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Downtown CVS Closes With Little Warning

November 24, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Updated with comment from CVS.

(Tube City Almanac photo)

Arrivals at Saturday’s “Salute to Santa” parade who thought they might stop at the CVS Pharmacy on Fifth Avenue for a beverage or a snack got a lump of coal instead.

CVS “made the difficult business decision to close the CVS Pharmacy store located at 311 Fifth Ave. in McKeesport on Nov. 11,” said Matt Blanchette, a spokesman at the company’s headquarters in Woonsocket, R.I.

“We understand the disappointment of our closing store’s neighbors and customers,” he said. “The closure of this store is not a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our employees,” and all employees were offered “comparable roles” at other CVS locations, Blanchette said.

Last week, CVS announced plans to close up to 900 stores over the next three years.

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Teen Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Arrested

November 23, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The suspect in a fatal stabbing at Midtown Plaza Apartments has been arrested and is being held without bond at Allegheny County Jail.

Allegheny County police have charged Damian Baverso, 15, of East McKeesport with criminal homicide and making terroristic threats in connection with the death of 19-year-old Kai Brown on Friday afternoon.

Police allege the stabbing followed a fight after Brown, another man, and Baverso’s ex-girlfriend confronted Baverso over threatening text messages he had sent.

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Bill Would Address School Barriers for At-Risk Kids

November 23, 2021 |

By Emily Scott © Public News Service | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A bill making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly would help ensure a smooth transition to graduation for young people who face personal challenges outside of school.

Senate Bill 324 would help address barriers to graduation for kids experiencing homelessness or who are in the foster-care or juvenile-justice systems.

The bill creates a point of contact at the student’s school to help support them as they return to the classroom after time away from the education system.

Young people in foster care “face many barriers,” said John Lydon, chief executive officer of McKeesport-based Auberle, which works with at-risk youth and their families.

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McKeesport, Serra Bands to Perform at Courthouse

November 23, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Workers from the Allegheny County facilities management team erect a Christmas tree outside the courthouse on Nov. 10. The tree is actually made up of 32 smaller trees, a spokesperson said. (Official Allegheny County photo via Facebook)

The McKeesport Area High School Orchestra and Jazz Band will kick off the 53rd annual Holiday Music Program at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, a spokeswoman announced.

The student groups will perform on the Grand Staircase in the courthouse beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30.

McKeesport’s Serra Catholic High School band and choir will perform Dec. 15. All concerts are free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to see this annual tradition return to the Courthouse after a year’s hiatus,” said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive.

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15-Year-Old Sought in Fatal Stabbing

November 21, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Damian Baverso (Submitted photo courtesy Allegheny County police)

A 15-year-old from East McKeesport is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal stabbing Friday afternoon on Sinclair Street in the city.

Damian Baverso is charged as an adult with criminal homicide and making terroristic threats. Allegheny County police Lt. Venerando Costa said Baverso is known to frequent McKeesport, Oakmont and West Mifflin.

County police allege that Baverso stabbed 19-year-old Kai Brown in the chest at Midtown Plaza Apartments just before 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Brown was pronounced dead approximately an hour later at UPMC McKeesport hospital, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office.

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Salute to Santa Parade Set for Saturday

November 19, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac file photo by Richard Finch Jr.)

McKeesport’s 56th Salute to Santa Parade will take place on Fifth Avenue, Downtown — welcoming guests from across the Mon Valley to kick off the holiday season with a procession of marching bands, community groups, student organizations, themed floats, fire trucks, and of course, Santa Claus.

The parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov.  20), with lineup beginning at 10. Organizers suggest arriving early with chairs and blankets to stay comfortable in case of cold weather. Parking is available on side streets and in the Sixth Avenue Garage.

For those out of town or unable to attend, Tube City Community Media will be streaming the parade live on YouTube at

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Duquesne Center Offers Tutoring, Homework Help

November 17, 2021 |

By Matt Germaine | Posted in: Duquesne News

The Duquesne City School District has opened its Uplift Center, a facility that will provide after-school tutoring, homework help and additional programming for the district’s students.

“Right now, the center is focusing on math and all of the common core types of topics that students encounter in their everyday classes,” said Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for the Allegheny Intermediary Unit. “But that will pivot and expand as the needs of the students change.”

At present, the center is staffed by a site director. Depending on how many students use the facility, the district plans to seek volunteers to assist with running the program.

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Two Injured in Stabbing, Suspect Held

November 16, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 44-year-old man is being questioned by Allegheny County police in connection with a stabbing inside a home on Garbett Street in McKeesport.

McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched to a home in the 3100 block just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Allegheny County police said. Emergency personnel said they found a 39-year-old man who had been stabbed multiple times in the back.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a Pittsburgh trauma center, emergency personnel said.

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W.O. Council OK’s Emergency Repairs to Signal

November 16, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

A traffic accident at the corner of Route 48 and Cool Springs Road near the Speedway store damaged a telephone pole and dislodged the traffic signal’s battery system, White Oak officials said.

At Monday’s meeting, council passed a resolution designating repairs to the damaged pole and signal as an emergency.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman said it’s the third time the pole has been replaced, and that White Oak is coordinating repairs with the state Department of Transportation.

“The foundation also needs to be replaced,” Hillman said. “Normally this would take three to four months.”

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Serra Band Celebrates Successes, Seeks Alumni

November 16, 2021 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment, McKeesport and Region News

Strains of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” greeted visitors to Serra Catholic High School as the band prepared for a playoff football game — while also getting in some practice for McKeesport’s Salute to Santa Parade.

The band is seeking alumni — even those who have not picked up a flag or an instrument in years — to march along with current students in this Saturday’s parade.

It was also a time to reminisce and celebrate a successful competition season, where the group was named the 2021 Tournament of Bands Western Expansion Region Group 1A champions for “El Matador.”

“I am unbelievably proud of them,” band director Jesse Bush said. “I couldn’t be happier with how they performed this season.”

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