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Brentwood police chief to get nearly $200K as part of settlement agreement with borough

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders will pay the town’s police chief nearly $200,000 to retire, because an internal report alleges he mismanaged the department for years. Chief Robert Butelli, 62, said Tuesday, however, that his departure from the department he led since 2001 ...

Cultures unite for Thanksgiving celebration in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Nan Nway cooked traditional fried rice to celebrate Thanksgiving with more than 100 friends and family members from across the world. Before moving to the ...

Obstetrics unit at Jefferson Hospital welcomes 1st arrivals

By Dona S. Dreeland
Abbigail Grace Monaghan of McKeesport and Emma Rose Kissell of Dunlevy, Washington County, always will share a bit of history. Both were born on Nov. 18, ...

Baldwin-Whitehall students get serious about playing games

By Stephanie Hacke
Jelena Winowich laughed along with her middle school peers and high school students from another district as they tested a new computer game filled with ...

Whitehall council votes to change borough’s alcohol policy

By Stephanie Hacke
The Whitehall Public Library could be the first to serve alcohol on borough property at planned fundraisers. Borough council in a 6-1 vote on Nov. 19 agreed to have solicitor Irving Firman prepare a policy that would allow for beer and ...

Brentwood finds new use for old uniforms

By Stephanie Hacke
The old custom-designed royal-blue and white Spartan band uniforms — with a distinguished yellow-gold accents and Brentwood “B” — were stuffed and crammed into every ...

Whitehall property owners sound off on storm water fee

By Stephanie Hacke
The owner of one of Whitehall’s largest properties says the formula being used to calculate a new storm water impact fee for all property owners is flawed. When calculating all solid surfaces — or runoff-producing surfaces, such as roofs, sidewalks ...

Students serving as representatives to West Jefferson Hills board

By Dona S. Dreeland
There will be some younger faces at West Jefferson Hills School Board meetings. For the first time, four high school students are serving as student representatives. Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Taylor Bonds, Lexi Stoicovy and David Lee and sophomore Meghan ...

Glass Run Road in Baldwin to remain closed through December

By Stephanie Hacke
A portion of Glass Run Road in Baldwin Borough will remain closed for bridge replacement work through mid-December, PennDOT officials said. A “utility relocation issue” pushed the opening of Glass Run, which was has been closed to traffic at the ...

Mt. Lebanon staffers become hunters to attack deer problem

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon employees could be the first to cull deer in the community this winter if the commission approves a safety plan and gets enough of its firefighters, police and public works employees to be certified for bowhunting on public ...

Bethel Park students record books for hospital

By Matthew Santoni
Sitting in front of a green screen at Bethel Park High School’s new high-tech TV studio, McKenna Ferris read aloud from “Put me in the ...

Mt. Lebanon approves archery, trapping to cull deer population

By Matthew Santoni
After years of competing pleas to curb deer damage and spare residents from hunting in their backyards and parks, the Mt. Lebanon commissioners approved a deer management plan Monday night that will lean on archery and trapping to cull the ...

Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh Foundation team

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District will partner with The Pittsburgh Foundation on an endowment to support the schools, as the district prepares to move out of the “quiet phase” of fundraising it began more than a year ago. The Downtown-based foundation ...

Book highlights Brentwood’s 100-year history

By Mandy Fields Yokim
The Brentwood Historical Society is commemorating the borough’s upcoming 100th anniversary with a new book about the community. About 60 people celebrated the book launch at ...

Jefferson Hills fire department gets FEMA grant

By Dona S. Dreeland
The third time was the charm for Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company when assistant chief Adam Galis got word he had written a successful grant proposal. The fire company was notified recently of its $127,000 grant from FEMA Assistance to Firefighters ...

Brentwood officials vote to settle with, release police chief

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders Monday agreed to settle with and release the borough’s police chief from his contract. Council members, in a 6-1 vote during a workshop meeting, approved the agreement with 13-year police Chief Robert Butelli, effective Monday. He had been ...

West Jefferson Hills school officials analyze state scores

By Dona S. Dreeland
Recent state School Performance Profile scores left West Jefferson Hills School District Superintendent Michael Panza, smiling — for the most part — but also concerned. While all of the district’s elementary schools showed improvement on their scores for the 2013-14 school ...

Jefferson Hills to join military banner campaign

By Dona S. Dreeland
Jefferson Hills residents now can honor family members who served in the armed forces with special banners. The banners will be hung in public places as a reminder of their patriotism. For a one-time fee of $80, residents will receive a ...

Baldwin High School’s fall plays show topical range

By Stephanie Hacke
The night will start with serious undertones about feminism and human rights and end with the troubles of blind dating. Audience members will be whisked through ...

Medic Rescue South to stuff ambulance with toys at Caste fest

By Stephanie Hacke
Rather than a patient, it will be mounds of toys laying in the back of an ambulance next Saturday, as Medical Rescue Team South Authority ...

Homegrown tree tops light up Brentwood celebration

By Stephanie Hacke
Santa and Mrs. Claus and characters from the Disney movie “Frozen” will descend on Brentwood on Saturday for a parade, photos and the lighting of ...

Baldwin officials consider budget options

By Stephanie Hacke
Borrowing $3.5 million, coupled with a nearly half-mill tax increase in Baldwin, could help fund park improvements, borough building upgrades and other capital improvements. The tax increase, too, would help to make up for lost revenues that followed a court-ordered, ...

Cookies for seniors being collected at Baldwin’s Leland center

By Dona S. Dreeland
The staffs of LifeSpan Community Resource Centers are offering area bakers a chance to share the sweetness of the holidays with the senior citizens they serve. They hope to collect 300 dozen cookies to distribute to the 700 people who receive ...

Pleasant Hills police dog to retire

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills residents will have one last opportunity to give Scrapi, the borough’s K-9, a pat on the head when the police department hosts a “Visit with Santa” Dec. 6. After eight years of service with the department, Scrapi will retire ...

Finleyville car crash victim’s recovery nets comeback award from trial lawyers association

By Adam Brandolph
A serious car accident on the way to her daughter’s wedding rehearsal put Brenda Gump in a coma for six weeks and left her with ...

Cyber dating abuse ‘common,’ Children’s scientists find

By Megha Satyanarayana
Officer David Artman routinely talks to kids in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District about being safe. Fifth-graders learn about cyberbullying. Eighth graders learn about domestic violence. But so far, he said, there isn’t a lesson for how the two come together ...

Local veterans honored at honor roll rededication

By Stephanie Hacke
John Bowen rarely drove by the old monument, just blocks from his home, that recognized he and his childhood friends for their service to their ...

Players and parents rally around Baldwin High School coach after job posting

By Stephanie Hacke
More than a dozen Baldwin High School junior varsity basketball players stood in unison to support a coach they say has helped them, on and off the court. Players, parents and fellow boys basketball coaches who have worked with junior varsity ...

Brentwood official hopes for quick action on chief

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders said they hope to reach a resolution soon on matters that led to the suspension of the borough’s police chief two months ago. Despite one canceled meeting related to the chief’s suspension and another ending without action in ...

Brentwood officials discuss projects

By Stephanie Hacke
A new playground, upgrades to the civic center and improvements to the Brentwood library and swimming pool all are planned for 2015, based on the borough’s capital improvement budget. Brentwood leaders held their second budget workshop session Monday and reviewed ...

Mystery on the stage for Thomas Jefferson High School’s fall play

By Dona Dreeland
It was a natural for Julie Tipton, Thomas Jefferson High School’s drama director, to have chosen “Murder in the Knife Room” for the fall play presentation. “It’s really silly,” she said and a perfect setting for young actors to learn how ...

Whitehall officials aim to clear up questions about planned sewer fee

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall leaders outlined plans on Nov. 5 to implement a fee some property owners could be required to pay beginning Jan. 1 to help fund improvements to the borough’s storm water system. The questions are simple, according to Whitehall’s borough ...

Baldwin man accused of stealing thousands from VFW, American Legion

By Jason Cato
Allegheny County authorities Thursday jailed a Baldwin Borough man accused of diverting donations from two South Hills veterans groups and spending more than $40,000 on himself, his family and other non-approved expenses. County prosecutors charged Patrick J. Gorman, 78, with ...

Brentwood teachers take fundraising initiative for STEAM project

By Stephanie Hacke
They’ve already selected the paint for the classrooom. The program also has a name. “Imagination Station 4 Innovation” would tie together science, technology, engineering, art and ...

Baldwin basketball players stand up for coach at school board meeting

By Stephanie Hacke
More than a dozen Baldwin High School junior varsity basketball players stood together Wednesday night to support a coach they say has helped them more than just on the court. Players, parents and fellow basketball coaches who have worked alongside junior ...

Mobile libraries pop up in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Karen Pearson watches each week as people fill the hallways of the old St. Elizabeth High School waiting for food, hours before the Cloverleaf Area ...

First week of Pleasant Hills Arboretum hunt yields 7 deer

By Dona S. Dreeland
Seven antlerless deer were harvested in the first five days of a controlled archery hunt in the Pleasant Hills Arboretum. Two bow hunters have been in ...

Plan to add streetlights at intersections in Whitehall complex

By Stephanie Hacke
Lines, signs and lighting will be added at five intersections in the Whitehall Place housing complex in an effort to boost safety in the densely populated development. Yet some Whitehall Council members said they worry that granting Whitehall Place management’s request ...

Brentwood officials hope plans for new borough building sparks growth

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood officials say they hope plans to lease a new borough building in the heart of the town’s central business district is only the start ...