Tips for Tots Next Week at Eat 'n Park

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Wait staff at the McKeesport Eat 'n Park will donate their "tips for tots" on Dec. 9 as part of the restaurant chain's 37th annual Caring for Kids campaign.

Employees at the restaurant on Lysle Boulevard will contribute tips received between 4 and 7 p.m. on that day. Eat 'n Park's Smiley cookie mascot will make an appearance as well, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Wait staff at two other Mon-Yough locations will donate their tips for tots this Thursday (Dec. 3) --- the North Huntingdon location from 4 to 8 p.m. and Homestead Waterfront from 3 to 8 p.m.

The Caring for Kids campaign benefits children's hospitals and charities that help children recovering from injuries or illnesses.

Last year, during the five weeks at the end of the year, Eat 'n Park's restaurants in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia raised more than $411,000 that was donated to 14 different hospitals and charities.

 

Dravosburg, W.M. Post Holiday Event Schedules

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Dravosburg and West Mifflin have posted schedules of upcoming holiday events.

West Mifflin will host the lighting of the borough's holiday tree on the lawn of the municipal building, 1020 Lebanon Road (near the Port Authority garage), at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday (Dec. 3), a spokesperson said.

There will be a ceremony and activities for kids, with refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus to follow at the nearby Skyview Volunteer Fire Department.

Dravosburg will hold its sixth-annual "Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration" at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 5) at the municipal building, 226 Maple Ave., near the Mansfield Bridge.

Winners of the borough-wide children's coloring contest for ages 3 to 12 will be invited to light the Dravosburg holiday tree. From 6:15 to 7 p.m. kids can have their photos taken with Santa, and a magician will perform at 7.

There also will be facepainting, fingerprinting by McKeesport police, hot chocolate and cookies.

In addition, luminaria orders will be taken for Christmas eve.

 

UPDATED: Police Seek Suspect in City Shooting

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting this morning Downtown.

City detectives said the incident in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue happened during domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Police said an argument between the 25-year-old female victim and her boyfriend turned physical and violent at about 5 a.m. and the two began to struggle with a handgun.

The victim told police the gun went off and she was shot in the shoulder. Her boyfriend then fled before emergency personnel arrived.

She was taken to the hospital and was referred to a victim's assistance program to deal with domestic violence.

 
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Ripple Road Bridge Has Reopened in White Oak

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The bridge that connects Ripple Road to Route 48 in White Oak has reopened after being closed for construction since mid-August, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The Ripple Road bridge over Long Run creek reopened Nov. 18 after about 12 weeks of reconstruction performed by Walsh Construction Company. The original bridge was built in 1939 and carried about 9,200 vehicles per day before it was closed.

Next spring a final layer of a special polyester concrete will be placed on the bridge deck to resist pothole formation and reduce bridge maintenance costs, the spokesman said. But that material can only be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees and after the deck has cured for at least 30 days. Drivers may notice a slight bump as they cross the bridge until that final step is completed.

The Rippel Road bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain for 25 years 558 state owned bridges. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

 

Homestead police, FBI Seek Suspect in Robbery

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police and the FBI are looking for a man accused of robbing the First Commonwealth Bank in the Waterfront in Homestead.

An FBI spokesman said the robbery happened at around 11:50 a.m. this morning when a thin, white male, carrying a dark-colored, cube-like case, entered the bank and told a teller he had a bomb. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

The man had light brown or "dirty blond" hair and a beard and was wearing business-casual clothes and sunglasses, the FBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh office of the FBI at (412) 432-4000, Allegheny County police at (412) 473-1200, or Homestead police at (412) 461-1344.

 

WM Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

West Mifflin police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of the Huntington Bank on Route 51 near Century III Mall, a spokesman said.

William Eger, 51, was arrested Tuesday morning, said borough police Chief Ken Davies.

"The investigation of this incident was greatly enhanced by the cooperation of the media, the public and our own social media pages," Davies said. "With the tips received via tips lines we eventually were directed to the actor who then gave us incriminating statements of his involvement with the robbery."

The bank was robbed at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning by a man described as a white male, 5-feet-8, with a brown hair, beard and mustache. He was wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, winter cap, jeans and tennis shoes, and fled the scene on foot toward Century III.

West Mifflin police and the FBI are investigating the incident.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service Scheduled Sunday

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium will host an interfaith community Thanksgiving Service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22) at Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., in the city.

The guest speaker will be Jason Chavis, a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh who currently serves as an account executive at Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV (4). Chavis is a board member and volunteer at a number of local community organizations.

A light meal will be served following the service, to be held in the main campus gym at Auberle.

For more information, call Boniface Igba at 412-673-5800, ext. 1286, or Gladys Hunt-Mason at (412) 672-8490.

(Illustration via Art Mad Wallpapers)

 

'City of Angels' Event Tonight at Kennedy Park

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport will hold its "City of Angels Light-Up Night" tonight at 6:30 at Kennedy Park, corner of Walnut Street and Lysle Boulevard, Downtown.

City officials will turn on a tree decorated with angels made by school-age children from across McKeesport. Carols will be sung and refreshments will be served, and the local gospel group "Chalice" will perform.

Event sponors include Mayor Mike Cherepko, the McKeesport Area Ministerium, the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, the Mon River Fleet and Eat 'n Park.

 

Irwin Hosts Light-Up Night Nov. 19

November 18, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Irwin and the Irwin Business and Professional Association will hold the borough's 35th annual Light-Up Night and parade from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 19), a spokesperson said.

Entertainment will include live music at multiple locations, and many downtown stores will be open for the event.

The parade and Light-Up Night are sponsored by S&T Bank, Parkview Community Credit Union, Duncan Financial, Trib Total Media and Commercial Bank & Trust of Pennsylvania.

Free parking will be available at Norwin Hills Shopping Center and shuttle buses will be run from the parking lot of Excela Square at Norwin Hills from 5 to 9 p.m. There is no charge.

The event will be held regardless of weather or temperature. For more information, call (724) 216-6200.

 
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Greater Allegheny campus raises $107,035 at All That's Jazz scholarship benefit

November 12, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

House Band and Betty Shirley perform "Take the A Train" at Penn State Greater Allegheny's 12th annual All That's Jazz scholarship benefit. (Photo courtesy Penn State Greater Allegheny)

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The crystal clear voice of jazz vocalist extraordinaire Betty Shirley filled the Student Community Center at Penn State Greater Allegheny on Saturday as guests traveled back in time to celebrate juke joint jazz at the 12th annual All That’s Jazz scholarship benefit.

The campus was hopping as Shirley was accompanied by the energetic sounds of William Thompson on piano, Eric Johnson on guitar, the multi-talented Benny Benack Jr. on clarinet and saxophone, and All That’s Jazz returning favorite David Pellow on the bass. The band was joined at one point by the Penn State Greater A Capella Melody Lions, the campus’ student choir.

The crowd erupted in applause when the total was revealed, a whopping $107,035 raised in one evening. Since 2004, the All That’s Jazz event has raised more than $932,000 for student scholarships.

 
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City Celebrates Santa With Parade This Saturday

November 12, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Ready or not, the holidays are almost upon us. And McKeesport's salute to Santa parade begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday (Nov. 14) on Fifth Avenue between the Palisades and City Hall.

If you can't make it to the parade, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will be on the scene, with both video and audio coverage live, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

More than 60 marching bands, drill teams and floats are scheduled to be there, including McKeesport Area High School's Tiger Band and the Serra Catholic High School band.

Antique cars, community groups and local mascots, including the Steelers' "Steely McBeam" also will be there.

The grand marshal of this year's parade is McKeesport deputy fire chief Vince Wassel, who is battling cancer.

If you can't make it to the parade, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will be there, with both video and audio coverage beginning at 10:30 a.m.

(Tube City Almanac file photo by John Barna)

 

Daily News Will Close if No Buyer is Found by Dec. 31

November 10, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Happier times: Former Daily News publisher and philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, shown here with now-state Sen. James Brewster, served as grand marshal of McKeesport's "Salute to Santa" parade in 2008. With Scaife's 2014 death, his newspaper empire is being sold off. Tube City Almanac photo by John Barna.

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The McKeesport Daily News and Monessen Valley Independent will be closed if they're not sold by Dec. 31, says their owner, the parent company of the Tribune-Review, which is also planning widespread layoffs.

In a press release this morning, Trib Total Media said that 91 employees in McKeesport and Monessen will lose their jobs if the newspapers are closed.

"The end of any of our nameplates, all of them longtime fixtures in their communities, is regrettable and painful for everyone," Trib Total Media President Jennifer Bertetto said in a statement.

"But we are not immune to the financial pressures that have forced even more drastic cutbacks by all of our competitors and by nearly every newspaper in the country," she said.

 
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Remembering the 'McKeesport 23'

November 07, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, Podcast

McKeesport has one of the earliest known U.S. monuments to soldiers, sailors and marines who died in the Vietnam War.

In 1966, following the deaths in Vietnam of four former members of what was then known as the McKeesport Boys Club, club founder Samuel LaRosa decided that those serving in Vietnam needed to be remembered. He erected a tablet outside the club with the names of the four fallen.

Before the end of the war in 1975, the names of 23 young men from McKeesport would be displayed on LaRosa's tablet.

Walt Yager, a longtime member and volunteer at what is now known as the LaRosa Boys and Girls Club, says he believes it was the first Vietnam memorial erected in the United States.

The "McKeesport 23" will be remembered with a tribute at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park.

The event is open to the public, but organizers are especially hoping that families and friends of the 23 can attend, along with others who served in Vietnam.

This week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talked to two of the organizers, Yager and retired White Oak police Chief Joe Hoffman, about why they think so many men from the Mon Valley served, and what the Nov. 14 tribute symbolizes.

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" airs at 8:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810), 8 a.m. Sundays on WZUM (1550), and at 3 p.m. Sundays on WMCK.FM.

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ADVERTISEMENT: Support for "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" comes in part from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation. Since 1976, the foundation has addressed key concerns that affect our good health, as well as our education, social needs, recreation, and safety and security. The foundation partners with UPMC McKeesport and other agencies to eliminate barriers to all services for all residents of the Mon Valley. Visit www.mckhospitalfoundation.com, or call (412) 664-2590.

 

Police Seek Suspect in Bystander's Death

November 07, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Police are looking for an 18-year-old suspect in the shooting death of a man who was apparently struck by a stray bullet while driving in the city's East End.

Rashawn Walker (shown) is wanted for questioning in the death of James A. Ponzo, 73, of Glassport.

Ponzo was driving on East Fifth Avenue near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge just before 3 p.m. Wednesday when two other cars entered the street, police said. The occupants of the two cars were shooting at each other.

Police believe Ponzo was struck by a stray bullet. His car then went out of control and struck another vehicle, injuring two people.

 
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