Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday With Vogues

June 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Chuck Blasko's Vogues kick off McKeesport's summer concert series at Renziehausen Park with a free show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

All of the concerts are held weather-permitting at the Lions Bandshell in Renzie, adjacent to Eden Park Boulevard. Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Refreshments are available and members of the McKeesport Lions Club will be collecting gently used prescription eyeglasses that are redistributed to people who cannot afford them, a spokeswoman said.

 
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Opioid Prevention Workshop Rescheduled for July 24

June 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A free community meeting to discuss opioid abuse and prevention has been rescheduled.

The event, which was to be held Thursday, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 24 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman said.

The discussion will be led by members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at the University of Pittsburgh and will include information about treatment and recovery from opioid addiction, as well as a panel discussion and training on the use of naloxone, a drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

 
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Grand Opening Planned Saturday for Renzie Dog Park

June 13, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

City officials will celebrate the grand opening of a new dog park at Renziehausen Park on Saturday with a "leash-cutting" ceremony at 10 a.m.

Vendors with refreshments, dog licensing information and other items also will be available during the celebration scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility, located near the Sulphur Springs access road, off Eden Park Boulevard at Palm Street.

The dog park's opening also will coincide with the first day of this summer's Renzie Farmers' Market, located behind No. 2 Fire Station.

 
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33 Charged as Drug Sweep Touches Mon Valley, East Suburbs

June 12, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

More than 30 people --- many from the Mon Valley --- were rounded up early Wednesday morning by FBI agents and local police and arrested on federal drug charges related to trafficking cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.

In a prepared release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has issued three separate, but related indictments which were unsealed this week.

Brady said that charged by federal prosecutors in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and crack between August 2018 and May of this year are:

 
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Celebration Will Mark Opening of New Machinist Training Center

June 12, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Workers maneuver a lathe into a new training classroom at the former McKeesport Daily News Building. New Century Careers is holding an open house in the space on Thursday. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)


Community members and elected officials are being invited to tour a space that will soon be used to train machinists for jobs in manufacturing.

New Century Careers is holding the open house and VIP reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation, 409 Walnut St. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh-based non-profit is offering its "quick-train" introduction to manufacturing curriculum in McKeesport for the first time.

 
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Letters to the Editor: 'Red-Light Cameras' Are a Cash-Grab

June 12, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

James Sikorski Jr. of Luzerne County writes regarding June 4's story, "$344K State Grant Will Fund City-Wide Safety, Traffic Improvements."

Sikorski is "Pennsylvania Advocate" for the "National Motorists Association," which describes itself as a "grassroots alliance of motorists joined together to protect our rights."

It should be noted that versions of this same letter have been sent to other publications around the state:

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6 percent of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.

 
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'Yappy Happy Hour' Benefits White Oak Shelter

June 11, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Above: White Oak Mayor Ina Marton enjoys the company of Luke and Chewie during the Yappy Happy Hour on Friday, which was organized by the White Oak Animal Safe Haven fundraising committee.

The event included puppy-friendly lattes and ice cream treats for humans provided by McFeely's Gourmet Chocolate.

 
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Library Posts Upcoming June Programs

June 11, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Healthy Snack: The library will mark "National Eat Your Vegetables Day" by serving free, healthy snacks from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 17 on the library grounds.

Reading Social: The Reading Social group will be viewing and discussing the PBS-TV American Masters presentation of "And Still I Rise," a biography of the late poet, activist, writer and playwright Maya Angelou. The discussion at 12:30 p.m. June 19 will meet at the library and is free and open to the public.

 
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People's Building Has a Buyer; New Owner Already at Work

June 06, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Tube City Almanac file photo)


McKeesport's historic People's Bank Building will likely have a new owner by the end of the month.

The mostly vacant 80,000-square-foot structure was transferred to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of McKeesport for $1 and is now under agreement to be sold to a new owner, said A.J. Tedesco, the city's community development director.

The buyer is Jonathan Stark, owner of Legion Arms and Compulsive Paintball, who also is developing a new commercial building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street at the one-time site of the Memorial Theater.

"We have a lot of work to do," Stark said. "Lots and lots and lots of work to do."

 
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County Voters Invited to Test New Voting Machines

June 06, 2019 |

By Griffin Gordon | Posted in: News

* CORRECTION: This story was corrected after publication.


With the presidential election of 2020 looming, Allegheny County officials are testing new kinds of voting machines.

The board of elections will hold a public meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday (June 7) in the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse, downtown Pittsburgh, to discuss the options and hear from three experts regarding election security.

On Wednesday at CCAC South Campus in West Mifflin, residents got a chance to try different kinds of voting technology for themselves. The machines being demonstrated could be broken down into three basic methods: entirely paper ballots, entirely automated ballots, and hybrid ballots that combine paper and electronic systems.

 
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State's Second 'Laundromat Library' Coming to Olympia

June 06, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

Pittsburgh's public television station and the Carnegie Library of McKeesport are teaming up to open the state's second "Wash and Learn" laundromat library at Olympia Shopping Center.

A celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Friday (June 7) at the Olympia Coin Laundry in Versailles, said Colleen Rauschenberg Denne, executive director of the library. The event is open to the public.

In cooperation with WQED Multimedia, the Allegheny County Library Association, and the international charity Libraries Without Borders, the McKeesport library is installing bookshelves and wi-fi hotspots at the laundromat.

The library hopes that customers of the laundry “will be introduced to some of the resources the library has to offer and become regular library users," Denne said.

 
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Study: Hotel's Reuse Could Unlock Potential of City's Riverfront

June 05, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Conflict of Interest Note: The author has a conflict of interest. He is on the McKees Point Development Group. See previous coverage of this issue and the note at the end of this story.

An architect's rendering depicts the former Penn-McKee Hotel as part of a shopping and entertainment district attached to McKeesport's waterfront. (Nina Chase/Merritt Chase Architects via Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh)


Download sections of the marketing and feasibility study (PDF reader required)

Up to $141 million in tourism money that could be spent in McKeesport is leaving the area, and at least part of that could be captured along the city's riverfront if the right attractions were in place.

That's according to a study of the area around the Penn-McKee Hotel that was done for city officials by the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh.

The report concludes that reusing the long-vacant hotel is "costly" but feasible, and recommends that funds be raised to mitigate environmental problems, prevent the building from further deterioration, and make it more presentable to investors.

The study was released Tuesday night during the regularly scheduled city council meeting and is available for viewing at the mayor's office.

 
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$344K State Grant Will Fund City-Wide Safety, Traffic Improvements

June 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

* CORRECTION: This story was corrected after publication.

Audible sensors for the sight-impaired will be added to this busy intersection with the help of a state grant. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)


McKeesport officials will create a traffic safety program to look for ways to improve pedestrian safety and reduce speeding and accidents in the city.

In addition, the busy intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street --- where "near misses" between cars and pedestrians are frequent --- will get improved crossing signals, and the intersection of Versailles and Evans avenues will be entirely revamped.

The improvements are being funded in part through a $344,000 grant from the state's Automated Red-Light Enforcement Fund. The grant was announced last week by state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Austin Davis.

 
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Three Charged in Harrison Village Shooting Incident

June 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

(UPDATED after publication.)


Two people, including a 17-year-old, face charges after police say they opened fire on one another following a fight at the Harrison Village housing complex on Monday afternoon.

A third woman who is accused of giving a handgun to one of the shooters also faces charges, and Allegheny County police are looking for a fourth person who fled the scene.

A 22-year-old man whose name was not released was hospitalized with a leg wound, police said.

The shooting came 24 hours after Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, of McKeesport was found shot dead in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley, about two blocks away.

 
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City Teen Dead in Sunday Shooting

June 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport teenager was found dead Sunday afternoon after a shooting in the city's Third Ward.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley.

Allegheny County police said he had been shot multiple times. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Friends and family said Dudley was a student at McKeesport Area High School. He is the second student killed in less than a month.

 
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