Tobacco and pipe shop near school upsets parents in Robinson

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A group of parents from the Montour Elementary Parent-Teacher Association told Robinson commissioners Monday night they are concerned about the opening of a tobacco and pipe shop across from Burkett Elementary School and the Burkett Recreation & Sports Complex.

Lisa Smarra, the PTA president, said the business location is inappropriate because of its proximity to children.

“I was wondering if in the future we could work with you to create a restrictive zoning ordinance so that this kind of business does not open near our schools or our parks,” she said.

Samuel Abatta, president of the commissioners, said the township was legally bound to allow the store to open, but the board is willing to update zoning regulations to limit adult-oriented businesses to certain areas in the future.

Glass Gone Wow, 5536 Steubenville Pike, has a companion store in Cranberry, Glass Gone Wild, that sells smoking products and accessories, including e-cigarettes, hookahs and water pipes, according to its Facebook page.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: First Published April 7, 2014 10:27 PM

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