Friday, February 15, 2013
Numerous police departments from across the South Hills are planning to participate in roving DUI patrols this weekend.
Numerous police departments from across the South Hills are planning to participate in roving DUI patrols Friday night and early Saturday morning. Police officers from Bridgeville, Scott, Heidelberg, Collier, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, Baldwin Township, Dormont and Green Tree will be out on patrol looking for impaired drivers. However, there will not be any stationary checkpoints on any roads throughout the night, police said. This event is in conjunction with the Mt Lebanon Area DUI Task Force and funded through the Pennsylvania DUI Association with grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hollywood Theater must raise $75,000 for a digital movie projector, or face going dark—possibly for good.
Letting Hollywood Theater’s screen go dark once again isn’t something theater manager Chad Hunter is willing to allow. Unfortunately, that fate is again becoming a real possibility for the Dormont landmark, the only single-screen, independent movie theater in the South Hills, if the theater can’t raise the necessary $75,000 to buy a digital movie projector. “Increasingly, it’s cheaper for studios to produce movies digitally and distribute them that way,” Hunter said. “The writing is on the wall for it … Small theaters are not part of the studios’ financial formula and we’re falling through the cracks.” Hollywood Theater frequently shows movies on 35mm film, a format that used to require 2,000-foot film reels to be shipped and delivered to …
Monday, October 1, 2012
A 24-hour reading event at Eljay's Used Books will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Sponsorship and donations are needed!
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Do you think you could keep your nose in a book for 24 hours? Eljay's Used Books in Dormont is challenging you to try. The West Liberty Avenue book store will host a 24-hour read-a-thon to support the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. The books wil open at noon on Saturday, Oct. 13 and close at noon on Sunday, Oct. 14. Participating readers will bring in donations by asking friends and family to sponsor them as they attempt to read for 24 hours. All proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Eljay’s co-owner Chris Rickert hosted the event in 2008 and 2010 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Some readers will attempt to read for the full 24 hour period—which includes break time for bathroom visits and snacks—to win special …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The 22-year-old Dormont woman was killed in 1989 on her way home from a party in Mt. Lebanon—her mutilated body found in the backyard of a house on Voelkel Avenue near the light rail transit tracks.
Today, 23 years after her death, people in Dormont are still talking about what happened to Catherine Corkery. The 22-year-old left a party in Mt. Lebanon at the Academy Avenue home of Sam Amado on July 22, 1989 and headed home to the apartment she shared with a boyfriend, Tim Rooney, on Ordinance Avenue. But she never made it. Somewhere along the light-rail transit tracks where the "T" runs, Corkery met her attacker. She was just 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed just 100 pounds. That person twisted a rope-like restraint around her throat and pulled her to the tracks, splitting her head open when it struck a rail, the Tribune-Review reported. In a 1997 story, the newspaper quoted Allegheny County Homicide Sgt. Nicholas Bruich, the lead case…
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Three Rivers American Indian Center will visit the South Hills to increase membership.
Have you ever wondered why the logo for Dormont’s Dream Catchers Films is its namesake—a dream catcher? The symbol is a link to American Indian heritage, and the history of that heritage in southwestern Pennsylvania. That history is something Gil Cutruzzula hopes to bring to more people in the South Hills. Today and tomorrow (Sept. 17 and 18), Cutruzzula will have a booth in from of Dream Catchers Films on West Liberty Avenue with information about the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. Cutruzzula is the Elders Program Director for the organization. “I’m reaching out to find Native American people living in the South Hills,” Cutruzzula said. “We have very little membership in that area.” The Three Rivers American Indian Center…
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Carnegie Park will be the site of a sprawling new skateboarding and BMX biking facility. Carnegie was chosen over locations in Scott Township and Mt. Lebanon.
Carnegie will be the site of a sprawling new skateboarding park. Mary Pitcher, the Scott Township woman who has worked for years to build a skate park in her late sons’ memory, chose Carnegie Park for the location of her dream. “I don’t know how to explain it,” Pitcher said. “It’s been so long. I’ve just really wanted to get it done. It’s great to see it finally coming to a home.” Pitcher and organizers had considered similar plans in Scott Township and Mt. Lebanon, but Carnegie Park’s terrain and proximity to major roads and nearby neighborhoods made it an obvious choice. “The flow of Carnegie Park with the hillside there is perfect,” Pitcher said. The skate park has been a project years in the making. Pitcher originally hoped to build …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
If you're traveling to town, there will be overnight and weekend traffic restrictions.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
You may live in Peters Township, but is Banksville Road part of your regular commute? A $4.7 million project to improve Banksville Road (Route 19) in the City of Pittsburgh, Dormont and Mt. Lebanon will begin weather permitting on Monday, June 4. The project includes milling and resurfacing, culvert improvements, drainage, guiderail, curbing and traffic signal and signage upgrades on 2.4 miles of Banksville Road from the Parkway West (I-376) to McFarland Road. Overall work will conclude in December, according to PennDOT. Overnight and weekend traffic restrictions will occur according to the following schedule: Weeknights Monday through Thursdays: Weekends Friday nights through Monday mornings (as needed): Motorists are advised to use …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Artist Scott Hunter painted the new addition to the walls of Dormont's Sugar Café.
There’s a colorful new addition to the walls of Sugar Café, and it might seem to patrons that the mural went up overnight. It actually took two nights—15 hours of work—for Bethel Park artist Scott Hunter to fill the wall above the lounge area with a colorful representation of Sugar Café’s retro-modern vibe. “(Sugar Café owners) Mike and Kelly (James) were kind enough to let me be creative about it,” Hunter said. “We were looking at the space and looking for a retro image. I do a lot of collage work, and I took that approach.” The mural features the desserts and coffee Sugar is best known for, in a retro setting that matches the café’s interior. The woman in the mural is not supposed to be James, Hunter said, but the unnamed woman seemed to…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
A roundup of the region's top stories.
Here's a look at this week's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Proposed Committee to Assist Dormont in #1 Cochran Discussion Bedner's Farm: 'It Is Going To Be Developed' VIDEO/PHOTOS: Over $53K Raised for Duttine-Cavataio Fund Cast Your Vote Now for Favorite Burger in Peters Township Oakmont Sixth-Grader Celebrates Third Birthday
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
February is Women in Horror Recognition Month, and this event at Eljay’s in Dormont serves to celebrate and raise money for a cause.
Now that the day of roses and heart-shaped chocolates is in the past, it’s time to get to the scary part of February. It’s Women in Horror Recognition Month, and Horror Realm is teaming up with Eljay’s Used Books in Dormont to celebrate the women who helped make horror movies, books and art truly terrifying. “I think there’s a view from the outside that horror is kind of a guys game, but it’s not,” said Chris Rickert, of Eljay’s. “I like letting other women know that it’s not a guys-only thing.” Rickert said that since the horror genre is a specialty of the bookstore, Eljay’s seemed like a natural fit for the event. But Eljay’s and Horror Realm owner Sandy Stuhlfire wanted to build a fundraiser into the day, too. From noon to 4 p.m., a …