Matthew J. Brown was promoted today by Allegheny County Manager William D. McKain, a county spokeswoman announced. Brown had been serving as the county's deputy director of operations and training and previously served as director of protection services and manager of corporate fire protection for U.S. Steel.
A life member of Munhall Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Brown is a graduate of Steel Valley High School and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and more than 30 years of experience in emergency services, emergency management, and industrial safety and hazardous materials.
The closure of the McKeesport Daily News is going to leave a void in our lives in many ways. One concern I’ve already heard expressed is the loss of our local obituary page.
Besides the obvious usefulness of obituaries in letting a community come together to grieve the loss of our friends and loved ones, obituaries also provide a useful service to genealogists and historians.
I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do when the Daily News closes. I have literally been reading the newspaper since I was old enough to read. I learned how to read from the Daily News' comics page of the 1970s --- "Nubbin," "The Smith Family," "Walt Disney's Scamp," and a bunch of other frankly terrible funnies better forgotten.
Tube City Community Media Inc. is in no way a "replacement" for the Daily News, but will be here to help.
Please send community announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice mail at 412-385-7450, and we will do our level best to get your announcement both on Tube City Online and WMCK.
Be patient; for now, we are all volunteers. That may change, but not soon.
We will have an announcement shortly about an obituary service we are launching next week, and we may do something similar for church news.
We have not given up on the McKeesport area, and we know thousands of others haven't, either. Mon Valley residents are tough, and stubborn. It isn't over until we say it's over.
If you haven't yet made plans for New Year's Eve, family and friends of a Monongahela area woman are hoping you'll join them for a party --- and to raise money for a good cause.
Elizabeth Twp.'s Sunset Room, located just off Lovedale Road, is hosting a benefit for Tiffany Fine on Thursday night from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. New Year's Day.
Fine, 32, is battling a brain tumor. The event is sponsored by the Seth Simon Foundation. People unable to attend Thursday night can also make contributions at a YouCaring page set up by the Simon Foundation.
Tickets are $60 for individuals or $400 for a table of 10. A limited number of seats are still available but reservations "absolutely, positively," must be made no later than Thursday morning, said Andi Cartwright, marketing and event coordinator for the Sunset Room. "Wednesday would be better. We have a lot of set-up to do."
Call (412) 667-1117 to reserve a seat.
The event will include live music from House of Soul, an 11-piece funk and R&B band led by sax player Calvin Stemley.
"It's a great band that's been around for 22 years," Cartwright said. "They have a big following, but they don't usually do a whole lot of gigs in our area, so we've been trying to bring them here for a while."
Allegheny County Councilman Charles Martoni, Swissvale Democrat who represents county council District 8, talks about the history of the Carrie Furnaces site during this morning's ribbon cutting. (Allegheny County photo via Twitter)
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Federal, county and state officials today joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in celebrating the completion of the $14.5 million Carrie Furnace Flyover Bridge with a formal ribbon cutting.
The bridge connects the Rankin Bridge to the 168-acre brownfield along the Monongahela River by passing over three railway tracks and includes significant railroad crossing safety improvements. The completion of the flyover bridge marks a significant milestone in the site work and reclamation of the former steel yard.
The ramp represents a "significant step" in the redevelopment of part of the former Carrie Furnaces site because it offers direct access to more than 100 acres of flat, riverfront property, Fitzgerald said.
Allegheny County purchased the Carrie Furnace site in 2005 for $5.75 million. In 2006, Carrie Furnaces Nos. 6 and 7 were designated as a National Historic Landmark.
In the last decade, the county has completed environmental assessments of the property, finished design and engineering work needed to bring the site above the 100 year flood plain, and extended sanitary and storm water systems.
The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, which has managed the project, plans to market the site as a flexible light industrial park that can accomodate offices or some manufacturing. The authority, which will solicit development proposals soon, predicts the site can accommodate 1,000 jobs over the first 10 years.
The ramp investments "were absolutely integral to the clean-up of this brownfield, and can be a boon to the surrounding communities as it begins to develop," Fitzgerald said.
The deadline for applications for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31.
State Rep. Marc Gergely of White Oak said the rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people with disabilities 18 or older.
The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
"With how busy we are around the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of time," Gergely said. "Before you know it, it’ll be a new year and too late to file an application. This program is geared to helping seniors and those who are disabled and I don't want anyone to miss out what is rightfully theirs."
The application deadline for eligible residents to receive a rebate on their 2014 paid property taxes or rent is Dec. 31.
Andrew Egan, dean of the Faculty of Science and acting associate vice president for research at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, has been named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, effective Feb. 15, 2016.
Egan will succeed Interim Chancellor Nancy Herron, who will retire from Penn State for a second time on Dec. 31 after coming out of retirement to serve as interim chancellor on Jan. 1, 2014. John Peles, interim director of academic affairs at Penn State Greater Allegheny, will serve as interim chancellor/chief academic officer beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
“Dr. Egan possesses more than 20 years of proven academic leadership, providing Penn State Greater Allegheny with a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, program development and accreditation, enrollment management, and external relations,” said Madlyn Hanes, Penn State vice president for Commonwealth Campuses. “He brings an accomplished record of supporting faculty development and collaboration that will serve the campus well.”
In his new position, Egan will also hold the title of professor of forest resources.
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Penn State community as chancellor of the Greater Allegheny campus,” Egan said. “In a way, this is a homecoming for me, having graduated from Penn State in 1993. We are connected to Pennsylvania in other important ways as well — my wife is a native of Pittsburgh, having spent her childhood in Ingomar.”
The 30th annual McKeesport Festival of Trees gets underway today and continues through Monday.
Dozens of hand-decorated Christmas evergreens representing churches, schools, social groups and other organizations are on display in Renziehausen Park's Jacob Woll Pavilion.
An official tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Dec. 3) at the intersection of Arboretum and Sycamore drives, near the pavilion entrance. Santa Claus will arrive at the ceremony on a McKeesport Fire Department truck, a spokeswoman said.
Hours for the show are 12 noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $2 for adults, while children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with donation of one non-perishable food item for local food pantries.
Activities include live entertainment, visits with Santa, and hayrides through Renzie, provided by McKeesport's public works department. The park will be lit by luminaria at night.
Wait staff at the McKeesport Eat 'n Park will donate their "tips for tots" on Dec. 9 as part of the restaurant chain's 37th annual Caring for Kids campaign.
Employees at the restaurant on Lysle Boulevard will contribute tips received between 4 and 7 p.m. on that day. Eat 'n Park's Smiley cookie mascot will make an appearance as well, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
Wait staff at two other Mon-Yough locations will donate their tips for tots this Thursday (Dec. 3) --- the North Huntingdon location from 4 to 8 p.m. and Homestead Waterfront from 3 to 8 p.m.
The Caring for Kids campaign benefits children's hospitals and charities that help children recovering from injuries or illnesses.
Last year, during the five weeks at the end of the year, Eat 'n Park's restaurants in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia raised more than $411,000 that was donated to 14 different hospitals and charities.