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UPMC McKeesport Celebrates 125 Years as ‘Cornerstone of the Community’

April 22, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

UPMC McKeesport hospital physician Richard Bondi, M.D., with a cutout of his late father, Dr. Frank Bondi, speaks at the hospital's 125th Anniversary celebration on Friday. (Richard Finch Jr. photo/special to Tube City Almanac)

On a rainy April 19, 1894, a large crowd --- estimated at 1,000 people, according to news reports of the time --- gathered at the McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery for the dedication of McKeesport Hospital.

Due to a light rain last Friday, the 125th anniversary celebration for what is now UPMC McKeesport hospital was moved from the courtyard to the Usman Ahmad, M.D., Memorial Conference Center in the Mansfield Building.

“Today is Good Friday, but it is also a great Friday here at the hospital,” said Mark O’Hern, president of UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East.

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Lent's Last Fish Fries Draw Crowds Locally

April 20, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News, White Oak News

Above: Deacon Brent Robertson and Jim Brown were manning the grill at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown, on Friday. (Vickie Babyak photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

Lent marks the 40 days observed by Christians as a time of fasting, penance and prayer before Easter Sunday.

Traditionally, Catholics have given up eating red meat on Fridays during Lent as a form of sacrifice, and Catholic churches, volunteer fire departments and other organizations have held fish fries.

As a result, Lenten fish fries have always been a big deal in parts of the country with a large Roman Catholic population, including Western Pennsylvania.

But over the past 10 years, fish fries have become a major feature of Pittsburgh area culture, embracing not just Catholics, but Christians and non-Christians alike. Websites have sprung up to review and rank local fish fries, and some churches and civic organizations have added other ethnic foods to make their particular fish fries stand out.

With Easter Sunday upon us, Friday marked the last Lenten fish fries for 2019. Photographer Vickie Babyak stopped at some local fish fries in the Mon-Yough area to grab a few last scenes (and fish sandwiches).

All photos: Vickie Babyak for Tube City Almanac. To request a reprint, contact

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County Police Seek Suspects, Motive in 7th Ward Shooting

April 19, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police have released few details in connection with a shooting Thursday night in the city's Seventh Ward that left a teen-ager hospitalized in critical condition.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel said 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers received "multiple calls" just before 7 p.m. Thursday reporting that shots were being fired in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street, and that a young man was injured.

McKeesport police and paramedics responded and discovered the victim, a 15-year-old, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Dinsmore Street near Pirl Street.

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Easter Egg Hunt, Clean-Up Day Slated in White Oak

April 18, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements

The White Oak Borough Easter Egg Hunt was announced at this week’s borough council meeting.

The annual event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the White Oak Borough Recreation Board, the event will take place at the pavilion of the Heritage Hill Park.

Additional upcoming events include:

Borough Clean-Up Day will be held April 27. Volunteers are welcome to participate and should be at the Heritage Hill pavilion at 9:30 a.m. to help prepare for the event. The clean-up will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In partnership with the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, a rabies clinic is scheduled 12 to 3 p.m. May 18. The event will take place at the public works garage. A resident rate of $5 applies; proof of residency is required. Non-resident cost is $10.

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Fire Defense Council Slates April Meeting

April 18, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will hold its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. April 24, a spokesman said. The meeting will be held at West Mifflin No. 3 Fire Company on Rodeo Drive, West Mifflin. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.


Beulah Park Church Plans Spaghetti Dinner

April 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

Beulah Park United Methodist Church, 1615 Grandview Ave., McKeesport, will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. May 4, a spokeswoman said.

Dinners are served with meat, marinara or alfredo sauce and include either soup (wedding or beans and greens), salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

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Registration Deadline for May Primary is April 22

April 17, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

Voters across Pennsylvania will be electing mayors, township commissioners and supervisors, borough council and school directors in 2019, and in order to vote in the primary, they must be registered by April 22.

The Allegheny County Elections Division said that residents who wish to vote on May 21 must be registered by Monday (April 22). Registered voters who have moved, changed their name or changed political parties also must notify the elections division by April 22, a spokeswoman said.

To qualify to vote, one must be a United States citizen at least one month prior to the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.

Applicants needing to register to vote, or to change their name, address, or party affiliation may do so by using the state’s online voter registration process at

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Squires Seeks West Mifflin School Board Seat

April 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Politics & Elections

(Submitted by the candidate)

A long-time resident of West Mifflin, Kevin Squires is running for a seat as a School Director for the West Mifflin Area School District.

Kevin graduated from the West Mifflin Area School District in 2011 and is 26 years old. As a student, he was involved in many activities, including student council, marching band (saxophone), orchestra (viola), National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Teachers of America, and the school newspaper, the last of which he presided over as editor-in-chief. Kevin also helped to form and served as one of the first Student Board Representatives for the West Mifflin Area School District Board of Directors.

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ACLU Takes MASD to Court Over Black Student Union

April 11, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Click here to download the complaint (student names have been redacted)

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to order the McKeesport Area School District to allow a Black Student Union to advertise its meetings and meet on school property outside of school hours.

Citing federal law and the district’s own policies --- as well as list of other student clubs that have been sanctioned by the school district --- the ACLU of Pennsylvania on Wednesday asked a federal judge to find the district in violation of both the First Amendment and the federal Equal Access Act, a 1984 law.

The filing, made on behalf of 11 students at the high school, names the district and Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr., and asks the court to order McKeesport Area School District to provide the Black Student Union with “the same access to school facilities as other non-curricular student clubs.”

The case has been assigned to federal District Judge Marilyn J. Horan. No hearing has yet been scheduled.

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MAHS' 'Addams Family' is Quirky, Creepy Fun

April 11, 2019 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

Cast of "The Addams Family" musical awaits opening night at McKeesport Area High School. (Photo courtesy of producer Carolyn Carreiro)

If you go...


McKeesport Area High School presents “The Addams Family”

Where: McKeesport Area High School auditorium, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13, plus a matinee at 2 p.m. April 13

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, available at the high school 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday

Fans of the original “Addams Family” TV show or subsequent movies may find it difficult to believe the story could be updated and made into – of all things – a musical.

But it has, and McKeesport Area High students are ready to bring their interpretation of its quirky and sometimes macabre characters such as Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, and even their extended family of living relatives and ancestors to the high school stage April 11, 12 and 13.

All versions are based on characters from cartoons by Charles Addams that appeared in the New Yorker.

In the musical, little Wednesday is all grown up and has fallen in love – with Lucas Beineke from a “normal” family from Ohio.

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