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Local police to help dispose of medicine

Bethel Park police will participate in the National Take-Back Initiative to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications in pill form.

The collections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at two locations: Bethel Park Community Center at 5151 Park Ave. and Highmark Direct in Norman Center II, 1775 North Highland Road.

Pills should be removed from prescription bottles and placed in a plastic baggie. No liquid medicine or needles will be accepted.

The national initiative is organized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

For details, contact Officer Tom Rigatti at or 412-831-6800, ext. 104.


Taste of Township set for April 19

More than 20 restaurants will participate in this year's Taste of the Township to be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at Valley Brook Country Club.

Proceeds will benefit Peters Township Public Library.

This is the 12th year for the fundraiser, which showcases food samples from local restaurants and includes auctions and music.

Tickets are $50 and are available at the library's circulation desk.


Township joins legal effort to get tax records

Green Tree no longer is alone in its legal battle to obtain copies of quarterly earned income tax records and payments for 2012.

Scott commissioners voted 8-0 Tuesday to join Green Tree and to request its earned income tax records from Allegheny County South West Tax Collection Committee and Jordan Tax Service. Scott agreed to split the legal fees, not to exceed 50 hours.

Township solicitor Robert McTier-nan said the regional collector believes communities are not allowed to see verifying documents.

Scott manager Denise Fitzgerald added that she knows of other communities that are considering whether to join the legal action.

Act 32 of 2008, which split Allegheny County into four taxing jurisdictions for the collection of earned income taxes, states that all tax records shall be the property of the political subdivisions and the tax collection district in which the taxes were collected. The act also provides for examining and copying tax records.

The management arm of Allegheny County South West Tax Collection Committee is developing a policy concerning earned income tax records inspection and/or copying that will be presented next month. The South West region comprises 63 municipalities and school districts.

• Commissioner David Calabria believes he may have found a way to resurface Swallow Hill Road without the need for a bond for financing.

Mr. Calabria, who used to work for the state Transportation Department and has contacts with the county, described an alternative repair process available through Lindy Paving for the road, which is asphalt and concrete.

The process involves cleaning out the joints between the cement sections on the road, then covering it with an asphaltlike material. Such a repair could last up to five years, the company indicated, and would be less expensive than replacing the concrete.

Lindy representatives will attend the public works meeting Tuesday. "It's worth a shot to see what they say," Mr. Calabria said.

Swallow Hill connects Forsythe and Scrubgrass roads and is a heavily traveled, hilly thoroughfare used by Port Authority buses, school buses and the public.

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