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Road work moves to northbound Wexford Flats
With work completed on southbound Route 19 (Perry Highway) in the Wexford Flats section of the township, crews started this week to rebuild the northbound lanes. Crews have completed work between Wallace and Brooktree roads southbound.
To accommodate work on the north half of the road, traffic has been shifted to the west side (southbound). One 10-foot wide lane will be maintained in each direction with a center turn lane on the new southbound lanes.
The $18.1 million project Route 19 Wexford Flats improvement project involves widening, resurfacing, concrete pavement, drainage, curb and sidewalk, signing and pavement marking, signals, a retaining wall, and other improvements on 2.33 miles between Longvue Road (near top of Pine Creek Hill) to just north of North Chapel/Manor Road.
The safety and congestion improvement project will widen Route 19 to 63 feet from 42 feet and add a center turn lane, curbed gutters and sidewalks. New, improved traffic signals will be added at eight intersections.
Overall work will conclude late next year. About 28,000 vehicles use this section of Route 19 on an average day. PennDOT's prime contractor for the project is the Golden Triangle Construction Company.
Flash mob marriage proposal
There are times when streets in the Sewickley Village business district are closed to traffic temporarily in order to accommodate parades, festivals and other events. But barricades were erected briefly Saturday night for a different reason - a marriage proposal.
Joey Lancianese organized a flash mob and surprised Alex DeLoia with a marriage proposal as the couple was heading for a dinner date.
As they strolled in the vicinity of the Sewickley Hotel, a pedestrian started dancing spontaneously. He quickly was joined by others including Mr. Lancianese in a flash mob. The group of more than 40 danced to the Bruno Mars song, "Marry You." When the dancing stopped, he proposed.
And, she said yes.
The flash mob was planned by Mr. Lancianese, who received borough approval to stage his public proposal.
A similar marriage proposal was staged two months ago in Portland, Ore., where a 31-year-old actor and about 60 people performed an elaborately choreographed street dance to the same song. The video was posted online and received more than 11.2 million views and landed that couple an interview on the "Today" show.
Digital bookmobile visits Northland
The Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot-long, high-tech tractor-trailer that travels around the county to demonstrate uses and create awareness for digital libraries and e-books, will visit Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Road, from noon to 6 p.m. today.
The visit is sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to teach cardholders how to download e-books and audiobooks to e-reading devices like Windows and Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, Androids, BlackBerrys, Windows Phone 7s, Kindles, Sony Readers and NOOKs.
It also will demonstrate how to use interactive PCs and Macs to access Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's e-book and audiobook downloads.
Library card holders can also check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting search.overdrive.com.
The event is free.
Olympic-themed pet adoptions
In celebration of the 30th Olympic Games, Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, is offering $30 adoptions for dogs, cats and rabbits age 2 years and older through Aug. 12.
The animals have Olympic scorecards displayed on their kennels for competitions such as de-cat-alon, litter boxing, high jump, doggie paddle, freestyle wrestling, 10,000-minute nap, discus throw and floor exercises.
Animal Friends is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Information: www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
Free movies at Kean Theatre
The Kean Theatre, 5847 Meridian Road, has announced the lineup for its 'Tuesdays@2' and 'Wednesdays@1' afternoon free movie series for August.
Tuesdays - "Act of Valor," Tuesday; "Big Miracle," Aug. 14; "The Vow," Aug. 21; "Wanderlust," Aug. 28.
Wednesdays - "Thin Ice," Wednesday ; "Joyful Noise," Aug. 15; "Gone," Aug. 22; "Mirror, Mirror," Aug. 29.
The theatre is operated by St. Barnabas Charities, the fundraising arm of St. Barnabas Health System.
Nominations open for inaugural distinguished alumni awards
The Quaker Valley School District is accepting nominations for its inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will recognizes graduates for outstanding contributions in business, education, journalism, law, medicine, military service, science, performing or visual arts and public service.
Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 15. Honorees will be recognized during the Oct. 20 homecoming celebration.
To qualify, nominees must be alumni who graduated at least 10 years ago.
Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented annually to one or more graduates at homecoming. Nomination forms are available at www.qvsd.org.
Information: 412-749-3623 or email@example.com.
First Published August 2, 2012 9:46 am