Throwback Thursday: 'Resistance to Change'? Never!

February 08, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History

I recently stumbled across an October 1949 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about McKeesport, which includes this photo of two women standing at the intersection of Locust Street and Lysle Boulevard.
Except the street signs still bore the name "Jerome Boulevard," years after the street was renamed for Mayor George H. Lysle, who died in 1947.

"Street signs show a resistance to change," the caption says. What? Say it ain't so!

City Officials Urge Patience With Snow, Ice Removal

February 08, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

After a snow or ice storm, some of the best information about which streets need to be treated comes from sanitation crews, says Steve Kondrosky, McKeesport's public works director.

"Every day, somewhere in the city is trash collection day," he says, and crews from the city's garbage collection contractor, Big's Sanitation, will alert the public works department if a street or alley needs attention.

City police, too, serve as the eyes and ears to report snowy or icy streets --- and there has been plenty to report.

"The weather has not been very kind to us this year," McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko says.

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Community-Wide Lenten Services Begin Feb. 21

February 07, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Area Ministerium will hold community-wide Lenten services on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 21, a spokeswoman said.

For Christians of the Western tradition, including the Roman Catholic Church and most mainline Protestant denominations, Lent is supposed to be a period of fasting and penitence for 40 days leading up until Easter Sunday.

This year, Lent begins on Feb. 14 with the observance of Ash Wednesday.

All of the services will begin at 12 noon and are open to anyone, of any denomination. A light lunch will be served at each location following the service, and a free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the meal.

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Penn State Awards $50K Grant to Support McKeesport Center

February 07, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Penn State University has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Greater Allegheny Campus to support its operation of the new McKeesport Community Center.

The grant was one of $200,000 in "Invent Penn State" awards made to campuses across Pennsylvania. Others were awarded to Penn State's Beaver, DuBois and Hazleton campuses.

Located in the former YWCA of McKeesport on Ninth Avenue, Downtown, the center is designed to offer entrepreneurship lessons and continuing education to McKeesport-area residents.

It had a "soft opening" in October, says Victoria Garwood, director of enrollment management at Penn State Greater Allegheny, but activity has ramped up since then.

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Duquesne Officials Establish Duke City Youth Council

February 06, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

A new youth organization is being launched by Duquesne city officials to give young people a chance to work together constructively.

Duquesne City Council unanimously approved creation of the Duke City Youth Council.

Councilwoman Fawn Taylor-McDaniel introduced plans for the newly established organization, which aims to provide fun and positive experiences to youth in the Duquesne community.

“Being a part of the Duke City Youth Council will allow youth to become more involved in their community, be a voice in the community, socialize and have fun, and it presents them an opportunity to volunteer during city activities,” McDaniel said.

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Deadline Fast Approaching For Special Election in 18th District

February 06, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Residents in part of the Mon-Yough area who are not registered to vote, but want to participate in the upcoming special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, are encouraged to register by Feb. 12.

Jerry Tyskiewicz, director of the Department of Administrative Services for Allegheny County, said that's when voters must be registered if they want to participate in the March 13 special election.

In addition, voters who are already registered must notify the Allegheny County Division of Elections by Feb. 12 if they want to vote in the special election and they have moved or changed their name or party affiliation, Tyskiewicz said.

Voters in the 18th Congressional District are choosing between Republican Rick Saccone of Elizabeth Twp. and Democrat Conor Lamb of Mt. Lebanon. Lamb is a former federal prosecutor and Saccone is currently a state legislator.

In the Mon-Yough area, Elizabeth, Forward, North Huntingdon and South Versailles townships are part of the 18th district, along with Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills and West Elizabeth boroughs.

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Davis Takes Oath as District's New Rep

February 05, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections, White Oak News

With his wife, Blayre, holding the Bible, Austin Davis took the oath of office as the new state representative serving Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and neighboring communities. (Screenshot from Pennsylvania House of Representatives video feed)

Austin Davis took the oath of office in Harrisburg on Monday to become the newest member of the state's General Assembly.

Surrounded by his parents, family and friends, Davis, 28, of McKeesport was sworn in with his wife, Blayre, standing alongside him, holding the family bible.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David Spurgeon administered the oath.

Davis won a special election Jan. 23 to fill the remaining months of former state Rep. Marc Gergely's term. Gergely resigned after pleading guilty to charges connected with a video poker and illegal gambling ring operating in the Mon Valley.

Davis will represent the 35th District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, Versailles, South Versailles Twp., Whitaker, White Oak and parts of West Mifflin.

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Library Feels Like 'Home' to New Director

February 05, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Working at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport feels like home to Colleen Denne of Elizabeth Twp., who took over as director on Jan. 3.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in library science, Denne, who grew up in Liberty Borough, says she feels very connected to her new job.

"My dad's family is from Duquesne, and my mom's family is from McKeesport," Denne says. "These are my roots. This is my home library. I don't think it would mean as much to me anywhere else."

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Two Arrested in Robbery at Duquesne Store

February 02, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Two juveniles are charged with robbery and related offenses after a hold-up at a discount store in Duquesne.

The young men, ages 15 and 17, will be charged as adults, Duquesne police Chief Thomas Dunlevy said.

The robbery happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General store on Hoffman Boulevard.

One of the suspects put a silver-colored pistol against the clerk's head and demanded money, Dunlevy said. The employees were not injured.

After taking money, the suspects fled, police said, and store employees called 9-1-1.

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School Board OK's Sale of White Oak Elementary

February 02, 2018 |

By Mary Shelly | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Photo courtesy Broker 1 Realty)

The McKeesport Area School Board has voted to begin the process of selling the White Oak Elementary School building to Wellness for Veterans in the amount of $400,000.

District officials said Wellness for Veterans is a privately owned organization that provides physical and mental health services as well as job placement services for veterans.

"I've been told that they would be providing housing for veterans as well as some health services, job placement services, et cetera," said David Seropian, district business manager.

The building will be a taxable property under this purchase, Seropian said.

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