County Police Seek Suspects, Motive in 7th Ward Shooting

April 19, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police have released few details in connection with a shooting Thursday night in the city's Seventh Ward that left a teen-ager hospitalized in critical condition.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel said 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers received "multiple calls" just before 7 p.m. Thursday reporting that shots were being fired in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street, and that a young man was injured.

McKeesport police and paramedics responded and discovered the victim, a 15-year-old, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Dinsmore Street near Pirl Street.

 
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Easter Egg Hunt, Clean-Up Day Slated in White Oak

April 18, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements

The White Oak Borough Easter Egg Hunt was announced at this week’s borough council meeting.

The annual event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the White Oak Borough Recreation Board, the event will take place at the pavilion of the Heritage Hill Park.

Additional upcoming events include:

Borough Clean-Up Day will be held April 27. Volunteers are welcome to participate and should be at the Heritage Hill pavilion at 9:30 a.m. to help prepare for the event. The clean-up will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In partnership with the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, a rabies clinic is scheduled 12 to 3 p.m. May 18. The event will take place at the public works garage. A resident rate of $5 applies; proof of residency is required. Non-resident cost is $10.

 
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Fire Defense Council Slates April Meeting

April 18, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Mon Yough Fire Defense Council will hold its monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. April 24, a spokesman said. The meeting will be held at West Mifflin No. 3 Fire Company on Rodeo Drive, West Mifflin. All member companies are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments to follow.

 

Beulah Park Church Plans Spaghetti Dinner

April 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

Beulah Park United Methodist Church, 1615 Grandview Ave., McKeesport, will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. May 4, a spokeswoman said.

Dinners are served with meat, marinara or alfredo sauce and include either soup (wedding or beans and greens), salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

 
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Registration Deadline for May Primary is April 22

April 17, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

Voters across Pennsylvania will be electing mayors, township commissioners and supervisors, borough council and school directors in 2019, and in order to vote in the primary, they must be registered by April 22.

The Allegheny County Elections Division said that residents who wish to vote on May 21 must be registered by Monday (April 22). Registered voters who have moved, changed their name or changed political parties also must notify the elections division by April 22, a spokeswoman said.

To qualify to vote, one must be a United States citizen at least one month prior to the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.

Applicants needing to register to vote, or to change their name, address, or party affiliation may do so by using the state’s online voter registration process at www.votespa.com.

 
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Squires Seeks West Mifflin School Board Seat

April 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Politics & Elections

(Submitted by the candidate)

A long-time resident of West Mifflin, Kevin Squires is running for a seat as a School Director for the West Mifflin Area School District.

Kevin graduated from the West Mifflin Area School District in 2011 and is 26 years old. As a student, he was involved in many activities, including student council, marching band (saxophone), orchestra (viola), National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Teachers of America, and the school newspaper, the last of which he presided over as editor-in-chief. Kevin also helped to form and served as one of the first Student Board Representatives for the West Mifflin Area School District Board of Directors.

 
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ACLU Takes MASD to Court Over Black Student Union

April 11, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Click here to download the complaint (student names have been redacted)


The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge to order the McKeesport Area School District to allow a Black Student Union to advertise its meetings and meet on school property outside of school hours.

Citing federal law and the district’s own policies --- as well as list of other student clubs that have been sanctioned by the school district --- the ACLU of Pennsylvania on Wednesday asked a federal judge to find the district in violation of both the First Amendment and the federal Equal Access Act, a 1984 law.

The filing, made on behalf of 11 students at the high school, names the district and Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr., and asks the court to order McKeesport Area School District to provide the Black Student Union with “the same access to school facilities as other non-curricular student clubs.”

The case has been assigned to federal District Judge Marilyn J. Horan. No hearing has yet been scheduled.

 
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MAHS' 'Addams Family' is Quirky, Creepy Fun

April 11, 2019 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

Cast of "The Addams Family" musical awaits opening night at McKeesport Area High School. (Photo courtesy of producer Carolyn Carreiro)

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McKeesport Area High School presents “The Addams Family”

Where: McKeesport Area High School auditorium, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13, plus a matinee at 2 p.m. April 13

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, available at the high school 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday


Fans of the original “Addams Family” TV show or subsequent movies may find it difficult to believe the story could be updated and made into – of all things – a musical.

But it has, and McKeesport Area High students are ready to bring their interpretation of its quirky and sometimes macabre characters such as Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, and even their extended family of living relatives and ancestors to the high school stage April 11, 12 and 13.

All versions are based on characters from cartoons by Charles Addams that appeared in the New Yorker.

In the musical, little Wednesday is all grown up and has fallen in love – with Lucas Beineke from a “normal” family from Ohio.

 
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Free Space Available for Political Candidates

April 10, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

Pennsylvania's Primary Election is May 21.

Tube City Community Media Inc. doesn't endorse candidates or knowingly accept political advertising, but we again will make available this space as a free, public outlet for local political candidates.

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Any candidate for a municipal (city, borough or township mayor, commissioner, council, etc.) or school board office in the McKeesport Area, Duquesne, East Allegheny, South Allegheny or West Mifflin Area school districts may submit a candidate profile for publication.

Deadline is Tuesday, May 7.

Profiles received after the deadline will be published at the editor's option, time permitting.

Please email your submission to tubecitytiger@gmail.com, or drop it off labeled "Tube City Online" or "Tube City Almanac" in the lobby of 409 Walnut St., McKeesport, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. You also may write to Tube City Almanac, P.O. Box 94, McKeesport, PA 15134.

Phone calls and Facebook messages will not be accepted.

 
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National Library Week Brings Full Slate of Events

April 09, 2019 |

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

(Photo courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport via Facebook.)


Carnegie Library of McKeesport has scheduled a full slate of events during National Library Week. All events are free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the library's main branch, 1507 Library Ave., will screen the 2018 feature film "On the Basis of Sex," a biographical drama starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg arguing the early cases of her career as a lawyer.

The movie also stars Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

 
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Mayor Hopes Redevelopment Projects Can Help Change Perceptions

April 08, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko is trying to change the perceptions of his town, whether from outsiders who've never set foot in the city or locals who think it's dying.

The mayor is hoping that investment in long-neglected parts of the city --- including the Downtown area --- will help. In March, the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh presented the city with the results of a marketing study of the Penn-McKee Hotel.

Cherepko believes returning the long-shuttered, iconic hotel to commercial or retail use would “help change the perspective of the city,” he said.

 
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Pittsburgh Premiere of ‘Bright Star’ Will Light EA’s Stage

April 08, 2019 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment, North Versailles Twp. News

Musicians join actors onstage in this moveable house during East Allegheny's "Bright Star," with bluegrass/country music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. (Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo)

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East Allegheny High School presents “Bright Star”
 
Where: 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles Twp.
 
When: 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12 and 13, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. April 13
 
Tickets: $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens for the evening performances. All tickets are $6 for the matinee. Available at the main office in the high school, by calling (412) 824-8012, or will be sold at the box office beginning 45 minutes before each performance. Additional show information at www.eachoir.org.

“Laugh, cry, and find your way home again,” is the tagline director/producer Amanda Rosco suggested as a way for East Allegheny students to explain the essence of this year’s musical, “Bright Star.”

Written and composed by Steve Martin -- comedian, actor, musician, author, playwright and producer -- and Edie Brickell, the musical is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina just after World War II, with flashbacks to 1923.

The music is a mixture of bluegrass and country, and grew out of their collaboration on “Love Has Come for You,” a 2013 Grammy-winning bluegrass album with Brickell’s lyrics and singing and Martin on banjo.

“Bright Star” opened on Broadway in 2016, and was nominated for a number of awards.

 
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Sixth Ward Duplex Fire Under Investigation

April 05, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

A fire that destroyed a two-story brick duplex on Ridge Avenue in the city on Thursday afternoon is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office.

Emergency personnel said the fire was reported just after 12 noon in the vacant structure at 904 Ridge St.

McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said that when firefighters arrived, smoke was visible and fire had spread to both the first and second floors, and a second alarm was struck.

 
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Five Police Officers Promoted; New Deputy Fire Chief Named

April 05, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer, police Officers Sebastian Cencich, Nicholas Probola, Charles Thomas Jr. and Sheena Leszczynski, and McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko. (Tube City Almanac photo)


McKeesport City Council welcomed four new full-time police officers and congratulated two other first-responders on their recent promotions.

At Wednesday's meeting, police Chief Adam Alfer introduced police Officers Sebastian Cencich, Nicholas Probola, Charles Thomas Jr. and Sheena Leszczynski. All were hired 12 months ago as part-time McKeesport police officers and have recently been made full-time in the bureau, Alfer said.

In addition, Detective Sidney Summers of the narcotics squad has been promoted to sergeant, Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

 
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Expert: Air Pollution's Impact Comparable to Opioid Epidemic

April 05, 2019 |

By Mary Shelly | Posted in: News

Resident Mark Dixon speaks to Pittsburgh City Council during a special meeting convened to discuss the region's air quality. (Mary Shelly photo/Point Park News Service)


The number of people dying in Allegheny County from exposure to air pollution is comparable to the numbers of people dying from opioid abuse and addiction, said a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has studied air pollution’s effects.

“There (are) approximately 250 attributable deaths each year in Allegheny County from exposure to fine particulate matter, PM 2.5,” Neil Donahue, CMU professor of chemical engineering, chemistry and engineering and public policy, told Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday.

“If you monetize that, that corresponds to about $2.5 billion a year in environmental damages,” he said. “It’s a calamity of the highest order.
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The special meeting between members of Pittsburgh City Council, representatives of the Allegheny County Health Department and environmental leaders, was prompted by recent issues at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Plant.


 
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Clairton Pollution Equipment Repaired, As Air Quality Concerns Linger

April 04, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Conflict of Interest Note: The writer has a conflict of interest. He is a U.S. Steel stockholder.

(Photo by Mark Dixon, Blue Lens, LLC, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.)


U.S. Steel has completed repairs to pollution-control equipment at its Clairton Plant ahead of schedule.

But the announcement Thursday by a company spokesperson comes after several days during which federal authorities said air quality measured at the Liberty Borough monitor was the worst in the entire United States.

On Monday, the Allegheny County Health Department issued a new fine of nearly $708,000 against U.S. Steel for what it called "continued emissions problems" at Clairton Plant during the second half of 2018.

The county has now issued fines of more than $2 million against U.S. Steel since June 2018. In February, PennEnvironment and the Clean Air Council notified U.S. Steel that they intend to sue the company in federal court for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act.

 
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Police: Man Shot Dead During Apparent Robbery Attempt

April 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with additional details from Allegheny County police; age of the deceased has been corrected.


A 33-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon in Duquesne in what police described as a failed robbery attempt.

Police said the deceased man, whose name was not released, attempted to rob a jitney driver at gunpoint --- but the jitney driver, 73, turned out to be armed as well, and shot him.

No charges have been filed against the jitney driver.

Allegheny County police Lt. Ken Ruckel said in a prepared statement that investigators would turn over details of the case to the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for a recommendation.

 
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Serra’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ is a Family Affair

April 03, 2019 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

Dancers rehearse a tap number, under the direction of Serra graduate Cassie Fedor, who returned to her alma mater to choreograph the show. (David P. Adams photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

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“The Wizard of Oz”
Serra Catholic High School
200 Hershey Drive (Haler Heights)
McKeesport
7 p.m. April 3-6

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students, available by calling the school office at 412-751-2020, or at the door.


If Dorothy Gale had as many family connections as the cast, crew -- and even the director -- have called upon to help produce Serra Catholic High School’s spring musical, she may never have left Kansas.

In “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens today and runs through April 6, siblings are cast as leads, a Serra grad returns as choreographer and gets to work with her brother, while Ryan Gedman’s brother creates his Tinman costume and paints sets.

Although Alani and Abby DiLonardo have performed in previous Serra musicals, this is the first time they have shared some serious stage time.

Alani is Dorothy, while Abby is the Cowardly Lion. Savino DiLonardo is part of the elementary ensemble.

 
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Board ‘Taking Steps’ Toward Possible Black Student Union

April 03, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

A soft-spoken seventh grader and a respected community leader last week told the McKeesport Area School Board they support the creation of a black student union.

The concept was first discussed in detail at the Feb. 27 board meeting.

During the public comment portion of the board's monthly meeting, Stephanie, a seventh-grade student, told the board that a black student union would help provide kids with skills in dealing with the consequences of their actions.

“You may ask why we want it,” she said. “It's not that we want it, we need it. It teaches kids right from wrong. If you take that away from us, we have nothing.”

 
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CMU Students Tour Mon Valley, Tube City Center

April 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

Graduate students from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University toured the Mon Valley on Saturday as part of a project to study technological challenges to redeveloping the region.

Led by Rick Stafford, distinguished service professor of public policy, the students in the course titled "Societal Consequences of Technological Change" visited sites in Braddock, Duquesne and McKeesport, stopping for lunch at the Tube City Center for Business & Innovation (the former McKeesport Daily News Building).

 
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Area Man Charged With Soliciting Minors Online

April 02, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former school bus driver has been jailed after state investigators alleged that he tried to solicit a juvenile for sexual activity.

Todd M. Murray, 55, who investigators said has addresses in Port Vue and Elizabeth Twp., is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing April 10 before Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills in Forward Twp.

Murray was charged with dissemination of pornography to minors, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

The bus company for which Murray worked, Pennsylvania Coach Lines, has cooperated fully with investigators, said a spokesman for state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 
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Work Begins on Homestead-Duquesne Road Paving Project

April 02, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Crews from A. Folino Construction of Oakmont began work Tuesday to repair and repave Homestead-Duquesne Road in West Mifflin.

The $2 million project is expected to continue through August, a county spokesman said.

The work will include repairs to concrete and drainage systems to approximately 1.1 miles of road between Homeville Road in West Mifflin and Grant Avenue in Duquesne.

 
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Reader's Viewpoint: Article on Church's Demolition Was a 'Scam'

April 02, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial, Letters to the Editor

Reader Glen Jackson of McKeesport took issue with the March 21 article, "Wrestling Program Plans to Grow; Abandoned Church to Be Demolished," about plans to demolish the former St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church on Beacon Street.

In comments Jackson posted on Facebook and then emailed to Tube City Almanac, Jackson wrote:

"Is this [article] funded by [McKeesport Mayor Michael] Cherepko? It’s a scam article.

"Part of the deal of [Jim Miller of PWX] buying the lot so cheap was the fact of the church inclusion!

 
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Easter Bunny Breakfast Planned in NV Twp.

April 02, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will host an Easter Bunny Breakfast for children, including an egg-decorating contest, on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave.

Pre-registration is requested. RSVP to the Parks and Recreation department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.

 

MASD Board Supports Changes to Cyber School Funding

April 02, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

The McKeesport Area School Board has lent its support to proposed legislation that would change the way cyber-charter school tuition is collected.

At the board's March 27 meeting, the board approved a resolution in support of state House Bill 526 and state Senate Bill 34. If passed, the bills would require families to pay out-of-pocket tuition for their children to attend a cyber-charter school if a similar program was offered by their home district.

Paying cyber-charter school tuition can cost the McKeesport Area School District “possibly over a million dollars (for) some of the students who are out of the district, in other cyber-charter school systems,” Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr. said.

 
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WO Mayor Praises Police, EMS for Response to January Incident

April 02, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton praised the borough's emergency responders for their handling of a Jan. 2 incident.

At council's March meeting, Marton thanked White Oak Police Sgt. Dan Opferman and Officer Greg Smith, the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County police SWAT and their negotiator, and White Oak EMS's WOTAC team for working together to negotiate with an armed, suicidal man barricaded in a home in the borough.

 
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