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Citizen's Police Academy set

The Police Department is taking applications for a Citizen's Police Academy, a series of classes to give residents and business owners in the municipality a better understanding of law enforcement. Forms can be found on the website:

The academy is a 12-week course and is open to those 18 years of age or older. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Applications deadline is Jan. 4. Class size is limited.

Details: Officer Tom Rigatti at 412-831-6800, ext. 104 or

Also, Police Pals are conducting the 20th Annual Food Drive from Nov. 26 through Dec. 19. Students in public schools may bring donations to their school. Checks should be made payable to "Bethel Park Police Pals." Mark the memo area with "food drive."

In addition, all non-perishables can be dropped off at any of these locations:

• Papa John's Pizza - South Park Road

• Dairy Queen - Route 88

• Brentwood Bank - South Park Shops

• Evey Hardware - Route 88

• Parkside Plus Dollar Store - Hillcrest Shops

• New Song Church - Route 88

• Huntington Bank - South Park Road

• First National Bank - South Park Road

• Bethel Park Community Center

• Bethel Park Library

• Bethel Park Police Station - lobby

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, volunteers will collect donations at the Bethel Park Shop N Save, Walmart and Giant Eagle on Route 88.

Donations will go to provide local families with a food box for the holidays.


Pitcher Park plans progress

Planners want Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark, which is to be built in Carnegie Park, to be a regional draw, so they were thrilled when residents from outside Carnegie attended the first public planning session Oct. 18.

"There were people there from everywhere," said Mary Shea Pitcher, mother of the late Stephen and Vincent Pitcher, for whom the park will be a memorial. "It was just amazing. One kid had been to every skate park in Pittsburgh, and he was a wealth of knowledge."

Some teens brought their skateboards to the meeting.

About 80 people turned out for the four-hour session at Cefalo's Banquet and Event Center in Carnegie, including residents and business owners, plus Mt. Lebanon, Scott, Heidelberg, Dormont and Washington County residents.

Also attending were skate park designer Micah Shapiro and Ken Schultz of the Ken and Carol Schultz Foundation of Fountain Hills, Ariz., which is donating 85 percent of the project's expected $600,000 cost.

Mr. Shapiro, marketing/sales manager and lead designer for Grindline Skateparks in Seattle, presented a video and slide show of skate parks that had been built in other cities.

"The skate parks are gorgeous. Some of them took my breath away," Councilwoman Carol Covi said.

Mrs. Pitcher, whose two sons died in a drowning accident in 2008, said more public planning sessions will be held before design is finalized. Organizers hope to break ground in the spring. The skate park will be designed to fit in with the terrain of Carnegie Park.



Hall of Fame names new inductees

Seven individuals and one team will be recognized for outstanding achievements at the Steel Valley Hall of Fame induction.

The award banquet will be held Nov. 30 at St. John Cathedral Center, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall.

The Hall is sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Homestead to honor residents who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, business, sports and community service.

To be inducted are:

• Bob Abraham, chief scientific officer of oncology research at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development

• Charlie Batch, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and founder of the Best of Batch Foundation

• Craig "Porky" Chedwick: veteran disc jockey at WAMO, who is often called "Daddio of the Radio"

• Amy Evancho, president and CEO of the Florida Economic Development Council

• Darrell Hess for his community service and dedication to local sports

• John Kelly, a U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient

• Alyson Westbrooks Thomas, a lawyer in Virginia who is a Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame inductee

• Special recognition will be given to the 1932 and 1936 Olympic swim teams, including Jack Scarry, Lenore Kight, Susan Laird and Anna Mae Gorman.

The Hall of Fame is located in the Abraham Reading Room at the library, 510 E. 10th Ave. in Munhall, where framed certificates note accomplishments of winners.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds go to the library. Details: or 412-326-9005.


Fall play scheduled at high school

The high school's fall play, "A Piece of My Heart" by Shirley Lauro, will be performed at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school's auditorium, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road.

The play is the story of six women before, during and after the Vietnam War; it is performed in a theater-in-the round format.

Tickets are $7; $5 for students; $3 for non-Upper St. Clair senior citizens. Resident senior citizens and school staff are admitted free. Box office opens an hour before admission.

Details: or 412-833-1600.


Meadows starts holiday charity drives

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino kicks off the holiday season this month with a number of charitable programs: Toys for Tots, Wounded Warrior Swipe and Win, Purple Heart Parking, and Canned Food Drive and 2,000 Turkeys campaign in cooperation with the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

• This month, former Steeler Randy Grossman and the Marine Corps Reserve of Washington County are collecting for the Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off in designated boxes through Nov. 30.

• The Wounded Warrior Swipe and Win program is free for casino guests. The complex will donate $1 for every guest, up to 5,000, who swipes the Players Club card at a kiosk Nov. 11-12 up to $5,000.

• On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, former Steeler Rocky Bleier will unveil the Purple Heart Parking campaign. The Meadows is designating two parking spaces reserved for any vehicle that has a Purple Heart License Plate.

• The Meadows also will team up again with the Greater Washington County Food Bank by sponsoring a three-day canned food drive Nov. 13-15 during which the Meadows will add $1 to the prize pool for every pound of food donated during the collection drive, up to $5,000.

The Meadows also will donate to the annual 2,000 Turkeys campaign as part of its ongoing partnership with the Food Bank.


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