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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White Oak, Duquesne Prepare for Community Day Events

August 01, 2018 |

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

(Above: White Oak Community Day will feature a train ride around the grounds. White Oak Recreation Board, via Facebook.)


Residents of Duquesne and White Oak will be celebrating all the great things that make up their communities this Saturday during their annual community day events.

Sponsored by the White Oak Borough and the White Oak Recreation Board, White Oak Community Day will be held at the Heritage Hill Park and Pool Complex.

Duquesne residents are sure to enjoy the 27th annual Duquesne Community Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Duquesne Athletic Field on Commonwealth Avenue.

 
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Local Developers Arrested, Charged in Video Poker Investigation

July 26, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

Five people, including members of a White Oak family connected with several local real estate developments, have been accused by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro of running an illegal video gambling operation for more than 30 years.

Robert Biros, 83, of White Oak; his sons, John M. Biros, 56, of McKeesport and Andrew R. Biros, 52, of Greensburg; and his daughter, Christine A. Biros, 55, of White Oak are charged with multiple counts, including violating state gambling laws and criminal conspiracy.

Also facing charges is Alfred J. McCauley Jr., 63, of Plum.

“These defendants raked in millions of dollars in illegal profits, draining money from Pennsylvanians --- and from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Thursday afternoon in a prepared statement. “These video poker machines --- with the lure of the cash payout --- are illegal gambling devices. Working with our partners in the Pennsylvania State Police, we’ve shut it down.”

 
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W.O. Council Seeks $2.3M for Lincoln Way Improvements

July 22, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough will seek $2.3 million from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for improvements to Lincoln Way.

At July's meeting, council authorized borough officials to apply for the grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Officials said the borough is pursuing the money to improve the streetscape along Lincoln Way. The improvements would include new lighting and crosswalks as well as solar-powered trash compactors, Borough Engineer Shane Michael said.

 
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Car Cruise, Recycling Event Planned Saturday in W.O.

July 18, 2018 |

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

An electronic and household hazardous waste recycling collection drop off program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (July 21) at the White Oak Municipal Building, 2280 Lincoln Way.

Residents must register online or by calling 1-866-815-0016. It is a pay as you go program; information is available on the White Oak website and at the borough office.

Bridge City Church is hosting a car cruise from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at their 3001 Jacks Run Road location. The event is a benefit for the White Oak Police Department.

 
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White Oak Council Announces Approval of PennDOT Funding

July 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Funding has been approved by the state Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program to White Oak in the amount of $601,808, council announced this week.

The program, which is designed to reimburse local municipalities for signal upgrades and intersection safety improvements, should allow for an upgrade to all six traffic lights in the borough, officials said.

In other business, Mayor Ina Jean Marton announced that the White Oak Police Department received a compliance monitoring visit from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency on July 3. The visit was to review how juveniles are being handled within the department.

 
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