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Plan to cut row offices lacks public support

| Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003

The group pushing a plan to eliminate most Allegheny County elected row offices doesn't have the support to get the measure before voters in the primary.

Citizens for Democratic Reform had only about half of the 40,000 petition signatures it needed to file today with the county Elections Division to have a chance of placing its row office plan on the May 20 primary ballot, vice president Susan Lovejoy said Monday.

She blamed this winter's harsh weather and promised the group, which has the support of county Chief Executive Jim Roddey, will push for a referendum for the November general election. Roddey is a Republican.

The group wanted to eliminate eight of the 10 elected row offices, leaving only the controller and district attorney as elected posts.


A Shadyside woman who was injured when the car she was driving was involved in a collision with a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus has died, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Shirley Gerstein, 78, of Shady Avenue, died early Sunday at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland, where she was taken following the accident that occurred at 12:49 p.m. Friday. Police said Gerstein attempted to make an illegal left turn from the Highland Park Bridge onto Freeport Road in Aspinwall when the accident occurred.

Deer Lakes schools

Deer Lakes High School students are inviting the public to the "Empty Bowls" Soup Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 163 East Union Road in West Deer.

The nationally recognized program is designed to promote an awareness of hunger in the world.

The evening's activity will consist of entertainment by students from the Deer Lakes music and drama departments. During this time, people attending will choose a bowl made by art students and eat soup made by home economics students.

A donation of $10 for adults or $5 for students covers the soup and the bowl, a reminder of the empty bowls of the world. The donations will be given to the West Deer Food Bank.


Due to the heavy snowfall, garbage in the borough won't be collected until Saturday.

Tonight's meetings

  • Burrell School Board, regular meeting, 8 p.m., library, Burrell High School, 1021 Puckety Church Road, Lower Burrell.

  • Cheswick Council, regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., borough office, 220 S. Atlantic Ave.

  • Indiana Township Planning Commission, 7 p.m., municipal building, 941 Route 910, Indianola.

  • Lower Burrell Municipal Authority, 7:30 p.m., city hall, 2800 Bethel St.

  • Murrysville Planning Commission, regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., municipal meeting, 4100 Sardis Road.

  • Penn Township Supervisors, regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the municipal building at 157 E. Airport Road.

  • Plum Zoning Hearing Board, 7 p.m., borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.

  • Saxonburg Historic Main Street Committee, 7 p.m., Saxonburg Borough Building, 420 West Main St., Saxonburg.

    Hometown Treasures sill available

    The Valley News Dispatch realizes many readers who do not have home subscriptions did not get a chance to purchase Sunday's edition containing the second part of the Hometown Treasures special section due to the snowstorm.

    To buy a copy, call 724-226-1066 or order on line at .

    The final four sections will appear in this coming Sunday's edition.

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