David Singer

Multimedia Reporter
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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

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.

Stinkbugs returning to hibernate

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The return of stinkbugs this fall can feel like dealing with a zombie horde.

Breastfeeding rates up across U.S.

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Breastfeeding is no longer a taboo or rare practice for American mothers.

FirstEnergy seeks rate increases

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FirstEnergy Corp. is seeking more than eight percent increases in rates for subsidiaries Penn Power, West Penn Power, Met-Ed and Penelec to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

Upper St. Clair commissioners hear wave of flooding issues

- The Upper St. Clair board of commissioners regular meeting on August 4 was almost entirely about stormwater.

Gilfillan descendent seeks to preserve 19th century Upper St. Clair farm

- An eighth generation descendent of an Allegheny County settler is rushing to find $11,000 by year's end to preserve her family's farm.

Two hurt after car crashes through wall in Scott

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Two people were hurt after the sedan they were riding in crashed through a wall after going over a hill.

South Fayette Township seeks new commissioner

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Following the resignation of Todd Miller, the South Fayette Township board of commissioners voted at a 2 p.m. special meeting on July 31 to seek a replacement.

$3 million in repairs coming to Castle Shannon Blvd.

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State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) and Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) have announced approval for $3.15 million in improvements to Castle Shannon Boulevard in Mt. Lebanon.

Bower Hill Road reopening

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Bower Hill road is reopening on August 1 after a month-long detour diverted southbound traffic between Painters Run and McLaughlin Roads. The Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced that the road will reope...

EPA hosts carbon pollution meetings in Pittsburgh

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding meetings in Pittsburgh on July 31 and August 1 at the William S. Moorehead Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Avenue with hearings going from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Peters Township Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years

- Tom Storey hasn't yet called for an ambulance while delivering meals to some of his 100 year-old clients.

Water main break closes McMillan Road

- A 12-inch water main break has closed McMillan Road between Ft. Couch and Painters Run Roads in Upper St. Clair.

Upper St. Clair receives $23k for recycling program

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Grants totaling $30,571 have been awarded to Upper St. Clair and other townships for continuing their recycling programs.

Solar car chargers open in Robinson

- You can now charge your car in addition to your credit card while shopping in the Mall at Robinson.

Fire in Mt. Lebanon injures one

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A woman suffered smoke inhalation after a grease fire started at 9:34 a.m. inside her kitchen at 15 Bower Hill Road.

Castle Shannon mayor wins Pa. Mayor of the Year

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Donald Baumgarten says it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The 81 year-old mayor of Castle Shannon has earned the respect of his peers and recognition across the commonwealth, winning the 43rd annual...

Phone scam in South Fayette

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Phone scammers routing calls from Jamaica are contacting South Hills residents and posing as representatives with Publisher’s Clearing House. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said the callers...

South Fayette school board nixes federal lunch requirements

- South Fayette school district lunches will stay the same for 2014-15. The school board voted at its July 22 meeting to approve the recommendation of food service director Tricia Wood to maintain prices and a la ...

Court: real estate agents need not disclose murders, suicides

- Pennsylvania realtors do not have to worry about disclosing murder-suicides to potential buyers. The Pa. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on July 21 that such grisly events do not constitute material defects and ...

I-79 traffic restrictions

- PennDOT is announcing single lane closures starting July 24 in Collier, Scott and Robinson townships along a nearly five mile stretch of I-79 between Bridgeville and Campbells Run Road.

Tick bites, Lyme disease up in Allegheny County

- When it comes to Lyme disease, don't wait to see a bullseye. The Allegheny County Health Department Director is advising those who go outdoors to be vigilant as there were 145 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2...

St. Clair Hospital celebrates 60 years

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Piano jazz and the smell of grilled scallops greeted over 200 guests at the annual St. Clair Hospital Summer Swing fundraiser on July 18, as hospital leadership celebrated 60 years of growth at St. Clair Country Club. <...

Kous Kous Cafe owner finds lessons in teaching

- Abdel Khila is always trying to find the time to keep Kous Kous Cafe open when people want to eat his sweet and spicy Moroccan fare.

South Fayette Township seeks input on flood plan

- South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners is seeking public input on its new flood plan ahead of a Sept. 25 deadline to update ordinances to meet federal law.

County Parks host basketball camps

- The Allegheny County Parks Department has announced that it will host “Play Well Allegheny Basketball Camps” in Boyce Park, August 7-9, and in South Park, August 11-13. Each three-day camp is open to...