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LaRosa Club Marks 2nd Year With New Signs

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
June 27, 2023
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

*Correction: This story misstated the number. We regret the error.

Beau Yauch and Jesse Whitt of Tri-State Signs position the LaRosa Youth Club’s new sign over the main entrance on Ravine Street. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Almost two years to the day since taking ownership of its Ravine Street facility, the LaRosa Youth Club has new signage.

Workers from Tri-State Signs & Reprographics of Pittsburgh’s Strip District recently installed new signs over the main clubhouse as well as the adjacent gymnasium.

“This is a big day for us,” said Jim Barry Jr., a member of the board of the LaRosa Youth Development Foundation, the club’s parent organization. “We finally have our name on the building. That makes it permanent.”

The foundation took over operation of McKeesport’s former LaRosa Boys & Girls Club after it was abruptly closed in November 2020 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

Barry said the LaRosa club — named for the founder of the McKeesport Boys Club, Sam LaRosa — currently has 65 youth attending a summer day camp through Aug. 15.

Activities for the summer include physical education, computer lab, science and technology activities, and one field trip per week, including to an area swimming pool, Barry said.

New signage on the gymnasium also rededicates the facility to the late Walter C. Shaw Sr., chairman of McKeesport-based G.C. Murphy Co., which donated funds towards the club’s 1957 construction.

The new signs incorporate a red keystone — the original emblem of the Boys Clubs of America — as well as 11 stars, symbolizing the 11 members of the McKeesport Boys Club who died in the Vietnam War, Barry said.*

Originally published June 27, 2023.

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