David Singer

Multimedia Reporter
Phone No:
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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

Sen. Matt Smith: be wary of rebates

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Ahead of the biggest shopping days of the year, state Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) said consumers should be wary of manufacturer rebate offers on purchased goods.

‘Newsies’ actress hosts workshop at South Fayette

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Ginna Claire Mason wants prospective actors to know their verbs and nouns. Knowing how to develop a character on the spot with five minutes to go before an audition is what can land an aspiring actor a gig–or leav...

South Fayette rolling out new career prep software

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South Fayette School District board members approved a college and career preparation software suite, Naviance, at their Nov. 25 meeting. The Hobsons Inc. software is contracted for three years at a cost of $15,054. The ...

Almanac On-Air week of Nov. 26

- Peters township's preparing for natural gas drilling. Meantime the township's draft budget is holding the line on taxes. And this holiday week may be a difficult one for travel. Those headlines and sports, part ...

Bethel Park students record books for Children’s Hospital

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Young patients recuperating at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville will soon have another way to cope with the restlessness of recovery – a series of books brought to life. The books, like Dr. Seuss’...

Peters Township draft budget holds taxes

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The $19.8 million Peters Township draft budget for 2015 stays real estate taxes at 13 mills, which has remained the same since 2011. Council will hold a hearing on the budget Dec. 1 and vote on it Dec. 15.

State, local police start DUI enforcement

- Operation Safe Holiday kicks off Nov. 21 with state and local police agencies focusing on nighttime seat belt use and impaired driving enforcement.

CMU data analysis: games worst for phone privacy

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A flashlight phone application was forced to shut down in 2013 thanks to a Carnegie Mellon University team that tracks what apps actually do versus user expectation in terms of privacy. Now after trawling through nearly ...

LINX surgery allows father and daughter to enjoy Thanksgiving

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Dr. Jodi Lech and her father, Ron Petri, share a magnetic bond. Both suffered through burning, acidic pains of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) before having a small band of magnetic beads implanted a...

Multi-house fire in Scott

- No one was injured but at least one person was taken to St. Clair Hospital as a precaution after a fire broke out Nov. 19 in the 1200 block of Washington Avenue in Scott Township. Route 50 at the intersection of...

Peters Township weighs zoning options for drilling

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Members of Peters Township council and planning commission met Nov. 18 to discuss how to update their zoning ordinances to allow natural gas drilling in feasible areas. As council weighs options ahead of a January public...

Bethel Park hosts career spotlight series

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John Hinderliter has to hustle to sell his art.

Almanac On-Air week of Nov. 19

- A man found dead in Bethel Park. The woman accused of fatally shooting her cousin in Upper St. Clair will live with the victims parents until trial. And Mt. Lebanon may see more hunters in the neighborhood as pa...

BRGR opens at Galleria

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The wait for booze-laced milkshakes and gourmet-style burgers is over in the Mt. Lebanon-Upper St. Clair area, as BRGR opened its doors Nov. 18. With sandwiches like the Double Yoi (pastrami, swiss cheese, fried egg, col...

Mt. Lebanon journalist, activist dead at 67

- Lawrence Fredric Evans was many things to many people.

Body found in Bethel Park identified

- The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office has identified the man whose body was found in a creek around 10 a.m. Nov. 14 along Delaware Avenue in Bethel Park as 31-year-old David Hess. A supervisor who answe...

Woman charged in USC shooting to live with victim’s parents

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As a condition of waiving her preliminary hearing, the 28-year-old woman accused of fatally shooting her cousin in what witnesses said was an accident will be allowed to stay with relatives while awaiting a trial date.

South Fayette holds taxes, looks to hire personnel

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An assistant engineer and four police officers are positions South Fayette Township is looking to hire as the 2015 draft operating budget of $9.79 million holds property taxes at 3.48 mils. A final budget is to be voted ...

Mt. Lebanon Model U.N. keeps winning

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As the 3:00 bell rings on a Friday afternoon inside Mt. Lebanon High School, most kids are charging out the door ready for the weekend, while a few dozen students are hammering away on keyboards in preparation for anothe...

Canon-Mac benefactor display honors Bernard Singer

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Bernard Singer had no children of his own, yet still made youth a priority after setting up at least $500,000 worth of grant programs at Carlow and California universities for Canon-McMillan graduates. The day after Vete...

Almanac On-Air week of Nov. 12

- Mt. Lebanon passes a potentially illegal ordinance. The Mt. Lebanon High School renovations project could run over budget. And Upper St. Clair's school board is taking its time selecting which capital projects i...

Honoring living veterans in Upper St. Clair

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It’s usually a somber occasion amid the playing of taps and a 12-gun salute, but those who gathered on a sunny Veterans Day in Upper St. Clair’s Veterans Park sang happy birthday to a 90-year-old Navy veter...

Upper St. School Board mulls capital projects

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Improvements to the stadium, theater, parking lots, swimming pool and locker rooms – all are on a list of dozens of items that need prioritization for the Upper St. Clair school board to act on which ones are wort...

Mt. Lebanon residents vote to allow legal notices outside newspapers

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More than 70 percent of Mt. Lebanon voters cast their ballot on Nov. 4 to allow legal notices previously required to be published in newspapers to be publicized in other ways, such as a physical posting inside the munici...

Medicare costs for speech devices could change

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Those who use speech generating devices may end up paying entirely for the technology if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services do not stay a classification of the devices as medical equipment.

South Fayette, Bridgeville libraries name new joint director

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As South Fayette and Bridgeville libraries join forces for a second year, the organizations have named Cheryl Napsha to become new library director. Napsha replaces Rebecca Long, who took a job with the Erie County Publi...

Bethel Park Vietnam veteran awarded medals

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Vietnam veteran Carl Charnesky said the war sure wasn’t a Boy Scout outing.

Almanac On-Air week of Nov. 5

- Tom Wolf is Pennsylvania's next governor. A woman accused of fatally shooting her cousin with a handgun Halloween night. Area governments looking to hold the line on taxes. And it's diabetes awareness month. The...

Election recap: newcomers unseat incumbents

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It’s a switch of Toms in Harrisburg as Tom Wolf defeated Governor Tom Corbett for the state’s highest office. Nearly all national media outlets projected his win five minutes after the polls closed on Nov. ...

Upper St. Clair budget stays tax rates

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The millage rate for Upper St. Clair residents is slated to stay at 3.83 mills as the board of commissioners reviewed the township’s last draft of the 2015 budget to be voted on in December. The board closed the b...

Diabetes awareness: all sugar not equal

- Experts say by 2050, nearly half of Americans are expected to become diabetic. With more than 29 million currently diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a resoluti...

Mt. Lebanon draft budget holds line on taxes

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The Mt. Lebanon manager’s recommended $47.1 million budget for 2015 to be voted on Dec. 9 doesn’t raise property taxes, the earned income tax rate or municipal fees for sanitary and storm water management.<...

Fiery accident leaves two injured

- Bower Hill Road was closed for about 45 minutes Oct. 31 after a two-vehicle accident left two people with back injuries and had one of the vehicles bursting into flames. Mt. Lebanon Deputy Police Chief Aaron Lau...

Wigle Whiskey bringing back historical spirits

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Wigle Whiskey co-owner Meredeth Grelli quit her job as a brand manager to start what was then in 2009 an illegal business: producing rye whiskey in Pittsburgh.

South Fayette selects Avonworth as mentee school

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South Fayette school district has picked Avonworth as a mentee school to improve curricula and student performance in elementary reading and literacy.

Salvation Army seeks used bikes in McMurray

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Volunteers in Peters Township last year collected 52 used bikes for children’s families unable to afford them. This year, volunteer Trish O’Donnell hopes to increase that number.

Almanac On-Air week of Oct. 29, 2014

- A Bethel Park teenager has been suspended after posting a picture of a confederate flag. And Mt. Lebanon Police are two for two after arresting a second hit and run driver in as many weeks. These headlines and s...

Bethel Park teen suspended after posting picture

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A 17-year-old special education student at Bethel Park High School has been suspended for nine days after he posted a SnapChat “selfie” with a confederate flag with the words “they should all hang&#x...

Mt. Lebanon house tour to benefit Children's Hospital

- After 20 years of touring select Mt. Lebanon homes, Howard Hanna realty company chose to focus on kitchens this year.

Water line work closes Boyce Road through December

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Following at least three water main breaks on Boyce Road the week of Oct. 27, Pennsylvania American Water crews are installing 1,000 feet of new pipe along Boyce between Mayview and Hunting Ride Roads in South Fayette. <...

“Evening in India” celebrated at South Fayette High School

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As the Diwali celebration of lights started in India, so did the “Evening in India” inside the South Fayette High School gymnasium, where student organizers danced, sang and sampled food along with about 10...

Congressman Murphy convenes “Path 2 Cures” roundtable

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Meeting in the Mt. Lebanon public safety building during a solar eclipse, patients and disease advocates told a deputy director of the National Institute of Health they feel burned on how clinical trials are often left i...

Epi-pen bill heads to governor’s desk

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Any school staff member trained to use epinephrine injectors will soon be able to administer the allergy medication even to students without prescriptions in the case of a severe reaction.

Allegheny County restaurant grade proposal faces time restraints

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Legislation to implement a letter grade system for Allegheny County restaurants must be resubmitted every 30 days by the county executive or by council in order to comply with state law.

Demon of Brownsville Road author tells of demonic infestation

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Bob Cranmer is a former protestant politician turned Catholic exorcist who says he battled a demonic presence in his Brentwood home, eventually quashing it after a final mass in the basement.

Upper St. Clair posts highest SAT scores in Pittsburgh

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The 335 Upper St. Clair high school students who took the SAT college entrance exam in 2013 have ranked number five in the state and number one in the Pittsburgh region with a combined SAT score of 1,736.

Upper St. Clair student wins 3M Young Scientist Challenge

- Upper St. Clair School District will now have two students in the White House Science fair come spring, after Sahil Doshi, 14, won the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge with his invention of a

Police patrol near Mt. Lebanon High School after fight, threat

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A fight between three Mt. Lebanon High School students included a threat to use weapons against the victim.

Senior Fair at new location

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The Eighth annual senior fair hosted by State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) will be held Oct. 22 at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Scott Township.

Southern Beltway may cut Millers Run in South Fayette

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wants to add two cul-de-sacs to its Southern Beltway project in South Fayette, which will save $8.5 million dollars and shorten three proposed bridges.