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 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 27, 2021

Boro approves leasing on-street parking spaces

The April public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council began with a request from a local business to lease several on-street parking spaces on Brownsville Road. Ben Prisbylla, representing RE360,...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 27, 2021

Mobility hub will feature e-scooters, transit information on Warrington

Holding its first public meeting in more than a year, the Allentown CDC (ACDC) presented a short agenda by way of Zoom last week. Tyler Abbott, ACDC president, welcomed those in attendance. "We're an...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 27, 2021

Council expresses concerns before approving liquor license transfer

Representatives from 3 Rivers Beer, LLC appeared before the Mt. Oliver Borough Council to request a liquor license transfer for 104 Brownsville Road. Attorney Greg Szallar, representing 3 Rivers...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    April 6, 2021

Biannual council meeting has safety, program updates

The biannual General Meeting of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) on March 29 covered a wide range of topics including public safety, updates from area elected officials and progress reports on...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 30, 2021

Boro Council considers options to help Ottillia Street resident

The first order of business for the Mt. Oliver Borough Council at its March public meeting was to discuss a resident's request for steel poles to prevent cars from sliding into his Ottillia Street...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 2, 2021

Mt. Oliver to split building inspection duties

Mt. Oliver Borough Council, at its February meeting, made a change in who will be doing the third-party plan review for building inspections. Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson said a resolution before...

 

New Zone 3 commander has roots in South Pittsburgh area neighborhoods

The new Zone 3 Police commander, John Fisher, took over command of the zone on Monday, Feb. 8, replacing retiring commander, Karen Dixon. Commander Dixon had led Zone 3 since the summer of 2015. A...

 

With fundraising down due to COVID, MOFD looks to other revenue sources

In an effort to recoup some of the costs of operating the volunteer fire company, Francis Kestner and Ron Lowrey of the Mt. Oliver Fire Department (MOFD) spoke before the Mt. Oliver Borough Council...

 

Mt. Oliver Council approves budget with no tax increase

In a first for Mt. Oliver Borough, due to COVID-19 precautions, the Borough Council held its December public meeting with only Mayor Frank Bernadini and Borough Manager Rick Hopkinson physically in at...

 

Board candidates make their pitches at Zoom meeting

The Carrick Community Council's (CCC) November General Meeting was switched to a Zoom meeting and featured brief presentations by candidates for the organization's Board of Directors. CCC President...

 

Council hears about market renovations

The Carrick Community Council's (CCC) November virtual meeting featured a presentation from Coen Markets officials concerning the remodeling and refreshing of the former CoGo's on Rt. 51. Donna...

 

Mt. O. mayor expresses concerns over Arlington Avenue dance club in city

"I've called everybody but the dogcatcher, more than once, more than twice," Mt. Oliver Mayor Frank Bernardini told the Borough Council at the November meeting. Mayor Bernardini was complaining about...

 

Mt. Oliver Council approves paying the bills

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council quickly took care of business at a short November meeting with a series of motions authorizing payments. The council authorized payments of: $3,938 to State Pipe...

 

Fence not a black and white issue for Mt. Oliver Council

The old proverb stating "Good fences make good neighbors" was put to the test at the October meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council when Jeff Friday complained about getting a violation letter for...

 

Mt. Oliver Council takes care of borough business

The October meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council meeting began with a series of approvals to authorize payments. Payments included: $4,248.90 to Michael Facchiano for additional paving work on An...

 

Boro council approves liquor license transfer for Indian restaurant, store

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council held a public hearing concerning the transfer of a liquor license into the borough, the second in recent months. Attorney Charles Caputo, representing Fat Friday LLC, came before the council with owner Ravi Singh last...

 

St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church open after renovations

A little over two years ago, in July 2018, the future of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery and Church was cloudy at best. The Passionist community of about a dozen priests heard a presentation at a...

 

Mt. Oliver Borough updates from council

The Mt. Oliver Borough Council opened its September meeting, in the Mt. Oliver Fire Hall for social distancing requirements, by approving payments to a variety of contractors for work completed in...

 

St. George Church is recommended to gain city historic status

The City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission (HRC), after a 30-day delay to gain more information, voted to recommend historic status to the former St. John Vianney Church building in Allentown....

 

Mt. Oliver Borough honors police canine Nico with a proclamation

The August meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council began with a short ceremony to present a proclamation to Police Chief Matthew Juzwick honoring police canine Nico for his dedication and service to...

 

Historic status for church could depend on if it's a church

The City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission's (HRC) virtual hearing August 5 on whether to recommend the former St. George Church building to City Council for historic status ended with the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 28, 2020

Mt. Oliver approves liquor license transfer for a new restaurant on Brownsville Road

The July public meeting of the Mt. Oliver Borough Council was moved to the Mt. Oliver Fire Hall so social distancing could be observed. To begin the meeting, the council approved a series of motions...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    July 21, 2020

Hilltop Urban Farm is growing food on the Hilltop

Recently, I had the opportunity to tour the Hilltop Urban Farm (HUF) with staff members John Bixler and Ned Brockmeyer along with members of Hilltop community organizations. Mr. Bixler is the...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 10, 2020

Come down, have fun, and be safe in S.S. for St. Paddy Parade Day

"You can come to the South Side and you can enjoy everything the South Side has to offer and you can leave one thing behind and that's your vehicle," was the message District 3 councilman Bruce Kraus...

 
 By Tom Smith    Front Page    March 3, 2020

Carson safety project making improvements to 33 blocks in S. Side

The long-awaited $16.31 million East Carson Street Safety Improvement Project has entered the preparatory work phase and is anticipated to begin construction work in early April. Residents were able to hear the latest plans and ask questions at a mee...

 

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