City Angry, Frustrated at LaRosa Club’s Closing

November 19, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

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City officials, parents and volunteers are blasting a decision by the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania to close the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club on Ravine Street.

The Pittsburgh-based organization notified McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko of the closing in a letter to city hall on Wednesday, and with a posting on its website.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Lisa Abel-Palmieri, president and chief executive officer of BGCWPA, called the closure a “merger” of the Duquesne and McKeesport programs, and blamed it on declining attendance in McKeesport and the high cost of overhead, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Cherepko and two former directors of the LaRosa club said Abel-Palmieri’s statements are not accurate.

“That story in the Post-Gazette made me sick,” said City Administrator Tom Maglicco, who served as executive director of the club for 13 years and sits on its advisory board. “In my opinion, she’s wrong. There is no doubt in my mind there’s enough kids in this community to fill that club.”

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Duquesne Church Plans Thanksgiving Dinners

November 15, 2020 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Christ Soul Saving Station Church, 1013 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, will provide free Thanksgiving dinners to families in need on Nov. 21.

Bishop David Queen, senior pastor, said volunteers from the church will deliver the meals safely. To schedule a delivery, call (412) 689-3955.

Residents in need of a hot meal also may visit the church between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 21, Queen said.


Weight Limits Posted on Dravosburg Hill

November 11, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Weight restrictions have been posted on a portion of Dravosburg Hill due to the conditions of one of the overpasses.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the bridge that crosses the Union Railroad tracks near Sandy Lake is restricted to trucks weighing no more than 22 tons, or combination vehicles up to 27 tons.

Warning signs were posted on Richland Avenue and Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard last week.

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Bridge Ramp Closed Through Nov. 27

November 11, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The ramp from the south end of the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge to Fifth Avenue in the city’s East End will remain closed through at least Nov. 27 so that crews can repair damaged concrete and expansion joints.

The closure began Wednesday. East Fifth Avenue also serves as state Route 148 between Downtown McKeesport and Route 30.

Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the work is being done by Michael Facchiano Contracting of Mt. Lebanon.

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Davis, Food Bank Slate Turkey Giveaway Nov. 21

November 11, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

About 700 Mon-Yough area families will receive free Thanksgiving dinners with the help of state Rep. Austin Davis, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Turkeys, boxes of stuffing and potatoes as well as canned gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and sweet potatoes will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Nov. 21 at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd.

Registration is required. Call (412) 460-3663 ext. 655 or visit to register. The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 19.

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Carrie Furnace Slates Year’s Final Drive-In Films

November 02, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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Rivers of Steel National Historic Site, located at the end of the Rankin Bridge in Swissvale, will hold its final “Carrie Carpool Cinema” at the Carrie Furnaces on Friday and Saturday, a spokesperson said.

On Friday, Carrie Carpool Cinema will show “Blade Runner” (R) at 6 p.m. and “Repo Man” at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday’s films are “Do The Right Thing” (R) at 6 p.m. and “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh” (PG) at 8:25 p.m.

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Trick-or-Treat Times, Safety Suggestions Posted

October 30, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, Liberty Borough News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

With Halloween on Saturday, you’ve hopefully already made a plan for a costume. But have you considered the safest way to trick-or-treat this year?

Most local communities — McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., White Oak, Port Vue, and Liberty Borough — will observe Halloween with trick-or-treating during the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Duquesne will observe trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. and will have a costume contest, with “grab-and-go” treats, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park on Grant Avenue. To comply with COVID-19 safety recommendations, participants should enter via South Second Street and exit via South Third Street. The event is made possible by city officials, Duquesne PRIDE and the Duquesne PartnerSHIP.

Dravosburg will observe trick-or-treating from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a Halloween costume parade at the borough’s ballfields at 4:30 p.m. Social distancing rules will be in place and attendees are asked to wear face masks.

Prizes will be given to the prettiest costume, ugliest/scariest costume and most original costume. Children ages 0 to 13 are allowed to participate.

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W.N. Library Plans Pie Sale

October 29, 2020 |

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

The West Newton Library will be selling pies to raise money. Order forms are available at Gary Johnson’s Gingerbread Bakery, 111 South Second St., or inside the library, 124 North Water St., or may be obtained by sending email to

Pie orders must be received by Nov. 21 and may be picked up between 12 noon and 6 p.m. Nov. 24, at the bakery.

Available pies include pumpkin, apple, sugar-free apple, Dutch apple, cherry, Dutch cherry, peach, blueberry and coconut cream. Each pie is $12. Pumpkin roll also is available for $10.

Payment with forms can be dropped off at the bakery or mailed to West Newton Library, P.O. Box 221, West Newton, PA 15089.


Local Groups Offer Rides to Polling Places

October 22, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Politics & Elections

“#298” by Kelley Minars, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Take Action Mon Valley is one of several groups that is offering free transportation to polling places on Election Day.

A spokeswoman said the non-profit group will provide Allegheny County voters in McKeesport, Duquesne, Clairton, Braddock, Rankin, West Mifflin and nearby communities with free rides via Lyft, Uber or in a volunteer’s vehicle.

That includes transportation Sunday (Oct. 25) to the county’s satellite polling place at CCAC South Campus in West Mifflin, where absentee and vote-by-mail ballots may be deposited in person, or to the polls on Nov. 3.

To request a ride in from TAMV, call or text (412) 440-8268.

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Tube City Media Announces New Officers, Board

October 21, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The non-profit corporation that oversees Tube City Almanac, McKeesport Obituaries and WMCK Internet Radio has elected its board of directors and officers for 2020-2021.

The board also announced its plans to transition all of Tube City’s online content to the trademarked “Tube City Online” name during 2021.

At its annual meeting, the board re-elected for one-year terms current directors Alycia Bencloski, Andrea Luketic Cartwright, Dan Dougherty, Daniel C. Malesky, William C. Phillips, Dianne Ribecca, Judy Rosenfeld, Rev. Chris Stillwell, Thomas Schroll Jr., Jennifer Sopko and Jason Togyer.

The board also elected William Phillips as chair, Alycia Bencloski as treasurer and Jennifer Sopko as secretary.

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