Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Moon Township officials and first-responders gather to unveil a memorial to the township's police department.
In 1948, Moon Township's first police chief operated his young department out of the front his home on Delaware Drive. Today, Chief Leo McCarthy said his 30-officer agency is at "the pinnacle of its performance." "But it still comes down to public service," said McCarthy, standing before a group of township officials and first-responders on hand to honor the department on the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Police Sgt. Doug Busch said members of the department rallied to sponsor a police memorial to sit in the Moon rain garden on Beaver Grade Road, alongside Sept. 11, veterans' and firefighter memorials commemorated last year in Moon. The Sept. 11 attacks marked the deadliest day in U.S. history for police, claiming the …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A resident of the street says neighbors have taken an interest in community safety since the home's opening.
Greenlea Drive resident Nelson Kletzli said tensions have cooled but not abated one year after a controversial group home moved into the Amherst Acres neighborhood. "I think that people are a lot more cautious in the neighborhood," Kletzli said. "And people look out more for what's going on." After months of outcry from the neighborhood's residents, two men in April 2011 moved into the split-level home at 162 Greenlea Drive. The Homestead-based Transitional Services Inc. purchased the home in 2010 to house residents transitioning back into independent life after bouts with mental illness. The non-profit provides a range of services to Pittsburgh-area people coping with mental and developmental disabilities. Kletzli said neighbors have …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The township is unable to find a suitable location to relocate the library, said Moon Township Manager Jeanne Creese.
Township Manager Jeanne Creese said the Moon Township Public Library has formed a committee to explore funding options for a future building expansion. The project is still in its initial phases, Creese said. "It would be funded through a combination [of public grants and donations]," said Creese of the library's addition. "The committee has not yet done a fundraising kick-off. They're looking at designs for the building and getting ready to hire an architect." Library officials have said that the building at 1700 Beaver Grade Road is too small to accommodate the library's needs. Heavy water leaking from the building's ductwork and roof prompted township officials in 2011 to explore the option of moving the library to a different …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
More than 1,400 military and civilian jobs are slated to be eliminated by the closing.
The Air Force announced Tuesday that it would move forward with plans to close the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township as part of a national restructuring plan. The Air Force plans to reduce personnel based in Pennsylvania by 25 percent as a part of the measure. Closing the 911th — the only U.S. base to be shuttered under the plan — will eliminate as many as 281 civilian and 1,122 military positions at the base. All of the 911th's eight C-130 tactical aircraft also will be retired under the plan. The Air Force in February announced its intention to close the base in fiscal year 2013. The Air Force also will also retire four KC-135 refueling tankers at the neighboring 171st Refueling Wing and reduce aircraft at multiple Air Force …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Crews have worked since October to secure the slide near Flaugherty Run Road.
Township officials said crews are wrapping up the first phase of work to repair a landslide moving from the Autumn Woods housing development toward Flaugherty Run Road. Township Manager Jeanne Crease said last week the first phase of the project includes securing the hillside from slipping farther toward the roadway. Hard soil will prevent crews from continuing work on the hillside in winter months. "You can tell from the site that [crews] have done significant work there," Creese said. "He's actually made good progress there." In October, the New Castle-based Forbes Excavating began work on the slide, which was detected in 2007. Moon-based developer New Pointe Realty, which owns the hillside property and contracted the excavating …
Friday, November 4, 2011
State legislation threatens the local efforts to control drilling activities.
Nancy Patton Mills said members of Moon's planning commission spent much of its meeting last month staring at a map. "We tried to figure out where [in Moon Township] would be suitable for [Marcellus shale] drilling," said Patton Mills, who serves on the planning commission and Moon Board of Supervisors. "With the layout in the community and neighborhood density, we don't have a suitable track of land that wouldn't destroy our neighborhoods," she said. It's just one of many issues Moon officials are grappling with as they work to amend the township’s oil and gas drilling ordinances to include provisions for Marcellus shale drilling. "There are so many variables it's ridiculous," Patton Mills said. "We are a work in progress, but we want …
Monday, September 12, 2011
The memorial garden and monument were part of an effort spearheaded by Fire Marshal Charles Belgie.
Members of the community and township officials yesterday gathered outside the Moon Municipal Building to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks. The township dedicated a new memorial, crafted from a 900-pound shard of World Trade Center steel that now sits as the centerpiece of the community's new rain garden. The memorial garden and 9/11 monument were part of a months-long effort spearheaded by Moon Fire Marshal Charles Belgie. Earlier this year, Belgie obtained the metal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Representatives from the township's airline, military, law enforcement and first-responder communities spoke before a group of residents about the ways that the attacks affected the Moon community.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Milana "Mim" Bizic's Serbian roots and history-perserving heritage run deep.
Milana Bizic said she's collected them from all over: trinkets, a single-stringed gusle, paintings of Serbian folklore. Some came from flea markets; others are family heirlooms or souvenirs from trips to her family's native Serbia. The hand-sewn Serbian dolls that rest against a wall in her dining room double as her granddaughter's favorite toys. "It's the Serbian museum," said Bizic of her home. The former Quaker Valley School District teacher, who has lived in Moon for 21 years, often goes by her nickname, "Mim." She's spent a lifetime accruing the items that line her household's walls and the stories that often go with the objects. In August, she shared some of that history with producers from the United States Department of State, who…
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Repairs to a worsening landslide near Becks Run and Flaugherty Run roads have yet to begin.
A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the agency is giving a Moon developer "some leeway" to begin work on a landslide near Flaugherty Run Road. Moon-based developer NewPointe Realty signed a consent order in July with the DEP, agreeing to begin work Aug. 1 to repair the landslide. Two weeks after that deadline, work has not yet begun on the sliding hillside. DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz said the department would likely not begin enforcing sanctions against the developer immediately because of the scale of the project. Since 2007, an improperly installed storm-water basin at the foot of the 34-unit Autumn Woods development has pushed sediment downward toward Flaugherty Run Road, uprooting …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Local government leaders meet today in Moon to discuss how the Pittsburgh International Airport could spur economic growth in the region.
For Moon, perhaps nothing has proved as significant an economic engine as the Pittsburgh International Airport, township Manager Jeanne Creese said. "This community grew up around the airport," Creese said. "I think you would have a hard time finding a resident who doesn't have a direct or indirect tie to the airport." Creese and leaders from other airport-area communities will meet today to discuss how the airport might further shape the region's economic future. In an effort led by the Tri-County Airport Partnership, municipal leaders have been asked to envision a future in which the airport spurs economic growth in the region, making the Moon area a hub for retail, education and transportation. The word for it, Creese said, is "…