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Streetscape to be finished by October

Manager Lori Collins told council last week that it will take a few more weeks to complete the Washington Avenue Streetscape project and that Home Depot will help the borough with plantings for it.

Councilwoman Mary Weise said the landscaping work should be done by late September or early October, and council will ask business owners to help to water the greenery.

Council authorized paying $50,249 to Tony Baiano Construction Co. Inc. of Pittsburgh for work on the streetscape project. The payment was made with grant money from the federal government.

Council President Nino Petrocelli Sr. said the public works department saved the borough $15,000 with the work it did.

• Councilman Jason Sarasnick proposed that the borough place no-smoking signs in the community parks, but Councilman Bill Colussy asked if a section in the parks could be set aside for smoking. Council tabled the motion until the matter could be discussed in more detail.


Overnight burglaries investigated

Police continue to investigate a series of overnight burglaries in the community. The latest occurred Tuesday on Nilden Drive, near the border with Baldwin Township.

Police said someone climbed an outdoor table to gain access to an unlocked kitchen window, but was frightened off by the dogs in the house. Police suspect incidents are occurring in the early morning hours, when most residents are asleep.

Residents are cautioned to lock doors and windows before bed and to call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious noises, people, activity, or vehicles. Allegheny County Police continue to assist.


Sewer bills should be ignored

The borough is advising sewer customers to disregard bills it sent last week covering July usage.

Those invoices were intended to be the first separate sewer bill from the borough rather than part of a combined bill with Pennsylvania American Water for water usage.

The bills erroneously contained June water consumption rather than July. Plus, some accounts with a previous balance were incorrectly doubled.

A new bill that based on usage in July - and possibly August - will be sent to all account holders within the next three weeks.

Payments sent to the billing provider at the Bloomsburg P.O. box will be processed. A credit will be applied for any customer who overpaid.

For those who have submitted ACH electronic payments and paperless billing requests to the borough, those applications are being held until after the new bills are sent.

Customers are advised to pay the bill that will be sent within the next three weeks. The October bill will be set up with ACH and paperless information. The ACH withdrawals will be processed on the payment due date on the statement. Information: 412-276-0363.


Screening honors late board member

The Denis Theatre Foundation will present "Lars and the Real Girl" at its last Saturday Cinema on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m.. This final screening of this year's series will be dedicated in memory of Joe Wertheim, who died Aug. 11. Mr. Wertheim served on the Denis Theatre Advisory Board.

His wife, Elaine Wertheim, a local film instructor, is a founder and leads the after-movie discussion.

The movie will be held at Clearview Common at the corner of Washington Road and Alfred Street. Post-film discussions will be held at Il Pizzaiolo. Details:

nMount Lebanon Band Builders will host the 18th annual Festival of Bands at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the high school stadium, located at 155 Cochran Road.

Performing will be marching bands from Bethel Park, Riverview, Woodland Hills, Upper St. Clair, South Fayette, Brashear, Carlynton, and Chartiers Valley high schools. There will be special performances by California University of Pennsylvania Marching Band and the Lebo Alumni Band.

Tickets are $6 in advance and are available from band members and members of the band builders group. Tickets are $7 at the gate. Preschoolers are admitted free.


Planning commission has vacancy

Supervisors Brian Coppola and Mark Brositz last week accepted the resignation of former township manager Richard A. Ward from the planning commission. They did not yet appoint a replacement.

Mr. Ward, planners chairman, said he stepped down because of "time commitment." Supervisors had fired him July 17 as township manager.


Town grateful for police patrols

Rosslyn Farms Mayor Jim Stover has thanked commissioners for taking on his borough's police patrols.

"We just wanted to thank you for your interest in providing police services to Rosslyn Farms," he said during a meeting last week, adding that the borough secretary recently expressed astonishment over how smoothly the transition has been made.

In late May, Rosslyn Farms council members voted to enter into a three-year contract with Scott to provide police coverage, effective Aug. 1, due to the retirement of chief Larry Fischio.

nPat Martin of Center Street asked if the proposed change in parking on Carothers Avenue would take place as planned next month. The street is Scott's major focus in the tri-community revitalization project that also involves Carnegie and Heidelberg.

Manager Denise Fitzgerald said parking would not be switched to the other side of the street until spring. She said advance notice will be provided. However, the installation of new sidewalks, benches, landscaping and decorative lighting and sidewalks could start as early as October.

• Commissioner Bill Wells reported that he has received complaints about tree and brush cutting at the site of a four-unit housing development proposed by the Fitzgerald Brothers for Greentree Road.

Code enforcement officer Bob Fischer replied that builders were told they could cut weeds, but that no additional work could be done until taxes and bills have been paid and a grading permit obtained.

• Though the meeting was advertised to take public comment concerning a proposed skate park at Scott Park, there were no comments. The project is being considered, too, in Carnegie and Mt. Lebanon. The proposal generated a lengthy discussion Monday night in Carnegie.


Festival of bands set

The South Fayette Annual Festival of Bands will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the high school stadium at the campus at 3640 Old Oakdale Road. Tickets are sold at the gate and are $7 for adults and $5 students and senior citizens. Tickets will also be for sale at all South Fayette Lions' home football games prior to Sept. 29.

Details: or call 412-221-4542.


Pet expo Saturday at fairgrounds

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, is partnering with local nonprofit rescue group Pet Search to hold a pet expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Fairgrounds on North Main Street.

The free event gives pet owners a chance to speak with professionals about pet health, obedience training and adoption opportunities, as well as participate in a pet parade and costume contest. The event also will feature an obedience show, ask-a-vet seminar, more than 30 vendor booths, food and music.

Details: 724-746-3677.

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