McKeesport Area Schools Stressing Early Childhood Education

May 22, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News, Podcast

It's no longer just "play school." Early education in the basics of math, reading, shapes and colors, as well as the abilty to play with other kids, is now being recognized as a critical part of a child's development.

Although kindergarten education is not currently required in Pennsylvania, most parents view it as a necessity, and the McKeesport Area School District is among those offering pre-kindergarten education for pupils as young as 3 years old.

This week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talked to Karen Chapman, who oversees pre-K programs at McKeesport Area, along with district spokeswoman Kristen Davis.

Chapman, principal of Founders' Hall Middle School and an educator with 30 years' experience, described some of the programs the district offers, including ones that are designed to teach computer literacy.

She also talked about ways that parents, grandparents, guardians and aunts and uncles can help get their kids ready for school, through educational games and other activities.

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" airs at 9:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810) and is also available as a free download for your smartphone or iPod from Stitcher and iTunes.


Memorial Day Programs Planned

May 22, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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McKeesport’s Memorial Day Service will begin at Memorial Park on Lysle Boulevard at Market Street at 10 a.m. Monday (May 25), a spokesperson said.

An additional service will be observed at the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club, 901 Ravine St. at 11:15 a.m.

All McKeesport area residents are invited to attend and remember the sacrifice of Mon Valley residents who have served in the nation's armed forces.

Elsewhere, White Oak will hold a Memorial Day parade beginning at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The parade will traverse Willard Street to Lincoln Way, State Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and end at American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701.

Liberty Borough will hold its memorial service at 12 noon Sunday (May 24) at the veterans' Honor Roll, Liberty Way at Lauck Street, a spokesperson said.


Police Charge 9 Juveniles in Kennywood Disturbance

May 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

West Mifflin police photo via Facebook

(West Mifflin police photo via Facebook)

West Mifflin police have filed criminal charges against nine young people involved in a disturbance at Kennywood Park on May 2.

Cell-phone videos and security camera footage helped identify the suspects, borough police Chief Ken Davies said.

In a prepared statement, Davies said the youths, whose names were not released, will face a variety of summary and misdemeanor charges. In addition, he said, West Mifflin police will open a sub-station within the park with Kennywood's assistance.

"We also continue to work with the park monitoring key social media streams, increasing (our) police presence on site with foot patrol, mobile assistance and undercover operation," Davies said.

At least 24 police departments, including West Mifflin, were called to Kennywood just before 11 p.m. May 2 for reports of a disturbance. Callers reported "multiple youths" ages 12 to 17 were running through the park and the parking lot area outside, disturbing and annoying visitors.

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Summer Blessing to Be Offered Over Marina, Trails

May 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium and the Jericho People will celebrate a "summer blessing" over McKeesport's two rivers, the McKee's Point Marina, the McKeesport-area hiking and biking trails and "all who enjoy them."

The brief, non-denominational ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday (May 23) at the McKee's Point Marina under the Jerome Avenue Bridge, a spokeswoman said.


Take Action Mon Valley Will Canvass Duquesne Saturday

May 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Duquesne chapter of the anti-violence group Take Action Mon Valley will take to the streets on Saturday (May 23) beginning at 11 a.m. to survey community members, a spokeswoman said.

The surveys will help members of TAMV assess what the residents of Duquesne feel they need to combat community violence.

For more information about Take Action Mon Valley, contact Fawn Walker-Montgomery at (412) 952-5934 or email


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