Friday, December 19, 2014

Senator Introduces Bill to Investigate Turf Safety

SAN FRANCISCO -Artificial turf made from recycled rubber tires may save water, but there are growing health concerns among parents, activists and now legislators about these athletic fields that could pose a health risk. 
Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) will introduce legislation on Wednesday calling for a new, more comprehensive study of crumb rubber synthetic turf amid growing concerns that the material is linked to cancer.
This won't stop the toxic turf project on Cedar Blvd. already protested TWICE here in Mt. Lebanon, but may impact the school district's plan to turf the Rock Pile and Franklin's desire to turf Mellon.

Another unhappy camper may be the EPA. According to the EPA's website, the Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) Scrap Tire Workgroup formulated an action plan in 2007 to promote increased use of ground rubber made from scrap tires. See pages 7-10.

Calvin Young, Chairman of the RCC, is still selling crumb rubber! Grant Program Overview Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program The EPA is pushing this through grants as late as August! August 19, 2014 Presentation.

Between exposing children to toxic turf and the possibility of the children witnessing the killing of God's creatures, it is very difficult for me to be in the Holiday spirit. Thank you, Commissioners, for your personal agendas. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countdown to Culling UPDATED

Attention Parents, PTA, Golfers, and Residents (and Non-Residents) who enjoy walking through our passive parks. An archery program, open to Municipal employees only, is to begin on December 26, 2014 through January 24, 2015 in Robb Hollow Park, Bird Park, McNeilly Park, and the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Golf Course. The golf course will remain OPEN.

A public protest is being organized with details to follow. For more information, email Anya at

Email exchange between Chief McDonough and a Mt. Lebanon resident:

From: Coleman McDonough [
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:11 PM
To: Mt. Lebanon Resident
Subject: Re: ML deer docs

The golf course will remain open but it will be posted to advise golfers and others that hunting activities may be taking place during the time frame you noted in your email.  
PA Game Laws require: " . . . Any person who wounds any game or wildlife shall immediately make a reasonable effort to find and kill the game or wildlife."  This requirement is irrespective of municipal boundaries.   
In regard to insurance issues, the archers will be engaged in voluntary, lawful hunting activities. As such, insurance requirements are no different for these individuals than for hunters engaged in lawful hunting activities anywhere else in the Commonwealth.  

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM, a Mt. Lebanon resident wrote:

Mr. McDonough,

A few quick questions if I may:

The golf course is open year round and I suspect that golfers will take any given day to hone in on their skills. Even a brisk day doesn’t stop some people. Will the golf course remain open or be shut down for the 26th thru the 24th?

Looking at the maps, a rather sizeable portion of Robb Hollow park is in Upper St Clair. Will the bow hunters be allowed track any deer in that portion of the park? If allowable and if a bow hunter does get hurt on the USC side of RH park, or god forbid a wounded deer runs across the street and causes an accident with a motorist, whose insurance covers any such accident?

Thank you sir,
A Mt. Lebanon resident

Update December 18, 2014 9:25 AM A comment cross posted:

If you witness a deer related hunting or trapping incident - media contacts

If you witness a wounded deer related hunting or trapping incident, and you have a cell phone, take pictures and/or video to document the incident, and call the news desks of the TV stations listed below to report the incident, and ask if they will send out a TV crew to film and report the incident. Also, call the Post-Gazette and The Almanac editors to report the incident, and ask if they will send out a reporter to report on the incident. If we want to stop this reckless and dangerous hunting program, and inhumane trapping program in our parks and neighborhoods, we need to document the incidents, and get the media to report the incidents.

News Desk: 412-237-1100

News Desk: 412-575-2245

News Desk: 412-244-4444
Send cell phone picture

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Kim Leonard, Editor

Matthew Santoni, Reporter
412-259-3406 Cellular

The Post-Gazette (South)
Virginia Kopos Joe (Ginny) South Editor

The Almanac
Katie Green, Editor

Update December 18, 2014 10:59 AM To encourage even more activity at the golf course:

This is an important notice from LeboALERT.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Lebo [Citizens] Alert

The traffic lights are out at the intersection of Terrace and Connor Roads. I understand there is a power failure in the Foster School area. Please stop at this intersection when the traffic lights are out.

Keep in mind that there was no LeboAlert for Sunday's water main break on Castle Shannon Blvd.

From the PIO:

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Subject: LeboALERT: Mt. Lebanon Communit...
Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:24 am
“This is an important notice from LeboALERT.
Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment offers gift cards which donate $25-$100 to the local charity of the giftee's choice.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Timmy alerts parents about archery program

The following email was sent to parents today:

From: "Dr. Timothy Steinhauer" <>
Date: December 15, 2014 at 3:30:24 PM EST
To: Mt. Lebanon Parents
Subject: Municipal Deer Management Program Information
Reply-To: "Dr. Timothy Steinhauer" <>
Dear Parents,

We have been notified by the Mt. Lebanon Municipality that they will conduct a deer management archery program that will run December 26, 2014 to  January 24, 2015 in Bird Park, Robb Hollow Park, McNeilly Park and at the municipal golf course.

Please see the Deer Management Archery Program description on the municipal website for further information


Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Lebanon School District

What did you do today to improve the life of a child? 

As a parent wrote to me:
So this came out. It is so utterly devoid of info, warnings or recommendations from the superintendent. Even the link that it sends you to is too much. How about clear and concise statements with specific warnings for parents?!!..." 
The Almanac came out with this article today.  Mt. Lebanon to harvest deer (Harvest. Sounds so much better than Kill, right?)
“We have an overabundance of deer in Mt. Lebanon,” McDonough said. “The number of car crashes related to deer is also under reported."
Dumb question, but how does the chief know that the number of car crashes related to deer is under reported?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Goodbye, high school football

James Bukes, a former Pittsburgh federal administrative law judge and Mt. Lebanon resident explains how legal liability for long-term injuries and other challenges could kill football.

Is this the end of football?

I have heard stories about football participation dropping here in Mt. Lebanon.
Potential players and their parents are taking notice. According to the journal Neurotrauma, Pop Warner youth football participation dropped 9.5 percent between 2010 and 2012. In some of the wealthier suburbs of Pittsburgh, such as Upper St. Clair, more and more parents will not allow their sons to go out for football. Even President Barack Obama has said that if he had a son, he would not allow the boy to play football.
Here is a little bit more back story on the subject: How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever

We need a lawyer crusader in Mt. Lebanon.

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Just when the prayers were kicking in

On February 28, 2012, former school board president, Josephine Posti told me that she was praying for me. Apology To Josephine Posti It took some time for her prayers to kick in, but they did. Early this morning, I mailed Holiday Greetings to Timmy, various school board members past and present, my favorite commissioners, and members of the Sports Advisory Board. Lo and behold, a water main break occurred at the post office on Castle Shannon Blvd this morning.
12/14/14 11:01

Josephine Post, spokeswoman for Pennsylvania American Water was on the scene. Jo, were you able to salvage my greeting cards?

Mt. Lebanon water main break to result in 'significant' damage to garage
Here is a video of the flooding.

Timmy, Mary, Elaine, Eddie, Kristen, John, Steve, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, (can never have too many Daves) He Who Shall Not Be Named, and Jo, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. My card was in the mail. ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Commissioners: I hate what you are doing to this town

Dear Commissioners:

I abhor what you have done to this town. If it isn't about subjecting us to seeing deer killed before our eyes and our children's eyes, and later when the game commission issues the permit to allow you to torture deer, it is forcing us to pay for the installation of toxic turf and expecting parents to make difficult choices concerning their children's participation in field sports.

Commissioners, you took us down the same path with both subjects by ignoring documentation that your constituents sent to you, shutting down public comment, humiliating those with opposing views, lying to our faces, and doing back room deals with the puppet masters who are pulling your strings.

I get much criticism from your anonymous minions of Gozer when Lebo Citizens readers disagree with them. Yet, you have no problem attacking residents during Citizen Comments after they give their names and addresses during public meetings. You're despicable.

Parents are worried that their children might want to sled ride after a snow fall between December 26 and January 24, 2015. Do they permit them to go to the parks or golf course? Building snowmen in their own yards could get dicey. What about golfers, if there is no snow? Will your municipal staff be calling "Fore" before shooting their arrows?

Today, I received two emails about turf which I will share here. I had sent an email to Coach Amy Griffin and would like to share her response.

From: Amy Griffin <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx>
To: egillen476 <>
Sent: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 3:55 pm
Subject: Re: Artificial turf
After the NBC Crumb Rubber story, my INBOX grew quite a bit.  I cannot remember if I returned your email, but since it is in my inbox, I am assuming I have not.  Thank you so much for reaching out, sharing your struggle with being unable to stop the influx of more fields with that crap in it. :)
I saved your document and email and will let you know if and when something moves forward on this topic.
I hope your holidays are off to a great beginning. 
Amy Griffin 
Twitter:  GKCoachGriffin  
FBook:  UW Women’s Soccer

On Oct 16, 2014, at 7:08 PM, wrote:
Dear Coach Griffin, 
I want to thank you for sharing your story with NBC. I am a community blogger in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. I have been trying to stop our toxic turf project for several years. You may have seen since I do get visitors from the University of Washington.
Today was a sad day for Mt. Lebanon. The Department of Environmental Protection granted a permit to begin our toxic turf project. I am attaching the letter from the DEP which includes a comment/response section. Please read Comment #14. It is heartbreaking.  
I am just sick that our commissioners have rejected all our resources. I sent them the NBC investigation piece that you did with them. No response from the four commissioners pushing the project. They all have children who participate in field sports and are hoping for scholarships.  
Here in Mt. Lebanon, we are ruled by the sports cabal. I hope other communities have better luck than we did. 
Keep your message going, Coach. Thank you for your courage. 
Elaine Gillen
Email Number 2 [which was forwarded to me]:
From: Nancy Alderman Sent: Dec 11, 2014 2:31 PM To: undisclosed-recipients@null, null@null Subject: To the Media - Recommendations to parents and students who are in schools where there are synthetic turf fields. 

Contact Information
Nancy Alderman, President
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
December 11, 2014 - North Haven, Connecticut

Environment and Human Health, Inc., a group of 10  physicians and public health professionals, sends this advisory.
Because most synthetic turf fields contain ground up rubber tires that contain a myriad of toxic chemicals;
Because there have now been reported over 90 cancer cases among students who have played on synthetic turf fields;
Because most of the cancers reported are lymphomas.
Environment and Human Health, Inc. is recommending the following:
1. Children and students should be discouraged from playing on synthetic turf fields that contain ground-up rubber tire infill.
2.  If children and students must play on these fields, they should shower immediately after leaving the field, as well as changing their clothing, including their socks and shoes. This is because the tiny rubber crumbs and the rubber crumb dust gets into socks, shoes, hair, ears etc. from the field's rubber tire infill.
3. 20% to 30%l of rubber tires are made up of carbon black, and carbon black is just one of the carcinogens in rubber tires.
4. Every synthetic turf field has 40,000 ground-up rubber tires in it.  This is a lot of toxic material to expose our children and students to.
                Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI)
                North Haven, CT   06473
                (phone) 203-248-6582
EHHI receives none of its funding from businesses or corporations. Below are the people who run EHHI.
 Susan S. Addiss, MPH, MUrS. Past Commissioner of Health for the State of Connecticut; Past President of the American Public Health Association; Past member of the Pew Environmental Health Commission; Vice-Chair, Connecticut Health Foundation Board; Director of Health Education for Environment and Human Health, Inc.
Nancy O. Alderman, MES. President of Environment and Human Health, Inc.; Past member of the Governor's Pollution Prevention Task Force; Past member of the National Board of Environmental Defense; Recipient of the CT Bar Association, Environmental Law Section's, Clyde Fisher Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the preservation of environmental quality through work in the fields of environmental law, environmental protection or environmental planning, and the New England Public Health Association's Robert C. Huestis/Eric Mood Award given to individuals for outstanding contributions to public health in the environmental health area.
Andrea Gottsegan Asnes, MD, MSW. Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine; Associate Director of the Yale Child Abuse Programs and Child Abuse Prevention Programs; Co-Director of the third year clerkship in Pediatrics, and an Associate Director of the MD/PhD Program.
D. Barry Boyd, MD.   Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Oncologist at Greenwich Hospital and Affiliate Member of the Yale Cancer Center. Research areas include environmental risk factors for cancer as well as cancer etiology, including nutrition and the role of insulin and IGF in malignancy. Dr. Boyd is the Founder and Director of Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital - Yale Health System. Russell L. Brenneman, Esq. Connecticut Environmental Lawyer; Co-Chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters; Chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund; Former chair of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board; Co-chair of the Connecticut Greenways Committee; Adjunct faculty in Public Policy at Trinity College, Hartford; Past President of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
David R. Brown, Sc.D. Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.; Past Chief of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health at Connecticut's Department of Health; Past Deputy Director of The Public Health Practice Group of ATSDR at the National Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thomas F. Harrison, Esq. Connecticut Environmental Lawyer;  Past Assistant Attorney General in the New York State's Attorney General's office;  Past Regional Counsel in the largest U.S. EPA Office,  Region 5; Past Senior Corporate Council to the BFGoodrich Company; Past Partner at the Hartford law firm of Day Pittney LLP; Served on Connecticut's  Board of Contracting Standards and Review;  Served on the CT Council of Environmental Quality and was the Past Chairman of the Environmental Section of the CT Bar Association.
Pinar H. Kodaman, MD, PhD.  Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Yale University School of Medicine; Director of the Early Recurrent Pregnancy Lost Program at the Yale Fertility Center.
Robert G. LaCamera, MD. Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine; Primary Care Pediatrician in New Haven, Connecticut from 1956 to 1996 with a sub-specialty in children with disabilities.
Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University School of Medicine;Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
John P. Wargo, Ph.D. Tweedy Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics, Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Professor of Political Science. Author of Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health published by Yale Press.  The book won the Independent Publishers Award of Gold Medal in the field of "environment, ecology, and nature" for 2010.  It also won the 2010 Connecticut Book Award in non-fiction. It was chosen as one of Scientific American's favorite books for 2009. Also author of Our Children's Toxic Legacy, which won the American Association Publisher's competition as best scholarly and professional book in an area of government and political science in 1997.
Nancy Alderman, President
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
1191 Ridge Road
North Haven, CT   06473
(phone) 203-248-6582
(Fax)     203-288-7571

As families prepare for Hanukkah or Christmas, whatever happened to Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men? You have turned Mt. Lebanon into a battle ground, all because of your personal agendas. You have no regard for facts or opinions other than those who agree with you or those who control you. Whether it is deer or turf, it is all the same.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Archery Program Update from the Chief

Several of us had asked Chief McDonough if we could have a copy of what he presented to the Commission, as I had written in an earlier post. Chief McDonough promised that he would share copies when it was written in final form. The Chief came through as promised with the following email:

Since you folks asked if you could see the deer program docs I presented to the Commission the other night, please see the attached.

Obviously, since I could not foresee the feedback I was going to receive from the Commission on Tuesday, the documents were in draft format that time, pending revisions based on the direction of the Commission. The attached documents incorporate the feedback of the ML Commission.


Chief Coleman McDonough
Mt. Lebanon Police Department
Archer letter 
Bow Hunter Certification 
Deer Program Summary to the Commission 
Rules and Regulations

I see that two locations were removed from the archery program; Iroquois Park and the Conservation District at Connor and Terrace. Regarding harassment of the archers, no worries about me. I will be faaaaar away. I know that was a concern during the last two deer killings and yet there were zero protests.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Die deer, die!

I'm sitting through the deer management discussion and Chief McDonough is speaking. As I thought, they want to expand the killing fields.

McNeilly (2)
Bird Park (4)
Portions of Iroquois Park (5)
The Conservation District on Connor Road/Terrace (6)
Golf Course (1)
Robb Hollow Park (3)

Numbers represent priorities.

There are 20 volunteers from four different municipal departments; IT, Police, Fire, and Public Works. It will be done on December 26, 2014 through January 24, 2015 and off the clock. The time period will be one month, six days a week, excluding Sundays, during daylight hours. The municipality will pay the $15 donation fee for the Food Bank since the archers are donating their time. All hunting will be done from temporary tree stands. The archers are responsible for entrails but not the blood.  All areas will be parceled with archers assigned to each parcel. No baiting of deer. Antlerless deer must be taken first. Hours of operation of half hour before dawn to half hour after dusk are being considered.

Brumfield is for the Golf Course and McNeilly. He is on record saying that he has concerns about McNeilly. I asked the police chief if they will alert the neighboring communities and they may. Mt. Lebanon residents will be notified by Lebo Alerts, through Facebook and Twitter. Maps will be on the municipal website. In addition, I requested a copy of what the chief passed out to the commission and he said that it is still in draft form.

The archery will be done while the two permits from the Game Commission are being considered in Harrisburg.

To be continued.

Update December 10, 2014 5:34 AM From another sleepless resident.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Oldest Eagle Scout in the Nation passed away

I had the honor of meeting Bernard Queneau at a recent Commission Discussion Session. He was being honored for his many years as a volunteer at St. Clair Hospital and at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. We joked about Mr. Queneau, 102, asking for time off of work to receive his citation from the Commission. I had only found out today that Mr. Queneau was the oldest Eagle Scout in the Nation.

Sadly, Mr. Queneau passed away on Sunday. He was amazing and I was lucky to have met him.
102-year-old man dies day after Eagle Scout honor

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This could complicate things UPDATED

Oops! Mt. Lebanon Baseball forgot to file their 990's for three consecutive years and the IRS is a little cranky. They revoked Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association's tax exempt status on May 15, 2014 with the Revocation Posting Date of August 11, 2014 (IRS posted notice of automatic revocation on

Who are the officers of Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association?

So here is where it gets complicated. Mt. Lebanon Baseball donated $50,000 on June 29, 2014 to the turf project, after they lost their 501(c)(3) status. Does any of that money belong to the IRS? If any goes back, what happens to the $250,000 non-municipal funds obligation? Do the sponsors lose their tax deductions? Technically, any funds (revenues or income) including dues received after losing their tax exempt, non-profit status becomes taxable to them and any donations or gifts, money or goods, by donors cannot qualify for federal tax deductibility for the donors.  

On May 10, 2012, I had a visitor come to my door. At that time, I could mention his name. I happened to bring up 990's in the course of our conversation. Did we ever get to the bottom of the YSA Joint Maintenance Agreement payments? I see that the YSA is a 2014 Sponsor. So they ARE still around.

I wonder if any of the officers notified the commission. Speaking of the commission, on Tuesday evening, the commissioners will be voting to adopt the 2015 Comprehensive Fee Schedule. I see fees for block parties, Right To Know fees, stormwater fees, advertising fees for mtl Magazine, golf fees, swimming pool fees, yoga fees, tennis fees, ice rink fees, pavilion rentals, sanitary sewer fees, parking fees, Kennywood tickets, etc., but gosh darn it, no fees for Wildcat Field. Oh, and no fees for signs at ball fields. Why is that?

Update December 9, 2014 11:41 PM I asked about the fees for Wildcat and for signage. They were added to the 2015 Comprehensive Fee Schedule today since it was an oversight.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Late start? UPDATED 2X

It is highly unusual for the Commission Discussion Session to start at 7:00 PM. There must be some hot topics scheduled for Executive Session. Could it be lethal vs. non-lethal deer management discussions? Or how are they going to deal with PETA?

Or is it related to the lawsuit filed against the Commission and Steve Feller? United Police Society of Mt. Lebanon v. Mt. Lebanon Commission; Stephen M. Feller Marcia Taylor should have been fired.

How about hiring a new Public Works Director to replace retiring Tom "I'm too old for this bullshit" Kelley?

Will Dave Brumfield try to convince fellow commissioners that Zamagias deserves another extension? (Number 8?)

Since when does "Consideration of Ordinance (Bill No. 21­-14) amending municipal park rules" involve First National Bank? I thought it had to do with the use of guns in our parks.  Speaking of parks, perhaps the commission will be discussing the removal of crumbling toxic rubber tire pavers in Main Park, now that NBC Nightly News continued their investigations concerning tire crumb in playgrounds and artificial turf.

How about how the toxic turf change orders will be funded?

Or will the commissioners be celebrating the end of Kristen Linfante's term as president? I know I will be celebrating.

The deer must die!

Update December 7, 2014 12:59 PM This appeared in today's St. Bernard's Church Bulletin.

Update December 9, 2014 11:32 PM The commission voted 3-2 to extend the Zamagias agreement. A resident asked Dave Brumfield why he voted to extend the agreement and his response was something to the effect of "Do you want to waste $450,000 to buy back the property?" 

Friday, December 5, 2014


The suspect vehicle is a Black GMC.  I wonder why we haven’t gotten a Lebo Alert.

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PETA is getting involved

On Tuesday, the Mt. Lebanon Commission will be deciding which cruel method will be used to kill deer in Mt. Lebanon. PETA has a call to action on their website. Urge Mt. Lebanon Officials to Ditch Cruelty to Deer! I am sure that the commissioners will discount all emails from residents outside of Mt. Lebanon. Of course, when it came to toxicologists concerning the artificial turf, residents from Mt. Lebanon were biased and they only wanted to hear from those outside of Mt. Lebanon. Double standards prevail with the Mt. Lebanon Commission. 

Commissioner Fraasch has updated her blog with Final Deer Posting before December 9th Kelly has been an advocate for nonlethal methods, such as deer sterilization, of deer management. Please read her blog posting for more background and her thoughts on this topic. 

Avid bow hunters are asking why the archery will be limited to municipal employees when the law states: "No privileges shall be granted by those owning or operating the posted lands or waters to any other person to hunt for any game or wildlife upon the property; nor shall the person or persons owning or in charge of the lands be eligible to hunt for any game or wildlife on the lands or waters."  

Even Fake Lebo is mocking the municipality. From Facebook:
Courtesy Fake Lebo
I have been blogging about deer on Lebo Citizens for four years. I went to all the meetings back in 2006 and later begging the commission to stop the deer culling. Please attend Tuesday's Commission Meeting. Email the Commission or visit PETA's website and send the Commission a note asking the Commission to scrap bowhunting and lethal trapping.