Dravosburg Plans Birthday Bash for Borough's 115th

August 02, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

"Dravosburgh," as depicted in a portion of an 1877 lithograph by Eli L. Hayes and published by Titus, Simmons and Titus of Philadelphia. Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University.

Dravosburg Borough will celebrate its 115th anniversary with fireworks, a petting zoo, picnic and parade.

Festivities start Aug. 24 at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Twp., followed by the parade and picnic on Aug. 25, said Jan Catalogna of the Dravosburg Community Archives. Doug Baxter serves as the group's president.

"If anyone is looking for some old-fashioned summer fun, then the place to be is Dravosburg, beginning at noon Aug. 25," Catalogna said.

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Duquesne Man Shot; Police Seek Suspect

August 02, 2018 |

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

Submitted photo: City of Duquesne Police, via Facebook

Allegheny County and Duquesne police are looking for a suspect in the shooting of a Duquesne man.

In a statement released on Facebook, Duquesne police said officers and paramedics were dispatched at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday to a home at the corner of Edith and Clark streets when callers reported a man in his late 20s who had been shot.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to a trauma hospital, where he was in stable condition, a county police spokesman said. Duquesne police said the victim's wounds are not expected to be fatal.

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White Oak, Duquesne Prepare for Community Day Events

August 01, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News, White Oak News

(Above: White Oak Community Day will feature a train ride around the grounds. White Oak Recreation Board, via Facebook.)

Residents of Duquesne and White Oak will be celebrating all the great things that make up their communities this Saturday during their annual community day events.

Sponsored by the White Oak Borough and the White Oak Recreation Board, White Oak Community Day will be held at the Heritage Hill Park and Pool Complex.

Duquesne residents are sure to enjoy the 27th annual Duquesne Community Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Duquesne Athletic Field on Commonwealth Avenue.

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Tickets on Sale for MHS Hall of Fame Induction

July 31, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Olympic gold medalist Swin Cash, Allegheny County Judge David Spurgeon and members of the "McKeesport 23" will be among the newest alumni to be inducted into the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony and dinner will be held Sept. 22 at Stratigos Banquet Centre, Colonial Manor Road, North Huntingdon Twp.

The inductees were announced by the McKeesport-based Consortium for Public Education. Tickets are on sale now for $50, and congratulations messages to be shown during the dinner also are being accepted.

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Library's August Events Include Local Author, Movie

July 31, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Local author Linda Goodlin will discuss her book "From Across the Pond" during a free event Aug. 8 at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.

The discussion by Goodlin, of Scottdale, Westmoreland County, is just one of the events planned in August, a spokeswoman said.

"From Across the Pond" tells the fictional story of Joseph Millward, who moves from Wales with his wife, Anna, to the coal mining town of Rocktown, Pa., where immigrants from Poland, Italy, German, Ireland and other countries mingle. After a mine explosion, residents want to know --- was it an accident or murder?

Signed copies of the book will be available during the discussion, which begins at 6 p.m. in the children's room of the main library, 1507 Library Ave. To register or get more information, call (412) 672-0625.

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Duquesne's Lawsuit Against City Redevelopment Authority, Non-Profit Moves Forward

July 31, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News

By Cami DiBattista and Jason Togyer

The city of Duquesne's lawsuit against its redevelopment authority and a non-profit development corporation is moving forward.

Duquesne officials filed suit in March against the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne and the Duquesne Business Advisory Corp., seeking the return of nearly $1.4 million from a $1.5 million revolving loan fund.

Mayor Nickole Nesby argues that the money was improperly transferred from the authority --- a governmental body created by the city --- to the business advisory corporation, which is independent.

The city has asked Allegheny County Judge Arnold Klein to grant a preliminary injunction ordering the DBAC to return the money to the redevelopment authority. A hearing is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Fox Found in North Versailles Was Rabid; Baits Being Set

July 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News, North Versailles Twp. News

A fox discovered on Fifth Avenue in North Versailles Twp. has tested positive for rabies, the Allegheny County Health Department said Monday.

The fox was found last week in the 3300 block, just past Westinghouse Avenue, according to Ryan Scarpino, health department spokesman.

Meanwhile, East McKeesport police announced Monday night that volunteers from the health department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be spreading baits laced with rabies vaccine in the area beginning Aug. 3 and continuing through Aug. 17.

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Port Vue Celebrates 'Fun to Be a Kid' Day Sunday

July 28, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue will mark "Fun to Be a Kid Day" from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, a spokesperson said.

The event will be held at the Romine Avenue ball field and is free to all children who are borough residents. It includes games, activities, prizes, a free T-shirt and refreshments, and a bicycle will be raffled.

Due to inclement weather, the movie scheduled for Friday night --- "Despicable Me 3" --- was cancelled, and a make-up date will be announced.


Duquesne Council OK's Full-Time Position For Mayor

July 28, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Beginning with the next municipal election, the position of Duquesne’s mayor will be a full-time salaried position.

A motion was unanimously passed during Tuesday’s city council meeting authorizing the drafting of an ordinance that will increase the salary of mayor to $65,000 under the guidelines of the Third-Class City Code.

Currently --- including for Mayor Nickole Nesby --- the position is part-time and pays $3,000 annually.

“If the great city of Duquesne wants a full-time mayor, they need to pay for a full-time mayor,” said Pastor Peter Roy of the Terrace Church of the Nazarene, who told council he supports the decision. “If they want a part-time mayor, they’ll pay for that. This city is on the move and the move is up. You can’t expect someone to give 65 to 70 hours per week and not expect to be compensated for it.”

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E. Pittsburgh Man Held for Assault on Toddler

July 28, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

An East Pittsburgh man is being in held in the Allegheny County Jail after police allege he assaulted a 16-month-old child.

Jacob P. Coles, 23, is charged by Allegheny County police with aggravated assault of a child, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment and is awaiting arraignment. The incident happened Friday in McKeesport, police said.

Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said the toddler was taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital Friday night before being transferred to Children's Hospital of UPMC in Lawrenceville. Schurman said doctors believe the child was suffering injuries consistent with an assault.

Police allege that Coles struck the child. A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 6 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.


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