Library, Director Recognized by White Oak Council

April 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton and borough council recently recognized the Carnegie Library of McKeesport with a proclamation in honor of National Library Week, April 8 to 14.

At council's meeting, Marton also introduced Colleen Denne, the recently appointed library director.

The White Oak branch of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, located at 169 Victoria Dr., is open to the public 2 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

In other business, outgoing Councilman Sean Robb discussed preparations for the 2018 season at Heritage Hill Pool, and said the Parks and Recreation Committee recently met with the pool's management team.

 
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School Employees Get Emergency Training During 'Stop the Bleed' Sessions

April 21, 2018 |

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

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


Teachers and staff at McKeesport Area School District are learning how to provide emergency help until first responders arrive at four "Stop the Bleed" sessions.

The third session was presented for employees at McKeesport Area High School on Thursday. Techniques were taught by representatives of UPMC Pre-Hospital Care and Trauma Care, as well as McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service and White Oak EMS.

"It's part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our students," said Tom Bauman, associate principal at the high school.

 
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White Oak Councilman Resigns; Borough Updates Ordinances

April 20, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Councilman Sean Robb announced his resignation at Monday’s borough council meeting, saying that he has accepted a business opportunity that will require him to spend most of his time outside of Pennsylvania.

“I feel the residents of the borough deserve to have a full and fair representation of all their council members, therefore I am submitting my resignation,” Robb said.

Under the state’s borough code, council will have 30 days to appoint a replacement to fill Robb's term until the next municipal election.

In other business, council amended the borough's zoning ordinance to permit medical marijuana, and amended the part of the ordinance governing oil and gas drilling operations.

 
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White Oak Legion Slates Oldies Dances

April 18, 2018 |

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

White Oak American Legion Post 701 will hold oldies dances from 7 to 11 p.m. May 19 and 26, a spokesman said.

Music will be provided by DJs Candy and Mike. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.

 

Children's Author, Garden Expert Highlight National Library Week

April 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

It's National Library Week, but next week also promises to be exciting at Carnegie Library of McKeesport. On April 19, the library board, staff and local elected officials will break ground on a new parking lot next to the main building at 1507 Library Ave.

The long-awaited $81,000 parking lot, being funded through grants and donations, will add 30 sorely needed spaces for library patrons.

"We were sending out invitations, and someone said, 'Do you think I should put on there that we have limited parking?'" says Colleen Denne, library director.

This week promises to be busy --- even if parking is limited at times --- with events that include "Patron Appreciation Day" on Wednesday, a visit by local children's author Sydelle Pearl on Thursday and a keynote lecture by gardening expert Doug Oster on Friday.

 
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Pittsburgh Man Convicted in White Oak, Wilmerding Robberies

April 03, 2018 |

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

A federal jury in Pittsburgh deliberated for only 20 minutes before convicting an East Liberty man in the robberies of two Mon-Yough banks.

Leonard W. Gibbons, 56, faces up to 22 years in prison and a half-million dollar fine after being convicted of breaking federal robbery and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said today in a prepared release. Sentencing before Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose was scheduled for July 30.

Prosecutors allege that on July 17, 2015, Gibbons stole nearly $8,000 from Compass Federal Savings Bank in Wilmerding. About four months later, on Nov. 19, 2015, Gibbons stole nearly $4,000 from First Commonwealth Bank in White Oak, prosecutors said.

 
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W.O. Announces Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt, Cleanup Day

March 22, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Around 200 local children are expected to attend White Oak’s annual Easter celebration.

Youth will be split up according to age for the Easter egg hunt, slated for 10 a.m. March 31 at the pavilion at Heritage Hill Park. Goody bags with vouchers for Texas Road House children’s meals will be gifted to all who participate.

In other borough news, Councilman Lou Bender reported at this week's meeting that a borough cleanup day has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 28. Volunteers who wish to participate should report to Heritage Hill Park at 9:30 a.m.

A rabies clinic in partnership with White Oak Animal Safe Haven is scheduled for 12 noon to 3 p.m. May 19 at the Public Works garage at the municipal building on Lincoln Way. Resident rate is $5 and proof of residency is required. Non-resident rate is $10.

 
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Saturday Craft Show Will Benefit Leukemia Society

March 21, 2018 |

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

A spring craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 1130 California Ave., a spokeswoman said.

More than 50 vendors are scheduled to participate, including dealers for Tupperware, Lularoe, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Younique and many other companies.

Other vendors scheduled to participate include MB Letters, Creative Creations by Carol B., Kara's 100 Percent Soy Candles and Melts, Jordan Grace Co., Whaley's Wood Working, Cold Nose Bakery and The Chosen Wand.

 
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White Oak Council, Residents Discuss Blight

March 21, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council and residents are worried about vacant and blighted properties in the borough.

Before Monday's council meeting, a public hearing was held on whether to proceed with the demolition of a home on State Street that burned in December. Two people died in the fire.

Brian Dinkfelt, code enforcement officer, said that the property was uninhabitable and a hazard. Borough officials said the home was not insured.

Borough Solicitor Krisha DiMascio said White Oak will attempt to recoup the cost of demolition.

 
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McKeesport Area Schools to Hold Lockdown Drill March 27

March 21, 2018 |

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

McKeesport Area School District will hold a lockdown drill for all of its buildings on Tuesday morning to practice security protocols in the event of an emergency.

Parents are being encouraged to talk to their children before the event to avoid kids being alarmed or panicked, said Mark Holtzman Jr., district superintendent.

The drill was prompted in part by the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded, but McKeesport Area officials have "always been concerned about school security," Holtzman said.

Any parent who wants information about the lockdown drill is being asked to call Holtzman's office at (412) 664-3600 or email mholtzman@mckasd.net.

 
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