Sunday, May 19, 2013
Missed the news this week?
Busy week? No downtime? Missed the news? Don't sweat it. Here's a list of this week's top stories on the ChartiersValley Patch: 1. Three DUI Cases Waived for Court 2. Harassment, DUI Cases Waived for Court 3. Construction Planned on Route 50 in Scott and Carnegie this Weekend 4. Two Thefts Reported at Walmart 5. New Homes for Sale in Chartiers Valley Area Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are some highlights of events and/or announcements published by our readers this week.
The ChartiersValley Patch can't exist without you. Our staff of reporters and editors combine with community-generated content to keep readers informed of what's happening in our area. This week was no different, as evidenced by this list of highlights from our Events and/or Announcements sections (published by readers since Monday): 1. Spaghetti Dinner 2. Summer Basketball Camps 3. Movers & Shakers 4. South Fayette Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony 5. Memory Maintenance Seminar (This list is not exhaustive and does not include other great reader-published events and announcements.) Click here to add your own event, and click here to add your own announcement. Or click here to publish a "Local Voices" blog post. Join Patch for more community …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A blood drive will be held next week for Sydney Hawk, a 3-year-old Bridgeville resident who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
A replenishment blood drive in Bridgeville on May 26 will support a local child who recently was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Sydney Hawk, 3, is the daughter of Karin and Joe Hawk of Bridgeville. Her sister, Addison, is a kindergarten student at Chartiers Valley Primary School. Sydney was diagnosed with leukemia in March and received treatment at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a rare condition occurring in less than 10 percent of children with ALL. Her treatments are expected to last for about two and a half years, and will require many units of blood. Those wishing to donate to Sydney’s cause can come to the Holy Child Catholic School…
The event will take place Saturday, May 18, at South Hills Village.
Aspiring young chefs and little foodies are invited to get a taste of just how fun food can be at Simon Kidgits Club Lil Chefs, an annual Simon malls event designed to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and all things food. South Hills Village’s Lil Chefs event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, in the lower level north court as part of a series of children’s culinary programs being hosted at approximately 100 Simon malls across the country. The hands-on atmosphere of Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. At the event, families will have the chance to participate in a variety of food-focused festivities like …
The upcoming career fairs will include employers from UPMC, Goodwill, Giant Eagle, PNC Bank, University of Pittsburgh, U.S. Steel, St. Clair Hospital, Asko Inc. and others.
WorkAble will be holding a career fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 21, at the nearby South Hills Interfaith Ministry offices in Bethel Park. If you can't make it the SHIM career fair, another will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 22, at the Millvale Community Center. The career fairs will include employers from UPMC, Goodwill, Giant Eagle, PNC Bank, The University of Pittsburgh, U.S. Steel, St. Clair Hospital, Asko Inc. and others. Individuals wishing to attend either date must register in advance by calling 412-586-3732. Launched in the fall of 2012 and supported by the United Way of Allegheny County, WorkAble is a county-wide employment and critical needs service for financially struggling adults; especially those …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The $550 million jackpot is the second-largest jackpot in the game’s history.
Want to try your luck at a Powerball lottery ticket? You only need one $2 ticket to play. The Powerball jackpot was boosted to $550 million, or a $350.1 million cash prize for the Saturday, May 18, drawing after none of the tickets sold Wednesday matched the winning numbers. The multi-state mega-lottery had rolled to a $475 million value after Wednesday's drawing, but increased by $75 million Thursday afternoon as a result of strong ticket sales. The $550 million jackpot is the second-largest jackpot in the game’s history. The largest was won last Nov. 28, 2012, when a $587.5 million jackpot was shared by two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri. Tickets for the next Powerball drawing will be available until 9:59 p.m. Saturday evening. …
There will be short-term lane closures, according to PennDOT.
Drivers should expect possible traffic delays along Route 50 this weekend. Crews from Swank Construction Company will be conducting patching and asphalt paving operations along Route 50 (Washington Pike) in Scott and Carnegie on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, weather permitting. Short-term lane closures will occur 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday from Hope Hollow Road in Scott to Boden Avenue in Carnegie. PennDOT advises motorists to use caution, slow down and be aware of changing traffic patterns when driving through the area. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Whether they are in the city or country, there are places near home where you can find fresh produce—or get seedlings to grow your own.
To every thing there is a season—and we are in the season of planting. Despite the frost warnings this week, May is the time when many plants take root. And not far behind are the early harvests. There are a number of local farms that provide a variety of seedlings and sprouts, produce, and other products as the growing season progresses. Some are out in the country, while others are urban farms. (Check out the video in this article's media gallery of Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery in Wilkinsburg.) According to the LocalHarvest.org website, most produce in the United States is picked 4-7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold. Fortunately for Chartiers Valley-area …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so that she can retire at age 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren't keeping up—which means that people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly will retire at age 50. How did she do it? Konkoly contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income that she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many of her fellow Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money that they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) did…
An update on court cases heard by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.
The following is an update on court cases heard by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet on May 13. McGraw-Desmet oversees Bridgeville and Collier Township. Three cases of driving under the influence were heard by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet on May 13, and charges were waived to court in each case: