W.O. Council Votes Down 2022 Budget

December 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly reported the vote at Monday’s meeting. It has been corrected.

The borough of White Oak failed to pass its 2022 budget at Monday’s special council meeting.

Council members Julie Opferman, Charles Davis and Louis Bender voted yes. Council members George Dillinger, Joe Nagy, George Pambacas and Ken Robb voted no.

Pambacas expressed concern that although the spending plan was balanced, it would cut into the borough’s fund balance, or surplus.

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Thank You for Your Continued Support

December 29, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

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Most Kane Residents, Employees Vaccinated

December 28, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Tube City Almanac file photo)

More than 92 percent of residents of the Kane Regional Center in McKeesport are fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19, said the administrator of Allegheny County’s four public assisted living facilities for the elderly.

In addition, said Dennis Biondo, executive director of the Kane Community Living Centers, Kane employees are covered by Allegheny County’s mandate that required workers to provide proof of vaccination by Dec. 1.

About 94 percent of workers responded positively before the deadline.

“We’re keeping a close eye on it,” Biondo said. “And we’re keeping a close eye on our residents. I can’t say that we never have any posititve cases, but most recently we’ve not seen any significant serious illness for a while.”

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Serra’s Cleary Humbled By Gym Honor

December 23, 2021 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, Sports

Bill Cleary, retired athletic director and teacher at Serra Catholic High School, poses with a new sign at the gymnasium. Cleary’s 41-year career at the school in Haler Heights includes coaching the girls’ basketball team to a state championship and 18 section titles. (Photo courtesy Serra Catholic High School via Facebook)

For the first time in the school’s 60-year history, Serra Catholic High School has named an area of its campus after a former teacher.

On Dec. 11, at a ceremony attended by past and current teachers and faculty, the school in McKeesport’s Haler Heights neighborhood dedicated the William J. Cleary Gymnasium.

Cleary not only taught at Serra Catholic for 41 years, but he also held the Athletic Director position for 38 of those years.

“The thought of having the gymnasium named after me is just overwhelming and it’s incredibly humbling,” Cleary said recently. “I find myself paying closer attention to places that are named after people now. Someday someone will ask, ‘Who was that Coach Cleary guy anyway?””

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One Injured in Duquesne Shooting

December 21, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Allegheny County police are investigating a shooting Monday night in Duquesne.

Emergency personnel said Duquesne police and paramedics were dispatched just before 10 p.m. to the 500 block of Grant Street for a report of a shooting. A male victim was found sitting a car, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, emergency personnel said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition, county police said. His name was not released.

County police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous.


City Police Conducting Annual Fund Drive

December 21, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Police Annual Fund Drive is currently underway, a spokesman said.

Donations are being solicited on a voluntary basis to assist the department with the purchase of non-budgeted equipment in order to better serve residents of McKeesport and Dravosburg.

“The items purchased from these donations are used on a daily basis by our police department,” the spokesman said. “Several of these items would never have been purchased if it were not for the generosity of the local businesses and private citizens of both McKeesport and Dravosburg.”

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New Board Members Take Seats in EA

December 21, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

There are five new faces on the East Allegheny School Board. At the Dec. 6 reorganization meeting, new members were sworn in and took their seats.

Superintendent Alan Johnson thanked the outgoing board of directors for their service. “I do really truly understand what a commitment it is and oftentimes what a thankless task it is,” he said.

The first big task of this new board of directors will be to tackle the district’s masking policy.  In light of the recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overrule the governor’s state mask mandate, the topic will be on the agenda at the next school board meeting which will be held on Jan. 10.

Until then, masking remains a requirement at Logan Elementary, the junior-senior high school and school buses.

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Jerome Bridge Going Tiger Blue in ’22

December 20, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

All four lanes of the Jerome Avenue Bridge have now reopened, but work on a $15.44 million rehabilitation project will continue through next year. (Tube City Almanac photo)

The dark blue paint on the Jerome Avenue Bridge is there to stay, and is a homage to the red and blue colors of the McKeesport Area School District, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

Last week, all four lanes of the bridge reopened to traffic after being restricted to one lane since March 2021. Single-lane restrictions will continue on the bridge weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the spring of 2022, but traffic will be maintained in each direction, said Steve Cowan, spokesman for PennDOT District 11.

Built in 1937 by Allegheny County, the bridge connects West Fifth Avenue and Lysle Boulevard over the CSX Railroad tracks and the Youghiogheny River. Up to 11,000 vehicles per day cross the span, PennDOT statistics indicate.

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County Offices Closed for Christmas, New Year’s

December 20, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

In observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, Allegheny County offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, a spokesperson said.

All county offices will be closed on Christmas Eve. The Department of Court Records, including the Marriage License & Passport Office, also will be closed on Dec. 27.

All other offices will return to regular business hours on Dec. 27.

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Christmas Tree Recycling Begins Dec. 26

December 20, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: White Oak News

(File photo from Georgia, courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, via Flickr)

The Allegheny County Parks Department is offering its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program again this holiday season, a spokesperson said.

Residents may drop off Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14 at all nine county parks from 8 a.m. until dusk.

All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. Trees will be mulched and used in the county parks. Drop-off locations include Alfalfa Shelter Parking Lot at Round Hill Park, Elizabeth Twp., and Chestnut Shelter Parking Lot, White Oak Park.

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