood Middle/High School, often produced breathtaking flowers and tasty peppers. The unique space, ...

Whitehall Community Day

By Tribune-Review
Whitehall Borough embarked on an “Extreme Summer Kick-Off” on May 30 at the borough’s annual community day, held at the beginning of summer for the ...