East suburban real estate transactions, week of July 14, 2024
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East suburban real estate transactions, week of July 14, 2024
ALLEGHENY COUNTY Churchill Estate of Raymond Jurewicz sold property at 213 Thornberry Drive to Zachary Farley and Sida Wang for $384,000. Edgewood Michael Kostiew sold property at 437 Maple Ave. to James Caird and Katie McHolme for $729,431. Beverly Harding sold property at 410 W Swissvale Ave. to VMO Swissvale
Westmoreland happenings: Free movie night, prayer service, bingo, more
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Westmoreland happenings: Free movie night, prayer service, bingo, more
Church news • Living Word Congregational Church, 2003 Ridge Road, Penn Township, will have a Second Mile prayer and communion service at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday at the church. Meetings • Rostraver Sportsmen and Conservation Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the club, 539 Cedar Creek
Norwin instructor teaches ancient art of calligraphy
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Norwin instructor teaches ancient art of calligraphy
A Norwin instructional aide who has mastered the art of calligraphy " an elegant handwriting style practiced centuries ago in China, Greece, Rome and Egypt " is sharing her expertise with today's middle school students. "Calligraphy fits in well in that period because it was a time when the art
Westinghouse Arts Academy Scheduled to Resume Classes after Fire at the “Castle.”
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Westinghouse Arts Academy Scheduled to Resume Classes after Fire at the “Castle.”
<p>Restoration work is underway for the historic building that houses the arts-based charter high school.</p> <h4>Fire broke out in June</h4> <p>The Westinghouse Airbrake Company General Officer Building, known to some as the "Castle", a historic landmark in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, was damaged by a fire on June 28, 2024. The fire started in the 5th Floor attic and spread to the roof, causing smoke and water damage to the rest of the building. The building is home to the Westinghouse Arts Academy, a charter school, that offers tuition-free, arts based, high-school education to students in grades 9-12. The fire has been determined to be accidental, and started in the floor of the 5th floor, by the Wilmerding Fire Marshall, Al Hussey.</p> <h4>Everyone evacuated safely</h4> <p>According to the school's principal and acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kelly Lombard, no students or staff were injured in the fire, as everyone was able to evacuate quickly and safely. Dr. Lombard also praised the efforts of "the firefighters, police, and other emergency responders who contained the fire and prevented further damage." She also thanked the community for its support and donations in the aftermath of the fire. The School owns the old Westinghouse Memorial School building next door to the Castle and leases the Castle building and surrounding property. </p> <h4>Restoration work is underway</h4> <p>The restoration work is underway for the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school hired ServPro from North Versailles, which has brought in a ServPro national operations crew, to handle the immediate fire stabilization efforts of water extraction and cleaning. SerPro is also serving as the general contractor for the construction work associated with the fire related repairs to the lower floors of the Castle, that the school is currently occupying, as well as the historic red slate roof. Bill Malloy, General Partner of the owner Westinghouse Castle, LP, stated that "ServPro is doing an amazing job and will be completing the drying of the first two floors that the school occupies, as well as the removal of most of the affected drywall, on Sunday, July 14th." </p> <p>Utica National Insurance, which has assigned adjusters, engineers, and consultants to the project, is the insurer of the building. Dr. Lombard stated that Utica's consultant, Richard Mouris, Assistant Vice President of J.S. Held, LLC, confirmed on Friday that Utica National Insurance and its onsite partners "are committed to restoring the historic property to its pre-loss condition."<br> <br> According to Williams Castillo, Large Loss Project Manager from ServPro, the company is on target to complete all of the fire restoration work for the school's occupied floors, as well as the temporary roof, before August 12th to ensure that the school's operations are not impaired for the start of school. Roberts Roofing is currently working on the temporary roof repairs and engineers are evaluating the components to the roof that were damaged by the fire to complete the scope of work for the complete restoration of the historic slate roof.</p> <p>Building owner, Westinghouse Castle, LP, has been working since 2021 with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's State Preservation Officer, as well as the US Department of the Interior, to preserve the architectural and historical features of the building, which was built in 1890 by George Westinghouse, a pioneer of the electrical and railroad industries. The historic preservation project has been proceeding in phases according to Malloy. The preservation of the lower two floors has been approved, and completed, and the work on the upper floors is ongoing. The phase that will be completed by the end of 2024, is the preservation of the historic features of the 3rd and 4th floors which include George Westinghouse's office on the 3rd floor. Thereafter, as the Westinghouse Arts Academy student population continues to grow, the school will occupy those floors as well. "Fortunately, with the fast reaction to the fire so far, and continued cooperation by Utica National Insurance company partners and the contractors, the overall historic restoration project will not be delayed or impaired by the fire," Malloy stated.</p> <h4>Classes to resume in August without delay</h4> <p>Dr. Lombard said that "classes will resume on August 19, 2024, and teachers will return on August 12th, for the new academic year. The school fully expects that Utica insurance company and the contractors will get the Castle ready for August 12th. However, should there be any unforeseen delays, the school is prepared to use temporary classrooms." She assured parents and students that the quality of education and the safety of the school community will not be compromised by the fire. The school also encouraged prospective students to apply for admission, as there are still spots available for the 2024-2025 school year.</p> <p>The author, Joseph Lawrence, is a partner of Westinghouse Castle, LP.</p>
North Huntingdon will negotiate further on lease for proposed $30 million sports complex
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North Huntingdon will negotiate further on lease for proposed $30 million sports complex
Two North Huntingdon business partners will need to continue negotiating with the township on the specifics of a lease for a proposed $30 million sports complex on township-owned property off Route 30. At a work session Thursday evening, the business partners, David Ponsonby and Joshua Zugai, discussed the first draft
'It's a real tearjerker,' owner says as 1 of 2 North Huntingdon Hallmark stores set to close
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'It's a real tearjerker,' owner says as 1 of 2 North Huntingdon Hallmark stores set to close
One of two family-owned Hallmark stores in North Huntingdon will close at the end of the month. "For our family, it's a real tearjerker, as well as for some in our community. This place is huge in people's memories. That's why we are so affected," said Kathleen "Kitty" Mahosky of
Haven Hybrid Homeschool to Host an Open House
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Haven Hybrid Homeschool to Host an Open House
<p>Haven Hybrid Homeschool is hosting an open house on Thursday, July 25th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Reclamation Community Center in Monroeville. Please join us for some light refreshments, an informational session, and a building tour so we can show you what our program is all about! </p> <p>A little background information... Haven Hybrid Homeschool is a supplemental homeschool instruction model designed to help families lighten their homeschool load, provide extracurricular activities and socialization, and give families a break during the week. Unlike other co-ops and homeschool hybrids, families are able to drop off their PreK-5 aged children for homeschool instruction two days a week for 5 hours each day. Parents are encouraged to volunteer if they are willing and able, but are NOT required by any means. We desire to help whatever system you have in place, not interrupt what your family already has going on. We have an affordable price for each child for the year with full and partial scholarships available by application as well as a multiple-child discount! We want our programs to be available to everyone. </p> <p>We hope to see all of the local homeschool famlies looking for a change in attendance! Please reach out to Olivia Guffey at <a href="mailto:olivia@havenchildcare.org">olivia@havenchildcare.org</a> with any questions or concerns. You can also visit the event page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/s/homeschool-hybrid-open-house/803773431844506/">here!</a></p> <p> </p>
Take a summer day trip to Irwin and North Huntingdon
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Take a summer day trip to Irwin and North Huntingdon
Visiting Irwin is like stepping into a storybook town filled with charm and character. This borough in Westmoreland County is home to a vibrant downtown area filled with unique shops, cozy cafes and cultural venues. Irwin's rich history and welcoming atmosphere make it an ideal destination for a day trip.
Work on new $46M sewage plant in North Huntingdon poised to begin
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Work on new $46M sewage plant in North Huntingdon poised to begin
Construction is expected to begin next week on a new $46.1 million sewage treatment plant near the Youghiogheny River in North Huntingdon, which will replace aging infrastructure that is close to 50 years old, an official said. The project will increase the maximum daily capacity of the North Huntingdon Township
CDS Flea Market 2024
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CDS Flea Market 2024
<p>Looking to clear out unwanted treasures? Donate them to Christ the Divine Shepherd Flea Market! Drop off Days at the Lourdes Center (St Bernadette Campus) are Saturday July 13th, and Sunday July 14th from 9AM to 1PM.</p> <p>We accept most clean, unbroken items, including furniture, housewares, books, toys, jewelry/fashion accessories and seasonal d&eacute;cor. Sorry, we cannot accept clothes, TVs, computers/electronics, VCR or cassette tapes, encyclopedias, stuffed animals, and chandeliers. For more information call or text Lisa Fennessy at (412) 607-0226.</p>
Summer Reading Sizzles at the Norwin Public Library
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Summer Reading Sizzles at the Norwin Public Library
<p>The Norwin Public Library is welcoming more children than ever before for their annual Children's Summer Reading Program. Over 1,000 children are participating in the Library's Summer Reading Program, "Adventure Begins at Your Library". Children are encouraged to read each week with fun activities and prize incentives. Studies show that children who read over the summer months don't experience the "summer slide" and perform better in the next school year than children who don't read during the summer. Nine thousand children's books were borrowed in June and approximately 1,350 children attended one of the 19 programs held for children in the month of June. The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Norwin Public Library. </p>
Westmoreland County campus clippings: Norwin grads Ty Stecko, Noah Czajkowski transferring
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Westmoreland County campus clippings: Norwin grads Ty Stecko, Noah Czajkowski transferring
A pair of former Norwin baseball players from the class of 2022 are changing college programs. Both tested the waters of the NCAA transfer portal. Ty Stecko, who began his college career at Mount St. Mary's, recently announced a commitment to Eastern Michigan. The rising junior infielder leaves the Metro-Atlantic
East suburban real estate transactions, week of July 7, 2024
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East suburban real estate transactions, week of July 7, 2024
ALLEGHENY COUNTY Churchill Estate of Robert Perkoski sold property at 1541 Williamsburg Pl to 2669 LLC for $103,000. Edgewood Steven Crandell sold property at 300 Beech St. to Kirk Brown and Wendy Rondeau for $440,000. Jeffrey Weiss sold property at 180 Gordon St. to Ryan Bernier and Sandra Bernier Yu
After tornadoes, Trafford, Irwin, North Irwin looking to band together for future emergencies
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After tornadoes, Trafford, Irwin, North Irwin looking to band together for future emergencies
The tornado that whipped through parts of Trafford and Penn Township on June 26 prompted Trafford, Irwin and North Irwin to consider uniting to provide assistance in the case of another natural disaster, local officials said. "It will get everything on the radar, in terms of resource sharing," said Jaime