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Recycling Changes Begin Jan. 1, 2019

Due to global changes in the recycling industry, residents are being asked to start changing their recycling habits. In 2019, glass and plastics numbered 3 through 7 will no longer be allowed in recycling. Waste Management will be spot checking containers at the curb in the new year. 
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Volunteer Opportunities
The Township is seeking residents to serve on various Boards and Commissions. If you are interested, please submit a Talent Bank form that is available in the Township Manager's office. You may also download the form here

Upper St. Clair Nominated in the South West Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards

Upper St. Clair is nominated as Best Township/Borough in the South West Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards. You can help the Township win the award by voting. Thank you for your support.
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Guidelines for Maintaining Creeks in Upper St. Clair
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has guidelines for maintaining streams and creeks across the state. Please review the booklet to understand what property owners can do to help prevent flooding in local creeks. 
DEP Stream Maintenance Booklet 

Low-Interest Loans Available for Upper St. Clair Flood Victims
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the June 20 flood may apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Customer service representatives will be on hand in Bridgeville to answer questions and help fill out applications.
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McLaughlinRun Roundabout Project

PennDOT has proposed a plan to replace the signalized intersection at McLaughlin Run, Lesnett and McMillan Roads with a roundabout. A public meeting was held on Sept. 28, 2017. It concluded that PennDOT provide the PowerPoint presentation and a questionnaire to gather additional feedback from the community.

2016's Best Places for Families to Live in Pennsylvania

Trick or Treat
Trick or treating in Upper St. Clair will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018...Read More

Document Shredding
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 Where: Municipal Building Parking Lot 1820 McLaughlin Run Road Fees: $5/box no larger than 17x11x11 $8/box no larger than 24x11x17..Read More

E-cycling has moved to the Community & Recreation Center at 1551 Mayview Road. The days and times will be the same, which is the 2nd Saturday of every month (except February), from the hour..Read More

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
In an effort to stay committed to sustainability (/public-works/sustainability) and our local environment, the Township of Upper St. Clair is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection. When:..Read More

Leaves and Debris Dropoff
This is a drop off, not a collection. Drop off your leaves and debris at Boyce Mayview Park recycle site. Leaves and yard debris drop off will occur every second Saturday of the month f..Read More

Youth Steering Committee
The Youth Steering Committee (/government/youth-steering) meets the second Wednesday of each month from September to June at 7:00 p.m. at the Community & Recreation Center - 1551 Mayview Road,..Read More

Allegheny County Household Chemical Collection
Safely Dispose of Common Household Chemicals Hosted by Allegheny County Where: South Park Wave Pool Parking Lot When: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 Fee: $3/gallon, cash only Ev..Read More

Freaky Friday

Friday, October 29, 2018
Celebrate Halloween at the C&RC! 

10:00 - 11:30 AM Costume Parade
Free for C&RC Member & Non-Members

6:00 - 8:00 PM Scary Swim & Crafts
FREE C&RC Members
$8 per person Non-Members

Color Crawl - Halloween Edition

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 AM
Join the C&RC for our annual Halloween inspired Color Crawl!
Run or walk 2 miles with friends and family while being doused with COLOR!

Now-October 13th
Adults: $20.00
Children 6-12: $10.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

October 14th - 26th
Adults: $25.00
Children 6-12: $15.00
Children 5 and under: FREE

No race day registration

Fall Winter 2018-2019 Program Registration

Register today! Registration can be completed at the C&RC or online (unless otherwise noted). 

Click here to Register

Click here to view the brochure

Go to Community and Recreation Home page

Driver's Education Program

Driver's Ed is an online resource for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of PA traffic laws. Drivers of all ages and experience levels can benefit from this free online service.

Click for details.

Go to the Library Section.

Fall Classes for Kids & Families

Fall Classes & Programs for Kids and Families are coming soon!
Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 12 in person at the library.

Check out some of our Upcoming Kids Activities!

Go to the Library Section

USC Connect: A Homebound Delivery Service

If you are unable to get to the library due to a physical limitation, we can set up a monthly delivery to your door. To register, please complete the online application and return it to Walker Evans at the library.

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Recycling Changes to Come in Upper St. Clair

Public Works - Monday, September 17, 2018
The Township of Upper St. Clair and other SHACOG (South Hills Council of Governments) communities must change our recycling habits. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the following key changes go into effect:

1. Glass will no longer be allowed in the recycling collection. Glass runs hard on the machines and can jeopardize the quality of other good recyclables. Glass also has very low market value. 

2. Make sure you are only recycling plastic bottles, jugs and jars. Any other plastic shape must go in the trash. In other words, only plastics Nos. 1 and 2 will be accepted. No plastics Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7.

3. No loose bottle caps will be accepted. Caps and lids must be attached to the recycled item. Otherwise, please place all caps and lids in the trash. 

4. Shredded paper will no longer be accepted. Paper and cardboard will continue to be accepted. 

5. Anything you recycle must be clean. Rinse all cans, containers and bottles. There is no mechanism to clean recyclables at the recycling facilities. 

6. No plastic bags of any kind will be accepted. Please place material loose in your recycling bin. 

Waste Management will begin spot checking containers at the curb in 2019. If a container is considered contaminated, it will be left behind as trash. In 2020, Waste Management will begin issuing fines to the Township. 

Upper St. Clair residents are still be allowed to recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastics with the Nos. 1 or 2 on the bottom of the container. 

Waste Management suggests the following, "When in doubt, throw it out." There are a number of people who place items in recycling bins that they hope can be recycled, when in fact the un-recyclable items contaminate other recyclables. The practice is called "wish-cycling" or "wishful recycling." Contaminated loads are turned away from recycling plants and go into landfills. 

Visit for more information. If you are looking to recycle an item that is no longer acceptable in your curbside collection program, visit

Upper St. Clair Named a Live Well Allegheny Community

USC Administration - Friday, September 07, 2018
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has designated the Township of Upper St. Clair as a Live Well Allegheny Community

The Township supports the health of its residents by continuing to develop wellness trails, which can be accessible to residents of all abilities. The Township also promotes smoke-free buildings, perimeters, and parks, provides recreational opportunities to all ages, and encourages involvement with community volunteer activities. 

"It's great to see another municipality in my district has earned the Live Well Allegheny designation," said Sue Means, the county council member representing District 5. "I commend the Township of Upper St. Clair for putting together a plan to promote the health and well-being of its residents."

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with the ACHD staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participants can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well. 

"We are excited to welcome the Township of Upper St. Clair to the campaign," said ACHD Director Dr. Karen Hacker. "Now participating are 60 communities, 46 restaurants, 24 workplaces and 14 school districts that are making health a priority in Allegheny County."

"Over the past four years, we have seen substantial buy-in and investment by hundreds of partners into the idea of becoming a healthier county," said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald."We are grateful that so many people have come to the table to think about how to make recreational opportunities and other health-related offerings available in their community, workplace or restaurant. This initiative is only going to continue to grow and, together, we will create a healthier Allegheny County. 

Boyce Mayview Park Wins Great Place in PA Award

USC Recreation - Friday, September 07, 2018

The Township of Upper St. Clair is proud to announce that Boyce Mayview Park was designated as a Great Place in PA. The 475-acre regional park won the award in the great greenways/trails category. 

Dr. Jim Segedy, FAICP, a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, presented the award to Board of Commissioners' President Mark Christie at the September meeting. Dr. Segedy said it was the first time he saw any one place receive a unanimous vote from the board. 

Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair contains more than 10 miles of trails system. Trail users experience much environmental diversity, such as open meadows, forests, wetlands, scenic overlooks, and high value habitats for waterfowl, birds, wildlife, and plants. Green infrastructure is also prevalent in the form of pervious pavement, rain gardens and bioswales. Boyce Mayview Park is a unique asset for the community that allows persons of all abilities to enjoy the majesty of nature throughout the seasons. 

"We are honored that Boyce Mayview Park has been recognized by the American Planning Association, PA Chapter as a 2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania for its greenways and trails system. This is a reflection of the years of hard work and planning by the current and past Boards, volunteers and Township staff. This award provides further affirmation that Boyce Mayview Park serves as a regional destination for western PA and beyond with its many passive and active amenities," said Township Manager Matthew Serakowski.

The two other winning areas in the great greenways/trails category included Schuylkill River West Trail in Upper Merion Township and Susquehanna Riverwalk in Williamsport.

Commissioners Present Certificate of Achievement to Cross Country Star

USC Administration - Thursday, September 06, 2018

Upper St. Clair High School's standout cross country star, Savannah Shaw, has received another recognition to add to her running resume. On Monday night, Savannah's brother, Alex, accepted a Certificate of Achievement on her behalf from the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners. 

Miss Shaw captured first place for the second year in a row at the 2018 Class AAA Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Championships in the girls' 1600-meter run. She also placed sixth at the 2018 WPIAL Championships in the 800-meter run and placed fourth at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls' track and field Class AAA Championships in the 1600-meter run with a personal best time of 4:49.51.

Commissioner Robert Orchowski presented the award. Miss Shaw's mother, Tara, and her high school cross country coach, Douglas Petrick, were also in attendance. Upper St. Clair Commissioners and residents congratulate Miss Shaw on her achievements and wish her continued success this year on the North Carolina State University's cross country team. 

Upper St. Clair Commissioners Recognize Retired Police Chief

USC Administration - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

On Monday night, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, Township staff, and current and former police officers recognized retired Upper St. Clair Police Chief Douglas Burkholder for his service.

"It is an honor to recognize Chief Douglas Burkholder for over four decades of service to the Township of Upper St. Clair. Doug has represented the community with utmost integrity and has earned the highest of praise from his peers with his straightforward, professional approach. This has been further demonstrated with his service on many law enforcement boards and committees. It has been an absolute pleasure for me to work alongside of Doug for the last 25 years," said Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.

Former police chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini presented Chief Burkholder with an official proclamation.

"The quality I admire the most about Doug is his loyalty. His loyalty to the Township, to the Police Department and to me. It's my honor and privilege to read this proclamation to you," said Commissioner Pardini.

Chief Burkholder, while serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, began his police career as a patrol officer with Rostraver Township in 1973. He joined the Upper St. Clair Police Department as a patrolman in 1976, and rose through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant and deputy police chief. In September 2013, Burkholder was named Chief of Police and held the title until he retired in June 2018.

"It's hard not to succeed when you work for this Township," said Chief Burkholder. "Throughout my career, I was surrounded by a lot of good people."

Last month, Jon Wharton was named the new Upper St. Clair police chief

New Upper St. Clair Police Chief Sworn In

USC Administration - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Jon Wharton has worked his way through the ranks in the Township of Upper St. Clair and was sworn in Monday night as the new police chief.

Chief Wharton, an Upper St. Clair High School graduate, took his oath to serve and protect before a big crowd in the Board of Commissioners’ meeting room. The crowd included family, friends, the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners, and current and former police officers.

Chief Wharton, 48, joined the department 27 years ago. Former Upper St. Clair Police Chief and current Upper St. Clair Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini hired Wharton as a patrolman.

“It’s a great feeling to see someone develop into his full potential. He’s a fine young man, very community-oriented. He has all the necessary training and will be a very fine chief. I’m very proud of him,” said Commissioner Pardini.

Chief Wharton was the first patrolman Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski promoted to sergeant. He also promoted Wharton from sergeant to lieutenant and now -- to chief.

“I have total confidence in Jon to serve as our Chief of Police. He has a proven record for commitment to the community and to the department,” said Township Manager Serakowski.

The Board of Commissioners’ President Mark D. Christie also has full trust in Chief Wharton.

“We think he’s a very qualified candidate. He will do a great job guiding the Township,” said Christie.

Chief Wharton kept his remarks short, recognizing the most influential people in his career. Chief Wharton thanked former Upper St. Clair Chiefs Pardini and Douglas Burkholder and police officers past and present for their leadership and guidance. He also thanked former and current commissioners and Township Manager Serakowski for believing in him. Lastly, Chief Wharton gave a heartfelt thank you to his family and wife, Lauren, who pinned him with his new chief stars.

“I vow to the citizens of the Township that I will fulfill this title to the best of my ability,” said Chief Wharton. 

Chief Wharton takes over for former Chief Burkholder, who retired earlier this year. 

Pictured Above:
Photo 1: Chief Jon Wharton was sworn in by the Honorable D. Michael Fisher
Photo 2: Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski
Photo 3: Greg Wharton (20), Andrew Wharton (18), Chief Jon Wharton, Lauren Wharton, Eric Wharton (21)
Photo 4: Former Chief and current Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini and Chief Jon Wharton
Photo 5: The Upper St. Clair Police Department

McLaughlin Run Activity Center Closing for Renovations

Public Works - Monday, August 20, 2018
The McLaughlin Run Activity Center (MAC) in Upper St. Clair is closed from September 2018 - December 2018 for renovations. 

Some of the highlights include:

-A new unisex ADA accessible toilet room 
-New ceilings in the activity rooms, with the main activity room being a coffered wood ceiling panel
-New LED lighting throughout
-Painting throughout
-New vinyl laminate plank flooring in the main activity room
-Installation of a new gas fireplace insert in the existing fireplace
-New kitchen cabinetry and solid surface countertops

-Removal of the sun room off the main activity room. It will be replaced by a covered exterior patio area.
-A new covered entry drop-off porch at the main facility entrance
-Enlarged exterior window openings in the activity rooms

The MAC facility will match the exterior materials being used to currently construct the Tennis/Golf Administration building along McLaughlin Run Road. The contractor for the renovation is Masco Construction, Inc. 

Community Blood Drive Set for Sept. 14

USC Recreation - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
A community blood drive will take place in Upper St. Clair on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Appointments and walk-ins will be welcome between noon and 6:00 p.m. at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park. The address is 1551 Mayview Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241.

To make an appointment, please:
-Visit, click Make an Appointment and search with group code C565,
-Download the Central Blood Bank app, or
-Call 412-221-1099 ext. 600.

Prepare for your donation by eating well, staying hydrated and be sure to bring your ID.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, 15,760 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Most of these kids undergoing cancer treatment require blood or platelet transfusion. Don't let them fight alone. Please open up your heart and roll up your sleeves. 

Bethel Church Road in USC to Temporarily Close

USC Administration - Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The southbound lane of Bethel Church Road near Alton Drive in Bethel Park and next to Upper St. Clair will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. The closure, which is expected to last until Friday, Aug. 17, is required for core drilling of the pavement as part of a landslide investigation, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Crews will perform their work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and there will be alternating single-lane traffic in the northbound lane. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic, and drivers are urged to use caution in the area. 

The work will be done by D'Appolonia of Churchill, PA. 

Official Winners of Boyce Mayview Park Youth Triathlon Announced

USC Recreation - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

On July 28, 2018, about 70 children competed in the Boyce Mayview Park Youth Triathlon in Upper St. Clair. Spirits were high and the weather was perfect with a sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 60s. 

Below are the official winners of the race. We also want to report that every child finished the race. That's a big accomplishment! Congratulations to everyone involved.

Boys, Ages 7-9:
1. DJ Poe, 8
2. Liam Wilson, 9
3. Tabari Morgan, 8

Boys, Ages 10-12:
1. Alek Piatek, 11
2. Ryan Dougherty, 10
3. Cooper Bedilion, 10

Girls, Ages 7-9:
1. Mia Monaco, 8
2. Anelise Castrodale, 9
3. Emma Piatek, 8

Girls, Ages 10-12:
1. Freja Kile, 12
2. Abby Poe, 10
3. Teagan Yurocko, 10

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