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New convenience store plans to open in Arnold by November

The city is getting ready to welcome its first new convenience store in years.

Officials said the new Arnold Stop 'n Go Mart on Constitution Boulevard at the former Jo-Duke Pontiac site, is set to open by the end of the month.

Zoning officer Rick Rayburg could not immediately provide further information, including the identity of the owner and operator.

Gas station repairs begin

Problems surrounding the Sunoco gasoline station/convenience store on Freeport Road are being addressed.

A cement footer and foundation construction is expected to take place sometime today.

An embankment behind the building collapsed several months ago and the area reportedly now has been stabilized.

No re-opening date has been determined.

In other business

-- Council is still working on an ordinance that would allow the city to be responsible for dedicated handicapped parking along streets.

Currently, a handicapped parking spot can be used by any handicapped motorist at any time.

Several handicapped residents have asked for their own, dedicated parking spots, but the city currently has no jurisdiction over curbed parking on public streets. The ordinance would change that.

-- Robinson Pipe Cleaning Co. has been hired to clean sewer pipes to clear the way for flow meters to be installed at a later date.

The project will cost $4,000.

-- Girl Scout Troop 20140 has been given the OK to plant 100 crocus bulbs to celebrate the organization's 100th birthday.

The bulbs will be planted beside the billboards at the top of Drey Street and along Constitution Boulevard where the "Welcome to Arnold" sign is located.

-- Independent filmmaker William Grey was given permission to use the police station and two patrol cars for scenes in his movie, "The Heist."

The movie deals with a sports memorabilia collector who breaks into a safe to pursue the last pack of Topps baseball cards that contained the iconic pink slice of bubble gum.

Grey plans to submit the 30-minute short to local and national film festivals.

-- Council gave the go-ahead for the Arnold and New Kensington police departments to hold a charity softball game against Uni-First employees from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the 18th Street Field.

Proceeds will benefit the Tom Cimino Memorial Fund.

-- Halloween Trick-or-Treat night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

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