Penn State GA Campus Names New Chancellor

December 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Brandon University)

Andrew Egan, dean of the Faculty of Science and acting associate vice president for research at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, has been named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, effective Feb. 15, 2016.

Egan will succeed Interim Chancellor Nancy Herron, who will retire from Penn State for a second time on Dec. 31 after coming out of retirement to serve as interim chancellor on Jan. 1, 2014. John Peles, interim director of academic affairs at Penn State Greater Allegheny, will serve as interim chancellor/chief academic officer beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

“Dr. Egan possesses more than 20 years of proven academic leadership, providing Penn State Greater Allegheny with a wealth of experience in the areas of strategic planning, program development and accreditation, enrollment management, and external relations,” said Madlyn Hanes, Penn State vice president for Commonwealth Campuses. “He brings an accomplished record of supporting faculty development and collaboration that will serve the campus well.”

In his new position, Egan will also hold the title of professor of forest resources.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Penn State community as chancellor of the Greater Allegheny campus,” Egan said. “In a way, this is a homecoming for me, having graduated from Penn State in 1993. We are connected to Pennsylvania in other important ways as well — my wife is a native of Pittsburgh, having spent her childhood in Ingomar.”

 
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'Crossing Fences' Radio Project Unites Young Men With Mentors

December 03, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, Podcast

Many people in the Pittsburgh area have probably heard "The Saturday Light Brigade," the long-running public radio program that airs on six FM radio stations and three Internet stations, including Tube City Online's WMCK.FM in McKeesport.

But they may not be aware that SLB's parent organization also engages in mentoring and training programs in local schools, including the Propel charter schools in the Mon Valley as well as public schools through the McKeesport-based Consortium for Public Education.

This week, SLB debuted the latest three CDs in its "Crossing Fences" series. In "Crossing Fences," groups of African-American teen-agers interview local men from the community, and then edit the interviews into four to six minute radio documentaries.

The latest series includes interviews collected in Braddock and Homestead; a previous series included oral histories collected in McKeesport and Hazelwood. Twelve communities have been covered so far; all of the documentaries are available as free downloads at NeighborhoodVoices.org.

On the next episode of our weekly radio show, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talk with Sarah Siplak and Chanessa Schuler of SLB Radio Productions about "Crossing Fences," and we also listen to one of the oral histories.

 
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Festival of Trees Opens Today

December 03, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

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The 30th annual McKeesport Festival of Trees gets underway today and continues through Monday.

Dozens of hand-decorated Christmas evergreens representing churches, schools, social groups and other organizations are on display in Renziehausen Park's Jacob Woll Pavilion.

An official tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Dec. 3) at the intersection of Arboretum and Sycamore drives, near the pavilion entrance. Santa Claus will arrive at the ceremony on a McKeesport Fire Department truck, a spokeswoman said.

Hours for the show are 12 noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $2 for adults, while children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with donation of one non-perishable food item for local food pantries.

Activities include live entertainment, visits with Santa, and hayrides through Renzie, provided by McKeesport's public works department. The park will be lit by luminaria at night.

 
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Tips for Tots Next Week at Eat 'n Park

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Wait staff at the McKeesport Eat 'n Park will donate their "tips for tots" on Dec. 9 as part of the restaurant chain's 37th annual Caring for Kids campaign.

Employees at the restaurant on Lysle Boulevard will contribute tips received between 4 and 7 p.m. on that day. Eat 'n Park's Smiley cookie mascot will make an appearance as well, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Wait staff at two other Mon-Yough locations will donate their tips for tots this Thursday (Dec. 3) --- the North Huntingdon location from 4 to 8 p.m. and Homestead Waterfront from 3 to 8 p.m.

The Caring for Kids campaign benefits children's hospitals and charities that help children recovering from injuries or illnesses.

Last year, during the five weeks at the end of the year, Eat 'n Park's restaurants in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia raised more than $411,000 that was donated to 14 different hospitals and charities.

 

Dravosburg, W.M. Post Holiday Event Schedules

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Dravosburg and West Mifflin have posted schedules of upcoming holiday events.

West Mifflin will host the lighting of the borough's holiday tree on the lawn of the municipal building, 1020 Lebanon Road (near the Port Authority garage), at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday (Dec. 3), a spokesperson said.

There will be a ceremony and activities for kids, with refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus to follow at the nearby Skyview Volunteer Fire Department.

Dravosburg will hold its sixth-annual "Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration" at 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 5) at the municipal building, 226 Maple Ave., near the Mansfield Bridge.

Winners of the borough-wide children's coloring contest for ages 3 to 12 will be invited to light the Dravosburg holiday tree. From 6:15 to 7 p.m. kids can have their photos taken with Santa, and a magician will perform at 7.

There also will be facepainting, fingerprinting by McKeesport police, hot chocolate and cookies.

In addition, luminaria orders will be taken for Christmas eve.

 

UPDATED: Police Seek Suspect in City Shooting

November 30, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

McKeesport police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting this morning Downtown.

City detectives said the incident in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue happened during domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Police said an argument between the 25-year-old female victim and her boyfriend turned physical and violent at about 5 a.m. and the two began to struggle with a handgun.

The victim told police the gun went off and she was shot in the shoulder. Her boyfriend then fled before emergency personnel arrived.

She was taken to the hospital and was referred to a victim's assistance program to deal with domestic violence.

 
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Ripple Road Bridge Has Reopened in White Oak

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The bridge that connects Ripple Road to Route 48 in White Oak has reopened after being closed for construction since mid-August, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The Ripple Road bridge over Long Run creek reopened Nov. 18 after about 12 weeks of reconstruction performed by Walsh Construction Company. The original bridge was built in 1939 and carried about 9,200 vehicles per day before it was closed.

Next spring a final layer of a special polyester concrete will be placed on the bridge deck to resist pothole formation and reduce bridge maintenance costs, the spokesman said. But that material can only be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees and after the deck has cured for at least 30 days. Drivers may notice a slight bump as they cross the bridge until that final step is completed.

The Rippel Road bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain for 25 years 558 state owned bridges. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.

 

Homestead police, FBI Seek Suspect in Robbery

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police and the FBI are looking for a man accused of robbing the First Commonwealth Bank in the Waterfront in Homestead.

An FBI spokesman said the robbery happened at around 11:50 a.m. this morning when a thin, white male, carrying a dark-colored, cube-like case, entered the bank and told a teller he had a bomb. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.

The man had light brown or "dirty blond" hair and a beard and was wearing business-casual clothes and sunglasses, the FBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh office of the FBI at (412) 432-4000, Allegheny County police at (412) 473-1200, or Homestead police at (412) 461-1344.

 

WM Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

November 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

West Mifflin police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of the Huntington Bank on Route 51 near Century III Mall, a spokesman said.

William Eger, 51, was arrested Tuesday morning, said borough police Chief Ken Davies.

"The investigation of this incident was greatly enhanced by the cooperation of the media, the public and our own social media pages," Davies said. "With the tips received via tips lines we eventually were directed to the actor who then gave us incriminating statements of his involvement with the robbery."

The bank was robbed at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning by a man described as a white male, 5-feet-8, with a brown hair, beard and mustache. He was wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt, winter cap, jeans and tennis shoes, and fled the scene on foot toward Century III.

West Mifflin police and the FBI are investigating the incident.

 

Community Thanksgiving Service Scheduled Sunday

November 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium will host an interfaith community Thanksgiving Service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22) at Auberle, 1101 Hartman St., in the city.

The guest speaker will be Jason Chavis, a graduate of McKeesport Area High School and the University of Pittsburgh who currently serves as an account executive at Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV (4). Chavis is a board member and volunteer at a number of local community organizations.

A light meal will be served following the service, to be held in the main campus gym at Auberle.

For more information, call Boniface Igba at 412-673-5800, ext. 1286, or Gladys Hunt-Mason at (412) 672-8490.

(Illustration via Art Mad Wallpapers)

 

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