White Oak Council OK's Budget, Accepts Resignation

December 29, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council has passed the borough's 2018 budget with no tax increase --- but with the caveat that it may re-open the spending plan next month.

And they did so without Council President Ron Massung, who resigned from borough council after 26 years.

At a special meeting Thursday, council voted 6-0 to accept the $5.4 million budget, which fixes real estate taxes at 6.66 mills. Borough Manager John Palyo said the total spending plan is roughly the same as the 2017 budget.

But, Palyo said, with new council members being seated on Jan. 2, they may exercise their prerogative to re-open the budget. Under the state's borough code, they would have until Feb. 15 to do so.

"Being a reorganization year, the new council is going to want to look at everything that has been proposed," Palyo said.

 
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Two Dead in White Oak House Fire

December 28, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: White Oak News

(This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Two people are dead following a house fire in the 3000 block of State Street in White Oak.

Matt Brown, chief of emergency services for Allegheny County, said the fire was reported at 3:44 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival less than five minutes later, White Oak police and firefighters found the house fully engulfed by flame, Brown said.

Firefighters entered the house and found two people dead on the first floor, Brown said. Their names have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, he said.

 
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Two Holiday Concerts Scheduled By Mon Yough Chorale

November 27, 2017 |

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

The Mon Yough Chorale will bring Christmas music to the area with two concerts in December.

A spokeswoman said the chorale will perform with the East Winds Symphonic Band at St. Angela Merici Church, 1698 Fawcett Ave., White Oak at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. A cookie reception will follow. Admission is free.

On Dec. 17, the chorale will perform again with an afternoon of song at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak. Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door. A cookie reception will follow.

 
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White Oak Legion Slates Oldies Dance Dec. 9

November 26, 2017 |

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

Gen. Smedley D. Butler American Legion Post 701, 2813 Capitol St., White Oak, will hold an oldies dance at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, a spokesman said.
 
DJs Candy and Mike will provide music from the 1950s and early 1960s. Admission is $5. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.
 

Mayor Recognizes White Oak Secretary on Retirement

November 26, 2017 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Nancy Greenland will retire as White Oak's secretary and open records officer after 46 years of service to the borough.

At this month's council meeting, Mayor Ina Jean Marton recognized Greenland for her dedication to the residents of White Oak Borough. Greenland will retire at the end of the month.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the elected officials, both past and present, and I hope that in the future everyone continues to work together to keep White Oak a great community and keeps us growing,” Greenland said.
 
In other business, Councilman David Pasternak reported that a committee of council members are working on rental and usage agreements and fees for the White Oak Community Center, which is expected to open soon.

 
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White Oak Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear

November 22, 2017 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

As cold weather returns to Western Pennsylvania, White Oak officials are reminding residents of their responsibility to keep any public sidewalks adjoining their property clear of snow and ice.
 
At Monday's council meeting, borough solicitor Krisha DiMascio said a letter about snow removal will be sent to residents and property owners soon.

Many sections of Lincoln Way didn't have sidewalks until the road was widened and reconstructed by the state Department of Transportation.

Under borough ordinance and an agreement with PennDOT, White Oak owns the sidewalks, but owners of adjoining properties need to remove snow and ice from them, DiMascio said.

 
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Campus' 'Free Store' Offers Helping Hand --- No Price Tag Attached

November 19, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(Brooke Doerfler photo courtesy Penn State Greater Allegheny)


A new store opened on the McKeesport-White Oak border last week and attracted nearly 40 customers on its first day. And yet it didn't bring in a dime in sales.

Of course, it wasn't supposed to.

The new "Free Store" on the campus of Penn State Greater Allegheny is an outgrowth of the five-year-old Free Store 15104 in Braddock, which takes surplus and donated items and redistributes them to people in need. In 2015, a similar "Free Store" opened in Wilkinsburg.

The Greater Allegheny store, located at the rear of the Frable Building, is totally student-run and is the first on a college campus, says Erin O'Malley, interim director of student affairs.

O'Malley is from North Braddock and is involved with Braddock's Partnership for a Better Community, so she's seen that borough's Free Store up-close and personal.

Shortly after new Chancellor Jacqueline Edmondson arrived in McKeesport, O'Malley introduced her to Giselle Fetterman, founder of the Free Store 15104.

 
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Friends Salute Dedication of 91-Year-Old Meals Volunteer

November 17, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

Helen Stratigos, treasurer for McKeesport Meals-on-Wheels, talks with longtime volunteer Lou Zell before a tribute luncheon on Friday as fellow volunteer Chuck Jarrell looks on. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)


For 34 years, neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stayed Lou Zell from his appointed rounds as a letter carrier in McKeesport and White Oak.

And when he retired in 1983, he just kept on delivering --- "Meals-on-Wheels" to elderly residents of McKeesport, White Oak, Port Vue and the surrounding area, every day, five days a week, for another 33 years.

On Friday, White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton and Zell's fellow Meals-on-Wheels volunteers saluted his dedication during a luncheon at the Point Pleasant Retirement Community in North Versailles Twp.

"We do meals on wheels so people like you don't have to live here!" Zell, now 91, joked with residents, before sheepishly apologizing to the retirement community's staff, standing nearby.

 
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Christmas Season Kicks Off Saturday in Mon-Yough Area

November 14, 2017 |

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

The countdown to Christmas has begun and Mon Valley communities --- including McKeesport, White Oak and Duquesne --- are getting ready.

Events begin Saturday (Nov. 18) with McKeesport's 53rd annual Salute to Santa Parade and White Oak's Season of Lights Celebration.

  • Editor's Note: Weather permitting, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will broadcast the Salute to Santa Parade beginning at 11 a.m.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line Fifth Avenue to collect candy while watching local bands, emergency vehicles, businesses, nonprofit organizations and student groups parade up the street from McKees Point Marina to City Hall.

Lineup for parade units begins at 10 a.m. at the Palisades, Fifth Avenue at Water Street, with the parade kicking off promptly at 11 a.m.

 
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Mon-Yough Communities Post Halloween Activity Schedules

October 23, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Compiled by Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer)

Local communities, including McKeesport, Duquesne and White Oak, have posted their Halloween activity schedules.


McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko invites children 12 and younger to take part in the city’s annual Halloween Parade and Party in Renziehausen Park on Saturday (Oct. 28). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Tennis Courts and the parade travels to the Jacob Woll Pavilion for an indoor party featuring seasonal crafts, storytime and hot dog lunch. This event is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.

Trick or treat hours in the city are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.


White Oak also will have trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

In addition, White Oak's "Truck-or-Treat" will take place on Saturday (Oct. 28) at the White Oak American Legion,, 2813 Capitol St. The event will include a parade and after party, where attendees are invited to explore a variety of service vehicles such as fire trucks, tow trucks, garbage trucks and ambulances.

 
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