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Saturday's Grandview Fire Under Investigation

November 07, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

A two-alarm fire that damaged a house on Grandview Avenue Saturday afternoon is under investigation by the Allegheny County fire marshal's office.

McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said four adults and three children were displaced by the blaze in the two-story wood frame home at 1704 Grandview. The fire, which began on the second floor, was reported at about 1:57 p.m. All of the occupants escaped without injury, Tomovcsik said.

Although the cause and origin of the fire are still yet to be determined, officials do not believe the blaze is suspicious in nature, Tomovcsik said.

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Repairs Planned to City Hall Roof Damaged By Falling Debris

November 07, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Work will begin soon to repair the roof of a one-story annex to McKeesport's city hall that was damaged by debris from a neighboring building.

At Wednesday's meeting, city council by 7-0 vote awarded a $265,000 contract for construction of a roof "enclosure" and relocation of rooftop equipment to Kucich Construction of McKeesport.

Kucich was the lowest responsible bidder, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

In May, the city hired Lutterman Excavating to tear down a vacant three-story office building at the corner of Sinclair and Ringgold streets because debris --- including bricks --- falling off of that structure was damaging the city hall annex.

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Interfaith Service for Shooting Victims Scheduled

November 02, 2018 |

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

Local civic leaders and the White Oak Interfaith Ministerium will hold a memorial service Saturday for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life-Or L'Simcha Congregation in Squirrel Hill.

The service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Francis McClure Elementary School, 500 Longvue Drive, White Oak, a spokeswoman said.

The interfaith ministerium includes members of the Jewish, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Church of Christ and independent Christian communities. Members of several congregations are expected to participate in Saturday's event.

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Two Men Charged With Forgery in $11K Check Scam

November 02, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two Pittsburgh men are headed for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court after police charged them with forging checks and attempting to defraud the City of McKeesport out of more than $11,477.

On Monday, Christopher B. Carter, 31, of Brookline and Christopher M. Belch, 41, of the Hill District waived their right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Both are charged by McKeesport police with forgery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and passing bad checks.

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Half-Century Later, 'Hair' Remains Relevant at MLT

November 01, 2018 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

The cast of McKeesport Little Theater's production of "Hair," which opens Friday. (David P. Adams photo special to Tube City Almanac)

If You Go: “Hair”

McKeesport Little Theater, 1614 Coursin St., (412) 673-1100
When: Nov. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Ticket information: or

Most of the cast of McKeesport Little Theater’s production of “Hair” knew very little about the musical – except maybe a popular song or two – when they were offered their roles.

At the center of the original musical, co-written by Pittsburgh native Gerome Ragni and James Rado, were issues surrounding the war in Vietnam, with a country deeply divided about the conflict and what America’s role should be.

But after researching and rehearsing since September, cast members came to agree with director Edward Bostedo that issues presented in the rock musical when it premiered in 1967 remain relevant.

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County, Local Officials Post Trick or Treat Times for Mon-Yough Communities

October 31, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Illustration courtesy Pennsylvania Department of Transportation)

Clairton, Duquesne and Liberty Borough will have Halloween parties and parades tonight, while Dravosburg and West Homestead will have costume contests.

Local and county officials also have posted trick-or-treating hours for many area communities. Residents who wish to participate should turn on their porch lights.

In Duquesne, residents are being invited to a “spook-tacular” night of fun. Children in costumes are invited to line up at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Duquesne Elementary School on South Fourth Street. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

After the parade, join your friends and neighbors for free food and music in the Duquesne school gymnasium. Free trick or treat bags will be given out by the police department and free safety light sticks will be given from the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service.

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White Oak Rotary Holding Pens Ticket Raffle

October 30, 2018 |

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

White Oak Rotary Club is raffling off two tickets to 10 upcoming Pittsburgh Penguins home games in a benefit for programs sponsored by the club.

A spokesman said the tickets are in Row E, Section 201, of PPG Paints Arena, and chances on the drawing cost $20 each. Only 500 raffle chances will be sold and the winning number will be selected based on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s 7 p.m. Dec. 23 drawing.

Proceeds will benefit the White Oak Rotary Club’s service projects and other charitable causes, the spokesman said.

For details or more information, call (412) 500-5314; visit the club’s website; or talk to a White Oak Rotary Club member.


Flu Vaccinations at Duquesne City Hall Nov. 13

October 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

The Mon River Fleet will offer free influenza vaccinations from 12 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13, at Duquesne City Hall, 12 S. Second St., city officials said.

Residents ages 18 and over are invited to attend and get a flu shot on a first-come, first-serve basis. The opportunity is made possible by the McKeesport Hospital Foundation and UPMC.


Five Honored for Supporting City's Message of 'Respect, Dignity, Hope, Love'

October 29, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Five people were honored this month for upholding the “McKeesport Message” of “Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love.”

At McKeesport City Council’s regular meeting, proclamations were presented by Mayor Michael Cherepko to Rachael Richter, LuEthel Nesbit, Alison K. Piccolino, Jackie Flajnik and Stu Wilson. Biographies of the honorees follow.

Nominees for the next round of awards are due by Nov. 2, said Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor. For details, call (412) 675-5020, ext. 605, or email

Respect: Rachael Richter

Rachael Richter and Cherepko. (Special to Tube City Almanac)

Through Project HEART, the Human Services Center Corp. is reaching out to youth across the Mon Valley to teach lessons of health and wellness as they relate to self-care and self-respect, as well as health of the community as a whole.

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NV Twp. Plans Children's Halloween Party Saturday

October 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

The North Versailles Twp. children’s Halloween party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave., township Commissioner Tracy Yusko said on behalf of the parks and recreation department.


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