TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


Grant will help pay for school resource officer at Pleasant Hills schools

By Dona S. Dreeland
A school resource officer will make the halls of Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary part of a beat next year. The officer would assist principals in working with anti-bullying programs and informational activities regarding social media. During the summer ...

Police chief settlement, legal fees to cost Brentwood more than $400K

By Stephanie Hacke
Parting ways with Brentwood’s police chief of 13 years will cost taxpayers more than $400,000 over the next three years. Legal fees, a settlement with former police Chief Robert Butelli and hiring an outside investigator will total a projected $406,755 ...

Talks continue for new Brentwood EMS contract

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders have agreed to a one-month contract extension with the borough’s emergency services provider of 37 years while a new pact is worked out. Council voted unanimously on Dec. 8 to extend Brentwood Emergency Medical Services’ contract through Jan. ...

Baldwin-Whitehall school board president sets new rules

By Stephanie Hacke
A newly appointed Baldwin-Whitehall School Board president has outlined new rules for the upcoming year, including an earlier start time for meetings and changes in procedure for his colleagues. School board meetings, held the first and second Wednesday of each ...

Officials pressed for decision on Brentwood borough building

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders have until Dec. 24 to decide if they want to continue pursuing plans to lease a new borough building in the heart of the Brownsville Road-business district. Borough leaders are considering a 25-year lease for a new municipal ...

Final Brentwood budget approved

By Stephanie Hacke
A $15 million Brentwood budget approved by council members last week focuses on capital improvements, yet holds the line on the millage rate for 2015. Borough Council on Dec. 8 unanimously approved next year’s spending plan that includes $7.3 million ...

Pleasant Hills council OKs tax hike, fee changes

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills council passed its 2015 budget this week, which included a 1-mill increase in the property-tax rate. Monday’s vote was 5-2, with Councilman Greg Smith and council President Dan Soltesz dissenting. The new tax rate will be 6.75 mills. With ...

Brentwood vigil marks death of black motorist 19 years ago, other deaths

By Stephanie Hacke
Black motorist Jonny Gammage died 19 years ago of asphyxiation in a confrontation with five white South Hills police officers. The deaths of young black men ...

8 sickened by carbon monoxide leak in Baldwin Borough apartments

By Matthew Santoni
Eight people became ill from an apparent carbon monoxide leak Monday at an apartment complex in Baldwin Borough, authorities said. The calls for fire and medical personnel came from the apartment buildings on Wolfe Drive about 10 a.m., according to ...

Balloon connects Baldwin High School, upstate New Yorker

By Stephanie Hacke
The deep purple foil of the crumpled, deflated balloon caught Loren Newton’s eye as he trekked through the woods on Tug Hill Plateau in upstate ...

New website to track Thomas Jefferson High School’s progress

By Dona S. Dreeland
The West Jefferson Hills School Board hired Angela Pro Design LLC to develop and maintain a website that will track construction of the new Thomas Jefferson High School. Pro graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2005, earned a graphic ...

W. Jefferson Hills school board reorganizes

By Dona S. Dreeland
Tony Angotti will remain president of the West Jefferson Hills School Board for 2015. There were few changes as the board took its reorganization votes on Tuesday. Carolyn Bourgeois will hold her position as first-vice president; and Alan Caponi will remain ...

Whitehall stormwater fee gets fresh approval, with changes

By Stephanie Hacke
A mayoral veto brought Whitehall’s stormwater impact fee back to council for a second vote, which was passed with a few changes. Mayor James Nowalk, a proponent of Whitehall’s stormwater impact fee, said he vetoed the first ordinance in hopes ...

New school board president named for Baldwin-Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
An admittedly divided Baldwin-Whitehall School Board appointed several colleagues to new leadership roles for the next year. In a 6-3 vote on Dec. 3, Ray Rosing was appointed to serve as board president for the next year. Rosing, who attended ...

Council at odds over borough building talks in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Despite requests by colleagues to hold off on a final agreement with a Pittsburgh developer to lease a new borough building, members of a Brentwood Council committee said they plan to begin talks soon. “We’re going to move forward with it,” ...

Baldwin Borough Council proposes change to millage for 2015

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin Borough residents could receive an early Christmas present: a nearly half a mill real estate tax increase, the first in the borough since 2006. Council members Tuesday agreed to advertise the town’s tax rate for 2015, setting the millage ...

Scout’s project hits every curb in Baldwin Township

By Kyle Lawson
Tim Dugan considered leaving the Boy Scouts during his freshman year at Central Catholic High School. His calendar filled up with marching band, sports, his daily ...

No tax increase expected in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall residents likely will not face a millage increase for 2015. Borough leaders have yet to set the property-tax rate for next year, but “no tax increase is anticipated,” borough manager James Leventry said. The borough’s 2015 proposed budget, which ...

Cookie walks becoming sweet holiday destinations

By Dona S. Dreeland
Home bakers across the region are preparing to share treats from their kitchens at several local cookie walks. Western Pennsylvania churches and other organizations host cookie ...

Dress code meets with little resistance so far at West Jefferson Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
The revised dress code at Thomas Jefferson High School and Pleasant Hills Middle School has taken effect with little incident. The code had been in the spotlight when classes began in late August, but since its revision — with the ...

Repairs to close South Park ice rink Thursday, Friday

By Aaron Aupperlee
Repairs that will close the South Park Ice Rink on Thursday and Friday will stop the ice from turning slushy, parks spokesman Kevin Evanto said. The system of pipes and chemicals that keeps the ice frozen has not worked properly since ...

Vote coming on Brentwood borough building proposal

By Stephanie Hacke
The pitch: Tear down the Brentwood Borough building and work with a developer to build a four-story complex, with a parking garage, commercial development and ...

Rezoning approved for Brentwood funeral home

By Stephanie Hacke
A South Hills funeral home will add an on-site dining hall to meet the demand for expanded services. A proposed addition to the John F. ...

Rules aim to bring consistency to Brentwood police force

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood residents can expect more consistent enforcement from the borough’s police force, as new departmental rules are adopted and enforced, leaders said. “When your police officers are following the same policies and procedures it helps the residents because they know what ...

No tax hike projected in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
The real-estate tax rate is set to remain the same in Brentwood for 2015, as council approved a proposed budget last week. The $15 million budget that includes $7.3 million in the general fund, holds the line on the tax ...

Column: Let Baldwin librarian help navigate technology

By Pam Richter
Each day, it seems as though there is a new app, tablet or media site to figure out. Between Twitter, eBooks and “the cloud,” technology ...

2 Jefferson Hills teens hurt in Forward crash

By Patrick Cloonan
Two Jefferson Hills teenagers were hospitalized with injuries suffered in a one-car crash Tuesday in Forward. Forward police Officer Robert Curdie said the boys crawled out of their overturned car shortly before 8:30 p.m. on a rain-slicked Bunola River ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Whitehall council considers change to 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 ...

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 ...