Black History Month Program Traces Evolution of American Music

February 10, 2016 |

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Noted artist, musician, lecturer and teacher Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas will trace the evolution of the signature African-American musical contributions from their origins to the present duringthe annual Black History Month program at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

Asche's talk, "From Spirituals to Jazz: From Folk Art to High Art," will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park.

The program is free and open to the public. Call (412) 678-1832 for more information.

 

Monessen-Area Group Will Launch New Newspaper May 2, 'If Not Sooner'

February 10, 2016 |

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A group of Monessen-area business leaders says its newspaper will begin operations May 2, "if not sooner."

At a chamber of commerce event Tuesday in Monessen, Mid Mon Valley Publishing LLC announced that The Mon Valley Independent will be a six-day-a-week, afternoon newspaper.

The Mon Valley Independent is the first new newspaper launched in the wake of the closing on Dec. 31 of Monessen's Valley Independent and the McKeesport Daily News by their parent company, Trib Total Media.

Mid Mon Valley Publishing has announced plans to circulate the new newspaper in Mon-Yough communities such as Elizabeth, Sutersville and West Newton, but McKeesport is not part of its current coverage plans.

“When Trib Total Media closed our newspaper, it was a sad day for our area,” said Keith Bassi, a Charleroi attorney and one of the investors behind Mid Mon Valley Publishing.

“There are a lot of people who want to have a newspaper to read," he said. "They want to follow the news and sports of the area. They want to know what is going on in their community, who dies, and anything else that is pertinent."

John Eckert, a North Charleroi resident who previously worked for Trib Total Media, was named the general manager. The managing editor will be Jeff Oliver, who worked for The Valley Independent for over 33 years writing news and sports, while the advertising director will be Linda Schaum, who also has over 30 years with The Valley Independent in advertising.

 
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Project Prom Gets Underway at Century III

February 10, 2016 |

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Photo by Salt of the Earth, via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

The county's annual Project Prom will hold a gown giveaway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Century III Mall in West Mifflin, a spokesman said.

Sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Project Prom provides new and gently used formal gowns for local teen-agers who want to attend a spring formal celebration, but may not be able to afford to purchase them.

The gown giveaway continues from 3 to 6 p.m. March 7 to 11 and March 15 to 17.

An assortment of free, beautiful gowns of all colors and styles will be distributed to teens who meet the eligibility requirements. The teens will have plenty of options in brand new and gently used prom gowns. There will also be a selection of accessories, such as purses and jewelry, to accompany the gowns. Volunteers will be available to assist during the shopping experience. Preregistration is not required.

 
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City, County Seek Public Input in Community Development Process

February 09, 2016 |

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McKeesport officials are encouraging all area residents --- including those who don't live within the city --- to participate in an online survey hosted by Allegheny County.

The survey will help determine where county and municipal officials will invest federal grant funds to address housing, economic development and community development needs from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

The city of McKeesport, the municipality of Penn Hills and Allegheny County each receive funding from the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG program, run through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"It's very important for needs of not just McKeesport, but the entire region to be assessed and prioritized," said A.J. Tedesco Jr., McKeesport community development director.  The results of the survey will help "ensure that money available can go to where it is needed," he said.

 
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Police Log: Feb. 9, 2016

February 09, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the Southwest Regional Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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