Afterschool Academy Will Teach Career, Life Lessons for Grades 9-12

September 30, 2019 |

By Chris Baumann | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News

In August, members of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club and Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys & Girls Club participated in a STEM summer camp led by McKeesport's Blueroof Technologies. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania are opening an after-school career preparation academy in October at the former McKeesport Daily News Building, Downtown. (Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, via Facebook.)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is opening a Workforce Development Academy called Career Works in the beginning of October in Downtown McKeesport.

Located in the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation --- the former Daily News Building at 409 Walnut St.--- the program will primarily focus on developing career opportunities for highschool students grades 9-12.

Students from any area school district are welcome to participate and applications are being accepted online. The program will meet from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Oct. 1 through June 1.

Career Works will offer academic development, soft skill development, career coaching, internship programs and many other valuable career-related resources, said Lisa Abel-Palmieri, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

“Our organization has been offering career development for over a decade, but we want to serve a broader teen demographic,” she said.  “We want to retain students past the K-8 level. In the past they have tended to lose interest in the organization due to a lack of programming for their age range.”

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Healthy Village Hosting Anti-Vaping Forum for Parents, Guardians of Teens

September 27, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

People who are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes and “vapes” by their children and grandchildren are invited to a free forum Saturday (Sept. 28) at the Healthy Village Learning Institute.

Founder Keith Murphy said the free information session will begin at 4 p.m. and is expected to last about 90 minutes.

The forum is free and open to the public, said Murphy, who hopes to hold additional sessions in the future on the health risks of vaping.

“There was a call from parents and grandparents saying, my kid is doing this stuff,” Murphy says. “Locally, if we know that our kids are vaping inside middle school, inside high school, that, for us, says we have a building problem right now.”

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Council Awards Contract for Railroad Tower’s Preservation

September 27, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Tube City Almanac photo)

One of the last vestiges of the railroad tracks that once cut through the heart of Downtown is finally getting a makeover.

McKeesport City Council this month awarded a $24,500 contract to Kucich Construction Inc. to renovate the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad crossing tower at the corner of Walnut Street and Sixth Avenue.

McKeesport-based Kucich was the lowest responsible bidder, city officials said.

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District: Governor’s Visit Gave Us Chance to Share Views

September 27, 2019 |

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

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit this month to Twin Rivers Elementary gave McKeesport Area School District a chance to share its views on charter schools, Superintendent Mark Holtzman said.

During Wednesday’s school board meeting, Holtzman discussed the Sept. 4 joint news conference with Wolf.

“We were able to talk about some of the things that need to change when it comes to charter schools,” Holtzman said.

At the press conference, Wolf discussed charter school reform including what he called a “fee-for-service model,” that will charge charter schools to resolve payment disputes with local districts, enabling the Pennsylvania Department of Education to recoup costs they are currently incurring from charter schools.

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School District to Meet With Family Court Judge Regarding Alleged Bias in Custody Case

September 27, 2019 |

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

A portion of the transcript provided by family members. (Photo via Facebook.)

The superintendent of McKeesport Area School District will meet with an Allegheny County judge who reportedly called the school system substandard.

According to family members, the fact that the child’s mother lived in McKeesport was the deciding factor in awarding custody to the child’s father.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, Superintendent Mark Holtzman Jr. confirmed Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco will tour the school district with him on Oct. 25.

Hens-Greco’s remarks were reportedly made Aug. 7 during a child custody hearing. What appears to be an official court transcript was posted on Facebook by the child’s mother and has been widely circulated.

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Gainey to Deliver Keynote at NAACP Dinner Oct. 5

September 26, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy state Rep. Ed Gainey)

State Rep. Ed Gainey will deliver the keynote address Oct. 5 when the McKeesport Unit of the NAACP holds its 59th annual Human Rights Dinner.

An NAACP spokeswoman said Gainey's topic will be, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

The dinner will be held at the Palisades Ballroom, 100 Fifth Ave. at Water Street, Downtown. A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the dinner and program start at 6 p.m.

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Three Juveniles Charged With Gun, Drug Offenses

September 26, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three teen-agers were arrested after McKeesport police spotted them Monday night in a car that had been reported stolen in a carjacking in Wilkinsburg.

All three are being charged as juveniles, McKeesport police said.

McKeesport police said officers on patrol in the area of Bailie Avenue and Jenny Lind Street were searching for a Toyota Corolla which had been taken at gunpoint earlier in the day in Wilkinsburg.

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West Newton Lions Post Halloween Parade Details

September 26, 2019 |

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

The West Newton Lions Club will hold a community Halloween parade Oct. 26, a spokesperson said.

Marchers should line up at 12:30 p.m. at West Newton Elementary School, 1208 Vine St. The parade will then begin at 1 p.m. with a police escort down Vine Street to the park, where participants will receive treats from members of the Lions Club. 

In the event of rain, treats will be handed out in the gymnasium.

West Newton borough will then hold trick or treat following the parade until 5 p.m., the spokesperson said.

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Senior Wellness Expo to Be Held Thursday at Palisades

September 24, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A scene from the 2015 Senior Wellness and Safety Expo at the Palisades. (Photo courtesy state Sen. Jim Brewster)

Free flu shots and health screenings will be available for older adults during a Senior Wellness and Safety Expo from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 26) at the Palisades ballroom, 100 Fifth Ave., State Sen. Jim Brewster announced.

“Hosting this event is an excellent opportunity to provide valuable information to our seniors,” Brewster said in a prepared release. “It is also an opportunity to provide them with beneficial health services and screenings.”

Health screenings for hearing, vision, blood pressure, bone density, carbon monoxide and blood glucose will be available.

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Missing Woman Found Dead in Jefferson Hills

September 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

An 81-year-old woman reported missing from North Versailles Twp. on Monday was found dead Tuesday after an auto accident in Jefferson Hills.

Emergency personnel said the body of Georgeanne Faison was inside her car off of Cochran Mill Road, not far from South Park.

Police said the vehicle was upside down in a creek alongside a private lot. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office was investigating but police said Faison's car appeared to have gone off the road and the death was not believed to be suspicious.

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