Moon Township Monthly         December 2013

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Moon Township Offices will be closed on Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24 & 25, 2013 in observance of Christmas and Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in observance of New Year's Day.
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Supervisors Meeting Minutes Available Online
At the December regular public meeting the board approved a resolution supporting the participation of Moon Township being among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. Moon is recognized at the gold level of certification for meeting the program's rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. The Sustainable Community Essentials Certification, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. Code Administrator Lora Dombrowski completed the certification application with the assistance of Green Initiatives Coordinator Rebecca Kiernan. Details regarding how Moon Township is addressing these areas can be found on the program's website
Watch the full Board of Supervisors Meeting from Wednesday, December 4, 2013 on Moon Area Government Television - Comcast channel 18/Verizon FiOS channel 37. View the meeting minutes online at . The December Workshop Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6 p.m. The board will then hold its annual reorganization and regular public meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. All meetings are held in the Moon Township Administration Building. 
2014 Preliminary Budget
The 2014 Preliminary Moon Township Budget is available for public review on and the following township locations:

Moon Township Administration Office
1000 Beaver Grade Road
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Moon Township Public Safety Building
1000 Beaver Grade Road
Open all hours

Moon Township Public Library
1700 Beaver Grade Road
Per regular hours of operation, see

The budget will be considered for final adoption by the Moon Township Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, December 18 at 6 p.m.
Advisory Boards Accepting Applications
The Moon Township Board of Supervisors is accepting letters of interest and resumes from residents who are interested in serving on one or more of the township's advisory boards and commissions. Additional information is available at or contact the Moon Township Administration Office at 412-262-1700. All citizens are encouraged to carefully consider these important public service opportunities.
Reorganization of Communications and Community Development Departments
Communication Department
On Monday, November 25, 2013 the board promoted Executive Director of Community Television Jim Koepfinger to the position of Director of Communications and Technology. The position entails the performance of complex technical and professional work in support of the various computer systems located in and across municipal departments as well as overseeing the communications department located in the MCA-TV studio. Koepfinger has held the position of Executive Director of Community Television with the township for 28 years.
Community Development Department
The board retained Malcolm Petroccia as Moon Township Engineer, employee of the Township of Moon, effective December 16, 2013. Petroccia previously worked as a Project Manager for Michael Baker Jr., Inc. located in Moon Township where he held the position of Municipal Engineer for Moon. The township's Community Development Department has had an absence of Planning Director since July 2013 and Assistant Planning Director since 2008. The township created a new position of Community Developer Director/Planner to be filled in January 2014.
Moon Celebrates 225 Years
225 logo Moon Township celebrates its 225th Anniversary on December 18, 2013. Moon Community Access Television and Old Moon Township Historical Society President Earl Edwards have produced a history series of the township that airs on MCA-TV, Comcast channel 14/Verizon FiOs channel 35. Watch the premiere of the third segment of the series Moon Township Remembers on Wednesday, December 18 at 4 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. This episode features residents, both past and present, as they reminisce about the township and discuss how it has changed throughout the years. Edwards and OMTHS member, Carl Griffith, share photos with residents to trigger memories and spark conversation.
Prescription Drug Drop Off

The Moon Township Police Department now offers prescription drug disposal in its lobby that is open to the public at all hours. The disposal box is made from a large old fashion mailbox where residents can drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The project is sponsored by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. The DA has received assurances from local hospitals to assist in the destruction of unwanted medications. The disposal area is video monitored and under the control of police staff around the clock.  Moon Police will continue to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Take Back Prescription Drug Collection program held semiannually. 

Start the New Year with an Everlasting Memory

Give the gift that lasts a lifetime with an engraved brick in the Moon Township Memorial Garden. Bricks are placed in the walkway circling the township's 9/11 Memorial and memorials honoring public safety professionals and military service members.  Bricks are available at a cost of $65 for an engraved 4x8 inch brick; after the first purchase, additional bricks are $50.  Engraved 8x8 inch business bricks also are available for $200. Brick donations support the continued development of the Memorial Garden.  Contact Fire Marshal Charlie Belgie at 412-262-5004 to order a commemorative brick today.

Memorial Garden Bench
New Shows in Production at MCA-TV
Comcast channel 14 | Verizon FiOs channel 35
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Tune in to MCA-TV to view a variety of community programming.  Shows include exercise, cooking, health care, education and government programs.  View the full program schedule at  


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MCA-TV has several new shows in production that are scheduled to air this winter. 


Tatts N' Tunes

Tatts n' Tunes is a mixed variety show that will premiere and promote local venues, music and events while also gaining the personal and private factors of knowing the musicians, artists and the inner workings of the venue. This program is produced by Moon resident, Frank Magnotta, and MCA-TV volunteer Randy Lee Bartosh.

Life in Nancy's Kitchen
Nancy Stampahar (right) with a recent guest on
Life in Nancy's Kitchen.



Life in Nancy's Kitchen features enthusiastic host, Nancy Stampahar, as she teaches viewers how to cook simple recipes while she discusses motivational skills to encourage them to live life to its fullest. This show is produced by Moon resident, Denise Underwood, and MCA-TV Volunteer Nancy Stampahar.



Mia Cucina


Mia Cucina spotlights gourmet

 cooking demonstrated by Moon resident and MCA-TV volunteer Pam Krug. Join Krug as she prepares wholesome dishes with fresh ingredients. Krug produces Mia Cucina with MCA-TV volunteers Barb Karp and Rose Varsanik. 

Join the Volunteer Fire Company


Volunteer Requirements

1.  Current resident of Moon Township

2.  Individuals who are between the ages of 16 to 18 years old interested in becoming a Junior Firefighter must attend high school and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


The Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company thanks residents for their continuous support of the Fire Company through donations and attendance of events and activities.


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Moon Parks & Recreation: Events & Information
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View a complete list of classes, programs, camps and events at 
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Moon Park Pavilion Rentals - Residents Only

Monday, February 10 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Moon Township Administration Office

1000 Beaver Grade Road


Moon Park Pavilion Rentals - Non Residents

Tuesday, February 11 | All Day

Moon Parks Office, Moon Park

1350 Joe DeNardo Way  


Office hours, pavilion photos, details and FAQs are posted online. Contact the Moon Park Office at 412-262-1703 for more information or email



New Class!

BODYSHRED by Jillian Michaels (Adults/Teens 16+)

Wednesdays | 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Rhema Christian School, 1301 Coraopolis Heights Road

January 8 - February 12

February 19 - March 26                 

$30 Moon Residents/$35 Non-Residents

Instructor: Neda Story

BODYSHRED by Jillian Michaels is a high intensity and endurance based 30 minute workout. This is a 3-2-1 interval format: three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio and one minute of abs. Participants will shed fat, define muscle and enhance overall health. Light hand weights and a floor mat are required.


Extreme Fitness!

Insanity Workout (Adults/Teens 16+)

Thursdays | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Twp. Administration Building

January 9 - February 13

February 20 - March 27

$45 Moon Residents/$50 Non-Residents

Instructor: Neda Story

The hardest workout ever put on DVD is now available in a live class led by INSANITY certified instructor, Neda Story. No weights or equipment is needed. This class uses Max Interval Training in 3 to 5 minute blocks using plyometrics, cardio conditioning, core work and much more. Participants will be pushed past their comfort zone. 

Updates from the Moon Twp. Property Tax Office

 -Catherine L. Tress, Moon Township Property Tax Collector

Online payments available


1700 Beaver Grade Road, Suite 300


December reminders:

Residents are currently in the 10 percent penalty period for both 2013 township and school property taxes.  All property taxes must be collected or postmarked by December 31, 2013.  All unpaid property taxes after January 1, 2014 will be turned over to the delinquent collection agency as appointed by the township or school district depending on which tax may be outstanding.  Additional fees and interest can be added by those agencies to the outstanding tax. 


Online payments by E-check ($1.50) or credit card (ESCI adds additional fee for their service) are available at Only full payments are available online at this time. 


Fall Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

or by Appointment, call 412-299-7446


The Property Tax Office will be closed for the Christmas holiday on December 24-26, 2013 and January 1, 2014 for New Year's Day.

Moon Township Public Library 
The Library features a variety of fun events and programs each month. Listed below are just a few.  Visit for more information or call 412-269-0334.
    Monday - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Holiday Wrap Session
Saturday, December 14 | 1 - 4 p.m.

It's a Crazy Sweater Christmas
Wednesday, December 18 |6 - 8 p.m.


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In This Issue...
2014 Preliminary Budget
Advisory Boards Applications
Departments Reorganize
Moon Celebrates 225 Years
Prescription Drug Drop Off
Gift a Memorial Garden Brick
New Shows at MCA-TV
Join the MTVFC
Moon Parks and Rec.
Moon Property Tax Office
Moon Public Library
Best Suburb of Pittsburgh
Citizen Request System
Swift Reach 911
Home Alone Monitoring
PSAT's Newsletter
Moon Schools Newsletter
RMU Newsletter
Quick Links
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Scan the QR Code below with a smartphone, electronic pad or notebook to access the wealth of information about Coventry Log Cabin located in Robin Hill Park. 

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Community Calendar
Moon Celebrates 225 Years
Wed., December 18
Watch on MCA-TV
Moon Township Remembers
4 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Comcast channel14
Verizon FiOs channel 35
Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting
Wed., December 18
6 p.m.
Administration Building
Board of Supervisors Meeting
and Reorganization
Monday, January 6
7 p.m.
Administration Building
Find Moon Township public meeting times, township events and parks and rec programs on the Calendar Page of the Moon Township website.  
Best Suburb of Pittsburgh 

Moon is voted one of the best suburbs of Pittsburgh to raise a family in a recent survey by Heartland Homes.
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Moon Community Access Television
Comcast channel 14
Verizon FiOs channel 35
Watch online at 
Moon Area Government Television
Comcast channel 18
Verizon FiOs channel 37
Board of Supervisors, School Board, Township News, Entertainment and Community Events 
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A link to the system can be found under Quick Links on the Moon Township homepage.

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Swift Reach 911
Stay informed of community emergencies or important information with Moon Township Police Department's Swift 911 phone outreach system.  All calls will have the Caller ID of 'Moon Township' or 'Moon Township Police Department'.  


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Home Alone Monitoring

Never feel alone with Moon Township Police Department's Home Alone Monitoring.  This system automatically telephones a resident once or twice a day depending on their needs. The resident in need will receive this message, "This is the Moon Township Police Department. If you are okay, press 1; if you are not okay, press 2." If the resident presses number 2 or fails to press any number, an emergency contact will be called. 

Any citizen in need may contact the police at 


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