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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Construction Projects Will Affect Traffic Locally

June 29, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Construction projects in Dravosburg and West Mifflin this week will impact local traffic, including a detour on Route 885 and the complete closure of Route 837 for two days.

Work will include final paving on Route 885 (Lebanon Road) Wednesday through Friday, weather-permitting, as well as a closure of Route 837 so that crews can reconstruct the Boswell Oil railroad crossing.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said paving on Route 885 between Mifflin Road and Noble Drive (near Skyview Volunteer Fire Department) will require a southbound detour from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, and from 6 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.

Northbound traffic will not be affected, Cowan said.

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Arts Exhibit Debuts as Heritage Center Reopens

June 16, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center reopened to the public last week and debuted a new exhibit, “Arts and Entertainment of the Mon Valley.”

The display features the stories of those artists who have come from the Mon Valley and works of entertainment created in the Mon Valley.

The center is operating at 50 percent capacity and will eventually accommodate a larger percentage of visitors once permitted, said Teresa Trich, community outreach director.

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Rally Organizers Seek Answers in Woman’s Death

June 11, 2020 |

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

Clarification: An organizer of the event says the vigil and march will start at the Jerome Avenue Bridge, Downtown, not the 15th Avenue Bridge as was originally reported, and will end near the victim’s apartment on Sinclair Street. The march will not proceed to O’Neil Boulevard. Updated June 11, 2 p.m.

Friends and family of a woman who died May 26 in a fall from a Downtown apartment building plan to march on Friday to call attention to the circumstances surrounding her death.

Organizers claim that Allegheny County police have not adequately investigated the death of Aaliyah Denise Johnson, 32, who was pronounced dead after her body was found on a sidewalk in the 500 block of Sinclair Street.

County police told Tube City Almanac that Johnson is believed to have fallen or jumped from her ninth-floor window at Midtown Towers and that surveillance cameras showed that no one entered or left her apartment before or after the incident.

But Johnson, who was an MC at local events and clubs, and also worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist, had a large social media following. Her friends said she was targeted for harassment and abuse because she was Black and transgender.

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Heritage Center Preparing to Re-Open

June 05, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

With Allegheny County moving from the “yellow” phase of COVID-19 restrictions to the “green” phase, McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center has announced plans to reopen to the public.

The geneaology center and history museum, located in Renziehausen Park, has been closed since March.

A spokesperson said the center is planning to reopen to visitors at 10 a.m. June 11 with modifications.

Visitors will be asked to wear masks at all time and to practice social distancing and the schoolhouse will temporarily be closed to the public.

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