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Serra Brings to Life Creepy, Kooky, Funny ‘Addams’

April 19, 2024 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

Sometimes a little drink can make people do strange things, as can be seen when Taylor Betzner as Alice Beineke imbibes during a dinner party to introduce her family to the Addams family. (Bonnijean Cooney Adams photo for Tube City Almanac)

If you go...


“The Addams Family”

Where: Serra Catholic High School gymnasium, 200 Hershey Drive

When: Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and anyone under 18, available from any cast or crew member, at the door, or at

Boy and girl meet and fall in love. Seems like a normal theme for a musical, right?

But when the boy is from a normal suburban Ohio family and his girlfriend happens to be Wednesday from the Addams family, both seek just “One Normal Night” when their parents meet for the first time.

Serra Catholic High School presents “The Addams Family” for its spring musical, which opens Friday, April 19.

Through music and dance, it tells the story of what happens when the Addams family hosts a dinner party for grownup Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.

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Altrusa Slates Mystery Dinner at Rose

April 19, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Altrusa Club of McKeesport)

The Altrusa Club of McKeesport will hold a mystery dinner fundraiser at The Rose Bar & Grille, 2811 Lincoln Way, in White Oak on May 4, a spokeswoman said.

The event, titled “Murder on the High Seas,” will raise money to support outreach from Altrusa, including donations to local charities such as the Salvation Army, The Intersection and animal-rescue organizations.

Tickets are $50. Reservations are limited to 100 people and sales will continue through this weekend, said Diane Kolesar, club treasurer and a member for more than 20 years.

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Film Looks at Dementia’s Toll on Black Residents

April 19, 2024 |

By Danielle M. Smith - Public News Service | Posted in: State & Region

Documentary filmmaker C. Nathaniel Brown, right, with the late Louis Gossett, who talks about his own family’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the new movie, “Remember Me,” which has its Pittsburgh debut on Saturday. (Photo courtesy C. Nathaniel Brown via Facebook)

Alzheimer’s disease is the eighth-leading cause of death in Pennsylvania, but takes an disproportionate toll on Black and African-American patients.

A documentary on the topic debuts Saturday in Pittsburgh. “Remember Me: Dementia in the African American Community” features individuals and families who are dealing with memory loss.

C. Nathaniel Brown, founder and CEO of Expected End Entertainment and a former Pittsburgh resident, said his aunt lives with dementia, which sparked his interest in talking with others to find out more about the disease and how it affects communities of color.

“The first thing I found out was that there are over 100 types of dementia,” said Brown, who began his career as a writer and photographer for the New Pittsburgh Courier. “And the more I learned, the more I realized how much it was impacting the African American community disproportionately. We’re twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or some other progressive type of dementia.”

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Editorial Cartoon: Pennies From Heaven

April 19, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Editorial Cartoons

Reporter asks couple if April showers really bring May flowers. In the background, a Mayflower moving van can be seen. Couple says, yep, we're moving someplace that's dry.

Plan Suggests Improvements for City Streets

April 17, 2024 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

City residents Regis Mellinger and Cheryl Cotter discuss a transportation map with Carla Lukehart, a landscape architect at Environmental Planning & Design LLC. (Tube City Almanac photo)

A plan that envisions safer, smoother pedestrian corridors throughout the city is being unveiled for public comment this month.

City residents and property owners can see the proposal — and ask questions — at 6 p.m. April 22 during a meeting at the Calvary-First United Methodist Church campus at the corner of Versailles and Cornell avenues.

Prepared by Environmental Planning & Design LLC, the plan is the product of nearly two years of research, including surveys of city residents. It calls for replacing sidewalks and wheelchair ramps along two main throughfares between the Youghiogheny River waterfront and Renziehausen Park.

It also recommends improved signage and pavement markings for bicycle lanes, as well as replacing street trees in many areas.

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Vacant House Fire Under Investigation

April 17, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, McKeesport and Region News

(Tube City Almanac photo)

McKeesport police and the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office are investigating a blaze that caused extensive damage Tuesday afternoon to a vacant house in the 500 block of Olive Street.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 5:40 p.m. when passersby reported smoke coming from the two-story wood frame structure. McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said the call was raised to a second alarm, bringing in additional volunteer firefighters from Dravosburg, Glassport, Liberty, Munhall No. 4, Port Vue and White Oak No. 1 as well as a crew from Allegheny County Airport.

The Salvation Army also assisted.

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Lady Tigers Recognized By School Board

April 15, 2024 |

By Adam Reinherz | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

After a historic run, members of the McKeesport Area High School girls basketball team were honored at Thursday’s school board meeting. Several senior players were presented certificates and basketballs in recognition of their achievements.

“This team has accomplished many historical moments and it has been exciting to be a spectator of their journey over the last four years,” MASD Superintendent Tia Wanzo said.

Board member Jason Pavlecic agreed: “This is a special group of young athletes.”

During the past four years the Lady Tigers have amassed an 86-22 record, gone 37-8 in sectional games, and finished 18-7 in the playoffs.

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Wilmerding Council Plans Future for Park

April 15, 2024 |

By T.J. Martin | Posted in: Wilmerding News

(T.J. Martin photo for Tube City Almanac)

Wilmerding Borough Council learned last month that the borough had received a $70,000 grant to renovate Wilmerding Park. At the April meeting, council heard the borough engineer’s plan for how they can spend that money.

Borough Engineer Brad Branthoover of Glenn Engineering & Associates Ltd. said the borough received a Community Development Block Grant earmarked for the park renovation through a program administered by the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments.

Bordered by Herman Avenue, Westinghouse Avenue and Commerce Street, the park is located just across the street from the former Westinghouse Memorial High School.

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Few Details Released in Shooting Death

April 13, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATE: The name of the victim was released Monday, April 15. This story has been updated.

More than a week after a man was found shot to death just off Evans Avenue, Allegheny County investigators have released few details.

After multiple requests for comment, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office on Monday (April 15) confirmed that the victim was Yancey Felder, 26, who died in the emergency room of UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Oakland, just before 7:30 p.m. April 5.

Court records show addresses for Felder in the Penn Hills area.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police said 9-1-1 received a call just before 6:30 p.m. April 5 that a shooting had occurred near the southern entrance to UPMC McKeesport hospital.

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Air, Water Groups Rally Ahead of U.S. Steel Merger

April 12, 2024 |

By Danielle M. Smith - Public News Service | Posted in: State & Region

(Photo courtesy Breathe Project via Keystone State News Connection)

People working for environmental justice are rallying today at the downtown Pittsburgh headquarters of U.S. Steel, voicing their concerns to company shareholders about creating a healthier future in the Monongahela Valley region.

Japan's Nippon Steel is buying U.S. Steel for more than $14 billion.

Former Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby, an environmental-justice organizer with the group 412Justice, said the asthma rate in the Mon Valley is four to five times higher than the national average. She pointed out they're being left out of important conversations about the sale and are urging better health protections.

“We are actually gathering to demand a seat at the table,” she said. "We — the communities which have been impacted by the pollutants for decades — have not had a seat at the table. Our voice needs to be heard.”

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