- Township Of Upper St Clair
- May 20-26 Is EMS Week in Upper St. Clair
- Commissioners Recognize Outstanding Swimmers
- USC Commissioners Honor Girl Scout Award Honoree
- Community Day 2018 is May 19
- Planned Power Outage for Boyce Plaza Road
- Keep Upper St. Clair Waterways Pollution-Free
- West Penn Power: Planned Interruption on April 16
- Commissioners Declare April 8-14 Library Week in Upper St. Clair
- Upper St. Clair Designated as 2018 Banner Community
- Upper St. Clair Paving Plan Approved
The Board issued a proclamation to officially designate the week at their May Board meeting. Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski presented the proclamation to Tri-Community South EMS Director Nora Helfrich and some members of her dedicated and highly skilled team.
Commissioner Orchowski encourages the community to recognize the value and accomplishments of Tri-Community South EMS this week as they continue to provide superior service to Upper St. Clair and the entire South Hills.
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Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis presented Josh Matheny with an official proclamation and Abby Matheny and Jack Fitzpatrick with certificates of achievement.
Mr. Matheny captured the swimming state title Class AAA at the 2018 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships. He won a gold medal with a finish time of 54.55 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, surpassing his first place winning time of 54.94 seconds at the 2018 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA Championships. A freshman at Upper St. Clair High School, Mr. Matheny is one of the youngest swimmers to win a gold medal at the PIAA. The last time a freshman won an individual state title at the Class AAA level was in 2008 when Upper St. Clair's Kyle Dudzinski captured the 100-yard backstroke gold.
In addition, Mr. Matheny placed eighth in the 200-yard IM and was a member of the boys' 400-yard freestyle relay team that placed ninth at the PIAA Championships. At the WPIAL Championships, Mr. Matheny placed second in the 200-yard medley relay, third in the 200-yard IM, and fourth with his freestyle relay team.
The Board of Commissioners congratulated Mr. Matheny for his valuable contribution to the team's achievement of runner up at the WPIAL Championships and attaining an overall ranking of ninth place at the PIAA Championships.
Mr. Matheny's sister, Abby, was also recognized on Monday night. Miss Matheny won the 2018 WPIAL 200-yard freestyle; placed second in the 500-yard freestyle; second in the 200-yard freestyle relay; and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the PIAA Championships, Miss Matheny placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle; eighth in the 200-yard freestyle; and 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Board commended her for her valuable contribution to the team's second place finish at the WPIAL Championships and 14th place at the PIAA Championships. The high school senior will swim for Williams College next year.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunities Upper St. Clair swimming has given me," Miss Matheny said. "It has helped develop me into the person I am today."
The Board also recognized Jack Fitzpatrick for being the highest point scorer on the Upper St. Clair High School boys swim team at the PIAA Championships by placing third in the 500-yard freestyle; fourth in the 200-yard IM; and ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay team. At the WPIAL Championships, Fitzpatrick earned second place in the 200-yard IM; second place in the 500-yard freestyle; second place in the 200-yard medley relay team; and fourth place in the 400-yard freestyle relay team.
The Upper St. Clair High School swim coach was at the meeting for the special presentation.
"We really appreciate the recognition from the Township," said Coach David Schraven. "It was a really great year for us."
Commissioner Elise Logan presented Gabriella Spina on with the official proclamation. Miss Spina completed her project called "Taking Care of Your SELFie," which was a free one-day workshop for girls in grades 6-8 to address and combat stress and low self esteem. The workshop included aspects such as practicing yoga, identifying positive role models and learning social media safety.
In addition, Miss Spina serves as secretary and treasurer of the sophomore student council and has been a Girl Scout for 14 years. Mrs. Logan commended Spina for valuable civic contributions to the community.
"Girl Scouts have helped girls become leaders in their communities. You're a prime example of that," Mrs. Logan said to Miss Spina.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition issued by the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The planned power outage will occur from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will affect about 230 customers in the Boyce Plaza Road area in Upper St. Clair and in the Liberty Avenue area in Pittsburgh. If there is inclement weather, the planned outage will be rescheduled for Wednesday, May 9. West Penn Power will notify customers via an automated phone message. If customers have question, please contact West Penn Power's contact center at 800-686-0021.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, there will be a planned power outage to upgrade facilities. The outage will affect 62 customers in the vicinity of Fieldgate Drive and Spring Meadow Drive from about 7 a.m. to noon.
If there is inclement weather, the planned outage will be rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Customers will be notified by an automated phone message. If customers have questions, please call West Penn Power's contact center at 1-800-686-0021.
Pictured above (L-R): Walker Evans, Beck Reitmeyer, Lisa DeLucia, Robert Ontolchik, Barbara Zimmt, Commissioner Elise Logan
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners declares April 8-14, 2018 Library Week in Upper St. Clair.
Commissioner Elise Logan presented an official proclamation to Library Board Member Robert Ontolchik at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. Logan and Ontolchik encourage residents to visit the library during National Library Week and see what's new at the Upper St. Clair Library.
"What a great operation we have here at the library," said Ontolchik.
According to Ontolchik, 325,000 items were checked out from the library in 2017. In addition, Ontolchik said the library ran 700 programs last year that 14,000 people attended.
Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities. The Upper St. Clair Library provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programming, Makerspaces (spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn), and access and training for new technologies.
Librarians look beyond their traditional roles and provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well as new services that connect closely with patrons' needs. Upper St. Clair librarians are committed to serving and providing educational resources and equitable access to information to all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, or socio-economic status.
Township of Upper St. Clair Commissioners recognized Tri-Community South Emergency Medical Services (TCS EMS) for 40 years of superior service. Commissioner Robert J. Orchowski presented TCS EMS with an official proclamation at January’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
TCS EMS initiated service on Dec. 31, 1977 at 11:00 p.m., establishing access to quality emergency care seven days a week, 24 hours a day to the residents of the Township of Upper St. Clair, the Municipality of Bethel Park and South Park Township.
After originally calling the Bethel Public Works complex home, the operation grew and expanded into its current state-of-the-art location at 5490 Progress Boulevard in Bethel Park.
During the last 40 years, TCS EMS has been led by only two directors, Mary Ann Scott, RN, BSN, and upon her retirement, current Director Nora Helfrich, RN, EMT-P. Under this leadership, TCS operates as a membership-driven organization necessitating no additional municipal tax support.
TCS EMS was the first EMS service in Allegheny County and second in Pennsylvania to be awarded the highest level of licensure one can obtain as an EMS Service, resulting in receiving recognition by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Service each of the three year cycles in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. In addition, TCS EMS was the first AHA training center in the nation to hold instructor-training courses for Heart Association Faculty.
Other recognitions TCS EMS has received includes Pennsylvania Department of Health’s EMS for Children highest master level, recognition for its research participation by the Center for Emergency Medicine’s Department of Research, achieving Excellence for Best Community AED program in North America, and Ambulance Service of the Year Award in 2007.
The highly skilled team of emergency medical technicians, paramedics and staff annually attend thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance and hone their lifesaving skills. Eleven TCS EMS employees have been recommended for and have received the Star of Life Award since the program’s implementation in 2007.
TCS EMS looks to the future by continuing public education to help improve the health of the community while providing commendable emergency service to the Township of Upper St. Clair, Municipality of Bethel Park and South Park Township.
Immediately following the swearing in, the Board of Commissioners held its reorganization meeting. The Board unanimously elected Commissioner Mark D. Christie as President and Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis as Vice President.
The next Board of Commissioners regular meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
(From left to right) Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly, the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni, Commissioner C. Elise Logan, Commissioner Mark D. Christie
(Top from left to right) Commissioner Ronald J. Pardini, Commissioner Robert W. Orchowski, Commissioner Russell R. Del Re
(Bottom from left to right) Commissioner Daniel R. Paoly, Commissioner C. Elise Logan, Commissioner Mark D. Christie
Not pictured: Commissioner Nicholas J. Seitanakis, who joined the swearing-in ceremony and the reorganization meeting by phone
Newly elected Commissioner C. Elise Logan is joined by the Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni and her family, Steven, Naomi (3), and Hope (8).
The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners recognized the service of Commissioner Rex A. Waller during their Dec. 4 meeting. President Mark Christie presented Vice President Waller with a proclamation.
Mr. Waller has served as a member of the Board of Commissioners, Ward 2, from January 2014 and will continue through Jan. 2, 2018.
Mr. Waller was an active member of the Board during the approval, construction and opening of Dunkin’ Donuts, Whole Foods, Siena at St. Clair, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, and CVS Pharmacy. He was also part of the renovation of Wiltshire Park, the addition of lights at Boyce Mayview Field, installation of new Township street signage, bond refunding, the approval of the consent order and agreement with the Allegheny Health Department, and more.
As chair of the Community Development Committee, Mr. Waller helped guide and oversee the development and approval of the 2015-2025 Comprehensive Plan and was a member of the Board for the approval of the 2016 Parks and Recreation Plan.
During his time as a commissioner, Mr. Waller also served as Vice President of the Board, member of the Human Resources Committee, member of the Budget and Finance Committee, member of the Public Safety Committee, representative of the South Hills Area Council of Governments, and representative of The Outdoor Classroom Ad Hoc Committee.
Mr. Waller performed his duties with dedication, fairness, and intelligence – maintaining a positive spirit of cooperation and respect with Board members and Township staff. Commissioners expressed a deep appreciation on behalf of Upper St. Clair residents for his loyal service.