NV Twp. Commissioners OK Grant Application for Fairhaven Park

January 25, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

(North Versailles Twp. photo)

North Versailles Twp. will seek $140,234 from the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund for renovations at Fairhaven Park.

At their January meeting, commissioners authorized Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Green to apply for a grant from the CITF fund.

In other business:

The cost to rent the hall at the township Community Center has gone up, from $175 to $250 for residents and from $300 to $400 for non-residents, effective immediately. Commissioners voted to approve the change.

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White Oak Council Moves on Delinquent Garbage Accounts

January 25, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Council has moved to file municipal liens for nearly a half-million dollars in delinquent garbage accounts.

At their January meeting, council members authorized the law firm of Dodaro, Matta and Cambest to file liens for unpaid garbage collection fees from the past three years. Filing the liens will cost $19,938.08.

Last month, council authorized borough officials to "scrub" the delinquent accounts to remove the names of demolished properties and deceased residents, so that officials could determine which accounts were still active.

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Free Tax Prep Available for Local Seniors

January 25, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Free income tax preparation help will be available for area senior citizens in February and March.

The sessions will be held on Fridays at the McKeesport office of state Rep. Austin Davis, located at 627 Lysle Blvd.

The AARP Tax Aide Program will offer the free assistance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays from Feb. 22 through March 29. Appointments must be made in advance and can be scheduled by calling (412) 664-0035.

Davis said his staff also will be available to help senior citizens with Property Tax or Rent Rebate applications and enroll in any of the state’s programs for which they’re eligible.

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Boil-Water Advisory Cancelled for Port Vue, 10th Ward

January 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A "boil-water" advisory for Port Vue and McKeesport's 10th Ward has been lifted.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County announced Thursday morning that the advisory, imposed following a water line break on Tuesday, has been cancelled following two water-quality tests.

The advisory was a precaution and no problems were found, said the authority, adding, "we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience."


Missing Dravosburg Woman Found Dead, Police Say; Suspect Arrested

January 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Remains believed to be those of a Dravosburg woman who has been missing since Nov. 6 were found Wednesday morning just outside of Sutersville, police said.

Heather Rene Short, 46, was last seen at a residence in the Homeville section of West Mifflin where she was visiting friends. Allegheny County police have arrested a man identified as Dale Cooper, 36, no address given, in connection with her death.

Cooper was arrested Wednesday night in Homestead and will be charged with criminal homicide, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, Allegheny County police Lt. Ken Ruckel said in a prepared statement. Cooper is currently in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting formal arraignment, police said.

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Boil-Water Advisory Could Be Lifted Thursday

January 23, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Officials with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County are hopeful that a boil-water advisory for residents of Port Vue and McKeesport's 10th Ward could be lifted on Thursday.

Matthew Junker, authority spokesman, said MAWC is waiting for test results of a water sample taken Wednesday morning. The test --- checking for possible contamination --- takes 24 hours.

"If we get the results we expect, and the (state Department of Environmental Protection) gives approval, it could be lifted in the A.M.," Junker said.

About 2,100 customers have been under the boil-water advisory since Tuesday morning, when the authority detected a loss of water pressure and found a broken six-inch water main on Joy Street in Port Vue.

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NV Twp. Anniversary Committee to Meet Thursday

January 22, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

The North Versailles Twp. 150th Anniversary Planning Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building, 1401 Greensburg Ave. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is welcome to attend.

Other Upcoming Events

North Versailles Twp. Family Night, including snow tubing, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Boyce Park. To attend, RSVP by Feb. 25 to the township's Parks and Recreation Department at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.

The Art and Apple Juice Painting Classes for children ages 5-12 will be held Feb. 1, Feb. 8, March 1 and March 29 at the North Versailles Twp. community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave. RSVP to the Parks and Recreation department.


Former Wilmerding Y to Reopen as Community Center

January 22, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

The Wilmerding YMCA was expanded in 2006 at a cost of $750,000. (Photo copyright Penner & Associates.)

The former Wilmerding YMCA is scheduled to re-open early this year as the new Wilmerding Community Center, Inc., according to Peter McGinty, the center’s executive director.

The center, located on Ice Plant Hill Road, features a fitness center, swimming pool, child care day camps and the Silver Sneakers program.

At Wednesday's meeting of the North Versailles Twp. commissioners, McGinty said the new community center will need the support of all of the area communities.

“That’s why I’m here at North Versailles,” McGinty told the commissioners. “I met with the school district, I spoke with the East Allegheny Business Association and met with (state Sen.) Jim Brewster and (state Rep. Joe) Markosek.”

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Boil Water Advisory in Place for Port Vue, 10th Ward

January 22, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Updated with additional details, 8 p.m.

(Map courtesy Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.)

Officials have issued a "boil water" advisory for Port Vue and McKeesport's 10th Ward following a water main break on Joy Street near Romine Avenue, up the hill from the 15th Avenue Bridge.

A 6-inch water main broke at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday, causing a loss of water pressure throughout the system, said Matthew Junker, a spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.

About 2,100 customers were affected, he said. Crews were still making repairs on Monday night.

The loss of water pressure could have allowed contamination to enter water lines through back-flow, Junker said, and until further notice, MAWC customers in Port Vue and the city's 10th Ward should boil their tap water before using it to drink, cook or make ice.

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412 Food Rescue Seeks McKeesport, West Mifflin Volunteers

January 22, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy 412 Food Rescue)

A local non-profit agency that has delivered 5 million pounds of unwanted food to needy families is asking for more volunteers from the Mon-Yough area.

“We are in need of volunteers in and around McKeesport and West Mifflin so food that is made available as a donation can be delivered to organizations that distribute it,” said Leah Lizarondo, chief executive officer of 412 Food Rescue.  “It’s a chance to make a local impact on both food waste and hunger.”

Most food banks only accept non-perishable items --- such as canned and boxed foods --- because of the difficulty of storing and handling fresh food.

But 412 Food Rescue uses a smartphone app and the Internet to quickly match surplus perishable and fresh foods from supermarkets and restaurants with food banks. Technology writers have described it as the "Uber of food recovery."

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