Author: Natalie Beneviat


Hampton Middle School print studio promotes teamwork, charity
March 23, 2020
Once they return to school, students at Hampton Middle School use the in-house print studio to collaborate, create and raise money for a good cause.

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Food banks make adjustments so they can serve while keeping people safe
March 20, 2020
While most places are closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, several organizations are staying open to serve those in need.

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Hampton student qualifies for state geography bee, finals will be held online due to outbreak
March 20, 2020
Rowan Clary, an eighth-grader from Hampton school district, has qualified for the National Geographic Geography Bee at the state-level.

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Hampton school pool air testing OK
March 19, 2020
The testing at the Hampton Township School pool has yielded satisfactory results, as reported at a March school board meeting.

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Hampton school board supports charter school reform
March 18, 2020
The Hampton Township School Board members unanimously voted to support a Charter School Funding Reform Resolution at their March 9 voting meeting.

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Hampton resident starts Women on the Move, PGH
March 16, 2020
Women on the Move, PGH, is a new group that celebrates diversity and collaboration among women in the local region.

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City of Man performance tentatively rescheduled for May 13-17
March 13, 2020
The upcoming musical “City of Man” has been rescheduled due to coronavirus concerns.

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Hampton students showcase skills during cosmetology open house
March 11, 2020
Two Hampton students, who are in the cosmetology program at A.W. Beattie Career Center, showcased their hair design skills at a recent fashion show there.

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Musical fundraiser at Hampton High School on March 14
March 5, 2020
A night of dancing, singing, monologues and baked goods will be the feature of a spring musical fundraiser on March 14 at the Hampton High School cafeteria.

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Senior citizens perform the play ‘Into the Woods Sr.’ at Hampton Fields Village
March 4, 2020
Residents of Hampton Fields Village in Allison Park headed into the woods recently, performing an adaptation of a musical courtesy of Broadway to Seniors, a new program that brings theater to senior communities.

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Coronavirus readiness addressed at Hampton school board meeting
March 4, 2020
While Allegheny County Health Department indicates that the presence of coronavirus locally remains low, a brief discussion on the disease was held at the recent Hampton Township School District school board meeting.

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Hampton curbside glass recycling to end
March 3, 2020
Hampton will be having pop-up glass recycling events, including two with the Pittsburgh Resource Council, later this year.

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See, hear the art at Hampton High School March 17, 18
March 2, 2020
Hues and Harmony at Hampton High School provides an educational opportunity to observe visual and musical artistic expression from its students, March 17 and 18, at 5:30 p.m.

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Hampton police provide ALICE Training as proactive response to threats
February 26, 2020
More than 75 people attended the free ALICE Training event on Feb. 23 at the Hampton Community Center, hosted by the Hampton Township Police in conjunction with the Hampton Township School District.

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Township soccer fields will be closed for repair, maintenance this summer in Hampton
February 24, 2020
The soccer fields at Hampton Township will be closed this summer for much-needed repair and maintenance.

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Art part of new atmosphere at Hampton Community Center
February 23, 2020
Art created by local residents decorates the walls at the Hampton Township Community Center as part of a new program there.

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Discounted prices until March 1 for North Hills Community Outreach benefit
February 21, 2020
Early-bird pricing is until March 1 for the North Hills Community Outreach Sixth Annual Neighborhood Block Party from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 22.

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Literacy celebration planned at Hampton Community Center
February 17, 2020
Literacy will be celebrated at “Hampton Reads,” coming to the Hampton Community Center on March 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Vincentian Academy to perform ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
February 14, 2020
Vincentian Academy in Ross Township will be presenting the Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29.

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UV system approved to reduce chlorine levels at Hampton High School’s pool
February 12, 2020
A new ultraviolet pool system that will lower chlorine exposure to swimmers at Hampton’s high school pool could arrive later this month.

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Emergency fund reserve key in handling unexpected expenditures in Hampton
February 11, 2020
For unexpected projects requiring emergency repairs, such as the current stabilization work on Clearview Road, Hampton Township Council periodically draws on an emergency fund reserve.

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Hampton library hosting 47th annual chess tournament
February 10, 2020
The 47th annual chess tournament sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chess Club will be held at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Hampton Township Community Center on McCully Road.

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Hampton prepares for unplanned work; Clearview Road closed
February 5, 2020
Part of Clearview Road in Hampton Township is closed until April 30 for emergency stabilization work.

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North Hills Harmony Line Chorus enters busy season delivering Singing Valentine’s
February 3, 2020
Four guys is all that’s needed to keep things harmonious this Valentine’s Day.

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Hampton school board approves change to start times beginning with 2021-22 school year
January 31, 2020
Adjustments in the start of the school day for students will be implemented in the 2021-22 school year, with unanimous support by the Hampton Township School Board, 6-0.

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Citizens Police Academy registration open in Hampton
January 30, 2020
Hampton Township Police Department is offering its Citizens’ Police Academy, returning for its third year, with applications now being accepted until Feb. 28.

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Hampton students make adaptive glove to aid teacher
January 27, 2020
Two high school students at Hampton have designed and built an assistive glove for a Hampton Middle School teacher who has very limited use of her arms and hands.

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Hampton comprehensive plan a work in progress
January 24, 2020
Issues that are important to residents of Hampton about their township are unfolding and being recognized thanks to the research and public engagement being done to help create an implementable comprehensive plan for the community.

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Hampton school board approves plan that will not exceed Act 1 tax limit for 2020-21
January 23, 2020
The Hampton school board has approved not to raise the millage rates more than what the Act 1 “Not to Exceed” Budget Resolution allows for the 2020-21 budget year.

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Students, community support sought for Hampton’s only home Unified Bocce match
January 22, 2020
The sole home game for Hampton’s Unified Bocce team, made up of 10 students of all abilities, will be held Feb. 7 against Norwin High School and the community is encouraged to come and support the team.

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Hampton school board leads community blood drive
January 21, 2020
There’s a critically low blood supply in the Pittsburgh region, a lot less than what is needed to supply a hospital, according to local Vitalant blood supply centers.

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ALICE training set in Hampton, registration open
January 10, 2020
ALICE Training on how to best respond to an active shooter or an aggressive intruder will be held at the Hampton Township Community Center on Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Hampton to hold special school board meeting on school start times
January 10, 2020
A special school board meeting to discuss the possibility of modifying school day start times in Hampton Township will be held on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the middle school library.

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Hunkele, Dougherty sworn in to Hampton Council
January 9, 2020
New council members Martha Hunkele and Dr. Joe Dougherty were sworn in at the Hampton Township annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 6.

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Vasko appointed to Hampton Township School Board
January 8, 2020
A moment of silence and words of remembrance were shared at the Hampton Township School Board meeting on Jan. 6 for fellow school board member Gail Litwiler, who passed away on Dec. 28.

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Community Bonfire, Sled Party slated in Hampton
January 4, 2020
Sledders should be dreaming for a white, snowy weekend on Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. as the Hampton Community Association will be hosting its first-ever Community Bonfire and Sled Party.

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Hampton grad makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30
January 2, 2020
Zachary Smith, a 2009 Hampton graduate, was named in Forbes Magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 in its Energy category for 2020.

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Hampton readies for new year, approves several actions
December 30, 2019
Hampton Township Council welcomes the incoming year with setting the first meeting dates of 2020 and approving several actions.

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Food Mart opening in Hampton Community Center
December 27, 2019
Residents of Hampton Township will be able to refuel and refresh at the new Food Mart, located at the Community Center on McCully Road

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Depreciation Lands Museum offers 1800-era indoor wintertime activities
December 26, 2019
Winter is a time for spinning fabric, weaving, mending harness, repairing tools and other indoor activities, as well as sharing meals, tales and music.

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Hampton teacher has new lease on life after cardiac arrest
December 24, 2019
When Mike Zdinak gets up every day, greets his family and then goes to work as a special education teacher at Poff Elementary in Hampton Township, it’s all very meaningful to him.

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North Park Trail Runners inclusive group that piles up the miles on any terrain
December 23, 2019
Skip the pavement. The North Park Trail Runners can be found traversing wooded trails and dirt-covered paths.

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Hampton council passes 2020 budget with no tax increase
December 20, 2019
The 2020 budget for the Township of Hampton was passed 5-0 at the council’s voting meeting on Dec. 18, with no increase in taxes.

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Simplifying permit application process in Hampton saves time, money
December 17, 2019
Applications for certain business permits in Hampton may become easier, which could create some cost- and time-saving benefits for the applicant.

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Joy Through Dance part of memory care program at St. Barnabas
December 16, 2019
When someone hears a song from their past, it seems to take them back to that moment in their life, said Frank Glazer, senior outreach director of the nonprofit Pittsburgh Ballroom.

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Poff Elementary hosts Lunch with Cops
December 12, 2019
When the police show up for lunch at school, it’s best to save them a seat.

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Five Hampton school board members sworn in during reorganization meeting
December 9, 2019
Three new and two re-elected school board members were sworn in at the Hampton Township reorganization meeting on Dec. 2, held at the Dr. Harold Sarver Memorial Middle School Library.

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Hampton’s annual fee for stormwater, pollution control approved
December 6, 2019
An ordinance on the stormwater management and pollution control fee of $115 was passed 5 to 0 at the Dec. 4 Hampton Township Council Meeting.

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Waste Management to increase collection days
December 5, 2019
Garbage service pick-up will be increased to five days a week for Hampton residents, thanks to a recent proposal by Waste Management.

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Water Pollution Control Plant planning moves forward in Hampton
December 4, 2019
An update on the upgrades of the Water Pollution Control Plant and Glannon Pump Station was provided by KLH Engineers to Hampton Township Council at its November voting meeting.

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Hoffman Kennels retains services in Hampton regarding animal control
December 3, 2019
If a Hampton resident loses a dog, chances are it could be sent to Hoffman Kennels in Delmont, Pa., but it’s important to know when and how to retrieve it.

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Resolution passed to support effort against gerrymandering in Hampton Township
December 2, 2019
A resolution was passed to support an independent legislative and congressional redistricting commission in Pennsylvania at the most recent Hampton Township council meeting.

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Knox-Box will be voluntary in Hampton Township
November 22, 2019
The proposed ordinance requiring businesses to purchase a Knox-Box was rejected 4-1 by Hampton Township Council, with council President Michael Peters voting in favor.

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Poff Elementary club promotes positivity, kindness
November 21, 2019
A youth kindness movement has been growing at Poff Elementary – it’s the new JAMBethekindkid club at the school.

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Hampton Township gears up for holiday events and programs
November 20, 2019
Festive fireworks will kick off Hampton Township’s Seasons Greeting Celebration on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

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Local businesses sought for special education program at Hampton School District
November 19, 2019
A $30,000 Special Education Performance grant helps add to the ongoing efforts to provide a quality education for Hampton’s special needs students and to prepare them for a career.

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Curtain to rise for ‘Cinderella’ at Hampton Middle School
November 18, 2019
The search for missing glass slippers will be under way at Hampton Middle School this week as students put on their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

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Hampton school board members recognized for service
November 13, 2019
With a combined 30-plus years of service, Mary Alice Hennessey, Larry Vasko and Pam Lamagna all served at their last Hampton Township board meeting on Nov. 11, where they were recognized.

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Mission Mall and cookie walk event supports nonprofits
November 11, 2019
The Mission Mall and Cookie Walk will be a simple way to benefit nonprofits and those in need on Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on 1965 Ferguson Road in Allison Park.

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New school start time recommended at Hampton
November 7, 2019
Hampton high school students may be getting some extra sleep next school year if a recent recommendation from the School Start Time Committee is approved, per a presentation at the Hampton Township School District school board meeting on Nov. 4.

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Wireless cell structure approved in Hampton to the dismay of residents
November 7, 2019
Hampton Council members said they’re bound by law to approve the small non-tower wireless communication structure by applicant Crown Castle, which they did 5-0 at a special meeting held Nov. 6 at the community center.

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Hampton students attend FBI academy, learn about career opportunities
November 4, 2019
Two Hampton high school students participated in the 2019 FBI Pittsburgh Teen Academy, building their interests for careers in law enforcement.

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Key lock system ordinance for businesses considered by Hampton officials
November 3, 2019
An ordinance is being considered for businesses to purchase a key lock box, which will give emergency responders access to keys for easy entry into a building.

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Road resurfacing program endorsed by Hampton Council
October 30, 2019
Official endorsement from Hampton Township Council on both the 2020 and 2021 Road Resurfacing programs helps pave the way for preliminary planning, per the motion at their Oct. 23 voting meeting.

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Hampton senior earns rank of Eagle Scout
October 28, 2019
Hard work, dedication and loyalty were key to earning Sanjay Johnson, a senior at Hampton High School, his Eagle Scout Rank.

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Hampton officials host heated public hearing on proposed wireless communications structure
October 24, 2019
A public hearing on the installation of a new utility pole with a small non-tower wireless communication structure lasted for almost three hours Oct. 23, with Hampton Township Council tabling the vote until the Nov. 6 special meeting.

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Native Americans to be celebrated during North Park event
October 24, 2019
A celebration of Native American history and heritage will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Latodami Nature Center in North Park.

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Four candidates vying to be elected to Hampton council
October 22, 2019
The four candidates running for Hampton Council took some time to share who they are and what they hope to achieve if elected.

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Candidates share why they should get your vote for Hampton School Board
October 21, 2019
With election day coming closer, the Hampton Journal gave all six candidates the opportunity to explain to the public why they deserve your vote for Hampton School Board. Here are your candidates.

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Hampton residents flood public meeting to discuss stormwater utility fund
October 20, 2019
It was standing room only to hear details on a planned stormwater utility fund at a Hampton Township Council public hearing Oct 9.

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Memorial Park Church hosts monthly events for special needs community
October 19, 2019
Friday Nite Kids and Special Friends are two popular social events for special needs persons that happen monthly from September to May at Memorial Park Church on Peebles Road in Allison Park.

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Depreciation Lands Museum lantern tours sets mood for witch accusations
October 14, 2019
Mary Bliss Parsons’ fate will be determined next weekend.

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Carving, train rides new to Halloween event in Hampton
October 13, 2019
Creativity will be rewarded in this year’s pumpkin carving contest, a new addition to the annual Hampton Township Halloween celebration set for Oct. 26.

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Hampton continues to investigate VFD merger
October 7, 2019
A merger of both of the volunteer fire departments in Hampton is looking like a reality, but it will take some time, say committee members working on the task.

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Hampton residents’ input sought on future of township
October 6, 2019
Gathering residential ideas on the future of Hampton was at the forefront of a town hall meeting on Sept. 25, another step in the process of creating an implementable comprehensive plan for the township.

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Network of Hope lives up to name
September 30, 2019
Volunteers, donations and a strong community spirit are what makes a program like Network of Hope thrive at Allison Park Church in Hampton Township.

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Hampton Farmer’s Market enjoys successful first season
September 26, 2019
Vendors at the Farmer’s Market in Hampton will be closing shop for the season with their last day on Oct. 16.

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Hartwood Acres site of HAEE 5K
September 23, 2019
Run for schools and students at the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence annual fundraising race to benefit Hampton Township School District on Oct. 5 at Hartwood Acres beginning at 9 a.m.

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School start times in Hampton still topic of debate
September 20, 2019
Possible recommendations on when and how to adjust the start of the school day for Hampton students is planned for November, according to Gail Litwiler, school board member and member of the School Start Time Committee.

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Hampton officials share 14 goals for improvements in 2020, beyond
September 20, 2019
Outdoor swimming pool improvements, a preventative maintenance program, and a detailed fee schedule were included in the 2020 budget development goals and objectives for Hampton Township as approved by council at its Sept. 18 meeting.

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Hampton students recognized for completion of Camp Cadet
September 19, 2019
Three students from Hampton Middle school who completed the Allegheny County Camp Cadet 2019 program received a special proclamation by Hampton Township Council at the Sept. 18 meeting.

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Hampton second-graders’ field trip teaches about community service
September 19, 2019
Second-graders from all three Hampton elementary schools (Central, Poff and Wyland) visited Hampton Community Center and Park for a field trip Sept. 19. The purpose of the trip was to introduce students to the concept of their community and community services, while also helping them get to know one another.

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New Hampton High School assistant principal hired
September 15, 2019
Joseph P. Sebestyen III is the new assistant principal at Hampton’s High School, replacing Dr. Michael Amick.

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New law could help fund Hampton High School renovation
September 12, 2019
State reimbursement for a high school renovation at Hampton continues to be a possibility now that a new state law has passed, according to Cassandra Renninger, a registered architect and principal at VEBH Architects.

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Shaler Hampton Emergency personnel share EMS rules of the road
September 12, 2019
When a driver sees lights and hears sirens, they should pull over to the right side of the road to a full stop, reminds Shaler Hampton Emergency Medical Services Director Eric Schmidt.

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Hampton School District to receive higher state allocations
September 6, 2019
While the state did provide Hampton Township schools with more funding allocations compared to last year, the district had hoped for a higher percentage — though it won’t affect any current budgeting plans.

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Fridley Field remains closed for track work
September 5, 2019
Use of the track and turf at Fridley Field in Hampton will remain off-limits for the time being as work continues.

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Diverse 14-member group guides Hampton’s comprehensive plan
September 2, 2019
The steering committee for a new implementable comprehensive plan in Hampton Township is made up of a diverse group of people intended to represent various aspects of the community and will be among those present at an upcoming public meeting on Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at the community center.

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Turkmenistan dinner being served to help North Hills family
August 29, 2019
The THRIVE Supper Club: An Evening in Turkmenistan will be held at North Hills Community Baptist Church in McCandless on Sept. 27, where guests can experience food from another culture while helping the ones serving it.

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Hampton street sign thefts costly, dangerous
August 28, 2019
Street signs are going missing again in Hampton Township, which seems to happen every year, but there’s more harm to it than someone may realize, said Township Manager Christopher Lochner.

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