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Thank You for 2020 — Here’s to 2021

December 17, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

In an era where we’re being bombarded every day on our telephones by scams and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by hoaxes and propaganda, access to information is more important than ever.

This year was a very difficult one for everyone. At Tube City Community Media, we lost one of our best correspondents due to a family emergency, while another had to give up writing for us because of her daytime work obligations. That left us unable to cover some communities with the depth they deserve, and we're sorry about that.

But we’ve persisted and we are working to recruit several new writers — two of them have already had bylines recently and we’re looking forward to more of their good work.

 
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W. Newton Library Hosts Book Sale

December 14, 2020 |

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

West Newton Library, 124 N. Water St., is holding a used book sale, a spokesperson said.

Visitors to the library can fill a bag for $5 during regular business hours, 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.

All books have been sanitized and held for three days prior to being placed on sale, the spokesperson said.

 
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Traffic Restrictions Posted in Wilmerding

December 14, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

Traffic restrictions are expected in Wilmerding beginning Thursday (Dec. 17) and continuing through Dec. 22, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Crews from Mackin Engineering Co. and Sofis Rigging Co. will be inspecting the Patton Street Bridge and traffic on Wall Avenue and Avenue U will be subject to temporary restrictions, said the spokesperson.

Flaggers will be in place to direct drivers and motorists are urged to use caution while work is taking place, the spokesperson said.

 


Foster Road Closes Today for Repairs

December 14, 2020 |

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

Foster Road in White Oak is scheduled to close today for repairs, weather permitting, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation announced. The closure is expected to last through Dec. 24.

Crews need to repair damage caused by a slide on Foster Road between the two intersections with Carmella Drive, a PennDOT spokesman said.

The posted detour includes State Street, Lincoln Way and Crooked Run Road.

 


City Police Fund Drive Underway

December 06, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Crime and Police News

The McKeesport police annual fund drive is underway.

A spokesman said the donations are used to purchase non-budgeted items and equipment used by officers while serving McKeesport and Dravosburg, which is patrolled by city police under a contract with the borough.

Donations are strictly voluntary, a spokesman said.

“The items purchased from these donations are used on a daily basis by our police department,” he said. “Several of these items would not have been purchased if it were not for the generosity of the local businesses and private citizens of both McKeesport and Dravosburg.”

 
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Bridge Ramp Remains Closed Through Friday

December 04, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The ramp from the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge to East Fifth Avenue, northbound, will remain closed through Dec. 11, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

A spokesman for PennDOT District 11 said the extended closure is necessary so that crews from Michael Facchiano Contracting of Mt. Lebanon can complete their work repairing joints and concrete.

The original schedule had projected the ramp could re-open last week.

The posted detour uses Bowman Avenue, East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard and Route 30 back to Fifth Avenue in East McKeesport.

 


COVID Causes Cookie Walk to Crumble

December 01, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center has canceled its planned church tour and cookie walk due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases.

A spokesperson said the event, planned for Dec. 12, was scrapped after the Allegheny County Health Department advised residents to stay at home and avoid unnecessary social activities and travel.

The heritage center also will not be participating in this week’s Festival of Trees.

 
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St. Sava Taking Orders For Dec. 4 Fish Fry

November 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church is taking orders now for a fish fry Dec. 4.

Spokeswoman Dorothy Ikach said all orders must be placed in advance. The deadline is Wednesday (Nov. 25). No sales will be made on the day of the event.

The fish fry comes on the heels of the church’s recent “Small Taste of Serbia” takeout event, Ikach said.

The menu includes hand-breaded haddock on a hard roll. A la carte items include halushki (sauteed cabbage and noodles), Spanish rice, French fries, sauerkraut and bean soup, apple strudel, and palachinke (cheese filled crepes).

 
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Library Limits Services Due to COVID Advisory

November 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPDATE: On Monday, Carnegie Library of McKeesport announced that no computer use will be permitted.

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport is temporarily limiting some in-person services due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County.

Beginning this week and continuing for at least two weeks, no browsing or in-person programming will be permitted inside the library or the White Oak branch, said Vincent D’Alesio, acting director.

The temporary restrictions are designed to comply with the Allegheny County Health Department’s “stay-at-home” advisory.

“This service model will be reviewed for changes in two weeks,” D’Alesio said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

 
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800 Receive Turkeys During Saturday Giveaway

November 22, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

State Rep. Austin Davis greets a visitor during Saturday’s event. (Submitted photo)


Eight hundred Mon Valley families received free Thanksgiving turkeys and ingredients for side dishes during a giveway Saturday morning at McKeesport Area High School.

The giveaway was held as a drive-through event to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. McKeesport police helped direct traffic as cars waited along Eden Park Blvd.

The giveaway was arranged by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and state Rep. Austin Davis of McKeesport. Volunteers loaded boxes into the back seats and trunks of cars “bucket-brigade” style in the parking lot of Tiger Stadium.

 
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