Local Catholic Churches Part of Next Merger Phase

May 29, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Roman Catholic churches in Duquesne and Wilmerding are among more than 60 in Western Pennsylvania that will merge into new parishes on July 1, Bishop David Zubik announced this week.

The mergers, which affect every part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will create 15 new parishes, the diocese said in a press release.

They are among the latest changes that began in 2015 under the program the diocese calls “On Mission for The Church Alive.”

In a letter to parishioners released Wednesday, Zubik said the parishes to be merged had already been working closely together since October 2018 in regional church groupings to share clergy and resources.

 
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Vigil Planned for City Woman Who Died in Fall

May 29, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A vigil will be held Saturday in Pittsburgh for the McKeesport woman who died after falling from the ninth floor of Midtown Towers, Downtown.

Central Outreach Wellness Center, a medical practice which specializes in treating members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, will host the vigil for Aaliyah Johnson, 32, beginning at 2 p.m. at its location on Pittsburgh’s North Side, 127 Anderson St.

Johnson was found dead Tuesday morning along the 500 block of Sinclair Street. County homicide detectives are investigating her death and said they believe she fell or jumped from her apartment window.

Foul play is not suspected, police said this week, but the cause and manner of Johnson’s death remain under investigation.

 
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‘Parade Atmosphere’ Planned for MAHS Seniors

May 29, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

As school districts grapple with restrictions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting cancelations or postponements of graduations, senior celebration days and the prom, many districts have planned alternative events to comply with social-distance requirements.

In the McKeesport Area School District, officials began looking at creative ways to connect with students, according to Mark Holtzman Jr., district superintendent.

One of the options they considered is a “senior procession,” to be held on June 3, the day seniors would have graduated. Holtzman announced the senior procession at the board’s meeting on Wednesday.

 
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Holtzman Defends $71.2 M Proposed Budget:
‘We Need Every Dollar’

May 29, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area School Board has approved a $71.2 million preliminary budget that includes a 0.80-mill property tax increase.

At Wednesday’s meeting, school directors voted 6-2 to approve the preliminary spending plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year. School board members James Brown and David Donato voted against the budget.

The tax increase will take the district's millage from 20.16 mills to 20.96 mills and represents a $40 increase on a house assessed at $50,000. It will be the third year in a row that MASD has raised its property tax rate. School property taxes increased 2.11 mills in 2018 and increased 0.68 mills in 2019.

 
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Voters Urged to Return Absentee Ballots ASAP

May 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Politics & Elections

(Tube City Almanac photo)


More: List of Mon-Yough area polling location changes


Nearly 87,000 voters in Allegheny County have already returned their absentee ballots in advance of the June 2 primary election, a spokeswoman said this week.

Tuesday was the last day for voters to request a mail-in ballot for the primary, where voters in the Republican and Democratic parties will be selecting their nominees for President, representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and in many districts, the Pennsylvania Senate.

State and county officials have been encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots when possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
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Heritage Center Plans Summer Speaker Series

May 28, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Judith Sutton presents a history lesson to a group of young visitors at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. (Photo courtesy Sen. John Heinz History Center)


McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will kick off its summer speaker series with a discussion of how women fought — and won — the right to vote in 1920.

Judith Sutton will present “Suffrage: The Road to the Vote for American Women” at 7 p.m. June 18. The event will be free and Sutton’s presentation also will be streamed live on Facebook, and available on Zoom.

Advance registration is required and will open during the first week of June, a spokesperson said.

 
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Free COVID-19 Tests Available Countywide

May 28, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Five sites in the Mon Valley have begun offering free tests for COVID-19, including clinics in McKeesport, Braddock and Homestead.

Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said the tests are being offered at no charge, and patients do not need a doctor’s referral. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested.

Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

 
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Man Held Without Bail in Stabbing Death

May 27, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with a stabbing at a Downtown apartment building.

Jeffrey S. Leisten, 52, is charged by county police with homicide, burglary and robbery in the death of Gordon Danielson Jr., 57, at McKeesport Downtown Housing, 523 Sinclair St.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 10 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

 
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Downtown Death Not Considered Suspicious

May 27, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city woman died after falling or jumping from a ninth-story window at the Midtown Towers apartments, Allegheny County police said.

Aaliyah Johnson, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 500 block of Sinclair Street at around 8:21 a.m. Tuesday, said county police Lt. Venerando Costa.

A passerby discovered Johnson’s body on the sidewalk and called McKeesport police.

 
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38th District Race: Paul Eagle

May 26, 2020 |

By Kevin Kino | Posted in: Politics & Elections

• See also: Nick Pisciotanno pledges to ‘fight every day’ for district


Political newcomer Paul Eagle is running a write-in campaign for the 38th Legislative District seat currently held by state Rep. Bill Kortz. 

Eagle was born and raised in Dravosburg, where he also currently resides. He took criminal justice courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Community College of Allegheny County.

He currently serves as a Port Vue police officer and as police/resource officer in the West Mifflin Area School District, as well as constable for Dravosburg Borough.

Eagle is interested in running for office because he feels not enough gets done due to party divisions.

 
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