New Year's Eve Event Raises Money for Local Woman

December 29, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

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(Submitted photo)

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."

 
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New Ramp Connects Rankin Bridge With Development Site

December 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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.

 
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Deadline for Property Tax Rebates is Dec. 31

December 16, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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.

 
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Penn State GA Campus Names New Chancellor

December 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Brandon University)

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.”

 
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Festival of Trees Opens Today

December 03, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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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.

 
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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.

 

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