Community Groups Plan Free Info Fair Wednesday in Duquesne

May 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

More than 30 community groups, businesses and organizations will meet with residents to provide information and answer questions at an event Wednesday in Duquesne.

The free community resource fair will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Duquesne Elementary School, 300 Kennedy Ave., and is being sponsored by the Duquesne City School District. Refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary, a spokeswoman said.

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Repairs to Close Route 837 Ramp During Parts of Monday, Tuesday

May 09, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

The ramp that connects the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge to Route 837 south in Duquesne will be closed on Monday and Tuesday so that crews can complete pavement repairs.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said the closure will happen, weather-permitting, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Traffic headed toward Dravosburg and Clairton from the bridge will instead be asked to use the South Linden Street exit, and then turn left onto Route 837 at the traffic light.

The work is part of the $2.42 million preservation project at the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge, the PennDOT spokesman said.


Police Seek Suspect in Route 837 Shooting

May 03, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

(Duquesne police photo via Facebook)

A 30-year-old man was in critical condition Friday afternoon after being shot on Route 837 in Duquesne.

Duquesne and Allegheny County police said the shooting happened just after 10:30 a.m. during an argument at a traffic light. The suspect fled in a dark-colored sedan in the direction of Homestead.

In a prepared statement, county police Inspector Andrew Schurman said that it appears the victim was driving his SUV on Route 837 when he stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Grant Street. The victim got out of his car and approached another vehicle, on foot, Schurman said.

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National Library Week Brings Full Slate of Events

April 09, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Photo courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport via Facebook.)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport has scheduled a full slate of events during National Library Week. All events are free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the library's main branch, 1507 Library Ave., will screen the 2018 feature film "On the Basis of Sex," a biographical drama starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg arguing the early cases of her career as a lawyer.

The movie also stars Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

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Work Begins on Homestead-Duquesne Road Paving Project

April 02, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Crews from A. Folino Construction of Oakmont began work Tuesday to repair and repave Homestead-Duquesne Road in West Mifflin.

The $2 million project is expected to continue through August, a county spokesman said.

The work will include repairs to concrete and drainage systems to approximately 1.1 miles of road between Homeville Road in West Mifflin and Grant Avenue in Duquesne.

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Duquesne to Create Outdoor Fitness Court

February 05, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A $30,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign will be used to create and implement an outdoor fitness court in Duquesne.

The facility, which is expected to be constructed by the end of the 2019 calendar year, will be free to use for community residents and visitors, Mayor Nickole Nesby announced.

At January's regular meeting, council approved a motion to hold a workshop and planning session on the second Tuesday of each month, with a voting meeting on a fourth Tuesday of each month. Both meetings will continue to be open to the public.

In other business:

Council has repealed a previous ordinance that would have increased the mayor's salary to $65,000 per year following the next mayoral election.

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Duquesne Hoping to Emerge From Distressed Status

January 27, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A distressed municipality for nearly 30 years, Duquesne is hoping to be self-sufficient in the near future.

At last week's council meeting, the city's Act 47 Coordinator, George Dougherty, reported that Duquesne is coming to the end of its final five-year Act 47 plan.

“Beginning in 2020, we have to get the finances and management in a place where the city will be able to float on (its) own and come out of Act 47 status,” said Dougherty, who was appointed by the state in October to represent the community. “I’m really hoping to see Duquesne move forward in becoming self-sufficient.”

Dougherty has been working to develop a budget for Duquesne, which has been an Act 47 municipality since 1991. Recently, he began drafting an "exit plan" from the assistance program.

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Nesby Issues Statement Following Tense Meeting

January 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Duquesne News

Following January's city council meeting when tensions ran high between residents and officials, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby issued this statement:

"It’s important for everyone to be on the same page because residents get confused. The city values community organizations such as the Duquesne Youth Football Association. Sports play a role in bringing communities together, increasing social and cultural impact, developing social capital, reducing crime and anti-social behavior.

"It is my hope that more people participate as volunteers, increase the culture of respect and tolerance among young people, reduce fear of crime, create a more sustainable community with local pride, provide people with a greater voice and influence over decision-making, and increase the capacity to own community assets."


Duquesne Residents Vent Frustrations at City Council Meeting

January 17, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne residents voice their frustrations during January's city council meeting. (Cami DiBattista photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

Read More: Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby had additional thoughts following this meeting

The first Duquesne City Council meeting of the year was emotionally charged, as a roomful of residents vented their frustrations with Mayor Nickole Nesby and other officials.

Several representatives of the Duquesne Youth Football Association questioned city officials about allegations that the organization is being dissolved.

They alleged that the Duquesne Police Department had “spread rumors of drug money being funneled through the organization.”

One spokesperson for the youth football association said the organization is unhappy with Police Chief Tom Dunlevy and the department, and said he feels the city’s black population is being unfairly targeted.

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Duquesne Student Saves Kindergartner, Recognized With Heroism Award

December 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Nine-year-old Arnez Logan, a student of Duquesne Elementary School, is a member of the school's Junior Constable program, run by school security officer and Pennsylvania State Constable Lonzo Boyce Sr., at left. (Cami DiBattista photo, special to Tube City Almanac)

When fourth-grader Arnez Logan began the school year at Duquesne Elementary, he had no idea he would wrap up his first week being labeled a hero.

As a participant in the school’s Junior Constable Program, one of his responsibilities includes being a member of the "safety patrol." Logan was stationed outside the entrance of the school, diligently observing his surroundings, when he saw a kindergarten student run out into the road in front of an oncoming car.

Without a second thought he reacted, grabbing the kindergartener and pulling him to safety as the car sped by.

“He was running and it did not look like he was going to stop,” said nine-year-old Logan. “I hurried up and pulled him back before a car came speeding by.”

“I was across the street and couldn’t get there quickly enough,” said Duquesne constable Lonzo Boyce Sr., who started the Junior Constable Program around five years ago. “It was like it happened in slow motion.  As soon as he stepped onto the street, Arnez grabbed him. ‘Nice save, Arnez. Great job,’ was the first thing that came out of my mouth. It was unbelievable.”

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