There is some serious science behind a good cup of espresso, according to Melanie and Rich Westerfield, co-owners of Aldo Coffee Co. on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon.
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Mt. Lebanon commissioners are looking to an eastern Pennsylvania community for ideas on an ordinance that restricts where convicted sex offenders can move, an official said.
Residents last week told commissioners they are worried about an offender who recently moved into the Sunset Hills area near an elementary school. Commission President David Humphreys said the board will look at an ordinance enacted about a year ago in Doylestown Township, Bucks County.
The superintendent search committee of the Mt. Lebanon school board has narrowed its search to three people who have been visiting the district and meeting board members, school officials and residents. Two of them and their wives visited Mt. Lebanon last week and the third will visit this week, board President Joseph Rodella said.
After the third candidate's visit, the board will consider input from all of the groups that met with the candidates and will make the selection. The district is not releasing the names of the candidates, district spokeswoman Cissy Bowman said. The superintendent will replace George Wilson, who plans to retire at the end of July.
The state Superior Court this week denied an appeal of a former Carnegie Mellon University history professor twice convicted of firing on two Mt. Lebanon police officers who were called to a domestic dispute at the man's home five years ago.
Edward Constant, 64, is serving a sentence of 14 1/2 to 29 years at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford after having been twice convicted of trying to kill the officers, Daniel Rieg and Jeffrey Kite, on May 26, 2002.
"You learn to interpret from people talking with their hands what they're looking for," said Boyd, 57, who has owned Rogers Hardware at Lebanon Shops since 1984. He began working there when he was 16. That personal service will be missed when the store closes May 31, after 43 years.
The Mt. Lebanon Platform Tennis Association raised $75,000 toward the project and grants might also help pay for the courts, Recreation Director David Donnellan said.
Chabad of the South Hills will be on the move in a few months. Chabad, which is known as the Jewish Center for Living and Learning, currently rents space on Bower Hill Road at the Bower Hill Swim Club, but has purchased its own building in Mt. Lebanon, with plans to move by fall.
The new site is 1701 Helen Drive at its intersection with McFarland Road, in a building which currently houses an insurance company. The building fronts on McFarland Road.
Developers have started clearing the forest and grading a five-acre parcel in Mt. Lebanon, near its border with Castle Shannon. Kossman Development Co. will build an office complex called Park Plaza on land it has owned for more than 50 years.
Attempts to develop the land as townhouses and a drugstore failed after neighbors protested that the area was too congested with traffic and that other plans were too big for the site.
ULTRAparty, sponsored by Miller Brewing, will feature one of Pittsburgh's favorite 80's cover bands, Velveeta, and will debut on Friday August 3, 2007 from 8 p.m. to midnight. A three-block area of Washington Road from Cedar Boulevard to Castle Shannon Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. to midnight following Mt. Lebanon's family-oriented First Friday festival.
The Mt Lebanon School Board has threatened us with a tax hike equaling $1.12 per month per $100,000 of assessed valuation if Act 1 passes.
Other Boards told their residents what tax savings they would get under Act 1. Mt Lebanon did not.
Our tax saving information is deep in the district website. All the negative publicity is on page 1.
Our Board didn’t tell us about the REFERENDUM AGAINST LARGE TAX HIKES contained in Act 1, or
the ACT 1 provision that would FORCE LARGE HEALTH CARE CO-PAYS when the union contract extension expires in 2010.
Never has so much been withheld from so many by so few.
I will be voting for the property tax reduction.
If you vote against it don’t complain about school taxes.
The Mt. Lebanon hospital expects more than 52,000 people will have visited the emergency room by the June 30 fiscal year-end, compared with 49,343 in the fiscal year that ended last June and 48,578 the previous year. To accommodate the volume, hospital officials want to add 21 treatment bays to the 25 existing ones and send patients immediately to a bay so that they aren't stalled in the waiting area.
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She and her parents have lived for six years on property along a private lake. Three municipal sewers empty into Cedar Lake, and the contents often contain trash that the family must sift from the water.
"Sometimes there's just so much garbage," said Emily, 16. "We get a lot of cans, bottles, chip bags and even doggie bags from when people clean up after their dogs, and that's just incredibly gross."
GOVERNOR’S AWARD Mt. Lebanon has been awarded a prestigious 2007 Governor’s Award for its diversified communications efforts. Governor’s awards are made in several categories. Mt. Lebanon was honored in the “Information Technology” category. The application for the award, which was prepared by the public information office, recreation department and management of information systems office, detailed Mt. Lebanon’s communication expansion beyond print communication to cyber communication such as an enhanced Web site, e-mail blasts and a municipal blog that provides residents with access to information 24 hours a day. Not only do these effort help keep increasingly mobile residents abreast of issues, but they also reduce costs in printing, postage and staff time. Commission President David Humphreys, Recreation Program Assistant Jackie Strasbaugh, Information Systems Officer Nicholas Schalles and Public Information Officer Susan Morgans accepted the award at a luncheon held in Harrisburg in April.
Mt. Lebanon Township received an Information Technology Award for making municipal news and information available to its citizens 24 hours a day through the use of its Web site, e-mail, and blog to communicate with its residents. Today's mobile citizens in Mt. Lebanon have the ability to share opinions on community issues without necessarily having to attend public meetings.
During a school emergency, officials are finding they can't communicate with parents quickly enough.
That's what Mt. Lebanon administrators discovered last week during a 13-minute lockdown of the high school that was enacted after a student who had been involved in a fight with another student in the cafeteria left the school and threatened to return, making a reference to the Columbine School incident.
Despite pleas from a small group of people in Mt. Lebanon, Scott commissioners have granted approval for a Walgreens drugstore at Bower Hill Road and North Wren Drive, on the border of the two neighboring communities.
The unanimous approval, made April 24, didn't come without conditions: securing a variance from the township zoning hearing board for an 11-spot parking shortage, having adequate sewer availability from Mt. Lebanon and an executed copy of an easement agreement between St. Clair Hospital and developer Bowen Development Co., completing a satisfactory developer's agreement and addressing a minor slope issue at the site.Link: www.postgazette.com/pg/07130/784629-55.stm
Mt. Lebanon is gearing up for another summer of outdoor entertainment with First Fridays and Sidewalk Saturdays, a series of music, shopping and food events on Washington Road, the town's main street.
New this year will be Ultra Party, a fund-raiser and outdoor festival for everyone, with emphasis on the 22- to 35-year-old set, scheduled for Aug. 3.
The course will celebrate its 100th anniversary July 7. A morning nine-hole Family and Friends golf event, which will include lunch and entertainment by the Center for Theater Arts and the Organ Grinder Man, costs $200 for a foursome.
An afternoon 18-hole event concludes with a cocktail reception, entertainment from Uptown Rhythm and Brass and a chance to meet Steelers great Rocky Bleier and his wife, Jan, who are chairpersons for the event. The afternoon event costs $400 per foursome, including the reception.
Admission to the reception only is $50 per person. Throughout the day, Mt. Lebanon's golf pro, Matt Kluck, will offer free clinics and sponsor Cleveland Golf will have a demonstration tent.
Community chairpersons for the event are Steve and Amelia Dean.
To register online, go to www.mtlebanon.org and click on "recreation" or pick up a form at the golf course, Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center, library or municipal building.
They are business partners who love and trust one another, and who are, in many cases, best friends who live a stone's throw apart. Open and honest, they engage in vibrant, disagreements without threat of damaging their strong bond.
Some of these business partners even vacation together. But perhaps the biggest selling item: "I get to spend time with my child," said Nancy Rohm, who co-owns Zipper Blues with her daughter, Jamie Rohm.
"I don't know what I would do without my mom," said Donna Deguilio, who operates Moda Donnatella with her mother, Vienna Vizzoca. "I couldn't have picked a better partner," said Tamiko Sampson of daughter Tami Sampson. The pair co-own The Fabric Place.
They are three of a number of mother-daughter duos who are in business together in the 1600--1700 block of Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon.
The Mt. Lebanon PTA has produced the following statement on Act 1:
On May 15th, the referendum question below will be placed on the ballot:
"Do you favor your school district imposing an additional .9% earned income tax? The revenue generated from the tax increase will be used to reduce taxes to qualified owner occupied residential properties by approximately $640 the first year and increasing to approximately $914 in succeeding years. The current school district earned income and net profits tax rate is .5% and the current combined municipal/school district rate is 1.3%."
According to the Mt. Lebanon School District Local Tax Study Commission, "members were generally surprised and disappointed that they lacked the ability or opportunity to make significant proposals to improve our current system of local taxation, and were uncomfortable with the thought that their recommendation, if accepted by the Board and approved by the electorate, would do nothing more than shift tax burden from one member of the population to another, without any clear relationship to issues of fairness and equity."
Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously passed a resolution on Act 1 at the April 16th board meeting. The resolution states: "Members of the School Board of the Mt. Lebanon School District hereby express their opposition to Act 1 as it fails to enact any meaningful or genuine tax relief, but rather only provides for a tax 'shift.'" (Go to www.mtlsd.org and read the resolution.)
What does this mean for our community? Everyone in the community will pay tax of .9% on earnings.
Today, May 2, 2007 at 12:45 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Police were called to the Mt Lebanon High School regarding a fight between two students. Prior to police arrival, a 16 year old male student involved in the fight fled the school premises after biting the other student.
As the responding officer gathered information regarding the incident from school personnel, it was learned that the suspect threatened to return to the school and commit acts of violence and that he referenced the Columbine School incident. At this time school security reported that the suspect may have returned to the high school at 1:25 pm. As a precautionary measure and at the direction of the Mt. Lebanon Police, an immediate lock-down of the school facility was ordered and police began establishing containment and a security perimeter. The school’s Critical Incident Plan was enacted.
With the assistance of school personnel, the police located and arrested the suspect in the swimming pool locker area without incident at 1:31 pm. No weapons were found.
The police department and school administration unlocked the facility after it was determined that it was safe at 1:38 pm.
The suspect was transported to MLPD and arrangements were made for a 302 mental commitment at St Clair Hospital based on the suspect’s actions and comments.
The other student involved in the fight sustained minor injuries.
Cooperation between school officials and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department was excellent and previously planned emergency response procedures worked well.
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