Planners oppose Speedway proposal
The Planning Commission voted unanimously last Thursday to recommend council deny the proposed site development plan for a Speedway service station.
The service station and convenience store would be on the west side of Route 66 at the intersection of West Pittsburgh Street.
Speedway, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum, asked the planning commission to table its decision.
Solicitor Dan Hewitt said that based on the Oct. 18 report from borough engineers Kevin Brett and Gary Baird, there are 12 items of concern for the lot consolidation plan and more than 30 items on a separate land development plan, including an application to council filed Oct. 21 to abandon a portion of Whiteman Lane.
Speedway also filed a request for a special exception from the zoning hearing board because the majority of the property doesn’t allow for a drive-in service station.
The zoning hearing board will meet to review the request in mid-November, said Mr. Hewitt.
“The options that would be available to council would be to follow through with a similar denial, based upon these engineering issues or to grant the extension [Speedway] requested that they file and table the matter until they have resolved the pending issues,” Mr. Hewitt said.
The next council meeting is Nov. 12.
Kristallnacht service Tuesday
The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University will hold its annual Kristallnacht Remembrance Service at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The service, open to the public, will be held in St. Joseph Chapel in the administration building. Guest parking is in the employee parking lot; a shuttle will provide transportation.
This year’s service will remember Kristallnacht as the 75th anniversary nears. On Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, the Nazis burned synagogues, looted Jewish homes and businesses and murdered individuals throughout Germany, Austria and other Nazi-controlled areas in a pogram known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass.”
The allusion is to the broken glass that littered the ground from the shattered windows of Jewish-owned businesses. The night of violence resulted in the deaths of 91 Jews, the looting of 7,000 Jewish businesses, arrest of 30,000 Jewish men and the desecration or destruction of 267 synagogues.
This year’s speaker is Fritz Ottenheimer of Pittsburgh, author of “Escape and Return: Memories of Nazi Germany,” which chronicles his experiences as a German Jew who fled the country at the beginning of World War II and later returned as a U.S. soldier.
He will describe Kristallnacht as he and his family experienced it in Constance, Germany.
This year’s interfaith service also will include Holocaust survivors Yoland Willis, Shulamit Bastacky and Solange Lebovitz, all of Pittsburgh.
In addition, the 2013 Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award will be presented.
Meeting seeks input for hazard plan
Westmoreland County is updating its All-Hazards Mitigation Plan to ensure eligibility for future funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This detailed plan addresses a variety of potential natural and non-natural hazards.
A public meeting is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Intermediate Unit Amphitheatre, 102 Equity Drive, off Donahue Road.