This Sunday on 'Two Rivers, 30 Minutes'

July 30, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Our weekly program, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" is getting ready to start its third year on the radio and as a free downloadable podcast.

Tomorrow, we'll talk to Keith Giles of First Step Recovery Homes about ways getting people off of drugs and alcohol, and into productive careers.

That's at 8 a.m. Sunday on WEDO (810) and WZUM (1550), at 3 p.m. on Internet radio WMCK.FM, and whenever you like as a free download via iTunes, Stitcher and our own website.

Support for "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" comes from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.

 

Port Vue Police Seek Suspected Scammers

July 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Port Vue police are warning residents to beware of two suspected con artists who are going from door-to-door, claiming that they're selling memberships to an Elizabeth Twp. area fitness club. Police say it's a scam.

The suspects were described by police as a white man in his 30s, 5-feet-10, 180 pounds, with short dark hair, and a white woman in her 20s, 5-feet-3, 115 pounds, with a thin build and brown hair in a pony tail.

Anyone with information may call Port Vue police (non-emergency only) at (412) 672-2255 or in case of an emergency via 9-1-1.

 

School District Filling Vacancies

July 29, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area School District is trying to fill several vacant positions, and is accepting resumes from qualified applicants.

District spokeswoman Kristen Davis said MASD is hiring food service (cafeteria) workers, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, instructional assistants and crisis intervention specialists.

Applicants who want more information or details about the positions should call (412) 664-3762.

 

Police Log: July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport 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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Donations Needed to Support Annual Village Broadcast

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport's International Village is Aug. 16, 17 and 18 --- less than a month away!

We are once again producing a video webcast of International Village, and your donations are now tax-deductible as allowed by law. (P.S.: Webcasts from previous years are still online.)

But it all costs money. We would like to raise at least $750 to defray our expenses ... including our hosting, along with Skymagik Internet Services, of the International Village website --- which we do at no cost to city taxpayers.

If you're at all able to make a tax-deductible donation, we would very much appreciate it. PayPal will instantly email you a receipt, and we will send you an acknowledgement by U.S. Mail. (Be patient --- we were really slow at getting those out last year, but we are going to try to do better this year.)

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SUPEQSNTPK4RW

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If your business or organization would like to advertise during our International Village webcast, we need your information right away! Contact me at tubecitytiger@gmail.com or (412) 614-9659.

 
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Area Ministers Express Appreciation for City Police

July 20, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Tube City Almanac photo

McKeesport police Sgt. Francis Angert hugs Diane Elias, owner of Di's Kornerstone Diner, as members of the McKeesport Area Ministerium present officers with gift cards Tuesday as a token of appreciation. Tube City Almanac photo.

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McKeesport-area religious leaders yesterday greeted city police officers as they began their shifts to thank them for their service, and to buy them a meal.

With cooperation from Di's Kornerstone Diner in Olympia Shopping Center, the McKeesport Area Ministerium provided $15 gift cards to all 55 full-time and part-time McKeesport police officers. They also visited police officers during roll call at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The spontaneous act of kindness was a reaction to the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., and heightened tensions between the public and law enforcement.

"Although you may not be told this very often, people really do appreciate what you do," Salvation Army Lt. John Esker Jr. told police before they started their afternoon shift, "and we're here to say thank you."

Ministerium leaders shook hands and, in some cases, hugged police officers as they left for patrol. Participants included Esker; Rev. Earlene Coleman, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; Boniface Igba, spiritual director of Auberle; Gladys Hunt-Mason of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh; the Rev. Peter Giacalone of the Rainbow Temple Assembly of God; and Marty Smith, a retired pastor formerly with the McKeesport Alliance Church.

 
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66 Lose Homes in Duquesne Apartment House Blaze

July 19, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

A massive fire in a Duquesne apartment building forced 66 people from their homes on Tuesday afternoon.

Residents of the Laurel Building in the Hilltop Parkview Manor complex off of Commonwealth Avenue in Duquesne's First Ward are being assisted by the American Red Cross, a county spokeswoman said. All of the tenants are believed to be staying with friends and relatives.

Red Cross and Allegheny County disaster relief workers will be back on the scene at 10 a.m. Wednesday, along with investigators from the Allegheny County fire marshal's office. The building suffered fire, smoke and heavy water damage, said Matt Brown, chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services.

All of the apartments on the first floor burned, and the roof over most of the second-floor apartments has collapsed, he said.

Low water pressure in the area hampered efforts to fight the blaze, Brown said. Tanker trucks brought water to the fire and volunteer firefighters responded from as far away as Swissvale and Monroeville.

 
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Three Children Charged in City Arsons

July 19, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three children --- all under age 13 --- have been arrested by McKeesport police and charged in connection with two separate arsons in the city this month.

Another fire last week in a garage on Garbett Street is regarded as a possible arson, and investigators from the McKeesport police and Allegheny County fire marshal's office have developed leads in the case.

The blazes left McKeesport officials frustrated.

"We're in the schools every year to talk to these kids" about fires, McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said. "They know what the consequences are, not just for them, criminally, but you're destroying people's property and risking the lives of your neighbors and the firefighters responding to the calls."

 
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County Police Investigating Crestas Terrace Shooting

July 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two men were wounded this morning in a shooting in North Versailles Twp.'s Crestas Terrace neighborhood, Allegheny County police said.

Township police were dispatched at 4:15 a.m. to Crestas Avenue after shots were fired at a car driven by Devon Jeter, 32, of McKeesport. Jeter and his passenger, Rashad Rowe, 37, also of McKeesport were injured and taken by ambulance to Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, county police said.

 
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Glassport Apartment Project Benefits from Tax Credits

July 14, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Artist's rendering courtesy Thoughtful Balance

A project to convert the former Glassport High School into a senior living community received a boost from state officials on Thursday.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that the Glassport Retirement Residence and two other projects --- in Mt. Lebanon and Forest Hills --- were awarded tax credits at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

A.M. Rodriguez Associates, Franjo Construction, Thoughtful Balance Architects and CMS Management are planning to convert the 1930s high school, empty since 2004, into a 55-unit apartment building for people ages 62 and up.

 
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Veterans' Job Fair Aug. 13 in White Oak

July 14, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements


Local veterans of any branch of the armed forces are invited to a free job fair Aug. 13 in White Oak.

A spokesman for the American Legion said the event will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Gen. Smedley Butler Post 701, 2813 Capital St.

The event is free for both attendees and for employers who are looking to fill vacant job postings. Employers who want to have a table at the event are asked to register no later than July 22 to ensure that they have a space, the spokesman said.

The post has free wi-fi and attendees will be provided with tables and chairs in order to setup. Light refreshments will also be served for all attendees.  
 
For more information, contact Stefanie Doyle, department service officer for the American Legion, at (412) 395-6230 or email Stefanie.Doyle@va.gov.

 

Police Log: July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport 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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Paving Planned on Penna Ave in WM, Dravosburg

July 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

About two miles of a busy road between Dravosburg and West Mifflin will be repaved, beginning this Friday (July 15), weather permitting.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said crews from Lindy Paving Inc. will remove old pavement, patch concrete, repair the shoulders, improve drainage and replace guide rails on state-maintained portions of Pennsylvania Avenue, Skyline Drive and Goldstrom Avenue between Ravine Street in Dravosburg and Mellon Street in West Mifflin.

 
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Guffey Road to Close for Emergency Repairs

July 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A section of Guffey Road in North Huntingdon Twp. will close next week for emergency repairs, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transporation.

Crews will close Guffey between Mickanin Road and Shaner Road so that a slide can be repaired and other modifications can be made to the road, PennDOT said. The closure will continue through Aug. 10.

A posted detour will be in place using Station Road and Turner Valley Road.

 

Trail-Side Cabin Begins Hosting Weary Hikers, Bikers

July 11, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

A trailside cabin --- or "hostel" --- near McKeesport's marina has begun accepting its first paying guests.

Located in a former snack bar at Gergely Riverfront Park, the brick cabin is secured with an electronic lock and offers four beds, clean linens, a shower, bathroom facilities and a kitchenette, says Linda Brewster, president of the McKeesport Trail Commission.

The commission hosted an open house at the facility on Friday. Visitors who want to rent a bed overnight are charged $30 per bed, per night, and must pay using a credit or debit card; arrangements can be made by calling the trail commission at (412) 523-2972 or (724) 433-5640 before 10 p.m.

"This has been a long time coming and finally it's done," Brewster says. "Everyone who has helped us has been tremendous."

 
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Ardara Road in NHT to Close for Repairs

July 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

North Huntingdon Twp. officials said Ardara Road will be closed Monday and remain closed for about three weeks to allow for roard repairs.

The road is closed from Masters Lane to the bottom of hill near Leger Road, officials said.

 

Eight Honored by Mayor, Council for 'Living the Message'

July 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Eight people --- including four fourth-graders at Twin Rivers Primary-Intermediate School --- were honored this week for their efforts to live "McKeesport's Message" of "respect, dignity, hope and love."

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko presented proclamations to each awardee before Wednesday's city council meeting. The honorees were selected by the McKeesport Message Committee, which is currently accepting nominations for the next round of awards, to be presented this fall, said Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor.

"Every three months, the message committee has been giving out these awards to different individuals," Cherepko said. "Really, society as a whole needs to look at increasing dignity, respect, hope and love, and we need help spread that message out into the community."

Nominations for "Living the Message" awards are due by July 31 to Cherepko's office, McKeesport City Hall, 500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport 15132, or via email to jen.vertullo@mckeesport-pa.gov. To nominate an individual or group, describe in 250 words or fewer how that person or persons embodies one of the four words.

July's award winners follow below.

 
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Kennywood History, Lore Are Subject of Saturday Talk in Renzie

July 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Jeremy Thompson via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Did you love the Turnpike and the Laser Loop? Did you kiss your sweetheart while rowing a boat in the Lagoon? Did you march with your high school band in the Fall Fantasy Parade? Then McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center has a program for you.

Author and West Mifflin native Brian Butko will discuss his new book "Kennywood: Behind the Screams" at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 9) at the Heritage Center, located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. The talk, part of the center's Summer Speaker Series, is free for members and $2 for all others.

The book is a pocket-sized guide to the history of Kennywood's attractions and is the first of a planned series of three books about the century-old West Mifflin landmark amusement park.

For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center's website.

In addition, Butko will be the guest on this Sunday's episode of "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," heard on WEDO (810), WZUM (1550 and 88.1) and WMCK.FM Internet radio. The show is sponsored by McKeesport Hospital Foundation and new episodes are available as a free podcast from iTunes and our website.

 
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Grant Ave. Work Begins in West Mifflin

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Part of Grant Avenue Extension in West Mifflin will be closed during evenings this week so that work can continue on the Homeville Viaduct.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works said closing the road is necessary so that crews from Mosites Construction can replace a bearing on the bridge. The 779-foot-long bridge, built in 1955, is undergoing a $10 million reconstruction project.

Grant Avenue will be closed nightly between Lower Bull Run Road and Edgewood Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through Saturday (July 9). All work is being done at night.

A county spokeswoman said motorists should follow the posted detour.

 

Three-Day Fundraiser Will Support Hospital Foundation

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo courtesy UPMC Health System

(Editor's Note: Tube City Community Media has a conflict of interest. Please see the note at the end of this story.)

There's a new twist to an old favorite --- the annual fundraiser known as the UPMC McKeesport Invitational.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the invitational will include what Eliana Latterman, director of development, calls a "Burgh-style cash bash" at 7 p.m. July 29 at the country club. Retired McKeesport Area High School football coach George Smith will serve as master of ceremonies.

The flagship event remains the annual golf outing at Youghiogheny Country Club, Latterman says.

Friday's cash-bash event will be Pittsburgh sports-themed, so ticket buyers will also get chances to win sports memorabilia prizes, each valued at approximately $300, that represent the range of Pittsburgh professional sporting, Latterman says.

Baskets are being created by the hospital's nursing units and other departments and will be raffled, she says.

The three-day UPMC McKeesport Invitational supports the work of the hospital foundation. Other events during the invitational include a Saturday tennis tournament and a Monday golf outing, followed by a dinner.

 
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