Dyson: Americans Need to Talk About Issues We'd Rather Avoid

October 28, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Johnathan White, Penn State history lecturer, listens Friday as author and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson answers an audience question at Wunderley Gymnasium in McKeesport. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Michael Eric Dyson is tired of people --- in the words of the James Brown song --- "talkin' loud and sayin' nothin."

The award-winning author of 20 books, ordained minister and Georgetown University sociology professor came to McKeesport on Friday night to encourage his audience at Penn State University Greater Allegheny to engage each other in debate on serious issues of race, equality, justice and politics --- but to make sure they have the facts first.

"We need to talk about this stuff that people would rather not talk about, but you have to be informed," Dyson said. "When you have that conversation, have the facts. Just because you 'feel' something, doesn't mean you have the facts."

Dyson's latest book, "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America," is a searing indictment of apathy and complacency in an age when Nazis and white supremacists have come out of the shadows to march in American streets.

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County, White Oak Officials Cut Ribbon on New Wedding Shelter

October 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

County and White Oak officials on Thursday cut the ribbon for a new wedding garden shelter in White Oak Park.

Located just off McClintock Road in the western half of the park, the $60,000 facility replaces an older flower trellis that was not accessible for people in wheelchairs, and which did not provide protection from bad weather.

All of the preparation work on the site --- including regrading the land, pouring the concrete and doing the landscaping --- was done in-house by county personnel, a spokesperson said. The shelter itself was installed by Jeffrey and Associates.

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Election Day Spaghetti Dinner Planned in Dravosburg

October 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Dravosburg Community Archives will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Amity Presbyterian Church, 400 Euclid Ave., a spokeswoman said.

All proceeds will benefit the borough's 115th anniversary celebration, to be held in 2018.

Tickets for ages 13 and over are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 are $5, and children age 4 and under eat for free.

The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, a beverage and dessert.

Tickets are on sale now at American Legion Post 380 in Dravosburg and at the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, or call (412) 469-2710.

Take-out orders will be available and there also will be a 50/50 and a raffle on the day of the dinner.


Former Mon Valley Man Sentenced for Parole Violations

October 26, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

TW: Sexual assault, domestic violence

A former McKeesport and Monongahela resident who was released from federal prison after seven years violated the terms of his parole by committing new crimes, federal prosecutors said.

Now, Santana Wygant, 40, faces another three years in prison, plus an additional five years of supervised release.

Wygant was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Fischer imposed the maximum sentence allowed, Song said.

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Local Police, UPMC McKeesport to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

October 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Local police departments as well as UPMC McKeesport hospital are participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event is designed to remove unused prescription pills, capsules and patches from medicine cabinets, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

UPMC McKeesport hospital will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27) in the first-floor lounge of the Crawford Building.

These other Mon-Yough area sites will collect unused drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28) in the following locations:

  • Allegheny County Police Department, Wilmerding Station, 315 Station St., Wilmerding
  • Clairton Police Department, at Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 623 St. Clair Ave., Clairton
  • East Pittsburgh Police Department, at Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh
  • North Huntingdon Twp. Police Department, 11279 Center Hwy., North Huntingdon Twp.
  • Pleasant Hills Police Department, 410 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills
  • West Mifflin Police Department lobby, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin
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Record-Breaking Concert Raises $158K for McKeesport's Auberle

October 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Above: Blues guitarist and vocalist Melinda Colaizzi performs during the 13th annual Voices Carry benefit concert. The Oct. 3 event raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle. (Photo courtesy Auberle.)

This year's Voices Carry concert raised $158,358 for McKeesport-based Auberle, breaking previous records, the social-services agency for children and families has announced.

More than 500 people attended the Oct. 3 concert at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side, including 47 dedicated volunteers, said Deb Hilton, marketing, communications and events manager.

The 13th annual Voices Carry featured vocal performances by Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the Clarks, Chris Higbee and Chris Jamison, a newcomer who made it to the semi-finals on NBC-TV's talent show "The Voice" and is now working at WBZZ-FM (100.7).

WDVE-FM (102.5) radio personality Randy Baumann served as emcee.

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Route 837 to Close Near Glenwood Bridge Tonight, Tomorrow

October 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Route 837 from Pittsburgh into West Homestead will be closed tonight and Thursday night so that crews can repair broken concrete and remove shielding around the Glenwood Bridge interchange, a spokesperson said.

The closures will occur Oct. 25 and 26, weather permitting, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., said the district spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.

The southbound portion of 837 will be closed at Becks Run Road to all vehicles except emergency vehicles.

The posted detour will include the Hot Metal Bridge, Second Avenue, Irvine Street and the Glenwood Bridge. Delays are possible.

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Upcoming Events Provide Health Insurance Information

October 25, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Conflict of Interest Note: The writer of this story has a conflict of interest. See editor's note.

Two upcoming events --- in Turtle Creek and Homestead --- will help people who need health insurance to sign up.

The first is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Human Services Center Corp., 519 Penn Ave., Turtle Creek.

The second is from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave., Homestead.

Both events will include "health care navigators" from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, who will help customers understand their options for purchasing insurance on the marketplace.

“Given all the recent upheaval regarding the Affordable Care Act, questions have arisen about health care coverage, who is eligible and how individuals that need access to care can sign up,” said state Sen. Jim Brewster, whose offce is organizing the Turtle Creek event. “These are critical questions that deserve accurate answers.”

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Commentary: Why Are Pittsburghers' Palates Too Delicate For What Bourdain Dished Out?

October 24, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial

The following is an editorial expressing an individual's opinion. Opinions expressed in editorials and commentaries are those of their authors, and are not those of Tube City Community Media Inc., its board of directors, volunteers, contributors or donors. Responsible replies are welcome.

(Anthony Bourdain talks with Pittsburghers at Kelly's Bar & Grill in East Liberty. Photo courtesy CNN.)

Whatever else Anthony Bourdain's hour-long exploration of Pittsburgh proved this week, it demonstrated that one fact about the region remains as true as it ever has been:

We are notoriously thin-skinned and hyper-sensitive to even the slightest criticism.

Make fun of New Jersey, and will its residents complain? Ah, fuggedaboutit.

Go ahead and knock Chicago. It rolls right off of the city's big shoulders.

But say anything even slightly negative about Pittsburgh, and we erupt in a blast of black-and-gold fury. (Topped with french fries.)

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LifeSpan Seeks Holiday Cookie Donations for Area Seniors

October 24, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

If you love to bake, LifeSpan could use your help this holiday season.

Diane L. Pawlowski, agency support manager for the non-profit senior service organization, says they're hoping to send "sweet holiday wishes" to people who receive meals on wheels in the Mon-Yough area.

She says most of us can remember "the wonderful smell" of homemade cookies around the holidays.

"Many of our participants miss this holiday tradition," Pawlowski says, because unfortunately, "they can no longer bake their own cookies."

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