Church Plans ‘Taste of Serbia’ in October

August 27, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Slow-roasted lamb sandwiches and haddock filets will both be on the menu when “A Taste of Serbia” returns to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

A spokeswoman said pre-orders will be taken Sept. 12 to 26. The event will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 12 noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

The church is located at 901 Hartman St. in McKeesport. Limited outdoor seating will be available in the courtyard and in addition to pre-orders, walk-up orders will be taken both days while supplies last.

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Man Charged in Burglary, Vehicle Towed

August 26, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

What police said began as a domestic dispute ended with a Port Vue man in custody and his vehicle impounded.

Tyrek J. Johnson, 27, is charged by McKeesport police with burglary, harassment, making terroristic threats, simple assault and unlawful restraint. He is free on $5,000 percentage bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 30 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Separately, city police also have cited Johnson for a violation of the state vehicle code. Police said Johnson has been driving a Ford Taurus police interceptor with tinted rear windows and a spotlight.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic This Friday

August 26, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s McKeesport Family Center will host a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Friday (Aug. 27) from 3 to 5 p.m., a spokeswoman said.

The vaccination is free and the clinic is open to all adults and children 12 years of age or older. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call (412) 672-6970.

The family center is located in the Wander Building, 339 Fifth Ave. at Locust Street, Downtown.

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Amazon Warehouse Work Underway in NV Twp.

August 25, 2021 |

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

Safety fencing has gone up around the former site of Eastland Mall in North Versailles Twp. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

Work has begun on an, Inc., warehouse facility at the former Eastland Mall site in North Versailles Twp.

Fences have gone up around the site on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard where the one-time shopping mall stood from 1963 to 2007.

Although Trammell Crow Co., the real estate developers working on the site, have declined to confirm that Amazon will be the new tenant, North Versailles commissioners referred to Amazon by name during their recent meeting.

One commissioner, asked whether it was OK to report that Amazon was coming to the township, replied, “Absolutely. Dig Amazon dig!”

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NAMI McKeesport Sets September Meeting

August 25, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Correction: A NAMI spokesperson said Monday, “there is a correction concerning the wearing of masks. We are not mandating masks. We are recommending masks for those who are unvaccinated.”

The McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Room F122 of the Frable Building, a spokeswoman said.

The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

A representative from the NAMI Keystone office will give details of the annual NAMI Walk fundraiser which will take place virtually on Oct. 9. A "care and share" session will follow for those in attendance.

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MASD: Masks Optional, But ‘Strongly’ Encouraged

August 19, 2021 |

By Siana Emery | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Face masks will be optional but “strongly recommended” for students, faculty and staff in McKeesport Area schools when classes resume Aug. 23.

The school board was split 6-3 on the decision, with Dave Donato, Diane Elias, Tom Fioltei, Ivan Hampton, Jim Poston and Joe Lopretto in favor, and Jim Brown, Steve Kondrosky and Mindy Lundberg opposed.

Masks will be required on school buses and if the Allegheny County Health Department or state officials re-institute a face mask requirement, the district will shift its policy, Superintendent Dr. Mark Holtzman Jr. said.

“It’s a family’s choice (and) the student’s choice to wear a mask if they so choose,” he said.

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Lack of Communication Frustrates W.O. Resident

August 19, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

A member of the planning commission told White Oak Council to improve its methods of communication after they were left unable to answer questions about a personnel change.

At Monday’s meeting, planning commission member Glenn Beach expressed disappointment in how the situation was handled.

“I’m disappointed in how the council handles communicating with the planning committee. No one knew anything about the removal of the code officer. The planning members looked foolish because no one could answer the public’s questions. It’s absolutely inexcusable that we had to hear about it from a third party,” Beach said.

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W.N. Library Plans Fundraiser Sept. 19

August 19, 2021 |

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

A view of the new children’s room at the library. (Submitted photo)

West Newton Public Library will hold a fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Le Grande Balll Room, 105 South Second St., said Robin Matty, library manager.

Tickets to the annual “Tea-riffic” cost $20. Tickets can be purchased at the library or at Gary’s Chuck Wagon Restaurant 105 South Second St, during restaurant hours and library hours. The event will include refreshments, a gift basket auction and other games.

In other news, Matty is encouraging all residents of the West Newton area to visit the newly remodeled and rededicated children’s room at the library.

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Serra Band Show Has Romantic, Spanish Flavor

August 16, 2021 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment, McKeesport and Region News

Serra Marching Band student leaders are, in front from left, drum major Abigail Bernick, tenor sax soloist Maigen McGinty, and flute soloist and heroine Paige Rock. In back are Joe Crossen, drum major, trumpet soloist, and matador; bass clarinet soloist Jordan Premozic; and color guard captain Madalyn Peairs.

Surprises and finishing touches still were being tweaked as Serra Catholic High School’s marching band students and adult personnel completed the first week of camp for “El Matador” on Aug. 13.

“This year’s show is about a matador who falls in love with a beautiful lady in the crowd,” band director Jesse Bush said. “There is of course a bullfight in the show, and hopefully a really awesome ending that I don’t want to spoil.”

Drum major Joe Crossen has a trumpet solo. In addition to his musical talents, he’s tasked with bringing the story of the matador to life.

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W.N. Church Plans Peach Festival

August 16, 2021 |

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

West Newton First Church of God will hold a peach festival fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 2, a spokesperson said.

The menu will include hot dogs, sauerkraut, sloppy joes, BBQ pulled pork, baked beans, potato or macaroni salad, cake, ice cream, beverages, and of course, peaches, including peach cobbler.

The event will be held at the Lions Field House, 507 Pittsburgh St. For more information, visit the church on Facebook.


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