EA To Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

June 07, 2021 |

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

East Allegheny School District will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday (June 9), a spokesperson said.

This clinic will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Logan Elementary School, 1150 Jacks Run Road in North Versailles Twp., and is not limited to residents of the district. The clinic is also open to residents of surrounding communities.

This vaccine opportunity is available due to a partnership between UPMC, Children and Adults Developmental Agency Programs, the Neighborhood Resilience Project and East Allegheny School District.

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NV Twp. to Begin Re-Opening Facilities

May 28, 2021 |

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

After more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions, North Versailles Twp. officials are preparing to re-open facilities to the public.

At May’s meeting, township commissioners said the municipal building and community center will begin welcoming residents inside again on June 1.

The announcement came after when an inquiry was made about starting up the weekly North Versailles Seniors Group bingo, with was held each Thursday at the community center before the beginning of the pandemic.

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NV Twp. Library Joins WQED Learning Initiative

May 13, 2021 |

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

North Versailles Public Library is the latest institution to join Inquire Within, a partnership between local libraries and Pittsburgh’s WQED-TV to share resources from the nation’s public broadcasting service.

The TV station and Gateway Health Plan will welcome North Versailles Twp. to the “Inquire Within” program with a goodie bag distribution at the library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (May 22), a spokesman said.

George Hazimanolis, the station’s senior director of corporate communications, said Inquire Within provides PBS educational programming content to local libraries to enable them to create family-friendly events and programming for children and parents.

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Extra Funding Will Benefit NV Twp. Fire Companies

May 01, 2021 |

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

Police and firefighters in North Versailles Twp. will receive unexpected funds, commissioners announced this month.

At the April commissioners meeting, President Frank Bivins said approximately $20,000 extra will be dispensed to Crestas and West Wilmerding volunteer fire companies and Fire Department of North Versailles from the township fire tax fund.

“This is an extra $20,000 that we are giving to the volunteer fire departments because there was extra money in that account from over the years,” Bivins said.

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NV Twp. Clean-Up Day is May 1

April 30, 2021 |

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

The North Versailles Twp. Clean-up Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, May 1, a spokesperson said.

Volunteers should meet at the township building parking lot at 9 a.m. Supplies will be provided as well as a thank you luncheon. Dumpsters will be placed at Green Valley Fire Hall and Crestas Fire Hall for the event.


Lea’s Floral Shop to Re-Open After Fire

April 17, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Delivery vans serve as floral coolers at the temporary location for Lea's Floral Shop on Chicora Street in East McKeesport. The store will set up temporarily at this building. The business was gutted April 10 by a fire that also displaced one resident. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

Monday will mark the reopening of Lea’s Floral Shop in East McKeesport, a little more than one week after a fire destroyed the majority of their inventory and two of their floral coolers.

Their building on Fifth Avenue will have to be gutted as they prepare to rebuild but luckily, they found the perfect spot, the East McKeesport Senior Citizen Community Center, just two blocks away, to serve as a temporary location.

“The Thursday before the fire they (East McKeesport Borough Council) decided not to rent this out because of COVID-19. You’re only allowed 45 people in here, everybody would have to be in masks and you have to police everything,” says Mary Lechliter-King, owner of Lea’s Floral Shop, who approached borough council members about the possibility of the building being their temporary storefront.

“The borough had a meeting and we offered them the rent. They get business privilege tax so we pay that too. It’s a win-win.”

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Rad to the Max: EA Slates ‘Awesome’ Musical

April 01, 2021 |

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

If you go...


“The Awesome ’80s Prom”

Where: East Allegheny High School courtyard, 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles Twp.

When: 8 p.m. April 15 and 16, 2 p.m. April 17

Tickets: Must be purchased in advance at easd.booktix.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Nate Perez, Bryce Schmeltz, Kalei Getsy, Passion Paillett and Madison Rucker are “Walking Like An Egyptian” in “The Awesome ’80s Prom.” (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

Crimp that hair and grab some pink eyeshadow.

East Allegheny High School is going back to the ’80s with its spring musical, “The Awesome ’80s Prom.” The show aims to give audiences the experience of living in a classic John Hughes style movie.

"Take some ‘Ferris Bueller,’ and some ‘Breakfast Club,’ some ‘16 Candles’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’ with little bits of ‘The Wedding Singer,’ in a high school kind of way, and throw it all together. There are lots of stereotypical 80s characters. I think everybody is going to find something they recognize especially if you are familiar with that era," says director Amanda Rosco.

The audience are supposed to be guests at a prom. The storyline revolves around the nominees for prom king and prom queen and who is going to end up winning.

The audience will actually get to vote when they are at the show. "We will not know who wins,” says Rosco. "It could be a different winner every single time. We are preparing multiple endings."

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NV Twp. Slates Easter Event, Cleanup Day

March 24, 2021 |

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

With the help of Fire Department of North Versailles and West Wilmerding volunteer fire department, the Easter Bunny will be touring North Versailles Twp. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 28).

The routes are posted on the township website. The tour will end at 1 p.m. at the North Versailles Twp. municipal building on Greensburg Avenue, and there will be treats and a photo opportunity.

For more information or to RSVP, email nvtparks@verizon.net or call (412) 823-6602, ext. 104.

The spring township clean-up will be held on from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 1.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the township building parking lot to get gloves and supplies. A large dumpster will be placed at Green Valley Fire Hall for big items.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to email Commissioner Tracy Yusko at bugaboo03@comcast.net. Pizza and refreshments will be served at the community center following the clean-up.


Building Permit Issued for Eastland Development

March 24, 2021 |

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

Development of the former Eastland Mall property is getting closer to becoming a reality.

North Versailles Twp. commissioners announced during their March meeting that a building permit has been issued to Benderson Development Co., the owner of the former mall site on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard.

It has been rumored that the interested tenant is Amazon.com, although no official announcement has been made. The plan is to build a 142,386-square-foot distribution facility.

“They should have shovels in the ground in June or July,” Commissioner Allen Wagner said.

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Local Buses Kept Rolling During COVID-19

March 19, 2021 |

By Ann Belser | Posted in: Liberty Borough News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

A Heritage Community Transportation bus pauses on Braddock Avenue in Braddock. The non-profit group connects residents of Mon Valley neighborhoods to main Port Authority bus routes and has provided 1.5 million rides. (Submitted photo courtesy Heritage Community Initiatives)

A year ago, when the state shut down all but essential services, a Braddock-based nonprofit found that one of its services could not stop and the others were more vital than ever.

Paula McWilliams, CEO of Heritage Community Initiatives, said the bus service her organization operates, Heritage Community Transportation, was needed to make sure that workers in eastern communities, including Braddock, Liberty, McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., Port Vue and White Oak, could get to their jobs at hospitals such as Forbes Regional, UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East.

The Heritage buses, which are 14-passenger vans, operate on three fixed routes. They had to be modified for transporting workers and senior citizens who needed to get groceries and to medical appointments while keeping passengers and drivers safe.

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