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Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we thank her.”

Audrey examined about 120 intersections this past spring and noted the quality of the crosswalks and whether there were sidewalk ramps. Audrey also took photos of all of the intersections.

She submitted her data to the borough in March. Officials put that data into an interactive dashboard for Oakmont’s geographic information systems a few months later.

According to Audrey’s report, 53 of the intersections examined had crosswalks while 61 only had sidewalk ramps.

Out of those crosswalks, seven were listed in good condition, 20 in fair condition, 21 were poor and three earned mixed reviews.

Myers is a member of Girl Scout Troop 52359 in Oakmont and Boy Scout Troop 9143 in Monroeville.

Her efforts will go toward her Girl Scouts Silver Award.

The traffic study was released a few months ago. It included an analysis of traffic along Allegheny Avenue, Third Street and Cedar Way from Hulton

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Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

Cliff’s Variety


While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and the December holidays up for debate, it could be a tough three months. Sales in September were trending 10% down, when they had only been 5% down over the summer months.

“It’s a balancing act,” Asten Bennett said. “I’m so grateful we got to be open this whole time but it still really hurts. Normally our fourth quarter carries us. We’ve forecasted a bad Halloween.”

While certain department’s sales are up — she said jigsaw puzzle sales have grown 300% — she said the lack of tourists buying gifts, souvenirs and novelty items is hurting their bottom line. She also said school supply sales have been down as kids stay home for distance learning. Most of all, Asten Bennett said she thinks some people are still just scared to go to stores and are choosing online shopping over a traditional retail experience. “We’re also getting really hurt by the Amazon

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PDM Constructors Named 2020 Specialty Contractor of the Year

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Philadelphia D&M (PDM) was named ENR MidAtlantic magazine’s Specialty Contractor of the Year. The firm will be recognized at ENR MidAtlantic’s virtual Best Project’s event in October and featured in the December issue.

“We are very proud to be recognized in this way,” said Craig Melograno, Owner of PDM. “We’re fortunate to have enjoyed success throughout our 20 years in business, particularly in the current environment. It’s a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation and our dedication to expanding our capabilities in the industry.” For more information visit our web site www.pdmconstructors.com

PDM began as a drywall contractor and over two decades has grown to include prefabricated framing and drywall assemblies, spray fireproofing, millwork, window shades and firestopping as part of their core services. They’re also focused on growth in the prefab market.

PDM enjoys a respected reputation in the specialty contracting segment and has worked on numerous award-winning construction projects in the greater Philadelphia area, including:  Comcast Innovation Center, Four Seasons, Hard Rock Casino, Inspira Medical Center and the King of Prussia Mall Expansion.

PDM’s most recent project is Penn Medicine’s Patient Pavilion, an innovative hospital facility that will support Penn’s world-renowned researchers, clinicians, and faculty. PDM manufactured more than 500 prefabricated bathroom pods for the project, which inspired Melograno to launch DuraPODS, PDM’s brand of modular bathrooms.

By offering superior design and cost efficiencies versus traditional bathroom construction, DuraPODS will position PDM as a leader in the prefabricated bathroom market. 

About PDM

Established in 1999, PDM Constructors has significantly grown in size and scope over their 20-year history.  PDM’s proven experience, service, technological innovation, and range of offerings provide customers with cost efficient and practical solutions to meet most any building challenge. For more information visit

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PDM Constructors Named 2020 Specialty Contractor of the Year | News

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Philadelphia D&M (PDM) was named ENR MidAtlantic magazine’s Specialty Contractor of the Year. The firm will be recognized at ENR MidAtlantic’s virtual Best Project’s event in October and featured in the December issue.

“We are very proud to be recognized in this way,” said Craig Melograno, Owner of PDM. “We’re fortunate to have enjoyed success throughout our 20 years in business, particularly in the current environment. It’s a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation and our dedication to expanding our capabilities in the industry.” For more information visit our web site www.pdmconstructors.com

PDM began as a drywall contractor and over two decades has grown to include prefabricated framing and drywall assemblies, spray fireproofing, millwork, window shades and firestopping as part of their core services. They’re also focused on growth in the prefab market.

PDM enjoys a respected reputation in the specialty contracting segment and has worked on numerous award-winning construction projects in the greater Philadelphia area, including:  Comcast Innovation Center, Four Seasons, Hard Rock Casino, Inspira Medical Center and the King of Prussia Mall Expansion.

PDM’s most recent project is Penn Medicine’s Patient Pavilion, an innovative hospital facility that will support Penn’s world-renowned researchers, clinicians, and faculty. PDM manufactured more than 500 prefabricated bathroom pods for the project, which inspired Melograno to launch DuraPODS, PDM’s brand of modular bathrooms.

By offering superior design and cost efficiencies versus traditional bathroom construction, DuraPODS will position PDM as a leader in the prefabricated bathroom market. 

About PDM

Established in 1999, PDM Constructors has significantly grown in size and scope over their 20-year history.  PDM’s proven experience, service, technological innovation, and range of offerings provide customers with cost efficient and practical solutions to meet most any building challenge. For more information visit

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Tornado-damaged Home Depot is rebuilt and ready to open a year later

Just shy of a year after a tornado destroyed their Home Depot, employees who escaped being hurt are ready to reopen a rebuilt store that incorporates the home improvement retailer’s latest ideas.



a harbor filled with lots of snow: Home Depot store that was damaged in a tornado on Oct. 20 on Forest Lane in Dallas.


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Home Depot store that was damaged in a tornado on Oct. 20 on Forest Lane in Dallas.

The new Home Depot opens Thursday at its original spot on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway. Ten tornadoes on Oct. 20, 2019, caused $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses in Dallas, Richardson and Garland.

Store manager Jonathan Shields said about 50 of his former employees are back, and the store has hired another 150 people and plans to add as many as 50 more.

Three of Shields’ four assistant store managers returned, including Jordan Jasper, who made the fortunate call to send his co-workers home early on Oct. 20 after hearing the weather forecasts and likely saving some lives.

Jasper was honored at a ceremony attended by 500 area Home Depot employees a week after the tornado hit. He was awarded the store’s U.S. flag that survived the damage.

“We’re getting many of our associates back in the building, and we’ve developed a tight bond after going through the experience,” said Shields, a 17-year Home Depot veteran who was manager of the store for a year before it was hit.

After the tornadoes, Home Depot placed its employees in 14 stores that were closer to where they lived, and many of those workers decided to stay at those stores. Part of Shields’ job initially was to reach out to former employees and meet with their new store managers.

Some former employees who aren’t coming back have been promoted, including one assistant store manager who has moved to a

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