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Hulton Bridge closure nears

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The first of two two-week closures of the Hulton Bridge is just over a week away. The Allegheny River span between Harmar and Oakmont is scheduled ...

Plum Creek flood mitigation plan in the works, official says

By Tom Yerace
For decades, “Plum Creek” and “flooding” have been synonymous for property owners along the creek separating Oakmont and Verona. That may be changing in the near future, according to Oakmont Councilman Tom Briney. Monday night, Briney told council that the Plum Creek ...

Break-ins reported in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police are looking for a man who witnesses said broke into two houses in the borough Thursday afternoon. A witness saw a suspicious man in her California Avenue neighborhood and watched him enter a house in the 800 block, Oakmont ...

Oakmont, Kiski Township election results finalized

By Trib Total Media
Absentee ballots snap Oakmont Council tie The inclusion of absentee ballots in Allegheny County’s unofficial election results broke a tie in the Oakmont Council race. Incumbent ...

Teachers from China observe autism training at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School

By Jodi Weigand
A group of teachers from China are spending time at Riverview Jr./Sr. High School in Oakmont as part of an autism education training program. The four ...

Couple returns home to buy Mystery Lovers Bookshop

By Bob Karlovits
Natalie Sacco and her husband, Trevor Thomas, have solved the case at Oakmont’s Mystery Lover’s Bookshop. They recently bought the 25-year-old bookstore from owner Laurie Stephens, a sale that will officially be announced May 2, also National Independent Bookstore Day. The shop ...

Candidates for Oakmont Council urge focus on public, not personalities

By Jodi Weigand
Candidates running for Oakmont Council say the borough needs to focus on capital and community improvements rather than conflict between council members. Incumbents Nancy Ride and ...

3-D printed implant that aids breathing of Oakmont boy changes shape as child grows

Staff and Wire Reports
An Oakmont boy is one of three children in the United States implanted with a groundbreaking, 3-D printed medical device that improves breathing and changes shape as children grow. Ian Orbich, son of Meghan and Justin Orbich, received the device at ...

Verona rushes on sidewalks

By George Guido
The next phase of downtown Verona’s streetscape project will be a fast and furious one. Contract bids will open Friday for a $425,000 project that will foster sidewalk improvements in the business district along Allegheny River Boulevard, East Railroad Avenue and ...

Traffic to tighten with closure of Freeport Road lane for crossing Hulton Bridge

By R.A. Monti
Starting Monday, crossing into Oakmont from Harmar will be even rougher than usual. Beginning at 8 a.m., PennDOT will close the turning lane that allows motorists coming from Harmar to cross the Hulton Bridge to Oakmont. According to Steve Cowan, ...

Fox Chapel, Oakmont, Aspinwall/Sharpsburg Rotary clubs join to host spring fling

By Tawnya Panizzi
There’s a party coming to Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara, and everyone’s invited. Hosted by three local Rotary clubs, the event is “our way of thanking ...

Verona receives $800,000 in grants to repave downtown sidewalks

By George Guido
New sidewalks are coming to downtown Verona, with the help of grants totaling $800,000. Officials are prepared to seek bids to repave sidewalks in a two-square block area of Allegheny River Boulevard, along with James, Center and East Railroad streets. The work ...

Oakmont Dems endorse council convert

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont’s Democratic Party announced it is endorsing a council convert but not supporting a seated Democratic councilwoman in May’s primary election. The party issued a statement saying Elena Colianni, one of two Republicans remaining on the seven-member council, has changed her ...

Oakmont club brings gardening inside at senior facility

By Debbie Black
Oakmont Garden Club’s Carol Burton and Nancy Williams are helping put gardening back into the lives of seniors, many of whom at one time managed ...

ACCESS van driver from Oakmont accused of repeatedly raping passenger

By Michael Hasch
An ACCESS van driver was arraigned early Thursday on charges of repeatedly raping a disabled woman during the past 18 months. Daniel Robert Burrelli, 54, of Oakmont acknowledged raping the woman, according to a criminal complaint charging him with rape, involuntary ...

Penn Hills driver charged in hit-and-run in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police accuse a Penn Hills man of hitting a woman with his car and leaving the scene last month at a Presbyterian SeniorCare parking lot. Howard Emmett Horsley, 30, of 7947 Thon Drive, was formally charged Monday, and the woman ...

Oakmont bridge, New Kensington overpass near finish line

By Jodi Weigand and Bob Stiles
Two major road projects in the Alle-Kiski Valley are slated to wrap up this year, according to PennDOT’s road construction schedule for this summer. But until ...

St. Irenaeus School in Oakmont to close

By Jodi Weigand
St. Irenaeus Catholic School in Oakmont is likely to close at the end of the school year, according to a letter received by some parents Saturday. The letter dated March 7 from Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh ...

Antiques show at Oakmont Country Club keeps Kerr Museum going

By Pamela Murphy
It’s been a long, cold winter. But next weekend, antiques enthusiasts will be able to shake off their cabin fever, escape the winter doldrums and ...

Oakmont hit-run probed

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police are investigating a Friday afternoon hit-and-run that injured a nursing aide in the parking lot of a Hulton Road nursing home. The woman was identified by a Presbyterian SeniorCare spokeswoman as from the Tarentum area, in her 40s and ...

Arrest made in Harmar carjacking

By Chuck Biedka
When police first received a carjacking report from Harmar on Monday, the victim told them her assailant was a thin male. But when police made an ...

Beloved Oakmont food columnist shared more than recipes

By Kelsey Shea
Cynthia N. Bowan’s warm demeanor and delicious cooking made her a welcome guest at any potluck. Bowan, 71, of Oakmont, died on Feb. 17, 2015, ...

Oakmont Library hosts Local Author Fair

By Pamela Murphy
Everyone knows the Pittsburgh area is rich with talented people — musicians, artists and actors — but many people might not realize how many talented ...

Adults needed to create bad art at Oakmont library

By Joyce Hanz
No talent is necessary at Oakmont Carnegie Library’s upcoming “Bad Art Nite” on Feb. 11. Adults are invited to free their imagination and forget the rules to create their worst art possible. Gaining popularity among libraries nationwide, the “bad art” concept encourages ...

Landlord regulations tighten in Western Pennsylvania municipalities

By Jacob Tierney
A spate of blazes in McKeesport rental properties, including one that killed six people in October, has the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office teaming up ...

Return of Verona’s Doughboy statue delayed

By Braden Ashe
Editor’s note: This is the first is a series of articles updating stories covered by the Valley News Dispatch in 2014. The Verona Doughboy statue’s ...

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 ...