St. Sava Slates Good Friday Fish Fry

March 26, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (Facebook photo)

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., will hold a Good Friday Fish Fry on April 2, a spokeswoman said.

The event will be pre-order, take-out only. Orders may be picked up in the church social hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Good Friday.

Pre-orders may be placed March 28-31 by calling (412) 469-2955. Payment by credit card only.

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Library Resumes Wise Walks in Renzie

March 26, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Carnegie Library of McKeesport has resumed its spring wise walks.

The wise walks meet at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1802 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park, at 3 p.m. each Tuesday, weather permitting, for a 45-minute walk, said Mary Rose Bendel, coordinator of adult programs and community outreach.

Club members record their individual steps and then enjoy a healthy snack.

Everyone is welcome and registration is not required. The program is sponsored by the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.


Panelists: Black Women Not Getting
Enough Mental Health Support

March 25, 2021 |

By Siana Emery | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Johnathan White, assistant teaching professor at Greater Allegheny, moderated a panel discussion that also featured Kathi R. Elliot, chief executive officer at Gwen’s Girls; Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, doctoral fellow, Steel Smiling; Raven Davis, supervisor, Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth & Families; and Dr. Stella Onuoha-Obilor, vice president for clinical quality, Highmark Health. (Photo courtesy Penn State)

At both the community and the national level, developing a deeper understanding of social, economic and political factors that create gaps in mental health care is imperative in caring for patients.

This was the overarching message of March 18’s Crossing Bridges Summit panel, which discussed the psychological perspectives on Black women’s health.

The panel, hosted by Penn State Greater Allegheny, featured a conversation between five Black female leaders in mental health and social work.

“People walk around saying ‘I’m fine’,” said Dashawna Fussell-Ware, a doctoral student and employee of Steel Smiling. “The reality is, if you are Black or of African descent, unfortunately that’s just not true. There’s so much going on in the world in terms of racism that you can’t help but feel that loss.”

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City Man Charged in 2020 Shooting

March 24, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A city man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a March 2020 shooting near the former site of George Washington school.

Kiesean Brown, 20, has been charged by Allegheny County police with attempted homicide and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, court officials said.

Tony Griffith, spokesman for the Allegheny County sheriff’s office, said Brown was taken into custody without incident.

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Reader’s Viewpoint: Researcher Seeks Families
of WWII Vets Killed in Europe

March 24, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

(Bjarki Sigursveinsson photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Mike Thomas in Georgia writes:

I am writing a magazine article for a Memorial Day tribute and I need the community’s help. The article centers around the soldiers, sailors, merchant mariners and airmen buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in France. (There are no Marines in this cemetery.)

I grew up in McKeesport and graduated in 1970 from McKeesport Area High School. I attended Duquesne University, class of 1974, and entered the U.S. Air Force. I've been away every since, but my family still lives in the local area.

I'm a military historian and researcher and am asking if you would publish my note below or any other type of help would be appreciated.

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NV Twp. Slates Easter Event, Cleanup Day

March 24, 2021 |

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

With the help of Fire Department of North Versailles and West Wilmerding volunteer fire department, the Easter Bunny will be touring North Versailles Twp. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 28).

The routes are posted on the township website. The tour will end at 1 p.m. at the North Versailles Twp. municipal building on Greensburg Avenue, and there will be treats and a photo opportunity.

For more information or to RSVP, email or call (412) 823-6602, ext. 104.

The spring township clean-up will be held on from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 1.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the township building parking lot to get gloves and supplies. A large dumpster will be placed at Green Valley Fire Hall for big items.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to email Commissioner Tracy Yusko at Pizza and refreshments will be served at the community center following the clean-up.


W.O., City Slate Easter Events

March 24, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak borough will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 at Heritage Hill Park.

Councilwoman Julie Opferman, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, said guests should bring their own Easter baskets.

Ages 3 and under will start at 10 a.m., ages 4 to 7 at 10:30 a.m., and 8 to 10 at 11 a.m., Opferman said.

In McKeesport, a spokesperson for Mayor Michael Cherepko announced that the annual Easter egg hunt will return at 10 a.m. March 27 at Renziehausen Park. Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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W.O. Council Limits Comments on Ordinance

March 24, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

People who came to White Oak’s council meeting this month to protest a controversial feral cat ordinance were sidelined.

Before the March 15 meeting, council instituted a rule restricting the public comment portion to White Oak residents only. None of the people in the audience were borough residents.

Council members said the rule was implemented to improve communication and focus during public meetings.

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Building Permit Issued for Eastland Development

March 24, 2021 |

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

Development of the former Eastland Mall property is getting closer to becoming a reality.

North Versailles Twp. commissioners announced during their March meeting that a building permit has been issued to Benderson Development Co., the owner of the former mall site on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard.

It has been rumored that the interested tenant is, although no official announcement has been made. The plan is to build a 142,386-square-foot distribution facility.

“They should have shovels in the ground in June or July,” Commissioner Allen Wagner said.

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Elizabeth Street to Close April 5

March 24, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A portion of Elizabeth Street in Dravosburg will be closed April 5, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works has announced.

The closure is necessary so that crews can repair damage to a support wall and a guide rail caused by a car crash that occurred in November.

Elizabeth Street connects Route 837 to Maple Avenue. Traffic will be detoured using Curry Hollow Road, Route 837 and McClure Street.

The work is scheduled to be complete in May. The $40,284 project is being done under a contract awarded to Pugliano Construction Co., Inc., of Plum.


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