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MOVING RIGHT ALONG Workers continue to plow ahead on the $110 million Mt. Lebanon High School renovation, with several areas coming online this fall, including the remainder of Building B (the original building on Cochran Road).

With the opening of the 2014-15 school year, the tech ed spaces have opened as well as the top floor of the science wing, says Communications Director Cissy Bowman.

Previously completed portions of campus include the athletic building, which comprises the competition gyms, training rooms and athletic offices; fine arts theater; top floors of Building B and portions of the science wing.

For the fall and winter, work is focusing on Building D—the center core of the school, which includes center court, the library, the fine arts wing, the student activities area and other portions of the hub of the campus. Bowman says that building is expected to be complete in the middle part of January.

The final piece of construction, which includes the demolition of Building C (current library and district offices) and the construction of the tennis courts, will be done in the fall of 2015 to complete the project.


LIVING BETTER The Mt. Lebanon Community Relations Board will host Finding Help in Mt. Lebanon: A Living Better Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building on Washington Road. The forum will help residents connect with affordable social services they may not be aware of. Representatives from seven local agencies—St. Clair Hospital Support Groups, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon Village, Outreach Teen and Family Services, South Hills Interfaith Ministries, The Samaritan Counseling Center and Gateway Rehab—will be on hand to make presentations and answer questions prepared by the board, and others collected from the audience.

The forum, which will be moderated by Mt. Lebanon resident and KDKA-TV personality Mary Robb Jackson, will be webcast and broadcast the following week at  and on cable channels Comcast 17 and Verizon 34. An informal reception with light refreshments will follow.

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be. Salon’s Holly Peters-Michalec, Patrick Martz and Jenna Liokareas

GROWTH SPURT After 10 years, the well-known Salon Bella on Central Square closed in July, when owner Holly Peters-Michalec saw an opportunity to grow into a bigger space. She partnered with her shop’s manager, Patrick Martz, and stylist Jenna Liokareas, and all three are now co-owners of be. Salon, at 633 Washington Road.

The state-of-the-art salon has several eye-catching architectural features, including a hand-built wooden privacy wall, crafted by Liokareas Construction, and three top-of-the-line shampoo sinks imported from Italy, with ostrich-skin pattern seat coverings.

In addition to using Framesi color, the salon sells products by Oribe (only the second salon in the area to do so) and Bumble and bumble.Salon, which offers hair and nail services, is open from 9 to 9 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 9 on Thursdays, 9 to 5 on Fridays and 9 to 4 on Saturdays. Call 412-343-0100 for an appointment.


IN-HOME CARE  Woodhaven Drive residents Don and Amy Kulikowski have opened a Pittsburgh location of Preferred Care at Home, a non-medical home care company for the elderly, which offers, among other services, in-home assistance with such tasks as meal preparation, medication reminders, dress and hygiene help, transportation and companionship.

Amy (Kimball) Kulikowski grew up on Fruithurst Drive, where her parents still reside. She is a 1988 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School. Don was born in Peters. They have three children: Katherine and Elizabeth, both seventh graders at Mellon school, and Quinn, in third grade at Markham.

The Kulikowskis started the businesses after watching their own parents grow older and seeing how difficult it was for them to remain in their homes without help. A tenet of the company is that it provides quality service at affordable prices. For details: call 412-253-2830 or visit


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASEE SOMETHING? SAY SOMETHING If you’ve passed that burned-out streetlight or the tree that looks on the verge of collapse for the third or fourth time and you’re wondering why nobody’s doing anything about it, it could be because nobody knows about it. You can report infrastructure problems by calling the public works department, 412-343-3403, and leaving a message, or you can use the MyLebo portal on the municipal website,

In addition to streetlights and trees, you can report malfunctioning traffic signals, potholes, damaged curbs and traffic signs, icy or snow-covered roads and storm sewer problems.

You can also request rat baiting, sidewalk repair, repairs to municipal property and trimming of street trees.

MyLebo allows you to do more than just report problems. You can pay a parking ticket, visit LeboStore to purchase tickets to municipal events, Mt. Lebanon wearing apparel and other merchandise, sign up for LeboAlerts (yes, there is a lot of Lebo), a text and email notification system, access municipal forms such as overnight parking requests and “no lien” letters, and apply for building, pool, block party and other permits.

If you see a problem and you’re not sure which department is responsible, call the public information office, 412-343-3407, and we will direct you to the right person.