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Pancake Breakfast Slated Feb. 24 at Renzie

February 16, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Unit of the NAACP will hold its annual pancake breakfast Feb. 24 at Renziehausen Park, a spokeswoman said.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Jacob Woll Pavilion. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

The menu will include regular, buckwheat and fresh blueberry pancakes; turkey, pork and beef sausage; fruit cocktail; coffee, tea, water and juice; and assorted desserts for sale.

For more information, call (412) 292-5852.

 


Rental Fees at Increased at Renzie's Main Pavilion

February 16, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Tube City Almanac file photo by Denise L. Ritter)


The cost of providing air conditioning at Renziehausen Park's Jacob Woll Pavilion has led McKeesport officials to increase the fee to rent the facility.

City council unanimously approved an increase of $50 for rentals, taking the cost to $450 for Allegheny County residents and $500 for non-county residents.

The lack of air conditioning had left the pavilion uncompetitive and under-utilized in the summer. But since installing air conditioning in the pavilion, "our costs have risen dramatically," Mayor Mike Cherepko said. "We're looking to balance that cost over 12 months."

 
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Gun Violence: How Does it Hit Home? What Can We Do?

February 15, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial, Podcast

On our podcast, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we recently talked about gun violence --- especially the emotional impact it has had on the Mon-Yough area --- and asked if there's anything we can do about it.

In 2017, there were 109 homicides in 2017. Nearly three dozen of them were in the Mon Valley in communities such as McKeesport, Swissvale and Turtle Creek, but practically no community of any size was unscathed --- and virtually all of the homicides were the result of shootings.

Our guests were Vanessa Mayers-Snyder, a community engagement & mediation specialist for the Center for Victims, and Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFire PA.

 
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Homestead Receives $100K Grant for Bike Park

February 12, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Homestead Borough will receive $100,000 toward creation of a one-mile-long trail and bike park that will provide a direct connection between the Eighth Avenue business district and the Great Allegheny Passage bicycle trail.

The grant was one of 45 projects in 22 counties --- totalling $41.5 million --- funded last week through grants from the state Department of Transportation's Multimodal Transportation Fund.

 
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Council OK's Contracts With Police, Public Works Unions

February 12, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

McKeesport officials are thankful to unionized police and public works employees for helping the city contain personnel costs --- especially when it comes to health insurance.

Council last week unanimously approved new three-year labor agreements with both bargaining units, who are represented by Teamsters Local 205 in White Oak.

The contracts provide unionized police officers with wage increases of 4 percent in the first year and 3 percent in the second and third years; and public works employees with a wage increase of 2.5 percent in the first year and 1.5 percent in the second year, McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko said.

Among other concessions, police officers will pay a deductible on their health insurance for the first time, while public works employees are accepting a wage freeze in the third year, Cherepko said.

 
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Heartland Hospice Offers Volunteer Opportunities

February 12, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo courtesy Heartland Hospice)


Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers with the compassion to offer a smile, an ear and a warm heart to patients and their families, says Patrick Fisher, volunteer coordinator in the Irwin office.

The service covers the Mon Valley, Westmoreland, Washington and Allegheny counties, as well as part of Armstrong County, he says.

Volunteers are needed to visit with patients who have serious and terminal illnesses, so that staff can help assist their families in need, Fisher says.

 
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Crew Missions Seeks Volunteers For 2018

February 12, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Submitted photo courtesy The Crew Missions)


The Crew Missions is looking for volunteers --- including individuals, groups, churches, nonprofit organizations and clubs --- to help local residents in need.

The Clairton-based charity completes household maintenance projects for elderly and disabled residents in the Clairton, Duquesne, Glassport, McKeesport, Pleasant Hills, West Mifflin and White Oak areas.

Since 2013, a spokesperson said, The Crew Missions has helped 79 homeowners.

 
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County Police Investigate West Mifflin Shooting

February 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An unidentified 20-year-old man is in critical but stable condition at a hospital after a shooting Thursday night in West Mifflin.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a prepared release that the victim was shot in the 4700 block of Coal Road, near the Munhall border. The incident happened at about 8 p.m.

The county police homicide unit is investigating. No further information was released by police.

 


Former City Man Sentenced on Drug, Gun Charges

February 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A former McKeesport man accused of selling the heroin that killed a woman in 2016 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Henry T. "Bundles" Little-Proctor, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Cathy Bisson in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Little-Proctor distributed both heroin and fentanyl, a highly potent painkiller up to 75 more times than morphine, between 2015 and July 2016.

 
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Crime Stoppers Offers Reward in Duquesne Shooting

February 08, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of suspects in connection with the shooting of two people on Jan. 21 in Duquesne.

Police said the victims --- two men and a woman --- had left a private social club in the early hours of the morning and were parked in the 1000 block of Lincoln Avenue.

At approximately 4 a.m., a silver car pulled alongside their vehicle and someone began shooting into their car, police said.

 
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