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Fill-a-Bag Sale Planned at W.N. Library

August 07, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

West Newton Public Library will hold a “$5 fill-a-bag” sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the parking lot of the library, 124 N. Water St., a spokesperson said.

All attendees must wear face masks. The library will be selling cookbooks, children’s books, adult hardcover and paperback books, non-fiction, biographies, audio tapes and DVDs.

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Jerome Bridge Overhaul Begins Monday

August 07, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik)

Lane restrictions begin Monday on the Jerome Street Bridge as construction crews begin a two-year, $15.44 million renovation project.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Romine Avenue and Gibson Way through late March 2021.

In addition, he said, the sidewalk on the north side of the bridge — facing up the Youghiogheny River — will be closed to pedestrians.

The rehabilitation project includes a new concrete deck and sidewalk, painting, structural steel repairs, bearing replacement, concrete substructure repairs and new expansion dams, Cowan said.

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MAHS Tiger Band Selling Face Masks

August 03, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted illustration)

McKeesport Area High School Tiger Marching Band is selling face masks as a fundraiser.

A spokesperson said the masks are three-ply, washable, and come in two sizes, youth and adult. Masks cost $10 each, which must be paid when the orders are placed.

Deadline is Aug. 7 and the masks will ship Aug. 22. Additional information and an order form are available on the band’s website,


West Newton Library Reopens

July 30, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

The West Newton Public Library has finished its recent remodeling project and reopened, a spokesperson said.

Hours are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The library is located at 124 North Water St.

Books and other items that are not available in West Newton can be requested from the other facilities in the Westmoreland Library Network, the spokesperson said. Deliveries are made twice per week. Library cards are free but users must present a photo ID to sign up.

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Volunteers Needed for Food Dropoff Saturday

July 24, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A 412 Food Rescue volunteer picks up fresh food for distribution to needy families. (Submitted photo)

Volunteers are needed to help with a free food distribution Saturday (July 25) at McKeesport Area High School.

Sara Swaney, senior director of advancement of 412 Food Rescue, said about 30 people are needed to help load boxes into cars during the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school campus, 1960 Eden Park Boulevard.

Both produce and dairy products will be distributed, Swaney said, and social-distancing rules will be in place.

“We’ve been trying to focus these drive-up and walk-up distributions in communities where we know there are barriers” to transportation, she said, “and be more accessible to the people in that community and the surrounding area where we know they need the food.”

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Friends, Colleagues Remember County EM Chief

July 21, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Bob Full’s turnout gear and helmet were displayed at the entrance to the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department in tribute to the former chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services, who died Friday at 65. (Bob Janis photo/special to Tube City Almanac)

Friends and colleagues are remembering a longtime firefighter and emergency responder who helped create Allegheny County’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center.

Bob Full died Friday at age 65.

A life member of the Forest Hills volunteer fire department, Full served as Allegheny County fire marshal from 1998 to 2011 and chief deputy director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency from 2011 to 2015, and was a familiar, calming presence at disaster and emergency scenes.

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Renters, Landlords May Qualify for Assistance

July 17, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Mark Moz photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

A program to assist tenants and landlords in Allegheny County during the COVID-19 pandemic received nearly 400 applications in its first four days.

In addition, the county is also providing some utility assistance.

The Rent Relief Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, was created by the state legislature in May and is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Allegheny County is projected to receive an allocation of $22.5 million, said Amie Downs, county spokeswoman.

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Renzie Road Closed Through Late July

July 10, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Renzie Road in Elizabeth Twp. has been closed for most of July so that crews can repair a landslide.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the closure affects the stretch of Renzie Road between Route 48 and Greenock Buena Vista Road.

The posted detour uses Zimmer Hill Road, Moray Lane and East Smithfield Street.

Weather-permitting, work will be completed later this month, Cowan said.


Kennywood Passholders May Visit Friday

July 09, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Kennywood and Sandcastle will open to season passholders this weekend.

A spokesman announced Wednesday the opening of the two local attractions, which was delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Season passholders may visit the parks Friday (July 10) while the general public may begin visiting on Monday (July 13). Reservations are required and the capacity of each park is being strictly limited.

“We believe strongly in the plan developed by our teams at Kennywood and Sandcastle to best protect the health and safety of all those visiting and working at our parks,” the spokesman said. “We look forward to providing the clean, safe and fun experience we have been proud to offer since 1898.”

For details on changes at Kennywood this year, read our June 30 story, “Kennywood, Other Attractions Reopening.”


Kennywood Delays Reopening

July 07, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Kennywood has delayed its planned 2020 opening again, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County.

In an announcement posted on the park’s website, Kennywood said that both the West Mifflin attraction and its sister water park, Sandcastle in West Homestead, would postpone their planned July 11 re-openings.

The parks were scheduled to welcome season pass holders beginning July 6 and the general public a few days later.

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