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Articles from February 9, 2005

2005 Pirates: On TV
Pirates TV games scheduled on Fox Sports Net (*): %% APRIL %% 4 Milwaukee*......1:35 p.m. 6 Milwaukee......12:35 p.m. 7 at San Diego*......10:05 p.m. 8 at San Diego*......10:05 p.m. 9 at San Diego*......10:05 p.m. 10 at San Diego*......4:05 p.m. 11 at...
Academy Concept Gets Top Grades
The Penn Hills School District is looking at expanding the academy concept to two more elementary schools and the sixth grade at Linton Middle School for next year. District administrators also are looking at implementing a uniform dress code for...
Actress Returns to Dormont to Polish Her Craft
Laura Yen Solito would like to think she's funny. Well, she's right. This 26-year-old actress, singer, and all-around entertainer from Dormont has been expressing herself in Pittsburgh theater productions since she was in grade school. Last month, Solito...
A Heap of Jeep Mt. Lebanon Native Dreams Up a Brawny Concept
Aaron Pizzuti was lying awake in the middle of the night when he had a vision. Turning to his night stand, he made a sketch of what he'd seen. A year later, that vision is the 670 horsepower reality that was part of the buzz at last month's 2005 International...
A Holiday for Hearts to Be Worn on Sleeves
In the 23 years Pam Contouris has been teaching preschool, one Valentine stands above the others for her. "One little boy asked me to marry him," she said. The boy, whose name she remembers but does not want in the newspaper because he would be a teenager...
Baldwin's Haarbauer Won't Leave Things to Chance
Rick Haarbauer learned a valuable, but painful, lesson at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament last season. Haarbauer, now a senior at Baldwin High School, was seeded second in the 171-pound weight class last season, but finished fifth after a pair...
Baldwin Swimmer Toomey Just Won't Stand for Second Best
For Ray Toomey, a broken leg turned out to be something of a lucky break. Toomey, a junior at Baldwin, is the top-ranked swimmer in WPIAL Class AAA in the 100 butterfly and one of the best in the 100 freestyle. If not for football, he might not be in...
BEAVER COUNTY NEWS [Derived Headline]
Every year, more people abandon regular "land-line" phones, going completely cellular. Which is mostly no big deal: If regular telephones join the telegraph, phonograph and videocassette recorder on the scrapheap of surpassed technology, so what? For...
Beechview Resident Gattuso Hits Mark
Kristen Gattuso's college basketball career is nearing the end and the Beechview resident knows this is an important part of her life she is going to miss. "It's hard to look at it coming to an end," said Gattuso, a 5- foot-6 senior guard at Division...
BOARD MULLS ACCESS LIMITS ROSS [Corrected 02/11/16]
Ross commissioners Monday discussed a draft of a confidentiality policy for the board that could limit the information commissioners can release to the public. The draft was prepared in response to a dispute at the board's Jan. 24 meeting about a contract...
Board to Comply with Court Rulings in Hajzus Case
The Peters Township school board held a special meeting Monday night to take a vote to recognize the court decisions regarding the 2002 reassignment of former high school Principal Thomas Hajzus and to announce that it planned to comply with the rulings....
Borough to Mark 100 Years of Ups and Downs
Ambridge tends to wear history like a badge. Old Economy Village, in the town's northern end, was built as a religious commune by the Harmony Society in the 1820s, and is maintained by the state Historical and Museum Commission. But that's only half...
Bridgers Duo Throwing Its Weight Around
Ambridge wrestling coach Rich Catalano had an interesting dilemma as the Bridgers entered the season. He had two talented juniors, both of whom had started since their freshman year, and both came into the season weighing around 215 to 220 pounds. "My...
Can Oakland Catholic Rule Waves?
Shannon Barr and Meg McGuire had to overcome their share of injuries and illness to get themselves into position to lead the Oakland Catholic swim team this season. Now, with various maladies behind them, these senior team captains hope to put a hurting...
Car Dealer Moves Inventory When Threatened by Rain Delayed Flood- Control Project about to Start
When there's a heavy rain in McKeesport, there's a traffic jam on Route 48 as workers from Tom Clark Chevrolet drive the new and used cars to higher ground. They learned about the potential for flooding in their car lots in June 1996 and they aren't...
Center Area Lets Pupils Pick Their Healthy Foods
No less than the inimitable Adam Sandler once sang of the virtues of the school cafeteria and its menu items, including the time- honored "sloppy Joe, slop-sloppy Joe." Though the venerable favorites served up by the lunch lady are classic comfort foods,...
Center a Surprise in Second Season with 'New' Coach
Center was a surprise team last season, its first under coach Mark Jula. Yet the Trojans (14-9, 9-5) continue to amaze in Section 6-AA. The Trojans grabbed a third-place finish in the section behind Beaver Falls and Aliquippa, two of the top Class AA...
Center Playoffs-Bound after Solid Comeback
A 1-5 start to the season did not deter Center first-year girls' basketball coach Dana Richter, who has led the surprising Trojans to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. "I just put the best players out there and they get the job done," said Richter, who took...
Clairton Girls Starting to Roar on Basketball Court
Clairton has been under the radar in WPIAL Class A girls' basketball for much of the season. That changed last week when the Bears (15-6, 7-3) upset the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in a span of 72 hours. Clairton handed top-rated Serra its only loss of the...
Consultant Says Bar Is High for Student Achievement
Retired Illinois educator and consultant Robert Ewy said he had worked with a number of school districts in creating strategic plans, but that he rarely saw a district where goals are set as high as those determined recently by the 2,200 people who participated...
Cranberry's Larson Marshals His Talent
Cranberry's Nick Larson always seems to be going places. This is a young hockey player who not only attended three high schools, but also lived in three other metropolitan areas prior to arriving in Pittsburgh eight years ago. He isn't a mere journeyman....
Deep North Allegheny Shooting for Team Title
Opponents trying to get the better of North Allegheny's boys' swimming team this season will have to do it at the shallow end. When it comes to depth, few can match the Tigers. North Allegheny, 7-0 in dual meets entering a match with North Hills tomorrow,...
Dumped Mates in Red States, and Other Surprises
Newspaper people like to pretend that nothing surprises us. We also like to pretend that we can take off our glasses in a phone booth and turn into superheroes, but that's kind of a private thing.Most news doesn't surprise me much. A politician reneges...
Ex-Serra Coach Finds Life Goes on with Ef
First-year Elizabeth Forward coach John Mooney was once perhaps the greatest figure Pittsburgh-area hockey ever produced. A stellar career at Serra Catholic took him to Colorado College and then to the East Coast Hockey League, playing professionally...
Ex-Trooper Plans Security Training Ccbc to Teach Those in and Those Interested in Detective Work
Lou Gentile's plan is to start an academy churning out private investigators and highly trained security personnel, people ready to protect corporate chieftains, sniff out bank fraud, pin down embezzlers or do legwork for lawyers. He'll take the first...
Foxes Have Safe Bet on Black Going into Postseason Events
It might sound a little contradictory in an individual sport, but Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank said he feels "Champions come in pairs." "We have that painted on the wall in our wrestling room," said Frank. "We firmly believe it takes two to become a champion....
Gcc's Karabin Heading for the Wild Blue Yonder
Three games into his freshman season, Alex Karabin's high school football career began to take flight at Greensburg Central Catholic.Now, more than three years later, it seems the Centurions' senior two-way lineman seems poised for the journey of his...
Generations of Hoagies Swissvale's Triangle Builds Clientele, Giant Subs for 60 Years
They're still building "Battleships" in Swissvale. At the Triangle Bar & Grille, sandwich makers construct the same 26-inch "Battleship" and foot-long "Destroyer" hoagies that made the place famous starting in the mid-1940s. The Triangle has operated...
Getting Kids to School Means Safety Comes First
Like swarms of bees, pupils from Mt. Lebanon's seven elementary schools surround the doorways at arrival and dismissal time. Many pupils in the district, which does not use school buses, walk in spring and fall. But in the dead of winter, they come and...
GOOD MORNING [Derived Headline]
People planning to attend a post-secondary institution are invited to a free financial aid workshop that will be sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Centers of Southwestern Pennsylvania at 6 p.m. Monday in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building,...
He Wants to Serve Country Abroad Hempfield's Andros Awaits Military Career
When a player comes to the end of his collegiate hockey career, he starts on the path for his adult life. Some will continue on for another degree. Others will look for work. A lucky few will play professionally. Hempfield's David Andros has another...
If I Don't Ride, Why Should I Pay?
When will the politicians begin to get it that Pennsylvanians are overtaxed? This is in reference to "Rendell, GOP meet on transit" (Jan. 11).I am a lifelong resident and taxpayer in Allegheny County and a licensed driver. I'm tired of paying the increased...
Ko Makes a Rush into Postseason
The Keystone Oaks boys' basketball team has had a number of senior moments recently. Happy senior moments. The merriest occurred Friday, when the Golden Eagles edged South Park, 59-56. That victory, coupled with McGuffey's 57-48 upset of Waynesburg,...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTY BEGLINGER, Conrad Jr., 76, of McCandless, formerly of Elliott, died Feb. 1. Hershberger-Stover Funeral Home, Elliott. BERGMAN, Teresa V., 90, of Blawnox, formerly of Etna, died Feb. 4. Thomas M. Smith, Blawnox. BERRY, Maryjane Schaeffer,...
Latrobe's Mueseler Knows the Score 'Double' No Trouble for 6-3 Swingman
Eric Mueseler swears he doesn't go into a game striving to score a set amount of points. "I don't have a mind set on trying to score," Mueseler said. "I try to do whatever my team needs to win." While this Greater Latrobe senior's unselfishness is commendable, you...
Lowe's to Build at East Gate Center
After years of waiting, new development finally is ready to begin at the former East Hills Shopping Center. The Lowe's company has committed to building a home improvement store in the East Gate Commerce Center, where work on the site could begin in...
Mayor Thinking Merger -- Just to Be Prepared
Mayor James Lomeo thinks government consolidation would be bad for Monroeville, but he wants to plan for it anyway. A couple of academics agree that the time is right to think about mergers. Lomeo urged council last month to "develop a plan of action...
Minister Wins Social Justice Award
The Rev. Bill Thomas stumbled into his church kitchen recently to find friends and family gathered for a surprise party. "You know, you think you're in charge," he joked. The party, supporters said, was a small way to give back to a man who has spent...
Moniker Madness
Until now, no one had ever referred to The Fumbler as an inspiration. But the Post-Gazette's zany football prognosticator has, indeed, inspired me with his annual "Name Game." So, heading into the WPIAL boys' and girls' playoffs, here is our first (and...
Moniker Madness
Until now, no one had ever referred to The Fumbler as an inspiration. But the Post-Gazette's zany football prognosticator has, indeed, inspired me with his annual "Name Game." So, heading into the WPIAL boys' and girls' playoffs, here is our first (and...
Moniker Madness
Until now, no one had ever referred to The Fumbler as an inspiration. But the Post-Gazette's zany football prognosticator has, indeed, inspired me with his annual "Name Game." So, heading into the WPIAL boys' and girls' playoffs, here is our first (and...
Moniker Madness
Until now, no one had ever referred to The Fumbler as an inspiration. But the Post-Gazette's zany football prognosticator has, indeed, inspired me with his annual "Name Game." So, heading into the WPIAL boys' and girls' playoffs, here is our first (and...
Montour's Tielsch a Good Fit with Scots
Montour High grad Daren Tielsch took the long and winding road to college basketball success. Tielsch, a 6-foot-7 junior forward at NCAA Division II Edinboro University, has helped the Fighting Scots to a 18-3 record by averaging 13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds...
MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Forward * People who live in the Gallatin Sunnyside area may have to wait a little longer for the proposed $2 million sewer plant project to begin. Supervisor Tom Headley announced Thursday night that the township would not receive $100,000 from...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Daugherty Supervisors have enacted a $52 emergency and municipal services tax with a $10,000 wage exemption, which spares senior citizens and students from paying the tax. New Brighton Council members have voted not to increase the occupational privilege...
Musician Takes It Easy on the Ears Devices Can Stop Hearing Loss during a Lifetime of Sound Bombardment
B.E. Taylor has been making music and performing professionally for more than 30 years. He's primarily a vocalist, working with an audience in front of him and a band behind him. Though music is generally perceived as joyful noise, even symphony orchestras...
NEWS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Tutor help Penn State Beaver has received a $161,500 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support a program that will improve reading comprehension for pupils in grades one-12. The grant supports the Intelligent Tutor for the Structure Strategy...
Owens Giving Cornell Big Playoff Push
From the moment Bill Sacco first saw Matt Owens play nearly three years ago, the Cornell boys' basketball coach knew this 6-foot-5 forward had a chance to be something special. "As soon as you walk on the floor, I think you can tell when you see a player...
Parks, Recreation Considered
Moon officials agree that township parks and recreation programs could benefit from better publicity, the use of capital reserves to tap matching grants and a broader menu of activities that had specific age groups in mind. Moon supervisors unanimously...
Pictures of Sophistication Gowns by Today's Designers Tastefully Blend Something Old, Something New
If the bride is the focal point of a wedding -- who would dare suggest otherwise? -- then her gown ought make the most memorable fashion statement of the event. Given the many glamorous styles in stores now, that shouldn't be difficult to achieve for...
Pin-Stripes for Wpial Champ Mount Pleasant, 'Fall' Is More Than Just a Nice Season
After watching Mount Pleasant win the WPIAL Class AA title last Saturday, it's scary to consider the Vikings haven't had their best lineup together for any match this season. "Injuries have kept us from using the lineup I envisioned at the start of...
Plan to Halt Flooding Ready to Bid
When there's a heavy rain in McKeesport, there's a traffic jam on Route 48 as workers from Tom Clark Chevrolet drive the new and used cars to higher ground. They learned about the potential for flooding in their car lots in June 1996, and they aren't...
Playoffs Beckon to Wolverines
Korie Morton was one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL eight years ago, when she led Woodland Hills to the District 7 Class AAAA championship in her senior year. Morton is currently one of the top young coaches in District 7, but has a long...
POLICE NEWS [Derived Headline]
Collier Graffiti was found on the back walls of Collier Town Square on Jan. 31. Police suspect the markings were made the preceding weekend. * On Thursday, police recovered a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck on Steen Hollow Road that had been destroyed by...
Progress Cited in Negotiations over Proposed Parking Lot
After months of talks and weeks of dispute, Aspinwall may be moving forward with a plan to add a parking lot south of Freeport Road. Plans had been stalled by a legal dispute as the borough moved to seize property for the parking lot from Aspinwall Marina...
Pupils Cite Leadership Qualities in Teachers
Chris Dulavitch doesn't want the responsibility that goes with being president of the United States, while Carrie Dunbar says of the job: "Having to keep control of my house and my classroom is enough for me." Still, both teachers have qualities at least...
ROUTE 19 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Castle Shannon * Castle Shannon council expects to vote Monday on a zoning change that would allow Greicon Development to build more than 20 townhouses on May Street Extension and Broadway Avenue. Some people oppose the change from R1, single family,...
ROUTE 51 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Baldwin Township * The commissioners agreed last week to raise the fine for overnight parking from $5 to $15. Mount Oliver * The Pittsburgh Christian Fellowship Church has decided not to buy the nearby Veterans of Foreign War building. People...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Carlynton Edgar Holtz has been hired as superintendent search consultant to assist the district in finding a successor to Elaine Brown, who resigned in December to become superintendent of the South Allegheny School District. Holtz, who has conducted...
Seeing Red on Valentine's Day
This is a full-blown, red flag, siren-blaring alert. Valentine's Day is coming up on us fast, and, guys, we need to get serious about doing the right thing for the love of our lives. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT try to blow this off as a crass commercial...
Sentiment, Substance Intersect at the Strand
Pittsburgh is the first place I've lived long enough to watch one person's dream turn slowly into reality. I have no idea whether visionaries are distributed evenly around the country, but given their rarity and our need, the more important question...
Shaler Girls Finish with a Flourish
During the first week of the girls' basketball season that began two months ago, third-year Shaler Area coach Eric Mozzetti noted progress had been made in revitalizing a once-proud program that had fallen on hard times. But Mozzetti's early-season...
She Has Sweet Tooth Biscotti Bakery Keeps Mary Kay Fiore's Plate Full
Mary Kay Fiore figures it all started when she was growing up in Creighton, watching her mother bake cookies to fill trays for wedding and holiday "cookie tables." Fiore, 47, of Churchill, remembers her mom, Rosemarie Andrejcik, baking dozens of fancy...
She Uses Ancient Wisdom of Feng Shui to Heal Homes
Bruno's Pizza was open in Youngwood for only a couple of months before owner Pat McGuire had a problem on his hands. "Everyone was at each others' throats," he said. "Bickering, fighting, personality clashes. I didn't know what to do." Enter Ann Trump,...
St. Clair Hospital Faces an Emergency Upward Trend in er Visits Drives Plans for $25 Million Expansion Project
The emergency department at St. Clair Hospital has so many patients it is ready to burst. As a result, the hospital is embarking on a $25 million expansion project and kicking off a $10 million capital campaign. The hospital is on track to treat 50,000...
Street Parking a Life, Death Issue Woman Says Emergency Vehicles Delayed
A Swissvale resident says cars parked on her street factored into her husband's recent death. At last week's council meeting, code enforcement officer Fawn Burch read a letter from Alberta Van Kirk, of Locust Street. Around 10 a.m. Jan. 30, Van Kirk...
Struggling Blackhawk Finds Class AA Ice Slippery
Moving up in class has been a difficult transition for the Blackhawk hockey team. The past two seasons, the Cougars terrorized opposing Class A goalies, posting more than 100 goals in each while winning a collective 31 games. Last winter, Blackhawk went...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
UNBEATEN WRESTLER Shaler grad Troy Letters, a 165-pound redshirt junior on the Lehigh University wrestling team, owns a 15-0 record. The Mountain Hawks are 19-3 in dual-match competition. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL North Allegheny grad Christy Strunk, a junior...
Township Approves New Zoning, Designates 'Traditional Neighborhood'
Township approves new zoning, designates 'traditional neighborhood' Heralding the changes with phrases such as "smart growth" and "long-term sustainability," Cranberry officials put into place Thursday new zoning for about a quarter of the township....
VALLEY NOTES [Derived Headline]
Penn Hills A new computer system that Penn Hills school officials hope eventually will link home and school was probably the cause of some students receiving incorrect grades on report cards last week. Apparently a kink in the system allowed some incorrect...
Washington Pupils Will Remain as Work Is Done
The Mt. Lebanon school board gave a standing-room-only crowd what it wanted Monday night when it voted to advertise for bids to renovate Washington Elementary in a phased-in approach that will allow pupils to stay in the school for the duration of the...
WESTMORLAND NEWS BUREAU BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Greensburg Amy Smail, of Greensburg, found out yesterday that it can pay to watch television. Smail, 37, regularly watches the syndicated talk show, "Live with Regis and Kelly." Last month, for the first time, she decided to enter a contest the show...
What Took over Murphy Sites?
What's become of those G.C. Murphy Stores in Beaver County and western Allegheny County? Aliquippa -- The store on Franklin Avenue now serves as the headquarters for the Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development. Ambridge -- The General Dollar...
Young Cougars Hungry for Wins Blackhawk Features Postseason Threats
Jeff Jackman, who coaches both the boys' and girls' swimming teams at Blackhawk, describes some of his underclassmen in a manner similar to which William Shakespeare described the notorious Cassius in "Julius Caesar." "Yon Cassius," Caesar said, "has...
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