Library Feels Like 'Home' to New Director

February 05, 2018 |

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

(Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Working at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport feels like home to Colleen Denne of Elizabeth Twp., who took over as director on Jan. 3.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in library science, Denne, who grew up in Liberty Borough, says she feels very connected to her new job.

"My dad's family is from Duquesne, and my mom's family is from McKeesport," Denne says. "These are my roots. This is my home library. I don't think it would mean as much to me anywhere else."

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White Oak Legion Slates Oldies Dance

February 01, 2018 |

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

White Oak American Legion Post 701 will hold an oldies dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 10, a spokesman said.

Admission is $5 and music from the 1950s and '60s will be provided by DJs Candy and Mike.

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


Pre-Lent Paczki Dance Planned at St. Angela's

February 01, 2018 |

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

A Mardi Gras "Paczki" Dance will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at St. Angela Merici Church, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak.

"Come and enjoy some great polka music provided by the Versa J's in our Father Drap Hall," a spokeswoman said.

Paczki are deep-fried Polish pastries similar to jelly doughnuts, and in Polish communities, paczki are traditionally made just before Ash Wednesday as a means of using up sugar, eggs and butter as part of a pre-Lenten feast.

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Teen-Ager Charged By Pittsburgh Police in Death of White Oak Man

January 29, 2018 |

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

(UPDATED with arrest)

A teen-ager from Pittsburgh has been arrested in connection with the murder Sunday of a White Oak man.

Melik Johnson, 17, of Northview Heights and East Liberty, was charged Monday by Pittsburgh police with homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a minor in connection with the death of Devlen Neiko Prosdocimo, 24, said Alicia George, police spokeswoman.

Prosdocimo was found at 7:20 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot in the 2200 block of Wilner Drive, near East Hills Park, not far from the Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg border.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Prosdocimo was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have been both shot and struck by a vehicle. The death has been ruled a homicide.

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White Oak Council Will Consider Property Tax Cut

January 24, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: White Oak News

(Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer contributed to this report)

White Oak Council has proposed cutting the borough's property tax rate by 0.25 mills.

At January's meeting, Councilman George Dillinger, who chairs the finance committee, introduced a motion to re-advertise the 2018 budget and change the property tax rate from 6.66 mills to 6.41 mills.

Borough Manager John Palyo told Tube City Almanac that the new members of council who took office this month decided to re-open the $5.4 million budget and trim spending in a number of departments.

Council will vote on whether to adopt the new budget at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5 at the borough building.

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Davis Wins Special Election for 35th District Seat

January 24, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

Austin Davis won't get a break --- either from working or campaigning.

The 28-year-old McKeesport resident will be the next state representative for the 35th Legislative District after defeating 37-year-old Fawn Walker-Montgomery of McKeesport on Tuesday in a special election.

Davis expects to wrap up his current job as executive assistant to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald next week, and be sworn in as a state legislator a few days later.

Then, Davis, a Democrat, will be running in the May 15 primary for a chance at a full term in office.

"I do like to keep a robust schedule, but no, there's not much downtime," Davis said Wednesday.

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White Oak Rec Board Slates Middle School Dance

January 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Recreation Board will host its monthly dance for middle school students from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, a spokesperson said.

The event will take place in the Francis McClure Intermediate School gym. Admission is $5 at the door and a concession stand will be open. For more information, contact Ethel at (412) 378-1550 or follow the White Oak Recreation Board on Facebook.

Future dance dates are Feb. 9, March 16, April 20 and May 18.


New Police Chief Named in White Oak

January 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough has named Mark Sargent as its new police chief.

Council this week voted to offer the position to Sargent.

“I feel Mark will do a great job,” said Councilman Lou Bender, who previously served as police chief before retiring from the position in December. “He has tons of experience. He’s been on the police force for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and teaches at a local police academy. He’s a great officer and would make a wonderful police chief.”

In other business, council voted 6-1 to allow the transfer of a restaurant liquor license from Pleasant Hills into White Oak. The license will allow the Speedway on Route 48 to sell beer, wine coolers or malt beverages.

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White Oak Rec Board Chair, Members Thanked for Service

January 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

At White Oak Council's meeting this week, Karen Slobodian (above) accepted a plaque from Mayor Ina Jean Marton for her 17 years of service on the White Oak Recreation Board. The chair of the organization for the past three years, Slobodian is stepping down but said she still hopes to assist the board with some of their activities. 

Also recognized by council for their service as members of the Recreation Board were Andy Macey, Art Maksin, Tom Miller, Lois Paige, George Pambacas and Lisa Pitchford.


Community Chorus Slates Open House Jan. 21

January 09, 2018 |

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

(Submitted photo courtesy Mon Yough Chorale)

Mon Yough Chorale will hold an open house for prospective members from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, a spokeswoman said.

Anyone who enjoys choral singing is invited to attend, including former and current high school and college choir or chorus members, church choir members who want to branch out in the type of music they sing, and former and current music teachers, she said.

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