Workshop Oct. 10 Designed to 'Tackle' Financial Problems

September 30, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Conflict of Interest: See editor's note at the end of this story.)

Mon Valley Initiative will invite local residents to "tackle" their financial goals at a free workshop Oct. 10.

Sponsored by Pittsburgh-based Neighborhood Allies, the event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at MVI's office, 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, and will include refreshments and door prizes.

Pre-registration is requested at (412) 464-4000, ext. 4001, or by emailing

Barry Courson of Monroeville-based Waddell & Reed will discuss “mental roadblocks” that prevent people from making smart decisions about how they spend and save money, while Bobby Smith, a financial coach and workforce development specialist at MVI, will lead a trivia game to test participants on their own spending and saving habits.

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Walkers Raise Awareness of HIV/AIDS During Saturday Event

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Collaborative HIV/AIDS Working Group and its partners are preparing for the 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk, set to take place this Saturday.

The walk is now an annual tradition that gathers hundreds of people committed to raising awareness for HIV/AIDS, and is still the only one of its kind in Allegheny County.

The 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk will start and end at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., Downtown. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Concert Raises $150K for McKeesport's Auberle

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A concert Sept. 20 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side raised more than $150,000 for McKeesport-based Auberle.

Spokeswoman Deb Hilton said the 12th Annual "Voices Carry" event was the most successful ever for the charity, which provides both in-community and residential services for at-risk children, teen-agers and young adults throughout Western Pennsylvania.

More than 450 people attended the event, which was sponsored in part by Huntington Bank and hosted by Randy Baumann of WDVE-FM (102.5). Entertainers included Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the
Clarks and Etta Cox

Voices Carry was launched to raise awareness and funds for Auberle’s 16 program areas that provide services to over 3,400 at-risk children and families each year, Hilton said. This year's event set records both for attendance and for the amount of money raised, she said.


Expert to Discuss Medicare Payment Changes at Free Talk Oct. 12

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

In an attempt to control rising healthcare costs, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create an "innovation center" that would test new ways of delivering medical treatment --- and new ways of paying for that treatment --- for people on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

But what do these new "innovation models" mean for senior citizens who are receiving Medicare benefits? Cindy Gensamer, a vice president of Ohio-based Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting Services Inc., will come to McKeesport to deliver a free talk entitled "Medicare Innovation Payment Models: What does that really mean for the senior with Medicare coverage?"

The talk, at 12 noon Oct. 12, is sponsored by the family council at Kane Regional Center, 101 Ninth Ave., McKeesport, as part of their family education series, a spokeswoman said. Light refreshments will be served.

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City Police Officer Fired After Social Media Post

September 27, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

* CORRECTION, NOT PERFECTION: See editor's note.

A probationary police officer who had worked for the City of McKeesport for only a few weeks was fired Tuesday after a photo she posted on social media -- which included a racial slur --- went viral.

The police officer, identified by other sources as Melissa Adamson, was terminated immediately, Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

On Tuesday, a Facebook user shared a photo from the Snapchat online service that apparently originated from Adamson's account. The photo showed Adamson in a Pitcairn police department uniform with the caption, "I'm the law today n---a." *

Adamson is white. The photo spread quickly via Facebook and was picked up by Pittsburgh television stations, as well as national media outlets.

"This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city," Cherepko said Tuesday night. "It is absolutely unacceptable."

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White Oak Church Plans 'Races' Night Oct. 15

September 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Angela Merici Parish in White Oak will hold its annual "Night at the Races" fundraiser on Oct. 15, a spokeswoman said. The event will be held in the parish's Father Drap Hall and doors open at 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 and includes a buffet meal and beverages. Horses can be purchased for $5 and race winners receive $25. Other events will include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, door prizes and other social games.

For more information, visit the website at or call (412) 672-9641. The church is located at 1640 Fawcett Ave.


Christy Park UMC Slates BBQ Dinner

September 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Christy Park United Methodist Church will hold a barbecue dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1, a spokeswoman said. The dinner will feature sauces from McKeesport's "BBQ Stu" Wilson as well as a bake sale.

The church is located at 29th and Beale streets in McKeesport.


Winning Cash 5 Ticket Sold in Elizabeth Twp.

September 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A winning Cash 5 ticket from the Sept. 20 drawing was sold at the Giant Eagle on McKeesport Road in Elizabeth Twp., a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Lottery said.

The ticket correctly matched all five balls drawn --- 02-04-05-07-19 --- to win $125,000, minus taxes. The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling this winning ticket.

Prizes must be claimed and tickets validated before winners can be identified. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

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West Mifflin Man Charged in Rape Case

September 21, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man is in Allegheny County Jail after being arrested for what police described as "multiple sex offenses against children."

Andrew Demeri, 24, formerly of Pitcairn, is charged by Allegheny County Police with two counts each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with minors, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and indecent exposure.

Demeri was arraigned Tuesday, according to court records. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 before Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning.

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McKeesport Cemetery 'History' Tour Returns Oct. 2

September 19, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center brings back the popular Living History Tour of the McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. This self-guided tour features some of our area's most intriguing, famous and infamous figures.
From a Civil War hero to the victim who brought about local lore, our talented actors bring to life ten interesting characters whilst highlighting the nuance that “everybody has a story”.  The beautiful grounds of this historic cemetery provide the perfect backdrop for these alluring tales of the past.
For those unable to walk the tour a special encore presentation will be provided at the MRHHC on Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm. Admission for both programs is $10 in advance, $12 day of event and $5 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center a non-profit Mon-Valley area museum and research facility. We are dedicated to preserving the rich past of our region through education, programs and outreach.

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