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Baldwin native McNulty’s storied legal career leads to Grove City post

By Debra Erdley
August was a homecoming for Paul McNulty. The Baldwin native’s 30-year legal career in Washington included stints as prosecutor in the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases, …

On-off ramps on southbound Interstate 79 from Carnegie slated for two-day closure

By Bobby Kerlik
Motorists trying to get to and from Carnegie via southbound Interstate 79 overnight Tuesday and Wednesday will have to take alternate routes as both the on and off ramps will be closed for paving, PennDOT officials said. The ramps, which …

Brentwood man chronicles battle with haunted house

By Stephanie Hacke
Bob Cranmer said a blood-like substance was splattered across the walls of his century-old home on Brownsville Road. Furniture moved on its own. Paintings turned …

Work to begin on Horning Road

By Tribune Review
Allegheny County Department of Public Works crews will pave a portion of Horning Road from Broughton Road to Chestnut Street beginning Tuesday. There will be lane restrictions during construction and flaggers will be at the site, which straddles Baldwin Borough …

Search is on for new Brentwood borough building

By Stephanie Hacke
A vacant lot or empty storefront in the center of town could be the perfect spot for Brentwood’s next municipal building. Brentwood leaders are looking for ideas, and they’re asking developers to come to them with plans. “Basically, we’re looking …

Baldwin civil service commission member ousted

By Stephanie Hacke
A longtime member of Baldwin’s civil service commission was ousted from the committee that certifies test results for police candidates. Baldwin Mayor David Depretis served as the tiebreaker in voting for civil service commission newcomer E. John Egger over Bob …

Pleasant Hills Rotary invites community out to the ball game

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills residents can attend the Pirates-Brewers match up on Sept. 19, enjoy a block party and watch 50 students from Jefferson Elementary use sign …

Baldwin hires accounting firm

By Stephanie Hacke
A third-party accounting service will be brought in to help Baldwin Borough leaders clear up what they say are minor issues in financial reporting that were cited in the municipality’s latest audit. Council members, in a unanimous vote on Aug. …

Consultant hired to help Brentwood decide on EMS

By Stephanie Hacke
A man with an extensive background in managing emergency medical services and coordinating disaster training as far away as India could help Brentwood leaders decide the future of their EMS. Brentwood Council, in a 6-0 vote Monday, hired Richard William …

Baldwin performing arts center dedication to honor longtime music director

By Stephanie Hacke
Each time Jonny Priano plants his feet on the Baldwin High School stage, it feels like home. An orchestra pit and new seats have been …

Paynter students take the ice-bucket challenge

By Stephanie Hacke
A challenge from one of their peers to douse themselves with a bucket of blistering-cold ice water to raise money for a worthy caused united …

Whitehall development scheduled for completion

By Stephanie Hacke
The construction of 55 town houses in the next several months will complete a Whitehall housing development that debuted at least three decades ago. Whitehall Council unanimously approved plans at their Aug. 20 meeting for the final phase of the …

West Jefferson Hills school board members stripped of leadership posts

By Dona Dreeland
A longtime West Jefferson School Board member was ousted from her role as vice president by her colleagues on Tuesday night. Carolyn Bourgeois replaced Shauna D’Alessandro as first vice president by a 7-2 vote, though she remains on the board. …

Jefferson Hills council awards bid for Beedle Park work

By Dona S. Dreeland
Work could begin soon on updates to Beedle Park. “We want to work as quickly as possible to beat the weather,” said Matt Sebastian, Jefferson Hills engineer. Council voted Monday to award a $343,700 contract to Plavchak Construction in Clairton. …

Baldwin-Whitehall superintendent gets new contract

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members have given the district’s top leader a new three-year contract, the board president said. Board members in an 8-1 vote on Aug. 13 approved a contract with Superintendent Randal Lutz that runs from July 1, 2015, …

At a glance: What’s new in Brentwood this school year

By Stephanie Hacke
New faces and modern technology will greet students and staff heading back for classes in the Brentwood Borough School District on Monday. People Amy Burch, who took over as Brentwood’s new superintendent on July 1, has spent several weeks getting …

Whitehall’s community day goes tropical

By Stephanie Hacke
Whitehall Borough is turning itself into a destination island as the suburban Pittsburgh town celebrates its community day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the theme, “A Tropical Paradise.” “We’ve got tons and tons of sand. It was …

Baldwin-Whitehall expects to shine with milestone school year

By Stephanie Hacke
It will be a diamond-studded year in Baldwin-Whitehall as the district celebrates its 75th anniversary during the 2014-15 school year. Events being planned for throughout the year will honor students, staff and the district’s history, Superintendent Randal Lutz told board …

Brentwood students charged with classroom updates

By Stephanie Hacke
Vibrant greens, punchy oranges, and Spartan blue and gold will brighten the walls inside several classrooms at Brentwood High School this fall. New or improved …

Brentwood council enforces time limit for speakers at meetings

By Stephanie Hacke
Speakers who make offensive, obscene or threatening remarks at a Brentwood Council meeting now can be removed by borough police, based on rules approved this week. In an effort to control public participation after heavily attended meetings in recent months, …

High school principal to make debut at TJ

By Dona S. Dreeland
Many eyes will be on Christopher Sefcheck, Thomas Jefferson High School’s new principal, when students return to classes on Aug. 25. He began his role on Aug. 1, after leaving his post as principal at Frazier High School in Fayette …

Pleasant Hills man charged in user’s heroin death

By Brian Bowling
Giving addicts and their families practical information about avoiding and dealing with overdoses is one of several proposals an advisory group to U.S. Attorney David Hickton is considering to reduce overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania. The group met for two …

Police union official settles lawsuit with Bethel Park

By Brian Bowling
The president of the Bethel Park Police Association has settled his retaliation claim against the municipality and police Chief John Mackey, his lawyer said Friday. Lawyers for Kenneth Radinick and the municipality filed a joint motion to dismiss the lawsuit. …

Volunteers help organizations keep local history alive in South Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local history would be in danger of fading away if not for the work of historical society directors, presidents and boards who continue to labor …

Brentwood OKs plan to contract bus service with Baldwin-Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Neighboring school districts could contract together to transport special education and vocational students — cutting the costs for those routes nearly in half. Brentwood Borough School District on Monday, in a 7-0 vote, approved a $272,640 one-year contract with the …

Baldwin-Whitehall school superintendent gets raise, new 3-year contract

By Stephanie Hacke
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board Wednesday night gave the superintendent a new three-year contract, one year before his current pact expires, in an effort to create stability in the district, the board president said. Board members in an 8-1 vote approved …

Brentwood church to hold first fair trade sale

By Dona S. Dreeland
St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood will sponsor its first fair trade sale on Sept. 27 and 28, bringing the world to the South Hills. Foods, home décor items, fashion and musical instruments made by artisans from third-world countries will be …

Brentwood officials consider WiFi access for park

By Stephanie Hacke
Browsing the Internet could soon be easier for those walking through Brentwood Park or lounging on the deck of the borough pool. Borough leaders are exploring ways to make at least part of the centrally located municipal park WiFi accessible …

Brentwood officials say stadium on track for Sept. completion date

By Stephanie Hacke
Mounds of dirt and “Keep out” signs still surround Brentwood Stadium, just one month before the home opener for the Spartan varsity football team. Brentwood …

Debate continues over tax decrease in Baldwin-Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members continue to clash over a board majority’s decision in June to reduce the property-tax rate by 2 mills for the 2014-15 school year. Final numbers from the state, which Baldwin-Whitehall received after board members approved the …

Theft suspect in South Hills chase charged 6 times since ’99 with fleeing, eluding police

By Stephanie Hacke  and Matthew Santoni
A Baldwin Borough police officer remained hospitalized on Thursday with a head injury he suffered while trying to detain a man who then led officers on a car chase through the South Hills. Police said Richard J. Desabetino, 33, of …

Program to target damaged sidewalks in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders plan to introduce a program that would target the borough’s damaged sidewalks. “We’ve got to make sure our residents have safe sidewalks to walk on,” borough manager George Zboyovsky said. Brentwood Council members in July received the first …

Brentwood, Baldwin to talk police consolidation

By Stephanie Hacke
A committee comprised of Brentwood and Baldwin leaders will review options for consolidation, regionalization or merging of the neighboring municipalities’ police forces. Yet, even before the formal discussions began, leaders from the bordering towns this week had differing ideas of …

Woman admits to stealing $700K from South Hills car dealership

By Brian Bowling
The former office manager for a South Hills car dealership on Thursday admitted that she used her access to the company’s bank accounts, payroll systems, accounting systems and cash to steal about $700,000 over several years. Deborah Cassini, 61, of …

New superintendent settling in at Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Amy Burch, pledged to always live in the town where she worked. Now, after a career that’s taken her as far as Atlanta, Burch is …

Photo gallery: Baldwin Borough Community Day

By Tribune-Review
Baldwin Borough’s Community Day was held Aug. 2, and kids of all sizes enjoyed the rides, games and activities. …

Rental inspection has had impact in Brentwood

By Stephanie Hacke
Deplorable conditions inside one Brentwood apartment complex several years ago prompted borough leader to adopt new procedures regarding inspection of rental properties. Brentwood leaders have …

Whitehall park prepares for KaBOOM! project

By Stephanie Hacke
An aged, gray jungle gym at Wallace Park in Whitehall will be transformed into a vibrantly colored play space — complete with three side-by-side slides and a boulder climbing rock. All that’s needed are nearly 250 volunteers, six hours and …

Baldwin enrolls in program to help transform vacant property

By Stephanie Hacke
An old abandoned restaurant on Streets Run Road caught the attention of Baldwin Borough leaders. “It’s sitting there vacant. The building’s falling down,” council President Michael Stelmasczyk said about the site of the former Chesapeake Steak and Seafood bar and …