Tips for Tots Next Week at Eat 'n Park

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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.

 

Dravosburg, W.M. Post Holiday Event Schedules

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Dravosburg and West Mifflin have posted schedules of upcoming holiday events.

West Mifflin will host the lighting of the borough's holiday tree on the lawn of the municipal building, 1020 Lebanon Road (near the Port Authority garage), at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday (Dec. 3), a spokesperson said.

There will be a ceremony and activities for kids, with refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus to follow at the nearby Skyview Volunteer Fire Department.

Dravosburg will hold its sixth-annual "Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration" at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 5) at the municipal building, 226 Maple Ave., near the Mansfield Bridge.

Winners of the borough-wide children's coloring contest for ages 3 to 12 will be invited to light the Dravosburg holiday tree. From 6:15 to 7 p.m. kids can have their photos taken with Santa, and a magician will perform at 7.

There also will be facepainting, fingerprinting by McKeesport police, hot chocolate and cookies.

In addition, luminaria orders will be taken for Christmas eve.

 

Ripple Road Bridge Has Reopened in White Oak

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The bridge that connects Ripple Road to Route 48 in White Oak has reopened after being closed for construction since mid-August, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The Ripple Road bridge over Long Run creek reopened Nov. 18 after about 12 weeks of reconstruction performed by Walsh Construction Company. The original bridge was built in 1939 and carried about 9,200 vehicles per day before it was closed.

Next spring a final layer of a special polyester concrete will be placed on the bridge deck to resist pothole formation and reduce bridge maintenance costs, the spokesman said. But that material can only be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees and after the deck has cured for at least 30 days. Drivers may notice a slight bump as they cross the bridge until that final step is completed.

The Rippel Road bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain for 25 years 558 state owned bridges. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service Scheduled Sunday

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium will host an interfaith community Thanksgiving Service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22) at Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., in the city.

The guest speaker will be Jason Chavis, a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh who currently serves as an account executive at Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV (4). Chavis is a board member and volunteer at a number of local community organizations.

A light meal will be served following the service, to be held in the main campus gym at Auberle.

For more information, call Boniface Igba at 412-673-5800, ext. 1286, or Gladys Hunt-Mason at (412) 672-8490.

(Illustration via Art Mad Wallpapers)

 

'City of Angels' Event Tonight at Kennedy Park

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport will hold its "City of Angels Light-Up Night" tonight at 6:30 at Kennedy Park, corner of Walnut Street and Lysle Boulevard, Downtown.

City officials will turn on a tree decorated with angels made by school-age children from across McKeesport. Carols will be sung and refreshments will be served, and the local gospel group "Chalice" will perform.

Event sponors include Mayor Mike Cherepko, the McKeesport Area Ministerium, the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, the Mon River Fleet and Eat 'n Park.

 

Irwin Hosts Light-Up Night Nov. 19

November 18, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Irwin and the Irwin Business and Professional Association will hold the borough's 35th annual Light-Up Night and parade from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 19), a spokesperson said.

Entertainment will include live music at multiple locations, and many downtown stores will be open for the event.

The parade and Light-Up Night are sponsored by S&T Bank, Parkview Community Credit Union, Duncan Financial, Trib Total Media and Commercial Bank & Trust of Pennsylvania.

Free parking will be available at Norwin Hills Shopping Center and shuttle buses will be run from the parking lot of Excela Square at Norwin Hills from 5 to 9 p.m. There is no charge.

The event will be held regardless of weather or temperature. For more information, call (724) 216-6200.

 
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Greater Allegheny campus raises $107,035 at All That's Jazz scholarship benefit

November 12, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

House Band and Betty Shirley perform "Take the A Train" at Penn State Greater Allegheny's 12th annual All That's Jazz scholarship benefit. (Photo courtesy Penn State Greater Allegheny)

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The crystal clear voice of jazz vocalist extraordinaire Betty Shirley filled the Student Community Center at Penn State Greater Allegheny on Saturday as guests traveled back in time to celebrate juke joint jazz at the 12th annual All That’s Jazz scholarship benefit.

The campus was hopping as Shirley was accompanied by the energetic sounds of William Thompson on piano, Eric Johnson on guitar, the multi-talented Benny Benack Jr. on clarinet and saxophone, and All That’s Jazz returning favorite David Pellow on the bass. The band was joined at one point by the Penn State Greater A Capella Melody Lions, the campus’ student choir.

The crowd erupted in applause when the total was revealed, a whopping $107,035 raised in one evening. Since 2004, the All That’s Jazz event has raised more than $932,000 for student scholarships.

 
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City Celebrates Santa With Parade This Saturday

November 12, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Ready or not, the holidays are almost upon us. And McKeesport's salute to Santa parade begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday (Nov. 14) on Fifth Avenue between the Palisades and City Hall.

If you can't make it to the parade, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will be on the scene, with both video and audio coverage live, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

More than 60 marching bands, drill teams and floats are scheduled to be there, including McKeesport Area High School's Tiger Band and the Serra Catholic High School band.

Antique cars, community groups and local mascots, including the Steelers' "Steely McBeam" also will be there.

The grand marshal of this year's parade is McKeesport deputy fire chief Vince Wassel, who is battling cancer.

If you can't make it to the parade, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will be there, with both video and audio coverage beginning at 10:30 a.m.

(Tube City Almanac file photo by John Barna)

 

Remembering the 'McKeesport 23'

November 07, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, Podcast

McKeesport has one of the earliest known U.S. monuments to soldiers, sailors and marines who died in the Vietnam War.

In 1966, following the deaths in Vietnam of four former members of what was then known as the McKeesport Boys Club, club founder Samuel LaRosa decided that those serving in Vietnam needed to be remembered. He erected a tablet outside the club with the names of the four fallen.

Before the end of the war in 1975, the names of 23 young men from McKeesport would be displayed on LaRosa's tablet.

Walt Yager, a longtime member and volunteer at what is now known as the LaRosa Boys and Girls Club, says he believes it was the first Vietnam memorial erected in the United States.

The "McKeesport 23" will be remembered with a tribute at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park.

The event is open to the public, but organizers are especially hoping that families and friends of the 23 can attend, along with others who served in Vietnam.

This week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talked to two of the organizers, Yager and retired White Oak police Chief Joe Hoffman, about why they think so many men from the Mon Valley served, and what the Nov. 14 tribute symbolizes.

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" airs at 8:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810), 8 a.m. Sundays on WZUM (1550), and at 3 p.m. Sundays on WMCK.FM.

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ADVERTISEMENT: Support for "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" comes in part from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation. Since 1976, the foundation has addressed key concerns that affect our good health, as well as our education, social needs, recreation, and safety and security. The foundation partners with UPMC McKeesport and other agencies to eliminate barriers to all services for all residents of the Mon Valley. Visit www.mckhospitalfoundation.com, or call (412) 664-2590.

 

Career Fair Tomorrow for Penn State Students, Alumni

October 28, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Current students and alumni who are looking for an internship or part-time, seasonal or full-time employment are invited to attend the 2015 Career and Internship Fair at Penn State's Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 29) in the Wunderley Gymnasium. Attendees must wear business dress and bring a resume.

"This is a great opportunity for our students and alumni to network and market themselves," said Erica Clarke, career services coordinator/instructor in communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny. "They will have access to employees they otherwise may not get the chance to meet."

 
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