Author: Sam Bojarski


Tentative road repairs scheduled in Sewickley Valley
December 6, 2019
Drivers who have been inconvenienced by closures along Little Sewickley Creek Road will have to endure a little longer as PennDOT has tentative plans to make repairs next year.

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‘What would Fred Say?’ Sewickley group hosts talk on civil discourse at Tull
December 2, 2019
The release of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” may seem timely in today’s divisive political climate.

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Sewickley’s St. Matthews renovating church built in 1911
December 2, 2019
St. Matthews A.M.E. Zion Church is taking on a renovation project for its historic building, which has been a fixture in the Sewickley community since 1911.

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Sewickley’s Light Up Night returns with performances, shopping and more
November 25, 2019
This year’s holiday season in Sewickley gives residents and visitors the opportunity to hear music from a national recording artist at the annual Light Up Night celebration.

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Phase 1 of Route 65 study complete
November 25, 2019
The first phase of a Route 65 corridor study that examines a 32-mile stretch of roadway from Bellevue to Rochester in Beaver County is wrapping up.

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2 Sewickley nonprofits receive grants
November 22, 2019
Two Sewickley nonprofits have received a total of $8,000 in grant funding from the Sewickley Valley Community Fund (SVCF).

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Sewickley Borough suing 15 businesses
November 15, 2019
Sewickley council has warned of litigation as a potential consequence for failing to pay delinquent business privilege taxes.

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Sewickley council predicts no tax increase in 2020 budget
November 14, 2019
Sewickley council approved the release of a proposed 2020 budget that keeps real estate taxes at 6.25 mills during their Nov. 12 meeting.

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Sewickley residents react to historic film
November 11, 2019
The restored “Sewickley Centennial” film, shown to the community in September, provided a snapshot of Sewickley from nearly 80 years ago.

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Law enforcement address elder scams in Aleppo Township
November 8, 2019
Phone scams have become a nationwide phenomenon, and elderly residents are often the victims.

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Sewickley’s ALT land acquisition at Montour Trail to enhance outdoor recreation
November 4, 2019
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.

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Sewickley’s Sierra Sellers has a budding, promising music career
November 2, 2019
Sierra Sellers, 24, is one of the youngest and most promising voices in Pittsburgh’s soul scene.

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Sewickley retailers impacted by condo construction
October 25, 2019
Retailers on Sewickley’s Blackburn Road and Centennial Avenue say they have been impacted by construction of a luxury condominium.

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Big changes to Sewickley parking in new year
October 21, 2019
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.

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7 candidates in Sewickley council race
October 18, 2019
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.

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Sewickley streets, lots to be closed for paving
October 10, 2019
Sewickley streets and parking lots will close temporarily in preparation for paving work.

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Sewickley Parking Authority turning unpaid tickets over to magistrate
October 10, 2019
The 700 people who owe the Sewickley Parking Authority money for unpaid tickets from this year may want to send in their fines.

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Sewickley entrepreneur takes her wares on the road
October 8, 2019
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.

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Couple divides time between Sewickley and a sailboat
October 1, 2019
During hurricane season, Ray and Sandy McCoy reside in Sewickley. From December through May, they travel the eastern Carribbean on their 46-foot sailboat.

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New Explore Sewickley board broadens vision
September 24, 2019
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.

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Wiffle ball park honoring Sewickley boy officially dedicated
September 23, 2019
Sept. 2 marked the fifth annual Owen Galluzzo Memorial Picnic and Wiffleball Classic at War Memorial Park. But it wasn’t the only way Sewickley residents honored the boy this month.

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Leetsdale industrial explosion ruled accidental by fire marshal
September 13, 2019
The investigation into an explosion that injured four workers at the Hussey Copper manufacturing facility in Leetsdale Industrial Park has ended with the incident being ruled accidental.

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Sewickley Borough, parking authority collaborate on paving project
September 12, 2019
The Sewickley Parking Authority has advertised a bid for the paving of Green Street and two parking lots on Green and Division Street. A contract will likely be awarded next week.

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Explosion in Leetsdale Industrial Park injures 4 workers
September 9, 2019
An explosion over the weekend at the Hussey Copper headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Leetsdale Industrial Park sent four people to the hospital with injuries.

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Process underway to create new watershed association
September 9, 2019
More than 10 years ago, a volunteer association existed to protect the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed. Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) and local partners are now trying to revive it.

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Second viewing of Sewickley film from 1940 scheduled
September 4, 2019
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.

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Chipotle out, Taco Bell in for proposed Edgeworth development
August 30, 2019
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.

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Two regional green spaces under contract for Allegheny Land Trust
August 27, 2019
The Mollenauer Mine and Churchill Valley Country Club once played important roles in their communities. Nature has since reclaimed both sites.

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Temporary closure of Sewickley Bridge to occur during repairs
August 8, 2019
Sewickley Bridge construction, slated to begin in 2020, will result in significant traffic changes.

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Sewickley’s Zamagias condos move forward after lawsuit
August 8, 2019
Despite opposition and a lawsuit, plans for a development in the Village are moving forward.

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Aleppo ‘ahead of the curve’ on streaming meetings
August 6, 2019
Matthew Doebler has a favorite quote, coined by renowned law professor Lawrence Lessig: “Information wants to be free.”

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Historical film shows Sewickley in the 1930s and ’40s
August 5, 2019
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.

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Locust Place residents discuss hospital construction, deliveries
July 19, 2019
Early-morning deliveries coupled with parking garage construction at Heritage Valley Sewickley have prompted complaints from residents.

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Sewickley’s first public piano installed
July 18, 2019
Pianists who feel like putting on an impromptu concert and novices who want to practice their technique can do so, outside.

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Sewickley Chamber president, business owners irked by tax collection method
July 17, 2019
Sewickley’s business privilege tax has existed for decades. But business owners who attended a recent meeting said they did not know about it until recently.

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Sewickley clarifies banner protocol
July 16, 2019
Citing costs among other factors, Sewickley Council has decided the borough will no longer hang promotional banners on behalf of local organizations.

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Council formed to reimagine former Shenango site
July 12, 2019
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.

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Sewickley Valley groups collaborate on sustainable development
July 9, 2019
Residents from the Sew­ickley Valley are assisting Re-Imagine BeaverCounty in its effort to facilitate a green economy.

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Sewickley resident to lead riverfront planning organization
July 8, 2019
After a nationwide search, the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Riverlife selected Sewickley resident Matthew Galluzzo as its president and chief executive officer.

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Sweetwater launches Acoustic Music Series
July 2, 2019
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.

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Trail council developing bicycle suitability study with public input
June 29, 2019
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.

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Social media-savvy entrepreneur opens unique shop
June 26, 2019
In 2016, Kathryn Richardson sold everything to travel the world with her husband and two young daughters. She even closed her women’s clothing store in Sewickley, Rosewood Boutique.

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Allegheny Land Trust receives public input for watershed plan
June 24, 2019
The Big Sewickley Creek Watershed stretches over 46 square miles and encompasses 12 municipalities, including Bell Acres, Marshall Township and Economy.

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Sewickley official: 16% of businesses with delinquent tax paid
June 24, 2019
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.

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Sewickley council rejects paving bids
June 19, 2019
Having rejected bids for work on the 2019 road program, Sewickley council may not seek additional proposals until spring.

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Sewickley Art & Music Festival cut back to one day
June 18, 2019
The Sewickley Art & Music Festival has been cut to one day to appease business owners.

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Plan for VFW site receives conditional zoning approval
June 17, 2019
The former VFW is one step closer to becoming a parking lot.

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Sewickley officials commend progress of construction site
June 11, 2019
Sewickley officials can see the light at the end of the tunnel with the 429-435 Broad St. construction site, according to borough Mayor Brian Jeffe.

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New board broadens mission of Explore Sewickley
June 10, 2019
Explore Sewickley has a new board of directors and a new vision for the organization.

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Sewickley nonprofit seeks volunteers to stock hospital pantries
June 7, 2019
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.

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Sewickley’s military banner program expanding to other communities
June 5, 2019
John Dunn envisions a 12-mile stretch of military banners adorning telephone poles from Ambridge to Haysville.

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New owners take over Aleppo industrial park housing Amazon, Chrysler
June 3, 2019
Two real estate investors have purchased the 408,000-square-foot 79 North Industrial Park, a seven-building light industrial complex located along Interstate 79 in Aleppo Township.

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Little Sewickley Creek fuel spill monitored by DEP
May 24, 2019
A woman was walking her dogs along Little Sewickley Creek near Edgeworth on Mother’s Day when she noticed something out of the ordinary about the water.

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Sewickley committee honor vets’ request for no Memorial Day fireworks
May 23, 2019
When George Crawford made a donation to the Sewickley Memorial Day Parade Committee, he assumed there would be fireworks.

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Sewickley council will have contested race in November
May 22, 2019
The November election to decide four open Sewickley council seats will include only one contested race.

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Sewickley Parking Authority role changing
May 21, 2019
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.

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Sewickley business owners seek music fest time change
May 20, 2019
Members of Sewickley’s business community have voiced concerns about the logistics of the Art &Music Festival, which has been held the past two years.

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Sewickley Heights farm dispute may continue despite decision
May 17, 2019
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.

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Consulting firm to handle Sewickley code enforcement
May 13, 2019
Sewickley has entered into an agreement with an engineering consulting firm that specializes in municipal code enforcement services.

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Festival to highlight role of historic community center
May 10, 2019
The annual Juneteenth holiday commemorates the 1865 abolition of slavery. Next month, the Sewickley Community Center will celebrate with a festival that also honors the center’s storied past.

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Sewickley ballfield improved thanks to donation
May 9, 2019
Improvements have been made at the Chadwick Street baseball and softball field, and more could be on the way.

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Beth Samuel to host FBI hate crime program
May 2, 2019
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.

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Surprise discovery leads to staff changes at Sewickley historical society
April 30, 2019
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.

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Aleppo plans Earth Day cleanup
April 23, 2019
Last year, 22 people collected 45 bags of trash during Aleppo Township’s Earth Day cleanup, and about 90 people volunteered to plant 1,000 trees at Bouchard Family Park.

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Sewickley mixed-used condo, restaurant development planned
April 15, 2019
Plans for a mixed-use development at the corner of Beaver and Walnut streets in the borough are moving forward.

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3 current members in race for 4 seats on Sewickley council
April 9, 2019
Four Sewickley council seats are available this year with three current council members seeking another term in office.

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Local mahjong players to hold introductory program
April 8, 2019
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.

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Nonprofit to hold storytelling event at Sewickley library
April 2, 2019
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.

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Sewickley Valley municipalities share plans for community development projects
March 23, 2019
Sewickley Valley municipalities will use federal block grant money this year to enhance parks, pave sidewalks and improve access for those with disabilities.

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‘Free The Music’ public piano initiative gains momentum
March 23, 2019
Sewickley could have as many as three public pianos by summer.

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Leet, Bell Acres address oil and gas zoning
March 19, 2019
Leet Township commissioners voted three new ordinances into law March 11 that define oil and gas operations, according to Donna Adipietro, who sits on the township’s planning commission.

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Allegheny Land Trust leads effort to protect Montour Trail
March 16, 2019
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.

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Sewickley council fills manager role with two hires
March 14, 2019
The search for a borough manager in Sewickley has ended, five months after the retirement of former manager Kevin Flannery, who served in the role for 25 years.

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Leet Township police chief to retire after decades of service
March 5, 2019
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.

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Multiple events scheduled for Leet Township’s 150th anniversary
March 1, 2019
Multiple generations have called Leet Township home since its founding in 1869 by a group of residents from the former Sewickley Township.

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Photographer, expert discuss impact of plastic waste
February 26, 2019
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.

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Sewickley council hears proposal for additional parking at former VFW site
February 21, 2019
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.

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Sewickley Military Banner program returns
February 19, 2019
Sewickley Councilman John Dunn has been in contact with about three dozen people interested in purchasing a military banner in honor of a loved one who served.

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Sewage plan still possible by year’s end between Sewickley and Leetsdale, officials say
October 25, 2018
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

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House Tour to showcase 5 Sewickley Valley homes
May 3, 2018
Child Health Association of Sewickley has awarded more than $4 million in grants to organizations that offer support services for children. The nonprofit's bi-annual house

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Volunteers plant 1,000 trees at Bell Acres park
April 23, 2018
The Quaker Valley Recreation Association (QVRA) always has had big plans for Bouchard Family Park in Bell Acres. But when site development began in 2009,

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Leetsdale, Aleppo readying for cleanup events
April 6, 2018
Spring often is a time for homeowners to tidy up their homes and yards to prepare for the summer season. While people tend to their

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Leetsdale, other Allegheny County communities wait for word on community grant funds
March 22, 2018
Leetsdale leaders hope to receive word by July 1 if the borough will receive grant money for projects in the municipality. Leaders in the borough

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Project to make Washington Street ADA accessible begins
March 22, 2018
Work to make Washington Street in Leetsdale handicap accessible began recently. Saltria Construction mobilized to begin phase one of the borough's Washington Street ADA sidewalk

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Leetsdale Industrial Park leaders working to address fence issue
March 20, 2018
When Tony Rosenberger heard grumblings of dissatisfaction in Leetsdale, he asked borough leaders to hold a public meeting to address them. At issue: About a

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Leetsdale set to pave several roads this year
March 12, 2018
Leetsdale has selected a contractor for the 2018 phase of the borough's roadway repaving project. Council members voted unanimously March 8 to award the project

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Leetsdale seeks ‘Live Well’ status in Allegheny County
March 6, 2018
Leetsdale soon will join forces with the Allegheny County to help improve the health of its residents. Council passed a resolution this month indicating the

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