Author: Sam Bojarski


Glenfield requests quote for Sewickley police services
January 16, 2019
The intersection of Beaver Street and Ohio River Boulevard, near the Sewickley Speakeasy, isn't technically part of Sewickley Borough. But if a car accident occurs there, Sewickley police might respond. In fact, borough police officers have responded to calls all the way to Interstate 79, according to Police Chief Richard

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Community members find common ground at interfaith event
January 14, 2019
More than 120 people from various faiths broke bread together in the Simpson Room at Sewickley United Methodist Church Jan. 13. andquot;I think we should do this six times a year,andquot; said Tanya Bielski-Braham of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh . andquot;I think once you start eating with people, you

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Quaker Valley student leads public piano initiative
January 14, 2019
A recent trip to the Canadian city of Montreal, where pianos have occupied public spaces since 2012, inspired Sewickley resident Hudson Colletti to bring a piece of the tradition to his own community. With support from his father, Patrick, and Explore Sewickley, Hudson, an eighth-grader at Quaker Valley Middle School,

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Cranberry board will decide Sewickley appeals
January 11, 2019
Sewickley property owners who believe the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act has been incorrectly interpreted will now have their appeals heard by a board in Cranberry. When Sewickley left the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) at the end of the year, the borough lost its membership in the organization's construction

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COG could offer more services despite Sewickley departure
January 7, 2019
Despite operating with decreased revenue, due, in part, to Sewickley's recent departure, a Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) official believes municipalities in the intergovernmental network shouldn't see a decrease in services, which include waste collection purchasing arrangements and block grant administration. andquot;Paradoxically, Sewickley leaving has triggered off a chain

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Explore Sewickley’s funding down, leaders making changes in 2019
December 19, 2018
The organization that formed eight years ago to revitalize Sewickley's business district and promote community events in the borough will do so with less funding in 2019. The group, Explore Sewickley, also will be expanding its board of directors and may move to a new location, president Jennifer Markus and

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Sewickley residents to revive Christmas luminaria tradition
December 18, 2018
A group of Sewickley residents, led by Councilman John Dunn, is seeking volunteers to help distribute thousands of holiday luminaria kits around the borough on Christmas Eve. The luminaria will line the streets of Sewickley for the entire evening and into Christmas morning. Dunn said he and other residents aim

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Residents call on Sewickley council to address concerns about steep driveway
December 17, 2018
To a passerby, it looks like a steep driveway. But to residents who live on Hopkins and Hill streets in Sewickley, the driveway raises safety concerns and other issues. These residents came to Sewickley council Dec. 11 to again speak out about the driveway at 550 Hopkins St. that leads

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Sewickley council makes moves to fill void left by manager’s retirement
December 14, 2018
As the search for a new municipal manager continues in Sewickley, council members have named an interim manager and hired an administrative assistant to replace Patty Flaherty, who is retiring in January. The interim manager, Dick Hadley, is a consultant for the Pittsburgh-based firm Public Partners that Sewickley council hired

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New ordinance will create 60 more parking spaces in Sewickley
December 13, 2018
Sixty paid parking spaces will be added on three streets as the Sewickley Parking Authority continues to address the borough's long-standing parking issues. On Dec. 11, Sewickley council passed an ordinance that authorizes the Sewickley Parking Authority to create 60 paid parking spaces on Thorn, Little and Beaver streets. The

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Sewickley’s parking pay stations updated to fix card-reader glitch
December 7, 2018
Defective card readers in Sewickley's parking pay stations that have caused headaches, and in some cases tickets, for those who had problems with them, have been fixed, Sewickley Parking Authority Chairman Richard Webb said. The credit and debit card readers in all 41 of Sewickley's parking machines were replaced in

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Sewickley-based nonprofit aims to support the arts, preserve woman’s legacy
December 3, 2018
Not long after her daughter, Tess Senay Raynovich, tragically passed away in October 2012, Nancy Kirkwood's friends helped her start a memorial fund. Raynovich, who was 20, cared most about art and the earth, so Kirkwood didn't have a hard time deciding where the money would eventually go. Several thousand

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Project to improve Route 65 traffic flow completed in Sewickley
November 30, 2018
A project to improve traffic signal timing at three different intersections in Sewickley is complete, according to borough officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The state provided half of the funding for the effort through its Green Light-Go program. Sewickley council President Jeff Neff said in an email

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Sewickley council to vote on revised parking ordinance next month
November 23, 2018
Over the past few months, Sewickley Parking Authority Chairman Richard Webb has made multiple requests to increase the number of paid parking spaces in Zone 2, the area surrounding Sewickley's business district. Since September, the authority has made monthly permit spaces available at the Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital garage, in

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Public bench donated in honor of late Sewickley resident
November 22, 2018
Sewickley officials have accepted the donation of a public bench in memory of former Sewickley resident Tess Senay Raynovich, who passed away six years ago in a car accident. Raynovich was 20 years old at the time of her death. The bench, which will go at the corner of Broad

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Sewickley road paving work nears completion
November 19, 2018
Road work in Sewickley should wrap up before the end of the month, according to borough officials. In the spring, council agreed to hire the contractor, A. Liberoni of Plum, to pave sections of eight different roads, totaling more than 8,000 feet. The 2018 paving agreement includes Elwick Street from

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‘A Very Merry Sewickley’ brings traditions new and old
November 17, 2018
Starting after Thanksgiving, residents and visitors to Sewickley can enjoy a number of holiday events and attractions, including a Christmas tree lot and horse-drawn carriage rides every Sunday. Members of a planning committee shared information about the 2018 holiday season, which has been branded andquot;A Very Merry Sewickleyandquot; in an

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Sewickley council moves to free up Broad Street parking spaces for holiday season
November 16, 2018
Holiday events and the Christmas shopping season have spurred Sewickley council to deny a request by a developer to extend a lease for eight Broad Street parking spaces that have been used since June as a construction staging area Sewickley Acquisition Associates initially approached the Borough of Sewickley in June

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Taxes going down slightly in Sewickley as council adopts 2019 budget
November 15, 2018
Come next year, Sewickley residents will see a decrease in their real estate taxes. At a Nov. 13 meeting, borough council voted to approve a 2019 budget that is supported by a real estate tax rate of 6.25 mills, down from this year's rate of 6.5 mills. According to budget

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Sewickley council hires firm to help with borough manager search
November 14, 2018
A Pittsburgh-based firm with a track record of helping municipalities deal with management vacancies was tapped to help Sewickley replaced borough manager Kevin Flannery, who retired Oct. 9. At its Nov. 13 meeting, Sewickley council approved a motion to hire the firm, Public Partners, that will also supply an interim

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Sewickley council to consider firm to guide search for new borough manager
November 9, 2018
For nearly a month, the Borough of Sewickley has been advertising for its open borough manager position, after the retirement of Kevin Flannery in early October. Flannery served as borough manager of Sewickley for 25 years. His retirement came after the completion of Sewickley's 2019 budget plan, council President Jeff

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Grant program will support historic preservation in the Sewickley Valley
October 29, 2018
The Sewickley Valley Historical Society announced its first-ever matching grant program for historic preservation of structures earlier this month. According to Executive Director Join Poister, the Sewickley-based nonprofit has awarded grants for historic preservation in the past. But its new Preservation Grant Fund offers a formal application process and up

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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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Sewickley resident appointed to Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority board
October 22, 2018
Eleven municipalities share responsibility for appointing board members to the Quaker Valley Ambulance Authority. Sewickley council recently made a new appointment to fill a vacancy on the multi-municipal authority, one of the few in Pennsylvania. At an Oct. 16 council session, elected officials appointed Ed O'Donnell, of Sewickley, to the

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Retired Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery says it was an honor to work for borough
October 17, 2018
Kevin Flannery retired as Sewickley borough manager just 16 days short of his 25-year anniversary in the position. He sent a copy of his retirement letter, dated Oct. 9, to the Sewickley Herald. The letter, which was addressed to Sewickley council President Jeff Neff, Mayor Brian Jeffe and Solicitor Richard

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Sewickley officials consider additional paid parking, time limits
October 16, 2018
Sewickley's business district has grown rapidly in recent years. But this growth has created another issue, official acknowledged at an Oct. 9 council meeting -- namely parking problems downtown. andquot;If you look back pre-recession, 2008, 2009, there were some 35 to 40 stores that were vacant. With a growing economy,

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Sewickley hires three full-time police officers to help staff hospital detail
October 12, 2018
Mayor Brian Jeffe of Sewickley swore in three full-time police officers at a borough council meeting on Oct. 9. The hiring, Jeffe explained, is the result of a long-term contract between the borough and Heritage Valley Health System to put armed guards in the health care company's Sewickley hospital. Heritage

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Sewickley manager retires after 25 years with borough
October 10, 2018
Kevin Flannery has decided to retire from his position as Sewickley borough manager. At the Oct. 9 council meeting, council President Jeff Neff said that Flannery submitted a letter of retirement. Flannery has served as borough manager of Sewickley since the fall of 1993. He has also served as state

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Wireless infrastructure bill will impact Sewickley, residents say
October 10, 2018
Two residents attended the Oct. 9 Sewickley council meeting to voice their concerns about Pennsylvania House Bill 2564, saying the bill would remove the ability of municipalities to regulate the location, design and construction of short-range wireless antennas. andquot;Our main concern is this (bill) basically taking the power away from

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Sewickley, Emsworth Presbyterians team up to host panel on refugee crisis
October 10, 2018
Two local Presbyterian churches are teaming up to host an internationally esteemed peacemaker on Oct. 13. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Sewickley and Emsworth United Presbyterian Church are doing so as part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. According to the Presbyterian Mission Agency website, the program allows leaders from partner

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National nonprofit with Sewickley roots launches fundraising campaign
October 9, 2018
For 15 years, Katherine Alstrin has wanted to start an organization to advocate for blind and visually impaired students, she said. This summer, the 47-year-old Sewickley resident founded the Equal Access Collaborative, which received official 501(c)(3) status in August. The organization, which just started its first large fundraising campaign, is

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Allegheny Land Trust, regional partners launch interactive mapping tool
October 8, 2018
An online mapping application is the latest tool the Allegheny Land Trust is using to help communities in the region protect land. The Sewickley-based trust, with the help of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and other local partners, launched Urban Greenprint in September. It is an interactive map that

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