Sportsmen’s Association to Hold Craft Show

September 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: Announcements

The Holiday Harvest Vendor and Craft Show will be held Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McKeesport Sportsmen’s Association, White Oak Borough announced on Facebook.

The show will include crafts, specialty vendors, independent consultants, artwork, a Chinese auction and more. Participating businesses include Arbonne Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Skiffy’s BBQ and more.

For more information, visit www.mckeesportsportsmens.com.

 

Rainbow VFD Announces Oldies Dance

September 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: Announcements

Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. will host an oldies dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 at 2916 Jacks Run Rd., the borough announced via Facebook.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets include choice of Italian pulled beef, Italian meatballs, parsley potatoes, linguine salad, beer, pop, mixers, chips and pretzels.

Music will be provided by DJ Glenn Raymer of WKFB (770 AM/97.5 FM). Costumes are optional.

Tickets are $25. To learn more, call the firehall at (412) 664-9523.

 

Local Theater Group Seeks Volunteers

September 28, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A theater group based in Monroeville is looking for volunteer actors to help present dramatic readings of plays to local nursing home residents and library patrons.

The Monroeville Readers’ Theater meets and rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of each month in Yolanda’s Room at the Monroeville Public Library, a spokeswoman said.

There is no memorization, costumes, sets or props. Volunteers read from scripts. The group was formed in 2014.

For more information, call Beverly Siciliano at (412) 856-8201.

 

Tensions Run High at School Board Meeting

September 28, 2021 |

By Siana Emery | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Tension was high at this month’s McKeesport Area School Board meeting, as citizens and board members alike aired their frustrations.

Several people, including resident Keith Murphy, voiced their concerns over the board’s decision in August to extend the contract of Assistant Superintendent Tia Wanzo.

“You did the equivalent of what Donald Trump did, with putting Kavanaugh and Barrett on the Supreme Court” before the 2020 presidential election, Murphy told the board.

 
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Guest Speaker at October NAMI Meeting

September 27, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in Room 122 of the Frable Building, Penn State Greater Allegheny.

The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

The guest speaker will be Heather McLean, outreach director of the Mental Health Association of Southwestern PA and chair of the Ray of Hope Suicide Prevention Center, located in Greensburg. She will describe the variety of services provided by the center including the Hope and Support Group for those recovering from a suicide attempt.

 
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Experts Say: Make a Plan for Health Coverage

September 25, 2021 |

By Emily Scott © Public News Service | Posted in: State & Region

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined state and local officials in East Liberty in June to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Medicaid and the second anniversary of Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace, known as Pennie. (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo)


Pennsylvanians have less than two months until open enrollment through Pennie, the state-run health insurance marketplace, and medical professionals say there is a lot to consider when trying to pick a plan which is right for you.

For residents who need to purchase their own plan for 2022, open enrollment through Pennie will run from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Twelve insurance companies are offering individual market plans through the exchange, with an average proposed rate increase of 2 percent from the previous year.

Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare employer and individual, said planning ahead is key when finding an affordable plan.

 
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Duquesne Council OK’s Vacant Home’s Demolition

September 25, 2021 |

By Matt Germaine | Posted in: Duquesne News

After nearly three years of seeking grant funds to demolish an abandoned house at 129 South First St., Duquesne City Council has approved a measure to raze the structure using city funds.

“The demo [has been] tricky for grants to approve because the house is in an Historic District,” said LaFranz Hemphill of Glenn Engineering. “If the city pays for it, then there is no need to get a grant to demo the house.”

According to residents who commented during the meeting, the structure has become a hazardous nuisance over the years due to falling building matter. Bids to perform the demolition have come in at around $10,500, and the work can begin as soon as Oct. 4, city officials said.

 
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Food, Music at Saturday ‘Soul Carnival’

September 24, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Take Action Mon Valley and The Wellness Collective will host “Grandma & Grandpa’s Soul Carnival” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Renziehausen Park.

The event will include music, games, food and vendors, a spokesperson said, and live performances, as well as a series of McKeesport Black history moments presented by local residents.

The “Soul Carnival” is a series of pop-up events that have been held throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporters include the African American Elder Council Ukombozi, The Wellness Collective, Blaqk Ops, Blaqk House Collections and MiMi’s Kinder Connection.

Transportation is available from TAMV. For more information, contact TAMV via its website.

 

Part of 837 Named for Civil-Rights Leader

September 24, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Members of Clifton Pitts’ family and local officials join state Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jim Brewster during a ceremony to celebrate the designation of a portion of Route 837 as the “Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway.” (Submitted photo courtesy state Rep. Austin Davis)


A portion of state Route 837 in Duquesne and West Mifflin has been renamed to honor the late Clifton P. Pitts.

Local, county and state officials gathered Friday morning at Macedonia Baptist Church to dedicate part of the road as the Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway. Pitts died in November 2020 of complications of COVID-19. He was 76.

Pitts was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Duquesne. In the 1970s, Pitts worked as a community activist throughout the Mon Valley, working for a local anti-poverty campaign and also volunteering his time to fight segregation and racial discrimination, and to encourage Black residents to register to vote and run for local offices.

 
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Halloween, Homecoming Hours Posted in NV

September 24, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

Trick-or-treat hours in North Versailles Twp. will be 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, commissioners announced this week.

Other upcoming events include homecoming festivities for East Allegheny Junior-Senior High School.

The homecoming parade through the township will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, and there will be a tailgating event at the high school stadium on Oct. 1 before the 7 p.m. football game versus Deer Lakes High School.

The township parks & recreation department will sponsor a night at the Haunted Hills Hayride from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are $6 for township residents and must be purchased by Oct. 11. For more information, call the parks & recreation department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or email nvtparks@verizon.net.

 

NV Twp. Joins Tri-COG Land Bank

September 24, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will join an organization that helps return vacant and abandoned properties back to the tax rolls.

At the September meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to join the Tri-COG Land Bank.

Founded in 2017 by Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments and Steel Rivers Council of Governments, the land bank was created to deal with the increasing nuisance of vacant and abandoned properties in the Mon Valley and the blight they create.

“They have authority, if this township joins, to identify properties that qualify and the land bank can then acquire ownership, rehabilitate them, sell them and get them back on the tax roll,” said township solicitor Greg Evashavik.

 
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W.O. Makes Plans for New Year

September 23, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

The borough building will be ready in time for Election Day, White Oak council announced Monday.

Borough engineer Kenneth Hillman told council that renovations are nearly complete.

“Flat roof work on the borough building will start tomorrow, Sep. 21. The insulation should arrive by mid-November. Signs are being constructed, the sidewalks and lighting are in…it’s just around the corner,” Hillman said.

In related news, plans for the borough’s 2022 street paving program are underway, and various properties are being surveyed, he said.

 
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Reward Offered for Capture of Woman’s Killer

September 23, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

“I don’t know if I can ever find peace” if the murderer of Karli Short (right) isn’t brought to justice, said her father, Brandon Short. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of her killer. (Submitted photo courtesy Short family)


The family of a pregnant woman found shot to death at her Christy Park home are hoping that a reward will entice someone to come forward with information that leads to the arrest of her killer.

At a memorial service Thursday morning at Renziehausen Park attended by friends, local officials and police, the family of Karli Short, 26, announced the $20,000 reward had been put up by Richard Bazzy, owner of Shults Ford.

Short’s body was found Sept. 13. Short was pregnant with a boy — her first child — at the time of her death, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. She was due to give birth in February 2022.

“We know the narrative,” said Short’s cousin, Troy Blackwell, a coach at McKeesport Area High School. “We know the first things that were in people’s heads. That wasn’t the case at all with her.

“That completely wasn’t her,” he said. “There wasn’t any underhanded stuff that she was involved in.”

 
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Three Charged in Renzie Incident

September 22, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three men face charges following an incident Monday afternoon in Renziehausen Park that resulted in the recovery of drugs and a stolen handgun.

Two of the suspects were apprehended after they fled police and crashed their car into a metal barrier along Eden Park Boulevard, McKeesport police said.

No injuries to bystanders were reported, but police said multiple people and children were in the park area at the time of this incident, thus putting them in danger.

McKeesport police said officers were dispatched to the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion just before 4 p.m. after 9-1-1 callers reported a fight was in progress. While en route, police said, a caller reported hearing what might have been a gun shot.

 
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Heritage Center Plans 7th Annual History Tour

September 20, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Paul Fields portrays McKeesport's first Black police officer, George W. Simmons, during the 2016 Living History Tour. (Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center)


Tickets are on sale now for McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center’s seventh-annual Living History Tour, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3.

A spokesperson said guests will to enjoy a walking tour while learning stories of some of the notable, famous and infamous McKeesporters who were laid to rest at historic McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. To ensure social distancing protocols can be maintained, tours will be limited in size.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students.

“The Living History Tour has become a signature event for the Heritage Center,” event chair Andi Cartwright said. “It’s a unique opportunity for folks from McKeesport and surrounding communities to learn about McKeesport’s past by taking a glimpse into the lives of some really intriguing characters.

 
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Mon Valley HIV/AIDS Walk Virtual This Year

September 20, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The 21st annual Mon Valley HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will be held Oct. 2, a spokeswoman said.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 walk will be a virtual event for the second consecutive year.

The event will start with a Zoom kick-off event at 9 a.m., said Abbie Godollei, outreach coordinator for the Turtle Creek-based Human Services Center Corp. After the virtual event, participants will be encouraged to go out in their neighborhood or local park to walk in solidarity with other walk participants in Allegheny County, she said.

The walk is organized by the Human Services Center Corp.’s HIV/AIDS Working Group and continues to be the only HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Godollei said.

 
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‘Tour de Mon’ Returns for 10th Anniversary Oct. 30

September 16, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)


The 10th anniversary Tour de Mon bike ride will return to the Great Allegheny Passage on Oct. 30.

U.S. Steel has returned as the presenting sponsor, said the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual trek. The ride begins and ends at the historic “Pump House” near the Waterfront in Munhall.

“Tour de Mon” is a pleasure ride, not a race. Riders have their choice of going a full 20 miles to Boston and back; 15 miles to McKeesport and back; 10 miles to Pittsburgh's Hot Metal Bridge and back, or eight miles to Duquesne and back.

 
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‘DumpBusters’ Tackle Trash at Vacant Properties

September 16, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Dani Kramer, land-based program coordinator for Allegheny CleanWays, gives direction to a crew of “DumpBusters” cleaning up illegally dumped trash along Federal Street in the city. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)


In just three hours last week, a team of “DumpBusters” removed more than 7,000 pounds of junk and 21 old tires from an abandoned home on Federal Street in McKeesport.

How did the team — including 13 volunteers from Compass AmeriCorps — keep from getting overwhelmed when confronted with all of that trash on Sept. 10?

Lexi Garcia, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., said it helped to remember they were changing a community, a little bit at a time.

“It’s easy to feel hopeless about how one person can make a difference,” Garcia said. “But you have to keep that passion going.”

 
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Judicial Candidates Face Voters at Sept. 20 Forum

September 16, 2021 |

By Emily Scott © Public News Service | Posted in: Politics & Elections

Five of seven judges’ seats in the Supreme Court chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. (Ruhrfisch photo via Wikimedia Commons. Used under CC BY-SA 4.0, Link.)


Emily Scott, Public News Service:

Pennsylvanians will vote this November to elect judges in the state’s three appellate courts, and a virtual candidate forum next week will allow voters to get to know those running for the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Court positions who will make influential decisions.

Two seats are up for grabs in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court, and one each in its Superior and Supreme courts. Pennsylvania differs from some states in that it votes for judges in partisan elections, rather than by merit selection.

Debbie Gross, chief executive officer of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, said it limits the information voters can gather from candidates as they are expected to remain impartial in light of issues that could arise on the bench.

 
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W.O. Building Projects Nearly Complete

September 15, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Renovations on White Oak’s municipal and maintenance buildings are nearly complete, the borough’s engineer told council on Monday.

“Work on the borough building is 85 percent done, and the maintenance building is 80 percent done,” Borough Engineer Ken Hillman said at this week’s workshop meeting. “We’re just waiting on the approval of the rubber roof for the borough building, and we still need to do some gutter and flat roof work on the borough building.”

Hillman also announced that electrical work at Heritage Hill Pool has been in progress since after Labor Day.

 
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Downtown’s Newest Store Promises Light Treats

September 14, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Sheree Kegley uses cake decorating tools to finish one of her “dessert candles.” Kegley’s store, Bleuu Candles, is the newest business in Downtown’s re-opened Executive Building. (Tube City Almanac photo)


The sundaes, cupcakes, parfaits and birthday cakes at Bleuu Candles look good enough to eat — but you’d probably just better sniff them instead.

Everything — including the icing, the sprinkles and the cherries on top — are made of wax. Proprietor Sheree Kegley taught herself to make and decorate scented candles, in varieties such as tropical fruit, cinnamon, birthday cake, chocolate and peach, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

“It was COVID-borne,” she says. “I lost both of my jobs during COVID, so I taught myself. I’ve been making candles for about a year now.”

 
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Few Details Released in City Woman’s Death

September 14, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city woman was found dead Monday morning outside her home on 25th Avenue in Christy Park.

Karli Short, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said. Her father told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV his daughter was five months pregnant at the time of her death.

“The pain that I feel is indescribable,” said Brandon Short, a McKeesport native, Penn State University trustee and former All-American linebacker. “A parent shouldn’t lose a child. That’s not the way that the world is supposed to work.”

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police said first responders were dispatched to the home when a caller to 9-1-1 reported a woman was “down.” They arrived to find Short suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Short’s body was found at the rear of the home, the medical examiner’s office said.

 
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Organizers: Hayride Will Continue

September 13, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

The organizers of a North Versailles Twp. hayride announced Monday they are committed to continuing the event following a shooting on Saturday in which one teen-ager was killed and another one seriously wounded.

In a statement released via social media, Haunted Hills Hayride said “our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims associated with the senseless act of violence that occurred at our facility.”

According to Allegheny County police, a teen-ager from Penn Hills who was attempting to intervene in an altercation near the event’s ticket booth was shot and killed by another youth, who then fled the scene.

 
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Police Seek Leads in Hayride Shooting

September 13, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Updated with comment from Central Catholic High School.


The teen-ager who was shot and killed outside of a hayride in North Versailles Twp. on Saturday night was trying to intervene in an argument, Allegheny County police said.

Now, homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the person responsible for the death of Steven Eason, 15, of Wilmerding, and who injured another teen-ager from Penn Hills whose name has not been released by police.

Meanwhile, East Allegheny School District is offering grief counseling to students who may have been present at Haunted Hills Hayride on Saturday night, or who may have known one of the two victims.

As many as 100 people may have been present at the time of the shooting, police said, which took place near a ticket booth, according to witnesses.

 
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Teen Dead, Another Hurt in NV Twp. Shooting

September 12, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Wilmerding teen-ager died, and another youth is in critical condition, following a shooting outside of a North Versailles Twp. attraction on Saturday night.

Steven Eason, 15, was pronounced dead at a hospital emergency room at 8:49 p.m., the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. His assailant is still at large, Allegheny County police said.

Few details were available, but witnesses said the shooting happened just after 8 p.m. near the ticket booth at Haunted Hills Hayride on Route 48. They described the aftermath as chaotic.

 
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Route 837 Delays Possible Near Dravosburg

September 10, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

​Traffic restrictions are possible next week while crews do survey work on Route 837 between Clairton and Dravosburg.

A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said workers from JMT Inc. and Monaloh Basin Engineering will be marking utlities and surveying the road between New England Road and Lebanon School Road, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, weather permitting.

Lane restrictions will occur in various locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 20, the PennDOT spokesman said.

Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

 

EA Band Finds Out ‘Love is the Answer’

September 10, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny High School band members Sophia Scuilli, Jacob Ankney, Wayne Burnam, Daniel Cipcic and Austin Phelan turn up the brass. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)


The theme of this year’s show for the East Allegheny High School marching band is love. “Love is the Answer” had a sneak preview for friends and family at Churchman Stadium on Aug. 28 and debuted to the public at Sept. 4’s football game at Serra Catholic High School.

The three songs featured include “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “After The Love Has Gone.” The show’s message is something band director Justin Rosco says wasn’t an accident.

“We wanted something positive and fun,” he says.

This year’s band is one of the smallest Rosco has worked with during his career at EA, with just 40 members, 12 of whom are in the color guard.

 
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Remade Lab Called Commitment to Region, Future

September 10, 2021 |

By Siana Emery | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Penn State Greater Allegheny students discuss their research with University President Eric J. Barron at the Ostermayer Laboratory on the McKeesport campus during Thursday’s open house. (Penn State University photo via Facebook)


Three years, one pandemic and $14 million later, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday marked the official completion of the renovated Ostermayer Laboratory at Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus.

The largest construction project in the history of the McKeesport campus, the renovation brings brand-new laboratory and safety equipment, modernized teaching and research spaces, improved classroom and collaboration spaces and an enhanced entrance and lobby space to the building, which was originally constructed in 1973.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Jacqueline Edmondson, Greater Allegheny chancellor and chief academic officer, presided over the ceremony. They were joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko, State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jim Brewster.

 
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State Adds $587K to Violence Prevention Programs

September 10, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The state Commission on Crime & Delinquency has added more than a half-million dollars to programs designed to curb gun violence and substance abuse in the Mon Valley.

Grants announced this week to the city of McKeesport and three local agencies will build on already successful programs, said state and local officials.

Officials said the city is currently in year three of the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program, a five-year plan that includes community outreach, early intervention programs for youth and teen-agers, and additional resources for police and other law-enforcement agencies.

“The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency has been extremely supportive of the efforts taking place in McKeesport to curb the addiction to crime and violence,” McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

“This additional funding announced (Wednesday) continues the city of McKeesport’s program through June 2022,” he said. “Our hope is that these initiatives that PCCD is funding will continue for years to come.”

 
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Plans for Former Port Vue Church Unclear

September 09, 2021 |

By Siana Emery | Posted in: Port Vue News

(Tube City Almanac photo)

What appears to be cleanup work has gotten underway at the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and School in Port Vue, but development plans for the site haven’t yet been revealed.

Port Vue officials have scheduled a zoning hearing for Friday morning to consider a request from the property owner, Yarborough Development Inc., to erect a six-foot fence around the property.

But after Wednesday’s council meeting, borough officials said the company has not yet made public what it intends to do with the site at 1125 Romine Ave.

 
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New LaRosa Club Welcomes Kids, Looks to Future

September 09, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Don Michel, grandson of McKeesport Boys Club founder Samuel LaRosa, and McKeesport city Administrator Tom Maglicco look over a scrapbook of photos and letters — including several from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover — related to the organization’s founding. (Tube City Almanac photo)


About 60 McKeesport-area kids are already signed up as members of the new LaRosa Youth Club, and by the time the doors officially open at 2:30 p.m. Monday, organizers expect they will have 80 to 100 members.

It’s a promising start for the former LaRosa Boys & Girls Club on Ravine Street, which was closed in November by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

“I’m not going to lie — it’s an expensive venture,” said Jim Barry Jr., city councilman and former Boys & Girls Club executive, who is now on the board of the new LaRosa Youth Development Foundation. “But I think every kid’s worth it, and what kinds of affordable after-school programs you have shouldn’t be dictated based on which community you live, or the ZIP code you were born into.”

Barry joined a large, happy group of parents, local officials and LaRosa family members for a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday afternoon. The event, attended by more than 100 people, included a DJ, refreshments and games.

 
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Library Welcomes Boilermaker Band on Sunday

September 08, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Boilermaker Jazz Band)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport and the McKeesport Music Club will host a free concert by the Boilermaker Jazz Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, a spokesman said.

The concert will be held outside on the lawn of the library, 1507 Library Ave.

Other upcoming events at the Carnegie Library include:

Sep. 15, 4 p.m. — Did you know that Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is going to be in September this year? Celebrate with us at the library! We will be making fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts and having St. Patty's snacks.

 
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$1.9M in County Aid for Blight Removal Projects

September 07, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

Demolition crews made short work of this abandoned building in Downtown McKeesport in 2018. (Tube City Almanac file photo for illustration only)


More than $1.9 million in economic development funding has been awarded across Allegheny County to demolish blighted, abandoned and unsafe structures, a county spokeswoman said, including 10 in the city and two each in White Oak and North Versailles Twp.

The grants, averaging $62,000, were awarded both to municipal governments as well as councils of government, county officials said.

Emphasis was placed on neighborhoods where clusters of vacant properties were in close proximity.

The funds are provided under Act 152, a 2016 state law that allows each Pennsylvania county to collect a fee for “blight removal” each time a deed or mortgage is recorded at the courthouse.

 
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NV Twp. Crash Claims Life of Liberty Man

September 07, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Allegheny County police are investigating a motorcycle crash in North Versailles Twp. that claimed the life of a Liberty Borough man.

Ryan E. Kushner, 37, died Saturday at UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Uptown, said the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

County police said Kushner was riding his motorcycle on Route 30 near the Walmart just before 1 p.m. when his bike was struck by a Chevrolet SUV driven by a 62-year-old man.

Kushner was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later, officials said.

Allegheny County homicide detectives and the department’s collision reconstruction team are investigating.

The medical examiner’s office said Kushner died of injuries to the head and torso caused by the wreck. His death has been ruled an accident.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous, police said.

 

Cash Named One of League’s 25 All-Time Best

September 07, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Sports

New Orleans Pelicans submitted photo

Swin Cash, McKeesport native, Olympic gold medalist and hall-of-fame basketball player, greets New Orleans Pelicans fans in 2019. Cash, who played 15 seasons in the WNBA, has been named one of the 25 greatest and most influential players in the league’s history. (New Orleans Pelicans photo)


City native and Olympic champion Swin Cash has been named one of the top 25 players in the history of the WNBA — and is eligible to be named the league’s “greatest of all time” during the upcoming finals.

On Sunday, the league commemorated its 25th season by naming “The W25,” a list of the “25 greatest and most influential players” in WNBA history, and announced a contest where fans can “Vote for the GOAT,” the greatest WNBA player of all time.

A McKeesport Area High School and University of Connecticut graduate, Cash, 41, played for the Detroit Shock, Seattle Storm, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty during her 15-year professional basketball career.

 
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City Council OK’s Demolition Contract

September 03, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The effort to clear blighted buildings from the city’s Downtown continues.

At Wednesday’s meeting, McKeesport City Council unanimously awarded a $264,000 contract to Advanced Builders, Inc., to demolish commercial buildings at 903, 907 and 911 Fifth Ave., and 1013 and 1017 Fifth Ave.; 328 Sixth Ave.; and 422 Shaw Ave.

City officials said the demolition is part of Phase I of the McKeesport Downtown Blight Remediation Program.

Work will include asbestos removal, demolition, disposal and excavation “to provide a cleared and mowable lot.”

 
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