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Retired officer: True meaning of Memorial Day is lost – Observer-Reporter

Dr. Vincent W. Patton III recalled driving in his vehicle one Memorial Day several years ago listening to Casey Kasem play some tunes as part of his Top 40 radio program. “He was remembering the singers and songwriters who had……Continue reading »

Memorial Day service in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies still growing – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

For nearly each of the past 70 years, Milton Saniga has attended a Memorial Day ceremony. “It was a beautiful observance, a perfect day. There are more and more people here each year,” Saniga, 92, of Bentleyville said of a……Continue reading »

Under Armour latest tenant on Allegheny County Airport Authority property – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A soon-to-be-constructed office building in Findlay marks the third and final airport-owned parcel developed on Industry Drive and fills one more sliver of space on the airport’s large land sprawl in southern Allegheny County. An official groundbreaking ceremony at the……Continue reading »

Under Armour to open showroom in soon-to-be-built complex near airport – Pittsburgh Business Times

Oxford Development Co. has landed major sports apparel company Under Armour as its first tenant at 250 Industry Drive, a new 88,000-square-foot project. Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA) will establish a product showroom not far from the corporate headquarters……Continue reading »

Smith Introduces Legislation to Aid Military Families

HARRISBURG, May 8, 2015 – – In honor of “Military Spouse Day in Pennsylvania” on May 8, state Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) has reintroduced legislation aimed at supporting military families. “While their partners are deployed – often for long stretches……Continue reading »

Smith Holds Mock Senate for Area Students

MOON TWP., April 24, 2015 – State Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) held a mock senate event at Robert Morris University yesterday to provide 100 area high school students with an interactive simulation of Pennsylvania Senate committee meetings and a voting session.……Continue reading »

Students agree online bullying meaner with ‘hate apps’ – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Whispered secrets and gossip passed around among school students is nothing new. But Internet apps that allow young people to post their thoughts, often unkind, anonymously about their peers has added a new intensity to cyberbullying. “The online bullying can……Continue reading »

Nepali volunteers get tickets for Baldwin musical – South Hills Record

Two young Nepali natives who volunteered to help clean up Whitehall on Saturday received an unexpected gift from local officials: a trip to see their first musical at Baldwin High School. Nearly 30 refugee youth and adults living in Whitehall……Continue reading »

“Apps of Hate” discussion at area schools – The Almanac

Middle school students from four South Hills districts met on a Google Hangout video session along with State Sen. Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) and mental health professionals to discuss the destructive nature of cyberbullying. Students from Bethel Park, Brentwood, Canon-McMillan……Continue reading »

Chartiers Valley officials want to slow down traffic on Thoms Run – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Chartiers Valley School Board will pay Gateway Engineers Inc. $8,000 to conduct a traffic impact study on Thoms Run Road. The road is owned by Allegheny County and is the main road between the middle/high school campus and the primary……Continue reading »