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Carnegie

Mayor Jack Kobistek reminds residents that door-to-door solicitors are required to have a permit signed by Police Chief Jeffrey Harbin. And, the individual must have the permit on hand when making rounds.

The mayor said that a permit does not mean endorsement by the borough so he cautioned residents to treat solicitors like strangers and not let them inside.

Though the mayor said he supports limiting solicitors, Carnegie's attorney has said it is a protected right. Property owners may post no solicitation notices on their properties to keep door-to-door salesmen away.

The mayor also said residents may call 9-1-1 and report solicitors if they see unfamiliar persons going door-to-door. The mayor also would be like to be notified of such incidents so he can follow up with the police chief. Send emails to: kobistek@juno.com.

• Free tax preparation for moderate- and low-income families and seniors is available at the Carnegie Municipal Building and Chartiers Senior Center. Call 412-275-1414, ext. 1420, to schedule an appointment.

Midland

Plans are moving forward for construction of a KaBOOM! playground and the children who will benefit from the project are being involved in its development.

A group of youngsters put crayons to paper Tuesday to draw pictures and plans for the playground of their dreams.

Construction is scheduled for April 26 at Murphy Hill Road Park. The local participants are Four Mile Presbyterian Church, Midland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Duquesne Light Co. The utility will provide most of the funding.

Children and project volunteers met at The Center, 754 Ohio Ave., Midland, to finalize plans, said Mike Vietti, senior communications manager at KaBoom!, For the next eight weeks, volunteers will plan and coordinate efforts so that the playground can be erected in one day.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that has helped volunteers build 2,200 playgrounds across the country since 1996.

Businesses and volunteers work with the nonprofit to make the playgrounds a reality.

People interested in volunteering can call Jen Miller at the church: 724-396-6177.

South Fayette

Commissioners voted Feb. 20 to begin the process of increasing the size of the planning commission from five to seven members and the zoning hearing board from three to five members.

Township attorney Jonathan Kamin said the reason is a large amount of work anticipated on the Newbury developments and other construction.

Newbury continues to build single-family homes on a hill above Presto-Sygan Road and plans to start construction in the spring of Newbury Village, a complex of 250 rental garden apartments on Oakridge Road. Also, infrastructure work will begin in the spring for Newbury Market, an 88-acre shopping center that is expected to open in 2014.

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