EA School Board OK’s Hybrid Learning Jan. 25

January 15, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny School District will begin hybrid learning in the district Jan. 25.

School directors this week voted 5-4 to resume some in-person classes. The district has been fully remote since Dec. 1 based on a recommendation from the state Department of Dealth when the state’s COVID-19 daily case count reached 6,000.

Prior to that, both the high school and elementary school were operating within a scaffolded learning model accommodating students with individualized education plans (IEP's) in person.

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Source of Gas Odor Undetermined

January 06, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

A strong odor reported by residents of McKeesport, North Versailles Twp. and White Oak on Tuesday night was not a natural gas leak, a spokesman said.

Allegheny County emergency personnel said firefighters were dispatched to several locations along Route 48 just after 7 p.m. after 9-1-1 callers said they smelled natural gas.

But Barry Kukovich, spokesman for Peoples Gas, said there were no gas leaks or any service problems reported in Route 48 corridor on Tuesday night.

Natural gas is odorless, and the “gas smell” actually comes from a chemical called methyl mercaptan, which is designed to help customers detect a leak.

Kukovich said that it’s possible that a truck carrying mercaptan, or a similar chemical, passed through the area on Tuesday night, but the smell was not related to Peoples Gas.


NV Twp. Commissioners OK Eastland Proposal

December 30, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

The former site of Eastland Mall, seen after demolition work was completed in 2007. (Tube City Almanac file photo)

The North Versailles Twp. commissioners have unanimously approved a plan for a warehouse and distribution facility to be built at the former Eastland Mall site on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the vote was taken via phone during the regular December meeting.

The approval came just one day after a virtual zoning board hearing was held to discuss the project.

The tenant interested in the site was represented by Trammell Crow Co., a real estate development company that is in the process of buying the property, currently owned by Benderson Development Co. of Buffalo, N.Y.

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NV Twp. Man Killed By Snow Plow

December 17, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A North Versailles Twp. man was killed when he was struck by a snow plow near his home in the Arlington section of the township, Allegheny County police said.

John A. Vichie, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said.

County police said that Vichie was walking with a snow blower in the 100 block of Union Avenue when he was struck by a township public works truck that was backing up the street.

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Traffic Restrictions Posted in Wilmerding

December 14, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

Traffic restrictions are expected in Wilmerding beginning Thursday (Dec. 17) and continuing through Dec. 22, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Crews from Mackin Engineering Co. and Sofis Rigging Co. will be inspecting the Patton Street Bridge and traffic on Wall Avenue and Avenue U will be subject to temporary restrictions, said the spokesperson.

Flaggers will be in place to direct drivers and motorists are urged to use caution while work is taking place, the spokesperson said.


Proposed NV Twp. Budget Maintains Tax Rate

December 10, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have tentatively approved a 2021 budget with no tax increase.

At its November meeting, the board of commissioners adopted a $8.06 million spending plan, which includes $7.56 million in the general fund, $304,603 in the liquid fuels fund and $205,010 in the fire tax fund.

Commissioners also fixed the property tax rate for 2021 at the current 7.25 mills.

The budget will be on display in the manager’s office in the township building, 1401 Greensburg Pike, during regular business hours until the next regular meeting on Dec. 17, when commissioners will vote to officially adopt the budget.

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Weight Limits Established on NV Twp. Roads

December 10, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. officials are going to try to reduce wear-and-tear on several roads by establishing weight limits.

At their November meeting, commissioners approved an ordinance establishing limits on 12 township roads after officials determined they were being damaged due to the excessive weight of large vehicles traveling on them.

Vehicles exempted from the weight limits include emergency vehicles, school buses, vehicles making local deliveries or pick-ups and garbage trucks.

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EA School Board Votes To Go Fully Remote

December 01, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny School District was set to begin a new hybrid learning model on Dec. 7, but a surge in Covid-19 cases in Allegheny County and a new order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, put that plan on hold.

At a special meeting held Nov. 23, the board voted to go completely remote until possibly Jan. 19.

The district was operating within a scaffolded learning model that allowed students with individualized education plans to attend classes in-person.

Allegheny is one of the counties in the state now considered an area of substantial transmission. The recent order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends schools in those counties either go completely remote or commit to even stricter in-person mask guidelines.

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Gobble Giveaway Held At EA

November 26, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Ma's Pantry volunteers Louise Beswick, Catie Sickler and Edward Sites, president, helped distribute the boxes of non-perishable food items part of the East Allegheny Gobble Giveaway. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

East Allegheny School District collaborated with numerous community organizations to provide food, flu shots, clothing and school supplies to hundreds of local families at a Gobble Giving event held at the junior-senior high school on Monday.

Organizations on hand included the Allegheny County Health Department, Communities in Schools, Ma’s Pantry, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy, Turtle Creek Community Services, Auberle, and Nutrition Inc. Seventy percent of students that attend East Allegheny schools qualify for free or reduced lunches.

“There is a high level of food insecurity in the Mon Valley,” says Melanie Readal, public health administrator for the Allegheny County Health Department,  “that's why a lot of times when we do events where we do work with our community partners and municipalities that we encourage food distribution just to make sure that we're decreasing the stigma around food insecurity.”

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EA Delays Full School Opening Until December

November 02, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny School Board will delay the district's transition from remote to hybrid learning until Dec. 7.

Superintendent Alan Johnson recommended the extension in light of the current spike in COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County and to allow for “quarantine time” between the Thanksgiving holiday and the school reopening in the middle of the second nine weeks.

EA’s first nine-week grading period came to a close on Oct. 28.

Allegheny County remains in the moderate range, less than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, which allows for either hybrid or remote learning.

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