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Volunteers needed for committee vacancies

Forest Hills — Council is looking for volunteers to serve on several board and committees. Openings are for:

■  three-year term on the Environmental Advisory Council

■  two-year term on the Neighborhood Crime Resistance Committee

■ four-year term on the Recreation Board

■ three-year term on the Tree and Shrub Committee

■ three-year term on the Zoning Hearing Board

■ Centennial Committee for the borough's 2019 celebration 

The terms of several members are about to expire; any borough resident interested in serving should send a resume to the Forest Hills Borough Office, 2017 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Indicate "volunteer" in the bottom left corner of the envelope. Deadline is 3 p.m. next Thursday.

Current volunteers whose terms are expiring should contact the borough office to indicate their interest in reapplying.

Council will announce appointees in February. Details: 412-351-7330.

Trail Alliance wants you to 'find Yoda'

 Murrysville — The Murrysville Trail Alliance has announced a new contest — “Where’s Yoda?” A picture of a cuddly stuffed Yoda, sitting near a recognizable feature in one of Murrysville’s parks or nature reserves, has been posted on the group’s Facebook page. The object of the game is to guess the location of the picture. Anyone wishing to play can post his or her guess on Facebook. (Yoda is not staying at the location — he is safe and warm at home.) Whoever first posts the correct location is the winner — and gets to pick the next mystery location for Yoda to have his photo taken.

The contest is free and open to everyone, regardless of age. Complete details can be found on the trail alliance's Facebook page. Details:

Murrysville trash collection on hold due to cold weather

■ There is a one-day delay in trash collection by Allied Waste this week. The firm will shut down operations in Murrysville on Tuesday because of the extreme cold. To make up for the delay, trash collection will continue through Saturday. 

■ Council unanimously elected Joan Kearns to serve as president at the municipal reorganization meeting Monday night. Mrs. Kearns was elected to a special two-year term in 2007 after Councilman Jack Bankoske resigned. In 2009, she was elected to a four-year term and is serving her second consecutive four-year term. Mrs. Kearns, along with incumbents David Perry, Jeffery Kepler, Mayor Robert Brooks and newcomer Loren Kase, all were sworn in and officially seated by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Meagan DeFazio. Mr. Kase replaces former councilman Ron Summerhill. All five officials are Republicans. Regis Synan was elected council vice president.

“You’ve been great for four years,” Mrs. Kearns told her fellow council members. “I anticipate the same going forward.”

After the council members were sworn in, municipal administrative appointments were made as follows:

Jim Morrison, chief administrator and municipal secretary; Diane Henning, finance director; David Jobe, zoning, sewage enforcement, building code and fire code officer; Mark Pisone, assistant zoning and sewage enforcement officer; Mark Haugh, municipal engineering and projects coordinator; George Katjarapoglus, municipal solicitor; Timothy Geary, zoning hearing board solicitor; Bill Yant, emergency management coordinator; Barry Delissio, Rich McDade and Joseph Paiano, deputy emergency management; Daniel Lawrence, emergency service chaplain.

Mr. Katjarapoglus, who has served as municipal solicitor since 1976, will receive a monthly retainer of $3,750 and an hourly rate of $95. 

Alumni meet-and-greet session planned

Wilkinsburg — School district alumni are organizing a winter homecoming at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the home basketball game at the school at 747 Wallace Ave. 

The event will fete former players, among them former star Bruce Atkins, class of 1978, who later played at Duquesne University and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Some 50 alumni are scheduled to attend the game against Imani Christian Academy and a post-game meet-and-greet in the school cafeteria.

A member of the class of 1975, Cynthia Nellis Thomas is spearheading efforts to get alumni involved in the school district, which has faced financial and other problems in recent years.  Details: Ms. Thomas at 412-224-7384.

New police contract freezes wages

Irwin — Council has approved a new three-year police contract that will freeze wages for borough police officers for two years. In the contract’s third year, officers will receive a 3 percent wage increase.

As part of the agreement, police officers will no longer have to contribute 5 percent to the police pension plan and will no longer have to contribute $108 per month toward the cost of their health insurance.

The vote followed contentious debate about the contract. Councilman John Cassandro, who was replaced as council president by Bob Wayman at the reorganization meeting prior to the voting meeting, said the negotiating committee alone didn’t have the authority to set terms for the contract, without the approval of council.

“You are the one who negotiated on your own, not the committee,'' Mr. Wayman said.

Mr. Cassandro said the contract will cost Irwin $12,000 more and represents a 15 percent increase in costs.

“The committee has never proposed where this money will come from," Mr.Cassandro said. “The budget was finalized. We cannot now raise taxes to pay for this.”

“That reads like a fairy tale. That might as well be the Brothers Grimm,” Mr. Wayman said. 

Councilwoman Peggie Watson said a police contract proposal put forward by another councilwoman would have raised expenses by $19,000, not $12,000.

“Irwin Police Department remains the lowest paid police department in Westmoreland County,” Mr. Wayman said.

The contract passed by a 4-3 vote. In November, a version very similar to the final contract was rejected by the same vote.

New Domino's Pizza on Frankstown Road

Penn Hills — Domino’s Pizza has opened at 11822 Frankstown Road and is hiring part-time workers.

The store is called a "pizza theater"  because it allows flexibility for a number of features not found in traditional Domino’s store. Highlights include in-store seating for customers, a comfortable lobby, open-area viewing of the food preparation process and the ability to track carryout orders electronically on a lobby screen. The stores also feature chalkboards to allow customers to express their creativity or to leave feedback.

Franchise owner Ammar Jal got his start with the firm as a delivery driver and now owns more than 20 franchises, including another new location at 4848 Route 8 in Allison Park.

Those who are interested in applying for a position can do so by visiting To place an order at Domino’s in Penn Hills or Allison Park, customers can visit

■ The YMCA is looking to fill a number of summer jobs and full-time positions at its 18 metropolitan branches. A job fair open to students and adults will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Penn Hills Y on Frankstown Road.

Details: 412-795-2600.

Commissioners reorganize

Penn Township —Commissioner Paul Wersing will serve as chairman of the board, replacing veteran commissioner Charles Horvat, who decided not to run for another term last year after 16 years of service.

Mr. Wersing was unanimously elected by his fellow commissioners during the board’s reorganization meeting Monday. Commissioner Edward Sullivan was elected to serve as vice chairman.

Reorganization came after Mr. Sullivan and new Commissioner Timothy Gwynn were given the oath of office by District Judge Helen Kistler. Mr. Gwynn was elected in the fill the board seat left vacant by Mr. Horvat.

Commissioners appointed Bruce Light as township manager at an annual salary of $82,130 and as township secretary at an additional annual salary of $7,150. Mr. Light, however, has already told the board that he plans to retire this spring. The board is conducting a search for his replacement.

Additional appointments included: Linda Iams as township director of finance and treasurer; attorney Les Mlakar as solicitor; the EADS Group as township engineer; and David E. Wooster & Associates as township traffic engineer.

The board also established the mileage reimbursement rate for township employees at 56-cents-per-mile. The rate is the same as established by the Internal Revenue Service for the year 2014.

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