The nonprofit business development organization Explore Sewickley has seen a $56,000 drop in funding from Sewickley Borough since last year, a reduction its Main Street Manager Alexandra Lancianese called “devastating.”
In September, construction commenced on the Sewickley Tavern, which will occupy the space at 409 Beaver St. that once housed the restaurant Bruneaux. After it opens early in the new year, the renovated building could become the first in the world to achieve a prestigious air quality standard, said Sewickley Tavern owner Courtney Yates.
Sewickley-based Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) finalized the purchase of 38.5 acres of Moon Township green space near mile marker 1 of the Montour Trail last month. Hundreds of thousands of people use the trail for outdoor recreation each year.
Parking meter glitches and lack of availability in the central business district have complicated the parking situation in Sewickley. As part of their effort to address these issues, Sewickley Parking Authority board members plan to test new meters, change parking rates and introduce new time limits in some areas starting next year.
Seven candidates are running in the Nov. 5 general election to fill four open Sewickley Borough council seats. Among these seven candidates, current council members John Dunn, Cynthia J. Mullins and Hendrik van der Vaart will run for reelection. Sewickley council is comprised of nine members, three from each ward. Council members serve four-year, unpaid terms in office.
Longtime Sewickley resident Carol Weir worked for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, then as a stay-at-home mom, before becoming an entrepreneur. She now earns a living selling at about a dozen trunk shows throughout the East Coast and Midwest regions each year.
In the eight years since its founding, Explore Sewickley has supported local business owners by hosting events like the Sewickley Art & Music Fest and Light Up Night. The nonprofit, originally called Village Green Partners, has even supported other nonprofits in town.
Over the past month, the Sewickley Valley Historical Society (SVHS) has been overwhelmed with calls concerning the Sept. 18 screening of a vintage film depicting the 1940 Sewickley Centennial celebration.
Over the past five years, proposals to build McDonald’s and Chipotle restaurants at the intersection of Ohio River Boulevard and Hazel Lane have fallen through. Most recently, developer Edgeworth Real Estate Associates filed a conditional use application with Edgeworth Borough for a Taco Bell restaurant at 25 Ohio River Blvd. A parking lot in front of the Edgeworth Square office building now occupies the site.
John Poister has devoted much of his time to film restoration since his surprise discovery of films documenting Sewickley’s 1940 centennial celebration. The find late last year demanded his attention, prompting him to resign as executive director of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society (SVHS). He has remained close to the organization.
An advisory council composed of regional stakeholders are meeting to determine the future of the former Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island. Operations ceased on the 50-acre development in early 2016.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley has held its wintertime SweetJazz Music Series for nearly 20 years. The concerts frequently sell out, and Sweetwater’s community room transforms into an intimate nightclub setting for each show.
While living in Monaca, Dr. Vincent Troia frequently rode his bike to the Montour Trail in Coraopolis. He followed the Ohio River down Bicycle PA Route A, along Route 51, despite the high-speed traffic. Troia also said he would bike on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway trail, just across the state border in Ohio.
Sewickley officials, disappointed by the response to recent business privilege tax collection efforts, have said tax dollars from residents are being used to pay for services the privilege tax should cover.
Terri Burgard, a board member and volunteer with Christopher’s Kitchen, drives more than 30 miles from her Evans City home to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh every week. As the nonprofit organization’s main shopper, she delivers the food that makes it into the hospital’s pantries.
Sewickley council will vote to approve an operating agreement with the Sewickley Parking Authority next month. In combination with a new ordinance, the agreement redefines some administrative and operational responsibilities of the authority, which was formed in 2015 to manage the parking situation in Sewickley.
The Sewickley Heights Borough zoning hearing board has made a decision in an ongoing dispute between the owners of the 32-acre Dundee Farm and Fields property and the borough. But Theresa Fetterolf, who co-owns the farm with her husband, said the dispute is not over.
Jewish communities in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the country have grown increasingly concerned about anti-Semitism following the October Tree of Life shooting, which claimed the lives of 11 Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh.
John Poister and Susan Holton of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society (SVHS) were cleaning out a closet in the Old Sewickley Post Office in December when they stumbled upon multiple stocks of decades-old, 16-millimeter film underneath a pile of old material.
About 12 years ago as a new resident of Sewickley, Carole Ciaio learned how to play mahjong at the Sewickley Public Library. Now, she’ll be teaching the tile game there with the woman who taught her, Ellen Hagerty.
While sharing a personal story about a difficult situation with strangers may, at first, seem like an uncomfortable undertaking, Joan Miles believes the experience could actually be therapeutic — for the storyteller and the audience.
Through its Montour Greenway Expansion project, Allegheny Land Trust is currently raising funds to purchase 38.5 acres of trailside green space in Moon Township. The organization has partnered with Hollow Oak Land Trust and Montour Trail Council for the acquisition effort.
After nearly 40 years in uniform, including seven years in the Army prior to becoming a police officer, Leet Township police Chief William Wanto announced plans to retire in November. Wanto, who currently leads a department of five full-time and three part-time officers, said he has been saving up for retirement and feels like it is time to move on.
Sewickley-based photographer Randy Olson has captured images in countries like India, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Indonesia, where armies of workers sort plastic, many for just $2 per day. Sorting facilities in these countries are massive, and some accept enough plastic waste at one time to fill multiple football fields.
Members of the Donald T. Campbell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5756 put their building up for sale last year. According to Berkshire Hathaway’s Sewickley real estate office, the property, located at 529 Beaver St., is currently under contract.
Sewickley officials need more information, including a cost analysis from Leetsdale's engineer, before determining if a joint wastewater treatment plan is feasible. Financial data provided by Sewickley's engineering firm, Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, to Leetsdale Engineer Dan Slagle includes projections for the costs Sewickley would face even if officials decide