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Monroeville Eatery Gia Visto Teaching Kids to Cook

An Italian restaurant and Monroeville’s Recreation and Parks department are teaming up to teach children how to be chefs.

In three separate classes priced at $50, children aged 7-12 will learn from a Gia Visto Restaurant chef how to make popular dishes from different regions around the world. A lunch is provided for each participant along with all the cooking supplies needed to prepare the dish. Classes will be at the restaurant, 4366 Old William Penn Highway, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• “Stuffed Shells” – shells will be stuffed with hearty greens, fruit salad on the side and caramel surprise cookies: Saturday, Jan. 20 at Gia Visto from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The deadline to register is Jan. 12.

• “Chinese New Year” – beef and broccoli with red peppers, vegetable fried noodles and coconut and rice cake: Saturday, Feb. 24. The deadline to register is Feb. 16.

• “Shepherd’s Pie” – chicken paprika, Irish flag salad and Irish cream chocolate chip cheesecake: Saturday, March 24. The deadline to register is March 16.

For more information, call the municipality’s recreation and parks department at 412-856-1006.

Dillon Carr is a Trbune-Review staff writer.

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Quidditch Championship Coming to Monroeville

Visit Monroeville is excited to announce that they will host US Quidditch (USQ) for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at the Consol Energy Turner Valley Complex in partnership with SportsPITTSBURGH. USQ and Monroeville will welcome collegiate and community teams from Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia to compete on the regional stage on November 11-12, 2017.

Monroeville will host 450 athletes, officials, and volunteers at the USQ regional championship. The top teams will qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11, to be held in Round Rock, Texas on April 14-15, 2018. Admission is free to the public.

Quidditch is a full contact, competitive, mixed gender sport inspired by the Harry Potter series. It began in 2005 and has since spread to over 300 colleges, high schools and community teams nationwide. US Quidditch includes official club teams at traditional sports powerhouses like the University of Texas; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the University of Maryland. Teams compete over a year-long season. USQ hosts eight regional championships that crown regional champions and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. At these events, teams will compete in one of two newly created divisions: collegiate and community. Collegiate teams will compete only against other collegiate teams, and community teams will compete only against other community teams.

Quidditch is played with seven players to a team, all mounted on brooms. Points are scored with the quaffle (a volleyball) and the snitch, a neutral yellow clad athlete who tries to avoid capture, similar to flag football.

About US Quidditch
US Quidditch (USQ), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the national governing body for the sport of quidditch, organizes the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together. US Quidditch is not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Bros. or Time Warner. To learn more about quidditch, visit


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OCTOBER is 31 Days of Hope in Pittsburgh

October is 31 Days of Hope in Pittsburgh
Month-long awareness campaign aims to educate local community about homelessness in Pittsburgh

Each day, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) works to create hope through learning for children and youth experiencing homelessness in Pittsburgh. For the month of October, we are asking our local Pittsburgh community to get involved in our impactful work and participate in the 31 Days of Hope campaign.

The 31 Days of Hope campaign is HCEF’s month-long awareness campaign dedicated to educating our local community about the issue of homelessness and the effect of homelessness on a child’s education. Specifically, this campaign works to bring awareness to the 3,000 children and youth identified as homeless in Allegheny County last year and the unique struggles they face in school.

Events for the 31 Days of Hope Campaign include:

-We Live Here Too: A Round Table Discussion About Homelessness in Pittsburgh
-Homeless Children’s Awareness Week October 15-21
-Mingle at the Museum Happy Hour with the Carnegie Museum of Art
-Hope in Action Advocacy Workshop

The month-long campaign wraps up with HCEF’s third annual food truck fundraiser: Fountain of Youth-A Food Truck Round-Up. This year’s food truck event is presented by Pennsylvania Libations and Rivertowne Brewing and will be held at the Priory Hotel on the north side on October 26th.

For more information on how you can participate in 31 Days of Hope, please visit

Together, we can create hope for children in Pittsburgh.

About HCEF

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to support the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Over the years, HCEF’s role in the community has developed and expanded to meet these needs.

The mission of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens. As a national model for addressing the educational needs of unstably-housed children and youth, HCEF leads a collaborative effort among regional partners by providing educational programs and services in Allegheny County and advocating for policy and system improvement. For more information,

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Holiday Celebration!

Holiday Inn Monroeville

Book your holiday party by October 31, 2017 to receive 10% off your entire banquet check!

Contact the Holiday Inn Monroeville Sales Office to check available dates! (412) 372-1022.

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Monroeville ‘Wall’: City Builds Virtual Perimeter To Keep Criminals Out

MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — When you hear about a serious crime in Allegheny County, chances are good it’s happened in or east of the city of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala says the city, its eastern suburbs (Monroeville, Penn Hills, etc.) and the Mon Valley account for more than 75 percent of all of the serious criminal cases in the county.

Now, one of those communities, with the DA’s help, has taken steps to keep criminals out. It’s created a virtual perimeter around itself.

“You can’t come to Monroeville and expect to commit a major crime and not get caught,” says Zappala.

The DA’s confidence is fueled by the electronic eyes now watching Monroeville constantly.

Besides the 70 privately-controlled cameras inside and outside Monroeville Mall, there are now 25 cameras trained on five Monroeville intersections.

Monroeville Chamber of Commerce President Sean Logan says it’s simple.

“If you’re going to come into Monroeville and create a problem, then you’re going to be on camera and we’re going to catch you,” he said.
•RELATED STORY: Monroeville Police Fighting Crime With Surveillance Cameras

At the especially busy intersection of state routes 22 and 48, an array of cameras captures traffic moving in all directions. John Hudson, the security consultant hired by Allegheny County to design the camera system, says a vehicle cannot move through the intersection without being seen on camera.

Hudson says the cameras – coupled with technology that reads license plates – can also make many dangerous, high-speed police chases unnecessary.

“Someone comes soaring through the intersection, we’ve got them on video, we can go back and look at the video and begin the investigation,” says Hudson.

And Monroeville does not want its cameras to be a secret.

“Hopefully, the criminals are going to know they’re being watched and they’re not going to come here anymore,” says Monroeville Rotary President Debbie DiLorenzo.

“I know the crime has increased in Monroeville over the last couple years,” says DiLorenzo, who is also a realtor in Monroeville. “I think this is a great way to stop it.”

DA Zappala is not done. He recently met with representatives from several other eastern Allegheny County municipalities to advocate for a network of cameras countywide.

But getting set up in Monroeville, in particular, was a priority because of its ease of access to major highways – something that’s mostly considered a plus.

But, “it also brings a transient element here,” says Zappala. “They feel safe. They’re not safe anymore.”

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Monroeville Police Fighting Crime With Surveillance Cameras

MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — For the last few months, the Monroeville Police Department has been fighting crime with technology.

Cameras have been set up all around the municipality to catch suspected criminals.

“If you come here to commit a crime, you will be seen, you will be caught,” said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala.

The district attorney is praising the surveillance camera monitors at the Monroeville Police station, saying it’s changing the movement of crime by using technology.

Monroeville has had the system in place for three months.

So, with 25 cameras in place in Monroeville, several at busy intersections like at 22-48, the question is – are the cameras doing what they were designed to do?

Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole admits he didn’t embrace the technology at first, but says now, it has gone above and beyond his expectations.

“Last night, we had an incident where we assisted the Pitcairn Police Department with a double shooting. We were able to place the getaway vehicle after we did some detective work and be able to go back and trace where it left and how it left our community,” Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole said.

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Additional Surveillance Cameras Now Operational in Monroeville


Pittsburgh PA —- Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., along with officials from Monroeville, announced today that additional surveillance cameras are now operational throughout Monroeville. The pledge to provide additional cameras had been announced a few weeks ago at a meeting of Monroeville business owners and community leaders and is a collaborative effort involving the DA’s Office, the Municipality of Monroeville, Visit Monroeville and the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“These additional cameras are a top priority for our community and will be a very effective tool for our police force,” said Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko.

“I am very pleased at the cooperation of our business leaders and residents banding together for the common goal of ensuring that Monroeville is a safe place to raise families and to provide a positive experience to everyone visiting our community,” added Sean Logan, President of Visit Monroeville and the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The cameras will stream back to a central location where they will be monitored in real time, part of a two year effort to utilize the latest technology at a time when the City of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania are being recognized nationally for their roles in technological innovations.

“The safety of a community should be an inclusive process and cameras are an important part of that process because we see what the camera sees in an objective fashion,” said D.A. Zappala. “The way that Monroeville has implemented this project with input from all the stakeholders should be a model for other communities.”



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12 Video Cameras to Act as Eyes for Monroeville

Samson X Horne
By Samson X Horne | Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 10:57 p.m.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will provide 12 high-resolution video cameras to monitor vehicles throughout Monroeville in an effort to reduce crime.

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. told Monroeville public officials, businesses leaders and some residents about the initiative Tuesday.

“We’ve found over the years that the best deterrent to crime is knowing you’re going to be seen and knowing you’re going to get caught,” Zappala said.

Supplying the new cameras, which have license plate recognition capabilities at a cost of about $4,000 each, “is a continuation of what was started after the shooting at the mall,” said Mike Manko, spokesman for Zappala.

Officials declined to disclose locations for the cameras.

Police say Tarod Thornhill, 18, of Penn Hills opened fire into a crowd at Macy’s at the Monroeville Mall in 2015, wounding three people. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 17. Officials implemented a youth escort policy on weekends and reopened a police substation in the mall after the shooting.

The cameras through the DA’s office are an expansion of surveillance cameras in place in Monroeville, said Sean Logan, CEO of Visit Monroeville and president of the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Monroeville Police Department monitors those cameras.

“We’re really just bringing crime prevention to the next level. We have to take the next step in crime prevention, and that’s technology with cameras,” Logan said.

The recognition software in the cameras will serve as “virtual checkpoints” in Monroeville, which is home to a busy shopping district, hospitals, the Community College of Allegheny County’s Boyce campus, and the Monroeville Convention Center. About 28,000 people live in the community, located at the “crossroads” of Interstate 376, Route 22 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko encouraged business leaders to get involved by installing their own cameras that would link with the other cameras; doing so, he said, not only will assist with law enforcement but will “help your customers feel safe.”

“Let’s be honest, bad guys don’t want their face on film,” Erosenko said.

Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said such a linked system is possible.

Two men were wounded in a daylight shooting June 21 outside a shopping center near the Monroeville Mall. Their injuries were not life-threatening. Bullets damaged the storefronts of two businesess.

“With these cameras, if you’re going to commit a crime, you’re going to get caught,” Logan said.

Samson X Horne is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 412-320-7845 or

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Fitzgerald Announces Launch of Parks Trails App for County Parks System

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today the launch of a new Trails App which will give users information on trails available in the Allegheny County Parks System. Using their mobile devices, residents and visitors alike will be able to discover and navigate park trails both in advance of a hike, and while in the park too.

“We’re excited to launch the Trails App for our residents and visitors. Our nine county parks contain 12,000 acres and attract over two million visitors each year,” said Fitzgerald. “For hikers, being able to plan hikes, as well as utilize information while hiking will make their experience even better. We’re proud of the work that has been done on this effort to date and look forward to the continued offerings that this technology will provide to park users.”

The app focuses on navigation information for all users at each of the county’s nine parks. All trails – blazed, unmarked and paved – are shown in the map. Information on the blazed trails also includes length and difficulty (based on a hiker’s perspective). When the mobile device’s GPS is turned on, the app can also provide live elevation information when on a blazed trail. Additionally, users will have access to current weather conditions, alerts and upcoming forecasts from the National Weather Service.

“Our parks are a wonderful resource for so many different organizations and groups, many of which take full advantage of our many trails,” said Council Member John Palmiere, Chair of County Council’s Parks Committee. “Having a resource such as this app which makes the users’ experience better, safer and more enjoyable ensures that residents and visitors have a good, positive interaction with our parks system.”

The Division of Computer Services partnered with Esri, a geographic information systems (GIS) mapping software company, to create a product using the county’s GIS data. Working with Esri, the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group, and the Allegheny County Park Rangers, the data and information collected was developed into an application that reflects current conditions for users. Work on future versions of the app will include information on trailheads, parking options, shelters and restroom facilities.

The map-based, GPS-enabled app is available and free to download in the Apple App Store. It will be available through the Android Play Store by the end of the week. The app can be found by searching “Allegheny County Parks Trails.”

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This Region Needs the Mon-Fayette Expressway Extension

This Region Needs the Mon-Fayette Expressway Extension

Late last year the Construction Legislative Council issued a report reviewing a number of key transportation projects essential for the economic future of our region. On this list was the completion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway link from Route 51 to Monroeville, with extension of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway to the expressway.

The report was developed by a committee of the region’s leading transportation engineers, planners and professionals with expertise in development and design of public infrastructure.

It was disappointing that the Post-Gazette took a negative position on the expressway project in its Feb. 2 editorial “False Promise: The New Mon-Fayette Segment Is a Road to Nowhere.”

Our region has shown its resilience through evolution and adoption of new industries such as health care, education, technology, robotics, financial services, film and most recently oil and natural gas. However, southwestern Pennsylvania is crippled by severe congestion that significantly limits our economic competitiveness.

In the case of the Mon Valley, a lack of modern highway access has significantly limited the redevelopment opportunities of brownfield industrial sites. Linking these sites to regional and interstate markets is essential to increase jobs in the Mon Valley.

In addition, transit access into Oakland and other parts of Pittsburgh from the extension of the busway to the expressway would both improve access of Mon Valley residents to job opportunities throughout the region and spur redevelopment of Mon Valley communities.

We hope that businesses and residents of the Mon Valley will take the opportunity to participate in meetings and hearings on the restart of the expressway project and offer their thoughts on the benefits of this valuable transportation improvement.

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A New Pennsylvania Tourism Slogan? It’s About That Time

March 8, 2016

We’re going to bet Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers never really thought about how to make Pennsylvania stick in the common man’s mind as a travel destination.

But at the rate Pennsylvania’s going in the 21st Century, those guys from Independence Hall may soon start demanding royalties.

The state Tourism Office unveiled its new marketing slogan for state tourism promotion Tuesday, and it is – drum roll please: “Pennsylvania. Pursue Your Happiness.”

The accompanying logo is designed, officials said, to present a fresh look for Pennsylvania, with the hint of a smile.

The new tagline is central to a re-branding effort tagged to traditional travel guides and paid advertising, as well as very 21st-Century social media campaigns that developers hope will spawn an inter-active conversation.

“We’re asking our social media followers to join the conversation and share photos of what makes them happy about travel in Pennsylvania using the hashtag #PATravelHappy,” Department of Community and Economic Development spokeswoman Lyndsay Kensinger said.

The slogan replaces “State of Independence,” the winner of a contest sponsored by former Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration that also happened to play off the Philadelphia-born Declaration of Independence.

“This new slogan encourages travelers to satisfy a core virtue which we all desire and can never have too much of — happiness,” Karen Winner Sed, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Tourism Partnership, said during the official unveiling at a Somerset County winery Tuesday.

“Whether you are looking to explore the outdoors, a historical attraction, or an urban setting the overarching motivator is happiness,” Winner Sed said.

The tourism partnership is a public-private entity that helped lead consumer research and brand development efforts to develop the new brand over the last 18 months, at a cost of roughly $500,000 split between state funds and private matches.

Because the initiative was kicked off and funded in the 2013-14 fiscal year, it was not stopped by this year’s budget impasse, Kensinger said.
DCED still has about $500,000 on hand to kick off the new campaign’s roll-out, which will be supplemented by additional private sector matches, according to Kensinger.

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Business Booms in Monroeville Medical Corridor with Forbes, UPMC East

Business Booms in Monroeville Medical Corridor with Forbes, UPMC East

Monroeville Mayor Greg Erosenko proudly refers to it as “mini Oakland,” the one-mile stretch of Mosside Boulevard housing rival hospitals owned by UPMC and Allegheny Health Network.

For Erosenko, business booms in a medical corridor with more jobs, more commerce and more competition between AHN’s community mainstay Forbes Hospital and the glistening, state-of-the-art UPMC East.

“Sincerely, it has been good not just for Monroeville residents, but for everyone out east,” the mayor said. “The competition has kept both health systems on the cutting edge, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.”

As UPMC postures to build a controversial hospital in the South Hills — less than a mile from AHN’s Jefferson Hospital — Erosenko points to the eastern suburbs as a model for coexistence of dueling hospitals.

An open question is whether 341-bed Jefferson Hospital can handle the competition. AHN lost $39 million in 2015, according to financial documents filed with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

David Holmberg, president and CEO of AHN’s parent company Highmark Health, is confident Jefferson will thrive. Still, he’s not thrilled with the prospect of a neighboring hospital in the South Hills.

“I don’t think we need more beds in the region,” Holmberg told the Tribune-Review. “Jefferson is an excellent facility. It has everything people need in the South Hills to take care of them. You have to ask what the motivations are for putting a hospital right next to a high-performing institution like that.”

UPMC plans to invest as much as $200 million to build the proposed 300,000 square-foot UPMC South, similar in size to UPMC East, with promises of 500 permanent jobs. The health care giant’s most recent plan was to build UPMC South in Pleasant Hills off Route 51 at Lindsay-Snyder Drive, although resident complaints could persuade UPMC to select an alternate site. A hearing on the plan before the Pleasant Hills zoning board is scheduled for April 25.

“We are optimistic that the UPMC proposal will foster sustained economic development in the 51 corridor,” said John Biedrzycki, vice president of the South Hills Chamber of Commerce. UPMC Health Plan is a member of the chamber. AHN is not.

Paul Wood, spokesman for UPMC, said motivation for building UPMC South is simple: thousands of UPMC Health Plan members live in communities along the Route 51 corridor that want and need a local hospital.

The South Hills proposal has opened a new chapter in an ongoing feud between UPMC and Highmark. As a result of the dispute, most UPMC hospitals no longer accept most Highmark insurance and UPMC Health Plan doesn’t contract with most Allegheny Health Network hospitals.

There are some exceptions. A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued in late November required UPMC to include seniors in a group of “vulnerable” Highmark patients that the state is requiring UPMC to continue treating until 2019, when a consent decree governing relations between the nonprofits expires. People with Highmark insurance who are disabled, poor or engaged in a “continuing course of treatment” at UPMC hospitals are also protected until 2019.

Another exception is Jefferson Hospital. Unlike the other hospitals in Allegheny Health Network, Jefferson admits anyone with UPMC Health Plan insurance because it has a separate contract with the insurer. The terms of that contract, including when it expires, are confidential, both systems said.

“We do provide access to UPMC patients at Jefferson, whereas UPMC has said to us, they don’t want to see Highmark customers,” Holmberg said. “They have made it very clear. So it’s a different motivation.”


When UPMC announced plans for a hospital in Monroeville, said Forbes Chief Medical Officer Mark Rubino, patients asked: “Why are they hurting you? Why are they trying to kill you?”

“Most cities are not building additional hospital beds in a stable population. Yet, that was the UPMC model,” Rubino said. “Here, we try to provide high quality, comprehensive acute care services. We need to have strong core services to do that. To have it diluted by excess bed capacity doesn’t really make sense.”

Mark Sevco, president of UPMC East, said demand prompted the opening of the Monroeville hospital. UPMC Shadyside was over capacity and 30 percent of its patients were driving into Pittsburgh from the eastern suburbs, he said. The $250 million UPMC East opened in 2012.

“Our strategy was to provide low-cost, high-quality care in a community where our patients live,” Sevco said.

Forbes executives point out their hospital is full-service, offering medical services that UPMC East does not, such as open heart surgery, inpatient psychiatric care, complex brain and spine surgery, trauma care and baby deliveries. Forbes is certified as a Level II trauma center, which Holmberg said saved lives during the April 9, 2014, stabbings of 20 students and an adult at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

UPMC East is just one piece of a regional Western Pennsylvania network that satisfies the full range of patient needs, Sevco said. Trauma patients can be flown by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian or Montefiore hospitals in Oakland. Magee-Womens Hospital offers quality women’s health care, he said.

At UPMC East, planners sought to avoid duplicating services of other UPMC hospitals, Sevco said. Planners left the more complicated procedures to doctors who perform the procedures more often. Research shows that medical teams that perform higher volumes of procedures often have better outcomes, he said.

UPMC East does medical imaging and heart procedures, has a critical care unit, a rehabilitation program and performs a broad range of surgeries, he said.

“In medicine, like most things in life, the more you do something the better you are at it,” Sevco said. “For us, it’s about supporting a network of coordinated patient care, not duplicating services within our network. The focus is integrated and we work very hard at making patient transfers seamless.”

Forbes took a hit when UPMC East opened, losing 17 percent of its emergency department patient volume, according to its president and CEO Duke Rupert. However, much of the volume has bounced back, he said.

“We still have our challenges going forward with UPMC East right here,” Rupert said. “Obviously, if you put another inpatient facility in the community, it starts to split the volume.

“I think the future is bright for Forbes, but it’s not without investment and time and expenses.”


Since the formation of AHN in July 2013, Highmark has invested about $34 million in renovations, new technology and program expansions at Forbes.

Among them: a new trauma program, a new 20-bed intensive care unit, an expanded obstetrics and postpartum unit, installation of an electronic medical record system, a reconstructed emergency room waiting area, a dedicated patient elevator tower designed to improve the admission and transport of patients throughout the hospital and new signs atop and outside of the hospital.

The investments aren’t lost on Monroeville resident Kimberly Miller, 47, who wondered whether Forbes would survive after UPMC East opened.

“As a resident, I was very nervous that Forbes would immediately shut down and become a vacant eyesore in the community,” she said. “On top of that, there would be lost jobs. Nobody wants that.”

Miller, who three years ago switched from Highmark to a UPMC health insurance plan for her family, is thrilled with the convenience of UPMC East. A mother of four, she has made several visits to the emergency room for bumps, bruises and illnesses.

“The parking is great, there are low wait times and the building is super clean since it’s brand spanking new,” she said.

Although she hasn’t visited Forbes much since her switch in health insurance, she is pleased that Forbes is still around.

“They are certainly putting on the persona that they are making improvements and trying to stay a leader in health care out here,” she said.

Bernhard Erb, who served on Monroeville’s council from 2010 through 2014, said he believes UPMC’s plan is to continue growing locally, nationally and internationally. He joked that the only headache associated with UPMC East’s construction was creating an extra turning lane off Mosside into the hospital campus area.

“You’ve got great doctors at both facilities in Monroeville; you’ve got many of them moving to the region,” he said. “If the only benefit this new hospital brings to the South Hills is doctors and surgeons with six-figure salaries moving into the area, that’s still a great thing.”

Ben Schmitt and Wes Venteicher are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Schmitt at 412-320-7991 or Reach Venteicher at 412-380-5676 or

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Monroeville Mall Announces Additional Security Upgrades

JUNE 30, 2015

Additional Security Upgrades Planned for Monroeville Mall
Monroeville, PA (June 30, 2015) – At a press conference today, Monroeville Mall officials announced additional security upgrades for Monroeville Mall, located in the Monroeville suburb of Pittsburgh. Security upgrades include the installation of an internal and external state-of-the-art video camera system. This cutting edge system will have both on and off-site monitoring capabilities. Monroeville Mall’s security provider will also take other measures to enhance visibility and maximize coverage of the center; including adding additional security hours and shifts.

This announcement comes on the heels of many other security measures that have already been put in place. A Monroeville Police Department Substation opened inside the mall in March and on-duty Monroeville Police officers will be available at the Police Substation during peak shopping hours. In addition, Monroeville Police will increase the number of patrolling officers throughout the malls interior and exterior.

In February, management launched a Youth Escort Policy (YEP), which requires anyone under the age of 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21 on Friday and Saturday evenings after 6pm. This program has been met with positive feedback from customers, retailers, and Monroeville officials.

“Thank you Lance and CBL for your leadership in working with all of the retailers here at the mall, and with law enforcement officials and community leaders toward re-assuring shoppers that the mall at Monroeville is a terrific, convenient and safe place to shop,” said Mark Ionadi, Macy’s Representative.

In addition to the announced security upgrades, officials discussed their plans for the mall’s multi-million dollar renovation, currently underway. Once completed, the interior will feature an updated color scheme, new lighting fixtures to brighten common areas, and sleek, stainless steel railings lining the walkways.

Guests will discover modernized, soft-seating lounge stations designed for relaxation and conversation. Remodeled restrooms will feature new tile, granite, and cherry wood finishes. The food court will also receive a facelift that includes new furniture to complement the overall contemporary design. New benches and receptacles will also enhance the mall’s exterior appeal. In addition, the children’s play area will be updated with a brand new look, theme and play elements. The renovation is slated to be complete just in time for the 2015 holiday season with details about a renovation celebration and play area grand opening being announced later this year.

“Our commitment to the community is clear. We have and are continuing to make significant investments in Monroeville Mall through these security enhancements and the comprehensive revitalization,” said Lance Ivy, Regional Director of Management at CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., owner of Monroeville Mall. “Monroeville Mall has long held a special place in the community as a favored destination. Our goal through these upgrades is to ensure that shoppers can continue to expect a welcoming, vibrant destination to shop, dine, and spend time with family and friends for years to come.”

About Monroeville Mall
Owned and managed by Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., Monroeville Mall is a super-regional, two-level shopping center featuring Crazy 8, Christopher & Banks, Hollister Co., The Children’s Place, Rue 21 and White House | Black Market. Recent additions to Monroeville Mall include H&M, Cinemark Theatre, Gift-ology, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Soma, and Teavana. Monroeville Mall also features an 80,000 square-foot lifestyle streetscape expansion called “The District” featuring Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Jos. A. Bank, ULTA Cosmetics, Chico’s, and SAGA Japanese Steak House.


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Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Monroeville Sign Affiliation Agreement

Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce, Visit Monroeville Sign Affiliation Agreement — Chamber Names Sean Logan President & CEO

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015

Monroeville, PA – The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) and Visit Monroeville signed an affiliation agreement today, marking the official beginning of a partnership between the two.

In addition, the MACC Board of Directors named Sean Logan President & CEO of the organization. Mr. Logan will continue to serve as Executive Director & CEO of Visit Monroeville.

“The agreement is designed to help strengthen both organizations,” said Sean Logan, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Monroeville and President of the Monroeville Area Chamber. “It also creates efficiencies by reducing overhead costs and sharing services.”

The management consolidation between MACC and Visit Monroeville will allow both organizations to align common missions, share resources and reduce administrative costs. While both organizations will retain their separate boards of directors and fiscal oversight, the staffs will combine under a joint Chief Executive Officer. A third advisory board will be created to oversee the partnership.

Visit Monroeville and the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce remain committed to their missions, which each play a role in continuing to promote Monroeville and the surrounding area as a great place to live, work, visit and do business.

Contact: Sean Logan – 412-856-7422


About the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce: The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce is a diverse, member-driven organization, focused on being an advocate to promote and advance business excellence and business alliances, thereby strengthening our local communities.

About Visit Monroeville: Visit Monroeville was established in 1987 to increase and serve the convention, trade show, and travel industry. The agency also works to promote local businesses and services – including hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments – to visitors to the region. The staff works closely with the staff of the Monroeville Convention Center to market and promote the region as a low-cost, high-quality location for trade shows and conventions. In addition to providing traditional meeting planning services, Visit Monroeville offers shuttle service to and from Monroeville’s meeting spaces, hotels, banquet facilities, and shopping.

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