Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The program runs through June 30.
The Wilkinsburg School District is offering a tax ‘Amnesty Program’ for delinquent real estate taxes. The amnesty program will waive the 10 percent tax penalty, 100 percent of the accrued interest, and 50 percent of the outstanding attorney fees when the delinquent real estate tax, remaining attorney fees and previously incurred costs are paid in full. The program will end June 30. During the amnesty period, payment programs are not permitted for parcels that wish to take advantage of the amnesty waiver. Parcels currently engaged in a payment program can be granted amnesty for unpaid penalty, interest, and half the outstanding attorney fees when the delinquent real estate tax, remaining half of the attorney fees, and previously incurred …
Allegheny County officials have compiled important information about Dormont, Pittsburgh and other municipalities.
Do you know what state senatorial district you live in? Who your county council representative is? Or have you ever given thought to the geography of Forest Hills, Edgewood, Swissvale or Pittsburgh? Allegheny County's website has a map that provides vital information for municipalities. Just click on the map, and a community profile pops up with information such as school district and municipal millage rates, the name of the local police chief and fire department information. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The primary election is Tuesday. See which area races are contested.
The Pennsylvania primary election is on Tuesday, and there are some contested races in the Forest Hills-Regent Square area. Candidates are seeking their party's nomination to appear on the ballot during the November general election. Here's a look at who is on the ballot: Woodland Hills School Board At-large, 4-year term (1 seat) Republicans—Maria Athens, Michael Belmonte, Jon Coulter, Colleen Filiak and Fred Kuhn Democrats—Jeff Hanchett, Dennis Robinson, Maria Athens, Michael Belmonte, Jon Coulter, Colleen Filiak and Fred Kuhn. At-large, 2-year term (1 seat) Republican—Fred Kuhn Democrat—Jeff Hanchett and Fred Kuhn Region 2, 4-year term (1 seat) Republicans—Jon Coulter and Fred Kuhn Democrats—Robert Clanagan, Jeff Hanchett, Jon Coulter …
Find out where to vote, how the Voter ID Law affects you and what to do if you're voting for the first time or at a new polling place.
Here are some quick things you need to know about Tuesday's primary election. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Nine candidates are vying for seats on the Woodland Hills School District Board of Education during the May 21 primary election, while two candidates from Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS)' District 1 are looking for spots on the PPS Board of Directors. District 1 includes Pittsburgh's Regent Square neighborhood, while Woodland Hills includes Forest Hills Borough, Edgewood Borough and Swissvale Borough, among other municipalities. The names of the candidates are listed below, and Patch wants to know: Who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. School director at large, one four-year term—Incumbents Colleen Filiak and Fred Kuhn as well as Jon Coulter, Michael Belmonte …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Many residents in the Sherwood neighborhood are unhappy about noise and traffic coming from a Hosanna House facility.
Forest Hills and Wilkinsburg officials are expected to meet with representatives of Hosanna House International to discuss some noise and traffic issues stemming from the Sherwood Event Center. The meeting, which is an attempt to address the concerns of unhappy residents in Forest Hills' Sherwood Road neighborhood, is scheduled for Thursday, May 16. A representative of the neighborhood also will attend the closed meeting. The Sherwood Event Center, located at the end of Sherwood Road, is technically located in Wilkinsburg Borough. However, there only is one way to get there, and that's on Sherwood Road in Forest Hills. Many neighborhood residents have flooded council chambers in recent months to discuss problems with traffic, speeding, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Forest Hills officials are expected to move forward with allowing residents to raise chickens and bees.
Forest Hills residents interested in raising bees and chickens might be able to do so in the next few months—but they want people in the community to be educated about urban farming. Next Wednesday, borough council is expected to approve the advertisement of an ordinance regulating the raising of bees and chickens. Once the proposed law is publicly advertised, officials will be ready to approve or reject it in June. Council had discussed separating the bee and chicken ordinances, but during a straw vote, the majority agreed to keep them together. Councilman Mike Belmonte said he hoped to hold off on the matter in an attempt to educate the community about urban farming. Officials agreed to continue with the process to pass the law and to …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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 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. Eligible voters may …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The northbound South Braddock Avenue on-ramp to inbound Parkway East overnight closures begin Monday.
The ramp from northbound South Braddock Avenue to the westbound (inbound) Parkway East (I-376) in Edgewood and Swissvale boroughs will be closed nightly beginning on Monday, April 29, weather permitting. The ramp closure will occur from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights and from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Work will continue through May 10. Signs will be posted to guide motorists. Posted detour: The on-ramp to the inbound Parkway East from southbound South Braddock Avenue will remain open. Please allow extra time when traveling through the area and consider alternate routes. Crews will be replacing expansion dams. The work is part of the $49.5 million Squirrel Hill Tunnel rehabilitation project. Overall …
The treasurer's office will stay open late on April 30.
Allegheny County Treasurer John K. Weinstein has issued an important reminder 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.; pay by …