White Oak Welcomes Season With Tree-Lighting Ceremony

November 19, 2018 |

By Vickie Babyak | Posted in: White Oak News

(All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)

White Oak residents welcomed the holiday season with the lighting of the borough's tree on Saturday evening outside Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.

Following concerts by the Mon Yough Chorale and the McKeesport Area High School Orchestra, the winner of the borough's coloring contest, Levi Bell, pressed the switch to turn on the tree to cap White Oak's "Season of Lights" celebration.

Bell also received an assortment of prizes donated by White Oak businesses, a spokeswoman said. A pancake "brunch with Santa" included gifts and door prizes. Gavin Goughnour won a Lionel train set and Alyssa Round won an LOL Doll House, the borough said.

More photos follow.

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Holiday Celebrations Scheduled in Duquesne, McKeesport, White Oak

November 16, 2018 |

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

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Duquesne, McKeesport and White Oak are all getting ready for the Christmas season.


Duquesne’s annual "Tis the Season" celebration is slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

Festivities will begin in Duquesne City Park and conclude with a community celebration in city hall. Local youth will perform in the city’s annual pageant, which includes a live nativity scene.

After the pageant, children may visit with Santa, and everyone can share refreshments and community camaraderie.

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White Oak Kicks Off Holidays With Concert, Tree-Lighting

November 14, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak will kick off the holiday season with concerts and a tree-lighting ceremony this Saturday.

The event, to be held at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.'s hall on Route 48, will includes visits with Santa Claus and a pancake brunch, a spokeswoman said.

The "Season of Lights" celebration includes a pancake and sausage brunch at the fire hall, 2916 Jacks Run Road, from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 16 and under may attend for free, while the cost is $2 for ages 17 and over.

Kids may have their photos taken with Santa, and "goody bags" will be available for children while supplies last.

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Interfaith Service for Shooting Victims Scheduled

November 02, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Local civic leaders and the White Oak Interfaith Ministerium will hold a memorial service Saturday for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life-Or L'Simcha Congregation in Squirrel Hill.

The service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Francis McClure Elementary School, 500 Longvue Drive, White Oak, a spokeswoman said.

The interfaith ministerium includes members of the Jewish, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Church of Christ and independent Christian communities. Members of several congregations are expected to participate in Saturday's event.

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White Oak Rotary Holding Pens Ticket Raffle

October 30, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Rotary Club is raffling off two tickets to 10 upcoming Pittsburgh Penguins home games in a benefit for programs sponsored by the club.

A spokesman said the tickets are in Row E, Section 201, of PPG Paints Arena, and chances on the drawing cost $20 each. Only 500 raffle chances will be sold and the winning number will be selected based on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s 7 p.m. Dec. 23 drawing.

Proceeds will benefit the White Oak Rotary Club’s service projects and other charitable causes, the spokesman said.

For details or more information, call (412) 500-5314; visit the club’s website; or talk to a White Oak Rotary Club member.


White Oak Church Plans Annual 'Night at the Races'

October 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

St. Angela Merici Parish, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" on Nov. 10 in the Father Drap Social Hall, a spokeswoman said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a buffet meal and beverages. Horses can be purchased for $5 and race winners will receive $25. 

A Chinese auction, 50/50, door prizes and other games of chance will be featured. For more information or tickets, visit the parish website at www.stangelamericiparish.org or call the parish office at (412) 672-9641.


White Oak Developing Plans for Heritage Pool Improvements

September 26, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak officials are preparing to make improvements to handicapped accessibility around Heritage Hills Pool.

At this month's meeting, council authorized the borough engineer to develop specifications and advertise for bids for Phase I of the project. A community development block grant of $35,000 has been approved for the project, borough officials said.

Council also awarded a $121,695 contract to Tennis Roofing of Washington, Pa., to replace the roof on the bathhouse at the pool.

In other business, council awarded a $63,165 contract to Swede Construction Corp. of Elizabeth Twp. to construction a new salt shed.

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White Oak Residents Demand Answers to Sewage Problems

September 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

A room full of White Oak residents attended this month’s borough council meeting to air grievances after they said their homes were flooded with sewage when heavy storms hit the area Sept. 8, 9 and 10.

“I had three inches of sewage in my basement --- sewage, not rain water,” said John Baker, who lives on California Avenue. “Something’s not right. Something has to be done.”

Borough Manager John Palyo issued a statement on behalf of council, saying that White Oak does not own the sanitary sewer system, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County does.

White Oak Solicitor Krisha DiMascio said the Westmoreland municipal authority was asked to attend the council meeting. No one from the authority attended.

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Community Day, Recycling Event Successes Praised in W.O.

August 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough Community Day was a successful, well-attended event, Councilman Lou Bender said at Monday’s borough council meeting.

The annual event, which included an exotic animal show, performance by a local dance group, several musical sets and fireworks, drew many residents from White Oak and neighboring communities.

“Council sends a big thank you to Michelle Gessner and the White Oak Recreation Board for organizing the event,” Council President David Pasternak said.

A community–wide yard sale is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the borough. A rain date is set for Aug. 26.

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Reprieve Extended to Structures on W.O. Demolition List

August 22, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Several structures targeted for demolition in White Oak as blighted and unsafe are receiving 120 day reprieves before council takes further action.

Of the six properties discussed at a hearing this week, five owners came forward and asked council for an extension.

Councilman Ken Robb said the owners of the following properties were granted the extension to bring their structures up to code: 606 New Jersey St., 738 O’Neil Blvd., 2420 O’Neil Blvd., 608 Osborne St., and 1828 California Ave.

Another property at 700 New Jersey St. was approved for demolition, but Borough Manager John Palyo said he believes council will hold off until the 120 days pass for the other properties.

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