As Paving Progresses, City Discusses Litter-Busting Campaign

June 10, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Above: Paving projects are underway throughout the city and will continue "until the asphalt plants close down," McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko said. Photo courtesy City of McKeesport, via Facebook)


While city workers and private contractors tackle long-awaited paving projects throughout McKeesport, officials are becoming concerned about the amount of trash littering those same streets.

"You can ride down a freshly paved street and see litter all over the sides of it," Councilman Jim Barry said last week. "As fast as you pick it up, it's back down again."

If McKeesport wants to improve its image, Barry said, then along with removing blighted houses and paving streets, "we need to do something about the litter in this city."

 
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Railroad Tower on Track for $23K Makeover

June 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Photos special to Tube City Almanac)


One of McKeesport's neglected landmarks is on track for a $23,000 makeover.

Council has approved the use of part of the city's $1.075 million allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, funds to repair and restore the railroad crossing watchtower at the corner of Walnut and Sixth streets, Downtown.

The tower is the only one remaining of possibly 20 or more that once guarded the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's tracks when they cut directly through the Downtown business district.

A.J. Tedesco, McKeesport community development director, said the tower was deemed worthy of historic preservation.

 
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Council OK's New Restaurant, Other Projects

June 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Three new commercial spaces --- including a new restaurant in the city's East End --- have been given the go-ahead by McKeesport City Council.

At Wednesday's meeting, council by 6-0 vote approved recommendations from the city planning commission to approve the new restaurant on East Fifth Avenue and a site plan for a new office building on Walnut Street in the Third Ward, as well as a request to consolidate several lots at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street, Downtown.

The identity of the new fast food restaurant's operator is a mystery.

 
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Family, Army Pursuing Handbag Makers Who Used Army Vet's Name, ID Number

June 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

The family of a McKeesport veteran whose name and U.S. Army service number are being used as decorations on a series of purses and handbags are considering legal action against the companies importing them.

Jennifer Sopko, granddaughter of Thomas Piotrowski Sr., 90, said her family has consulted an attorney specializing in intellectual property law and will decide what action to take.

Separately, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va., said government lawyers are investigating whether the use of the Army's trademarked name and seal, along with a veteran's service number, violated federal law.

 
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Boss Tweed and Boss Block

June 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial, Editorial Cartoons

* --- this cartoon was edited after publication to correct the quote attributed to William M. "Boss" Tweed (1823–1878), who supposedly told the editor of Harper's Weekly, "I don't care a straw for your newspaper articles; my constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures!"


"For the past week, there’s been a feature noticeably absent from the editorial pages of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette — the political cartoons of award-winning cartoonist Rob Rogers.

"Rogers, who has drawn cartoons for the Post-Gazette since 1993, has seen six cartoons killed in a row by Keith Burris, who took over as the newspaper’s editorial director in March when the paper’s editorial board merged with its sister newspaper, the Toledo Blade. The cartoons included criticism of President Trump and of the NFL’s decision to prohibit players from protesting racial injustice during the national anthem."

-- The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 2018


"I can't get into specifics here, but I felt that it was best under the circumstances to take some vacation days until issues with the Post-Gazette are resolved. I can't thank you enough for your support."

--- Rob Rogers, June 6, 2018


 
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Talk in Munhall Will Remember 'Carnegie's Captain' Jones

June 05, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The man who arguably made Andrew Carnegie a titan of the steel industry will be remembered during a free talk and book signing Thursday in Munhall.

Author Tom Gage (above) will sign copies of his book, "American Prometheus: Carnegie's Captain, Bill Jones" during the event at 7 p.m. at the Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive.



The event is sponsored by Rivers of Steel.

Gage is a great-grandson of William R. Jones, the first superintendent of Carnegie's Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock and the man credited, at the time, with perfecting and refining the techniques of steel manufacturing.

 
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Carnegie Library Posts June Events

June 05, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Carnegie Library of McKeesport photo via Facebook)


Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., will again serve as one of the sites for the 14th annual World Wide Knit in Public Day, a spokeswoman said.

Knitters, stitchers and crocheters of any skill level are invited to join with other crafters on the library lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (June 9). A picnic lunch will be served. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit mckeesportlibrary.org.

In other upcoming events:

The library will mark National Gardening Week with a visit by Carol Korinko of the Garden Club of McKeesport at 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 6). Participants will learn to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables.

 
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Local Family Seeks Answers After Vet's Papers Wind Up as Decoration

May 31, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Above: A handbag with Tom Piotrowski Sr.'s name and Army discharge papers is being sold around the world by two companies. His family says the companies never got permission to use the image or his name.


The family of a McKeesport-area veteran was shocked to learn that two companies have reproduced his Army discharge papers --- and his name --- on purses and handbags made in India and sold around the world.

Thomas Piotrowski Sr., 90, currently resides in an assisted living facility in North Huntingdon Twp. His family hasn't yet told him what happened, but they want answers from Myra Bags, an Indian firm, and Chloe & Lex, based in Gig Harbor, Wash., which are selling the handbags decorated with Piotrowski's name and discharge papers.

The image was apparently taken, without permission, from an article written by Piotrowski's granddaughter, Jennifer Sopko.

"When did this start?" asked Piotroswki's son, Tom Jr. "How long have they been doing this? Did they manufacture 10,000 of these? 500? I don't know. And is he the only veteran they've done this to?"

 
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Demolition Proceeds on Vacant Sinclair Street Building

May 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News

Crews from Lutterman Excavating are tearing down a vacant building at the intersection of Sinclair and Ringgold streets in McKeesport after officials said that runoff and debris were falling onto the roof of city hall.

A.J. Tedesco, the city's community development director, said Wednesday the three-story office building is being torn down under an emergency demolition order.

A one-story portion of city hall abuts the building, which once housed doctors' offices.

 
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Service Restored After Water Break; 'Gas Line' Reports Were Exaggerated

May 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A water main break along Beech Street in McKeesport cut off service for an unknown number of customers Tuesday night.

But reports that a gas line was severed turned out to be exaggerated.

Matt Junker, spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, said water service was restored just after 12 noon Wednesday.

Crews repairing the water line did break a gas pipe at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Barry Kukovich, spokesman for Peoples Natural Gas in Pittsburgh, but it was not in service.

https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/1001917369365692422

 
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