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Lea’s Floral Shop to Re-Open After Fire

April 17, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Delivery vans serve as floral coolers at the temporary location for Lea's Floral Shop on Chicora Street in East McKeesport. The store will set up temporarily at this building. The business was gutted April 10 by a fire that also displaced one resident. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)


Monday will mark the reopening of Lea’s Floral Shop in East McKeesport, a little more than one week after a fire destroyed the majority of their inventory and two of their floral coolers.

Their building on Fifth Avenue will have to be gutted as they prepare to rebuild but luckily, they found the perfect spot, the East McKeesport Senior Citizen Community Center, just two blocks away, to serve as a temporary location.

“The Thursday before the fire they (East McKeesport Borough Council) decided not to rent this out because of COVID-19. You’re only allowed 45 people in here, everybody would have to be in masks and you have to police everything,” says Mary Lechliter-King, owner of Lea’s Floral Shop, who approached borough council members about the possibility of the building being their temporary storefront.

“The borough had a meeting and we offered them the rent. They get business privilege tax so we pay that too. It’s a win-win.”

 
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Rad to the Max: EA Slates ‘Awesome’ Musical

April 01, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: Entertainment, North Versailles Twp. News

If you go...

   

“The Awesome ’80s Prom”

Where: East Allegheny High School courtyard, 1150 Jacks Run Road, North Versailles Twp.

When: 8 p.m. April 15 and 16, 2 p.m. April 17

Tickets: Must be purchased in advance at easd.booktix.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Nate Perez, Bryce Schmeltz, Kalei Getsy, Passion Paillett and Madison Rucker are “Walking Like An Egyptian” in “The Awesome ’80s Prom.” (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)


Crimp that hair and grab some pink eyeshadow.

East Allegheny High School is going back to the ’80s with its spring musical, “The Awesome ’80s Prom.” The show aims to give audiences the experience of living in a classic John Hughes style movie.

"Take some ‘Ferris Bueller,’ and some ‘Breakfast Club,’ some ‘16 Candles’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’ with little bits of ‘The Wedding Singer,’ in a high school kind of way, and throw it all together. There are lots of stereotypical 80s characters. I think everybody is going to find something they recognize especially if you are familiar with that era," says director Amanda Rosco.

The audience are supposed to be guests at a prom. The storyline revolves around the nominees for prom king and prom queen and who is going to end up winning.

The audience will actually get to vote when they are at the show. "We will not know who wins,” says Rosco. "It could be a different winner every single time. We are preparing multiple endings."

 
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NV Twp. Slates Easter Event, Cleanup Day

March 24, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

With the help of Fire Department of North Versailles and West Wilmerding volunteer fire department, the Easter Bunny will be touring North Versailles Twp. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 28).

The routes are posted on the township website. The tour will end at 1 p.m. at the North Versailles Twp. municipal building on Greensburg Avenue, and there will be treats and a photo opportunity.

For more information or to RSVP, email nvtparks@verizon.net or call (412) 823-6602, ext. 104.

The spring township clean-up will be held on from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 1.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the township building parking lot to get gloves and supplies. A large dumpster will be placed at Green Valley Fire Hall for big items.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to email Commissioner Tracy Yusko at bugaboo03@comcast.net. Pizza and refreshments will be served at the community center following the clean-up.

 


Building Permit Issued for Eastland Development

March 24, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Development of the former Eastland Mall property is getting closer to becoming a reality.

North Versailles Twp. commissioners announced during their March meeting that a building permit has been issued to Benderson Development Co., the owner of the former mall site on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard.

It has been rumored that the interested tenant is Amazon.com, although no official announcement has been made. The plan is to build a 142,386-square-foot distribution facility.

“They should have shovels in the ground in June or July,” Commissioner Allen Wagner said.

 
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Local Buses Kept Rolling During COVID-19

March 19, 2021 |

By Ann Belser | Posted in: Liberty Borough News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

A Heritage Community Transportation bus pauses on Braddock Avenue in Braddock. The non-profit group connects residents of Mon Valley neighborhoods to main Port Authority bus routes and has provided 1.5 million rides. (Submitted photo courtesy Heritage Community Initiatives)


A year ago, when the state shut down all but essential services, a Braddock-based nonprofit found that one of its services could not stop and the others were more vital than ever.

Paula McWilliams, CEO of Heritage Community Initiatives, said the bus service her organization operates, Heritage Community Transportation, was needed to make sure that workers in eastern communities, including Braddock, Liberty, McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., Port Vue and White Oak, could get to their jobs at hospitals such as Forbes Regional, UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East.

The Heritage buses, which are 14-passenger vans, operate on three fixed routes. They had to be modified for transporting workers and senior citizens who needed to get groceries and to medical appointments while keeping passengers and drivers safe.

 
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EA Teachers Among Local Vaccine Recipients

March 16, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Nearly 80 East Allegheny School District teachers and support employees are on schedule to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Superintendent Alan Johnson told the school board this week.

A clinic was set up at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offices at the Waterfront in Homestead, and distribution of the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine began on March 11, he said. The focus for the first round has been on vaccinating elementary school staff, Johnson said.

“Just to give you an idea of the demand for this, there were a total of 7,400 doses allocated to Allegheny County for educators and there were 18,000 requests for the vaccine,” he said. “So obviously demand exceeded supply.”

 
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EA Alumna Remembers Her Own Record

March 02, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Kathleen Tomko Molinaro always hoped someone would break her high school record in swimming — and now, her wish has come to fruition.

“It’s been a long time, but I had always hoped someone would break my record,” Molinaro said. “I’m happy for Autumn.”

East Allegheny High School senior Autumn Christner broke Tomko’s record for the 100-meter breaststroke in a swim meet against North Catholic on Feb. 9.

Molinaro set the record for breaststroke at East Allegheny High School in 1982. In addition to swimming, she was the president of Student Council and the recipient of an American Legion award. She also swam for a year in college.

 
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EA Senior Swims to New Records

February 20, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News, Sports

When Autumn Christner was trying out different sports growing up, she wasn’t expecting to fall in love with swimming. Thirteen years on, she’s setting new records.

“I did all types of different sports growing up, and I didn’t really like any of it. My sister did swimming — that’s what got me into it,” Christner said.

The East Allegheny senior broke a 39-year-old record for the 100-meter breaststroke in a swim meet against North Catholic on Feb. 9.

 
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Weather Impacts EA Students’ Return to School

February 17, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny students continue returning for in-person instruction.

At this month’s school board meeting, Superintendent Alan Johnson reported the gradual process began Jan. 25 with special education students. Each week following has ushered in the return of select grades and will conclude on Feb. 22 with the remaining grades 9, 10, and 11 to make the transition complete.

The students are assigned to color coded cohorts (blue on Mondays and Tuesdays, gold on Thursdays and Fridays). Wednesday is a remote day in order to give custodial staff a chance to clean the buildings between cohorts. The recent winter weather advisories have caused disruptions in the return process as some of the in-person days were moved to remote due to travel concerns.

 
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Projects Moving Forward in NV Twp.

January 31, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Progress is being made on a proposed distribution facility to be built at the former Eastland Mall site.

At the January meeting, North Versailles Twp. Commissioner Allen Wagner said he recently received an email from Trammell Crow Co., the Texas-based real estate developer that is representing the potential tenants.

The email said that Trammell Crow is pursuing necessary permits from Allegheny County and state agencies, but the pandemic has made acquiring these more difficult, Wagner said.

 
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