Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Skip those dinner reservations.
Looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? (Men, it's coming up on Feb. 14.) Here are four, well, unusual options that may tickle your fancy: What did we miss? What other local Valentine's Day celebrations are going on? Tell us in the comments below.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
'Out of respect for the community and for the Derkosh family, the observation platform of the exhibit at issue would be removed,' stated Mike Manko, district attorney's office.
The observation platform at the Pittsburgh Zoo from which 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall Borough fell into an African painted dogs exhibit will be removed, according to a spokesman at the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. "In an effort to facilitate the ongoing review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Maddox Derkosh at the Pittsburgh Zoo, District Attorney (Stephen A.) Zappala (Jr.) met this morning with Dr. Barbara Baker and the City of Pittsburgh police officers who responded to the scene," said spokesman Mike Manko in an email to reporters. Maddox was visiting the zoo with his mother on Nov. 4 when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the dogs exhibit and was mauled to death…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
However, the Pittsburgh Zoo is still being investigated.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Elizabeth Derkosh, the mother of the late Maddox Derkosh, who was killed in a tragic mauling accident at the Pittsburgh Zoo in early November. However, according to KDKA, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is investigating a possible criminal negligence charge against the zoo. Elizabeth and 2-year-old Maddox, both of Whitehall Borough's Highgrove Road, were visiting the zoo on Nov. 4 when Maddox fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of an African painted dogs exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The dogs mauled a 2-year-old visitor to death in early November.
Less than a month after 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall Borough was mauled to death at the Pittsburgh Zoo, news has surfaced that the zoo's 2013 calendar features African painted dogs, the same species that killed the boy in early November. Zoo officials say that the calendars, featuring the dogs in its March spreads, had already been printed and made available to patrons before Derkosh's death, according to Huffington Post. Maddox was visiting the zoo with his mother on Nov. 4 when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of the dogs' exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted him in a …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall Borough was buried on Friday.
William Slater II Funeral Service in Scott Township, the place where friends and family visited 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh on Thursday after his tragic death at the Pittsburgh Zoo, will continue for the immediate future to collect toy construction trucks to be donated to a children's Christmas charity in Maddox's memory. Original plans were to collect trucks at Slater Funeral Service through Thursday, but a representative of the funeral service said on Friday that the toys collection will continue "indefinitely." The same can be said for the Whitehall Police Department, which serves the Derkosh family's home municipality of Whitehall Borough. A representative of the police station said that trucks can continue to be dropped off at the …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Trucks can be donated RIGHT NOW at Slater Funeral Service in Scott Township OR at Maddox Derkosh's funeral Mass at St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon on Friday.
The Derkosh family of Whitehall Borough is asking that interested parties, in lieu of flowers, give toy construction trucks to be donated to a children's Christmas charity in the memory of 2-year old Maddox Derkosh, who died tragically at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Sunday. The trucks are being accepted right now at William Slater II Funeral Service in Scott Township. They will also be accepted at Derkosh's funeral Mass at St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon at 10 a.m. on Friday. Trucks can also be dropped off at the Whitehall Police Department lobby throughout Wednesday. Before Friday's funeral and toy trucks collection, friends will be welcomed for a viewing of Maddox at the Slater Funeral Service in Scott Township from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Pleasant Hills boy was being balanced on a railing by his mother when he fell 11 feet into the African painted dogs exhibit. Police had to shoot and kill one of the animals.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Pleasant Hills boy was being balanced on a railing by his mother when he fell 11 feet into the African painted dogs exhibit.
UPDATED: A 2-year-old child was killed at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Sunday morning after being mauled when he fell into the African painted dogs exhibit. "It is with heavy hearts we report that a tragic accident occurred this morning at 11:45 a.m. when a young child fell into the African painted dog exhibit area and was killed," the zoo stated on its Facebook page. "The accident is under investigation by both the Zoo and the Pittsburgh Police Department. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will remain closed until further notice." The child was with his 34-year-old mother, of Pleasant Hills, at the African painted dogs exhibit when he fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside the pit area, according to a statement …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here are 10 events to check out this holiday weekend.
Welcome to your special edition of the Get Out Weekend Planner! It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for New Year's weekend. Well, Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and best places to explore. 1. Family Play Date Skate Where?/When?: Mt. Lebanon Ice Center, 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday Why Go?: This program is for preschool through kindergarten aged children accompanied by at least one adult on skates and siblings of the pre-school and kindergarten aged child. Pricing: $4.25 per person. Skate use is included. 2. Holiday Blood Drive Where/When: Bethel Park Community Center, 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursday Why Go?: The first Bethel Park …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Freshman biology students placed second in the Save the Polar Bear School Challenge.
It was a rare and exciting reward for the school work some Upper St. Clair students took part in. Ms. Laura Carlino's ninth grade biology students placed second in the Save the Polar Bear School Challenge and won a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The student got an up-close look at the tigers, lions and giraffes, while learning about the animals' eating habits, personalities and their plans to mate. "The students loved it, especially the giraffes because we are able to directly interact with one," Carlino said. Carlino's students impressed the judges of the Save the Polar Bear School Challenge with their plan to educate their peers about ways to reduce energy use and lower carbon footprints. In the beginning …