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Volunteers are needed to plant flowers and pick up litter in the business district on Carnegie Beautification Day on May 11. Interested persons will meet between 9 and 10 a.m. next to the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department, 201 West Main St.

Supplies and refreshments will be provided. Information: www.carnegieborough.com.

• The Carnegie Boys and Girls Club is accepting applications for summer camps. Information: 412-276-3151.

• The Carnegie Crawl" in which local businesses, restaurants and arts venues offer discounts and promotional coupons, will be held every Friday through August starting this week.

Crawlers will get fliers with maps to have stamped by each participating entity. After the last crawl at summer's end, there will be a grand prize drawing for those who participated.

• Stage 62 will present "Dani Girl" May 9-12 and May 16-18 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. The musical, written by Bishop Canevin graduate Chris Dimond, is based on a true story about his cousin's Crafton family. Information: www.stage62.com.

• The 3rd Street Gallery will present Furious Gypsy Jazz and Soulful Klezmer at 3 p.m. May 19. Admission is $15. Bring your own drinks.

• Carnegie Screenwriters Guild and Carnegie Arts Initiative will present script reading every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the 3rd Street Art Gallery. There is a $5 donation at the door.


Kirwan Heights Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in its fire station on Washington Pike.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and there will be activities such as station tours, equipment exhibits and a vehicle extrication demonstration.

From 8 a.m. till noon the same day, the department will hold a public first aid/CPR class.

Information: www.kirwanfire.com.

• The Parks and Recreation Department will offer junior tennis programs for ages 5-14 at Webb Park tennis courts. The three-day programs will take place from 8-9 a.m. June 18-20, June 25-17, and July 9-11.

Advance registration is required. Contact Lisa Novak, parks and recreation director, at 412-279-2525.


Volunteers are needed for Crafton Redd Up and Beautification Day May 18 for the annual spring planting starting at 8:30 a.m. in front of the borough building, 100 Stotz Ave.

Volunteers of all ages will be needed to clean and plant. The program is open to students who need service hours.

Individuals who can help clean up the streets and alleys of Crafton will be provided with safety vests, gloves and trash bags. Those who want to plant will work primarily in the borough building complex and the parks.

No experience is necessary for either project. Light refreshments will be provided.

Advanced registration is optional, 412 921-0752, extension 10.

Green Tree

These streets are slated for repairs and improvements under the borough's 2013 road paving program. Bidding on the work was authorized Monday:

Conroy Drive, El Rancho Drive, Norsis Drive, Perity Lane, Reed Drive, Rhodes Avenue, West Manilla Avenue and Woodridge Drive. The estimated cost of the repairs and improvements is $278,000, with Pennsylvania-American Water Co. chipping in some additional money.

In a related matter, Council approved the extension of the 2011 street and sewer maintenance contract with Casper Colosimo & Sons for another year. Under the extension, the company will continue bonding and insurance for an additional year.

• Councilman Art Tintori, finance committee chairman, announced an agreement with Jordan Tax Service that will allow borough officials to see earned income tax documents in order to reconcile their earned income tax accounts.

He commended manager David Montz and solicitor Pete Molinaro for leading the way to resolve this matter for numerous area municipalities and school districts.

• Council has approved an amendment to its civil service rules and regulations.

Councilman Edward Schenck said the two biggest changes are that the police candidate eligibility list can be extended beyond 12 months by the Civil Service Commission. Also, the probationary period for new officers will be six months instead of 12 months. Councilman David Rea said that probationary officers could be terminated after six months or be given another six-month trial period.

Officials also voted unanimously to request he Civil Service Commission begin the process to create an eligibility list for police patrolman. Councilman Rino Lindsey explained the police force is down two officers because of injuries, one of which occurred in the line of duty.

• Council has declared May 12-May 18 as Police Week. All flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of the national "Peace Officers Memorial Day."

• Officials announced there are some Pittsburgh Pirate tickets remaining for Green Tree Saturday at PNC Park, set for June 15. Information: www.greentreeboro.com.

• Council President Mark Sampogna announced the library has purchased three Kindle electronic reading devices for its "Kindles for Kids" program. Also, the library has started to offer printer cartridge and cell phone recycling to residents.

• Groups, individuals and students are invited to help plant the Parkway Pinwheel at the Green Tree Cloverleaf at 9 a.m. Saturday. Community service hours are available for this project.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will provide the flowers, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gardening gear. Parking will be available at St. Margaret's upper lot.

• Residents can meet the candidates for mayor, borough council and the Keystone Oaks school board at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Green Tree Municipal Center. The event is sponsored by the Green Tree Woman's Civic Club.

• Green Tree Garden Club has organized a "Spring 'N Things" fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Green Tree Fire Hall, 825 Poplar Street.

Geraniums in red, white, salmon, pink and lavender and variegated will be for sale, as well as perennials and garden books. No pre-orders will be taken. Other attractions include a flea market, jewelry sale, Chinese auction baskets, bake sale and crafts.


Council appointed John Mahalchak April 16 to the Civil Service Commission to fill a term to expire June 19, 2015.

Mr. Mahalchak is a lifelong resident, an active firefighter with the Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department and is chairman of the planning commission.

• The borough has become certified and is recognized at the silver level through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program.

The program, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, helps municipalities save money and conserve resources.

Information: www.sustainablecommunityessentials.org.

McKees Rocks

The borough has received a $117,338 grant from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program, funded from fines from infractions at 21 intersections in Philadelphia.

The money will be used to upgrade traffic signals to light emitting diodes through the Chartiers Avenue business district.

Statewide, approximately $4.7 million in grants was distributed to 43 municipalities for improving safety.


Robert Morris University men's basketball team, its head coach Andrew Toole and the staff received a proclamation from supervisors, honoring the team's 10th Northeast Conference championship.

The Colonials were selected for the National Invitation Tournament and upset Kentucky in the first round. This was the Colonials first NIT victory in school history.

• Three Eagle Scouts, members of Troop 310 and students at Moon Area High School, were given proclamations by supervisors for successfully completing their Eagle Scout projects.

Michael Marinus Storm built a fire pit with benches at Phillip's Church in Moon.

Timothy Aidan Geldmaker excavated, leveled, and constructed a concrete pad area at the Sharon Community Presbyterian Church cemetery with three brick walls. Two park benches also were installed.

William Garrett Geldmaker raised funds, cleaned and cleared the rear yard area behind Spencer and Friends animal rescue in Avalon to construct a more attractive entrance to the facility.

• Moon Township Municipal Authority will flush water mains and test and inspect fire hydrants between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. beginning Sunday through May 17. Customers may experience low water pressure and water discoloration.

• The township received an Outstanding Citizen Communication Award at the recent Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' 91st Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey.

The award recognizes municipalities for commitment to citizen communication. Moon also placed first in the electronic newsletters category for its "Moon Township Monthly" email update, first in the Cable TV category for its production "Soak It Up: A Stormwater Documentary," and second in the category of Class 1 Newsletters (population 10,001 and over) for its quarterly "Moon Township Messenger."

• The board on May 1 approved the final land development plan application for Building 210 of the Pittsburgh International Business Park planned non-residential development.

Pittsburgh International Business Park is owned by Allegheny County and leased by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The building sits on 40 acres on Cherrington Parkway Extension, adjacent to Cherrington Corporate Center.

Mike Hudak of Continental Real Estate Co. said construction would be finished by the end of summer. He said the building will look just like those at 100 and 110.

Supervisor Marvin Eicher asked Mr. Hudak why they chose to put the development in Moon. Mr. Hudak said that the site was pad-ready and the infrastructure was in place. He said that they are trying to attract tenants who need to make a timely decision.

He also liked the proximity to the airport and access to the interchange. He expects to see large corporate use, he said.

The vote was 3-0 with supervisors Frank Sinatra and John Hertzer absent.

• Residents who would like to have leaf compost for landscaping, can pick it up at the Downes Fire Station from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The compost was collected in the spring and fall. Information: 412-262-1700.

North Sewickley

North Sewickley Township Sewer Authority has received $2,086,197 from PENNVEST, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority - a $1,495,803 loan and a $590,394 grant - for construction of an upgraded sewer system in Eastvale.

State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Franklin, said the money will go a long way toward helping the agency fix a sewer system that the Department of Environmental Protection has indicated is malfunctioning more than 50 percent of the time.

He said the project will eliminate discharges of raw sewage from malfunctioning septic systems, as well as eliminate wet weather overflows into Beaver River and basement flooding in Eastvale.

The project is on an existing system of 1,700 customers, which is expected to increase to about 1,830 customers when it is completed.

PENNVEST funds sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the commonwealth.


Pool passes will be available from 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Clever Park pool office, Clever Road. The pool opens May 25.

Information about costs, pool hours, swimming lessons, diving lessons and water aerobics classes: www.townshipofrobinson.com/pool.html.



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