David Singer

Multimedia Reporter
Phone No:
724-949-1198

Email:
dsinger@thealmanac.net

Bio: Washington County native formerly of KDKA, WJPA Radio now shooting video, photography and covering the South Hills, Upper St. Clair and South Fayette.

Department: News

Stories written by David Singer

Children’s South opening Sept. 29

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For Misti and Matt Kolovich, it will only take 15 minutes to take their son Noah to get emergency and routine medical care.

Upper St. Clair students host costume drive

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The International Baccalaureate program has some kids helping teachers in their school, while others collect books, and still others think a bit more seasonally for their community service.

Schools, doctors warn of EV-D68 virus

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After an erroneous report of the rare respiratory enterovirus at Bethel Park High School, experts are saying there is no more cause for alarm than the common cold.

Upper St. Clair student in top 10 for U.S. science competition

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Sahill Doshi is one of 10 students across America with an invention so impressive, he’s been selected to compete in the finals of Discovery Education’s Young Scientist Challenge.

Red Line T Detours Sept. 19-21

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Port Authority is announcing Red Line T service will be detoured in both directions so crews can replace the light rail grade crossing at Potomac Avenue.

Almanac On-Air Podcast, Sept. 17

- The Almanac On-Air podcast runs down the weekly headlines and upcoming sports events.

Drive Electric Week kicks off at Heinz Field

- Those looking to test drive electric cars and hear their owners swoon over how fun they are to drive can do so Sept. 21 at Heinz Field, Green Lot 22.

Couponing allows freedom for mothers

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Neither Kelly Salvini nor Nicole Gagich consider themselves “extreme couponers,” but the savings they get from proactively seeking out the digital and paper slips make it appear otherwise.

Deer collisions increasing in Pa.

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Pennsylvania recorded the second most crashes involving deer in 2013, behind only neighboring West Virginia. Ten percent of all deer collisions in the U.S. – or 123,941 – happen in the commonwealth.

South Hills arts programs receive grants

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South Arts Pittsburgh has received $2,103 and the South Park Theatre received $2,389 in grant monies.

Giant Eagle conducting hiring blitz

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Giant Eagle is looking to hire 1,000 new employees over the weekend of Sept. 19-21.

South Fayette commissioners seek proposals for Star City site

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The South Fayette board of commissioners is seeking proposals to lease the 8.5 acres next to the newly built Children’s Hospital South on Miller’s Run Road.

First Oil & Vinegar in Pa. opens in South Hills

- The husband and wife team of Todd and Angela McMasters have opened the first of three Oil & Vinegar franchise locations in Pennsylvania at the South Hills Village mall.

Whole Foods developers sue Giant Eagle

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The developers aiming to build a mixed-use facility adjacent to South Hills Village mall have filed a lawsuit against Giant Eagle and other challengers to their site seeking unspecified damages from delays the defendants...

Bethel Park woman pleads guilty to fraud

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Mary Schneir, who had previously admitted to stealing $19,000 from the Bethel Park Junior Cheerleaders, pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to wire fraud in connection with the theft of nearly $270,000 from Cybergenetics Corporation...

South Park Historical Society gets $100k for sewer improvements

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State Representative Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington) has announced the South Park Historical Society was one of three local organizations to receive funding for sewer improvement projects.

‘The 11th, that’s a day for the families’

- Sports and auto broadcaster Vinnie Richichi left Pittsburgh for a week to see his hometown’s newly opened National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Dormont man walks across U.S. to raise suicide awareness

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Ian Cummins says no one should be alone.

New parking app for Mt. Lebanon

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Anyone driving on Washington Road through Mt. Lebanon knows parking can be tough to find.

Upper St. Clair School Board eyes overtime expenses

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Facing a roughly $1 million budget hole that’s planned to be filled in the 2015-16 budget, the Upper St. Clair school district board of directors is looking for ways to mitigate costs in the short-term as well.

Peters Township High School embracing phone tech

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Students stepping into Courtney Daloia’s psychology class were already pulling out their phones to complete the poll she’d use to gauge students’ knowledge of course material.

Route 19, I-70 restrictions; month-long South Park road closure

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Lane restrictions will be in place on Route 19 at the interchange with Interstate 70 overnight Sept. 6-7 from 9 p.m.-9 a.m., so that water line utility work can be completed.

Car bash fundraiser helps Cecil family after liver transplant

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Rachel Thomas seemed reluctant to take the first swing, but the dozens lined up behind the 3-year-old weren’t shy about laying a sledgehammer into the hood of a 1990s Buick Skylark.

Upper St. Clair commissioners advance development plans

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While legal battles continue over the Siena at St. Clair development along Route 19, the board of commissioners approved final plat approval at its Sept. 2 meeting for developers planning a mixed-used residential and ret...

Bethel Park mortgage broker pleads guilty to fraud

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The founder of a brokerage firm has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.

I-79 restrictions Tuesday, Wednesday nights

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A PennDOT District 11 representative said paving operations on the southbound I-79 ramps at the Carnegie (Exit 57) interchange in Collier Township, will occur Sept. 2-3, weather permitting.

“Pit Boss” host headlines Paws for the Cause

- For the fourth year in a row, Drew Volchko hosted dozens of dog owners in Collier Park on Aug. 30 to help raise money for wounded and fallen law enforcement officers.

Labor Day weekend DUI blitz in Mt. Lebanon, South Fayette

- The Mt. Lebanon police department is announcing a DUI blitz through the Labor Day holiday weekend Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. 

Original farmer's market a mainstay through fall

- Sonny Janoski remembers when there were over a hundred vendors crowded in downtown Pittsburgh, and had come to know the dozen or so who started the “original farmer's market” on the wharf in 1919.

Back to school podcast: alcohol, exercise and healthy brains

- As students return to school, there's new data showing healthy and well-performing kids have parents who encourage exercise, discourage alcohol consumption and handle disputes with their children in a calm way. ...

South Hills man restores original Air Force One

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For the past three years, preserving the looks of the first presidential aircraft has been the job of a Whitehall man. In August, Doug Parfitt, 52, took his annual summer trip to Seattle’s Museum of Flight so he c...

South Fayette School Board defers basketball coach vote

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The South Fayette school board effectively tabled the decision to promote the boys seventh/eighth grade basketball coach to the varsity team after a stalled 4-3 vote at the Aug. 26 meeting.

Scores of cats euthanized in Mt. Lebanon

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A representative with Big Daddy’s Wildlife Removal said the company was forced to euthanize all but two of the approximately 80 cats found left behind in a house on Pennsylvania Blvd. on Aug. 22. The company repre...

Canon-Mac ‘Whale Done’ program reinforces positive behavior

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Staff at Canon-McMillan’s South Central Elementary school have been giving out “Whale Done” awards for five years, but this year, students have a huge reminder in the hall to shore up good behavior &...

Sten’s Stride Rite a David among goliath stores

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Wedged in between Toys R Us and Half Price Books on Oxford Drive is a specialty kids shoe store – one of only two in the area after a spate of other Stride Rite stores closed due to cannibalized competition.

Latest challenge to Upper St. Clair Whole Foods development denied, appealed

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An Upper St. Clair resident’s appeal that her right to notification of zoning changes regarding the plans for a mixed-use development at 1800 Washington Road was not violated by the township, an Allegheny County J...

South Fayette commissioners appoint police chief, new commissioner

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The South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners tackled a personnel-heavy agenda at the Aug. 20 meeting, naming acting police chief John Phoennik to head the department before appointing a new commissioner and public w...

Peters homeowners file suit against FirstEnergy

- At least seven homeowners in Peters Township are filing lawsuits against FirstEnergy over its plans to clear-cut trees on private property, which the utility company said is part of powerline and vegetation mana...

Local Ukrainian-Americans to celebrate 23rd Independence Day

- When Halyna Mykhailiv Ciarallo raises her glass on Aug. 24, it will be in celebration of 23 years of Ukrainian sovereignty. The 51-year-old resident of Carnegie will also celebrate 17 years in America, eight of ...

Peters teachers, counselors settle age, gender suit

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Seventeen female teachers and guidance counselors who filed an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the Peters Township School District have settled their case out of court.

Pa. American Water union workers back on job

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Union workers with Pennsylvania American Water are back on the job after the two parties voted on Aug. 16 to ratify a new contract.

Mt. Lebanon High School finishing renovations

- When students return to Mt. Lebanon High School this year, they will walk into a new library, a science and engineering wing, and will eventually serve across the net on new tennis courts.

Badges n' Bats softball game raises funds for Special Olympics

- Allstate insurance has stepped up to the plate for the Special Olympics with a donation of $10,000, as the company also announced it gave two speed trailers to Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park police before the two d...

Mt. Lebanon commissioners hear flooding concerns, approve storm sewer project

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Cedar Boulevard flooded briefly the day of the Aug. 12 Mt. Lebanon commissioners meeting and became a timely catalyst for some residents to express their concerns about future flooding.

UPDATE: Traffic restrictions on Washington Pike and Route 50

- PennDOT District 11 is announcing single lane restrictions and shoulder closures along Washington Pike between Route 50 and Freedom Drive from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through August 15 as crews conduct aerial utility re...

Peters council amends chicken ordinance; sets public hearings

- Raising chickens won’t get anyone in Peters Township in trouble unless there are more than six, one of them is a rooster or if any of them fly the coop they’re required to stay in.

Study: Rural families depend on food stamps most in Pa.

- Despite stereotypes of hunger often associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grow...

Rabies vaccination bait program keeps reports down in Allegheny County

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Reports of rabid animals in Allegheny County have been down over the past decade as the health department continues its annual baiting program.

Officer dragged, suspect shot after carjacking and chase in Bethel Park

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A man accused of dragging a Baldwin police officer from his car and leading police on a chase through the South Hills is facing 15 charges after an officer shot him in the back on August 6. According to the criminal comp...

Insurance for college students not always clear

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The crunch of a computer screen underfoot is a scary sound for any college student.