Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Allegheny County has compiled important information about Pine, Richland 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 Pine and Richland townships? Allegheny County's website has a municipality map that provides vital information for the two 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 police chief and fire department information. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
As part of her sentencing, Orie Melvin must write letters of apology to state judges, her former staff and her family.
Convicted former State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced Tuesday to house arrest followed by probation and must send written apologies on photographs of herself to every judge in the Commonwealth, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. An Allegheny County Common Pleas Court jury convicted Orie Melvin in February on all but one count of using her former Superior Court staff and that of her sister to run campaigns. Orie Melvin was sentenced to three years of house arrest followed by two years of probation and must serve in a soup kitchen three times a week, the P-G said. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus also ordered that Orie Melvin have her photo taken with an official county photographer so…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Applications must be completed and returned to the Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
The Allegheny County Elections Division is reminding Pine-Richland area residents who need an absentee ballot for the upcoming May 21 primary election that the deadline is near. Applications must be completed and returned to the Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. 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 faster results, requested 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 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The concert series kicks off on Friday, May 31.
Allegheny County officials have announced the line-up for the 2013 Summer Concert Series. The Pittsburgh CLO will kick off the concert series on Friday, May 31, with “A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3” featuring Gene Kelly Award winners at the South Park Amphitheater. Pittsburgh Opera will begin the season on Sunday, June 2 at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Summer performances include Grammy Award winners Sarah Watkins, the Yellowjackets and Rickie Lee Jones at Hartwood Acres, as well as Grammy Award nominees Monty Alexander, Sixpence None the Richer and James Hunter at South Park. The concert series will come to an end on Sept. 1 with the Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root and special guest Joel Plaskett at Hartwood …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
County officials unveiled the first two compressed natural gas trucks put into service for the public works department at an Earth Day press conference Monday.
To most Pine and Richland Township residents, the new, white Allegheny County trucks they might pass on the roadways won't appear to be anything extraordinary. But they are a first step in the county going green with a cleaner-burning fuel for fleet vehicles. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other officials unveiled the county’s first two compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles at a press conference on Monday. Each vehicle cost $35,285. The Silverado 2500 HD, four-wheel drive, extended cab pickup trucks contain specially designed 6.0 litre Vortec V8 engines and have a gross vehicle weight of 9,500 pounds. The trucks are factory-built with hardened valves and seals, which are critical for CNG vehicles, according to a news …
Tuesday, April 16, 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. …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Eligible high school girls can choose a free gown and accessories.
Project Prom Shop is offering eligible high school girls one last chance to choose a free gown and accessories later this month, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services announced. Located at the Century III Mall, the Project Prom Shop will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. The one-day extension was added from the original close date of March 16 due to popular demand. To be eligible, high school girls must live in Allegheny County and meet one of the following eligibility requirements: The shop will have new and gently worn dresses available in the latest trends, and in a wide range of sizes. All of the gowns have been carefully screened to ensure each is clean and undamaged. Accessories, including shoes, purses, wraps …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The pilot foreclosure prevention program is open to Allegheny County homeowners with Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) mortgages.
Allegheny County, partnering with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, launched a pilot program to assist low-income homeowners with energy-efficiency improvements that could help cut down on utility bills. The pilot "Energy Efficiency Foreclosure Prevention Initiative" program announced Tuesday was created through a partnership with PHFA, ACTION-Housing and four utility companies: Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, Equitable Gas and Peoples Natural Gas. The program will provide $1 million in energy-efficient improvement services to at least 200 Allegheny County homeowners with PHFA mortgages who meet federal income guidelines. Letters have been sent out to 1,341 households in Allegheny County. To date, 415 persons, or 31 percent, have …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Or does it act more as a business? And what about the other major nonprofits in the area?
In a June 2012 "Taxpayer Alert," Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner questioned the fairness of nonprofits that have expanded their roles beyond the traditional definition of a charitable organization, but still maintain tax-exempt status. "In these challenging financial times, it is our duty and responsibility to address the questions raised by a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling and determine if properties are used for a truly charitable purpose," Wagner said in the report. "While exemptions are justified for clearly charitable organizations such as churches, soup kitchens and many others, some are plainly unfair." A 2012 state Supreme Court decision has given local governments a tool to challenge the loopholes in a five-…
Friday, March 15, 2013
The deadline to file an appeal is April 1.
Pine and Richland area property owners have another chance to challenge their new assessments, but time is running out. Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald signed legislation that allows property owners, and taxing bodies, to appeal new real estate values. According to a statement posted on the Allegheny County web site: The Executive and Council recognized that having property owners go through the Court-ordered reassessment has been difficult for everyone. Acknowledging that, and recognizing that there are those who may not have had an opportunity to appeal, did not get the result they had hoped for, or didn’t understand what their assessment may mean to their taxes, this appeal period allows property owners another chance to …