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Valley Tuesday takes

| Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Good luck: To Kellie Abbott. She has resigned as Valley High School principal to become head principal for the Pittsburgh city schools. We knew she would land on her feet. The newly-elected school board majority decided to move her out for various personal reasons. She was a controversial figure, outspoken and headstrong. But her motives were good -- student achievement -- and she worked long hours. She was the school's best cheerleader, who fought for students and reorganized classes to improve PSSA scores. This district will be hard-pressed to replace her energy.

Blasting delay: PennDOT wisely postponed blasting of the rockslide area until this Saturday. Originally scheduled for Saturday morning along Route 28, officials canceled after technical problems and thunderstorms in the area. They didn't want to chance closing the road for long on Sunday, with Penguins and Pirates games. Good decision.

Slow down!: Kudos to local and state police departments targeting aggressive drivers. They are involved in Smooth Operator, a grant program that uses off-duty local police. They focus on motorists who speed, tailgate, make careless lane changes or ignore traffic signals. During the past two weeks, Allegheny Township police issued citations to 42 drivers; Harrison police issued 79 citations and Washington Township police pulled over 181 drivers -- including one going 95 mph on Route 380 at 3 p.m.! Please, motorists, drive as though you had a young child in the vehicle.

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