NV Twp. Anniversary Committee to Meet Thursday

January 22, 2019 |

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

The North Versailles Twp. 150th Anniversary Planning Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building, 1401 Greensburg Ave. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is welcome to attend.

Other Upcoming Events

North Versailles Twp. Family Night, including snow tubing, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Boyce Park. To attend, RSVP by Feb. 25 to the township's Parks and Recreation Department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.

The Art and Apple Juice Painting Classes for children ages 5-12 will be held Feb. 1, Feb. 8, March 1 and March 29 at the North Versailles Twp. community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave. RSVP to the Parks and Recreation department.

 

Boil Water Advisory in Place for Port Vue, 10th Ward

January 22, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Updated with additional details, 8 p.m.

(Map courtesy Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.)


Officials have issued a "boil water" advisory for Port Vue and McKeesport's 10th Ward following a water main break on Joy Street near Romine Avenue, up the hill from the 15th Avenue Bridge.

A 6-inch water main broke at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday, causing a loss of water pressure throughout the system, said Matthew Junker, a spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.

About 2,100 customers were affected, he said. Crews were still making repairs on Monday night.

The loss of water pressure could have allowed contamination to enter water lines through back-flow, Junker said, and until further notice, MAWC customers in Port Vue and the city's 10th Ward should boil their tap water before using it to drink, cook or make ice.

 
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412 Food Rescue Seeks McKeesport, West Mifflin Volunteers

January 22, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy 412 Food Rescue)


A local non-profit agency that has delivered 5 million pounds of unwanted food to needy families is asking for more volunteers from the Mon-Yough area.

“We are in need of volunteers in and around McKeesport and West Mifflin so food that is made available as a donation can be delivered to organizations that distribute it,” said Leah Lizarondo, chief executive officer of 412 Food Rescue.  “It’s a chance to make a local impact on both food waste and hunger.”

Most food banks only accept non-perishable items --- such as canned and boxed foods --- because of the difficulty of storing and handling fresh food.

But 412 Food Rescue uses a smartphone app and the Internet to quickly match surplus perishable and fresh foods from supermarkets and restaurants with food banks. Technology writers have described it as the "Uber of food recovery."

 
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Pancake Breakfast Scheduled Feb. 23 at Renzie

January 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Unit of the NAACP will hold its annual pancake breakfast Feb. 23 at Renziehausen Park, a spokeswoman said.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Jacob Woll Pavilion. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, fruit cocktail, coffee, tea, water and juice, and assorted desserts for sale.

For more information, call (412) 292-5852.

 

Mon Yough Chorale Seeks Singers for Spring Season

January 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Do you like to sing? Have you sung in high school, college or even in the shower? The Mon Yough Chorale is looking for you.

Spokeswoman Dianne Ribecca said the community chorus, based in White Oak, is always open to new members. The first gathering of the spring season will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way.

 
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Free Tax Preparation Help Available Through April 11

January 18, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo by David Reber via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)


Now through April 11, Mon Valley residents may be eligible to get their federal, state and local tax returns filed for free under a program being offered again this year by the Human Services Center Corp. and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Eson, a spokeswoman for the Turtle Creek-based HSCC, said the preparers are certified by the IRS, and there are no hidden fees or charges, and taxpayers who are eligible for refunds will get to keep those refunds.

Participants may qualify if their total income in 2018 was up to $30,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a household, Eson said. Appointments are required and can be made calling 2-1-1.

 
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$210K Pledged for Computer Science in Local Schools

January 18, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo by Classroom Camera via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0.)


Five local school districts will each receive $35,000 grants to integrate computer science education into classroom lessons at all grade levels.

In addition, a $35,000 grant under the Pennsylvania Department of Education's PASmart initiative also has been awarded to the Mon Valley School in Jefferson Hills to provide targeted computer science education to students with special needs.

Duquesne City, East Allegheny, Norwin, South Allegheny and Steel Valley are among 221 school districts receiving the PASmart grants.

“As computer technology continues to evolve, it is important that students can experience and learn new computer skills first hand,” state Sen. Jim Brewster said in a prepared statement. “I am pleased that students in our area will benefit from Pennsylvania’s grants dedicated to improving computer science programs in local schools.”

 
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Library Sets Book Discussions, Craft Programs

January 11, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport via Facebook.)


Book discussions and craft programs are on the schedule this month at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave.

For more information or to register for any program, call (412) 672-0625 or visit the library's website.

Postcard History of McKeesport: Local author and historian Michelle Wardle-Eggers will discuss the 2011 book "McKeesport: Postcard History" at 3 p.m. Jan. 19. Wardle-Eggers is the former executive director of the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center and received her master's degree in history from Kent State University. She wrote the book along with local historian and photographer John W. Barna.

 
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White Oak Legion Schedules Oldies Dances

January 11, 2019 |

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

DJs Candy and Mike will spin the tunes on Saturday (Jan. 12) and Jan. 19 when American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701 in White Oak holds its next oldies dances.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music continues until 11 p.m., a spokesman said. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.

 

Charity Hoops Tourney Will Raise Funds for Scholarships

January 09, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Sports

A charity basketball game on Saturday at Penn State's Wunderley Gymnasium in McKeesport will raise money to support scholarships for Hispanic students in the Pittsburgh area.

The game is being co-hosted by Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It tips off at 2:30 p.m.

“We are so pleased to be teaming up with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for this event,” said Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief academic officer at Greater Allegheny. “The chamber has been a wonderful community partner and incredibly supportive of our students through their scholarship programs.”

 
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