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Crowds Steady at Saturday Resource Fair

June 30, 2022 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Germaine Gooden-Patterson from Women for a Healthy Environment is arranging her table of information and pamphlets. She said, “Health is important and people may not know about all the resources available.” (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)


Take Action Mon Valley hosted a resource fair on Saturday in the parking lot of New Beginnings Ministry, Inc.

The resource fair focused on McKeesport’s Hi View Gardens residents but everyone was welcome to attend the event. TAMV hosted the fair to introduce residents to resources they may not have been aware of and to provide a fun-filled day for children.

Residents have been working with the Community Justice Project, a nonprofit legal assistance firm, addressing poor living conditions that were not being corrected by previous management, said Fawn Walker-Montgomery, executive director of TAMV.

She said there’s some improvement but TAMV continues their support for the community.

 
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NAMI McKeesport July Meeting Cancelled

June 30, 2022 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will not meet in July, a spokeswoman said.

The group will resume meeting on August 3 at 6 p.m. at Penn State Greater Allegheny Room F122 in the Frable Building. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

Sara Levine Steinberg, Event and Technology Coordinator for NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, will provide details for the annual NAMI Walk in October.

 
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Massive Fire Destroys Four Houses, Car

June 30, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News


Investigators were searching for clues on Thursday following a devastating Soles Street fire that destroyed four homes. Officials suspect the fire was deliberately set.

The Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is probing the cause of the blaze, which was reported just after 2 a.m. and also destroyed a parked vehicle. Some crews remained on the scene until almost noon.

Two McKeesport police officers — identified as Patrolmen Chuck Thomas and Anthony Ledonne — were credited with rescuing an elderly married couple from one of the houses that was on fire.

The husband and wife were taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital as a precautionary measure, said Gene Esken Jr., McKeesport deputy fire chief.

 
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Crawford Co. Man Held on Assault Charges

June 30, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A tip received via Facebook led McKeesport police to arrest a Crawford County man whom they allege was having an inappropriate relationship with a city teen-ager.

Glen M. Stevens Jr., 34, of Cochranton, Pa., was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing July 11 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

McKeesport police said officers received a tip via Facebook that a man identified as Stevens had been having explicit physical contact with a 15-year-old girl and that he was currently at the teen’s residence in the East End of the city.

 
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Hearing Set for Man in Work Zone Crash

June 30, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man remains free on bond pending a preliminary hearing after city police allege he crashed the car he was driving into a work zone on the Jerome Avenue Bridge, seriously injuring one woman and endangering 14 others, who ran or jumped out of the way.

Harry B. Hobson, 60, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, driving under the influence, careless driving, reckless driving and 15 counts of recklessly endangering other persons.

A hearing is scheduled for July 25 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. Hobson is currently free on $5,000 bond.

 
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Duquesne Council Approves Mele Plans

June 29, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

A Braddock-based construction company has final approval to move into the Duquesne industrial park.

At its June meeting, city council approved plans for Mele & Mele & Sons to move into RIDC City Center of Duquesne.

Founded nearly 50 years ago as A.A. Mele & Sons, Mele & Mele & Sons specializes in excavation, heavy highway construction, water and wastewater treatment, and asphalt paving and milling. The move was first proposed in late 2020.

Mele & Mele is not the only company interested in the industrial park. Mayor R. Scott Adams noted that the city is one of the “two or three finalists” for an unnamed battery company to move into Duquesne.

 
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NV Twp.: Amazon Warehouse Opening Delayed

June 29, 2022 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

According to local officials, delays in receiving necessary materials are forcing Amazon to postpone the opening of its new North Versailles Twp. distribution center, located on the site of the former Eastland Mall. The company declined comment. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)


A new Amazon distribution center at the site of the former Eastland Mall is expected to create up to 500 new jobs, but North Versailles Twp. officials said the planned opening has been delayed.

The facility along East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard was expected to be open later this summer, but the timeline has changed, township commissioners said.

“There’s a delay in the opening and it’s not because they don’t want to open it,” said township Commissioner Allen Wagner.

 
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Resource Fair for Hi-View Residents Scheduled

June 24, 2022 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: Announcements

Take Action Mon Valley, a social justice non-profit organization that addresses violence and racism, is hosting a resource fair on Saturday targeted at residents of Hi-View Gardens, Downtown.

Events will begin 2 p.m. in the parking lot of New Beginnings Ministry, Inc., 705 Shaw Ave.

Although the resource fair is focused on Hi-View Gardens residents, everyone is welcome to attend.

The executive director of TAMV, Fawn Walker-Montgomery, said, “TAMV was contacted by PublicSource and they asked us to work with residents at Hi-View Gardens because of concerns with poor living conditions.”

 
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Poll: Older Pa. Voters Will Decide 2022 Election

June 23, 2022 |

By Emily Scott © Public News Service | Posted in: Politics & Elections

There are fewer than five months to go until the November general election, in which Pennsylvania voters will select a new governor and U.S. senator.

A new poll commissioned by AARP Pennsylvania showed how residents over 50 are feeling about the candidates and the issues.

In the 2018 midterm elections, Pennsylvanians age 50 years and older made up 61 percent of all voters in the state.

The AARP poll includes views about this year’s political races, including the contest for governor, with Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Sen. Doug Mastriano, Republican from Franklin.

 
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MASD to Continue Work With Inclusion Expert

June 23, 2022 |

By Adam Reinherz | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area School District has extended the role of a consultant who has been working with students, parents and teachers to address problems such as absenteeism, and make sure everyone’s voices are heard.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the MASD school board voted to continue a collaboration with Erika Gold Kestenberg, a diversity, inclusion, equity and justice consultant.

Kestenberg, who holds a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh, has been working in the district since December 2021, establishing stakeholder committees and holding student-centered listening sessions.

Funding for her position is being provided by federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds as well as the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.

 
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