Monday, April 29, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, April 24, 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 …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Forest Hills Council will continue to discuss the possibility of allowing people to raise chickens and bees at the committee level.
Forest Hills residents remain divided about whether or not people should be allowed to raise chickens and bees in the borough. At Wednesday's council meeting, many residents in the packed council chambers continued to discuss the pros and cons about changing the current borough ordinance that prohibits urban farming. Officials also stressed that the discussions are ongoing and will continue. Those in favor of changing the ordinance highlighted a resident's freedom of choice to live greener lifestyles, and to eat fresh, organic food. Those opposing it submitted petitions and raised concerns about safety, health, enforcement and property values. Resident Anna Chorazi, a former pediatrician, said she remembered when the borough did allow …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If you're new, if you've moved, if you've changed names or parties, you must register.
Pennsylvania residents who wish to vote in the upcoming May 21 primary elections must be registered by Monday, April 22. Registered voters who have moved or changed their names or party affiliations must also notify their counties' elections divisions of their changes by April 22. An individual must be registered in a political party in order to vote in that party's primary. In order to qualify to vote in Pennsylvania, one must be a U.S. citizen at least one month prior to the primary, a resident of the state and his or her election district at least 30 days prior to the primary, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the primary. Individuals needing to register in Allegheny County may apply in person between the hours of 8:30 a.m. …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It's time for spring cleaning!
Spring is here, and that means it's time for some spring cleaning! Several local communities have scheduled Clean Up Days. Here's a roundup: Edgewood The Edgewood Foundation will be sponsoring the annual Earth Day Clean Up of the borough on Saturday, April 20, at Koenig Field between 9 and 10 a.m. Those who attend can enjoy light refreshments before setting off to help clean up trash around the neighborhoods. Work for as long as you wish! Gloves, safety vests and trash bags will be provided. Rain date will be April 27. Turtle Creek Turtle Creek residents, get ready to redd up the town. This year's clean up day has been scheduled for April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "I am appalled at the conditions of the streets and alleyways. It seems as …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The school board is expected to vote on conducting a superintendent search.
Woodland Hills School District officials are considering beginning an official search for a superintendent. On Wednesday, the Woodland Hills School Board discussed possibly approving a search at the April 17 legislative meeting. The new superintendent's three or five-year term would most likely begin July 31. But some board members aren't in favor of conducting a search at all. The board didn't extend former superintendent Walter Calinger's contract at the end of 2012—he had been on medical leave since April 2012. Assistant Superintendent Alan Johnson has been acting as deputy superintendent since. School board member Jeff Hanchett said going out for a search would be "very unfair" to Johnson. "He's worked very hard during this period of …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Congress isn't allowing the change.
The U.S. Postal Service's plan to cut Saturday mail service is delayed. The Board of Governors of the agency stated that Congress passed a spending bill that continues to prohibit the reduction of delivery days. "Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule," the board stated. Saturday mail service was set to be cut on Aug. 5.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Braddock Hills officials have approached Forest Hills and Swissvale fire companies with an interest to merge.
Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department officials say they're open to merging with a neighboring community. At a council public safety committee meeting earlier this week, fire department President Rick Colella said FHVFD members had been approached by Braddock Hills Council about merging the two boroughs' fire departments. Swissvale also has been approached with the same offer. Councilman Bill Tomasic said council members never were made aware of the possible talks and negotiations with Braddock Hills. He said the decision ultimately is up to council, and Braddock Hills officials should contact Forest Hills officials in writing. Tomasic said he is not in favor of a merger. "The word 'merger' is not in my vocabulary," he said."I am not …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Forest Hills Council is looking into allowing residents to raise chickens and bees.
Forest Hills Council is considering making the borough "urban farm" friendly—and some council members are bee-lievers. Officials are discussing allowing residents to raise chickens and honey bees in the borough. However, they are tackling the issues separately. At an operations and policy committee meeting earlier this week, officials combed through information and suggestions pertaining to honey bees. Several residents were in attendance for the discussion, but council didn't take public comment on the issue. Councilwoman Devon Wood invited residents to listen to the information presented and make their comments at the business meeting on April 17. Guest speaker Stephen Repasky, a master beekeeper, wildlife biologist and a founder of …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Edgewood Council agreed to sell several acres of land earlier this week.
McDonald's has purchased property at the Edgewood Towne Centre. Earlier this week, Edgewood Council agreed to sell about 7.4 acres of land in the shopping center—best known as "Parcel D"—to McDonald's USA for $600,000. The parcel sits between the access road that takes motorists up to Kmart and the Parkway East. It has frontage on Braddock Avenue with a paved parking lot. The borough solicited sealed bids for the purchase of the land, and McDonald's was the highest responsible bidder, according to officials. Council President Pat Schaefer said council is looking forward to having McDonald's as a new neighbor. ________________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Sign up for our daily email newsletter.