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Upper St. Clair Follows New ACHD Order and Cancels Activities of 25 or More

USC Administration - Thursday, July 02, 2020

Due to a new order announced late Thursday from the Allegheny County Health Department, the Township of Upper St. Clair must abruptly cancel activities of 25 people or more starting Friday morning, July 3.

The Community & Recreation Center and outdoor aquatics will close until further notice. Camp St. Clair and Upper St. Clair Athletic Association activities will also be canceled due to the Allegheny County Health Department’s new requirement. The Upper St. Clair Library will operate curbside services only.

Upper St. Clair’s parks, trails, playgrounds, three-hole golf course and sports courts will remain open. Visitors are encouraged to follow Allegheny County Health Department guidelines and be respectful of each other.

As we receive more information from the Allegheny County Health Department, we will continue to bring you more updates, both on the Upper St. Clair website and social media accounts. Thank you for your patience as we all navigate through this fluid situation.

Upper St. Clair Announces the Reopenings of Facilities

USC Administration - Monday, June 22, 2020

The Township of Upper St. Clair is pleased to announce the reopening of the library on Monday, June 22, 2020 and the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

For the safety of visitors and employees, some changes will be in affect. Face masks are required in the library. Tables, chairs and play areas will not be available. Library materials must be returned to the outside book returns. Inside returns will not be accepted. Curbside service is still available for those who do not feel comfortable entering the building. Please click here for the updated library hours and other frequently asked questions.

Cleanliness and safety are also top priorities at the Community & Recreation Center. Fitness equipment is spread out on the first and second floors to accommodate social distancing. The gym will be used for group exercise, camps and other programs. Open gym for basketball, pickleball and volleyball will not be immediately available. Group exercise classes begin June 29 and will require reservations. On July 7, the playroom will open by reservation for child care.

Reservations are required for the outdoor pool and indoor lap pool. The indoor leisure pool and spa are closed until further notice. On a first come, first serve basis, the resistance channel will be open for water exercise and water walking. Capacity will be limited to seven individuals. For more information to plan your visit, please click here.

Upper St. Clair staff thanks residents and visitors for their patience and understanding during the COVID-19 closures. We missed you! Please continue to respectful of each other and use social distancing whenever possible.

Upper St. Clair Announces Schedule to Reopen Facilities and Resume Programs

USC Administration - Thursday, June 04, 2020

Following the Commonwealth's announcement to move the southwestern PA region, including Allegheny County, to the green phase effective Friday, June 5, 2020, the Township of Upper St. Clair announces the reopening and resumption of facilities and programs. The following tentative schedule is subject to change pursuant to federal, state and county guidelines. 

Reopening to the Public Monday, June 8, 2020
-Municipal Building including the Community Development and Tax Offices
-Public Works Building - Administrative Offices
-Library Curbside Service - Click here for more information.

Resumption of Certain Programs, Monday, June 15, 2020
-Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program - Summer Clinics
-Camp St. Clair "Meet the Counselors" Week

Reopening to the Public Monday, June 22, 2020
-Camp St. Clair

Targeted Reopening and Resumption of Programming Wednesday, July 1, 2020
-Community & Recreation Center, including outdoor aquatics. Click here for more detailed information. 

For many weeks, Upper St. Clair administrators have been reviewing all available and current guidance while working with the Upper St. Clair School District, the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association (USCAA) and the Upper St. Clair Tennis Development Program to most effectively and safely allow for the use and enjoyment of the municipal facilities. Additional facilities that will reopen for programmed and organized activities include the Township athletic fields through the USCAA beginning Saturday, June 6, 2020 or shortly thereafter. 

Playground usage is permitted starting Saturday, June 6, 2020. 

The golf course, which is currently open, will remain "free play" until further notice. 

As always, we request residents and participants respect one another while utilizing Township facilities or participating as a spectator. Kindly follow acceptable CDC guidelines, PA Department of Health guidelines and guidelines of the particular athletic organization. 

Upper St. Clair staff is excited to reopen and resume activities. Enjoy your summer! 

Upper St. Clair Prepares to Move to the Green Phase

USC Administration - Thursday, May 28, 2020

In anticipation of southwestern PA region moving to the “green phase” under the Commonwealth’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,” unveiled back on April 21, 2020, Upper St. Clair administrators continue to develop plans and schedules for the reopening of Township facilities and amenities. Last week the Township and Upper St. Clair School District took steps to allow for open play at tennis courts, sports courts, school district tracks and fields. All users continue to be instructed to follow guidelines and social distancing recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Following this step, the Township staff is reviewing all available and current guidance to most effectively and safely allow for the use and enjoyment of additional municipal facilities. The next phase of the Township’s planning process is focused on the library, the municipal building, and the Community & Recreation Center, including outdoor aquatics and summer recreation. Elements of the plan are dependent upon clear guidance from state and county government officials. A tentative schedule will be released the first week of June.

In addition, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the Board of Commissioners will hold their Regular Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building's Board of Commissioners meeting room, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. Any member of the public that may wish to participate and not attend in person can submit his/her questions or comments in writing by noon on Monday, June 1, 2020 to the main Township office at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road or via email to citizencomments@twpusc.org. Select board members will participate via audio conference. Click here to view the agenda.

PA Authorizes Construction Activities Starting May 1 and USC Extends Closures Through May 8

USC Administration - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Beginning Friday, May 1, construction business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is permitted to maintain in-person operations. Allowable construction activities include new construction, renovation and repair, land development and subdivision and design-related activities. This may be accomplished under specified guidance through the PA Department of Health. Upper St. Clair inspectors also will be available for construction inspection activity. While the Township of Upper St. Clair municipal building, tax office, community development office, and public works buildings all remain closed to in-person service until further notice, the staff is available during normal business hours under the “drop box protocol” for the processing of permits, tax payments, questions, and phone calls.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania,” unveiled on April 21, Pennsylvania is in the red phase with stay-at-home orders and life-sustaining operations only. In consideration of those directives, the Community & Recreation Center (C&RC) and the Upper St. Clair Library will remain closed through May 8.

C&RC membership fees for the month of April were waived for all active members. Upper St. Clair staff is pleased to announce this waiver will continue into the month of May, as long as the C&RC remains closed. The “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania” states that all “indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (gyms, spas) and all public entertainment (casinos and theaters)” are to remain closed through the red and yellow phases.

Room rentals at the C&RC and the McLaughlin Run Activity Center through May 8 are canceled and deposits will be refunded. All recreation programs and activities are also canceled through May 8.  Recreation staff, as always, is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099.      

The library will continue to not assess fines during the closure. Residents should continue to keep items at home until such time the library reopens. Access to the library’s e-resources remains available, however the ability to hold items is temporarily disabled through the Allegheny County Library Association due to high demands.

Upper St. Clair leaders are diligently reviewing all available information, including state and federal guidelines, as Allegheny County and our region draw closer to the yellow phase. In the interim, playgrounds and sports courts in Upper St. Clair remain closed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey courts, sand volleyball, etc. Park walking and hiking trails remain available for residents and visitors. Park users are asked to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines and practice proper social distancing.

Upper St. Clair staff remains encouraged that each day and week we get closer to realizing the reopening of local businesses and facilities. There is much work to accomplish as we continue through the spring and prepare for the summer determining as to what those operations may entail. As the C&RC staff posted on the main window of the building, it goes for all municipal operations, “We Miss You,” and look forward to once again engaging with our residents, friends and neighbors. 

Continue to visit this website and the Upper St. Clair Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates.

Rec. Center and Library Closures Extended and Playgrounds Closed

USC Administration - Monday, March 23, 2020

The closures that are currently in place for the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) and Upper St. Clair Library will extend through Monday, April 13. C&RC membership fees for the month of April will be waived for all active members. Room rentals at the C&RC and McLaughlin Run Activity Center through April 13 are canceled, and deposits will be refunded. All recreation department programs and activities are also canceled through April 13. Recreation staff is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099. The Upper St. Clair Library will not assess fines during this closure. Please continue to hold items until the library reopens. Access to the Library’s e-resources remains available. Find answers to other library-related questions in the FAQ link or call 412-835-5540. Additionally, Upper St. Clair playgrounds and sports courts are closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey court, volleyball courts, etc. The USC playgrounds and courts will remain closed until further notice.  Lastly, the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Monday, March 30, is canceled. For any other questions, call Township Administration at 412-831-9000.

ACLA Provides Resources for Parents

USC Library - Friday, March 20, 2020

Written by: Carrie Lane, Youth Services Coordinator, Allegheny County Library Association

As a parent of a young child, I know many of you are asking yourselves how you are going to entertain children all day while childcare and preschool are unavailable. Personally, there’s only so much children’s TV programming we can watch. Plus we really try to limit screen time in our house but those rules have obviously been adjusted during this time, so if you are anything like me you are probably looking for other options to entertain your kids. I have a long list of activities prepared that encourage movement, creativity and imagination for my son combined with lots of walks. When you are working from home though, sometimes you need additional help and that’s where these organizations come in, offering enrichment with their expertise far beyond what a parent can offer at home – wild animals, award-winning children’s programming and cultural assets.

Here are some ideas from educational partners in the region:

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Kids missing their furry friends at the zoo? Follow the zoo on Facebook to watch web cams of the animals, including the penguins.

Common Sense Media: 
When kids have earned some screen time or parents need a quick break, check out Common Sense Media for some direction on recommended apps, books, TV shows, movies and more. For those not familiar with Common Sense Media, reviews include tips on what parents need to know, talking points and ratings, keeping age levels in mind.

PBS Kids: PBS Kids has compiled a list of specific resources for talking to your child about coronavirus, including episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. The list is found here. In addition, parents can sign up for a special PBS Kids newsletter with daily tips and activities to try while the kids are at home. Sign-up at the PBS Kids website.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Follow the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Facebook to see a throwback collection of DIY posts and videos from the MakeShop, including making a chair out of newspapers and a bag out of a t-shirt.

Nationally, there are other great wildlife organizations offering programming online to help entertain children home from school:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: The Cincinnati Zoo, home of Fiona the hippo, will host a Home Safari Facebook Live every day at 3 p.m. The zoo will highlight one of the animals and provide an activity for kids to do at home.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is conducting a shark storytime every day this week at 10 a.m. There will be a shark story and time for shark Q & A.

Now might be the time as well to introduce children to the arts, including opera and Broadway musicals, from the comfort of their living room but from world-renown organizations, such as:

The Metropolitan Opera: Each night that the Opera is closed, the Met will stream encore performances on their website. “Nightly Met Opera Streams” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Playbill: Check out this great list of where to stream Broadway shows. The list includes family friendly favorites, such as Peter Pan and Newsies.

Don’t forget to get outside for a while each day. Download the Seek app and take a walk with your children. Identify various species with the app. When the libraries reopen, check out a nature backpack for further exploration – a collaboration between the Allegheny County Library Association, the Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny Land Trust and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The eLibrary page for Allegheny County Libraries also has a variety of resources available for entertainment and education. There are links to eBooks, magazines and audio, as well as databases for homework help.

Upper St. Clair Community Invited to Documentary Showings

USC Library - Friday, February 07, 2020

Upper St. Clair's Youth Steering Committee has organized the showings of the documentary, "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age," on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Upper St. Clair residents may come watch the 67-minute film for free at 10 a.m. at the McLaughlin Activity Center (aka the old Upper St. Clair Recreation Center) or at 7 p.m. at the Boyce Middle School theater. A facilitated discussion will follow each showing. Please register below:

-Register for the 10 a.m. Screenagers (MAC)

-Register for the 7 p.m. Screenagers (Boyce MS Theater)

In March, community members are invited to view the follow-up documentary, “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncoving Skills for Stress Resilience.
” Showings will be available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Along with the Youth Steering Committee, the screenings are also sponsored by the Parent Teacher Council’s Wellness Committee, Community Foundation, Upper St. Clair School District, Upper St. Clair Library and the Township of Upper St. Clair.

Upper St. Clair Library Earns Gold Star from Pa. Library Association

USC Library - Friday, October 05, 2018
Upper St. Clair Township Library earned a gold star status from the Pennsylvania Library Association. It is one of eight libraries in Allegheny County and one of 40 across the state to earn PA Forward Star Library status. 

"Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring their continued connection in their local communities," said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director.

"Our libraries provide safe spaces, shelter and community connections to programs ranging from financial education to how to care for others dealing with unexpected life changes," said Buker. "Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to showcase their efforts and help all residents connect more with these community pillars."

PA Forward works through five key literacies -- Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial -- to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association launched the Star Library Program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category. Libraries must demonstrate proficiency with each of the five literacies when working toward the silver level of the program.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis. The Allegheny County libraries honored are:
-Bridgeville Public Library - Gold
-Community Library of Castle Shannon - Silver 4
-Monroeville Public Library - Gold
-Plum Community Library - Silver 1
-Sewickley Public Library - Bronze
-South Fayette Township Library - Silver 5
-South Park Township Library - Silver 2
-Upper St. Clair Township Library - Gold

Commissioners Declare April 8-14 Library Week in Upper St. Clair

USC Administration - Monday, April 02, 2018

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.

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