Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Several familiar names, as well as several newcomers, will appear on the primary election ballot for Keystone Oaks School Board. With the exception of incumbent Lisa Cancelliere, who filed as a Democrat, all candidates cross-filed. So, who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. The following candidates will appear on the ballot: School director: Region 1 (Castle Shannon Borough, except part of 6D): Four-year term, two seats School director: Region 2 (Dormont Borough): Four-year term, one seat School director: Region 3 (Green Tree Borough): Four-year term, one seat Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The focus should be on growing these profitable gaming markets rather than trying to dismantle successful assets, State Sen. Wayne Fontana says.
Throughout its more than 40 years in existence, the Pennsylvania Lottery has funded approximately 75 percent of the state’s Department of Aging budget through programs that offer low-cost prescription drugs, free and reduced-fare transit, property tax and rent rebates, long-term living services and senior centers. Today, our Lottery is one of the most profitable in the nation. When Pennsylvania legalized slots gaming in 2004 and expanded to table games in 2010, one of the issues the Legislature faced was how the state’s lottery would be affected by these additions to the gambling industry. Recognizing the concerns, a provision was included in Act 71 of 2004 that requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LB&FC) to issue annual…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dormont Council on Monday approved several new hires to borough positions.
Dormont Borough Council on Monday made several new hires to positions within the borough. Some employees will be working only through the summer, and others were hired as fulltime borough employees: Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Teenagers as young as 15 can purchase the emergency contraceptive without a prescription.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a plan to market Plan B One-Step for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age and older this week. The product will be available in retail outlets with an onsite pharmacy in the family planning or female health aisles. The product will be available for sale during the retailer’s normal operating hours whether the pharmacy is open or not. The emergency contraceptive will be packaged with a product code prompting a cashier to request and verify the customer’s age. A customer who cannot provide age verification will not be able to purchase the product. In addition, the drug's maker Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft. Plan B One-Step is an…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Dormont Council's regular meeting is Monday, May 6.
Applications must be completed and returned to the Allegheny County Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
The deadline for Dormont and Brookline residents who need an absentee ballot for the upcoming May 21 primary election is Tuesday, May 14. Applications must be completed and returned to the Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be absent from their municipality on May 21 or those who cannot reach the polls due to an illness or physical disability. Applications can be requested through the mail or for fastest results, requested and filled out in person at the Allegheny County Elections Division, 601 County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. If properly registered, voters will be handed an absentee ballot to vote on the spot, which only takes a few minutes…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Dormont Council's regular meeting is Monday, May 6.
Dormont Borough Council will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Dormont Municipal Center. Council plans to approve several new hires in the borough, including Jeff Stakich as Fire Apparatus Operator/Desk Officer, and Adam Schmidt and Robert Barnes III as police officers. Council also plans to fill a vacancy on the planning commission, approve a donation to Boy Scout Troop 23, and to approve several items relating to borough policy and maintenance issues. Updates about the West Liberty Avenue Redevelopment Plan, the CMU parking study, and the traffic calming study on Voelkel and Belrose avenues will be provided. Parts I and II of the agenda package are attached to this article as PDF documents. The agenda also is …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The treasurer's office will stay open late on April 30.
Allegheny County Treasurer John K. Weinstein issued an important reminder Wednesday to county taxpayers of upcoming due dates for 2013 property taxes. “For the second year in a row, the due dates for county taxes had to be adjusted. I am certain that many taxpayers may not remember that their county property taxes are coming due by months end. In order to save the 2 percent tax discount, taxes must be paid in full and received or postmarked by April 30, 2013," Weinstein stated. On April 30 the treasurer’s office, room 108 in the Allegheny County Courthouse, will be open till 7:30 p.m. in order to collect taxes at the 2 percent discount. Other methods to pay county property taxes include paying in person on other weekdays till 4:30 p.m.; …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
State Sen. Wayne Fontana discusses school safety legislation, and a new bill that could provide schools with funding to address safety issues.
Wednesday, April 24
School safety is of the utmost importance for everyone in our communities as well as employees of a school district. We send our children to these institutions to receive an education believing that this place is a safe haven for all who are involved in the development and learning of our young ones. The recent tragedies that have occurred across the United States and in particular, Sandy Hook, remind us that even the young and innocent are often the target of some mentally disturbed individuals. Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) which would provide targeted grants to Commonwealth schools in order to address the issue of school violence and improve school safety statewide. In particular, the …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Pennsylvania Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property lists local organizations and businesses with money due them—and there might be some out there for you, too.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property, including abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies, safe deposit box contents and recovered stolen property. Most of this unclaimed property is owed to individual residents. (Read below to find out how to search for yourself or for a relative). However, there are a number of municipalities, school districts, fire and police departments, civic groups, and other organizations that also have money waiting for them. The state website identifies the property as either "under $100" or "over $100" and the source of the property. A quick (and by no means complete) search of the state's …