Democratic Club meets
The Murrysville-Export Democratic Club will hold a Halloween party and pre-election rally from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Murrysville Community Center, 3901 Carson Ave..
Costumes are optional; food and Halloween activities will be available. Admission is free for Democrats who live in Murrysville, Export and Delmont. Elected officials and candidates will speak.
To RSVP or for details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is also sponsoring a food drive for the Westmoreland County Food Bank to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in front of Ferri Super Market. Details: Rick Lichtenstein at 724-733-5439.
Lowry Avenue open, but with restrictions
For two months, drivers and businesses have dealt with the closing of Lowry Avenue as part of the city municipal authority's $2.5 million Wiley Avenue Sewer Separation Project.
Last week, the city's main thoroughfare from Route 30 into downtown was reopened, but travel still has restrictions.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokeswoman Valerie Peterson said restrictions will continue while crews mill and pave Lowry, along with Division and Fourth streets and Chambers Avenue.
The PennDOT project, which began Monday, is expected to last until Oct. 31. Flaggers will control traffic while work is done during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Some work may be done on Saturdays.
The road from Baughman Avenue to South Fourth Street was closed July 29 and was to be closed for six weeks for the municipal authority project, which called for the separation of sewage and stormwater lines, according to Doug Pike, authority director.
Authority crews are continuing work on the sewer project.
Insight Pipe Contracting will conduct smoke testing over the next few weeks between Lewis Avenue, crossing over the Pine Street and from Division Street to Route 30, Mr. Pike said. Testing is being done because too much stormwater is still reaching sanitary lines.
All affected homes and businesses will receive a notice of the testing and be instructed to pour water into all floor drains, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, shower stalls or other drains that aren't used often to avoid smoke from entering structures. If smoke enters a building, owners should call the municipal authority at 724-527-4022.
• Ascension Church in Jeannette will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Mersinger Hall. Cost is $7, $3 for ages 12 and younger. Takeouts will be available.
PENN HILLS SCHOOLS
Linton track work progresses
A contract to complete the track at Linton Middle School was awarded to Peter Caruso & Sons of Hazelwood for $63,920. Work could begin in 10 days.
• Construction manager Dennis Russo told the board Monday that he will begin preparing a proposal for the construction of tennis courts. Mr. Russo said the plan is to redo the existing courts at Linton Middle School and add one new court. Previous estimates for the tennis court project came in at around $700,000.
• The school broad approved agreements with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Allegheny Intermediate Unit 2 for Title 1 services in the coming school year for these nonpublic schools: Universal Academy, Pittsburgh Urban Christian School, Redeemer Lutheran, Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, Mary Queen of Apostles, Cheswick Christian Academy, Campus School of Carlow College, Imani Christian School, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict the Moor and St. Raphael.
Board looks to more electives
The school board is considering spending about $10,000 to purchase online courses from the Seneca Valley School District to provide more and enhanced electives to Wilkinsburg students.
The proposal, discussed at the board's Tuesday planning session, is to embark on the partnership for the second semester, which starts in late January, and purchase space for up to 25 students at a time to take the classes. Though the curriculum is for students in grades K-12, board President Karen Payne said, the board would likely start to offer the courses to students in grades 9-12, then expand to grades 7 and 8. Courses would include honors and advanced placement classes in English, history, biology and foreign languages including French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
Ms. Payne said a goal is to attract back to the district students who have left for cyber charter schools because they believed the district did not offer the types of courses that Seneca Valley will make available. The board will decide by year's end.
First Published October 17, 2013 8:55 AM