Route 885 Paving Work Begins Monday

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Crews will be repaving part of Route 885 between CCAC South Campus and Ravensburg Boulevard in Clairton, beginning next week.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said that parts of the road will be restricted to single, alternating lanes of traffic, weather permitting, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. is also possible.

Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

The project includes milling and paving, concrete pavement patching, base repairs, guide rail updates, shoulder work, signal improvements and line painting activities.  Work will conclude in late July. Lindy Paving Inc. is the prime contractor.

 

County Invites Property Owners to Claim Vacant Lots

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Benjamin Scott via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Residents of 45 municipalities --- including many in the Mon-Yough area --- can acquire vacant lots and structures in their neighborhoods through Allegheny County's Vacant Property Recovery Program.

The application period has opened for the 2016 Side Yard and Blighted Structure program, which allows people to purchase abandoned properties at a substantial discount, a county spokeswoman said. Applications must be received by Aug. 31.

Qualifying communities in the Mon-Yough area include Braddock Hills, Dravosburg, East McKeesport, Elizabeth Twp., Forward Twp, Liberty Boro., Munhall, North Versailles Twp., South Versailles Twp. (Coulter), Swissvale, Turtle Creek, Versailles, West Homestead, West Mifflin, Whitaker, White Oak and Wilkins Twp.

 
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Worldwide Knitting Event Comes to City This Saturday

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will participate in "World Wide Knit in Public Day," an annual event started in 2005 and designed to encourage people who knit or crochet to meet other hobbyists.

The library's event will be held on the main lawn at 1507 Library Ave., weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (June 18), a spokeswoman said. Everyone is invited and the event is free.

A picnic lunch will be served, but registration is requested at (412) 672-0625.

Created by Missouri hobbyist and clothing maker Danielle Landes, there were only 25 local knitting events on the first "World Wide Knit in Public Day." There are now hundreds of events in the United States and more than 50 other countries, including Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden.

 

Hometown Hoops Basketball Camps Scheduled

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Twenty-nine basketball mini-camps will be held this summer in locations around Allegheny County, including in McKeesport, Braddock, Clairton, East Pittsburgh, Homestead, Rankin and Wilmerding, a spokesman said.

The "Hometown Hoops" mini-camps are free and open to ages 9-18, and participants may attend as many mini-camps as they like. The camps are run by the Allegheny County Parks Department.

Both boys and girls may participate. Students will learn basketball skills from local coaches and players with experience in the NBA, NCAA and WPIAL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and organizers are strongly recommending advance registration.

The camps will be held in the following Mon Valley locations:

  • June 29, 30 and July 1, Harrison Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 11 and 12, Crawford Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 13 and 14, Mapleview Terrace basketball court, Braddock
  • July 15, Marion Circle basketball court, Clairton
  • July 21 and 22, Wilmerding YMCA
  • July 27 and 28, Hawkins Village basketball court, Rankin
  • July 29, McKeesport Safe Passage, 1406 Cornell St., McKeesport
  • Aug. 1 and 2, Quarry Field basketball court, East Pittsburgh
  • Aug. 5, Charlie Batch Playground, East 16th Avenue, Homestead
 
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Church Festival Returns to Market Street June 23-25

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo: Joanne Dorazio and Kathy Ryan, two of the three co-chairs for the Corpus Christi Parish Festival, sample some of the foods that will be served at the parish social hall from June 23 to 25. Michael Mattis is also a co-chair.

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An annual summer celebration featuring entertainment, homemade ethnic food, and games returns to Market Street as Corpus Christi Parish holds its festival June 23 to 25 at the church's social hall, 803 Market St., Downtown.

Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Live music will be provided each night, including Glitzando from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Soul Searchers from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, and the Majestics2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Balloon artist and magician Billy Heh will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly.

 
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Dravosburg Film Screening at Heritage Center June 18

June 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will host it's next Summer Speaker Series program at 2 p.m. June 18.

The film "Silent Tales from Richland Cemetery" will be shown, highlighting some of the historical figures buried there, and members of the Dravosburg Community Archives will be available to discuss the film, which was directed by Smith Laure and written by Pamela Palongue, Beth Rohach and Robert Scott.

The program is free for members of the center and $2 for non-members, and the public is welcome. The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center is located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center's website

 
 
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O'Neil Blvd. to Close June 13 for Repair Project

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

O'Neil Boulevard will be closed near Founders Hall Middle School for most of June and July as crews work to stabilize part of the hillside.

A spokesperson for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure begins at 9 a.m. June 13 (Monday) at Porter Street, when construction workers from Pugliano Construction of Plum will begin reconstructing the hillside. The project has an estimated cost of $300,000.

The work will continue through the end of July. The official detour will take motorists over Eden Park Boulevard, Walnut Street, 30th Avenue and Patterson Avenue.

 

Replacement of Whitaker Traffic Light Underway

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Work has finally begun on the replacement of a traffic light at the Whitaker end of the Rankin Bridge.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said crews began replacing the signals on Route 837 near Bob's Autotorium this morning and repairs will continue, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The repairs are expected to be complete by the end of June.

The traffic signals at the intersection were heavily damaged in April 2015 when a car driven by a Florida man crashed into two other cars and then into the side of Bob's Autotorium. During the collision, utility poles and the control system for the traffic lights were destroyed.

Temporary traffic signals have been in place at the intersection since then. According to PennDOT traffic maps, between 20,000 and 22,000 vehicles pass through the intersection on Route 837 every day.

 

Fishing Derby Rescheduled for June 11

June 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

File photo by Denise L. Ritter

The City of McKeesport Kids Fishing Derby (previously advertised for June 4) has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, June 11 at Lake Emilie in Renziehausen Park.

This event is for children age 16 and younger. Registration is 50 cents. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish and other contests. Children must be present for the duration of the event to claim their prizes. For more information, call 412-675-5020, ext. 610.

 
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Trail Council, Kiwanis Plan June 26 Swim-Bike-Run Event

May 31, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Registration is now open for the first-ever Going for the Goal Sprint Triathlon in McKeesport on June 26.

Benefiting the Kiwanis Club of McKeesport-White Oak and McKeesport Trail Council, the event will offer participants the opportunity to test their endurance with a quarter-mile swim at McKeesport Area High School, a 5-kilometer foot race through Renziehausen Park, and a nearly nine-mile bike ride on the city’s streets and bicycle trail.

A spokesman said the event will help support local programs benefiting children and improvements to the McKeesport section of the Great Allegheny Passage.

 
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