January 29, 2015 | Link to this story

MAHS Announces Semi-Formal Court

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McKeesport Area High School photo

McKeesport Area High School released a photo of this year's semi-formal court.

From left are Kenyatta Hamlin, Shawn Robinson, Taylor Yester, James Young, Rachel Jacklitch, Cameron Finney, Nassiah Bray, Tywann Smith, Nicole Gergely and Keyland Kisan.

(McKeesport Area High School via Facebook.)



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January 27, 2015 | Link to this story

Local Campus Names New Development Director

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Cynthia Oliver became the director of campus development and alumni relations at Penn State Greater Allegheny effective Nov. 25.

Oliver comes to Penn State with approximately 20 years of fund raising and nonprofit administration experience. Most recently she served as director of advancement for Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Pittsburgh. Last year, under her direction, the Catholic Charities development team raised $3.5 million in annual gift revenues.

Oliver previously served as a development and management consultant, and held several leadership positions in local nonprofits, including executive director of the Westmoreland Girl Scout Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Oliver holds a bachelor of arts and a master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of Phoenix.

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January 27, 2015 | Link to this story

PSUGA Students Plan Spaghetti Breakfast for Charity

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The 2015 Greater Allegheny THON committee is planning its second annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park.

This year the event will feature a silent auction with a number of themed baskets including Penn State, Pittsburgh sports, wine and cheese, pasta, movies, and car cleaning, just to name a few.

THON is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, which supports childhood cancer research. THON 2015 will take place from Feb. 20-22 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus, where dancers will attempt to stay on their feet for 46 hours.

The Greater Allegheny THON committee is led by student co-chairs Andrew Pricener and Jaleel Dyson. It has been raising money and planning for an exciting event coming up on Feb. 20-22. Anyone interested in donating to THON or attending the THON Spaghetti Dinner should email the committee at psugathon1@gmail.com or phone (412) 708-7813.



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January 26, 2015 | Link to this story

MASD Posts Faculty, Student Awards

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Lyndsay Brown, a teacher in McKeesport Area High School's Career and Technology Center, was named a finalist for the first-ever Champions of Learning Awards, being presented by the Consortium for Public Education, a district spokeswoman said.

Winners will be announced at an award dinner at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center on March 28.

On Jan. 19, students from the McKeesport Area High School and Technology Center competed in the Pennsylvania Skills USA Western Region Competition. The event was held at A.W. Beattie Career Center.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Participating career majors include auto body repair, automotive technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, digital multimedia, electrical systems technology, health assistant, information technology essentials, masonry, public safety, veterinary technology and welding.

Local winners included:

  • First Place: Savannah Bowman, health occupations portfolio

  • Second Place: Kayla Ball, nurse assisting; and Shawn Gault, plumbing

  • Third Place: Harmony Thompson, early childhood education; and Elli Malacki, esthetic skin Care and makeup (model, Deauja Bender)



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January 22, 2015 | Link to this story

Two Wanted in Connection With Shooting

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Allegheny County police are seeking two men in connection with a shooting Tuesday night in McKeesport near Crawford Village.

Arrest warrants were obtained yesterday for Jonathan "BJ" Coles, 20, and Roman Jones, 23, on charges of homicide, aggravated assault, attempted homicide, conspiracy and weapons violations, a police spokeswoman said.

The men are wanted in connection with a shooting on Pirl Street that killed 24-year-old William Doyle and two women whose names were not released. They were admitted to UPMC Presbyterian hospital and are expected to survive, police said.

Police said the shooters opened fire near Building 48 and then chased Doyle to the parking lot of Building 62. Doyle died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Coles is described as a black male, approximately 6-feet tall and weighing 240 pounds. He is from the McKeesport area and has ties to Clairton, police said.

Jones is described as a black male, approximately 6-feet tall and 170 pounds. He is from Clairton and has ties to the McKeesport area.

Police said both men should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information on their whereabouts they are asked to call the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous, police said. If either man is seen, callers should dial 9-1-1 immediately.



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January 19, 2015 | Link to this story

When Dr. King Came to Pittsburgh

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They packed the ballroom at the University of Pittsburgh's student union in Oakland on Nov. 1, 1966, to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak --- more than 1,000 people, according to the Post-Gazette, the largest turnout ever at an event in the Pitt student union.

A later report in the student newspaper, The Pitt News, said the university estimated the real crowd was almost double that --- at least 2,000 people, counting those who overflowed the ballroom and listened to the speech over the public address system in the cafeteria and lounge areas.

According to the Pittsburgh Courier, King --- who was kicking off a nationwide speaking tour --- made no public comment about civil rights, slum or housing issues affecting the Pittsburgh area.

While The King Center in Atlanta, Ga., does not seem to have an online copy of King's remarks at the University of Pittsburgh, the local news coverage of his speech gives the flavor of his remarks. King had plenty to say --- and his words still seem timely almost 50 years later.

According to the Post-Gazette, King told his listeners, "America cannot continue to live with hard core centers of poverty, adding: 'I don't see any answer to the problem until we meet it on a massive scale. We must spend as much on the war on poverty as on the other war'" in Vietnam.

Although riots over injustice may seem "self-destructive" and "self-defeating," King said they represented the frustration that many people felt. "A riot is the language of the unheard," he said.

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January 16, 2015 | Link to this story

Charges Filed in Fatal 10th Ward House Fire

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A 24-year-old McKeesport man has been arrested in connection with setting a fire last year in the lower 10th Ward that killed six people.

Ryan Williams (at right) is being held in the Allegheny County Jail pending arraignment, said a spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Police.

The fire on the morning of Oct. 18, 2014, swept through a two-story wood frame house on Express Alley, near the CSX railroad tracks, killing Hope Jordan, 27; her four children, Dominic Jordan, 7; Autumn Jordan, 6; Serenity Jakub, 3; and Victoria Jordan, 2; and her father-in-law, Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55. Her husband, Keith Egenlauf, 23, was badly burned in the fire.

Williams was arrested today and charged with six counts of homicide, arson and burglary, the spokeswoman said.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshall's office declined comment.

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January 16, 2015 | Link to this story

Group Plans MLK Day Protest at Gergely's Office

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A group calling on state lawmakers to address the problems of community violence in the Mon Valley will hold a protest outside a local legislator's office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Take Action Mon Valley will hold the protest from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 19) outside the office of state Rep. Marc Gergely on Lincoln Way in White Oak, said Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a McKeesport city councilwoman and co-founder of the group.

Over the past six months, Walker-Montgomery said, Take Action Mon Valley has held a series of community workshops regarding the "no snitch" code and has held private meetings with local and state elected officials. In addition, she said, the group has made four concrete proposals to state legislators, including a call for a standing state House-Senate committee to address community violence, an inter-governmental anti-violence task force, a review of the Witness Protection Program and a review of gun legislation.

But there has been no response from Harrisburg, Walker-Montgomery said. The peaceful protest is designed to draw attention to the group's work and its proposals, she said.

For more information, contact takeactionmonvalley@gmail.com.



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January 16, 2015 | Link to this story

Detour Coming to Busy Commuter Route

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McKeesport and West Mifflin area commuters who use the Glenwood Bridge to get to Pittsburgh have some major headaches coming their way.

Beginning Wednesday (Jan. 21), Route 885 outbound from Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood will be closed for nearly five months so that a sewer line can be relocated, said Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The work is part of an ongoing $11.18 million reconstruction of the Glenwood Bridge interchange in Pittsburgh's Hays neighborhood.

The work has already resulted in traffic delays and intermittent lane restrictions. Beginning next week, Route 885 will be closed for 140 days between Doerrville Avenue (the former Hays School) and Lebanon Road (the Hays Moose lodge).

Motorists who want to receive email updates should send a message to Cowan at stcowan@pa.gov, and put the words "Subscribe - Route 885" in the subject line.

The work also will force a detour for Port Authority buses on the "56 McKeesport via Lincoln Place" route.

Until June 6, 56 buses from Pittsburgh to McKeesport will be detoured via Streets Run Road after making a special loop through the neighborhood under the Glenwood Bridge interchange.

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January 10, 2015 | Link to this story

Braddock Museum Tells Story of Key Battle

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Recently on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we spoke with an old friend of Tube City Almanac, Bob Messner, founder of the Braddock's Battlefield History Center in North Braddock.

Located at the site of one of the pivotal battles of the French and Indian War, the Braddock's Battlefield center holds more than 250 artifacts and 50 works of art that help tell the story of the native American warriors and French soldiers who fought against British soldiers and colonists for control of the Pittsburgh region in the 1750s, long before the war of American independence.



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January 10, 2015 | Link to this story

We're Not Dead

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We just took a little break for the holidays, and to plan some strategy. I'm hoping this is going to be a big year for Tube City Online ... stay tuned.



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Local Teachers Receive STEM Grants from Power Co.

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Three Mon-Yough area teachers have been awarded science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants by the parent company of West Penn Power Co., a spokesman said.

The grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year. Grant winners, their schools and projects include:

  • Paula Giran, Hillcrest Intermediate School, Norwin School District, North Huntingdon Twp.: Learn about solar power and build and use a solar oven

  • Lenni Nedley and Joshua Nicklow, Ringgold Middle School, Ringgold S.D., Finleyville: Exploration of circuits and switches to build a game box

  • Nick Arico, Charleroi Area High School, Charleroi S.D., Charleroi: Building a working drone

Eight other teachers in Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties also received grants for projects in aeronautics, robotics and plant science.

Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.

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