Michael DiVittorio, Author at Plum

Author: Michael DiVittorio


Plum’s graduates appreciate special ceremony at Pittsburgh Mills parking lot
May 28, 2020
Carson Hawk wore black sunglasses and a purple cap and gown while overlooking a Pittsburgh Mills parking lot Thursday evening packed with parents and fellow Plum graduates.

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Plum High School teacher selected to be a part of state science committee
May 23, 2020
A Plum High School teacher has been selected to be on a state Department of Education committee examining new state science standards.

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Riverview High graduation will include a parade, then commencement at a drive-in theater
May 20, 2020
Riverview School District families will have to travel a bit farther for this year’s graduation ceremony.

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Plum Borough Building reopened, Oakmont offices open by appointment only
May 20, 2020
With Allegheny County in the yellow phase of a gradual reopening effort during the covid-19 pandemic, municipal offices are starting to ease access restrictions.

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Riverside Park track repairs have begun in Oakmont; park’s lower level to be closed for weeks
May 19, 2020
Repair work has begun on the Riverside Park track in Oakmont.

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Allegheny County announces consolidated polling places for June 2 primary election
May 18, 2020
Allegheny County Elections Division officials have announced the list of consolidated polling places for the June 2 primary election.

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Plum teachers to become Google certified, continue technology training
May 15, 2020
Getting the most out of technology is more important for school districts now than ever before as many across the nation switched to distance learning and online classes as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

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No tax hike, program or job cuts in Riverview’s proposed 2020-21 budget
May 14, 2020
Oakmont and Verona property owners should not expect to pay more in real estate taxes as a result of next school year’s budget.

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Oakmont food drive set for Saturday, May 23
May 14, 2020
The Oakmont Chamber of Commerce is hosting a food drive in support of local charities.

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Plum teachers to become Google certified, continue technology training
May 14, 2020
Getting the most out of technology is more important for school districts now than ever before as many across the nation switched to distance learning and online classes as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

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Plum votes down resolution defying Gov. Wolf’s orders
May 13, 2020
Plum council rejected a resolution stating Plum police would not cite or shutdown business that decided to open in defiance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders.

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Oakmont parking enforcement, street sweeping to resume May 26
May 12, 2020
Oakmont police will resume borough parking enforcement on May 26.

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Paving in Plum’s Regency neighborhood to take place Wednesday
May 12, 2020
Youngblood Paving crews will be in Plum’s Regency neighborhood to finish last year’s paving list, starting Wednesday.

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Plum School District graduation plans finalized
May 11, 2020
Plum School District officials have finalized graduation plans.

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Annual Russ Maxwell race in Plum going virtual this year, registration open
May 7, 2020
An annual race named after a Plum School District cross-country and track coach will be different this year.

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All Oakmont parks to reopen Friday, with restrictions during the covid-19 pandemic
May 6, 2020
All Oakmont parks will be open on a limited basis Friday morning, according to Mayor Christopher Whaley.

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Plum officials propose new law to address feral cats 2 years after similar effort failed
May 5, 2020
Feral cats have become a major nuisance in Plum, and borough officials hope a proposed ordinance will help mitigate the problem.

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Engineers getting closer to finding flooding solutions in Oakmont
May 5, 2020
Oakmont officials may soon be another step closer to finding solutions to flooding problems in the Oakmont Commons housing plan.

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The Pub at 333 in Oakmont opens new produce and wine market
May 5, 2020
With restaurants and bars limited to takeout and curbside pickup, owners are getting creative with ways to attract customers and help their communities.

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Plum High School students take to social media to promote positivity, togetherness during pandemic
May 4, 2020
With schools across the state being closed for the rest of the academic year due to the covid-19 crisis, it can be challenging to stay in touch with classmates and stay positive.

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Plum to replace grass ball fields with turf, resurface football field with ‘NFL quality product’
May 4, 2020
Plans to replace Plum High School’s baseball and softball field playing surfaces with synthetic turf, and replacing the football field turf and track are moving forward.

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Oakmont reopens Dark Hollow Woods, other parks remain closed
May 1, 2020
With the reopening of golf courses and campgrounds in the state this week, Oakmont officials reopened one of their parks.

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Plum to replace grass ball fields with turf, resurface football field with ‘NFL quality product’
April 30, 2020
Plans to replace Plum High School’s baseball and softball field playing surfaces with synthetic turf, and replacing the football field turf and track are moving forward.

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Plum’s Oblock art department seeks 2nd Pittsburgh CLO award
April 29, 2020
Plum School District’s Oblock Junior High School has a chance to add another masterpiece to its art collection.

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Oakmont to reopen Dark Hollow Woods, other parks remain closed
April 28, 2020
With the reopening of golf courses and campgrounds in the state this week, Oakmont officials plan to reopen one of their parks.

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Plum School District to have virtual graduation in late May, perhaps in-person one later
April 28, 2020
Plum School District officials plan to have a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 and may host a traditional commencement ceremony later this year.

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Plum has 14 positive cases of covid-19
April 28, 2020
Plum has 14 positive cases of covid-19, according to the latest map published by Allegheny County. According to the same map, 271 tests have been conducted in the borough.

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Remaining goods from Plum resident’s food drive donated to local pantries
April 23, 2020
A Plum resident’s food drive that turned a pizza shop’s dining room into a makeshift pantry has come to a close.

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Driver hospitalized after crash in Plum
April 23, 2020
A two-vehicle crash in Plum ended with a car on its side and a driver hospitalized.

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How a Plum tobacco shop is able to stay open during Gov. Wolf’s ‘non-life-sustaining’ business shutdown
April 23, 2020
While Gov. Tom Wolf plans to gradually reopen the state’s economy starting May 8, the only businesses currently operating are those deemed “life-sustaining.”

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Plum Distinguished Alumni class announced
April 22, 2020
An international business executive, an award-winning children’s TV producer, a music entrepreneur and a late Penn Hills police officer make up this year’s Plum Distinguished Alumni class.

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Plum food drive has plenty of leftovers to help more families
April 20, 2020
A Plum food drive has plenty of leftovers for borough residents and people in surrounding communities.

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Oakmont approves real estate tax extension
April 20, 2020
Oakmont property owners will have more time to pay their real estate taxes this year.

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Oakmont Council taking its meetings virtual as part of covid-19 safety precautions
April 17, 2020
Oakmont Council is taking its upcoming meeting online.

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Yard waste collection to resume in Oakmont
April 17, 2020
Yard waste collection is expected to resume in Oakmont.

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Plum Knights of Columbus donates 700 pounds of food to Light of Life in Pittsburgh
April 17, 2020
Our Lady of Joy Parish’s Knights of Columbus in Plum recently donated 700 pounds of food to the Light of Life Rescue Mission of Pittsburgh.

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Plum parks remain open during coronavirus pandemic
April 15, 2020
Plum officials have decided to keep borough parks open during the covid-19 pandemic.

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Plum hosts ‘Drive-Thru Eggstravaganza” with safety precautions
April 13, 2020
Plum’s Easter activities were different this year due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Riverview, Plum students among Heinz History Center competition winners
April 10, 2020
Riverview and Plum high school students are among those recently honored by Senator John Heinz History Center officials.

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Riverview reworks prom, graduation plans
April 10, 2020
High school prom and graduation could be a challenge for families in the coming weeks as Gov. Tom Wolf recently ordered all school districts to remain closed the rest of the academic year due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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Plum School District receives national acclaim for music education
April 10, 2020
Plum School District was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

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Proposed kayak park in Oakmont not likely until next year, other projects on hold
April 9, 2020
Kayak and boating enthusiasts may have to wait until next year to launch from an Oakmont recreation site.

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Riverview School District meals halted Friday, Monday due to Easter
April 9, 2020
Riverview School District is adjusting its free children’s meal distribution due to the Easter holiday.

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Scam involving a Plum police impersonator reported
April 5, 2020
Someone is posing as a Plum police officer and trying to scam people out of money, police said.

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Riverview School District seeks to make covid-19 memories via yearbook
April 5, 2020
With Pennsylvania schools closed and extracurricular activities canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, students are getting creative to document their activities for their yearbooks.

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Plum High School musical performers post songs online after shows are canceled
April 5, 2020
A timeless tale has segments of it online as Plum School District students perform pieces from their musical while practicing social distancing during the covid-19 pandemic.

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Vehicle thefts, break-ins reported in Plum
April 4, 2020
Plum police are investigating a recent rash of stolen cars and car break-ins.

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Oaks Theater marquee in Oakmont shares message of hope during closure
March 26, 2020
With entertainment venues shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, owners of the Oaks Theater in Oakmont have put a message of hope on its marquee.

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Plum preschool teacher starts Facebook storytime page to reach students
March 25, 2020
Editor’s note: Adapting to Coronavirus is a regular series spotlighting the ways a global pandemic is changing the everyday lives of people in Western Pennsylvania.

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Plum School District’s Tuesday night board meeting to be online conference call
March 23, 2020
Plum School District officials will have their monthly school board meeting on Tuesday.

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Oakmont, Verona business owners still allowed to be open doing what they can during pandemic
March 19, 2020
Verona and Oakmont chamber of commerce officials said businesses in both boroughs are doing their best to survive and comply with all safety regulations in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Oakmont parks closed indefinitely to help combat coronavirus
March 19, 2020
Oakmont Mayor Christopher Whaley announced borough parks will be closed indefinitely to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

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Oakmont seeks grant to change gas lamps to LED lights
March 18, 2020
Oakmont officials are trying once again to get state funding to flip the switch on Allegheny River Boulevard street lamps.

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Oakmont officials tap a Plum company to handle this year’s street paving
March 18, 2020
Oakmont officials plan to spend more than $300,000 to pave six streets this year.

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Plum School District budget meeting canceled
March 17, 2020
Plum School District officials have canceled Tuesday night’s budget workshop meeting.

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Oakmont officials take steps to combat the coronavirus
March 16, 2020
Oakmont borough offices will be closed for face-to-face visits and business will be done by phone or email to help combat the coronavirus.

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Plum School District providing student meals weekdays during statewide school shutdown
March 14, 2020
Plum School District is offering students meals during the statewide school shutdown.

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Kerr Museum’s antique show and preview party canceled due to health concerns
March 13, 2020
Kerr Museum officials have canceled this weekend’s antique show and preview party due to health concerns.

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Plum looking to replace grass ballfields with turf, resurface football field and track
March 13, 2020
Plum School District officials are exploring replacing the high school baseball and softball field playing surfaces with synthetic turf, and replacing the football field turf and track.

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Fleatique, beer tastings and more things happening in Oakmont and Plum this week
March 11, 2020
Looking for something to do in Oakmont and Plum this week?

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Plum to spend close to $1 million on paving this year
March 10, 2020
Plum officials plan to spend close to $1 million to pave 27 streets this year.

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Plum house sustains fire heavy damage, 1 resident taken to hospital
March 3, 2020
A Plum woman was sent to the hospital March 3 after her home was gutted by fire.

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Oakmont officials seek Army Corps of Engineers help to find flooding solutions
March 2, 2020
A deal to bring in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help find solutions to flooding issues in the Oakmont Commons is in the works.

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Oakmont teen helping make her borough safer one intersection at a time
March 2, 2020
Audrey Myers knew she wanted to make Oakmont streets safer for her and her fellow Riverview School District students.

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Holiday Park VFD in Plum expands kitchen to meet fish fry demand
February 28, 2020
Fish fry season during Lent has begun, and demand for Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department’s foods has never been greater.

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Committee to explore return of full-day kindergarten to Plum School District
February 27, 2020
Plum School District officials want to explore the possible return of full-day kindergarten.

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Plum School Board plans more transparency with planned hirings, other moves
February 26, 2020
On Tuesday, for the first time in more than two years, the public knew what positions and salaries would be voted on prior to a Plum School Board meeting.

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Rock concerts, movie matinees and other things to do this week in Plum/Oakmont
February 24, 2020
Rock concerts, movie matinees, family events and more happenings in Oakmont and Plum this week:

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Online survey about off-leash dogs and cycling in Oakmont’s Dark Hollow Woods still available
February 21, 2020
Time may be running out for Oakmont residents who want to weigh in on allowing off-leash dogs and bicycle riding in Dark Hollow Woods.

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Oakmont officials hire a new manager’s assistant, fill several board vacancies
February 18, 2020
Oakmont officials have tapped a former Braddock administrator to help lighten the load for manager Scot Fodi.

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Theft and deception cases among those handled by Judge Zucco in Plum
February 17, 2020
District Judge Linda Zucco recently handled the following cases. Charges were filed by Plum police unless otherwise noted.

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Events happening in Oakmont and Plum this week
February 17, 2020
Need something to do in Oakmont or Plum this week?

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Plum Rotary sponsors household goods drive for Oakmont charity
February 16, 2020
Plum Rotary has partnered with the Blessing Board in Oakmont to collect household goods for needy families.

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Plum Storm Water Task Force efforts have begun
February 14, 2020
Plum Storm Water Task Force members have their leaders and identified areas of interest as part of its preliminary actions.

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Plum officials extend PR contract, ink new crossing guard deal
February 10, 2020
Plum officials have extended a public relations contract with an Oakmont business, and inked a new four-year deal with their crossing guards.

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Plum park pavilion prices increase, other fees instituted
February 10, 2020
People who want to rent Plum park pavilions will pay a new premium.

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Murder mystery and more entertainment in Plum and Oakmont this week
February 10, 2020
Looking for something fun to try in Plum and Oakmont this week?

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Plum drug dealer sentenced to 10 years in federal prison
February 7, 2020
A Plum drug dealer, who ran a drug trafficking operation through the Heinz Lofts apartments in Pittsburgh’s North Shore, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

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Oakmont councilwoman hopes to challenge Dermody for state House seat
February 6, 2020
Carrie DelRosso, an Oakmont Republican and businesswoman, announced she’s seeking her party’s nomination for the state’s 33rd District House seat.

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Volunteers wanted for Plum cleanup effort
February 4, 2020
Volunteers are needed for the fifth annual Plum Clean-Up Day.

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Oakmont officials finalizing 2020 paving project
February 3, 2020
Oakmont officials are finalizing this year’s paving project.

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Movies and more going on in Plum and Oakmont this week
February 3, 2020
Trying to find something to do in Plum and Oakmont this week?

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Oakmont Elks donate to local youth soccer groups
February 3, 2020
Oakmont Elks Lodge No. 1668 recently split a $2,500 grant between two youth soccer programs.

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Roof repairs, HVAC work among Plum School District projects
January 30, 2020
Plum School District officials plan to spend more than $1.75 million on various facility upgrades this summer.

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Plum EMS subscription drive to launch
January 29, 2020
Plum residents can help themselves and their EMS department by supporting its subscription drive.

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Plum school board’s 2020-21 preliminary budget opens door for tax hike beyond state index
January 29, 2020
Plum School District officials moved a step closer to possibly raising real estate taxes by more than 4% as they try to plug a $1.3 million budget shortfall.

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Plum School District officers talk with students about different safety measures
January 28, 2020
Pivik Elementary kindergartner Lucia Danny shows no fear inside or outside her Plum school.

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Plum Borough School District classes to resume after threat to high school
January 27, 2020
Plum Borough School District classes are expected to resume Tuesday as borough police continue to investigate a threat against the high school.

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Movie screenings with beer tastings among things to do in Plum and Oakmont this week
January 27, 2020
Trying to find things to do in Oakmont or Plum this week?

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Oakmont Tiger Scouts learn about literacy and helping others through book donations
January 25, 2020
Oakmont Tiger Scout Pack 137 members have learned a lesson in philanthropy and literacy while donating to a local charity.

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Riverview School District’s Model UN team wins awards at New York conference
January 25, 2020
Riverview School District’s Model United Nations Team earned awards at a recent event in New York City.

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Plum hires new police officer, plans more department upgrades
January 24, 2020
Plum officials recently welcomed a new addition to the police force.

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Oakmont police collecting expired, unwanted medications
January 22, 2020
Oakmont police want to make it easier for people to properly dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Oakmont hires new part-time officer after one recently left
January 22, 2020
Oakmont officials hired a new part-time police officer after one recently left for another job.

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Plans to address Oakmont Commons flooding problems under review
January 21, 2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing plans and models designed to fix flooding problems in the Oakmont Commons.

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‘For the Good of Plum’ to shine light on borough’s achievements
January 21, 2020
A new year, new leadership and now a new segment for Plum Council meetings have borough officials feeling positive about the future.

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Activities to check out in Plum and Oakmont this week
January 20, 2020
Need help finding something to do in Plum or Oakmont this week?

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Plum elementary students learn teamwork, other skills fixing classmates’ computers
January 20, 2020
The next time a Chromebook malfunctions, it may be worth getting fixed by a Plum School District fifth or sixth grader.

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Sampson Family YMCA in Plum can help keep fitness resolutions
January 17, 2020
Sampson Family YMCA in Plum offers a variety of fitness classes, swimming, personal training and other programs to keep fitness resolutions intact.

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DUI, theft cases among those handled by Judge Zucco in Plum
January 17, 2020
District Judge Linda Zucco recently handled the following cases. Charges were filed by Plum police unless otherwise noted.

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Plum School District to offer online kindergarten, first grade registration
January 15, 2020
A Plum School District online registration effort has been expanded.

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Plum elementary students learn teamwork, other skills fixing classmates’ computers
January 14, 2020
The next time a Chromebook malfunctions, it may be worth getting fixed by a Plum School District fifth- or sixth-grader.

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Plum council fills board, commission vacancies
January 13, 2020
Plum council unanimously appointed several residents to fill board vacancies.

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New Dollar General proposed in Plum
January 13, 2020
A new Dollar General likely will be built off Unity Center Road in Plum this year.

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Yoga, meditation among wellness events set for Oakmont and Plum this week
January 13, 2020
Looking for things to do in Oakmont and Plum this week?

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Theft cases among those recently handled by Judge Zucco in Plum
January 10, 2020
District Judge Linda Zucco recently handled the following cases. Charges were filed by Plum police unless otherwise noted.

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Oakmont council has a new president, vice president
January 7, 2020
Oakmont officials appointed Patricia Friday and Leah Powers as council president and vice president, respectfully.

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Plum officials appoint new council president, vice president
January 7, 2020
Plum Council has new leadership.

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Things to do in Plum and Oakmont this week
January 6, 2020
Wondering what’s going on in Plum and Oakmont this week?

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Plum’s 80-year-old Meals on Wheel volunteer will ‘keep going up until I can’t go anymore’
January 6, 2020
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series that features Alle-Kiski Valley residents and the notable things they do.

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Verona painter is Oakmont library’s artist of the month
January 3, 2020
Verona artist Ashley Minteer has been honing her acrylic-painting skills the past few years, and is ready to display her work at the Oakmont Carnegie Library.

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Riverview Junior High cheerleaders take first place at recent competition
December 30, 2019
Riverview School District’s junior high cheerleading spirit team took first place in its first competition ever.

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Happenings in Plum and Oakmont
December 30, 2019
Looking for something to do this week in Plum or Oakmont?

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Plum School District officials plan to build on year’s accomplishments in the coming decade
December 26, 2019
The holiday season allows folks to reminisce on all that happened over the year that was and ponder what the future will bring.

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Oakmont’s 2020 budget approved with no tax hike
December 19, 2019
Oakmont property owners won’t have to worry about their real estate tax rate going up next year.

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Plum School District’s Make-A-Wish telethon hopes to top $1 million
December 19, 2019
A Plum School District fundraising effort has a chance to hit the $1 million mark on Monday.

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Plum school officials say 4% tax hike might be needed for next year
December 17, 2019
Plum School District property owners could see their real estate taxes jump by more than 4% as school district officials try to plug a $1.3 million budget shortfall in next year’s budget.

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Trial period for off-leash dogs and bicycles extended in Oakmont’s Dark Hollow Woods
December 17, 2019
A trial period for off-leash dogs and bicyclists in Dark Hollow Woods in Oakmont has been extend until at least March as officials postponed a vote on a recreation board proposal.

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Plum, Oakmont activities this week include Christmas concerts and holiday-themed events
December 16, 2019
Looking for things to do in Plum and Oakmont this week?

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Artistic replica of the old Hulton Bridge in Oakmont unveiled at Riverview High School
December 13, 2019
An idea formed nearly four years ago in a Riverview High School jewelry making class turned into an artistic replica of the historic Hulton Bridge in Oakmont.

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Cases recently handled by Judge Linda Zucco in Plum
December 12, 2019
District Judge Linda Zucco recently handled the following cases. Charges were filed by Plum police unless otherwise noted.

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Pivik students pitch in to make presents for Children’s Institute students
December 10, 2019
Pivik Elementary students and a Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley volunteer have partnered to provide special hand-made toys for the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

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Happening in Plum and Oakmont this week: meditation, movies and more
December 10, 2019
Looking for something to do in Plum or Oakmont this week?

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Plum officials ink a new 4-year deal with public works union employees
December 9, 2019
A new four-year deal for Plum public works employees comes with raises and a borough contribution to a new supplemental pension fund.

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Plum officials appoint storm water task force members, plan to meet in January
December 9, 2019
Plum officials selected their storm water task force members and plan to have the group’s first formal meeting next month.

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Riverview school board has new members, new leadership
December 7, 2019
Riverview school board has new members and new leadership.

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Plum Community Center collecting donations for Meals on Wheels
December 7, 2019
Plum Community Center is collecting clothing and other donations for Meals on Wheels as part of its participation in a national charitable campaign.

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Plum’s 4th Christmas event draws record crowds
December 5, 2019
Danica D’Ambrosio’s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw Santa arrive at Plum Creek Park.

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Oakmont mulls decision on cycling, off-leash dogs in Dark Hollow Woods
December 4, 2019
It appears Dark Hollow Woods in Oakmont will remain a place for off-leash dogs and bicyclists as council continues to mull over a recreation board proposal.

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Plum’s Stuff-a-Bus event nets 650 gifts for Toys for Tots
December 3, 2019
Hundreds of Plum-area children will receive new toys this holiday season thanks to the efforts of district students and community members.

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