Sale of White Oak Giant Eagle is Confirmed

May 23, 2024 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: White Oak News

For weeks, residents of White Oak and surrounding communities had heard rumors about the future of their local Giant Eagle supermarket in Oak Park Mall.

When a reporter for Tube City Almanac originally contacted the store, employees declined to comment; however, a few days later, the family that has owned the supermarket since it opened in 1993 released a joint statement along with O’Hara Twp.-based Giant Eagle Inc.

“After more than 50 years in the supermarket industry, the Scozio family has decided to retire and transition the operations of its two Giant Eagle locations at 2001 Lincoln Way Oak Park in White Oak and at 2000 Penny Lane Drive in Penn Twp. to Giant Eagle, Inc.,” the statement said.

The move from independent ownership to corporate ownership was being completed this month.

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Rotary, Lions Clubs Install Peace Pole at Renzie

May 22, 2024 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

Craig Anlauf helps position the new Peace Pole in Renziehausen Park. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

Spreading a universal message of peace, members of the White Oak Rotary Club and McKeesport Lions Club gathered Thursday evening to install a Peace Pole at the entrance of the Stephen Barry Field in Renzie Park.

“It’s the first year the Rotary Club and Lions Club collaborated on a project,” said Dan Dougherty, governor-elect of Rotary District 7305.

Incoming Rotary Club president Craig Anlauf said, “We're stronger together and it's the beginning of a long relationship.” Both clubs have common goals in serving their communities, he said.

The Peace Pole Project was created in Japan during the 1980s and was inspired by the work of philosopher, poet and singer Masahisa Goi, who believed that a common worldwide prayer for peace could unite the world in harmony.

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Witness Describes Moment When Children Fell

May 03, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: White Oak News

A witness has described the fall from a third-story window that seriously injured two White Oak children.

A crowdfunding effort is now underway to help raise money to pay medical bills for Quinton Stephens, 6, and his sister, Elody, 4.

Andi Cartwright said she was out for a walk on Monday afternoon along Ohio Avenue near the Lincoln School Apartments when she heard what she called a “horrific” thud and looked to see Quinton Stephens on the ground, struggling to stand up.

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Two Children Hurt After Falling From Window

April 29, 2024 |

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

Two children were critically injured Monday afternoon after they fell from a third-story window in a White Oak apartment building, Allegheny County police said.

Emergency personnel said a 6-year-old boy fell from a window at the Lincoln School Apartments in the 1700 block of Ohio Avenue just after 3 p.m. Minutes later — as police and emergency responders were en route — a 3-year-old girl fell from the same window.

The girl was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville, emergency personnel said. The boy was transported by ambulance. Their names were not released.

Allegheny County police are investigating.

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County: Body Found in W.O. Was Missing Man

March 29, 2024 |

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

(Photo via Facebook)

The remains discovered in a wooded area of White Oak earlier this month have been positively identified as those of a Duquesne man who had been missing since May 2023.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Friday that a body reported to White Oak police on March 16 was that of 72-year-old Nicholas “Butch” Miljus Jr., formerly of West Mifflin. The cause and manner of death have not yet been released.

An Army veteran, Miljus, who was known around the community as “Cookie Man,” was reported missing to Duquesne police by his daughter in September 2023. According to reports, Miljus had been evicted from his residence in May 2023, and police said the last transaction on his bank account had been reported in June.

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Skeletal Remains Found in White Oak

March 17, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

Allegheny County police and the medical examiner’s office are working to identify what appear to be human remains found behind a building in White Oak.

Foul play is not suspected, police said.

In a prepared release, Allegheny County police said that emergency personnel received a call through 9-1-1 at 5:30 p.m. Saturday that remains had been found behind a building in the 700 block of O’Neil Boulevard.

County homicide detectives are investigating and the medical examiner’s office is working to identify the remains.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the County Police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.


W.O. Welcomes Two New Police Officers

February 21, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton (center) is flanked by the borough’s newest police officers, Gerry Athans (left) and Matt Cerasuolo, after administering the oath of office to the pair at White Oak Borough Council’s February monthly meeting. Both had previously been police officers in McKeesport.

Including the chief of police, White Oak now has 14 full-time police officers.


W.O. Council Adds 1-Mill Tax Increase

February 03, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough Council made it official Thursday night, unanimously passing a 2024 budget with a 1-mill tax increase after previously passing a no-tax-increase 2024 budget.

In December, council passed a $6.48 million budget which contained no tax increase using approximately $892,000 from the borough fund balance. That left about $723,000 in the fund balance.

But in January, council voted to reopen the budget and consider a 1-mill real estate tax increase.

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W.O. Council Plans to Reopen 2024 Budget

January 17, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: White Oak News

Late last month, White Oak Borough Council passed a 2024 budget with no tax increase. But now it looks as though they’ll change their collective minds.

At a special meeting Dec. 28, council passed a budget of $6.48 million which included using approximately $892,000 from the borough fund balance and no tax increase. That left about $723,000 in the fund balance.

But at its regular January meeting, council voted unanimously to reopen the budget and hold a special meeting Feb. 1 to consider a new 2024 budget which contains a 1-mill real estate tax increase.

“Revenues are decreasing and expenses are increasing,” Finance Committee Chairman Jason Russell said in explaining the proposed change to his fellow councilpersons.

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W.O. Synagogue Winding Down Operations

January 03, 2024 |

By Adam Reinherz | Posted in: White Oak News

(This story originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle© 2024. Reprinted with permission.)

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

After more than a century in operation, Temple B’nai Israel is closing.

The White Oak-based congregation will halt operations in May 2025, according to its president, Lou Anstandig.

Finances aren’t the issue. “We are running out of people,” he said, noting that most of TBI’s members “aren’t young.”

“The people who are in leadership are in their 80s,” Anstandig said. “There just doesn’t appear to be a future without young people to continue making the congregation active.”

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