Brewster to Amazon: Don't Forget the Mon Valley

October 03, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

While Pittsburgh political leaders are encouraging to locate its new headquarters in the Steel City, a state senator representing the Steel Valley wants to make sure his constituents aren't left out.

State Sen. Jim Brewster said that he has suggested former industrial sites in Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne, East Pittsburgh and McKeesport as possible locations for an Amazon campus, as well as another former industrial site in New Kensington, Westmoreland County.

“We have to be collaborative and work cohesively so that Amazon gets a full understanding of the array of sites that are available in our region,” Brewster, a Democrat from McKeesport, said. “There are plenty of locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania that are excellent sites and I am certain that the region’s application will be inclusive and strong.”, the world's largest Internet retailer, is based in Seattle. But in September the company announced that it was looking to create a second headquarters campus somewhere in North America, and that it was prepared to spend up to $5 billion to do so.

The company expects the second headquarters to include "as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs" and claims it will create "tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment" in the surrounding region.

Amazon, which reported nearly $136 billion in revenue last year and employs more than 268,000 people worldwide, contends that it contributed $38 billion to the economy of the Seattle region between 2010 and 2016.

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Performers Listed for Oct. 22 Concert at First UMC

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

First United Methodist Church will hold a fall concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 22, a spokesperson said.

Scheduled performers include Angel Redwood of Zion Baptist Church and Gena Wells of Judah Ministries International Worship Center, as well as other local musicians.

The concert is free but "love offerings" will be accepted. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

For more information, call (412) 664-9349. The church is located at 1406 Cornell St., near Twin Rivers Elementary School and the Carnegie Library of McKeesport. The event is co-chaired by Della Meekins and Sandra Christian.


West Side Methodist Plans Flea Market

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

West Side United Methodist Church will hold a flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7), a spokesperson said.

The kitchen will be open for refreshments and there will be a Chinese auction. The church is accessible to the handicapped.

West Side United Methodist is located at 307 Atlantic Ave. in lower 10th Ward. Call (412) 672-7755 for more information.


'Fall Into Wellness' With UPMC McKeesport Health Fair

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPMC McKeesport will offer free flu vaccinations, cholesterol screenings, giveaways and more at "Fall Into Wellness" this Saturday (Oct. 7).

The health fair will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the ground floor of the hospital's Kelly Building, 1500 Fifth Ave. Parking in the hospital garage for the event will be free. Call (412) 664-2306.

A spokeswoman said that free screenings to be offered also will include blood pressure and blood sugar tests and lung function tests. Free giveaways will include "cold and flu survival kits," refreshments and other items. Health professionals will be available to answer questions.

The flu vaccinations will not be given to children under age 18, and a nine-hour fast is recommended for anyone who wants to get a cholesterol screening. No appointments are necessary and the event is open to the public.


Public Meetings Will Shape Future of Mon Valley Bus Routes

October 02, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A plan for a so-called "bus rapid transit" loop between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland has the potential to change the way commuters in the Mon Valley get to work or school.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold the first of three public hearings on the bus rapid transit proposal tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Avenue apartments, 325 Braddock Ave. in Braddock.

The second will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Palisades Ballroom, 100 Fifth Ave., Downtown, and the third at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Duquesne City Hall, 12 S. Second St.

Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said in a prepared statement that riders of the 61A, 61B and 61C buses are particularly urged to attend the hearings and provide input.

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Rock Run Road to Close for Bridge Replacement

September 28, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Rock Run Road in Elizabeth Twp. will close near Butler's Golf Course next week so that a bridge can be replaced.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 near the interesction of Williamsburg Drive and Rock Run Road and will continue through the end of November.

The closure is necessary so that crews from Pugliano Construction of Plum can replace a small bridge over a stream called Wildcat Run, the county said.

All traffic to access Butler’s Golf Course will have to enter from Industry Road, the county said.

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Library Offers Free Flu Shots Oct. 10

September 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Free flu vaccine shots will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman said.

The shots will be administered by paramedics and will be available to anyone age 18 and over. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public and no registration is necessary. For more information, call (412) 672-0625.

In other programs announced by the library:

  • Daytime Movies: October's featured movies are "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 and the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Movies are intended for adults and are free, but attendees should bring a pillow to sit on.
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Croatian Club Slates Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 4

September 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Calling all crafters, artisans and vendors --- the Yukon Croatian Club will hold a Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4.

A spokeswoman for the Westmoreland County club said that Oct. 23 is the deadline to reserve a table. The cost is $10 per table.

The club kitchen will be open to serve refreshments on the day of the event.

For more information, call (724) 872-7495. The club is located at 109 Union St. in Yukon, exit 53 off of Interstate 70.


Open House Planned Oct. 5 to Discuss Route 30 Rehab

September 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The public is being asked to provide opinions next month regarding the planned reconstruction of U.S. Route 30 between Irwin and North Versailles Twp.

Nancy Kolenc, project manager for the state Department of Transportation's District 12 office, said in a prepared release that an open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in the cafeteria of Norwin Senior High School, 251 McMahon Drive, North Huntingdon Twp.

Information on the proposed master plan for the corridor will be available for review, and a brief presentation will be made at 6:30, Kolenc said.

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Road Work Planned in McKeesport, East Pittsburgh

September 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Motorists can expect restrictions on roadways in McKeesport and East Pittsburgh this week as crews begin road repairs.

Beginning Wednesday (Sept. 27), one lane of East Fifth Avenue will be restricted near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge so that crews can make concrete repairs to one of the bridge ramps, said a district spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.

The closure will affect one of the two lanes heading westbound (from East End to Downtown) between Queen Street and Pirl Street beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through Oct. 20, PennDOT said.

Separately, a major repaving project is slated to begin tonight in East Pittsburgh and North Braddock.

The PennDOT spokesperson said Electric Avenue will be closed nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid-October so that crews can repair and repave the street and improve drainage.

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