Monday, May 6, 2013
Could the South Hills look more like South Side? Or better?
It's not that the bus stops along Route 51 in Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall aren't functional. They're just not very good. That is ... at least compared to what they could be. Five students from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture's Master of Urban Design program impressed an audience gathered at the Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Overbrook on Friday with their ideas for Route 51 bus stop improvements. The biggest improvements? These wouldn't just be bus stops anymore; they'd be high-tech, self-sustaining "platforms" complete with bike racks, water fountains and solar panels to power LED lights, real-time bus schedules and even vending machines and cellphone charging stations. And while the most practical idea …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The work will run from Brownsville Road to Route 88.
UPDATE: This work has been extended for Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 3, at least. Crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 will cause temporary lane closures and restrictions on Route 51 from at least Dec. 10 to 14, 2012, due to pothole patching. The work will occur in various locations across the busy state road—specifically, from its Brownsville Road intersection on the border of Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs to its Route 88 intersection in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood. That is an approximately 1.7-mile stretch. Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the work area. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m.
Route 51 in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood—near the Maytide Street intersection—is back open after police closed down the state road at around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday due to a suspicious package found there, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The device was described as a small transformer with copper wiring around the top "which most likely alarmed people," Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spokeswoman Diane Richard told the paper. The road reopened at around 11:30 a.m. Our newsletter subscribers received this story first. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Temporary lane closures and restrictions are expected in our area.
Crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 will cause temporary lane closures and restrictions for pavement core drilling across a large part of Route 51 on Wednesday and Thursday nights, weather permitting. Restrictions will occur as needed on both nights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The work is needed for future improvements. The work will stretch from Fidelity Drive in south Baldwin Borough to Stewart Avenue on the border of Whitehall Borough and Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood—an approximately 3.1-mile stretch that runs north from Baldwin through Whitehall through Brentwood Borough and through Whitehall again. Read about other roadwork in and around Baldwin-Whitehall here. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall …
Both arrests occurred on Feb. 16.
Part I Working in cooperation with the Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force, a Baldwin Township police officer stopped a motorist in the 2600 block of Route 88 in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood at around 12:12 a.m. on Feb. 16 for erratic driving, Baldwin Township police Chief Terrence P. O'Brien said. Brian Daetwyler, 33, of Village Green Drive in the Heritage Hills complex of Jefferson Hills Borough, was speeding and crossing the center line in the 100 block of McNeilly Road, O'Brien said. Daetwyler displayed signs of intoxication, O'Brien said, before the officer put him through breath-analyzer and field-sobriety tests, which he failed, and took him to the Mt. Lebanon police station for a blood test (results pending). Police are charging…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Responses needed to hear concerns and preferences.
Students from Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Urban Design program are partnering with representatives of Economic Development South (EDS) this spring to improve bus stops on Route 51 and enhance the accessibility of neighborhoods along that corridor, according to an EDS news release. To get the project under way, the students have designed a short online survey to hear concerns and preferences from area residents and commuters. The survey (available here) is anonymous and takes about five minutes. EDS is a nonprofit community development corporation serving Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin boroughs and the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook. EDS is committed to facilitating investment and reinvestment, creating jobs…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The work will run from the West End Bridge to Curry Hollow Road.
For the second time in a month, crews from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 11-0 will cause temporary lane closures and restrictions for pothole patching across a large part of Route 51. The patching, which will run from the West End Bridge to Curry Hollow Road, will last from Jan. 7 to 25, at the least. That is an approximately 8.7-mile stretch. The work will occur in various locations across the busy state road, possibly hitting the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of West End, Duquesne Heights, Beechview, Mount Washington, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick and/or Overbrook, and/or the boroughs of Whitehall, Brentwood and/or Baldwin. Motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Molchany represents part of Whitehall Borough and all of Baldwin Township.
Erin Molchany began her first term as a state representative on New Year's Day with a swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Molchany, a Democrat who bested Republican Chris Cratsley in November's general election, will represent Pennsylvania's 22nd House District, which includes part of Whitehall Borough and all of Baldwin Township. In a statement released on Tuesday, Molchany said that there is much to be done in her district and that the opportunity to speak for that community is humbling. "As I have done before, I again pledge tireless dedication and my deepest commitment to serving everyone in my district," she said. "There is so much to do. I'll be there with you and hope you'll be there with me." In addition to …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Baldwin High School Literary Guild students clean, then stock, the shelves of the Pittsburgh Carmalt library.
Sheila May-Stein just keeps finding books. And now, the Baldwin High School Literary Guild has found her. In an age when many question the positives of social media and children's Internet use, it's librarian May-Stein's Internet meme that has brought positive change to an elementary school in Pittsburgh's Overbrook neighborhood—with a little help on Friday from the high-school students of Baldwin-Whitehall. "The smartest and most sarcastic kids in the building," as Baldwin High English teacher and Literary Guild sponsor Keith Harrison lovingly calls them, were at Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy of Science and Technology that day to help May-Stein to stock Carmalt's skinny library shelves. The Baldwin students were responding to a call to …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Judge Barton's office is at Caste Village.
The following results are from recent hearings held in the Caste Village office of Magistrate David J. Barton of District Court 05-2-17: Whitehall Borough Charges Baldwin Township Charges Read here. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.