Brewster Calls for Armed Guards in School Buildings

March 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Photo courtesy state Sen. Jim Brewster)

* UPDATED at 8:35 p.m. with comments from McKeesport Area School District.

State Sen. Jim Brewster on Friday proposed placing armed security guards inside all school buildings in Pennsylvania.

The McKeesport lawmaker, who represents parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, said the recommendation is just one of several proposals he is making that are intended to protect students and teachers from violence.

Last week, Brewster said he was drafting legislation to create an 11-member Statewide School Safety Panel to examine security at Pennsylvania's schools and recommend areas for improvement.

“Students must be better protected,” Brewster said Friday in a prepared statement. “Parents deserve assurance that school buildings are safe and secure environments.”

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No Injuries Reported in Lamont Street Fire

March 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A pet cat is credited with alerting two city residents to a fire in the attic of a Lamont Street home.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the blaze, which happened early this morning, but McKeesport Deputy Fire Chief Tom Perciavalle said that it may have been caused by faulty wiring.

Perciavalle said the residents of the home at 2005 Lamont were awakened just before 1:30 a.m. when one of their two cats bolted, frightened, from the bathroom adjoining the upstairs master bedroom.

"They felt it was unusual behavior, because the cat is fairly sedentary," Perciavalle said.

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Plans for Former Daily News Building Move Forward

March 08, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A portion of Kennedy Park on Lysle Boulevard may be removed to provide parking for what is being called the McKeesport Multi-Media Building. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

McKeesport is aggressively moving forward to prepare the former Daily News Building for new tenants.

At Wednesday's meeting, city council voted 6-0 to apply for a $200,000 grant from Allegheny County's Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund for renovations and repairs to the building. Councilwoman Jamie Brewster-Filotei was absent.

The first tenants could be moving into the building as early as May, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

In addition, city public works crews will probably be turning part of Kennedy Park at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Walnut Street into a parking area for the building.

The work would not affect the statue of President Kennedy or the plaza around it, Cherepko said, but would require removal of the small fountain at the corner.

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Upcoming Program Will Highlight City's 'Fascinating Women'

March 06, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The region's "fascinating women" will be the topic of a special Women's History Month program at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

"Fascinating McKeesport Women" will highlight the work of women who left their mark on the community in a variety of fields, including journalism, aviation and philanthropy, as well as those who influenced social and political movements or broke barriers.

The program will be presented at 2 p.m. March 24 by local historian Ellen Vasey Show, a spokeswoman said.

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Police Log: March 5, 2018

March 05, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Here We Grow Again! Writers Wanted

March 03, 2018 |

By Advertising | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc. is seeking two or more freelance writers to cover occasional news and feature stories in the McKeesport area.

Contributors are paid on a per-assignment basis. These are not salaried or contracted positions and these positions may be eliminated at any time, with or without warning.

High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply; we are willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments.

The positions currently to be filled are:

  • City of Duquesne correspondent
  • Mon Valley Arts and Entertainment correspondent
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Garden Expert Oster Coming to Carnegie Library

March 02, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Gardeners of all skill levels are invited to spend "an evening with Doug Oster" when the nationally known gardening expert visits the Carnegie Library of McKeesport on April 13.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the children's room at the library, 1507 Library Ave. All attendees will make and take home garden containers, a spokeswoman said.

Oster is the manager and editor of EverybodyGardens and also serves as home and garden editor for the Tribune-Review.

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School District Awaits Approval on Possible Tax Increase

March 02, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport Area School District is awaiting state approval on a possible 3.42-mill property tax increase that administrators hope won't be necessary.

"I'm sure by the time we're done with this it's not going to be anywhere near that amount," said David Seropian, district business manager.

Under Pennsylvania law, school districts are allowed to enact a property tax increase only within an "index" --- sort of an "inflation" or "cost-of-living adjustment" --- set by the state. The index for 2018-19 is 2.4 percent.

Property tax increases above that indexed percentage must be put to a referendum by the voters unless certain conditions are met. On Wednesday, McKeesport Area filed its preliminary 2018-19 budget with the state Department of Education and asked for a waiver from the referendum requirement.

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Adam Lynch: Not Soon Forgotten

March 01, 2018 |

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.

About 10 years ago, I started tracking down and interviewing people who had worked in radio in the Mon Valley, including at stations such as WMCK/WIXZ (1360) and WEDO (810).

Early on in the process, I left a message for McKeesport native Adam Lynch, the retired newscaster who accomplished the rare feat of working on-screen at all three of Pittsburgh’s major network TV affiliates —- KDKA-TV, WTAE-TV and WPXI-TV. He was living then in Monroeville.

He called me at work the next day. His voice was unmistakable —- my God, what a voice! —- but he was a little bit suspicious. Who was this weirdo calling to ask him about his early days at WEDO?

Finally, he agreed to meet me for lunch at Rene’s in East McKeesport.

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Lysle Blvd. Bus Crash Under Investigation

February 26, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Port Authority police are investigating a collision between a car and a bus traveling from North Versailles Twp. to Glassport and West Mifflin, but no charges have been filed.

The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. Friday on Lysle Boulevard near the McKeesport Transportation Center. The bus on the 55-Glassport route had stopped in the westbound curb lane to pick up and drop off passengers when it was struck from behind by a sport utility vehicle.

Five people on board the bus sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals --- two to UPMC Mercy and three to UPMC McKeesport, said Adam Brandolph, Port Authority spokesman.

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