Duquesne Residents Express Concerns Over Water Bills

December 14, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne residents are voicing concerns regarding the new way water bills are being issued. 

At the Nov. 27 council meeting, one resident who also owns a rental property said that as the landlord, she's receiving bills, but her tenants are not.

And while she is keeping the bills up-to-date, she said, her tenants are receiving delinquency letters. Other residents said they're receiving bill that are lower than what they know they owe.

 
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Water Authority Pledges $843K to Grandview Fire Hydrant Improvements

December 14, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Map courtesy Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. Click to download.)


The water authority serving McKeesport will invest more than $843,000 to improve the water flow to fire hydrants in the Grandview area of the city.

The improvements --- including more than a half-mile of new water mains and eight new fire hydrants --- were approved Wednesday by the board of directors of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.

Matthew Junker, spokesman for the water authority, said the board is responding to concerns raised by McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik and residents after a fire June 16 on Cleveland Street leveled one home, severely damaged at least five others and sent several people to the hospital.

"I'm very pleased that they are going to finally make the necessary improvements up there, and make sure that water flow is never a problem again in the Grandview area," Cherepko said Thursday.

 
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Highmark Exec to Deliver Remarks at Penn State Commencement

December 13, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Fred Ramos, via LinkedIn)


Thirty-five students will graduate from Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus when the university celebrates its Fall 2018 commencement.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Wunderley Gymnasium on the McKeesport Campus, said Zack Rosen, a campus spokesman. Twenty-nine students are expected to process in the ceremony, he said.

Fred Ramos (above), senior vice president of corporate communications for Highmark Health, will deliver the commencement address. Ramos is a graduate of Northern Illinois University who joined Highmark in 2016.

 
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New Act 47 Coordinator Hoping Duquesne Exits Distressed Status Soon

December 13, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne's new Act 47 coordinator is hopeful that the city will be able to exit financially distressed status in the next few years.

George Dougherty Jr. has been appointed by the state to work with the city, which has been considered a distressed municipality for nearly 30 years. He was introduced during the Nov. 27 Duquesne City Council meeting.

Dougherty, who has also worked as Braddock’s Act 47 representative, said he has begun to get familiar with the community and work with the mayor and city manager on developing a budget for Duquesne.

Communities under Act 47 representative must adopt more restrictive spending plans in exchange for the right to have an increased earned income tax rate and favored status on state grant applications.

 
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No Tax Increase for City Residents in 2018

December 13, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

CORRECTION, Dec. 14, 2018: Police and fire staffing remain the same in 2019 as in 2018. Two firefighter job classifications have changed and are in a different line on the 2019 budget. This story incorrectly said two positions were being eliminated. We apologize for the error. -JT

Download McKeesport's 2019 budget (PDF reader required)


McKeesport officials will hold the line on taxes and fees again in 2019.

The city's $24.5 million budget, approved unanimously by council on Dec. 5, keeps taxes at 6.26 mills on buildings and 18.5 mills on land.

One mill represents $1 in taxes paid for every $1,000 for which a property is assessed. A house assessed at $48,000 by Allegheny County would pay approximately $300 in city property taxes.

"There are no increases in taxes and no salary increases, beyond those we are contracted for," McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko said last week. "There are no increases for the administration."

 
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'Crushing It in the Mon Valley'? Well....

December 11, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

I was pleasantly surprised today to read an editorial in Print, a newspaper serving the East End of Pittsburgh, praising Tube City Almanac for its efforts to cover the Mon-Yough area.

We're grateful for their kind words --- but we're especially grateful for your support over the past three years. Thank you.

According to them, we're "crushing it." I'm not so sure about that. In my opinion, there is a lot of room for improvement in 2019, and many things that need to be done that we're simply not able to get to.

But all of us are doing the very best we can, with very limited resources. And we hope to do even more in 2019.

A quarter-million page views in 2018

Last year, we served 240,745 pages to more than 64,000 readers. That's a 32 percent increase over 2017.

Another 133,983 people used Tube City Almanac's obituaries page. That's an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.

We appreciate your support

If you do use this service, and you can afford to make a donation, we would be grateful for a contribution.

We are an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charity, and your donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law.

Donations may be made by check or money order to Tube City Community Media Inc., P.O. Box 94, McKeesport 15134; or via PayPal at: http://www.tubecityonline.com/contact/

 
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Chorale Plans Christmas Concert Sunday in White Oak

December 11, 2018 |

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

The Mon Yough Chorale will proudly present its annual Christmas concert, "A Chorale Christmas," at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak.

Tickets are $8 and available at the door, a spokeswoman said. A cookie reception will follow.

The chorale (formerly the Mon Yough Community Singers) also will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13) at Monroeville Mall on the Lower Level, near Dick's Sporting Goods.

For more information about the chorale, any of its upcoming concerts, or to learn how to join, visit the chorale's website.

 

McKeesport Train Club Kicks Off Holiday Open House

December 09, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Jeri and Mark McGrail of North Huntingdon Twp. were among visitors to the McKeesport Model Railroad Club's annual holiday train show and open house. The show continues weekends through Dec. 30. (Photo by Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)


McKeesport Model Railroad Club began its annual open house and holiday train show this weekend, and Vickie Babyak caught up with some of the visitors.

Located at 2209 Walnut St. in Christy Park, the club's 2,200-square-foot model railroad depicts fictionalized scenes of Western Pennsylvania. The permanent layout is built in HO scale, about 1/87th of actual size or roughly half the size of larger Lionel-style trains.

The club, founded in 1950, also had an exhibit this year at the NRG Santa Spectacular in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 2,500 visitors viewed a portable layout depicting McKeesport's former Port Authority transportation center, including a model of the "PATrain."

 
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Speaker Praises NAMI Crisis Intervention Program

December 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Crisis Intervention Team program is a valuable resource for anyone who needs to de-escalate a situation, a speaker told NAMI's McKeesport chapter at its November monthly meeting.

David Pack, a sergeant in the Penn State University police at Greater Allegheny Campus, told NAMI members that the 40-hour training program had helped him "in every aspect of his career."

According to Anna Lisa Haughwout, president of the McKeesport NAMI chapter, Pack said NAMI's CIT training is a resource not just for de-escalating situations involving people with mental health issues, but in all crisis situations.

 
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White Oak Council to Meet

December 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough Council will hold workshop sessions at 6:45 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10) and Dec. 17, with a voting council meeting to follow at 8 p.m. Dec. 17. All meetings are open to the public.
 
 

School Safety a Priority, MASD Superintendent Says

December 09, 2018 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

The day after two McKeesport Area High School students were charged with bringing a weapon onto a school bus, District Superintendent Mark P. Holtzman Jr. promised school directors and the community that the administration is doing everything in its power to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“Considering some recent (events), I just want to reassure everybody in the audience, on the record, that we are committed to our students,” Holtzman said at Wednesday's school board meeting. “Before we educate children, we have to continue to focus on safety and security at all times.”

On Tuesday, McKeesport police arrested a 16-year-old student who they said had brandished a handgun on a school bus. Police believe the student was supplied with the weapon by a 15-year-old who was not in class that day, but entered the campus after dismissal and boarded the bus. The younger student also was charged.

 
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White Oak Authorizes Inspection of Sewers

December 09, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

A closed-circuit camera will be used to inspect a sewer main along Kansas Avenue in White Oak.

Borough council authorized the expenditure at its Nov. 19 meeting. The sewer is between Ohio and California avenues, where residents have complained about backups following heavy rains.

Borough Manager John Palyo said technicians will use the camera to confirm the location of the existing sewer line and determine its condition.

In other business:

Borough Engineer Ken Hillman asked council to authorize a payment of $43,650 to Swede Construction for completion of the salt shed project.

Additionally, he asked the borough to award a bid in the amount of $37,750 to Satira Construction for Phase 1 of the accessibility upgrades to Heritage Hill Pool.

 
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Police, Family Seek Answers in Dravosburg Woman's Disappearance

December 07, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Family and friends of a Dravosburg woman missing for more than a month are seeking any information about her disappearance and current whereabouts.

At a press conference Friday in Munhall, the family of Heather Short said she was last seen on Nov. 6 at a residence on Third Avenue in West Mifflin, where she was visiting with friends.

Short, 46, is approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, short blond hair, and glasses. She has a physical impairment of her right leg which causes her to walk with a limp, sometimes uses crutches.

 
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Brisk December Weather Greets Festival of Trees Crowd

December 07, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Symphanique and her mom (not shown) Shalawrae Shogan of McKeesport visit with Santa Claus during the opening on Thursday night of McKeesport's 33rd annual Festival of Trees. (All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)


With blustery weather designed to put dreams of a snowy Christmas into everyone's bones, McKeesport's 33rd annual Festival of Trees opened Thursday at Jacob Woll Pavilion.

The annual celebration of the holidays --- and of the creativity of more than 90 local groups and churches who have created hand-decorated ornaments for their Christmas trees --- is open from 12 noon to 9 p.m., now through Monday.

Admission is $2 for adults. Children age 12 and under are admitted free with one canned good for a needy family.

 
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Christy Park Resident, 6, Helps Light City Christmas Tree

December 06, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Above, Peyton Estochin, 6, of Christy Park helps McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko press the button to light the city's Christmas tree in Kennedy Park, Downtown, on Wednesday night.

Estochin, a student at Praise Christian Academy in North Versailles Twp., opened a sweet tea stand in her neighborhood in August and raised $700 to support the McKeesport police K-9 unit, which includes four canines and their handler/officers.

Estochin has hopes of being a police officer and K-9 handler some day.

(Photos special to Tube City Almanac)

 

City Man Accused of Trying to Bribe Officer at Traffic Stop

December 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is charged with bribery of a public official after city police said he tried to pay off a police officer following a traffic stop.

Montell R. Wallace, 27, is also charged by McKeesport police with driving with a suspended license and driving at unsafe speeds. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Wallace also was among more than 30 people rounded up by city police Wednesday during a drug sweep. He faces separate charges in that incident.

McKeesport police said Officer Floyd Gault was on patrol at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 on Eden Park Boulevard when he began following a car through the school zone.

 
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Seven-Month Investigation Leads to Charges, Arrests in Drug Sweep

December 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

More than 30 people were arrested Wednesday during a sweep of suspected narcotics dealers in McKeesport, and police have arrest warrants for another 30.

The sweep was the result of a seven-month investigation and also recovered two handguns and an assault rifle, McKeesport police Chief Bryan J. Washowich said. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending, he said.

City police made the arrests along with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, county police, county probation officers, state parole officers and local constables, a spokesperson said.

As of Wednesday night, 36 people had been taken into custody by police and 34 suspects remained at large, city officials said.

 
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Connick's 'Happy Elf' Offers Holiday Fun for Kids at MLT

December 05, 2018 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

Cast members of "The Happy Elf" rehearse a scene. (Photo courtesy of McKeesport Little Theater Juniors)

If You Go:

Harry Connick Jr.’s “The Happy Elf”

Where: McKeesport Little Theater, 1614 Coursin St., McKeesport, 15132

When: Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $7 for children 12 years and younger.  Reservations at (412) 673-1100.


Santa will be taking a break from all his duties at the North Pole to spend some more time in the old Tube City as he meets and greets patrons of all ages – and even has lunch with some of them – when McKeesport Little Theater Juniors present “The Happy Elf.”

A musical creation by Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick Jr., “The Happy Elf” features Eubie, who has set his sights on becoming part of Santa’s sleigh team.

His extremely bubbly personality actually rubs some the wrong way, and he finds himself assigned to checking the naughty-or-nice lists instead.

 
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Port Vue Plans Light-Up Night, Carol Sing on Friday

December 04, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue will hold its Christmas parade and light-up night on Friday, a borough spokesperson announced.

The event was originally scheduled for Dec. 1 but was rescheduled due to rainy weather.

The parade will line up at 5:45 p.m. at the parking lot of American Legion Post 447, corner of Romine Avenue and  Gumbert Street. Santa Claus will arrive via Vigilant Hose Co. fire truck at 6 p.m. and the parade will proceed down to Port Vue Municipal Fields, next to the municipal building.

Lighting of the borough holiday tree and Christmas caroling will then be held at the pavilion at the park.

 

Two Students Charged After School Bus Gun Incident

December 04, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old male student at McKeesport Area High School is being held at Shuman Juvenile Detention Center after police said he brought a gun onto a school bus.

In a prepared statement, police said the student got onto the bus after dismissal on Monday and brandished the firearm. A video circulated on social media showed the student with the weapon, police said.

A school district spokesperson said MASD officials learned of the incident Tuesday morning and called police.

 
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Neon Returns to News Building Windows in Time for Tree-Lighting

December 04, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

After an absence of three years, vintage neon holiday decorations have returned to the windows of the former McKeesport Daily News building.

The lights --- a staple of the holiday season in McKeesport for decades --- returned just in time for the planned lighting on Wednesday night of the city's official Christmas tree.

The ceremony in Kennedy Park will follow Wednesday's regular council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Local gospel group "Chalice" is scheduled to perform.

 
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Friends Raising Money for Shooting Victim; Suspect Held Without Bail

December 03, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The suspect in the killing of an East End garage owner is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail pending a preliminary hearing on a charge of criminal homicide.

Eben Brown, 46, of McKeesport was denied bail following an arraignment early Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Regis C. Welsh. A hearing is slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 14 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

Allegheny County police said Brown is accused of shooting John T. Benedek Jr., 41, of Elizabeth Twp. on Friday afternoon at J&M Automotive Services, the East Fifth Avenue garage he had co-owned and operated since 2017.

 
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East End Garage Owner Shot During Dispute; Customer Charged

December 01, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An Elizabeth man was killed Friday afternoon in his East End auto repair shop in what police described as a dispute with a customer.

John T. Benedek Jr., 41, died in the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Benedek was the co-owner and operator of J&M Automotive Services on East Fifth Avenue near Hartman Street. The garage opened in 2017, according to tax records and posts on Facebook.

 
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