Community Meeting Postponed, New Date TBA

February 27, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The third in a series of meetings to discuss the community response to violence has been postponed to give families a chance to cheer on McKeesport Area basketball teams that are competing in the playoffs.

The meetings are being sponsored by the McKeesport unit of the NAACP.

A spokeswoman said that due to both the boys’ and girls’ high school teams competing tonight, the meeting will be rescheduled.

The next meeting will discuss strategies and planners hope to get committees in place. She urged parents and other interested residents to attend. The new date will be announced soon, she said.

The girls’ team is playing in the Class 5A semi-finals against Gateway at 8 p.m. The winner will play for the Class 5A championship on March 4.

The boys’ team is playing in a Class 5A consolation round against Fox Chapel at 8 p.m. The winner will advance to the PIAA playoffs as the WPIAL’s seventh seed.


NAMI McKeesport Sets March Meeting

February 27, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. March 1 at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Frable Building, Room 122, a spokeswoman said. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

Through a “care and share” session, members offer understanding and support unique to those who are affected by these conditions. NAMI McKeesport occasionally invites mental health professionals to speak about treatment and resources.

For more information about the McKeesport meeting, call (412) 527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline call (412) 366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner Planned

February 20, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Christy Park United Methodist Church campus of McKeesport Area Shared Ministry will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in observance of Shrove Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

The dinner is free and open to the neighborhood. The church is located at 29th and Beale streets.

Shrove Tuesday is the final day before the beginning of Lent and is observed by many Christians, including Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Roman Catholics. “Shrove” comes from the word shrive, meaning “to absolve.”

On Shrove Tuesday, sometimes called “Fat Tuesday,” Christians traditionally supposed to use up rich and sweet foods, such as pancakes and syrup, before Lent.


Pitt Scientists to Discuss 10th Ward Water

February 02, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh will hold a meeting tonight to discuss the results of a new water testing study in the lower 10th Ward.
Dr. Carla Ng, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pitt, has been conducting additional testing to determine if chemicals known as PFAs are still present in the water supply and soil after a fire at McKeesport Auto Body on Rebecca Street contaminated the area in July 2021.

PFAs, used in some types of fire-suppressant foam, are believed to have entered the water supply through a fire hydrant.

PFAs are found in a variety of consumer products and also are used in firefighting foam to smother blazes.

However, according to the EPA, PFAs also have been linked to health problems, including low infant birth weights, immune and thyroid disorders and cancers.

The meeting will also provide opportunities for residents to sign-up and get their water tested. Pitt is working with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County and Women for a Healthy Environment.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church, 305 Atlantic Ave.


Reminder: Permits Needed for Fish Fries

January 25, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Lenten season is right around the corner, which means fish fries are too.

The Allegheny County Health Department is reminding fish fry sponsors that they must have a valid food permit, a requirement for all food facilities in the county, including temporary fish fries.

“Seasonal fish fries are a great part of the region’s cultural identity,” said Otis Pitts, deputy director for food safety, housing & policy at the health department. “It is important that seasonal fish fry organizers follow proper food safety handling procedures to make sure their patrons do not get sick from the food they serve. Working with the Health Department’s Food Safety Program will help fish fry organizers do just that.”

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NAMI McKeesport Plans February Meeting

January 25, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in Room 122 of the Frable Building at Penn State Greater Allegheny, a spokeswoman said. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

Updates regarding NAMI programs and other resources will be available. A care and share session will be held.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

For more information about the McKeesport meeting call (412) 527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline, call (412) 366-3788 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Scholarship Fund Plans Spaghetti Dinner

January 24, 2023 |

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

The Grady Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold a spaghetti dinner benefit from 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Hutchinson Volunteer Fire Dept. hall, 261 Firehall Road off Route 136 in Sewickley Twp., a spokesman said.

Dinners are $10 for adults and $5 for children and include spaghetti, bread, beverage, salad and dessert. There will be a 50/50 drawing and other raffles.

The scholarship fund distributed $9,000 in educational assistance last year, the spokesman said. Purchase tickets at the door and eat-in or take-out.


Wilmerding Community Center Slates Craft Show

January 22, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: Announcements

The Wilmerding Community Center, previously the YMCA, is having a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5.

The craft show will feature crafters and vendors with woodwork, quilted items, jewelry, bath and body products, fragrances, baked goods and more.

The Wilmerding Community Center is located at 1 Memorial Field, off Ice Plant Hill Road. Call (412) 520-7946 for more information.


City Library Posts Upcoming Events

January 20, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

“It Happened One Night,” a 1934 comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, will be screened at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., at 10 a.m. Jan. 27, a spokesperson said. (Columbia Pictures photo)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will host a family-game night at 5 p.m. Saturday in the children’s room, 1507 Library Ave., a spokesman said.

Library Director Vincent D’Alesio said staff will host parents and kids in a game of “Apples to Apples Jr.,” a vocabulary-building game of funny word combinations.

The game is intended for players ages 8 and up. Registration in advance is requested, because space is limited. Call (412) 672-0625.

In other events for the second half of January, visitors are invited to take a “shelfie” — that’s a self-portrait in the shelves — on Jan. 25 during library business hours. If the photos are posted on social media, tag them with Carnegie Library of McKeesport on Facebook and @McKeesLibrary on Twitter.

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Walnut Street Work Begins Monday

January 20, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Traffic will be restricted on Walnut Street beginning Monday morning so that crews can install new sewer lines, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

Lane restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between 11th and 12th avenues, weather-permitting, continuing through late February, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.

Crews from Wilson Excavating will conduct sewer installation work.

PennDOT is not involved in this work and is providing this information as a public service announcement only, Cowan said.


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