Correspondents Wanted to Cover Duquesne, White Oak

August 21, 2017 |

By Advertising | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, White Oak News

We are still looking for writers to cover White Oak and the City of Duquesne. Writers are paid for assignments on a per-assignment basis.

The positions currently to be filled are:

  • Duquesne City correspondent
  • White Oak borough correspondent

Writers will be expected to, at minimum, attend the monthly council meetings in either Duquesne or White Oak and write a story for Tube City Almanac within 24 hours. Other topics may, from time to time, be assigned.

High school and college students seeking work experience are encouraged to apply! Tube City Community Media is willing to work with students who need credit toward class assignments.

Previous experience as a writer on a high school or college newspaper, or non-fiction blog, is helpful.

 
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Police Log: Aug. 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | 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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Eclipse Events Planned in McKeesport, West Mifflin; Caution Urged

August 18, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

NASA illustration

If you're a Mon-Yough resident and you want to experience a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, you'd better get a good night's sleep on Sunday.

Based on Google Maps, the closest community to McKeesport that will see the sun fully blocked by the moon appears to be Niota, Tenn., just off Interstate 75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville. If you want to go, plan to hit the road by 5 a.m. Monday --- Niota is about 8 hours and 37 minutes away, and the maximum eclipse will hit the community of 723 people at approximately 2:32 p.m. Eastern daylight time.

(And if you are hitting the road, the Federal Highway Administration has a list of tips and travel warnings you should read first.)

In our area, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the eclipse will begin to become visible at 1:10 p.m. McKeesport time and reach its maximum --- about 81 percent from our perspective --- at 2:35 p.m. The eclipse will end about 3:55.

Locally, the Carnegie Library of McKeesport will have an eclipse party on the lawn of the main library, 1507 Library Ave., on Monday afternoon, with light refreshments served and glasses provided. For more information, call (412) 672-0625.

West Mifflin's recreation department will host an eclipse party at the borough's main park just off Bettis Road and eclipse glasses will be provided.

 
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Church Plans Flea Market Saturday

August 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 19) to benefit a local animal shelter and the church's activities.

A spokeswoman said tables may be purchased by vendors for $10. The table fee will benefit the church. In addition, refreshments will be available.

The church is located at 220 Eighth Ave. at Market Street, Downtown McKeesport.

 

'Lego Batman' Screening Cancelled

August 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport officials have cancelled tonight's planned screening of "The Lego Batman Movie" at Renziehausen Park because of inclement weather.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Cherepko said the screening, part of the city's "Movies in the Park" series, will be re-scheduled for sometime after the start of the school year.

 

Filmmaker: 'In My Heart, I've Never Left McKeesport'

August 17, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Submitted photo courtesy Heinz History Center)

Sam Zolten was at the beach in North Wildwood, N.J., last week when he spotted someone wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers hat. So he walked over to say hello.

"He turned out to be a teacher at McKeesport High School," Zolten says. "In my heart, I've never left McKeesport. I'm still an 18-year-old, going to the White Elephant on Saturday nights. It's the town that grew me and the town that I fondly reminisce about."

Thanks to his new documentary, many more McKeesporters --- including those, like Zolten, who moved away long ago --- will likely be reminiscing as well. "Missing McKeesport" has yet to be screened and is already creating enormous buzz among past and present Mon-Yough residents.

More than seven years in the making, the movie will have its world premiere at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

"There's a lot of buzz in the community about it and it's a film I'm very proud of," Zolten says.

 
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International Village Coverage from Day 1

August 16, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Warm weather and plenty of sunshine greeted visitors to McKeesport's 58th International Village, which opened its gates at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Renziehausen Park and wrapped up at 9 p.m. with fireworks. Carol Waterloo Frazier has recapped the day's events at her website, Mon Valley Happenings.

Master of ceremonies Mike "Mikey Dee" Dorich noted that entertainment on the main stage ran ahead of schedule, joking that it was "the first time in 58 years that happened."

The entertainment on Tuesday included performances by the William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers, local church group Women of Worship, Trafford Junior Tamburitzans, the Grecian Odessey Dancers, the St. Nicholas Junior Tamburitzans and belly dancer Sara Deroy.

Tonight's schedule will include the Alpine Duo, the ABC Dancers, the Rankin Junior Tamburitzans, clarinetist Melissa Ishtar Murphy and the Otets Paiisi Bulgarian dancers, beginning at 6 p.m. Johnny Koenig's polka band will perform in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion beginning at 5 p.m.

Live video coverage of International Village is presented by Tube City Online each day, beginning at 5 p.m., with the support of Carriage Inn Restaurant and Catering; Creenan & Baczkowski, P.C.; Kane Regional Centers; the White Oak Rotary Club and Ziebart of McKeesport.

(We had some audio problems during parts of the broadcast, almost like another signal was interfering --- probably from a wi-fi router or something. We're going to try to work around the problem today.)

Day 1, Part 1:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/106930512

Day 1, Part 2:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/106934158

 

History Program on Saturday Will Explore U.S., Pa. Roles in WWI

August 16, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

In November 1916, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected President of the United States, in part on his promise to keep the United States out of the first World War.

Five months later, Wilson asked the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

Why did the United States switch its policy so quickly? And how did the Pittsburgh area mobilize both manpower and material to enter the conflict on the side of the Allies, led by the British and French?

A program on Saturday at McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will explore those questions and how they resonate today. Retired Army Major Gen. John Stevens, a 1964 McKeesport High School graduate, will present "The United States Joins the Great War: The First Industrial War."

The event at 1 p.m. is free for members of the heritage center and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit www.mckeesportheritage.org.

 
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Sentencing Scheduled for State Representative Caught in Gambling Ring

August 16, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

State Rep. Marc Gergely will be sentenced Nov. 6 for his connections to a gambling ring that was broken up by investigators in 2012.

Gergely, 47, of White Oak, on Tuesday pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws by accepting cash contributions in excess of $100. Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than $10,000 in fines or five years' prison or probation.

Related charges of participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy to participate in a corrupt organization, dealing in proceeds of illegal activity and criminal attempt to operate illegal gambling devices were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Gergely represents the 35th Legislative District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and part of West Mifflin. He was first elected to the seat in 2002 and was re-elected last year after defeating McKeesport City Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who was running as a Republican.

 
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PennDOT, FHWA to Discuss Jerome Bridge Work at Meeting Wednesday

August 15, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo by Lee Paxton via Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.)

The city's iconic Jerome Street Bridge is getting a makeover, and the public is invited to learn more at a public meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Highway Administration and representatives of District 11 of the state Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the McKees Point Marina, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown.

A district spokesperson for PennDOT said members of the team working on the project will be on hand to provide project details, information about traffic restrictions and detours, and answer questions and gather feedback.

 
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