Sunday, March 24, 2013
Or does it act more as a business? And what about the other major nonprofits in the area?
In a June 2012 "Taxpayer Alert," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned the fairness of nonprofits that have expanded their roles beyond the traditional definition of a charitable organization, but still maintain tax-exempt status. "In these challenging financial times, it is our duty and responsibility to address the questions raised by a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and determine if properties are used for a truly charitable purpose," Wagner said in the report. "While exemptions are justified for clearly charitable organizations such as churches, soup kitchens and many others, some are plainly unfair." A 2012 state Supreme Court decision has given local governments a tool to challenge the loopholes in a five-…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
You can still watch the performance from the 'Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition' finale.
Four Pittsburgh-area dancers showcased their talents on national television earlier this week. During Tuesday evening's finale of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition on Lifetime TV, Upper St. Clair native Taylor Ackerman—along with dancers Miranda Maleski, John Fiumara and Jesse Johnson—performed a routine to Blues Saraceno's "If You Believe." The dancers were featured as alumni from the Abby Lee Dance Company, the newly-famed Penn Hills dance studio featured on Lifetime's show, Dance Moms. Owner Abby Lee Miller went on to be a judge on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, a show where young dancers compete for $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey School of Ballet in New York. Ackerman, an Upper St. Clair native, has worked in some movies…
The missing man was from Waynesburg but worked on a river boat owned by Tri-River Fleeting in Pittsburgh.
Robert Elmer Allison of Waynesburg, Greene County, worked on a river boat owned by Tri-River Fleeting, which is currently listed on West Carson Street in Pittsburgh. Allison reportedly left work on Dec. 21, 1994 and was headed for a bar in the west end of Pittsburgh. All of this belongings were found on the boat and he has not been seen since. Sources that list his disappearance say he was last seen "leaving Tri-River Fleeting in Bethel Park near Pittsburgh" but it is questionable as to why a river business is listed in Bethel Park. He was 42 years old at the time of his disappearance. Allison is described as being a white male with brown eyes and wearing glasses, brown hair and a fair complexion; about 5 feet, 9 inches; and 170 pounds. He…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Here's why it might take three years for a Whole Foods to be built in Upper St. Clair.
Since Patch first reported that Whole Foods signed a lease for a location in Upper St. Clair in the fall of 2015, many readers asked why it would take nearly three years for the natural and organic food store to open. Patch did some digging and this is what we found out. First of all, it typically takes one year to get through the planning process in Upper St. Clair. It takes about six months to get tentative approval from the planning commission and board of commissioners, and another six months for final approval, according to Upper St. Clair Director of Community Development Scott Brilhart. Second, the site plan where Whole Foods will be located must undergo a traffic impact study and also obtain a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT…
If you're heading for the annual festivities scheduled for Friday and Saturday around the Golden Triangle, plan your route and parking options first.
Planning to head to Downtown Pittsburgh Friday for Light-Up Night? How about Saturday for the Sounds of the Season Parade or other daylong holiday activities planned throughout the Golden Triangle? Here are schedules and transportation details you'll want to keep in mind. Pittsburgh's 52nd annual Light-Up Night begins at noon Friday, when Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lights the tree at the City-County Building on Grant Street. Also set for noon: the annual dedication and blessing of the traditional Christmas creche at U.S. Steel Tower on Grant Street. Most festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday, however, with events scheduled for three stage locations — in Market Square, on the Clemente Bridge and at EQT Plaza. Performers include Joe …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate makes a final campaign stop in Moon before heading back to Boston to await results.
In one of his final appearances of the presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney landed this afternoon in Moon Township, exiting a plane at the Atlantic Aviation hangar before leaving in a motorcade. The stop was brief—Romney did not speak before stepping into an SUV motorcade of five vehicles. After walking out of his plane, he waved to a crowd of cheering supporters packed outside of the runway gate. Romney campaign spokesman Bradley White said the GOP candidate would be traveling in the region this afternoon, but he said the schedule was kept private. Romney's stay in the Pittsburgh area lasted just more than an hour—his plane left Pittsburgh International Airport just after 4 p.m. Romney stopped briefly at a Green Tree …
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court extends deadline for absentee ballots to be submitted from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. after elections officials receive more requests than expected.
Over and over, visitors to the Allegheny County Election Division heard the same refrain Tuesday morning: “Elections division, how may I help you?” "Elections division, please hold." From their headquarters Downtown, that constant jangle was the only way elections division workers could gauge that Tuesday was shaping up to be a busy Election Day around Allegheny County, Division Manager Mark Wolosik said. “You hear the phones ringing off the hook,” he said. The most-frequent questions? Most callers asked to confirm if they were registered to vote or where their polling places were located, he said. By mid-morning, division workers had fielded enough questions to prompt Wolosik to issue the office’s prediction: It would be a brisk voting …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said coyotes have adapted well to suburban developments, such as Peters Township.
The death of a West View family's pet husky, possibly by a wild coyote earlier this week, shouldn't come as a surprise, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "Coyotes have been spotted in every municipality of Pennsylvania from Erie to Philadelphia," said Jerry Feaser, Press Secretary for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "There was even one seen within the city of Pittsburgh recently." Feaser said the coyotes, like other wild animals, use the corridors created by rivers and streams to travel into populated areas. "They're scavengers," said Feaser. "They feed on food left out in the trash or on the abundant small prey population such as squirrels, rabbits, and groundhogs." Feaser said while coyotes may appear frightening, they are…
Friday, October 19, 2012
In addition to several roads and ramps, the inbound Squirrel Hill tunnel will be closed all weekend long.
PennDOT is working hard to finish up several key construction projects before the weather turns nasty. There are six key projects going on this weekend, including a few which will continue for weeks to come. The one with the biggest impact is the closing of the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnels Friday night through Monday morning. We've got a map to show you which areas to avoid, along with links to more information about the individual projects. Good luck!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Click on the map to get the address and link to some of the best haunted houses.
Haunted house season is in full swing, and we've found plenty to places where residents can be scared silly. Just click on the interactive map to find the haunted house nearest you. Each location has a link for more information, times, and directions. And if we missed one, add the information in the comments below!