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Negotiations continue between district, union

The school district and the Bethel Park Federation of Teachers will hold contract negotiations in a session scheduled for Oct. 9.

The two parties were scheduled to meet Wednesday, after several other meetings since late July.

Superintendent Nancy Aloi Rose has said the two parties are making baby steps toward progress and described the most recent meetings as "intense."

Teachers have been working under an old agreement since their contract expired in June 2010, and they staged a strike that fall.


'Perks' author to visit Hollywood

Author and director Stephen Chbosky will visit the Hollywood Theater Saturday night to introduce a showing of the 1975 cult musical "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

The Upper Saint Clair native adapted his 1999 book "Perks of Being a Wallflower" into a screenplay and rented the Hollywood to film scenes for the movie last year.

Mr. Chbosky had seen "Rocky Horror" at the Hollywood as a teenager and has said he enjoyed allowing his star cast to get to know his hometown during the months-long filming. Mr. Chbosky also wrote the film version of "Rent" and co-created TV's "Jericho."

The film will start at 10:30 p.m. The previously advertised schedule will change to accommodate the "Rocky Horror" screening- "[Rec]3 Genesis" will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m.; the previously scheduled 9:15 p.m. screening will be canceled.

Advanced tickets for the screening are $7 at

Details: 412-563-0368 or


Beer- and wine-tasting scheduled for October

The Carnegie Library of Homestead will host a wine- and beer-tasting fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

Penn Brewery will offer four beers to sample. Wine from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia and Greece in a complementary beverage glass and hors d'oeuvres will also be available. Jack Butler, Steeler and inductee to the National Football Hall of Fame, will be guest of honor.

Proceeds will go toward the library. Money raised at last year's event purchased three glass cases and draperies to complete the Adult Reading Room and provided programs for children.

Cost is $45 per person by Oct. 19, or $50 at the door.

Reservations: Bea Virostek 412-462-6956 or email


Lane of Washington Road closed till Nov. 15

A lane of Washington Road originally slated to reopen at the end of this month will now be closed until Nov. 15.

The lane between Academy Avenue and shady Drive East has been closed for about 10 weeks, so crews could build a crane platform and staging area for the forthcoming SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel at 611 Washington Road.

Mt. Lebanon commercial districts manager Eric Milliron said the extended closure will allow crews to use a platform to complete the Washington Road elevation and facade work on the hotel, set to open next year.

• The Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1962 will join current students at the high school Friday for Lebo 50/50.

The special event, planned for more than a year, will welcome a group from the Class of 1962, who will share with students career advice and their own experiences after graduation.

Events include a kickoff, lifework roundtables to discuss current students' career objectives and a panel discussion between class of 1962 and 2013 class members about the current labor market and what's changed over 50 years based on surveys taken by each group.

Details: School district spokeswoman, Cissy Bowman. 412-263-2026.


Still time to donate for soldiers

Today is the last day to leave a donation at Pennsylvania American Water Co. offices for the nonprofit Soldiers Angels project.

The project collects personal items for patients in the local Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Donations are being taken through tonight at the water company's office, 300 Galley Road. There is also a drop-off at the VFW at 593 West Pike St., Canonsburg.

Person items needed are toothpaste, shampoo, combs, brushes, hand cream, deodorant, all sizes of sweat suits, white socks; toiletries for female veterans; phone cards; bus passes, puzzle books, decks of cards.

Details: and


Family open house set

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh-South Hills hosts its annual Fall Family Open House from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The afternoon of free activities is open to the community. There will be raffles, entertainment and snacks as well as special offers for membership and summer camp.

Details: 412- 278-1975 or

The center, 345 Kane Blvd., has fitness facilities, an indoor pool, gymnasium and outdoor playground.


Superintendent headed to Gateway schools

Peters School District superintendent Nina Zetty has been chosen for the top job at the Gateway School District.

Ms. Zetty has been superintendent of the Peters School District since August 2008, according to Gateway's acting superintendent, Bob Reger. She was assistant superintendent there from 2006 to 2008.

The Gateway post was left vacant in April when superintendent Joseph A. Petrella accepted a job in an Illinois school district. He had been with the Gateway schools since 2004, serving as assistant superintendent until 2009 and substitute superintendent from 2009 to 2010 before assuming the top job. He received a salary of $140,000 a year as superintendent.

Ms. Zetty holds a doctorate from West Virginia University and bachelor's and master's degrees from California University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Reger said.

The Gateway school board was expected to vote to approve Ms. Zetty's hiring during its Wednesday meeting.


New billing method starts Monday

For more than five years, residents have been paying water and sanitary sewer usage together in one bill sent from Pennsylvania American Water Co. Monday the water company will discontinue billing for sewage.

Residents will receive their sewage bills from Jordan Tax Service. This is not a new fee; the water bill will decrease by the amount of sewage bill and the sewage bill will instead come monthly from Jordan. It will continue to follow the formula set by the municipality and Alcosan, based on household water consumption.

As another payment option, residents may pay the sewage bill in person at the township tax office, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road.

Details: Dan Berty 412-831-9000, ext. 202.

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