Munhall's Ravine Street Reopens Today

August 19, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Ravine Street in Munhall Borough will reopen this afternoon, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced. The road was closed earlier this year to complete the replacement of Homeville Bridge No. 4. It is reopening three weeks ahead of schedule.

The $525,000 rehabilitation project was completed by Carmen Paliotta Contracting of South Park. The work included the replacement of the bridge box beams, deck, approach slabs, sidewalk, barrier walls, guiderail system and drainage.


Discussion Examines Effect of Violence on Community

August 17, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is hosting a presentation on the effects of violence on the McKeesport community.

The guest speaker will be Diane Dahm, director of prevention, education, and outreach at the Center for Victims.

The program is at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and will last an hour. Diane will discuss the lasting effects of violence in our community, and how we might help.

There is no charge for this event, but attendees are asked—as they are able—to bring food to share with everyone at the dinner. Utensils, cups, and plates will be provided.

The presentation will be followed by a potluck dinner, a time for reflection and connecting with other members of our community.

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N. Braddock Police Seek Missing Girl

August 13, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

North Braddock police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 12-year-old girl from Lobinger Avenue.

Namaya Hopkins is African-American, 5-feet-7 and weighs about 130 pounds, police said. She also has a burn mark on her wrist.

Police say when she was last seen on Wednesday (Aug. 12), she was wearing black pants, a multi-color T-shirt, silver sandals and her hair in a ponytail.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate her, please call 9-1-1 or the North Braddock police at (412) 351-4900.

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Village Broadcast Rolls On, With Hiccups

August 12, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Day 1 of our broadcast of International Village rolled on schedule Monday, with a few minor glitches.

Every year, our problem is getting and holding onto a reliable Internet connection, which is not easy to do from a public park, especially with a $500 budget. We've tried to get major wireless and Internet providers to sponsor us, without success, so we have to pay for our own connection.

If you missed any of the broadcast --- or you were at International Village and want to see yourself on "TV," you can go to this page and look through yesterday's videos.

And be sure to listen to Braddock's WZUM (1550) between 4 and 8 p.m. for occasional updates from the Village.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention our sponsors:

Additional support has been provided by generous donations from Karen Hammer, Andrea Luketic, Matthew Boyko, Annette James, Timothy Roolf, Robert Swartz, Jane Togyer and Jeffrey Tomovcsik.

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'Village for Kids' Monday at Renzie

August 09, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News, Podcast

The seventh-annual "Village for Kids" will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the Lions Bandshell in Renziehausen Park.

The event, for kids ages 12 and under, is a prelude to McKeesport's 55th annual International Village, which will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m.

In addition to music, games, free giveaways and other activities, volunteers will be accepting nominations for the prince and princess of International Village, to be crowned Tuesday at International Village.

This week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we interviewed the lead organizer of the Village for Kids, Alison Piccolino.

We also talked to the Rev. Dr. Daniel Borsay, pastor of the Free Hungarian Reformed Church of McKeesport, which has participated in every village since 1960, and with McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko.

"Two Rivers" airs at 9:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810), 8 a.m. Sundays on WZUM (1550), and as a free podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.


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Cyberbullying Discussed at Upcoming Free Presentation

August 05, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Are you a parent who would like to learn more about Internet safety and cyberbullying?

The state Attorney General's Office will present a free program on the topic at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Dravosburg Borough Building, a spokeswoman said.

The presentation will include information about keeping children safe from child predators and bullies.

Topics for discussion also will include keeping your computer in a common area accessible to everyone; regularly monitoring your child when they are online; filtering; checking their web-searching history; establishing rules for computer use; and controls parents can use.

The municipal building is located at 226 Maple Ave., near the Mansfield Bridge.


Widow Receives Replacement for Vet's Lost Purple Heart

August 04, 2015 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: News

Above: Betty Bugay of West Mifflin is presented a Purple Heart medal by Jake Bradich, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid. (Mike Mauer photo)

A West Mifflin woman has received a replacement for her late husband's lost Purple Heart medal, through the efforts of the borough's Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Members of VFW Post 914 "Intrepid" last week presented Betty Bugay with the medal and a certificate on behalf of her husband, John E. Bugay Sr., who died in 1998. The first medal was lost.

Bugay served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 1, 1950, until his discharge July 31, 1952. He was wounded with shrapnel in both legs May 20, 1951, while serving on active combat duty during the Korean War.

In other news, the West Mifflin VFW post also was awarded an Allegheny County Council Certificate of Achievement by the Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, who represents District 9.

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Mosquito Spraying Tomorrow in Munhall, Homestead

August 04, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny County Health Department will be spraying parts of Munhall and Homestead for mosquitoes on Wednesday night, a spokeswoman said.

Recent samples of mosquitoes taken from the boroughs have tested positive for West Nile virus. The ACHD will treat those neighborhoods using a truck-mounted, "ultra low volume" sprayer between 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 5.

The treatment is intended to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of the virus. West Nile virus can make some people severely ill and in rare cases causes severe neurological illnesses.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus reported in Allegheny County so far this year, the health department said.

Spraying will be targeted between East 10th and East 16th Avenues as well as neighborhoods adjacent to  Homestead Cemetery. In the event of rain, the treatment will take place the following day, on August 6, during the same hours.

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NH Twp. Road to Close for Three Days

July 27, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Brownstown Road in North Huntingdon Twp. will be closed for three days, beginning Tuesday (July 28), so that crews can make emergency repairs to an underground pipe.

Township police said the closure will be near the Larimer Volunteer Fire Department, and motorists are asked to avoid the area.


Paving Continues on Route 51; New Restrictions Begin Near Elizabeth

July 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Doug Kerr photo via Flickr/licensed under Creative Commons

(Doug Kerr photo via Flickr/licensed under Creative Commons)

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Paving continues this weekend on two separate sections of Route 51, which will lead to restrictions near the Pleasant Hills cloverleaf.

And work gets underway Monday near the Elizabeth Bridge, where southbound traffic will be restricted for about two weeks.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said paving and concrete patching will begin tonight and continue through Monday morning along Route 51 in Baldwin, Whitehall and Brentwood.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. in the southbound lanes (toward Elizabeth) as crews conduct resurfacing and concrete patching operations.

The work is part of an overall $15.9 million project that includes milling and resurfacing, signal improvements, drainage work, intersection and curb improvements, bridge repairs, guiderail upgrades, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction activities between Lebanon Church Road and the Liberty Tunnel.

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