Friday, July 27, 2007

Ross suspends manager...

Earlier this week, Ross Township Board of Commissioners voted to suspend their longtime township manager for 3 days. Apparently the cause was him acting inappropriately to a local leader.

From the Tribune Review:

Ross commissioners have suspended township Manager Tom Lavorini for three days without pay for being insubordinate to a board member.

Commissioners approved the suspension by a 6-2 vote late Monday after an executive session.

This Tattler has heard from a close source that the dispute was between Tom Lavorini, township manager and Grace Stanko, who represents the Perrysville area of the township. The dispute allegedly was caused when Stanko questioned Lavorini on finance-related issue and he flipped.

None of this has officially been confirmed by township officials but is the word on the street. This Tattler has also heard that board members originally were not going to reprimand Lavorini much until Lana Mazur, board president, stepped in.

While I agree that what Lavorini did was not appropriate -- I'm not sure if a suspension was the right move to make. According to township regulations there is a procedure that should be followed.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Pete Ferraro, commissioner, said his vote should not been seen as condoning Lavorini's conduct.

Because of the nature of the offense, he said, he favored following the procedure in the township's employee handbook.

It calls for a verbal warning for a first violation. The next step would be a written warning and would be followed by a suspension.

The suspension could be regarded as a few days off rather than a punishment. The root of the problem may come down to Lavorini's attitude. Can you add to this issue? Let this Tattler know!

Working to keep you posted...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Job search....

Hey all,

This Tattler is now looking for a new job. While it stinks to change positions -- any job leads would be a great help!

This Tattler currently works for a small weekly newspaper but am looking for any job leads in the communications field. Any leads you fellow Tattlers could provide would be a great help.

Don't fret, this blog will still be active -- there are so many North Hills-related issues to talk about.

If you have any leads please e-mail me:

Working to keep you posted...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Smoking bans continue...

My fellow Tattlers, sorry it has taken so long for another post but as some of you may know it gets really S-L-O-W in the summertime. That is why our local news stations will put a lot of fluff in their broadcasts this time of year.

Anyways, this Tattler noticed that there is yet another smoking ban for people to flip out over. However, I do agree with this one -- harmful second hand smoke has no place at a health care facility.

From the North Journal:

Starting Sunday, July 1, UPMC Passavant hospital and all other UPMC facilities are going smoke-free. Last week, UPMC officials announced their decision to have a campus-wide clean air policy to protect patients, visitors and staff from the effects of second-hand smoke.
The policy prohibits smoking on all UPMC-owned or leased property, including the grounds, garages and parking lots, and in cars on the property.

As you may have gathered, this policy will include UPMC Passavant Hospital along Babcock Boulevard in McCandless. While I can sympathize (somewhat) with smokers who just want that "little stick of heaven" during a troubling time -- they must realize how it does not make sense to partake in that bad habit at health care facilities.

Everything has it's own place and time.

From the Post-Gazette:

Yesterday was the first day when all of UPMC's 17 hospitals and other properties became smoke-free, inside and out. Outside the UPMC hospitals in Oakland and Mercy Hospital on the Bluff, smokers were still smoking, but they were walking greater distances to do so.

Those smokers sure are persistent, let's wait until February to see if they will go to those lengths for a ciggie -- I know I wouldn't. What this comes down to is yet another restriction on smokers.

If you're not used to it yet, smokers can only expect many more limitations down the road.

Working to keep you posted...