Hometown Hoops Basketball Camps Scheduled

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Twenty-nine basketball mini-camps will be held this summer in locations around Allegheny County, including in McKeesport, Braddock, Clairton, East Pittsburgh, Homestead, Rankin and Wilmerding, a spokesman said.

The "Hometown Hoops" mini-camps are free and open to ages 9-18, and participants may attend as many mini-camps as they like. The camps are run by the Allegheny County Parks Department.

Both boys and girls may participate. Students will learn basketball skills from local coaches and players with experience in the NBA, NCAA and WPIAL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and organizers are strongly recommending advance registration.

The camps will be held in the following Mon Valley locations:

  • June 29, 30 and July 1, Harrison Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 11 and 12, Crawford Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 13 and 14, Mapleview Terrace basketball court, Braddock
  • July 15, Marion Circle basketball court, Clairton
  • July 21 and 22, Wilmerding YMCA
  • July 27 and 28, Hawkins Village basketball court, Rankin
  • July 29, McKeesport Safe Passage, 1406 Cornell St., McKeesport
  • Aug. 1 and 2, Quarry Field basketball court, East Pittsburgh
  • Aug. 5, Charlie Batch Playground, East 16th Avenue, Homestead
 
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Church Festival Returns to Market Street June 23-25

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo: Joanne Dorazio and Kathy Ryan, two of the three co-chairs for the Corpus Christi Parish Festival, sample some of the foods that will be served at the parish social hall from June 23 to 25. Michael Mattis is also a co-chair.

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An annual summer celebration featuring entertainment, homemade ethnic food, and games returns to Market Street as Corpus Christi Parish holds its festival June 23 to 25 at the church's social hall, 803 Market St., Downtown.

Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Live music will be provided each night, including Glitzando from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Soul Searchers from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, and the Majestics2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Balloon artist and magician Billy Heh will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly.

 
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Dravosburg Film Screening at Heritage Center June 18

June 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will host it's next Summer Speaker Series program at 2 p.m. June 18.

The film "Silent Tales from Richland Cemetery" will be shown, highlighting some of the historical figures buried there, and members of the Dravosburg Community Archives will be available to discuss the film, which was directed by Smith Laure and written by Pamela Palongue, Beth Rohach and Robert Scott.

The program is free for members of the center and $2 for non-members, and the public is welcome. The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center is located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center's website

 
 
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Auditor General: McKeesport's 'Costly' Pension Mistake Must Be Fixed

June 10, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

McKeesport officials made what Auditor General Eugene DePasquale called a "costly pension mistake" when they spent more than $729,000 in state pension aid on general operating expenses, instead of depositing it into employee retirement funds.

Although the auditor general made no allegations of intentional wrongdoing, DePasquale said on Thursday the error does put future state contributions to city pension plans into jeopardy until the problem is fixed.

And the mistake only exacerbated a $2.3 million shortfall in four different pension funds covering 164 employees who have retired from McKeesport's police, fire, public works and administrative departments.

City officials acknowledged the problem and will make amends, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

 
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Police Log: June 7, 2016

June 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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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New Housing Opens in Homestead Boro.

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Community leaders and developers cut the ribbon Thursday (June 2) on a new mixed-use development in Homestead.

One Homestead is located on East Eighth Avenue at Amity Street and has 51 housing units, including three-story loft apartments, two- and three-story townhouse units, and one- and two-bedroom apartments with patios or sunrooms.

The complex incorporates original Eighth Avenue buildings --- including the old Homestead post office, recently used as the borough police station --- as well as new construction. The developer was A.M. Rodriguez Associates of Pittsburgh and Akron.

One Homestead "was a very challenging project, but it will stand the test of time," said Victor Rodriguez, president of the company. "We put a great deal of thought into the design. We look forward to continuing to work with the Borough of Homestead on new developments, including the opening of a new brewpub in the old Levine Hardware store on 8th Avenue.”

 
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O'Neil Blvd. to Close June 13 for Repair Project

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

O'Neil Boulevard will be closed near Founders Hall Middle School for most of June and July as crews work to stabilize part of the hillside.

A spokesperson for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure begins at 9 a.m. June 13 (Monday) at Porter Street, when construction workers from Pugliano Construction of Plum will begin reconstructing the hillside. The project has an estimated cost of $300,000.

The work will continue through the end of July. The official detour will take motorists over Eden Park Boulevard, Walnut Street, 30th Avenue and Patterson Avenue.

 

Replacement of Whitaker Traffic Light Underway

June 06, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Work has finally begun on the replacement of a traffic light at the Whitaker end of the Rankin Bridge.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said crews began replacing the signals on Route 837 near Bob's Autotorium this morning and repairs will continue, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The repairs are expected to be complete by the end of June.

The traffic signals at the intersection were heavily damaged in April 2015 when a car driven by a Florida man crashed into two other cars and then into the side of Bob's Autotorium. During the collision, utility poles and the control system for the traffic lights were destroyed.

Temporary traffic signals have been in place at the intersection since then. According to PennDOT traffic maps, between 20,000 and 22,000 vehicles pass through the intersection on Route 837 every day.

 

Fishing Derby Rescheduled for June 11

June 03, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

File photo by Denise L. Ritter

The City of McKeesport Kids Fishing Derby (previously advertised for June 4) has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, June 11 at Lake Emilie in Renziehausen Park.

This event is for children age 16 and younger. Registration is 50 cents. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish and other contests. Children must be present for the duration of the event to claim their prizes. For more information, call 412-675-5020, ext. 610.

 
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TV Series Filming in City; Will Close Lysle Blvd.

June 01, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Update: Traffic closures will now be "intermittent" on Monday and Tuesday, according to the mayor's office.

A Netflix TV series being filmed in the Pittsburgh area will utilize the former offices of the McKeesport Daily News for some scenes.

Sources told Tube City Almanac that the landmark Art Deco building at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Walnut Street will stand in as an FBI office a police station in the upcoming series "Mindhunter," a series based on a 1996 book about criminal psychologists working for the FBI.

UPDATED: Signs labeling the building as the "Sacramento Police Department" appeared over the weekend.

Construction crews today removed plywood that has been covering the windows of the Daily News since the paper was closed by its parent company, Trib Total Media, on Dec. 31.

UPDATED: Filming will cause "intermittent closures" of Lysle Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (June 6) and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 7), with a full closure of Lysle Boulevard from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday (June 8), said a spokeswoman for McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.

The road will be closed between Locust and Market streets. Detours will be posted.

According to published reports, "Mindhunter" is set in the 1970s, and producers have been seeking 1960s and 1970s cars to use in background scenes. The series is being produced by Jennifer Orme Erwin and actors Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron.

Shooting was budgeted at $80 million, according to a story by Jason Cato in the Tribune-Review.

 
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