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Grants available to West View Water customers

West View Waste Water provides assistance to customers who are criminals and who meet 300% or less of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Eligible customers can receive grants of $ 200 every six months. Contact the Dollar Energy Fund at 1-888-282-6816 or visit to determine your eligibility. North Hills communities served by the Water Board include Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, Marshall, McCandless, Pine, Ross, and West View.

McCandless is expanding its social media footprint

McCandless created another way for residents to keep up with what’s going on in the community.

The city added an Instagram account to the ways it shares and receives information with residents. Instagram is a photo and video sharing service for social networks from Facebook. Other ways to stay connected with McCandless include Facebook, Facebook, McCandless and Me, YouTube, the Savvy Citizen mobile app, and the McMail e-newsletter.

City mourns retired police officers

City officials announced the death of retired police officer Gary Lunz, 62, who served in the department from 1992 to 2013.

“Gary was a great officer and a great friend to everyone who knew him,” said Chief Ryan Hawk. “He was one of the good guys and he will be sorely missed.”

Lunz asked for no viewing or commemoration.

In his honor, commemorative donations can be made to the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority (412-367-5883). or the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, 412-460-3663.

An obituary for Mr. Lunz can be found on the George A.Thoma Funeral Home website.

Send us your fry information

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Winter Art Show

The annual winter show at the North Hills Art Center runs through February 26th and includes a virtual display of pieces for people who want to avoid face-to-face gatherings.

The show, titled “Where Love Dwells,” benefits the nonprofit group Hello Neighbor, which helps refugee families with children settle in the Pittsburgh area.

The virtual show began on February 6th on the art center’s YouTube channel with a judged exhibition in the gallery until February 26th.

“This show visually shows the meaning of ‘home’ in different countries and cultures and shows what is important to us and what makes a house a home,” said Kim Freithaler, Executive Director of the arts center. “In addition to our 79 local artist contributions, we have 16 pieces created by refugee family members from Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Nepal / Bhutan.”

Hello Neighbor is helping refugee families assimilate into their new homes in the Pittsburgh area by assigning them a mentor.

The gallery is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The arts center is located at 3432 Babcock Boulevard in Ross.

Free tax preparation

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is offering a free tax preparation service through April 10th.

The service is available virtually or through a combination of online and face-to-face meetings.

Customers can upload their materials and tax experts prepare and review the return. Hybrid tax preparation requires two short appointments in a secure environment as per covid-19 guidelines to provide information and review the tax return.

The service is available to residents in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

Volunteer tax advisor assistance is available to individuals and families with total annual incomes up to $ 57,000.

A free, do-it-yourself online tax assistance program is available at

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