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Brewster, Ziccarelli Race Still Too Close to Call

November 24, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Politics & Elections

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld Allegheny County’s decision to count absentee and mail-in ballots that were signed, but not dated.

The 4-3 decision Monday affects ballots in both Allegheny and Philadelphia counties — and is crucial in the 45th Senatorial District race between state Sen. Jim Brewster, McKeesport Democrat, and challenger Nicole Ziccarelli, Lower Burrell Republican.

Brewster and Ziccarelli were tied last week as Westmoreland County officials continued to review disputed ballots. On Monday, after additional ballots were reviewed, accepted and counted in Westmoreland, Ziccarelli moved into a 4-vote lead out of 131,968 votes cast, according to reports posted on the county’s website.

If Allegheny County now counts and certifies its remaining 2,349 ballots, Brewster would move into a 96-vote lead, according to public figures available on the election board’s website.

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St. Sava Taking Orders For Dec. 4 Fish Fry

November 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church is taking orders now for a fish fry Dec. 4.

Spokeswoman Dorothy Ikach said all orders must be placed in advance. The deadline is Wednesday (Nov. 25). No sales will be made on the day of the event.

The fish fry comes on the heels of the church’s recent “Small Taste of Serbia” takeout event, Ikach said.

The menu includes hand-breaded haddock on a hard roll. A la carte items include halushki (sauteed cabbage and noodles), Spanish rice, French fries, sauerkraut and bean soup, apple strudel, and palachinke (cheese filled crepes).

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Library Limits Services Due to COVID Advisory

November 23, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPDATE: On Monday, Carnegie Library of McKeesport announced that no computer use will be permitted.

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport is temporarily limiting some in-person services due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County.

Beginning this week and continuing for at least two weeks, no browsing or in-person programming will be permitted inside the library or the White Oak branch, said Vincent D’Alesio, acting director.

The temporary restrictions are designed to comply with the Allegheny County Health Department’s “stay-at-home” advisory.

“This service model will be reviewed for changes in two weeks,” D’Alesio said. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

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800 Receive Turkeys During Saturday Giveaway

November 22, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

State Rep. Austin Davis greets a visitor during Saturday’s event. (Submitted photo)

Eight hundred Mon Valley families received free Thanksgiving turkeys and ingredients for side dishes during a giveway Saturday morning at McKeesport Area High School.

The giveaway was held as a drive-through event to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. McKeesport police helped direct traffic as cars waited along Eden Park Blvd.

The giveaway was arranged by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and state Rep. Austin Davis of McKeesport. Volunteers loaded boxes into the back seats and trunks of cars “bucket-brigade” style in the parking lot of Tiger Stadium.

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LaRosa Grandson ‘Disheartened’ By Club’s Closing

November 20, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

McKeesport’s Boys & Girls Club bears the names of both founder Sam LaRosa and benefactor Walter C. Shaw Sr. (Tube City Almanac photo)

The grandson of the founder of the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club is surprised and disappointed by the parent organization’s decision to close the 75-year-old institution on Ravine Street.

Don Michel of Cranberry Twp., whose grandfather, the late Samuel R. LaRosa, founded the club in 1945, served on the board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania for more than 10 years, until July 1.

Michel, who had also served as vice chair of the board for the past five years, said the relationship between the Pittsburgh-based parent organization and the suburban clubhouses has been deteriorating.

“What I see is a shift away from operating brick and mortar facilities that carry high levels of overhead, and trying to shift to operating in somebody else’s facilities,” Michel said Friday. “So we’re no longer a safe place for kids to gather. We’re a provider of programming.”

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Fido Walk Kicks Off Saturday Morning

November 20, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Bella, 8, canine companion of Autumn and Dan Dougherty, models a sweater for tomorrow’s “Fido Walk.” (Submitted photo)

White Oak Rotary Club will host a “fido walk” at 10 a.m. Saturday to raise money for the White Oak Safe Animal Haven.

Rotary member Dan Dougherty said the fundraiser is designed to replace the “Fido Ball” gala usually held in November.

“With COVID-19, that naturally couldn’t happen, so we came up with the idea of a 5K to replace it this year, and call it the Fido Walk,” Dougherty said. “Folks are invited to bring their dogs to walk with them if they’d like, as long as they’re under control and cleaned up after.”

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Mother, Kids Escape After Teen Shoots Car

November 20, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport woman and her two children escaped serious injury after a teen-ager shot at their car on Market Street, city police said.

The suspect, Michael Singleton, 18, of McKeesport, thought he was shooting at one of his rivals, according to a police report.

Singleton is suspected of being in a street gang, police said. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending formal arraignment Jan. 8 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

According to a report, the victim stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of Market Street and 13th Avenue at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 when she heard gun shots, and the back window of her car shattered.

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Man Jailed Following Dravosburg Shooting

November 20, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKees Rocks man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after McKeesport police said he fired a shot into the floor of his girlfriend’s Dravosburg apartment and threatened to kill her.

Cody W. Pehm, 25, is charged with recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, simple assault and possession of a controlled substance following the incident Monday night.

Magisterial District Judge James A. Motznik ordered Pehm held without bond pending a preliminary hearing Dec. 3 before Magisterial District Judge Richard D. Olasz Jr.

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Senate Race Tied as Count Continues

November 19, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Politics & Elections

The race between state Sen. Jim Brewster and challenger Nicole Ziccarelli is now tied at 65,978 votes each.

As of Wednesday, Brewster, a McKeesport Democrat, had been leading Ziccarelli, Republican of Lower Burrell, by 28 votes. Brewster is seeking re-election to his third full term representing the 45th Senatorial District.

Westmoreland County on Thursday counted additional provisional and mail-in ballots that had been held for further review. The count added 141 votes for Brewster and 169 for Ziccarelli.

Another court hearing is scheduled on Friday before Westmoreland County Judge Harry Smail Jr. regarding the remaining provisional ballots that have not yet been counted.

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City Angry, Frustrated at LaRosa Club’s Closing

November 19, 2020 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Google Maps image)

City officials, parents and volunteers are blasting a decision by the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania to close the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club on Ravine Street.

The Pittsburgh-based organization notified McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko of the closing in a letter to city hall on Wednesday, and with a posting on its website.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Lisa Abel-Palmieri, president and chief executive officer of BGCWPA, called the closure a “merger” of the Duquesne and McKeesport programs, and blamed it on declining attendance in McKeesport and the high cost of overhead, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Cherepko and two former directors of the LaRosa club said Abel-Palmieri’s statements are not accurate.

“That story in the Post-Gazette made me sick,” said City Administrator Tom Maglicco, who served as executive director of the club for 13 years and sits on its advisory board. “In my opinion, she’s wrong. There is no doubt in my mind there’s enough kids in this community to fill that club.”

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