Sponsors Needed for International Village Broadcast

July 17, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

We're less than a month away from McKeesport International Village, Aug. 15, 16 and 17, and Tube City Community Media is once again planning to webcast live from the main stage (weather permitting) all three days.

Over the years we've been doing this webcast, more than 7,000 people have watched all or some of the video.

But it costs money --- especially paying for the Internet connection and the storage on the streaming server. The server charge alone is about $22 per month (otherwise, the video of past International Villages will be deleted).

I know it's not "ABC Wide World of Sports quality," but we also don't have anything like an "ABC Wide World of Sports" budget. And every year, we do try to get a little bit better. We're all amateurs and volunteers.

We would like to raise $750. Donations may be tax-deductible as allowed by law. All donors will be acknowledged on our website, in a sign on our booth at International Village, and during the broadcasts.

Any extra not spent on the International Village broadcast will go directly toward keeping our websites --- Tube City Online, McKeesportObituaries.com and WMCK.FM --- operational.

ADVERTISING:

If your business or organization would like to advertise during our International Village webcast, we need your information before Aug. 7! (Advertising does not qualify as a charitable contribution.)

Contact me at tubecitytiger@gmail.com or call me (412) 614-9659.

For $125, we will make a minimum of one 30-second announcement for your group, business or organization every hour, plus we will run a banner ad on Tube City Online for at least 30 days.

For $225, we will make a minimum of one 60-second announcement for your group, business or organization every hour, plus we will run a banner ad on Tube City Online for at least 60 days.

This year, we also intend to have a "selfie station" where people can take photos of themselves at International Village. If you would like to sponsor the "selfie station," please email me at tubecitytiger@gmail.com.


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Former Clairton Man Pleads Guilty in Bank Robberies

July 10, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

A former Clairton man faces up to 40 years in prison and a half-million dollar fine after pleading guilty to robbing banks in Westmoreland County.

Raymond Zwibel, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery on Friday before U.S. District Judge S. David Cercone, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Zwibel will be sentenced on Nov. 6, the spokeswoman said.

Zwibel pleaded guilty to robbing the First Commonwealth Bank branch in New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, on Aug. 19, and the Citizens Bank branch in Latrobe on Aug. 23, according to prosecutors.

 
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Free Event at Carrie Furnaces Saturday Features Fun, Projects

July 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Rivers of Steel Arts will hold its first-ever Community Day at the historic Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin and Swissvale from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday (July 15).

"Bring the kids and meet your neighbors at the national historic landmark Carrie Furnaces for a day filled with creative projects, outdoor fun, raffle prizes, local food and entertainment," a spokesperson said.

Visitors will get behind-the-scenes look at the exciting programming RoSA offers throughout the season including hands-on workshops, photo safaris, graffiti art projects, foundry work and much more. 

Located at the end of the Rankin Bridge, just opposite from The Waterfront, the Carrie Furnaces were built in 1884 and during their peak produced 1,000 to 1,250 tons of raw iron per day.

The facility, once part of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works, closed in 1982. All that is left are furnaces No. 6 and 7, which operated from 1907 to 1978. The furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and are among only a few pre-World War II 20th century blast furnaces to survive.

 
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City Residents Angry Over Gun Shop's Expansion; Owner Understands Concerns

July 07, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(A firearms dealer is renovating the former Burt Foster American Legion Post, shown here, for use as a retail store. Residents packed this week's city council meeting, saying the location showed insensitivity in a town fighting against handgun violence. Tube City Almanac photo.)


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Residents of McKeesport angry over a firearms dealer's planned expansion Downtown packed city council chambers this week to raise issue with what they called a lack of "transparency" and "consideration."

The store's owner, meanwhile, said Friday in an interview with Tube City Almanac that he hears their concerns, but is running a legal, responsible operation.

"I'm not here for scare tactics and I'm not here to sell guns to other people who shouldn't have one," said Jonathan Stark, owner of Pittsburgh FFL, which is renovating the former Burt Foster American Legion post to be used as a retail gun store to be known as "Legion Arms."

"I'm not a 'crazy gun guy,'" Stark said. "I'm a businessman. I think that's what allows me to understand both sides of the issue.

"We operate responsibly, but I do understand that there is a stigma," he said. "We provide a legal, lawful business and service, and I want everything we do to be positive."

 
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Rabid Cat Found in Liberty; Residents Urged to Vaccinate Pets

July 07, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Residents of Liberty Borough are being urged to vaccinate their pets after a rabid cat was found in the area.

The Allegheny County Health Department said that a cat got in an altercation with a dog in the 3100 block of Valley Ridge Road this week. The cat, believed to be feral, was found to have rabies.

Anyone in that area who has had exposure to a feral cat should contact the health department, a spokeswoman said, and contact with stray animals should be avoided. Residents should have their pets vaccinated, and watch for unusual behavior.

“Well-intentioned efforts by individuals sometime can result in unnecessary exposure to pathogens like the rabies virus,”  Dr. Karen Hacker, health department director, said in a statement.

So far in 2017, seven rabid animals have been reported in Allegheny County, includijng one cat, three bats and three raccoons.

 
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Medical Cannabis Grower Slates Job Fair July 27

July 06, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Photo courtesy PurePenn LLC, via Facebook.)

The company that has just been awarded a license to produce medical cannabis in McKeesport will hold a job fair for potential employees on July 27.

PurePenn LLC is purchasing five acres in the industrial park along the city's Monongahela River waterfront to construct a growing facility and laboratory. The company is one of 12 statewide that were awarded licenses to produce medicinal cannabis, or marijuana, to potentially treat conditions ranging from glaucoma to chronic pain to lack of appetite caused by the effects of chemotherapy.

The job fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Palisades ballroom, corner of Fifth and Water streets, Downtown, next to the McKees Point Marina. The company expects to hire 25 people to begin operations within the next six months.

"PurePenn is very committed to being involved in this community," Mayor Mike Cherepko said. "They are committed to finding workers from within the city of McKeesport, as well as veterans. It's a great opportunity for our residents."

 
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Mayor, Council Appoint New Administrator, Controller

July 06, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Tube City Almanac photo)

McKeesport's controller was appointed to the city's top administrative position on Wednesday night, while the man who was running to replace the controller has been elevated to that job on an interim basis.

Council voted 6-0 to name Tom Maglicco as city administrator, effective immediately. Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery was absent during the vote.

Maglicco replaces Matt Gergely, who resigned to take a position as assistant to the business manager in the McKeesport Area School District.

"Mr. Maglicco was on a very extremely short list" of replacements for Gergely, Mayor Mike Cherepko said. "It was very clear to me early on that he has a passion for making McKeesport a better place to live and work."

 
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June 19 Death in City Ruled Homicide

July 05, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

The death of a man who was found on Fifth Avenue on the night of June 19 has been ruled a homicide.

Otherwise, few details are known about the death of Diaz R. Petty, 24, of McKeesport, who was discovered lying on the sidewalk in the 900 block at 11:11 p.m.

He died at a hospital a short time later of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

Allegheny County police said that there may have been an argument preceding the shooting.

Anyone who may have heard or saw anything is asked to call McKeesport Police at (412) 675-5015 or the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous, a spokesman said.

 

Croatian Club Slates July 16 Dance, Takes Lamb Orders

July 05, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Sv. Nikola Brodar CFU Lodge 432 is taking orders for Mezick lamb and preparing for an afternoon of music and dancing to the music of Mikey Dee.

Lamb Orders Due July 9: Orders for barbecued lamb by Mike and Carol Mezick are being taken through July 9 for pickup starting at 12:30 p.m. on July 16, the next indoor picnic. The lamb must be pre-ordered; call your order into (724) 872-7495.

Mikey Dee on July 16: Those picking up their lamb orders are invited to stay and enjoy it at our indoor picnic on July 16.

The club's smoke-free dining hall will be open for guests to enjoy listening and dancing to the music of Mikey Dee from 2 to 6 p.m. "in air-conditioned comfort," a spokeswoman said.

 
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McKeesport School Board Trims Budget, OK's Tax Increase

July 05, 2017 |

By Mary Shelly | Posted in: News

McKeesport Area School District residents will pay a little bit more in property taxes next year.

The final budget of $65.6 million adopted June 28 by a 7-1 vote will increase the tax rate from 16.74 mills to 17.37 mills.

A tax increase of 0.63 mills would add 63 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value of a property. A taxpayer with a house valued at $50,000 will expect to see their annual school property tax go up $31.50.

School Director Scott Smith was the only board member to vote no, although Christopher Halaszynski was not in attendance.

 
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