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Be a Santa to a Senior delivers joy to nursing home residents in Oakmont

By Jodi Weigand
It appears Santa, in the form of dozens of anonymous donors, has been especially generous to some senior citizens this year. Tuesday, the approximately 80 residents ...

Carabella owner enjoys small-town vibe of Oakmont

By Arianna Costanzo
Carol Kinkela, owner of Carabella in Oakmont, has a quaint little store with few employees whom she has known for quite some time. Kinkela says ...

Oakmont’s businesses, walkability gain notice of empty-nesters, downsizers

By Bob Karlovits
Downtown living seems to be a draw regardless of the size of the community. “It’s one of the reasons we have people looking here,” said Walt ...

Oakmont’s Oaks Theater owner projects updates will expand presence, use

By Bob Karlovits
Marc Serrao is trying to make sure the Oaks Theater in Oakmont is more than simply a community landmark. The Oaks will begin its new life ...

Oakmont avoids tax increase, but garbage, recycling fees to rise

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont Council approved a 2015 preliminary budget Monday night that will keep real estate taxes at 3.4 mills. Final budget approval is expected to take place Dec. 22. The only increase in costs for residents will be another $5.61 in garbage and ...

Oakmont finds balancing proposed $3.6 million budget to be challenge

By Emily Balser
Even with a deadline looming, Oakmont Council on Monday night was still unable to approve a proposed  $3.6 million preliminary budget. Monday was one of several meetings council has held to try to pass a 2015 budget. Council President Nancy Ride ...

Speedway spurs gas price war in Harmar-Oakmont area

By Braden Ashe
In David Giesler’s Butler-based gardening business, fuel is the greatest expense. It’s not surprising, then, that the small businessman is pleased with a drop in gas ...

Choirs get behind effort to rebuild Oakmont church

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The charred remains of a historic Oakmont church have been cleared away, about two months after it was destroyed by fire. While efforts are under way to rebuild St. Paul Baptist Church, two groups are planning a free concert in December ...

Riverview to correct heating problems over Thanksgiving holiday

By Valley News Dispatch
The Riverview School District plans to repair a heating problem in the junior-senior high school during its Thanksgiving break. Superintendent Margaret DiNinno said officials discovered last week that heating units weren’t working in some parts of the building. “We have heat in ...

Oakmont welcomes leashed dogs to Dark Hollow Park

By George Guido
For the first time, leashed dogs will be allowed in an Oakmont park. Council voted 7-0 Monday night to permit dogs on leashes in Dark Hollow Park. A measure that would have allowed unleashed dogs in a designated area of the park ...

Oakmont forced to deal with budget reality

By Tom Yerace
To avoid enacting a hefty tax increase for 2015, Oakmont Council will have to start slashing next year’s preliminary budget. “To do everything we want to do, we would have to increase the general fund (revenue) by 2 mills,” Borough Manager ...

Hulton Bridge to be focus of Oakmont historian’s talk

By Joyce Hanz
Western Pennsylvania has dozens of bridges that are creaking, rusting and inching toward the status of structurally unsafe, including the Jonathon Hulton Bridge. The only bridge ...

Oakmont Council meeting becomes heated

By George Guido
Barbs and accusations were exchanged during Monday’s Oakmont Council meeting relating to a Sept. 4 police chase in which two borough police cruisers were damaged. Councilman Tim Favo spoke about his request to Mayor Robert Fescemyer to view dashboard camera video ...

Developers striving to create ‘traditional neighborhood’ in Oakmont

By Bob Karlovits
John F. Thompson Jr. says one of the best parts of the River’s Edge area in Oakmont is something it is lacking. “You have land along ...

Century-old wedding trousseau donated to Oakmont museum

By Pamela Murphy
The board members at the Kerr Memorial Museum in Oakmont are excited to share their latest exhibit: a donation of a complete wedding trousseau from ...

At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe ...

Westminster Place in Oakmont redesigned to make residents feel at home

By Tom Yerace
One thing evident when walking through Westminster Place in Oakmont is that the senior care industry appears to have changed dramatically. That’s something Paul Winkler, president ...

Amid tears, Oakmont church members vow to rebuild from fire

By Jason Cato
George Rice leaned on his cane on Sunday and stared at the charred white building where he has worshipped, celebrated marriages and mourned deaths for ...

Oakmont patrol car blocks path of speeding driver

By Chuck Biedka
An Oakmont police officer used his patrol car to stop a car being chased by police on Thursday morning. Police Chief David DiSanti Sr. said neither ...

Burglaries in Oakmont similar to break-ins in other communities

By Chuck Biedka
Burglars are breaking into new houses or those under construction to steal big appliances, police allege. Last week, Oakmont police charged Charles Fey IV, 35, of East Pittsburgh and Dwayne Michael Vargo, 35, of Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, with burglary. They ...

Rabid bat found in Oakmont

By Tribune-Review
The Allegheny County Health Department is urging anyone who had contact with a rabid bat found in Oakmont to call the department. The health department removed the bat, which was found on Aug. 8 near the bleachers of the Third ...

Preparations for U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on course

By Karen Zapf
The 2016 U.S. Open Championship is almost two years away. But Oakmont Country Club officials are wasting no time preparing for the golf championship in Plum. Work ...