Colleagues Remember McLaughlin as Tough, Fair

August 26, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Above: Rege McLaughlin is shown in McKeesport city hall shortly after being sworn in as mayor in 2010. (Tube City Online file photo.)

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McKeesport is "a good town, but a tough town," said state Sen. Jim Brewster, and former Mayor Rege McLaughlin was tough "both physically and mentally."

"I think he would like to be remembered as a guy who was willing to help anybody, but who didn't take any guff from anyone," said Brewster of McLaughlin, who died Tuesday at age 82 in a hospice in Mt. Lebanon.

Persons close to McLaughlin said the former mayor and city council president was suffering a recurrence of prostate cancer.

"Rege worked in the mill, so he knew what it was like to work hard," said Brewster, who served with McLaughlin on city council. "He had owned his own business. He was a family man. So there wasn't much that you could tell him that he didn't know something about."

McLaughlin's death is "a sad day for McKeesport," said Mayor Mike Cherepko, who also served with McLaughlin on city council and succeeded him as mayor.

"Rege was obviously a true public servant," Cherepko said. "He did whatever he could to make McKeesport a better place to live and work, and he was very well respected, not just in his capacity as mayor, but because he had such deep ties to the community."

 
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Fade Out: Southland 9 Cinemas Closed

August 26, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Above: Unidentified Southland 9 employees pose on the theater's last day. Photo via Facebook.)

Less than four months after the opening of the new Century Square Luxury Cinemas in West Mifflin, an older multiplex at nearby Southland Four Seasons Shopping Center has closed.

Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has closed the Southland 9 theaters in Pleasant Hills, located behind the shopping center on Route 51. An announcement on the theater's Facebook page said the closing was effective yesterday.

The Southland 9's page on the Carmike website was deleted overnight.

Gina McKenzie, a spokeswoman for Carmike, said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon that members of the Carmike Cinemas rewards program and owners of annual popcorn buckets may continue to use them at the Galleria 6 in Mt. Lebanon and the Carmike 10 at South Hills Village. Both are less than 10 miles from Southland.

McKenzie declined comment on how many Southland 9 employees were affected by the closure, and whether any of them were offered jobs at other theaters.

 
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Port Vue Resident Robbed in Home Invasion

August 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are looking for two men who forced their way into a house in Port Vue and robbed an unidentified victim of jewelry and other valuables.

Port Vue police said the robbery happened early Monday morning --- just after midnight --- at a home in the 1300 block of Coronado Drive, not far from Sacred Heart Cemetery. The victim was not injured, borough police said.

Allegheny County police detectives are assisting Port Vue police with the investigation. A county police spokeswoman said the robbers, described as two white males, forced open a door while the victim was asleep in bed. The robbers then went into the bedroom and threatened the victim with harm, police said.

No further description was released by police.

 
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Reward Offered in Connection With Unsolved Homestead Murder

August 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Police are asking for the public's help as they work to solve the murder of a 20-year-old man at a playground in Homestead.

Homestead police responded to the area near McLean Park on Sarah Street just before 2 a.m. March 1 when callers reported hearing multiple gunshots. When they arrived, police said, they found the body of Tyrell Jones, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homestead police and the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit are investigating. Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual responsible for Jones' death.

Anyone with information should call Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers at (412) 255-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Air Force C-130 to Appear at West Mifflin Community Day Sept. 10

August 23, 2016 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: News

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules --- similar to this one shown flying above Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington --- will take center stage when West Mifflin celebrates its community day Sept. 10 at Allegheny County Airport.

One of a line of transport aircraft that have supported U.S. military personnel since 1957, the venerable C-130 will join dozens of local community groups, a live radio broadcast and performances by The Bel Airs and the North Side Kids at West Mifflin Community Day.

Refreshment booths will sell pork, ribs and chicken from Bad Azz BBQ, while various vendors, including non-profit groups and athletic teams, will supply other foods and beverages. Hours are 12 noon to 6 p.m.

 
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Teens Charged After Police Chase Ends in Crash

August 22, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 16-year-old from Clairton faces multiple charges after McKeesport police said he led them on a brief chase with a stolen car that ended when he tried to ram another car out of his way.

The teen-ager is charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering other persons, obstruction of law enforcement, possession of instruments of crime, carrying a prohibited offensive weapon, reckless driving and driving without a license.

McKeesport police said the driver was remanded to the custody of Allegheny County juvenile authorities following his arrest.

 
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CFU Lodge Seeks Donations for Rummage Sale

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Donations will be accepted for the upcoming "Trash 'n Treasure" rummage sale at the Yukon Croatian Club, 109 Union St. in Yukon.

A spokeswoman said the sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Donations of household items, antiques and collectibles will be accepted at the club from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Although small appliances in working order will be accepted, the club cannot accept computers, televisions, clothing or large pieces of furniture. Proceeds will benefit Croatian Fraternal Union St. Nicholas Lodge 432.

For more information, call (724) 722-4100.

 

Port Vue Preschool Accepting Applications

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue United Methodist Church is still accepting applications for its preschool for the 2016-17 school year, a spokeswoman said.

Classes begin Sept. 6 and are open to children ages 3 and 4. Registration costs $35 and is non-refundable, and children must have a valid immunization record and birth certificate.

For more information, call (412) 672-7289 or visit the church's website. The church is located at 1565 Washington Blvd.

 

W.O. Farmer's Market Continues Til October

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The White Oak Farmer's Market is up and running and will continue on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October, a spokesperson said.

Located at Heritage Hills Park next to White Oak Pool, the market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, ice cream, baked goods, fresh eggs, crafts and other items.

The market accepts WIC checks and senior citizens' farmer's market vouchers.

Heritage Hills Park is at 169 Victoria Drive, just off Carmella Drive and approximately a quarter-mile from Foster Road.

 

Village Returns With New Performers, New Night for Fireworks

August 08, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Denise L. Ritter photo

Tube City Almanac file photo by Denise L. Ritter

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One of Western Pennsylvania's largest and longest-running ethnic festivals returns for its 57th consecutive year with many old favorites and a few new elements.

McKeesport's International Village will be held Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at Stephen Barry Field in Renziehausen Park, next to Penn State University's Greater Allegheny Campus and near McKeesport Area High School. Gates open each day at 3 p.m. and main stage entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

As in past years, a $2 donation is requested at the gate from visitors.

Gates and booths will close at 9 p.m. this year.

In addition, the fireworks display that has typically closed the three-day festival has been moved to opening night --- Tuesday --- as part of a lineup of entertainment that also will include the William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers, the Trafford Junior Tamburitzans, the Grecian Odyssey Dancers, the Saint Nicholas Junior Tamburitzans and a Lebanese bellydancer, as well as entertainment representing the traditions of Kenya.

Music for dancing will be provided in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion, beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, by the group Stari Drugovi, presented by the Swedish booth.

 
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