White Oak, Duquesne Prepare for Community Day Events

August 01, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Above: White Oak Community Day will feature a train ride around the grounds. White Oak Recreation Board, via Facebook.)

Residents of Duquesne and White Oak will be celebrating all the great things that make up their communities this Saturday during their annual community day events.

Sponsored by the White Oak Borough and the White Oak Recreation Board, White Oak Community Day will be held at the Heritage Hill Park and Pool Complex.

Duquesne residents are sure to enjoy the 27th annual Duquesne Community Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Duquesne Athletic Field on Commonwealth Avenue.

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Duquesne's Lawsuit Against City Redevelopment Authority, Non-Profit Moves Forward

July 31, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News

By Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer

The city of Duquesne's lawsuit against its redevelopment authority and a non-profit development corporation is moving forward.

Duquesne officials filed suit in March against the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne and the Duquesne Business Advisory Corp., seeking the return of nearly $1.4 million from a $1.5 million revolving loan fund.

Mayor Nickole Nesby argues that the money was improperly transferred from the authority --- a governmental body created by the city --- to the business advisory corporation, which is independent.

The city has asked Allegheny County Judge Arnold Klein to grant a preliminary injunction ordering the DBAC to return the money to the redevelopment authority. A hearing is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Duquesne Council OK's Full-Time Position For Mayor

July 28, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Beginning with the next municipal election, the position of Duquesne’s mayor will be a full-time salaried position.

A motion was unanimously passed during Tuesday’s city council meeting authorizing the drafting of an ordinance that will increase the salary of mayor to $65,000 under the guidelines of the Third-Class City Code.

Currently --- including for Mayor Nickole Nesby --- the position is part-time and pays $3,000 annually.

“If the great city of Duquesne wants a full-time mayor, they need to pay for a full-time mayor,” said Pastor Peter Roy of the Terrace Church of the Nazarene, who told council he supports the decision. “If they want a part-time mayor, they’ll pay for that. This city is on the move and the move is up. You can’t expect someone to give 65 to 70 hours per week and not expect to be compensated for it.”

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Two Duquesne Council Members Resign

July 25, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Two members of Duquesne city council have resigned.

Council members John Gyure and June Wilson submitted their resignations, effective with this month's meeting. Wilson said her resignation was for health and family reasons. Gyure did not respond to a request for comment about his resignation.

Council voted 3-0 to appoint Elaine Washington to one of the vacant seats. Washington is expected to be sworn into office at the next council meeting.

Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby said council will accept applications to fill the other vacancy.

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Personnel Changes Top Agenda at Duquesne Council

June 19, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne has done away with a requirement that police officers live within the city.

At last week's meeting, Mayor Nickole Nesby said Duquesne eliminated the rule so that the city can make an "honest effort" to make sure all races and both sexes are represented on the police force.

She publicly encouraged potential candidates to apply for openings in the police department.

Council approved police Chief Tom Dunlevy’s recommendation to offer a permanent position within the department to Lee Bartalicius. In other personnel moves, council accepted the retirement of longtime employee Jeanne Dowdle and voted to name Quincy Zitelli the city's acting code enforcement officer.

Council voted to terminate code enforcement officer Allan Chiesi. Nesby said the city would make no public comment about Chiesi's termination.

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Teenager Dead in Duquesne Shooting; Police Seek Suspects

June 16, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

(UPDATED with name of young man who was killed.)

A shooting Saturday morning in Duquesne left one young man dead and another hospitalized.

Duquesne police said in a release that officers were dispatched to the corner of Auriles Steet and Viola Alley at 1:18 a.m. when multiple callers reported hearing shots fired.

Upon arrival, police said, they found a white Chevrolet Impala stopped on Newford Alley, with the doors open. Inside the backseat, police found a 15-year-old, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as Daevion Raines, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two Former Mon Valley Men Convicted in Robbery 'Spree'

May 22, 2018 |

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

It took less than a half-hour for a federal jury to convict two former Mon Valley men in connection with what prosecutors described as a "robbery spree."

Kahlil Shelton, 23, of Duquesne, and Deron Howell, 25, of Swissvale, are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1 by U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson in Pittsburgh.

Both could face life sentences, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Monday.

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Duquesne Achieves Better ISO Fire Rating

May 13, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne has improved its fire preparedness rating by five points, according to a national agency.

At last week's Duquesne City Council meeting, fire Chief Frank Cobb said the Insurance Service Office, Inc., has moved the community from a 9 to a 4, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst.

The city had last been rated in 1989, Cobb said. The rating reflects the overall effectiveness of the department, he said.

Cobb said 24 calls for service were answered by the department for April. The chief also thanked Mayor Nickole Nesby and city council for funding repairs to the department's ladder truck.

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Duquesne Fire Dept. Awaits Results of Insurance Inspection

May 09, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Fire company Vice President Chas Woolsey, junior firefighter Nate Beck and fire Chief Frank Cobb look over equipment at the Duquesne fire station. (Cami DiBattista photo for Tube City Almanac)

Firefighters and city officials in Duquesne are awaiting the results of an evaluation of the fire department's readiness.

The evaluation is being done by the Insurance Services Office, Inc., said Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb. The last ISO inspection of Duquesne was done in 1989, he said.

ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification rating between 1 and 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. Duquesne's PPC rating was seven, Cobb said.

“They seemed pleased,” he said. “It’s looking pretty good and we’re anticipating a much lower rating than we received several decades ago.”

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Education Innovator Sings Praises of Duquesne Elementary

May 04, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Ted Dintersmith greets students at Duquesne Elementary School on Wednesday. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Duquesne Elementary School students enjoyed demonstrating some features of one of their school’s "makerspaces" to a special guest on Wednesday.

Ted Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist turned philanthropist and public education advocate, is on a 50-state tour to promote his documentary film, "Most Likely to Succeed," based on the best-selling book about education which he co-authored.

Dintersmith, whose newest book is called "What Schools Could Be," was in Pittsburgh this week to deliver a lecture at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.

When Dintersmith visited Duquesne Elementary, students demonstrated how to use virtual reality displays.

“We’re using virtual reality to visit the Holocaust museum,” said fourth-grader Lyniah McFadden.

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