Parts of Mon-Yough Area Still Under Boil Water Order

September 20, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

(UPDATED: This story was updated with new information Friday night.)

(Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety, via Twitter)

Parts of the Mon-Yough area remain under a boil-water advisory after a massive water line broke Friday morning in Pittsburgh's South Hills.

Clairton, Dravosburg, Homestead, Jefferson Hills, Munhall, Pleasant Hills, West Homestead, West Mifflin and Whitaker are among the communities affected, said a spokesman for Pennsylvania American Water Co.

Water tankers were being delivered Friday night to 15 locations, including the Munhall Municipal Building, 1900 West St., and West Mifflin Municipal Building, 1020 Lebanon Road. Customers should bring their own water containers.

The company said that water pressure was returning to normal in the affected area, but the boil-water advisory would remain in effect until at least Sunday morning.

Pennsylvania American customers on the opposite side of the river in Elizabeth, Liberty and Glassport are not affected, and communities such as McKeesport and Port Vue that get their water from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County also are not affected.

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Library Schedules Regular Yoga, Walking Programs

September 20, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Vickie Babyak photo special to Tube City Almanac)

“Wise Walks” have resumed in Renziehausen Park under the guidance of the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.

A spokeswoman said participants meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the parking lot of the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, and walk through the park.

“You can walk at your own pace, with the library, with friends or by yourself,” she said. All ages are welcome.

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Encore Screening of ‘Missing McKeesport’ Sunday at Library

September 20, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac photo)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will present an encore screening of “Missing McKeesport” at 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 22) in the children’s room, a spokeswoman said.

Written, directed and produced by Sam Zolten (above), the 92-minute film is the product of seven years of research into the lives of Jewish McKeesporters, exploring the city’s ethnic heritage, culture, rise and decline.

Zolten, who was born in McKeesport but now lives in Philadelphia, interviewed more than 150 past and present McKeesport area residents to collect their stories. The film debuted in 2017 and a DVD is for sale at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

The library is located at 1507 Library Ave. The screening is free but is recommended for adults. Registration is requested. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit


Chamber to Host Free Forum Oct. 4 on ‘Future of Manufacturing’

September 20, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Jon Dawson photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0.)

A panel of guests from U.S. Steel Corp., the United Steelworkers union, the building trades and state government will participate in a discussion called “The Future of Manufacturing in the Mon Valley.”

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Sunset Room, off Route 48 in Elizabeth Twp., and is being organized by the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.

Although tickets are free, seats are limited and advance registration is required, said Maury Burgwin, the chamber’s executive director. For more information, call (412) 678-2450 or visit the website.

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Former City Man Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

September 19, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former McKeesport man has pleaded guilty to charges that he attempted to coerce at least two children into sexual activity.

Scott J. Payne, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh to charges of coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady.

Payne also accepted responsibility for two additional counts of coercion and three counts of production of images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

At the time of his arrest, Payne was already on probation in connection with a previous conviction on child pornography charges.

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Gun Violence Reduction Program Funded for Second Year

September 19, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

From left, Keith Murphy, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko and Los Angeles-based educators Angelina Arrington and Darnell Bell following an anti-violence workshop with young people at Auberle in June. The workshop was funded in part by the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency in support of McKeesport's Gun Violence Reduction Project. (Submitted photo courtesy City of McKeesport)

For the second year in a row, McKeesport has been awarded funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support programs to reduce gun violence.

The $133,000 grant to the McKeesport Alternative Policing Strategies Initiative and the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program includes money earmarked toward policing as well as mentoring and community outreach to divert young people away from violent confrontations.

The money will partially pay for an additional patrol vehicle as well as license-plate recognition, or LPR, equipment, McKeesport police Chief Adam Alfer said in a prepared statement.

"From a law-enforcement perspective, this grant allows McKeesport police to increase patrols by adding an additional vehicle to nightly saturation patrols," he said. "It also allows us to continue adding LPR camera systems to intersections throughout the City of McKeesport, which aids in solving crimes not only here, but across Allegheny County."

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W.O. Council Gets Updates on Borough Projects

September 17, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Council has rejected all of the quotes it received to upgrade the gym lights at White Oak Athletic Association, and will seek new ones.

At September's council meeting, officials reported that over the past month, the borough used the request for quote process to solicit bids to convert to LED lighting. All of the bids exceeded the state's limits.

Council carried a motion to formally reject the bids received and rebid the project.

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White Oak Posts Halloween Event Schedule

September 17, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Borough will hold a “Truck-or-Treat” event at the community center at the White Oak Athletic Association on Oct. 26.

Councilman Lou Bender announced details of the event at September’s borough council meeting.

This free, public event will include a Halloween parade on community center grounds, music, snacks, treat bags, prizes for best boy and girl costumes, and the opportunity to see, touch and explore trucks and heavy machinery.

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Luncheon, Basket Raffle to Benefit Pet Rescue Charity

September 17, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

One of the baskets to be raffled at Renzie on Sept. 22 to benefit Paws Across Pittsburgh. (Submitted photo via Facebook)

Volunteers will hold a basket raffle and luncheon in Renziehausen Park on Sept. 22 to benefit a local pet rescue charity.

Proceeds benefit Paws Across Pittsburgh, a regional all-volunteer group which places pets in foster homes while they wait to be adopted.

More than 50 gift baskets as well as other door prizes will available during the event at Jacob Woll Pavilion, a spokeswoman said. The event begins at 11 a.m. and admission costs $10.

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Longterm Route 48 Closure Begins Thursday

September 16, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Approximate path of the truck detour around Route 48 in Elizabeth Twp. that will be in place, starting later this week. (Google Maps)

Motorists who use Route 48 near Boston in Elizabeth Twp. will be contending with a detour, beginning this week.

And for truck drivers, it's going to be a long one.

On Wednesday morning, the road will be restricted in the area of Droopy's Bar and Grill to a single, alternating lane of traffic as crews install temporary shoring, said Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Then, beginning at midnight Thursday, the road will be closed entirely so that crews can replace a culvert and retaining wall between Fey and Keddie roads.

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