$1.8M Grant OK’d for Versailles Ave. Span

March 26, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac file photo)

State and city officials are cheering the announcement Tuesday that $1.8 million in economic development funding has been allocated toward the replacement of the Versailles Avenue Bridge.

The two-lane span, which crosses Ravine Street, has been closed to all traffic since February 2022, when an inspection found that the bridge had become unsafe.

In a joint announcement, state Sen. Jim Brewster and state Rep. Matt Gergely said that a state multimodal transportation grant has been awarded to the city for a new bridge.

The grant was approved Tuesday during a meeting in Harrisburg of the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development, the legislators said.

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UPMC: Kelly Center Demolition Begins Soon

March 04, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Built in the early 1960s to house the hospital’s School of Nursing, the Kelly Center at UPMC McKeesport is being demolished this month. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Demolition of the J. Clarence Kelly Center at UPMC McKeesport will free up space on the hospital campus for future reuse, a spokeswoman for the health system said.

The six-story building, constructed in 1963-64 as a dormitory and classroom building for the former McKeesport Hospital School of Nursing has been completely vacant since 2017 and was used only for meeting space prior to its closure, said Sarah Deist, senior manager of public relations for UPMC McKeesport, UPMC East and other hospitals.

The windows were removed last week. Deist said the demolition is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

No disruption to hospital operations is expected and while there will be temporary parking restrictions near the construction area, no long-term inconveniences are expected, Deist said.

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Glass Recycling Program Returns to County Parks

February 11, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Pennsylvania Resources Council photo)

Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Resources Council will offer a glass recycling program in county parks again this year.

The PRC’s Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program will be available February through November to allow residents a resource to recycle glass, a spokesperson said.

The service is increasingly important because many communities have reduced their recycling programs or do not offer collection of glass jars, bottles and jugs.

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Striking Workers to Publish Dessert Cookbook

January 29, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

Sales of an upcoming cookbook will help raise money for striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Seasoned with Solidarity” is seeking favorite home recipes for desserts, says Allie Petonic of United Steelworkers Local 3657. Recipes are being accepted through Feb. 5.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/CookbookPGUnions.  

Petonic says recipes have been received so far for apple cake, pear tart, poppyseed cake, lemon dream cookies, carmelitas, rum balls, puddings, sugar cookies, pumpkin cake, pound cake, oatmeal pie, strawberry cornbread, brownies, nut roll and many more, but additional contributions are welcome.

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NAMI McKeesport Sets February Meeting

January 29, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport support group will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in Frable Building Room 122, a spokeswoman said. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

A “care and share” session will be held. This opportunity offers understanding and support unique to those who are affected by mental health conditions of loved ones.

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.


East McKeesport Will Re-Bid Stormwater Project

January 18, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: Announcements

A newly-received state grant prompted the East McKeesport Borough Council to reject a bid for a portion of a storm water project and they will now seek bids for the entire project.

Borough Engineer Laura Branthoover of Glenn Engineering & Associates Ltd. told the council that the borough recently received a $100,000 Small Water and Sewer Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the Ice Plant Hill Project.

The project is designed to address storm water issues on the two-lane roadway by cleaning out some existing drainage pipes and adding additional collection inlets.

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Community MLK Program Scheduled Sunday

January 12, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport unit of the NAACP and a group of churches will host a community-wide program Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., and will include a mime performance, church choirs, and a short skit, said Brenda Sawyer, unit president.

The Rev. Richard W. Truss, pastor of Zion, will be the featured speaker. The theme of the event is “Dream the Impossible Dream.”

Light refreshments will be served. Other churches participating include Christ Temple AME, Trinity Church of God in Christ and Macedonia Baptist Church of Duquesne.

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Fetterman: Bill Includes $1.7M for City Housing

November 07, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week could include a boost — valued at $1.7 million — to plans by the city and a local land bank to develop new affordable housing in McKeesport.

Senators by an 82-15 vote passed legislation funding military construction, veterans affairs, transportation, housing and urban development, agriculture, rural development and the Food & Drug Administration.

The three bills are the first bipartisan appropriations bills to pass so far in 2023 in either house of the U.S. Congress.

Included is $1.7 million for a program to recover seven abandoned lots in McKeesport and construct four new houses, said U.S. Sen. John Fetterman.

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Boys & Girls Club Opening New Facility in City

October 03, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

The Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania will return to the city with a new facility called “The Club Teen Center” on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, a spokesman has announced.

A ribbon-cutting for the center — located at 1305 Fifth Ave., in a structure owned by UPMC McKeesport Hospital — is planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

BGCWPA officials also will outline the organization’s new priorities and approach to helping Kids in communities across western Pennsylvania, said David Tobiczyk, vice president of advancement, in an email announcement.

Elected officials, community leaders and representatives from UPMC are expected to attend.

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Penn State Celebrating 75 Years With Party

September 13, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Penn State’s “McKeesport Center” — predecessor of today’s Greater Allegheny Campus — opened in 1948. The campus will host a community party this Saturday. (Photo courtesy Penn State Greater Allegheny)

Penn State University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its McKeesport campus with a community party this Saturday on the lawn of the student union.

Spokeswoman Victoria Garwood said the “Blue & White Watch Party” will begin at 12 noon outside of the Student Community Center and will include both a free play area for families and a special ticketed event for guests 21 and over.

Visitors will be able to see the Penn State Nittany Lions football team take on the University of Illinois on either indoor or outdoor big-screen TVs, Garwood said.

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