Local Districts Keep Masking Plans in Effect

December 14, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Local school districts are keeping their mask policies in effect for the time being.

Duquesne and East Allegheny school officials said their mandatory mask policies will remain in place, while McKeesport Area School District said the district is making face masks optional but “highly recommended” for all staff and students.

Masking also is mandatory on school buses, McKeesport Area officials said.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state Department of Health overstepped its authority on Aug. 31 by setting a blanket requirement for all students to wear a face mask while in class to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Holiday Events Scheduled in NV Twp.

November 29, 2021 |

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

North Versailles Twp. has a variety of holiday events planned to make spirits bright for the month of December:

Winter clothing drive: The parks and recreation department is partnering with Speedway for a Winter Wear Drive. They will be collecting and distributing winter clothes such as hats, gloves and scarves for township residents in need. If anyone knows someone who can benefit from this collection or has items to donate, please contact Lisa Green, parks and recreation director, at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.

Children’s Christmas Party: The township Children’s Christmas Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave. Magician Chuck Caputo will provide entertainment. There will be pizza for lunch, presents and photos with Santa. Parents need to register their children through the parks and recreation office by Dec. 10 at nvtparks@verizon.net.

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Warning Signs Proposed for Route 30 Bottleneck

November 29, 2021 |

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

Ongoing traffic bottlenecks on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp. — near the Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts — will soon be addressed if commissioners pass a proposed ordinance approving warning signs.

“They’re [motorists] stopping to wait their turn to get into the businesses on Route 30 which is creating a substantial traffic hazard and a serious risk for motor vehicle accidents,” said township Solicitor Greg Evashavik at the November commissioners meeting.

Officials said township police had been in touch with the state Department of Transportation about the problem because Route 30 is a state road, and the township does not have the authority to put up any signage along that stretch of road. But PennDOT has agreed about the severity of the problem.

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NV Twp. Commissioners React to Eastland Sale

October 28, 2021 |

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

North Versailles Twp. Commissioner George Thompson presents Commission President Frank Bivins with a framed certificate from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners in recognition of 36 years of service on the board. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

It “probably the worst-kept secret in the world,” joked North Versailles Twp. Commissioner Allen Wagner at this week's meeting.

Township commissioners reacted to the news — finally confirmed this month — that Internet shopping giant Amazon.com is building a distribution center at the site of the former Eastland Mall.

At the October meeting, board members confirmed the recent sale of the former Eastland Mall property to Amazon.com.

The Pittsburgh Business Times first reported on Oct. 14 that the 46-acre property at 2900 Maryland Ave. is being sold by Realty Development Eastland Inc. — an affiliate of Buffalo, N.Y., shopping mall owner Benderson Development LLC — for $9 million.

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Additional Security in Place at EA

October 14, 2021 |

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

Increased security and police presence are being utilized throughout the East Allegheny School District this week.

Early Tuesday morning, a threat of violence was made via social media against the junior-senior high school, officials said.

Although North Versailles Twp. police determined the threat had only minor credibility, the district is taking the additional measures to “ensure a safe school experience for all and hopefully alleviate some anxieties” parents and students are feeling, according to a statement posted on the district’s Facebook page from Jamie Griesbaum, district secretary, on behalf of Superintendent Alan Johnson.

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NV Twp. Church Plans ‘Trunk-or-Treat’

October 08, 2021 |

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

(Submitted photo)

St. John’s Lutheran Church, located on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp., will hold a “trunk-or-treat” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30, a spokeswoman said.

The church’s new pastor, Rev. Dr. Kimberly Greway, also will be on hand to introduce herself to the community.

The church will provide games and prizes and refreshments will be served. Following the “trunk-or-treat,” there will be a scavenger hunt, crafts and an obstacle course in the soclal hall.

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Halloween, Homecoming Hours Posted in NV

September 24, 2021 |

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

Trick-or-treat hours in North Versailles Twp. will be 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, commissioners announced this week.

Other upcoming events include homecoming festivities for East Allegheny Junior-Senior High School.

The homecoming parade through the township will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, and there will be a tailgating event at the high school stadium on Oct. 1 before the 7 p.m. football game versus Deer Lakes High School.

The township parks & recreation department will sponsor a night at the Haunted Hills Hayride from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are $6 for township residents and must be purchased by Oct. 11. For more information, call the parks & recreation department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or email nvtparks@verizon.net.


NV Twp. Joins Tri-COG Land Bank

September 24, 2021 |

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

North Versailles Twp. will join an organization that helps return vacant and abandoned properties back to the tax rolls.

At the September meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to join the Tri-COG Land Bank.

Founded in 2017 by Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments and Steel Rivers Council of Governments, the land bank was created to deal with the increasing nuisance of vacant and abandoned properties in the Mon Valley and the blight they create.

“They have authority, if this township joins, to identify properties that qualify and the land bank can then acquire ownership, rehabilitate them, sell them and get them back on the tax roll,” said township solicitor Greg Evashavik.

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EA Band Finds Out ‘Love is the Answer’

September 10, 2021 |

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

East Allegheny High School band members Sophia Scuilli, Jacob Ankney, Wayne Burnam, Daniel Cipcic and Austin Phelan turn up the brass. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

The theme of this year’s show for the East Allegheny High School marching band is love. “Love is the Answer” had a sneak preview for friends and family at Churchman Stadium on Aug. 28 and debuted to the public at Sept. 4’s football game at Serra Catholic High School.

The three songs featured include “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “After The Love Has Gone.” The show’s message is something band director Justin Rosco says wasn’t an accident.

“We wanted something positive and fun,” he says.

This year’s band is one of the smallest Rosco has worked with during his career at EA, with just 40 members, 12 of whom are in the color guard.

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$1.9M in County Aid for Blight Removal Projects

September 07, 2021 |

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

Demolition crews made short work of this abandoned building in Downtown McKeesport in 2018. (Tube City Almanac file photo for illustration only)

More than $1.9 million in economic development funding has been awarded across Allegheny County to demolish blighted, abandoned and unsafe structures, a county spokeswoman said, including 10 in the city and two each in White Oak and North Versailles Twp.

The grants, averaging $62,000, were awarded both to municipal governments as well as councils of government, county officials said.

Emphasis was placed on neighborhoods where clusters of vacant properties were in close proximity.

The funds are provided under Act 152, a 2016 state law that allows each Pennsylvania county to collect a fee for “blight removal” each time a deed or mortgage is recorded at the courthouse.

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