MLT Plans Spaghetti Fundraiser Oct. 17

September 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(File photo by Stuart Spivack, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0.)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, McKeesport Little Theater is looking for ways to keep its programs in the public eye and raise funds.

The non-profit theater is planning several events, including a “drive-through” spaghetti dinner on Oct. 17 and a series of one-act and radio-style plays to tap the talents of its volunteers and actors, says Jennifer Vertullo, vice-president of the MLT board.

Based on Coursin Street in the city’s library and cultural district, MLT was preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary season this year. Instead, the 2020-21 season has been canceled.

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Local Residents Hold Clean Air Rally Online

September 23, 2020 |

By Kevin Kino | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

In a photo titled “Edgar Thomson Looms,” U.S. Steel’s plant in Braddock and North Braddock is visible above rooftops of nearby houses. (Photo by Macwagen/Strongbox Magazine. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Lisa Graves-Marcucci calls it a “pollution parfait,” and she says it’s just as unappetizing as it sounds.

That’s how the lifelong Mon Valley resident describes the sky some mornings in Jefferson Hills.

“When I would drive over to take (my kids) to the elementary school, which sits right on the hilltop overlooking the Clairton Coke Works, certain summer mornings, you could see this ‘pollution parfait,’” says Graves-Marcucci, who serves as Pennsylvania community outreach coordinator for the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project. “There would be like, lines of different colors of pollution in the sky.”

Graves-Marcucci was one of the people who participated last week in a county-wide campaign for cleaner air.

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Nuisance Dogs Create Problem in NV Twp. Neighborhood

September 22, 2020 |

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

Residents of North Versailles Twp.’s Fairhaven neighborhood told commissioners that several dogs, including a pit bull and a German shepherd, are creating a dangerous nuisance.

At the September meeting, Daryl Anderson told commissioners that he didn’t report a recent incident when he was bitten by a dog while walking along Joan Drive — but he now wishes he had.

“I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve been walking the streets for 11 years since I retired, and I never had a dog problem,” Anderson said. “And that dog came from the garage door — didn’t bark, didn’t growl, jumped up and bit me and broke my skin.”

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W.N. Library Accepting Memorial Gifts

September 22, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

West Newton Public Library is encouraging patrons to consider honoring a friend or loved one by purchasing a book in their name. The cost is $25, a spokeswoman said.

People who want to memorialize someone should tell the library about their favorite author or their interests so that the library can purchase an appropriate item. The acknowledgement will be placed inside the front cover.

The person being honored, or their family, will receive a notification of the gift.

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County To Open Additional Elections Offices

September 21, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, Politics & Elections

(Tube City Almanac file photo)

Allegheny County will open additional elections offices in October so that voters who want to return paper ballots in person may do so safely.

Although the county plans to have more than 1,300 polling places open for the Nov. 3 election, officials expect heavier than usual use of vote-by-mail and absentee ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county board of elections last week unanimously approved a proposal in which the Elections Division will open additional offices on specific dates and times.

Each office will provide opportunity for voters to provide over-the-counter voting, and the return of voted ballots to a fully-staffed, secure office, a county spokeswoman said.

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Comcast Gift Helps Level Playing Field for Students

September 21, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A truckload of computers donated by Comcast is unveiled Friday morning during a live broadcast of NBC’s “Today” from McKeesport Area High School. (Richard Finch Jr. photo for Tube City Almanac)

Students, parents and staff were speculating about the news cameras — and a large truck parked in the middle of McKeesport Area High School’s football field on Friday morning when they entered the stadium for what they thought was a pep rally.

What they got instead were 2,500 laptop computers for students and staff at McKeesport Senior High School and Founders’ Hall Middle School — a donation from Comcast Corp., the region’s dominant cable TV and Internet provider.

The “Today” show, a production of NBC, a Comcast subsidiary, was on hand to show the surprised students.

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St. Sava Offers ‘Taste of Serbia’ in October

September 17, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Shown getting ready for the upcoming “Taste of Serbia” food festival are Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Rocknage, pastor of St. Sava’s, and church members. (Submitted photo)

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church will hold a food festival featuring a “small taste of Serbia” on Oct. 2 and 3, a spokeswoman said.

All foods will be available for takeout only both days from 3 to 7 p.m. Selections will be similar to those usually sold by St. Sava’s during McKeesport International Village.

Selections will include a lamb sandwich on a hard roll; sarma (Serbian-style stuffed cabbage); grah i kupas (traditional soup made of sauerkraut and red kidney beans); halushki (sauteed sliced cabbage and onions mixed with egg noodles); and Spanish rice (white rice slow simmered with tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices.

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Beaver County Woman Arrested in Abduction

September 17, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Beaver County woman accused of luring a 15-year-old boy from northern Illinois last month was arrested Wednesday night at a home on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport.

Lilandra L. Redman, 20, of Rochester was arrested by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant from McHenry County, Ill., said Tony Griffith, spokesman for Sheriff William Mullen.

Police in Illinois allege that Redman met the teen-ager on social media and carried on a relationship for more than a year, at times using a disposable cell phone that she bought for him.

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‘Today’ Show Spotlighting High School This Friday

September 16, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

NBC’s “Today” show will feature students from McKeesport Area High School during a Friday morning broadcast.

Details of the segments are being kept under wraps, but spokespersons for both NBCUniversal’s parent company as well as McKeesport Area School District confirmed rumors circulating on Facebook that crews have conducted several interviews.

The segments are tentatively scheduled to air during the 8 a.m. hour.

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This Year’s HIV/AIDS Walk Goes Virtual

September 16, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The 20th annual Mon Valley HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk will take place Oct. 3 — but virtually.

The walk is organized each year by the HIV/AIDS Working Group of the Human Services Center Corp. in Turtle Creek, and continues to be the only HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk in Southwestern Pennsylvania, said Abbie Godollei, outreach coordinator.

The event is usually held on a Saturday on the streets of Downtown McKeesport, but due to COVID-19, the walk will instead be held that day beginning at 9 a.m. on Zoom.

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