Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Due to increasing costs and declining sponsorship, Allegheny County will not hold the Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres this year.
The holiday season will lack a bit of light in Pittsburgh this year. Allegheny County officials said Monday that the annual Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres Park will be suspended this year. Increasing costs and declining sponsorships, particularly in light of the county's limited financial resources, are to blame. “This is not a decision that we made lightly. The Celebration of Lights has been a great holiday tradition since 1991. We have been proud to partner with the Salvation Army and WTAE TV 4 for the past 20 years on this and are gratified that we have helped to generate $3.7 million in revenues for Project Bundle-Up and other local charities during that time,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, in a statement released …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
A tentative contract agreement that could prevent Port Authority service cuts has been reached.
The Port Authority, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 and Allegheny County have reached a tentative contract agreement. If approved, the agreement is the first step in preventing the 35 percent service cuts, resulting in layoffs and closing of the Collier Garage and various park and ride lots around the area. The cuts were scheduled to take effect in September. That agreement will be considered by the Local 85 membership on Aug. 19 and the Port Authority Board, which will meet in the days following the union vote. Details will be made public at that time. Continue to follow Patch as details become available.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Be careful out there!
A flood watch has been issued for nearby Allegheny County and surrounding areas until 4 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Moon Township. The forecast calls for showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5 p.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall with a high near 69 degrees. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tell us why you voted—or chose not to—in the primary election that included candidates for U.S. president and legislators, and key state offices.
What was it that kept voters from the polls Tuesday? The number of registered voters who came out to cast their ballots yesterday hovered at around 20 percent for both Allegheny and Washington counties. The dry and typically spring weather can't be blamed for the light voter turnout. So was it apathy? Being disenfranchised with the slate of candidates? Convinced it wasn't worth effort since Romney and Obama were 'going to win' the party nomination anyhow? Not worried about federal and state legislative offices? Unhappy with the tone of politics? In Allegheny County, which has 888,686 registered voters, a mere 19.34 percent turned out to cast their ballots, according to the county's Division of Elections website. Of those 171,916 voters, 37…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
'The Reassessment Task Force Report confirms what many of us have suspected all along, that the current reassessment system in Pennsylvania is a complete mess, but one that we now hope to get untangled once and for all,' state Rep. Jesse White said.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A joint task force created under legislation authored by state Reps. Jesse White and Brandon Neuman has reported the findings of its six-month study regarding reforming the commonwealth's "flawed system of conducting property reassessments." The task force was established to create a set of uniform standards for reassessing property values in the commonwealth, including developing new procedures for collecting and verifying reassessment data, developing standards for county reassessment contracting, and making other recommendations to improve the commonwealth’s flawed reassessment system. The Property Reassessment Task Force Report, which is the first comprehensive examination of the reassessment process in Pennsylvania by all stakeholders…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. ruled that new property assessments wouldn't go into effect until 2013.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Allegheny County residents will be taxed on their 2002 property assessments for another year. During a hearing on Thursday, Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. ruled that newly issued property assessments would be implemented in 2013 instead of this year. The court ordered that the Pittsburgh School District, the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver Borough—which already received new assessment values—are permitted to use the 2011 assessment for the purpose of setting their budgets and levying taxes for 2012. Wettick also provided that the 2012 reassessment values be used for the 2013 tax year for those taxing bodies. According to a press release issued by the office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Wettick stated that the court…
Friday, November 11, 2011
A new plow will help clear interstates and expressways in Allegheny County.
As winter approaches, PennDOT crews are gearing up for road maintenance. And in Allegheny County, they have a new three-lane plow to help with the job. On Monday, Angelo Pampena, senior highway maintenance manager for PennDOT, gave members of the media an overview of the “Tow Plow,” which he said will help clear roads more efficiently and could potentially cut costs. “For bigger arteries with a larger snowfall, that Tow Plow is much more efficient,” Pampena said. Essentially, the Tow Plow acts much like a wing plow, swiveling out to the right of a standard plow truck to cover as many as three lanes. It is equipped with air brakes and two 1,000-gallon tanks for salt brine, and can maneuver through traffic at upwards of 60 miles per hour. …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Fitzgerald and Raja find common ground on some key issues.
They’ve debated many times, slung a fair amount of mud at each other, and now, after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, signs and staff, Allegheny County voters get the final say Tuesday on who will be their next County Executive, the Republican nominee, D. Raja, or Democrat Rich Fitzgerald. Raja, like any Republican in Allegheny County faces an uphill battle where Democrats outnumber the GOP by a roughly 3-1 margin. In an apparent attempt to counter the disparity, Raja outspent Fitzgerald by a 2-to-1 margin from June through late October, according the last major campaign finance reports before the Nov 8 election. Both promise to keep taxes at bay, while improving the economic climate and retaining current social …
Monday, August 1, 2011
All information was provided by the Peters Township Police Department.
July 26, 1:02 a.m.: Angela Marie Bock, of Washington, Pa., was charged for simple possession of drugs. She was stopped by police at the intersection of Waterdam Road and Route 19. She was not physically arrested, and charges will proceed by summons, police said. July 26, 8:13 a.m.: Eight residences' garages and mailboxes on Spruce and Willow drives were vandalized with profanities and inappropriate configurations in pink and red spray paint, police said. Rolling Hills Country Club's sign was also vandalized with pink paint. The Peters Township Police Department is welcoming calls from residents with any additional information. Call 724-942-5030. In other police news: Results are in from this year's Drug Take-Back Initative event—hosted …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Walkers united Friday for the Twilight Trail Walk, an effort to benefit the maintenance and expansion of the trail in Peters.
Karen Robbins, her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and other Friends of The Montour Trail in Peters Township greeted hikers and their pets as they arrived at the St. Petersburg Center trail entrance. Down the road, at the Farmhouse Coffee/Big Fat Greek Gyro check-in location, Sandy Bosick, Jamie Headley and Chris Nagoda handed out glow sticks and raffle tickets. For a $5 donation, hikers walked along the path lit with luminaries, votive candles inside recycled two-liter beverage bottles. The donation came with the glow stick, raffle ticket, a drink and a cookie ticket (children under five were free). Registration started just before 8 p.m. at the St. Petersburg location. DJ Bryan Lee of BML Entertainment spun a selection of adult …