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Cambodian students answer Oakmont group’s prayers

By Emily Balser
For Cambodian student Chan  Oudom Im, coming to the United States is like being in a dream. Im, who arrived in Oakmont on Tuesday, is …

Oakmont looks to add 2 new zoning districts

By Tom Yerace
Two new zoning districts are in the process of being added to Oakmont’s zoning map and ordinance. Council held a required public hearing on the changes Monday in which the addition of a light industrial district and a second “mixed-use …

The Oaks Theater in Oakmont to become performance arts venue

By Braden Ashe
The Oaks Theater wants to provide more lively entertainment. Long an anchor to Oakmont’s business district with its classic single-screen theater, The Oaks is converting …

Always-charming Oakmont celebrates 125 years

By Jake Flannick
Gary Rogers has a history with Oakmont. He traces an ancestral line to the first settler there, Michael Bright, who came from the eastern part …

Greek Food Festival at Oakmont church finds recipe for success

By R.A. Monti
When the Greek Food Festival at the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont started 40 years ago, the famous honey balls might …

Surprises await participants on Oakmont Garden Club tour

By Julie E. Martin
Gardens are a pleasure for more than the senses. They are a treat for the soul, as well, according to Oakmont Garden Club member Kaye …

Oakmont to host Allegheny Co. volunteer firefighters convention

By Tom Yerace
If a fire breaks out in Oakmont any night next week, there should be plenty of manpower to fight it. The borough will welcome firefighters from around Allegheny County as host of the 100th Allegheny County Volunteer Firefighters Association convention …

Verner Elementary 6th-graders ‘redesign’ park in Verona

By Chasity Capasso
Ashlee Cosentino’s sixth-grade math class at Verner Elementary School worked as amateur architects to “reinvent” Cribb’s Field in Verona. Students were told that, fictitiously, the park was going to be demolished. They then had to reinvent the park, using computation, …

Ambulance fundraiser fliers sent beyond Verona borders

By Patrick Varine
Penn Hills EMS Supervisor Diane Fitzhenry wants Penn Hills residents to know they already pay for an ambulance service with their taxes, and don’t need to contribute to a private company serving the adjacent town. Fitzhenry sent out an email …

Oakmont considers raising fee for zoning board hearing

By Suzanne Elliott
It may end up costing  50 percent more to have a zoning board hearing in Oakmont. Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen told council members on Monday that Oakmont is losing money on zoning board hearings. The fee to have a …

Man injured in Oakmont head-on dies

By Chuck Biedka
A Pittsburgh man died because of Tuesday morning’s head-on crash in Oakmont. A deputy Allegheny County medical examiner identified the man as Richard Scott, 60, of Beacon Street, Squirrel Hill. Scott died in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. Oakmont police said Scott …

Oakmont expects to earmark revenue for River’s Edge stoplight

By Braden Ashe
Oakmont Council plans to use some of the tax revenue it will collect on the new River’s Edge developments to pay for a stoplight needed to control additional traffic. Council next month is expected to establish a fund that would …

Demolition signals start for Speedway in Oakmont

By Tom Yerace
As Speedway prepares to build a gas station/convenience store in Oakmont, its plans have hit snags elsewhere. Crews this week demolished the former Lieberth and …

Oakmont councilman pushes for answers in vandalism of surveillance cameras

By Tom Yerace
An Oakmont councilman has questioned whether Allegheny County police have fully investigated a vandalism incident last summer that disabled borough surveillance cameras. Councilman Tim Favo raised his doubts about the investigation at a council meeting April 14. According to Police …

Instagram builds Oakmont barber’s rep for innovative cuts, ‘hair tattooing’

By R. A. Monti
Wendell Kinley makes cutting hair an art. Instead of a paintbrush and a palette, Kinley uses a pair of scissors and electric shears to create …

Oakmont father-son team’s efforts help add Mon Valley names to police memorial

By Eric Slagle
Homestead police officer Joseph Lecak was rushing to the scene of a major fire when he suffered a heart attack and crashed into a furniture …

Verona’s Steel City Rowing Club fundraiser to showcase ‘garage brewers’

By Patrick Varine
Dean Hornsby already knows a lot about beer. Hornsby, 44, of Oakmont, works for a craft-brew supply company, so it seemed appropriate that family members would buy him a home-brewing kit for his birthday. What surprised him was how much …

Oakmont council OKs Speedway project

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont Council signaled Speedway LLC to start its development engines on Monday. That effectively was done when council agreed to a planning commission recommendation and approved Speedway’s subdivision and final land development applications. That effectively clears the way, from the …

Verona moves toward residential recycling plan

By Julie E. Martin
Verona Council is one step closer to bringing residential recycling to the borough. Council opened bids on Tuesday night from two companies offering recycling services combined with waste hauling. According to officials, the push for recycling began about two years …

Fire rips through Verona apartment building

By Braden Ashe
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire on Sunday that ripped through the roof of an apartment complex across from the Verona …

Wanted Oakmont man jailed in Nevada

By Chuck Biedka
State police are trying to extradite Eric David Luzier, 37, of Oakmont from Las Vegas for allegedly distributing child pornography from Oakmont. Oakmont police thought …

When it comes to video games, Oakmont man knows the score

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
It’s been more than 30 years since Pac-Man became a sensation in the video game arcades of a bygone era and on consoles hooked up …

Antiques show to benefit Kerr Memorial Museum

By Stephanie Ritenbaugh
Oakmont’s Kerr Memorial Museum is celebrating the “tin anniversary” of its antiques show at the Oakmont Country Club starting March 7. “In the Victorian era, …

Oakmont standoff ends peacefully

By Brian C. Rittmeyer  and Braden Ashe
A police standoff in Oakmont ended peacefully shortly after midnight today. Officials said police surrounded a duplex at 121 California Ave. after a man involved …

Oakmont Bakery owner eyes expansion

By Jodi Weigand
Oakmont Bakery wants to eliminate its parking lot to construct a building that would connect and expand its retail store and bakery on Allegheny Avenue. …

Oakmont Historical Society makes new home in time for 125th celebration

By Tom Yerace
In Oakmont, there is no time like the present to appreciate the past. There are two reasons: the celebration of the town’s 125th anniversary this …

Borough residents invited to help Celebrate Oakmont 125

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont celebrates its 125th birthday this year. To commemorate the landmark occasion, the borough, the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce, the Oakmont Historical Society and other organizations in town have planned a year-long party. “The important thing in celebrating the 125th …