Thursday, March 28, 2013
Constituents are encouraged to suggest locations for future coffee klatches via Facebook and Twitter.
U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, is inviting constituents to meet up with him for coffee and conversation at locations in Ambridge, Ellwood City, and Johnstown. The first “Coffee with Keith” event will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the Maple Restaurant, 463 Maplewood Ave. in Ambridge. Constituents are encouraged to stop by and share their thoughts on legislation, get help with federal agencies, or to simply chat. Other "Coffee with Keith" events are planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Red Hot Restaurant, 219 6th St. in Ellwood City, and from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Corner Coffee Shoppe, 810 Scalp Ave. in Johnstown. Constituents can also suggest locations for future coffees on Facebook at www.…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Four seats are up for election in 2013 on the Quaker Valley School Board.
The Pennsylvania primary will be held on May 21. The candidates for Quaker Valley School Board are as follows. Each candidate has cross-filed as both a Democrat and Republican, and will appear on both sides of the ballot, according to the Allegheny County Division of Elections. School director, region 1, including Bell Acres, Leet and Leetsdale. Two seats: P. Richard Warburton David Weicht Daniela Sauro Helkowski Johnathan Kuzma School director, region 2, including Sewickley. One seat. Sara Stoessel Heres, incumbent School director, region three, including Aleppo, Edgeworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Glen Osborne, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills. One seat. Mary Ann Wagner Robb D. Bunde
A look at candidates appearing on the spring ballot in for Sewickley Council.
The Pennsylvania primary takes place on May 21. The candidates seeking office in Sewickley are: Mayor: Brian Jeffe, Democrat, incumbent No Republican candidate Tax collector: No candidate Ward 1. Two seats: Susan Aleshire, Republican, incumbent Charles G. Discoll, Republican, incumbent No Democratic candidate Ward two. One seat: Todd Renner, Republican No Democratic candidate Ward three. Two seats: Larry Rice, Republican Stan Ference, Republican, incumbent No Democratic candidate
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Two local groups say a noise barrier is needed between the park and Ohio River Boulevard.
The Osborne Train & Park Association plans to build a fence along the border between Route 65 and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Natural Park and Trail. The fence will combat noise from Ohio River Boulevard and offer additional privacy to trail-goers, according to an announcement from the association. Partial funding for the fence has been provided by the Sewickley Valley Community Fund, which has awarded a $3,000 grant to the association. The fence will span 200-feet from Glen Osborne Elementary towards Sewickley, along the park's border. The Osborne Train & Park Association, a nonprofit, must match funding for the grant, said Sewickley Valley Community Fund President William Logsdon. The association is now soliciting donations to meet the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Among the 196 Pennsylvanians and 4,802 Americans and allies lost in the war is a Marine from nearby Emsworth. A 5K race/walk planned for June in his memory is expected to draw participants from around the Sewickley Valley.
The 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began 10 years ago this week—on March 19, 2003—and although it is officially "over," fighting continues with discouraging persistence. By one count, the war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting. CNN has assembled a map identifying all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 196 Pennsylvanians. Among those casualties: a young Marine from nearby Emsworth. From the CNN war casualties website:
The gas company will address members of the public at 5:30 p.m. April 3 in the Sewickley Municipal Building.
Columbia Gas in April will begin work on $1.6 million in repairs to aging pipeline infrastructure throughout Sewickley borough. The utility provider will hold a public meeting to discuss the project, which entails replacing more than 8,000 feet of existing steel pipe with plastic pipe, during a months-long construction process. Representatives from Columbia Gas will be on hand from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 3 in the second-floor council chamber at the Sewickley Municipal Building, where residents can learn more about the project. Construction, slated to begin in mid-April, will impact 170 customers. Work will take place on Walnut, Grant, Little, Frederick, Henry, Thorn, Emery, Bank, Ferry and Elwick streets. New service lines will be …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
One former councilman from Leetsdale is temporarily banned from holding public office following a state finding of nepotism.
The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission has ruled that former members of the Leetsdale borough council used their positions to gain employment for family members. One councilman hired his wife to an administrative job in the borough, while another tapped his son to perform computer services. The ethics commission found that former councilman Michael Bajsec Jr., who served from 2010 to 2011, took part in proceedings that resulted in his wife Sandra being hired into a full-time position with the borough. Sandra Bajsec was hired by the borough on July 15, 2010 as an administrative assistant. Her hiring was not included on a meeting agenda. She had no prior experience in local government and had not worked in more than a decade, according to the…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The site of a former specialty cars site will soon house a Class A office facility, developers say.
Developers have received final approval to construct a 30,000 square-foot office building at the site of the former Ascot Imported Cars Inc. near the corner of Thorn and Walnut Street. Peter Friday, of the Pittsburgh-based Forbes Trails Development and project manager, said crews will break ground on the Class A office building in May. The building is the first of three planned phases for the project, Friday said. Sewickley Council approved a conditional use application for the development Monday. Friday's company Thorn-Walnut Management, LLC, purchased properties spanning 413 to 417 Thorn Street in June 2012. Friday said his firm is in talks with several entities interested in leasing space in the building, including a law firm and …
School officials say the district filed and later withdrew an assessment appeal last year after purchasing the property at 704 Beaver St. in Leetsdale.
A local concerned taxpayers group is questioning the circumstances of a residential property reassessment appeal that Quaker Valley School District filed last year and later withdrew. The ongoing community discussion prompted the district's solicitor to issue a statement Monday that "gross misstatements" were being circulated about the assessment appeal of 704 Beaver St. That home is one of two properties adjacent to Quaker Valley High School that the district purchased last year. "The matter of the purchase and further use of that property is a fair topic of discussion and disagreement. But it is imperative that the discussion be driven by fact and not by inflammatory fantasy," Quaker Valley Solicitor Pat Clair, said in his statement. …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Mustio, R-Moon, discusses state efforts to save the Moon Township air wing.
Tuesday, March 19
Thanks once again to the tremendous response and vigilant efforts of concerned District 44 residents, on March 13, the United States Air Force announced that the 911th Airlift Wing will remain open through at least fiscal year 2014. In late April 2012, my resolution encouraging the President of the United States and U.S. Congress to prohibit the closing of the 911 the Airlift Wing was unanimously approved by the State House and sent to Washington D.C. Just as we did in 2005, my Southwestern Pennsylvania colleagues in the General Assembly, Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation and a host of state and local officials came together to achieve another huge victory for our military personnel and our local economy. My purpose for advancing …