Across the South Hills – Dec. 4
Bethel Park Police Department is accepting applications for the 2014 Police Academy and the 2014 Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) at the Bethel Park High School, both beginning Jan. 15. Applications for the academy may be obtained at www.bethelpark.net or in the police records room.
Bethel Park High School students may obtain an application in the activity office or from Officer Modrak.
The two programs are 12 weeks with access to various forms of law enforcement such as the FBI, Secret Service, DEA, state police, CSI, Port Authority and the U.S. Postal Service inspectors.
Bethel Park residents and Bethel Park business owners may apply for the Citizens Academy and Bethel Park High School students may apply for LEAP. If there are questions, call Officer Tom Rigatti at 412-831-6800, ext. 104, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be riding the fire truck the afternoon of Dec. 22. There will be treats for children and pets. Listen for the fire siren in the neighborhoods.
• The Bridgeville Police Department has a new part-time office, Jarrod Rider, who is replacing part-time patrolman John Anderson who is retiring after 33 years in law enforcement.
Effective Jan. 1, senior citizens 65 years and older are eligible to receive a 15 percent discount on the refuse and recycling bills. Those who qualify are asked to see Callie Munch at the borough office before Dec. 15 to apply and to fill out a short application. A valid photo ID is necessary.
Applications turned in after Jan. 1 will not be applied until the second quarter.
Lunch with Santa will be held from noon-3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Cecil No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department social hall. Lunch for children 10 and under is $2. Adult lunch will be available. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the McDonald Food Bank. All proceeds will benefit the Cecil No. 3 fire department.
The holiday parade will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 7, at W. Liberty and Peermont avenues, and the parade will end at Potomac and Belrose avenues. Cookies with Santa will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Dormont Recreation Center, 1801 Dormont Ave. Photos are $3 with one free photo with the donation of one new, unopened toy for Toys 4 Tots.
Light up Dormont will be held at 6 p.m. with caroling by the Dormont Elementary School Chorus.
St. Alphonsus Church will hold its annual “Cookie Walk” from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the church. Cookies are sold by the pound.
The Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the commission chamber to update residents on Mt. Lebanon’s pending National Register nomination and on the long-range projects.
The regular Dec. 16 meeting is cancelled.
The McMurray Rotary Club is seeking nominations for Business of the Year Award. All members of the community are welcome to nominate one or more Peters Township businesses.
The criteria is that the business not only performs exemplary service in its field, but actively gives back to the community. An awardee will be chosen in each of six categories and one of those will be recognized as the overall Business of the Year.
For more information and for an application, visit www.mcmurrayrotary.com/BusinessoftheYear.
The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council has free adult learning programs that can help prepare South Fayette residents for work and higher education. For more information, call 412-661-7323 or visit www.gplc.org.
A drop-off container for unwanted or outdated prescriptions or over-the-counter medication has been placed in the lobby of the South Park Police Department.
No syringes will be accepted. The container is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Upper St. Clair
Holidays at the Community and Recreation Center will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. There will be music, children’s activities, treats and a visit from Santa.
• Santa will visit township neighborhoods courtesy of the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14.
Listen for the sirens. Children and pets are welcome.
For more information, visit www.uscvfd.org.