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HSCC, Church to Host HIV Awareness Event

February 27, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Human Services Center Corp. will hold an HIV/AIDS awareness day event for women and girls from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 11 at First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, 719 Duquesne Blvd., a spokeswoman said.

The event will include speakers, prizes, free dinner and confidential HIV testing.

Reservations can be made by calling Deanna at (412) 829-7112 or emailing dsupancic@hscc-mvpc.org. Attendees who want to be entered into a raffle must RSVP by March 2.

 


New Organization Slates Fundraiser Thursday in Duquesne

January 22, 2020 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, Entertainment

Under the name “Demonstration,” Michael Roberts and Marcus Glover are raising money to build a community center in the East End or Mon Valley by selling apparel. The two are hosting a mixtape party and concert at 24 in Duquesne on Thursday. (Photos via Instagram.)


Marcus Glover and Michael Roberts are working the streets in Pittsburgh's East End and Mon Valley communities, selling athletic apparel from their mobile “storefront,” a small white folding table.

Last summer, the friends started “Demonstration,” a non-profit organization they hope to grow into a brick-and-mortar community center as a safe haven for disadvantaged youths.

They're organizing a mixtape release party to be held at 9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 23) at 24 (formerly Kanczes City Saloon) on Duquesne Boulevard near Kennywood. The event will feature live music by Aaron Goode and the Goodfellas as well as rap and jazz music, according to Glover.

The desire to reach out and help kids evolved out of the pain that Roberts and Glover experienced as teenagers, each losing a loved one to street violence.

“We started talking and sharing stories,” Glover said. “I told him about how my best friend was murdered at 15, he told me his story, his older brother was murdered when he was 15, we bonded over our similar tragedies. Everything we are trying to do with our organization is from personal experience.”

 
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SWAT Raids Duquesne Home in
Search of Shooting Suspect

January 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

The Allegheny County SWAT team raided a Duquesne home on Thursday night, looking for a man wanted in connection with a North Versailles Twp. homicide.

Although the wanted man wasn't found, county police arrested a woman after they said they found suspected drugs, a loaded handgun and ammunition inside the house.

Police said Erik Desean Addison, 23, of Pittsburgh remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

 
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Tutoring Program Seeks Older Volunteers
in Duquesne, McKeesport Schools

December 18, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News

(Submitted photo courtesy Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring)


Two local school districts are partnering with Literacy Pittsburgh to bring volunteers age 50 and older into kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms to help students work on their reading and writing skills.

Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring is already working in the Wilkinsburg, Woodland Hills and Pittsburgh school districts, and is now expanding into Duquesne and McKeesport Area schools.

“We only go into places where the districts want us to be there, so I commend all these districts because we know there is a high correlation between low literacy and poverty and these are high poverty districts,” said Carey Harris, Literacy Pittsburgh's chief executive officer.

Harris commended McKeesport Area and Duquesne for being proactive about seeking partners to provide additional enrichment support.

 
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Mon-Yough School Districts Say
'We All Face Similar Challenges'

December 11, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News

Linda Iverson, Wilkinsburg school superintendent, says some of her students are dealing with multiple generations of poverty and trauma. (Richard Finch Jr. photo)


Related story: School districts seek relief, changes to charter school law


School superintendents who attended a press conference in McKeesport on Thursday said most urban school districts in the Mon-Yough area --- and across the country --- face similar challenges created by poverty.

In the Wilkinsburg School District, about 99 percent of approximately 1,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, said Linda J. Iverson, superintendent.

Some of them are coming from generations of poverty and "fragmented" home environments, she said.

“It's not just that they're coming in from trauma-informed instances," she said. "They may not have had food or sleep the night before, or they may not have clothes.”

 
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Lacking Funds, Duquesne Suspends
Demo Hearings Until 2020

December 04, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

Citing a lack of funding, Duquesne will suspend any additional hearings on demolishing abandoned buildings until the beginning of 2020.

But normal bills will be paid as usual, a city official said.

“We don't have the funds in order to take out the advertisements and the things that need (to be) done,” City Solicitor Myron Sainovich told council.

“The city will not hold any hearings on property demolitions until the beginning of next year, due to lack of funding,” he said. “We are running on a bare minimum budget until the end of the year. So some of these things are going to be put off.”

 
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Duquesne Seeks $1M to Improve Water, Sewer Systems

December 04, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne will seek $1 million in state funding to upgrade the city's sewer and water infrastructure.

City council voted to pursue the grants from the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The city is requesting the maximum grant amount of $500,000 through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program and $500,000 request from the H20 PA program.

The Small Water and Sewer grant is designed to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.

 
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Duquesne Police Post Monthly Report

December 02, 2019 |

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

Duquesne police Chief Thomas Dunlevy said during the month of October, police responded to 961 incidents and handled 85 criminal investigations resulting in the arrest of 53 adults and three juveniles. A total of 471 citations and warnings were issued. Police Officer Andy Carter submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 1, to accept a position with the Allegheny County Housing Authority Police.

Dunlevy said Duquesne police will hold a full active shooter drill at Duquesne Elementary Center in January 2020.

 


Four Wounded in Duquesne Shooting;
Police Seek Suspects

October 21, 2019 |

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

Duquesne and Allegheny County police are looking for three men involved in a shooting Saturday evening on Priscilla Street that injured four people.

Police said three of the victims were sitting on the front porch of a house in the 600 block at around 5 p.m. when a blue Ford Fusion approached and someone inside the car opened fire.

The car then continued down the street where another person was shot, police said.

 
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Caldwell: Duquesne Council Wants End to Lengthy Meetings

September 30, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Duquesne News

A Duquesne city councilman acknowledged that recent meetings have been “lengthy and contentious,” but said elected officials are working towards a common goal.

“People need to understand the mills are gone from the city and so is the tax base they supported,” Councilman Tim Caldwell said after the Sept. 24 meeting. “It’s a different era. Once we get our finances in order we’ll be on top of our game. Despite what people are saying, Duquesne is coming up.”

Duquesne has been under Act 47 financially distressed status since 1991, but is working on a plan to exit that process by 2022. Caldwell said council also is focused on bringing in partners to redevelop blighted properties.

 
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