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McKeesport Daily News March 14, 2008

Glassport

Borough recycling scheduled

Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 will collect materials for recycling Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Garbage rules noted

Glassport borough is reminding residents to put garbage out for pickup no earlier than the evening before the scheduled pickup date.

If garbage gets scattered throughout the neighborhood as the result of a resident putting their garbage out on the curb too early, the offender will be cited.

Carpet will be picked up by County Hauling if it is cut in 4-foot by 2-foot diameter sections. The hauler will not take other building materials such as glass, block, brick and wood. Refrigerators and other large appliances can be taken to the borough garage for disposal in the “white item” bin.


McKeesport Daily News March 14, 2008

Glassport police nab 11 on warrants

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

—Daily News Photo Glassport police officers and State Constable Joe Steffan, far right, direct suspects into waiting police cars.

You can’t outrun the long arm of the law. Glassport police drove that point home — or rather to the police station — Thursday morning.

Department officers with the assistance of State Constable Joe Steffan and Allegheny County Probation Officer Rob Tutko rounded up 11 borough residents who were the subjects of outstanding arrest warrants.

The sweep began at 6 a.m. and was finished four hours later. Most of the suspects were wanted on summary warrants for failing to respond to court orders or failing to pay court fines. Two individuals were wanted on criminal warrants and one individual received new charges after he threatened police.

Raymond Varva, 55, of Glassport, is charged with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment as the result of his threatening to kill police Chief Howard Kifer and Magisterial District Senior Judge Edward Burnett and to blow up the police station after he was arrested, according to police. Varva was the subject of a summary warrant for failing to respond but as the result of the new charges was held on $500,000 straight bond at his arraignment.

Typically, suspects wanted on summary warrants can avoid jail by paying off their fines or by making arrangements with the court to do so.

Albert Andrew Csorba, 27, was held on $5,000 bond after he was brought in on a criminal warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a summary failure to pay warrant.

Joseph Welding, 22, was held on $10,000 bond at his arraignment. He was arrested on a criminal warrant for unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The other suspects were apprehended on summary warrants.

• Tracey Bradley, no age available, failure to pay.

• Anthony McCallister, 50, failure to respond.

• Charles Gretz, 41, failure to pay.

• Joe M. Donovan, 28, failure to respond.

• Anthony Territo, 34, failure to respond.

• Erica Bryant, 29, failure to respond.

• Megan Ramirez, 18, failure to pay.

One suspect from Liberty turned himself in to police Thursday after the police had concluded the sweep.

• Anthony Piplica, 19, failure to pay.

Piplica and Ramirez were arrested on warrants from the Magisterial District Court in Elizabeth Township. All the other warrants were issued by the court in Glassport.

The sweep was authorized by Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco. Steffan said about 10 arrest warrants remain unserved.


McKeesport Daily News March 19, 2008

Glassport upset with new animal control firm

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Animal control problems continue to dog Glassport. At a borough council meeting on Tuesday, officials said they are not satisfied with responses they are getting from Triangle Pet Service when they call the company to pick up loose animals.

“We have documented calls that they have not been showing up,” Mayor Terry DiMarco said. Borough officials would not release how many calls Triangle has missed, saying they wanted to give the McKees Rocks­based company an opportunity to discuss its record with the borough first, but DiMarco noted the borough had scheduled such a meeting with Triangle before council’s regular voting session Tuesday and no one from the company showed.

The topic of the dog catcher came up during public comment after a resident complained that his dog had been captured by Ferree Kennels after the animal went missing last week.

Council hired Triangle to replace Ferree Kennels, which had been the borough’s dog catcher for 15 years, at a meeting two months ago. At that meeting, kennel owner Ken Ferree criticized the borough for retaining him on a month-by-month service contract rather than renewing his contract as the borough had done in previous years. Ferree said then the firing was done in retaliation for capturing a pet that belonged to a borough employee.

Resident Donald Smith told council Tuesday that he was upset he had to pay Ferree Kennels $140 to get his dog, a pit bull, back after it escaped and was captured by police. According to Glassport police, Smith’s dog escaped on March 11 and bit another animal. Police caught the dog, took it to the station and put it in a holding cell and called Triangle to pick up the animal. Police said they phoned the company at 6:40 p.m. but Triangle never responded. At 11:20 p.m., police called Ferree to pick up the animal after receiving authorization to do so from the mayor. Smith said he was upset the police would not just give the dog back to him. He said Ferree handled his dog roughly when he arrived to take it in. Smith also said police were physically abusive to his son when he confronted them about the animal.

Police Sgt. Shawn DeVerse said Smith’s dog is dangerous and that it had also escaped in January and bit a man on the street. DeVerse said the officer who arrested Smith’s son did not use excessive force; he forced him to the ground and handcuffed him in front of the station after the suspect threatened and screamed at the officer. Borough Solicitor Gary Matta told Smith police were following the rules when they turned the dog over to the dog catcher.

“If the dog had never gotten loose,” said Matta, “we wouldn’t be here discussing this.” As for the charge that police used excessive force with Smith’s son, Matta said Smith had the legal option of filing a complaint against the department.

Animal activist Carolyn Leitzell, who’s been critical of Ferree Kennels because the company uses what she says are inhumane carbon monoxide euthanization methods, told council members she is concerned that Glassport has gone back to using Ferree.

Council President John DeSue defended the borough, saying it needs an expedient service. “We can’t pay a police officer for four or five hours to baby-sit a dog,” DeSue said.

Leitzel said she would address the matter with Triangle. “We had hoped (Triangle) would work in the different communities,” Leitzell said. “I’m going to talk to them.”


McKeesport Daily News March 19, 2008

Glassport

Campaign noted

Glassport police are conducting a “Click It or Ticket” seat­belt campaign now through March 30. Extra officers will be on patrol at various points, especially at night, citing drivers who fail to buckle up. The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $75.


McKeesport Daily News March 21, 2008

Glassport

Residents charged

Police arrested two pet owners after their family dog got loose and was held by police. David Moore, 24, of Glassport, is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Ashlee Hager, 21, of Glassport, is charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Police said they arrested the pair after they confronted police and an animal control officer in front of the police station March 11 at 11:28 p.m.

DUI suspected

Joseph Osterowski, 18, of Glassport, is charged with DUI and a stop sign violation. Police arrested the suspect March 14 at 9:30 p.m. near the corner of Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue. Misconduct alleged Dustin Rivera, 22, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said the suspect went to a house in the 600 block of Allegheny Avenue, pushed his way past a female occupant of the home and threw a TV set out of a third-story window into the alley below.

Campaign nets seven

The Click-It-or-Ticket seat belt campaign being conducted by police in the borough resulted in seven drivers being cited for not wearing seat belts on Wednesday. The citations were issued in addition to other primary motor vehicle violations. Extra officers will be on patrol, especially at night, through the end of the month, citing drivers who fail to buckle up. The fine for not wearing a seat belt is $75.


McKeesport Daily News March 22, 2008

Street cleaning to resume

Street sweeping in Glassport will resume Thursday. The odd-numbered side of Monongahela Avenue down to Harrison Street and the even-numbered side of N. Monongahela Avenue will be swept on Thursdays. The alternate side of the streets will be swept on Fridays.

Vehicles parked on the streets during street cleaning will be ticketed.


McKeesport Daily News March 26, 2008

Glassport

Scam noted

Glassport police are urging citizens to be alert for e-mails urging them to pick up and forward a FedEx package in return for a payment. Such e-mails should be reported to police.

The subject line of the e­mail says “PAYMENT ON THE WAY” and the sender is joesteve20010@yahoo.com.The e-mail provides a tracking number and directs the recipient to claim the package, take a portion of a payment — apparently contained within the package — and send it on to another recipient.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said two borough residents recently have received such e­mails.


McKeesport Daily News March 28, 2008

Glassport

Public intox charged

Walter Plesniak Jr., 44, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Police arrested Plesniak after he allegedly got into a confrontation with a neighbor in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

Assault charges filed

Victor Williams, 29, of Glassport, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and pos­session of a prohibited offensive weapon. Police allege the suspect threatened an officer near Seventh Street and Maryland Avenue Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Police said Williams was carrying a sword at the time of his arrest.


McKeesport Daily News March 29, 2008

Glassport man arrested on burglary charges

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport man who was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries over the holidays and then had charges against him withdrawn in court has been arrested again by police. Jamie Lombardi, 44, of Port Vue, was arrested by Glassport police on a warrant Wednesday and is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Police allege that Lombardi broke into Chuggers bar and Unique Boutique, a floral shop that has since closed, on Jan. 3.

Police initially had arrested Lombardi on Jan. 6 for conspiring with John Foster, 23, of Glassport, on a string of burglaries that occurred at businesses in Glassport’s business district over the week around the New Year’s holiday. The burglary spree also included break-ins at the Polish National Alliance Lodge and Bob’s Bar.

The initial three counts of conspiracy against Lombardi were withdrawn at a magisterial district court hearing in February and a 24-count criminal case against Foster was waived to a higher court.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said police aren’t sure if the two men were involved with planning any of the burglaries together but they don’t believe Foster was involved with the break-ins at Chuggers and Unique Boutique. Foster was apprehended by police as he reportedly was burglarizing Charley’s Lounge.


McKeesport Daily News March 29, 2008

Glassport

Woman charged

Darlene Kennedy, 54, of Glassport, is charged with DUI, driving at a speed unreasonable for road conditions and careless driving. Police stopped the suspect in the 2100 block of Washington Boulevard at 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2008

Sex assault suspect nabbed in Glassport

By STACY LEE Daily News Staff Writer slee@dailynewsemail.com

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office has apprehended a Glassport man wanted on numerous sexual assault charges in McKeesport.

Sheriff’s deputies and Glassport police arrested Richard Lee Smith Sr., 43, on Tuesday evening at a bar along Sixth Street in Glassport after he failed to appear for a trial in front of Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel on Tuesday morning.

Smith was arrested March 1, 2007, on a warrant from McKeesport police at a residence on Sixth Street in Glassport. He is charged with two counts of rape of a child, two counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, less than 13 years old, three counts of indecent assault with a person less than 16 years old, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of terroristic threats, and approximately 15 other sex-related charges.

Police said the charges stem from numerous alleged encounters with a teenage girl going back to 2002.

Acting Sheriff William Mullen said that, due to the severity of the charges, it was vital that Smith be found. He said Smith was arrested without incident and will remain in the Allegheny County Jail without bond until he is brought before the court. Smith’s bail originally was set at $50,000 after his arrest, then changed to non-monetary conditions on Nov. 26, when he was released. His conditions for that bail were not available by presstime.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2008

Glassport Police issue reminders

Now that spring is here, Glassport police are reminding youths and their parents that skateboarding is not permitted in the Tube City IMS or Dollar General parking lots. Violators will be cited and have their skateboards confiscated by police.

Also, police are urging motorists who park along borough streets to observe that street sweeping has resumed. Police will ticket vehicles parked on the streets when they are being cleaned.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2008

Glassport Pair charged

The law has caught up with two Glassport men who allegedly burglarized a local car wash last summer.

Josh Rager, 19, and James Rager, 21, are charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for a break-in at Ralph’s Car Wash that occurred Aug. 7.

The pair stole money from machines at the business and caused about $2,000 in damages, according to police who filed the charges over the weekend based on their ongoing investigations.


McKeesport Daily News April 2, 2008

Easter egg benefit aids Glassporter

By THE DAILY NEWS

A recent Easter egg benefit at Spagnolo’s Foodland in Glassport has raised more than $1,146 for a former employee of the store who has cancer.

Tracey Costa of Spagnolo’s said the store collected donations from employees and customers by selling paper Easter eggs for $1. The store’s owner, Joe Spagnolo, matched every dollar they collected. The proceeds will benefit Cheryl Carrick of Glassport who is being treated for cancer.

Carrick was a cashier at the store until the disease forced her to leave the position last year. “She’s putting up a really tough fight,” Costa said. “We all hope for the best for her.” Costa said donations have continued to trickle in from customers, even thought the drive ended last week. She said if people are interested in making a donation for Carrick, they can do so by asking for her at the customer service desk in the supermarket or calling 412-673-2800.


McKeesport Daily News April 3, 2008

Glassport

Book giveaway set

There will be a free book giveaway for the public at the Samuel A. Weiss Public Library on the ground floor of the municipal building Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bookworms are encour­aged to bring shopping bags and cardboard boxes.


McKeesport Daily News April 3, 2008

Glassport Public intox charged

Shawn Felicetty, 38, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication. Police allege the suspect was in a highly intoxicated state at Carol’s Cafe on Tuesday at 12:30 a.m. When he was asked to leave the cafe, Felicetty refused, according to police.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2008

Glassport Queen of the Rosary Society

Glassport Queen of the Rosary Sociey will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the social hall.

The remaining $35 will be collected for the St. Emma’s retreat April 30.

Officers will be elected.

Refreshments will be provided by the officers and group leaders, followed by bingo and a raffle.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2008

Glassport

Off-roaders prohibited

Glassport police are warning off-road vehicle users that such vehicles are not permitted on borough roads or on the Patterson property, also known as the old dump site. Riders of quads or other dirt bikes who violate borough ordinances will be fined and prosecuted accordingly.

Vehicles parked along Delaware Avenue Extension leading up to the Patterson site will be tagged and towed. There have been numerous complaints about off­road vehicles from residents, according to the borough.

Meetings scheduled

Glassport council’s workshop meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. and its regular voting session April 15 at 7 p.m. Both meetings are on the ground floor of the borough municipal building.


McKeesport Daily News April 4, 2008

Glassport Queen of the Rosary Society

Glassport Queen of the Rosary Sociey will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the social hall. The remaining $35 will be collected for the St. Emma’s retreat April 30. Officers will be elected. Refreshments will be provided by the officers and group leaders, followed by bingo and a raffle.


McKeesport Daily News April 5, 2008

Letter to Editor -

Glassport Easter breakfast a success

Recently Glassport Borough Council sponsored a special “free” pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny for children 10 and younger.

There were approximately 100 children that attended and spent a fun time visiting with the Easter Bunny during breakfast and the bunny was delighted to give a gift and candy to all. This event was a huge success because of the efforts of all the volunteers. Thanks to all of you for your dedication to Glassport and especially this holiday breakfast.

The Recreation Committee is most grateful to Spaggy’s Foodland in Glassport for graciously donating food for this event. Also, thank you to the Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union and Mayor Terry DiMarco for contributions that helped make this a successful Easter breakfast. Last but not least The Daily News for event publicity.

Nancy Crncic, Councilperson Parks and Recreations Glassport


McKeesport Daily News April 7, 2008

Letter to Editor -

Noting contributions to Glassport

After reading a negative letter about Rep. Bill Kortz, I felt com­pelled to write about the real Bill Kortz. In his short time in office, he has done many positive things for the communities he represents. In Glassport alone he has helped the borough with a number of grants: • New computers and a quad for the police department • Acquisition of a street sweeper for the street department • A new boiler for the sewage department Since his election, he has worked tirelessly

and endlessly for everyone in his legislative district. To do what he has done in such a short period of time has been an incredible accom­plishment. To have opposition candidates out there who make “name recognition signs” an issue is ridiculous. I guess since they cannot find anything neg­ative to say about Mr. Kortz because of the amazing job he has done serving his constituents, they will complain about him saving money by using a few “old signs.” John J. DeSue President Glassport council


McKeesport Daily News April 9, 2008

Glassport

3 charged in squabble

Police charged three people involved in a reported argument that ensued after one of the suspects allegedly caused damage to a vehicle in the 1000 block of Monongahela Avenue on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Chad Richey, 26, of Glassport, is charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment. Police allege he cut a wire on a vehicle leading to an overhead blue light.

August Berg, no age available, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Melanie Berg, 35, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said August and Melanie Berg were fighting with Richey.

Juveniles charged

Police charged eight minors with underage drinking at a residence in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue on Sunday at 12:16 a.m. Police said all the suspects were under 18. The group was comprised of both males and females.

Man charged

Ronald Warnick, 44, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness. Police allege the suspect was intoxicated to the point that he could not walk in the 700 block of Ohio Avenue on Sunday at 9:45 p.m.

Scam attempts noted

Glassport police are urging the public to be on the lookout for wouldbe scam artists. In recent weeks, police Chief Howard Kifer said, four residents have received offers by e-mail, regular mail and FedEx letters that the department has deemed to be attempts to scam recipients out of their money. Most recently, a resident received a check from Inland Securities and Trust for $4,875 and an accompanying letter saying the recipient had won the North American Sweepstakes Lottery.

The letter instructs the recipient to cash the check and send $2,875 for taxes to a contact. Kifer said that letter and others like it are scams and should be brought to the police department if they are received. The chief said, to his knowledge, no one in the borough has fallen for the recent scam attempts.


McKeesport Daily News April 10, 2008

Glassport

Phones sought for soldiers

Glassport is accepting donations for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program at Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union, 531 Monongahela Ave., and the borough office, 440 Monongahela Ave..

This program recycles used and outdated cell phones and provides prepaid calling cards for use by deployed service members.

Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards have been sent to military personnel serving abroad.

Breakfast set

Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union’s annual meeting and breakfast is scheduled for April 19 at 10 a.m. at the Sons of Italy in Glassport. T

ickets are $5 and must be picked up by Monday at the credit union’s Glassport office, 531 Monongahela Ave.


McKeesport Daily News April 10, 2008

Glassport

Driver stopped

Carl Sturkie, 20, of Jefferson Hills, is charged with driving at an unsafe speed, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and reckless driving. Police said the suspect allegedly was driving in an erratic manner on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. Police stopped him at Eighth Street and Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2008

Family unharmed in Glassport fire

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN Daily News Staff Writer rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com

A family of four escaped safely from a fire in Glassport. The blaze broke out Thursday at approximately 10 p.m. at 915 Indiana Ave., said Wayne Lewis, fire chief of Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1. When crews arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was emanating from the home.

Homeowner Mike Danko, his wife and two children were evacuated safely. Firefighters from Glassport, Clairton and Duquesne Annex in West Mifflin had the blaze under control in 15 to 20 minutes, Lewis said. Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department and White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 were on stand-by.

The home suffered “moderate smoke damage” and likely is repairable, Lewis said.

Thursday evening, the American Red Cross put up the family in a hotel for a several-day planned stay.

A spokeswoman for the Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter said food also was provided.

Officials believe the blaze originated near a bed in a bedroom, Lewis said. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office still was investigating the fire’s cause at presstime.


McKeesport Daily News April 12, 2008

Glassport

Criminal activity reported

Amy Thomas, 31, of Glassport, is charged with 12 counts of drug possession, 12 counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a Dec. 28 incident at her apartment at 601 Allegheny Ave., police Chief Howard Kifer said.


McKeesport Daily News April 15, 2008

2 unoccupied homes destroyed in early morning Glassport blaze

— Daily News Photo

An abandoned house along the 700 block of Maryland Avenue in Glassport was gutted and an adjacent house, also abandoned, was heavily damaged in an early morning fire today.

By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer pcloonan@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport family of six watched early today as firefighters from three area boroughs battled to save their home from a blaze that ravaged two others. Unoccupied houses at 722 and 724 Maryland Ave. caught fire around 3:30 a.m. today. “When we got on the scene, the first house was totally engulfed,” Glassport Fire Chief Wayne Lewis said.

Glassport volunteers were assisted by Clairton and Dravosburg No. 1 volunteer fire companies. Clairton EMS also was on the scene but no injuries were reported.

Volunteer firefighters went to a house at 728 Maryland and awakened a family of six. The family waited outside while the battle raged next door. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office. Lewis said the two houses still were connected to utility lines but their meters had been turned off .

A deputy fire marshal was at the scene as fire­fighters wrapped up shortly after 7 a.m. “The fire departments did an excellent job,” Lewis said. The Salvation Army had two units on scene along Maryland and nearby Seventh Street. Lewis said White Oak volunteers were on standby, as was the rapid intervention team at West Mifflin’s Duquesne Annex Volunteer Fire Department No. 2.


McKeesport Daily News April 16, 2008

Glassport

Two charged with DUI

Glassport police charged two drivers with DUI and other charges over the weekend.

• Tamiko Walker, 39, of McKeesport, is charged with DUI, speeding and driving with an obstructed windshield. The arrest occurred at Monongahela Avenue and Second Street at 12:26 a.m. on Sunday.

• Richard Corcoran, 37, of Glassport, is charged with DUI and careless driving. Police said the suspect lost control of his vehicle which then went off the road, resulting in heavy damage to the vehicle.

Drinking charges filed

Chris Gamble, 47, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness. Police said they charged the suspect in the 500 block of Hemlock Alley at 5 p.m. on Sunday. He was held until sober.


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Abandoned homes dangerous

As I sit in my house watching the Glassport Fire Department put out another abandoned house fire, I have to wonder what is taking Glassport so long in tearing down the buildings that have been abandoned in this town. I also have to wonder if the mayor and the council have any idea whatsoever what is going on!

I live two houses away from a home that should have been torn down years ago, yet it sits there rotting and waiting to be set a blaze like the one right above me this early morning. This should not be a money issue, and this should not be about wannabe bureaucrats in a small town fighting over recognition of the lowest order!

This whole issue stems from the fact that Glassport, while playing with their thumbs and patting themselves on the back, are letting abandoned homes go up in flames and telling the people “they will get to it soon, it is on the list!”

What should also be on the list is a new council and a new mayor the next time we vote if they cannot get the job done right. When I am at my job and if there is someone there who cannot get the job done, they are let go. If something is not done about these homes that are being left to rot away with the years, then maybe someone else can do the job better.

Again, this is not a money issue. At some point one of these houses is going to cause grave injury or even death to an innocent person. Then we have no time to ask “when?” All we will be able to ask is “why?”

Shawn Dougherty Glassport


McKeesport Daily News April 17, 2008

Federal justice department releases Glassport from COPS FAST obligation

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport borough is free of a financial obligation it incurred several years ago when it improperly administered a police grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough was released from having to repay a federal COPS FAST grant that the borough used improperly to pay police salaries.

The now-discontinued grant program was designed to provide funding for community police officers in small jurisdictions by providing 75 percent in funding for the hiring of new officers or for veteran officers.

Glassport was approved for the grant in the mid-1990s and several years later ran afoul of program guidelines when it failed to replace two full-time officers who’d left the police department.

Instead of hiring replacements, the borough fell back on its part-time officers, but continued accepting the grant funds and used them to pay police salaries, violating the terms of the grant. The borough reported the mistake to the justice department and agreed in February 2004 to, in essence, pay back the $279,472 it had wrongly received through the grant by hiring a full-time officer.

Glassport officials at the meeting including DiMarco, Board President John DeSue, and Councilman Eugene Skerkoski, who serves on the police committee, and substitute Solicitor John Rushford, all said they didn’t know the amount of the obligation forgiven, though DiMarco said the agreement with the justice department had amounted to “a big thorn in our side.” The borough will continue to send police reports to the justice department as it had been required to do under the agreement.

In other police-related matters, part-time officer Ray Johnson was hired to fill a full-time position in the borough’s street department. Johnson will resign from the Glassport police department at the end of the month but plans to keep working at another part-time police job he holds in Liberty. Glassport has hired a replacement for Johnson. Dave Barnett of Elizabeth is joining the department on a part-time basis and will be used to patrol “hot spots” in the community between 8 a.m. and noon, according to DiMarco.

Barnett is in the process of completing a borough training program, according to Police Sgt. Shawn DeVerse, who told the board, “I’m satisfied with what he’s doing.” Police soon will have access to computers in all their vehicles, according to the borough. The department is installing $11,000 in computer gear in its vehicles it obtained through grants and donations from area businesses.

In other business, borough resident Janeen Garancsi said she wants the borough to take action helping to rid her neighborhood of a rundown house that is infested with rats. The abandoned home in the 700 block of Detroit Avenue in question “is dilapidated. It’s deplorable. There are holes in the foundation where the rats are living.” Garancsi said she initially contacted the borough about the problem and was told they couldn’t help because the home is private property.

After that, she called the Allegheny County Health Department, who told her the borough couldn’t help because it lacked an employee certified to bait the property with rat poison. After that, she said she called Glassport police, who came out and filled out a report on the home. The health department visited the site and took pictures and Garancsi said she and her husband unsuccessfully attempted to bait the property. She asked borough officials if there is something they can do to help. She said other neighbors also are concerned about the problem.

Council Vice President Jim Uziel said a borough employee was supposed to have received poison training certification last week. Provided the worker was successful, Uziel said the borough will send someone out to correct the problem as soon as possible, perhaps even today. Garancsi said outside the meeting that she “will see what happens.”


McKeesport Daily News April 18, 2008

Reliance subject of gambling probe

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 in Glassport is being investigated for allegedly violating state gambling laws. Last week, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed a search warrant at the fire hall and removed three video slot machines, one video poker machine and $708 from the machines and other gambling activities.

The state police allege the several Texas Hold-Em poker contests were held at the fire hall. Bob George, a supervisor with the state police, said no charges were filed as a result of the search on April 9, but the club and members could be charged pending the outcome of an investigation.

Reliance Hose has been operating as a social club since the end of last year when the borough quit funding its fire­fighting operations and made Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 its officials fire department. Reliance has retained its liquor license from its days as an official fire company. That license could be suspended if the investigation results in charges being filed, George said. T

he club could also receive a fine between $50 and $1,000. Should charges be filed, the club would have the opportunity to plead its case before an administrative law judge. The judge would be responsible for determining what penalties, if any, the club receives.

George said the search at Reliance was not related to a 2006 investigation by an Allegheny County grand jury that resulted this month in two Mon Valley amusement companies — Angelo Amusements of Buena Vista and Harry M. Murray Amusement Company of West Mifflin — and their owners being charged with operating gambling machines and criminal conspiracy.

Jim Ali from Reliance Hose said the raid would not affect business at the club. “It’s a typical bust. You pay the fine and carry on. We’re still open,” he said. Information as to who supplied the club with the machines was not available from Ali or the police.


McKeesport Daily News April 22, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Get involved in Glassport

After reading Mr. Dougherty’s letter on April 17, I was amazed when it contained facts that were not true.

As far as the funds go to demolish the empty/vacant properties in Glassport, the issue unfortunately is the money! The monies for these projects come from the Council of Governments and your local legislature. On an average, it costs approximately $7,000 to demolish one structure (based on size, location, access, etc.).

The monies that are apportioned to Glassport for the demolition of buildings has significantly decreased over the years. This year Glassport was awarded $7,000 for the purpose of demolition, which, as you can see, is enough to cover one home.

As far as Mayor DiMarco and council members are concerned, have you ever attended a council meeting to have your concerns answered or addressed appropriately? Have you ever attended a council meeting just to see what exactly is going on in your borough? Apparently not! The monthly council meetings have an average attendance of six or eight residents. Like a few other residents in this community, it is just easier to sit back, complain, write letters full of misinformation and ridicule.

These men and women who are your elected public officials are doing the best that they can with what funding they receive. They work hard to obtain grant monies and other funding that is available to the borough to make it a better place for the residents, which is their main concern. Contrary to what you think, they do not “sit around playing with their thumbs and patting themselves on the back.”!! They work hard for your town.

Glassport did not arrive at its current state overnight, and it will not be transformed overnight. It will take time and a lot of hard work by all. If you want to make a difference, why don’t you try getting involved in your community, ask your family/friends and neighbors to join you. Attend council meetings, get involved in community projects and events, show your support, offer ideas instead of passing judgment. Contact your local legislator and COG representatives and convey your concerns.

On Saturday, April 19, we had a “cleanup” day. Approximately 12 people volunteered to help; that is sad in a community of about 5,000 residents. I have been a lifelong resident of Glassport, and, for the record, yes I am the wife of current Councilman Paul Trunzo. I, too, am saddened by the current state this town is facing, but hopeful. I am very disappointed and frustrated with residents degrading our mayor and council.

In 2009, there will be several seats on council up for re-election. Maybe you, Mr. Dougherty, should have your name on the ballot and see what kind of a difference you can make! Glassport council meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in council chambers, located in Glassport Library. The entire community is invited to attend any and all meetings!

Jamie Trunzo Glassport


McKeesport Daily News April 23, 2008

Glassport

Drinking charged

Three men who allegedly were involved in a drinking party in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue were cited on alcohol-related charges Sunday at 10 p.m.

John Truxal, 19, of Glassport, is charged with public intoxication and underage drinking.

Jeremy Metz, 21, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Richard Smith Jr., 19, of Glassport, is charged with underage drinking and public intoxication.

Police allege Metz purchased beer for the group.

Disorderly conduct cited

Kim Kruszka, 32, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police said the suspect was in possession of a marijuana pipe in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue Saturday at 10 p.m.

Drunkenness cited

Shawn Nolder, 35, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness. Police said they found Nolder sleeping on a couch in the 600 block of Oak Way Friday at 4:50 p.m.

Riders charged

Police caught two men who allegedly were illegally riding dirt bikes inside the Harrison Street Park Friday at 5 p.m. Joseph Dunn, 25, of Glassport, and Charles Bowser, 27, of Glassport, are charged with disorderly conduct in the incident. Police said the suspects’ vehicles were impounded.

Misconduct cited

Police cited two men who got into a fist fight in the Foodland parking lot Friday at 10:30 p.m.

Clemie Sanders, 76, of Glassport, and Joseph Kwolek, 73, of Clairton, each were cited with disorderly conduct as a result of the encounter.

Police said they are not sure what started the fight.

Assault suspect charged

Damon Everly, 49, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment of another person and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon.

Police said the suspect threatened a shop owner with a knife after the shop owner confronted the suspect over his taking random photographs Monday at 6 p.m. of women and children in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police advise securing valuables

Glassport police are urging residents to secure their valuables and not leave tools, sporting equipment, lawn ornaments and other goods out where they could be vandalized or stolen.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said the department has received several complaints of such items going missing from yards and porches. Sometimes stolen property such as bicycles are found a few blocks away, he said, but other times the missing items never reappear.

“If you value it, put it away. Don’t leave it out in your yard,” the chief said.


McKeesport Daily News April 23, 2008

Glassport SOI

Glassport Sons of Italy is hosting a spaghetti and gnocchi dinner Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Dinner includes meatballs, salad, coffee and dessert. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Take-outs are available.


McKeesport Daily News April 24, 2008

— Daily News Photo

Longtime Glassport resident and former borough firefighter Matthew “Matty” Geracitano, center, celebrated his 72nd birthday with, from left, his sister Gene Sanutelli, Citizens Hose Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis, Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco, and childhood friends Bo Bo Cross and Lou D’Angelo at John J. Kane Regional Center in McKeesport Wednesday.

Geracitano is holding one of his presents, a photo of Citizens Hose firefighters at Glassport’s 2007 parade, at which he was the honorary parade marshal.

In front of D’Angelo is a yellow pumper fire truck sent by Geracitano’s former neighbor Howard West. West gave Geracitano a model fire truck last year as a remembrance of his services as a firefighter.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2008

Glassport

Fight suspects cited

Two Clairton men, Brian Gilbert, 43, and Gregory Diltz, 39, are charged with disorderly conduct for being involved in a fight in the 700 block of Hemlock Way on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. Police said two other men involved with the fight fled before officers arrived.


McKeesport Daily News April 26, 2008

Queen of the Rosary Church

Girl Scouts in the South Allegheny area will receive religious awards and rosary patches Sunday during the 8:30 a.m. Mass in Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport. The Rev. Casimir Kedzierski will officiate and present the awards and patches.

The Guardian Angel Award and Rosary Patches will be received by the following members of Brownie Troop 564: Madeline Klein, Casey Mitchell, Hayley Palmer and Lauren Taylor.

Members of Brownie Troop 1225 receiving the Guardian Angel Award and Rosary Patches are Payton Bradley, Mikayla McShane, Leanna Pellegrino, Savannah Vazquez Galanis and Lauren Whitney.

Others earning Rosary Patches are Paige Skotnicki; Brownie Troop 564; Olivia Dugan, Suzanna Mehalcik, Brook Opfer and Dayna Seeman, Brownie Troop 1225; Shannon Connors, Anna Ferry, Melanie Girovsky, Emily Mitchell, Karen Thorwart, Renee Thorwart, Kaitlyn Trunzo and Victoria Whitney, Junior Troop 355; and Katie Barnett, Carleigh DcSue and Rachel Szmyd, Cadette Troop 912.


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2008

Glassport Lions

Glassport Lions will celebrate its 68th Charter Night Tuesday at 6 in the Sons of Italy Lodge 941 in Glassport. District Governor Jay Wells will be the guest speaker.

Glassport American Legion Post 443

Glassport American Legion Post 443 will be conduct its annual Poppy Day event throughout the Glassport business district Friday.

Memorial Day services will be May 26 starting at 5 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7th Street and ending with services at the memorial.


McKeesport Daily News April 28, 2008

New ATV helps Glassport police fight crime

Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News Glassport police recently purchased a quad vehicle for tracking down vandals and other flaw breakers in remote parts of the borough. Pictured, from left, are Angel’s World o Cycles owner Joe Eori, officer Jason Shallenberger, Sgt. Shawn DeVerse, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, officer Dan Kolick, Glassport Councilwoman Nancy Crncic, Mayor Terry DiMarco, officer Nick Caito and Mama Pepino’s Pizza shop owner Joe Pici.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police have a new weapon for fighting crime: a 750cc Kawasaki ATV. The off-road vehicle — which is equipped with a police radio, flashing lights, siren and winch — primarily was acquired for the purpose of stopping vandals who’ve been causing major damage to businesses along the railroad tracks.

Glassport police also hope to use the vehicle to stop illegal off-road vehicle use at the Patterson property, also known as the old dump site, and on borough roads.

The borough bought the ATV from Angel’s World of Cycles in Rostraver for $8,000 with funding provided by a $5,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant acquired by state Rep. Bill Kortz, D­Dravosburg, a $1,000 gift from Mama Pepino’s Pizza shop in Glassport and an additional contribution from Copper & Glass FCU.

Mayor Terry DiMarco said vandals along the railroad tracks have done thousands of dollars in damages to Tube City Inc. and Mama Pepino’s Pizza shop. DiMarco said the borough appreciates the support from Kortz and area businesses.

Kortz said he was glad to lend the community a hand. “The mayor has been proactive. He called me and said, ‘Hey, is there something we can do about this vandalism?’” Kortz said. The ATV, he said, “Will come in handy getting to hard-to-reach places.”

Sgt. Shawn DeVerse and officer Nick Caito will be the primary operators. The officers both have experience riding ATVs, but will receive additional safety training.

Police plan to patrol trouble spots three or four times a week and hope to get a second ATV to assist the first on remote calls.


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2008

Glassport clerk’s passing mourned

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Friends at Spagnolo’s Foodland in Glassport say former cashier Cheryl Carrick, who has succumbed to a battle with cancer, will be missed.

Carrick, 49, of Glassport, died Friday. “We feel like we lost a member of our family,” said Tracey Costa of Spagnolo’s. “We’re all pretty sad.”

An Easter egg benefit recently was held at the store to raise funds benefiting Carrick, who’d worked at Foodland until illness forced her to leave the position last year. Customers made donations on behalf of Carrick and in turn received a paper Easter egg. Costa said contributions for Carrick had continued to come in after the Easter egg drive ended.

She said the store will contribute the remaining amount from the drive to Carrick’s family.

Costa said Carrick had a good sense of humor and “would laugh at herself more than anybody else.” Carrick had worked for the supermarket for at least 10 years, Costa said. Her surviving daughter, Shawna Bartko, and a niece of Carrick’s also worked for the store, she added.

In addition to her daughter, Carrick is survived by two sisters, one brother, nieces, aunts, cousins and uncles.

Friends of Carrick’s will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Glassport. A funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Church with the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski offici­ating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2008

Fire damages home in Glassport

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport and Allegheny County fire officials are investigating a weekend fire that damaged an unoccupied home at 710 Sixth Street. The fire was reported Sunday at about 9:45 p.m. and was under control in about 20 minutes, according to Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis. No one was injured.

The blaze was confined primarily to a stairwell between the first and second floors of the structure though the home did sustain some damage on the second floor. Lewis estimated damages to be about $15,000.

The fire is being investigated by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office and Citizens Hose. The fire is suspicious, Lewis said, because the house had no electricity or other utilities connected. The house was unoccupied, but in livable condition, Lewis said.

Investigators plan to contact the owner of the property, Lewis said.

The chief said it appeared there was renovation work going on in the house. It is not believed the repair work was the cause of the blaze.

Lewis said Sunday’s fire is troubling because it happened not even two weeks after another fire ravaged two unoccupied homes at 722 and 724 Maryland Ave.

The earlier fire still is being investigated.

Sunday’s fire “puts more weight on our shoulders because now we’ve got to investigate another,” the chief said.

Clairton Volunteer Fire Department and the Rapid Intervention Team from Duquesne also responded to the fire. Lewis said crews “did one heck of job” fighting the blaze and keeping it from spreading to a house next door.


McKeesport Daily News April 29, 2008

Clarifications

An article about Glassport police receiving an ATV that ran Monday failed to mention that Nancy Crncic is president of the board of directors for Copper & Glass FCU.


McKeesport Daily News April 30, 2008

Glassport

Woman charged for phone calls

Linda Lovar, 45, of Glassport, is charged with harassment by phone. Police said the suspect made at least five obscene phone calls that resulted in her being cited Saturday at 4:50 p.m.

Disorderly conduct cited

Nicole Goldsworthy, 18, of Elizabeth, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police arrested the suspect Sunday at 12:22 a.m. in the 800 block of Delaware Avenue.

Man cited for trash

Stephen Vehec, 19, of Glassport, is charged with scattering rubbish. Police cited the suspect Saturday at Third Street and Fern Way.

Man charged

Glen Campbell, 41, of Elizabeth, is charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Police said he caused a disturbance in the area of Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue Sunday at 8:40 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News May 1, 2008

Glassport

Meeting set

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 will meet today at 6 p.m.

Policy change noted

Dumping no longer will be permitted at the Patterson property, according to Glassport police. The borough had allowed clean fill to be dumped at the site. Violators of the new policy will be charged with trespassing and illegal dumping.


McKeesport Daily News May 1, 2008

Glassport

Man charged

Glen Campbell, 41, of Elizabeth, is charged with public drunkenness. Police said they cited the suspect after he was seen staggering in the area of Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue Tuesday at 9:50 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News May 2, 2008

Glassport residents concerned about multiple structure fires

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News These vacant houses at 722 and 724 Maryland Avenue in Glassport caught fire on April 15. Two other vacant houses in the borough have since burned.

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News Fire damaged this vacant house at 710 Sixth Street on Sunday, one of four such structures to burn in 15 days. Borough officials are asking the state for emergency funding to demolish 17 abandoned houses in the borough that are fire hazards.

By RAYMOND PEFFERMAN and ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writers rpefferman@dailynewsemail.com eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Another vacant Glassport house has been damaged by fire — the fourth structure in 15 days — and local residents are beginning to worry that more houses may burn.

Fire crews were called to the latest fire at 500 N. Monongahela Ave. Wednesday at 11:38 p.m.

The abandoned brick house was damaged by a blaze that reportedly began on the first floor and spread to the second floor, according to Wayne Lewis, fire chief for Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1. Unlike the other vacant house fires, the latest structure to burn did have electrical power hooked up to its meter, Lewis said. No other utilities were on at the house.

Firefighters from Glassport, Clairton, Dravosburg and Duquesne Annex in West Mifflin had the fire under control within about an hour, but borough residents still were concerned about the fire hours later. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office as are two other vacant house fires in Glassport, at 710 Sixth St. on Sunday, and at 722 and 724 Maryland Ave. on April 15.

The rash of fires has residents of the borough concerned. “It makes me a little nervous,” said Carrie Mihalko, who lives next to the house that burned Wednesday. Mihalko said she heard glass break, looked out and saw fire trucks arriving. “It was going pretty good,” said Mihalko, who moved to the neighborhood last fall. She said she’s observed that the house next to hers “has been a firetrap. When you looked in the windows, there was garbage piled up.”

Allegheny County Fire Marshal Don Brucker said the latest blaze is being investigated as an 15-day period of time, we’re definitely looking at all of this,” he said. “It’s driving us crazy.” Brucker said those with information about the fires can contact the fire marshal’s office at 412-473-2776. He said tipsters may remain anonymous.

Borough residents believe the fires are intentional. “It seems like there is an arsonist in town,” said resident Mike Koroly. Koroly, who used to be a firefighter at an Elizabeth Township station, said although none of the recent blazes have been particularly close to his house, “I’m starting to get worried about my place.”

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco said the borough needs to demolish vacant houses because they are fire hazards. He said he contacted state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, on Thursday to talk about getting emergency state funds for demolition of more at-risk houses. “There are like 17 more houses that need to come down immediately,” DiMarco said. The mayor said the house along Monongahela Avenue has been empty for three or four years.

DiMarco said the borough has tried to go after absentee homeowners about vacant homes but often has little success. “You can’t even find some of them,” he said.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said his department is ready to support the investigation being conducted by fire officials. The chief said the public can help prevent more fires from happening by keeping an eye open for suspicious behavior, especially around abandoned buildings. “Don’t be afraid to call 911,” the chief said. “Get a description if you can.”


McKeesport Daily News May 3, 2008

Woman charged

Janet Cogar, 46, of Glassport, is charged with public drunkenness. Police allege the suspect had been confrontational with apartment tenants in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue on Thursday at about 2:40 p.m.

The suspect left the apartment and was picked up by police along Hemlock Way. Police took the suspect home but she returned a short time later to the apartment where the confrontation had occurred.

Police charged Cogar and held her at the station until sober.


McKeesport Daily News May 7, 2008

Glassport

Borough recycling scheduled

Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 will collect materials for recycling Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Meeting set

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 will meet Thursday at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News May 10, 2008

Glassport

DUI suspect charged

Frances Horgos, 49, of Clairton, is charged with driv­ing under the influence. Glassport police said Horgos ran a stop sign and crossed the yellow center line while traveling southbound on Monongahela Avenue Thursday at 8 p.m. Police followed the suspect over the Clairton-Glassport Bridge. The suspect stopped and was arrested on the other side of the river in Clairton.


McKeesport Daily News May 12, 2008

Glassport

Tax bills mailed

Glassport’s real estate tax bills have been mailed.

To take advantage of two tax discounts, payments should be made by June 30. Residents who have not received a tax form should call the tax office at 412-664-7310. Business hours are Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wed. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fishing contest set

A free fishing contest for Glassport kids ages 15 and younger is scheduled for June 1 at Harrison Street Park from 8 a.m. until noon. The contest is sponsored by Mayor Terry DiMarco and Glassport police, and will feature food and prizes. Participants can register at the Glassport borough building through May 22.


McKeesport Daily News May 13, 2008

Glassport

Man arrested twice

Shawn Felicity, 37, of Glassport, was arrested twice by police over the weekend.

On Friday at 9:30 p.m. he was cited with disorderly conduct and public intoxication as the result of his allegedly screaming at a female in an alley, police said.

On Saturday at 7:56 p.m. he was arrested for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment of another person, making terroristic threats and carrying a firearm without a license. That arrest occurred after Felicity allegedly pulled a handgun on a man in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue, police said. According to police, Felicity threw the gun while being chased by officers. Police caught the suspect in the 700 block of Hemlock Avenue and arrested him at gunpoint.

Felicity is in Allegheny County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing in Glassport Magisterial District Court on May 20.

Police arrest group

One adult and four juveniles were arrested by police in the area of Sixth Street and Cypress Way Saturday at 10:15 p.m.

Dwight Hawkins, 19, of Glassport, is charged with obstructing a public passage. One juvenile female and two juvenile males are also charged with obstructing a public passage. Also one male juvenile is charged with public drunkenness.

Police said the group was hanging around in the intersection of the two streets, making it difficult for vehicles to pass. Police said the group had been warned to disburse but failed to do so.

Man charged

Brandon Lewis, 24, of Glassport, is charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Police allege the suspect created a public disturbance in the 800 block of Indiana Avenue Friday at 11 p.m.

Underage drinking charged

Police arrested one male and two female juveniles for underage drinking in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue Friday at 10:36 p.m.

Safety campaign under way

Glassport police are conducting a Click-It-or-Ticket seat belt campaign through May 28. Safety belt citations will be issued in addition to other primary motor vehicle violations.


McKeesport Daily News May 14, 2008

Honoring Armand

Photo by Stephanie EB Lawson/Daily News

Proceeds from a benefit honoring the late Armand Martin, former magisterial district judge in Gassport, were presented to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society last week at the Sons of Italy Club in the borough. About 350 people attended the event, which raised $5,129. Above from left are Martin’s daughter-in-law Jessica Martin, SOI President Tony Compano, Martin’s son Armand A. Martin, Leukemia Society Campaign Director Maureen C. Durkin and SOI Financial Director Tina Farine. Donations in Martin’s name still are being accepted by the society and can be sent to its Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter at 333 E. Carson Street, Suite 441, Pittsburgh, 15219. For information, call the society at 412­395-2875.


McKeesport Daily News May 16, 2008

Registration deadline nears for Glassport fishing derby

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Rose DiMarco, CEO of Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union, and her husband Mayor Terry DiMarco survey donated gifts that will be given away at Glassport’s fourth annual Kids Fishing Contest.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Anyone who’s ever angled knows the pastime doesn’t always reward its practitioners. Many are the days a fisher returns home from streamside with only his or her rod and reel and a tale of the big one that that got away. However, that should not be the case for young people taking part in Glassport’s Youth Fishing Contest June 1.

Mayor Terry DiMarco, who, with his wife Rose DiMarco, is organizing the event in conjunction with the Glassport police department, said, “Everybody gets a prize” in the annual contest, now in its third year. By everybody, the mayor means borough residents 15 and younger who sign up for the contest at the municipal building by May 22.

Children who take part in the free contest are asked to bring their own rod and reel from home but organizers said there will be some spare tackle available for kids who want to fish but don’t have their own gear.

All youths will have an opportunity to fish, the mayor said. “If a kid comes down there, he is going to fish.” The event runs from at 8 a.m. to noon along the banks of the Monongahela River near the Harrison Street playground.

In addition to the fishing, soft drinks and grilled food will be available for contestants and their parents.

Police, local business owners and elected local and state leaders are among those who’ll volunteer their time to help make the event a success, the mayor said.

Members of McKeesport River Rescue, Clairton EMS and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 also will be on hand to make sure the event is a safe one for kids.

The mayor said a goal of the contest is to build relationships between police and young people.

In previous years, approximately 100 children have signed up for the contest, Rose DiMarco said. She said local leaders, businesses and other friends of the borough really come through for the youngsters in terms of donating prizes and services for the event. Right now, contest prizes fill a back room office in the Copper & Glass Federal Credit Union where Rose DiMarco is CEO.

Bicycles and a flat screen TV are among the top prizes to be awarded for the biggest and the first fish caught. Camping outfits, fishing equipment and other sporting goods will be awarded to contestants via a raffle.

The event coincides with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Fish for Free Day. Each year the commission designates two days in which no license is needed to fish on state waterways. The state also is relaxing its fishing license requirement on May 24.


McKeesport Daily News May 21, 2008

Demolition a hot topic at meeting in Glassport

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport has many vacant homes that are fire risks but not a lot of money to demolish them. That topic was discussed a lot at the council meeting Tuesday by borough officials and citizens.

Over the course of 15 days in late April and early May, four vacant homes were damaged by fire and need to be torn down. Arson is suspected in those fires, but no suspects have been arrested yet.

Mayor Terry DiMarco said the borough would like to have 21 properties demolished. At the meeting it was noted the borough recently received word from Twin Rivers Council of Governments that it was going to receive funds to tear down two dilapidated buildings.

The houses at 1809 Washington Blvd. and 218 N. Monongahela Ave. will be leveled at a cost of $5,600 and $6,100, respectively.

The borough still is trying to acquire funds to demolish the houses damaged in the recent fires, the mayor said. He said the borough is looking to the county for funds to tear down properties at 722 and 724 Maryland Ave., 710 Sixth St., and 500 N. Monongahela Ave.

Two neighbors of a dilapidated house in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue said they were upset the property near them wasn’t on the borough’s list of houses to be demolished. DiMarco said he would put the property on the list.

A woman in the audience said she was upset 218 N. Monongahela was slated to be torn down, saying she’d been in contact with the owner about purchasing the property. She presented a sales offer from the owner to council but Solicitor Gary Matta said it wouldn’t be enough to prevent the borough from following through with its plans to tear down the structure.

For council to even consider taking the house off the demolition list, a prospective buyer would have to bring in a sale agreement, he said. Matta noted it’s not uncommon for a home buyer to change their mind about buying a house once they learn more about the property.

Borough officials said the money from COG was committed to those two specific properties and couldn’t be used for other demolition projects. If it delayed the project because there is a potential buyer for one of the homes, the borough would risk losing the money altogether. To make sure no future demolition projects are put at risk by potential house sales that might not happen, council voted to make it a requirement that parties to the would-be sale put up the cost of the demolition before the borough will take the property off its list.

DiMarco said the borough will continue to look for sources of demolition money. He said a portion of the funds from the borough’s fire escrow account might be available for demolition projects. That fund currently contains approximately $30,000 and is used to pay for fire expenses when owners don’t have their properties insured, he said.

He also said the borough would continue to seek demolition money from state and county sources.

State Rep. Bill Kortz, D­Dravosburg, stopping in at the meeting to present the borough with a recognition citation for solid work of its police department, said the problem of dilapidated and abandoned properties is not unique to Glassport. He said a bill is making its way through the state House of Representatives that would allocate additional money for razing blighted buildings. “I recognize the need,” Kortz said. “I’m working with the mayor and we’re trying to make some funds available.”


McKeesport Daily News May 22, 2008

One of county’s most wanted apprehended in Glassport

By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer mdivittorio@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport and Allegheny County police have apprehended one of Allegheny County’s 10 most-wanted fugitives. Sheriff William P. Mullen announced Scott Peter Millington, 42, of Glassport, was arrested Wednesday at 8:55 p.m. along the 400 block of Oregon Street in the borough.

Millington has several active cases and has been wanted since November 2007 for failing to appear for formal arraignment on charges of burglary, driving under the influence and two counts of possession of controlled substances, Mullen reported.

There were three active criminal bench warrants for the fugitive, and he is on probation/ parole in both Washington and Westmoreland counties. Millington was recently featured as one of Allegheny County’s 10 most wanted on Comcast Cable’s On-Demand. Deputies received information from a Comcast customer that Millington was taking refuge at a home along Oregon Street. Officers acted on this information, surrounded the residence, and Millington attempted to escape through a rear door but was unsuccessful, Mullen said. He was transported to Allegheny County Jail without incident.

Because of the high success of the 10 most wanted list posted on Comcast’s On-Demand, Mullen said he met with the management at Comcast and they collectively decided to create a list of Allegheny County’s 20 most-wanted fugitives. These changes have been instituted and can be accessed through On-Demand.


McKeesport Daily News May 22, 2008

Glassport

Holiday hours noted

Borough offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

County Hauling will not pick up garbage on Monday. Garbage collections will be delayed one day, from Tuesday through the end of the week.


McKeesport Daily News May 24, 2008

Glassport

ASSEMBLY OF GOD

210 Fifth Ave.
Sunday — Early service, 9 a.m.;
Journey Kids Exit 9 (3-K), 9 a.m.;
Journey Kids Exit 16 (grades 1-6);
morning service, 11 a.m.;
Journey Kids Exit 11 (3-K) 11 a.m.;
SS Journey (grades 1-6), 11 a.m.;
I-Path Student Ministries, 6:30 p.m.;
evening service, 7 p.m.
Wednesday — Evening Explosion:
Adult Bible study,
Royal Rangers for Boys and Missionettes for Girls, 7 p.m.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

614 Michigan Ave.
Sunday — Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.;
Sunday morning combined service of preaching and fellowship, 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday —Fast and prayer service, 7:30 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST

519 Ohio Ave.
Sunday — Sunday school, coffee and fellowship, 10 a.m.;
Bible study, 10:15 a.m.;
Worship lead by Pastor Ira Kelly, 11:15 a.m.;
worship in Chapel at John Kane Regional Center, McK., 2:30 p.m.

GLASSPORT UNITED METHODIST

501 Ohio Ave.
Sunday — Sunday school, 10:15 a.m.;
worship service, 11:15 a.m.

ST. JOHN LUTHERAN

641 Vermont Ave.
Sunday — Worship service with Rev. Walter C. Koehler will deliver the sermon, 11 a.m.

QUEEN OF THE ROSARY

530 Michigan Ave.
Saturday — Mass, 5 p.m.
Sunday — Mass, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Monday through Friday — Mass, 8 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News May 24, 2008

K-Love signs on in Glassport

By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News Staff Writer pcloonan@dailynewsemail.com

Educational Media Foundation, which built Pittsburgh translators hoping to bring “K-Love” in from West Virginia, finally succeeded. FM 94.1 quietly signed on from a Glassport tower.

Clairton­licensed W231BM brings K-Love contemporary Christian music and ministry from WLVW-96.5 in Moundsville. W231BM has a 10-watt signal receptable along Route 30 in North Versailles Township.

A filing with the Federal Communications Commission has W231BM reaching Turner Valley in North Huntingdon Township, Elrama, Pleasant Hills and Munhall.

EMF said K-Love’s vision is “to lead as many people as possible toward salvation and spiritual growth.”

K-Love formerly was heard on WPLW-1590, now Relevant Radio’s WZUM in West Mifflin.

The Catholic network’s parent Starboard Media Foundation in Green Bay has announced changes. Effective May 7, Appleton, Wisc., businessman Bill Raaths will be SMF board chairman, replacing Bob Atwell, who remains board treasurer. On June 2, another Wisconsin businessman, Tom Vorpahl, succeeds Trish Leurck as Starboard CEO. Leurck returns to her old role in development for Relevant Radio.

Relevant Radio operates on 16 owned stations and 23 affiliates in 15 states. Another national religious radio chain with a Pittsburgh tie, Wilkins Communications, has moved into a 12th state.

A one-time EMF station, KWDF in Alexandria, La., has been sold by Al Moore to South Carolina-based Wilkins, licensee of WWNL-1080 here.


McKeesport Daily News May 30, 2008

Glassport

Intoxication charges filed

• Shawn Nolder, 35, of Glassport, was arrested Tuesday at 12:55 p.m. in front of the police station and is charged with public intoxication. Police held the suspect until he was deemed sober.

• John Rager, 29, of Glassport, was arrested Sunday at 4:55 p.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue and is charged with public intoxication, police reported.

Pair charged

Glassport police charged two McKeesport men who were on the property of a recently burned house at 500 N. Monongahela Ave. James Williams, 35, and David Kurshner, 58, are charged with disorderly conduct. Police said they arrested the men on Monday at 4 p.m. because the suspects had no purpose for being in the yard of the house, which burned last month.

The fire is being investigated as an arson but police do not believe the suspects were involved with setting the blaze.

Disorderly conduct charged

Bernard Spyra, 54, of Elizabeth, is charged with disorderly conduct. Police allege the suspect made vulgar gestures at an officer during a routine traffic stop at Monongahela Avenue and Seventh Street Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Warrant arrests net 2

Glassport police on Wednesday apprehended two Glassport men wanted on arrest warrants stemming from an incident of aggravated assault that occurred earlier this month.

The suspects are Chad Shantz, 20, and Dustin Rivera, 22.

Fugitive nabbed

A man wanted on two active criminal bench warrants was arrested by officers from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue.

According to the sheriff’s office, Ronald Richards violated probation on the following convictions: aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, simple assault, three counts of driving under the influence, terroristic threats, reckless driving and numerous other vehicle code violations. Deputies apprehended Richards without incident.

Glassport police assisted on the call.


McKeesport Daily News June 2, 2008

Glassport youth reel in big ones at fishing derby

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Carp, blue gill, catfish and bass were among the species pulled from the Monongahela River during Glassport’s Youth Fishing Contest.

Participation was on par with previous years as a total of 98 boys and girls took part in the annual fishing derby Sunday along the banks of the river by the Harrison Street playground.

“It was wonderful. We had great weather. The kids had fun,” said Mayor Terry DiMarco. “We’d like to say thanks to all the people who supported our tournament and say congratulations to all the kids.”

The fishing derby in Glassport had fallen by the wayside, but the mayor brought it back three years ago as an activity for kids that would allow them to get to know local police officers who help out at the event.

Local business, civic organizations, elected leaders and individuals support the activity, which is held every year on the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Fish for Free Day, by donating prizes and volunteering their time.

There was a total of 19 fish caught during the competition this year. All contestants are kids ages 15 and younger who live in the borough.

Top prizes for notable fish this year included a TV, bicycles, and camping and fishing gear. The first fish of the day was pulled in by Carson Petras. Kellee Cohlhepp caught the tournament’s largest fish. Other top catches for the day were by Nicole Coulter and Michael Petruzzi, who caught the largest game fishes for girls and boys, respectively, and Aliya Compano and Bruce Snyier, who caught the largest non-game fish.

Event co-organizer Rose DiMarco said the next big borough event for kids and adults alike is on June 28 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Honor Roll. That’s when Glassport will hold its Community Day/Fun to be a Kid Day celebration.


McKeesport Daily News June 2, 2008

Get priorities straight in Glassport

Letter to Editor

Since I spend a majority of the year at university on the other side of the state, I look forward to playing “What’s New in Glassport” when I come home.

While I think the game should be renamed “What’s Been Torn Down, Burned Out, or Condemned,” I must commend Glassport on her new boom crop — the stop sign. Stop signs have sprouted at almost every borough intersection, but it is the newly erected sign at the corner of Sixth and Indiana, going uphill, from which this letter blooms.

Perhaps these boxes of signage were found in the back corner of the borough garage, but I feel Glassport has bigger fish to fry. Instead, I suggest different signs, ones that read “Stop Arson,” “Stop Burglary,” or “Stop the Downfall of Our Town.” Losing sleep over Glassport’s traffic regulation is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Scott Wojciechowski Glassport


McKeesport Daily News June 5, 2008

— Photo by Stacy Lee/Daily News

Glassport Citizen’s Hose No. 1 firefighter Craig Rice fuels one of the company’s fire trucks with diesel at Citgo in Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News June 5, 2008

McGinley Foundation awards funds to train Glassport dog

— Photo by Stephanie E.B. Lawson/For The Daily News

Rita McGinley presents Glasssport police Chief Howard Kifer with funds to purchase and train a police dog.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police soon will be getting help from a four­legged friend.

On Tuesday, Rita McGinley from the Rita McGinley Foundation presented the borough with a $6,500 grant for the purchase and training of a police dog.

The dog is a German shepherd the borough plans to name R.J. in honor of Rita and her nephew Jack McGinley, an attorney for Eckert Seamens law firm.

“I know these dogs are valu­ble, especially in departments that don’t have a lot of police officers,” McGinley said.

McGinley said an employee who works for her, Walter Cross of Glassport, informed her that the borough was in need of a police dog. “I’m happy to be able to help,” she said.

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco said having a K­9 unit on the force is like adding an extra police officer, but less expensive.

The dog, which is away in training right now, should be in action in about three weeks, following one week of local training with Officer Nick Caito, who will be paired with the dog.

R.J. is being trained for general patrol and drug detection duties.

The McGinley Foundation is a non-secular organization that supports scholarship programs, soup kitchens and programs for the elderly.


McKeesport Daily News June 5, 2008

Woman cited for intoxication

Police said Janet Cogar, 46, of Glassport was cited early Wednesday on public intoxication charges after she was found along the 700 block of Hemlock Alley.

Police said Cogar had fallen to the ground and appeared to be highly intoxicated. She was taken by Clairton EMS to UPMC McKeesport for treatment.


McKeesport Daily News June 10, 2008

Glassport

Police arrest pair

Police arrested Glassport residents Sue DeFrancisco, 49, and George Mehalick, 48, for public drunkenness Friday at 1 p.m. in the 700 block of Hemlock Way.

Police allege the suspects were highly intoxicated.

Arrests made

• Milton Jones, 32, of Glassport, is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that occurred June 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Erie Avenue. Police allege the suspect kicked a neighbor during an argument.

• Sherry Gaskell, 38, of McKeesport, is charged with public drunkenness after being cited Friday at 2:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Hemlock Way.

• Mark Murray, 56, of McKeesport, is charged with two counts of DUI and failure to drive on the right side of the road. Police said they arrested the suspect in the 400 block of N. Monongahela Avenue at 2:36 a.m. Sunday after they stopped him for driving his vehicle over the center line.


McKeesport Daily News June 12, 2008

— Photo by Carol Waterloo Frazier/Daily News

A luncheon hosted by the Catholic Daughter Court McKeesport No. 221 honored Marge fHanley of Glassport, who will celebrate her 100th birthday July 15. She’s a former member o the Court, where she was very active. She also is a member of the McKeesport Music Club, Business and Professional Women’s Organization of which she was named Woman of the Year in 1991, UPMC Women’s Auxiliary, and remains an active member of the Democratic party. Celebrating with Marge, seated center, are her daughters Rosemary Smith of North Huntingdon Township, left, and Nancy Tall of Pittsburgh, and standing from left, Court officers Angela Kushto, treasurer; Betty Leach, financial secretary; and Beth Romick, recordin secretary and publicity.


McKeesport Daily News June 12, 2008

Glassport Assembly of God

A carwash and bakesale is planned Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.at the Glassport Assembly of God Student Union, 5th and Ohio. Proceeds from the event will benefit the church youth. The event is weather permitting.


McKeesport Daily News June 13, 2008

Glassport Borough recycling scheduled

Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 will collect materials for recycling Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Kid day planned

Glassport’s annual Fun to Be a Kid Day will be June 28 from noon till 4 p.m. Sign-ups for the event are now through June 20 at the borough build­ing, 440 Monongahela Ave. Donations are being accepted at the borough building. For more information, call 412­672-7400.

Glassport American Legion Post 443

Glassport American Legion Post 443 will host post officer nominations Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the main hall. Refreshments will be available.


McKeesport Daily News June 14, 2008

Glassport

Public hearing set

There will be a public hearing at the Glassport municipal building on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the emergency demolition of 638 Ohio Ave. Rear ( Hemlock Alley), 500 N. Monongahela Ave., 710 Sixth St., 724 Maryland Ave., and 538 Monongahela Ave. Rear. These properties have been damaged by fire.

Permit rules noted Glassport Borough is reminding landlords that they must obtain new occupancy permits every time a new tenant moves into a rented house or apartment. Violations of this policy will result in landlords being cited and tenants being prohibited from moving into their newly rented homes.

Taxes must be paid in full prior to permits being issued. Permits can be obtained from the borough’s municipal build­ing.


McKeesport Daily News June 16, 2008

Glassport teen musicians head to China with PYSO

By STACY LEE Daily News Staff Writer slee@dailynewsemail.com

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Noah Dresser and Alaina Ferry practice before leaving on a concert tour of China with Pittsburgh Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Teens Alaina Ferry and Noah Dresser will travel far from their Glassport homes when they tour several Chinese cities.

Alaina and Noah will depart today for the Far East with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. The teens will be junior ambassadors along with 83 other orchestra members for Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday celebration.

“We’ve never been to China before,” PYSO executive director Craig Johnson said. “With the Olympics coming up, it seemed to be the right time. The Chinese are very interested in classical and Western music. The concerts should be well attended. I think it’s safe to say this may be the only time some of these students will go to China. Some of them have never been out of the country.”

Alaina, 16, will be going into her junior year at Winchester Thurston School, and she’s been playing the violin for 12 years.

Noah, 17, just graduated from Central Catholic High School and will major in computer science and music in the fall at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. He switched to the viola instead of the violin two years ago because of a teacher’s recommendation that it might fit his long arms better. He had played the violin for eight years.

The pair attended grade school together at St. Joseph Regional and share the same music teacher, Joseph Petron. While Noah has been to Canada, Alaina has never been out of the country or even on an airplane.

There will be a total of 150 people traveling to China, with 85 orchestra members, 13 chaperones, six staff members and 46 family companions. They will stay in four-star hotels throughout the trip. “We will have three exchange activities with Chinese students in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,” Johnson said.

The first stop for PYSO in China will be Beijing, where students will visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.

They then will perform at the Beijing Concert Hall. “Though not everyone can play there, we are having two groups play on the Great Wall,” Johnson said.

The ensemble will head to Shanghai Thursday to see the Oriental Pearl Tower along with the old city and Yu Garden, which is an old fishing town with a classical Chinese garden in the center.

There also will be a performance at the Shanghai Concert Hall.

On June 23, the American travelers will arrive in Suzhou to sight-see at tourist destinations such as the Garden of the Master of Nets, Tiger Hill and Silk Factory.

The next three to four days will be spent in Wuzhen, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. In Hangzhou, the musicians will play a concert at the Zhengjiang Provincial Concert Hall along with visiting Dragon Well Tea Village and Pagoda of Six Harmonies. “I’m interested in going to the small villages,” Alaina said.

Finally, the group will reach Hong Kong for a joint performance with the Hong Kong Youth Symphony and Music Office Youth Choir at a to-be-announced venue. They will also go on a Hong Kong Island tour with Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village.

PYSO is scheduled to return to Pittsburgh on June 30. The youth symphony conducted two major fund-raisers for the China trip. One was an auction of musical instruments painted by artists, and the other was a China Garden Party.

The trip cost approximately $3,400 per student, with payment being credited depending on how much the young musicians raised.

PYSO’s last international trip was to Central Europe in 2005. Musicians performed in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

Johnson said PYSO leaders polled the orchestra this year on whether most members wanted to go to China, Russia or Brazil. “It was very democratic,” he said. “The majority felt China would be most interesting to them.”

Alaina’s parents Dana and Michael Ferry also will go to China with the group.

Dana Ferry said she’s most looking forward to seeing the Great Wall and possibly flying over the North Pole. “It’s amazing,” Noah’s mom Holly Dresser said about the trip. “It will be an incredible experience. How many kids their age get to do this?” This is the first year for both Noah and Alaina in the PYSO. They were selected for the group following rigorous auditions.

“It’s something you progress to if you want to be a serious musician and be in the orchestra,” Alaina said. “It’s more challenging,” Noah added.

The youth symphony practices once a week, usually on a week­end, for three hours and has three performances a year.

Alaina also is in the Winchester Thurston School orchestra and Noah was in the Duquesne University Chamber Orchestra.

Noah said he plans to join the orchestra at college.

In her free time, Alaina plays field hockey and was just in the chorus of her high school musical “Once on This Island.”

Noah enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.

Michael McCarthy, 18, of Liberty, another South Allegheny teen who plays the violin in the youth symphony, also is going on the trip.


McKeesport Daily News June 16, 2008

Letter to Editor

Glassport resident pleased with signs

This is in response to the letter from Scott Wojciechowski about the stop signs in Glassport.

The stop signs are not about the traffic regulation, they are about the safety of our citizens. The newly erected sign at the corner of Sixth Street and Indiana Avenue for example, have you ever tried to go onto Sixth Street from the 600 block of Indiana Avenue when you cannot see the traffic coming up the hill?

There are no stop signs going up the hill of Fifth Street. Have you ever seen how fast some people drive up the hill? Do you have children that play outside, or ride their bicycles and skateboards in Glassport?

I am proud to live in a borough that cares about the safety of its citizens and their children. Keep up the good work Glassport.

Mary Sue Bryer Glassport


McKeesport Daily News June 17, 2008

Glassport woman faces charges after 1-year-old son falls from car

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A woman whose baby fell out of a moving vehicle is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child and failure to use a child restraint system.

Police arrested Jamie Powell, 25, of Glassport, on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. after her 1-year-old son Markus Bartko fell out of a moving vehicle that she was driving.

Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said the accident occurred at the intersection of the Clairton-Glassport Bridge and Ohio Street in Glassport. The vehicle, a 1997 Infiniti, had stopped at the traffic light and was starting to make the left onto Ohio Avenue into Glassport when the rear driver-side door opened and the baby fell out onto the road.

Powell was outside the vehicle holding the child when police arrived, he said.

Clairton EMS responded to the scene of the accident and radioed for a medical helicopter to fly the child to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for treatment. The helicopter took off from a landing zone in the 400 block of Oak Alley.

According to police, the child had suffered “a road rash about the child’s body and a rib near protrusion.” A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that the boy had been discharged.

Police have notified the Allegheny County office of Children, Youth and Families of the accident.

The chief said Powell told investigators that she had put her son in a child vehicle safety seat prior to driving and that he must have unbuckled the device and opened the door. Police said Gary Powell, a witness who was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle when the accident occurred, and a 7-year-old child who was in the back seat also told investigators that the child had been buckled into his safety seat.


McKeesport Daily News June 17, 2008

Prohibition noted

In advance of the Fourth of July holiday, Glassport police are reminding citizens that many fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania. Residents who set off illegal fireworks will be cited and fined.


McKeesport Daily News June 17, 2008

Glassport

Juveniles charged

Glassport police cited three juveniles for violating the borough’s 11 p.m. curfew on Tuesday.

The children, ages 17, 14, and 13, were picked up by police at 11:35 p.m. in the area of Sixth Street and Hemlock Way.

The teens allegedly were blocking traffic in the intersection, according to police.

Police said the violations carry a fine for the parents of the children and warn that officers will continue to cite violators.

Residents reminded

Glassport police are reminding residents that garbage should not be put on the curb any sooner than the night before pick-up day. Violators will be cited.


McKeesport Daily News June 18, 2008

Glassport ‘determined’ to keep senior center

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport says it will not let its senior center close. The center, which has been operated by LifeSpan, an organization that runs senior programs all over Allegheny County, will close its doors for a week beginning June 30, but is scheduled to reopen July 7 under new management.

Glassport community volunteers will be running the program when it starts back up in its regular location at 544 Monongahela Ave., but those volunteers say they are planning to run the program a little differently. Namely, they hope to offer more activities so the program will thrive.

“We’re determined to keep that place open,” borough councilman and senior citizens committee chairman Ted Zebroski said at a meeting Tuesday. “We have some volunteers.”

The borough will continue the weekday lunch program at the center and expand afternoon hours until 4:30. Until now, the center has only been open until 1 p.m., when the lunch program ends. Zebroski said the center will offer the lunch program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when it reopens under borough management. Daily meals will cost $2. The borough plans a registration drive with annual dues set at $5.

Zebroski said LifeSpan notified the borough about a month ago that it was closing the lunch program because there weren’t enough people participating. Only about 10 seniors were taking advantage of the lunch program. LifeSpan told the borough at least 25 seniors needed to attend the meals daily, according to borough volunteers.

Zebroski said there had been some talk of providing transportation to the LifeSpan senior center in McKeesport but he didn’t think that was the answer. If the program was poorly attended in Glassport, residents weren’t going to travel several miles for the program. Rather, Zebroski and a half dozen volunteers from Glassport plan to run the program themselves with the objective of boosting attendance with more activities.

Jamie Trunzo, one of the volunteers, said they plan to offer field trips, birthday party celebrations and pancake breakfasts as a means of attracting more seniors to the center when it reopens.

“We want to get the word out. The center is not closing,” she said.

When the center reopens, boxed meals will be provided by Joe Spagnolo, who owns the Glassport Foodland. Borough officials said they appreciate the support. “Spaggy’s Foodland is putting together a program to feed people,” Mayor Terry DiMarco said. “That’s the biggest help we’ve ever had.”


McKeesport Daily News June 18, 2008

Glassport, Clairton seek police co-op pact

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Police in Glassport and Clairton have supported each other’s law enforcement efforts for years, backing each other up in times of emergencies.

Now, the two municipalities are moving toward defining that relationship on paper. “They’ve always supported each other,” Glassport Solicitor Gary Matta said. “But they’ve never had a formal agreement.”

At their regular meeting in Glassport Tuesday, councilors accepted the cooperative agreement for the two departments. Mayor Terry DiMarco said he plans to attend the next Clairton council meeting in July to present the agreement. He said Clairton officials have indicated they support creating such a pact.

In other news, fire, water and ambulance committee chair and Councilman James Pasinski said the borough received a call from the state Auditor General’s office indicating state fire relief funds being held by Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 must be transferred to Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 before an annual audit of the fire department can be conducted. Last year, council voted to quit funding firefighting operations for Reliance and made Citizens the borough’s official department.

Fire officials said the borough used to divide state fire relief funding, worth approximately $22,000, evenly between the two departments. Now, Citizens Hose will receive the full amount from the state. Officials at Tuesday night’s meeting said they don’t know how much remains in the Reliance account.


McKeesport Daily News June 19, 2008

Glassport

Woman charged

A woman who allegedly brandished a machete in a bar when the bartender refused to serve her has been charged. Joy Renee Burgwin, 43, of Glassport, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment of another person, terroristic threats, public drunkenness and carrying a prohibited offensive weapon.

Police arrested the suspect at La Romana bar in Glassport on Wednesday at 12:07 a.m. The suspect had been at the bar then left when the bartender refused to serve her. The suspect returned about 10 minutes later brandishing a machete and threatening the bartender. A patron at the bar was able to disarm the suspect who then fled, according to police.

Police said the machete was on the bar when they arrived a few minutes later. From a witness at the bar, police were able to identify the suspect and arrest her at home.


McKeesport Daily News June 19, 2008

Glassport

‘Kid,’ Community Day slated

Glassport Parks and Recreation Committee is sponsoring a Fun to Be a Kid Day/Community Day event June 28 from noon to 10 p.m. There will be an assortment of food and crafts on sale by vendors for the duration of the event.

Fun to Be a Kid Day events begin at noon and will last until 4 p.m. Attractions include T-shirts, bouncing equipment, free ice cream, fingerprinting and identification services, crafts and other games.

Participating organizations include the South Allegheny Educators Association, Glassport police, Citizens Hose Co. No. 1, the Kennywood Trolley and Kangaroo Ken, and WISH 99.7 Street Patrol and local businesses.

Register at borough offices to get a free T-shirt. The Community Day celebration begins at noon and will last until 10 p.m.

Community Day activities include blood pressure testing by EMS and fire truck rides provided by Citizens. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by The Mikey Dee Band from 7 to 10 p.m.

This event is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is administered by Twin Rivers Council of Governments.


McKeesport Daily News June 24, 2008

— Submitted Photo by Linda Aquilante

The members of the Glassport Women’s Club were guests of the Glassport Lions Club at the annual Family Night recently. The evening was a celebration of the association the two clubs have enjoyed since 1942 and a chance to thank the women’s club for overseeing the operation of the Samuel A. Weiss Community Library, which was recently closed. Among those at the event, from left, are Linda Aquilante, president of the Glassport Lions Club; Donna Kurucz, president of the women’s club; Ann Dzurko, treasurer of the library board; and Sandy Urbanski, president of the library board.


McKeesport Daily News June 25, 2008

Glassport

Sports clinic set

Allegheny County Department of Parks will host a free sports clinic in Glassport at the Ninth Street ball field on Monday and Tuesday. Daily hours for the event are 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Children from Glassport and all surrounding communities are invited to attend this event, which will offer instruction in proper sports techniques for children 6 and older. Activities are designed to help each individual perform to the best of his or her ability. Clinics emphasize fundamental rules and fair play.

Participants will receive a free baseball cap.

For more information, visit the Parks Web site at www.county.allegheny.pa.us/parks or call the Parks Department at 412-350-2478.


McKeesport Daily News June 25, 2008

Glassport

DUI suspect charged

Justin Shipley, 20, of Port Vue, was cited for DUI, DUI­related to underage drinking and running a stop sign on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. at Ohio and Broadway avenues in Glassport, police reported.

Assault cited

Daniel Cummings, 34, of Glassport, was cited for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment of another person, terroristic threats and harassment on Sunday at 11:09 p.m. in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.

Police said the suspect broke the nose of a female victim who was taken to UPMC Presbyterian for treatment.

Dog shot

A Glassport man who allegedly shot a caged dog inside his apartment was arrested by police on Monday at 7:17 p.m.

Kevin Wright, 42, was charged with cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment of another person as a result of his allegedly firing a Glock handgun several times at a large dog that was inside a cage in his home, killing the animal.

Police said they responded to the scene after receiving a call for shots fired in the 800 block of Peach Way, where Wright lives. When officers arrived at his home, they found the suspect sitting on the floor by the sofa in an intoxicated state and several shell casings in the apartment.

The suspect told police the dog had attacked him. Wright was in the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $2,000 bond. At his arraignment hearing, we was also referred to the jail’s behavior clinic. His preliminary hearing is set for July 1.


McKeesport Daily News June 26, 2008

— Photo by Cindy Shegan Keeley/Daily News

Glassport Parks and Recreation Committee is sponsoring a Fun to Be a Kid Day/Community Day on Saturday from noon to 1. p.m. Vendors will have an assortment of food and crafts for sale throughout the day. Fun to Be a Kid Day events begin at noon and will last until 4 p.m. Attractions include T-shirts, bouncing equipment, free ice cream, fin­gerprinting and identification services, crafts and other games. The Community Day celebration begins at noon and will last until 1. p.m. Community Day activities include blood pressure testing by EMS, and fire truck rides provided by Citizens Hose Co.. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by The Mikey Dee Band from 7 to 1. p.m. Seen here are event organizers Rosanna DiMarco, Councilwoman Nancy Crncic, Mayor Terry DiMarco, Jamie Trunzo, Beth Cadman and Hannah Julian.


McKeesport Daily News June 30, 2008

Glassport

Public intoxication cited

Jeffrey Napoletano, 52, of Glassport, was cited with public intoxication in the 600 block of Oak Way on Thursday. He was held until sober, police said.


McKeesport Daily News July 1, 2008

Glassport

Disorderly conduct cited

Shawn Felicity, 37, of Glassport, was cited with disorderly conduct Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Hemlock Way. Police allege the suspect was intoxicated and yelling at his girlfriend.

Public intoxication cited

Christopher Hartman, 29, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication Saturday at 8:50 p.m. at Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue. The suspect was held until sober, police reported.


McKeesport Daily News July 1, 2008

Glassport

Holiday hours listed

Glassport’s borough offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Monday.

Friday garbage collection will be moved to Saturday because of the holiday.


McKeesport Daily News July 1, 2008

Clara Mollica of Port Vue celebrates 100th birthday

— Submitted photo

Clara Mollica, center, celebrated her 100th birthday this past weekend. Taking part in the celebration are daughters Elizabeth Sacco, left, and Mary Rollason.

By STACY LEE Daily News Staff Writer slee@dailynewsemail.com

In 1934, without knowing a word of English, Clelia “Clara” Mollica arrived alone at Ellis Island, N.Y., by boat from Italy. She then took a train to McKeesport’s B & O Railroad Station.

“I was there to meet her,” cousin Alice Simcina said. “I was 12 years old when she came here. She was the most beautiful lady I’d ever met with a white coat and white fur.”

Mollica, of Port Vue, celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday with friends and family at Rock Run Inn. St. Mark Parish also had a special Mass for her Saturday night.

She credits her long life to always keeping busy and praying. “She prays all day long,” daughter Mary Rollason said.

“When she was 90, we traveled to Italy and she walked circles around all of the family in the 95-degree weather,” granddaughter Kari Valletto said. Mollica was born to Carmine Mollica and Filomena (Pediconi) Mollica on July 29, 1908, in Sant’omero, Italy. In 1930, she married Marco Mollica after a brief courtship in Italy. “My dad had already been in this country,” Rollason said. “He went back to Italy when his mother went blind. He saw a picture of my mother and wanted to meet her. She then agreed to marry him.

They spent two weeks married in Italy and then my dad came back to America. He moved to Christy Park in McKeesport with intentions of sending for her, but it took three years. When my mother came here, she didn’t remember him. She only spent two weeks with him.”

When Mollica arrived in McKeesport she ran a boarding house for visitors from Italy, because there were hardly any jobs and her husband worked just two days a week. “I had a lot of friends and family in Italy,” Mollica said. “I cried day and night when I came over here. I didn’t know anyone and couldn’t speak the language. I said to myself, ‘I want to go back, I want to go back.’”

Valletto, who teaches sixth grade at South Allegheny Elementary School, tells her students the story of her grandmother every year.

Things looked up when she and her husband bought and ran Mollica’s Bar along Monongahela Avenue in Glassport in 1945. They then moved to Glassport.

“When we moved to Glassport, nobody made pizza,” Mollica said. “We started making pizza.”

The couple sold the bar in 1968 to retire and moved back to Italy for awhile before coming to Port Vue to live.

They had three children: Primo Mollica, Elizabeth Sacco and Rollason.

Marco Mollica passed away in 1975 from a heart condition. Primo Mollica passed away in 2001 from kidney cancer, just a week after Sept. 11.

Mollica has 13 grandchildren, 22 great­grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. “I fully expected she’d make it to this age,” Rollason said. “If it wasn’t for her hearing, she’d be in perfect health. I worry who’s going to watch over her when I’m gone.”

Throughout her life, Mollica only smoked cigarettes for one year. Nowadays, Mollica keeps busy by reading her Italian books, knitting quilts and garments for St. Mark Parish, attending Mass and watching television. She watches the religious channel mostly but breaks for “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right.”

Mollica also still cooks her famous Italian dishes. “She still cooks to this day making home­made noodles, ravioli and lasagna,” Valletto said. “She has two kitchens — one upstairs and one downstairs. Now that’s an Italian tradition.”

Though Mollica doesn’t any longer, she used to walk everywhere she could and said the steep hills of Port Vue were sometimes difficult.

Family members traveled from New Jersey and Florida to celebrate her birthday. Rose Weible said Mollica used to frequently visit her in Florida and regrets she can’t any longer.

Former state Sen. Edward Zemprelli is planning to present Mollica with a proclamation signed by the governor.

Port Vue and Glassport boroughs are also planning to recognize her. Clara received a letter from the President & Mrs. Bush along with a proclamation from Representative Mike Doyle to congratulate her on 100 years!


McKeesport Daily News July 2, 2008

Glassport

Charges filed after accident

Tyler Joseph Tudek, 23, of Glassport, is charged with accident involving damage of attended vehicle, failure to immediately notify authorities of an accident, and driving under the influence in connection with an accident on Saturday at 12:47 a.m. along the 300 block of Lemon Alley, Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer reported.

Kifer said his station received a call for the accident and complaints of a man getting out of vehicle and walking to Fourth Street. Lincoln and Port Vue police responded to the call. Kifer said Port Vue police spotted the man, later identified as Tudek, running along Fifth Street. Officers were able to restrain Tudek, and he admitted to being involved in the accident, the chief said. No injuries were reported.

Maryland man charged

Torin Brown, 19, of Baltimore, is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident Friday around 7:10 p.m. at a house located along Delaware Avenue. Glassport police chief Howard Kifer said Brown was engaged in fighting, made unreasonable noise and was screaming expletives.


McKeesport Daily News July 3, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Glassport ‘Kid Day’ a success

Parks and Recreation of Glassport Borough recently sponsored a Fun to be a Kid Day/Community Day at the Glassport Memorial Park and it was a huge success. Approximately 220 children registered for this special event with many more just dropping by to enjoy this fun day. A successful project is always the result of many volunteers giving their time and energy and to all of you I want to say thank you.

A special thanks goes out to the committee co-chairmen of this event Andrea Foster and Rosanna DiMarco and all the volunteers, especially Jamie Trunzo and Beth Cadman. I also want to thank all the local businesses and organizations who donated toward this fun day for the children.

Thanks to Glassport Police Department, Citizens Hose Co. and Clairton EMS for giving educational demonstrations and to Mayor Terri DiMarco, borough council, Jim Finneran and the street department employees for all their support.

Last but not least The Daily News for the great coverage of this happy event.

Looking forward to a bigger and better Fun to be a Kid Day next year.

Nancy Crncic, Chairwoman Glassport Parks and Recreation


McKeesport Daily News July 8, 2008

Community-run senior center reopens in Glassport

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Mary Ann Godfrey, 56, of Dravosburg, enjoys her cake at the Senior Center in Glassport.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Jack Griffin of Glassport has been going to his community’s senior citizens center for years but he wasn’t prepared for what he saw there this week.

“This is wonderful, really incredible,” Griffin, 64, said Monday. “This is like a brand new place.” It is sort of a brand new place, even though it’s still located at 544 Monongahela Ave.

For the past week, a crew of volunteers has been working to clean up the senior hall — which until June 30 had been run by LifeSpan, an organization that runs senior programs all over Allegheny County — to get it ready for a new community-run program that offers more than lunch.

Borough Councilman Ted Zebrosky said support for the center is coming from the community at the grassroots level. The lunch program now is being provided through donations from Joe Spagnolo, who owns Spaggy’s Foodland in Glassport. An anonymous donor gave the center a TV set. The Dart Shoppe along Indiana Avenue donated recreational supplies and the borough itself donated $300.

At the reopening on Monday, former Glassport resident Marjory Kinney­Williams donated $1,000 to help keep the center afloat. “It’s marvelous how much they’ve done with very little,” Kinney-Williams said. “I’d like to encourage other people in town to donate and to become members.”

Zebrosky said 66 people registered as members on Monday and 40 people ate lunch at the center. The reopening day turnout was a good sign, Mayor Terry DiMarco said. “We just hope we can keep the numbers up. Then we’ll have accomplished what we set out to do,” he said.

LifeSpan discontinued its lunch program and decided to close the center because meals were poorly attended. According to borough officials, only about 10 people were participating daily in the LifeSpan program, which had a targeted minimum daily participation rate of 25.

Volunteers who are running the program now say they hope to keep members coming back by offering a greater selection of things to do. Volunteer Jamie Trunzo said birthday parties, and regular recreation events such as card games and dance instruction are a few of the offerings in the works. She said the hall will host its first pancake and sausage breakfast on Aug. 9. She said the cost of that event will be $1 for members.

Mary Ann Godfrey, 56, of Dravosburg, said she is glad she’d become a member. “I just joined up,” said Godfrey, noting that senior groups like AARP recommend members get involved with senior centers in their community.

Annual dues for the senior center are $5. The cost of daily lunches is $2.


McKeesport Daily News July 10, 2008

—Photo by Michael Palcsey/For The Daily News

Glassport firefighters clean up the garage in preparation for the street fair. Pictured are Tyler Soubeyrand, Michael Polock, Josh Hickman, Lyndsy Brownfield, Katie Lewis, and Holy Brownfield.

Glassport gearing up for Fireman’s Fair

By MICHAEL PALCSEY For The Daily News McKeesport mpalcsey@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport is gearing up for the week long Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 Firemen’s Fair. The fair will be the first in recent years to run for six days, Monday through July 19.

Every night the fire company wilhave various food vendors and games in its lot, located on the Monongahela Avenue side of the company’s 525 Alegheny Ave. building.

“The street fair benefits the community because it brings about a sense of togetherness and camaraderie; this is something Glassport can calits own,” Fire Chief Wayne Lewis said.

The fire company, which was established in 1901 and has 120 members, recently purchased a $373,000 fire truck, which will be delivered in three weeks.

“The street fair is one of our biggest fund­raisers of the year and it helps pay for the better protection of the borough,” Lewis added. Food vendors will include Steel City Catering of Port Vue and Mama Pepino’s of Glassport. Games and prizes are provided by Geary Distributing of Glassport, with the donation of booths, some games, and food preparation equipment from St. Martin de Porres Parish in McKeesport.

The company will offer fire truck rides on its 1952 Mack pumper, an antique piece of fire­fighting equipment. Live bands also will provide entertainment during the fair. The July 18 show features Heads Up and Ed Harmon and the MadHatters are set to perform July 19. Fair chairmen are Assistant Chief Bruce Snyir and Deputy Chief Ken Carrol.

“I hope the residents stop down to support us,” Carrol said. “They always do, and we are grateful for their continuous support. We could never provide the protection that we do without them.”

The fire company also owns and operates a fuly licensed club on the building’s second floor. “Club 22,” paying homage to Glassport’s original station number, is open for people to join not only during the fair but any time, provided they are proposed by a member who already belongs.

The annual firemen’s fair parade will take place July 19 at 5 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News July 15, 2008

Glassport

Preschool registration set

Glassport United Methodist Christian Preschool will have its fall registration Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children ages 3 to 5 are eligible to attend provided they are potty-trained. Parents must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

A $25 non-refundable fee is due upon registration.

A pre-K curriculum is offered in combination with a non­denominational religious education. Half- and full-day classes are available.

The lead teacher is state certified and all teachers have Act 33/34 clearances.

The school, located at 501 Ohio Ave. in Glassport, is handicapped accessible.

For more information, call 412-576-2218.


McKeesport Daily News July 15, 2008

Glassport

Mischief noted

Glassport police are urging residents to take extra care to secure their homes and automobiles due to a rash of recent attempted burglaries and acts of vandalism.

Police said they’ve received numerous reports of such criminal activities in the areas of Edmundson Drive and the 900 block of Ohio Avenue over the course of the past two weeks. Residents should lock their homes and vehicles to prevent such acts. If they see suspicious activity in their neighborhood, they should call 911.


McKeesport Daily News July 16, 2008

Glassport council seeks help to fix deteriorated conditions

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Glassport native Jim Herren, center, received a citation during Tuesday’s council meeting from state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, left, and a framed proclamation from Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco honoring his induction into the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. Herren, who graduated from Glassport High School in 1957, went on to play college football at Nebraska. After that he tried out for the New York Jets and played three seasons of minor league football.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Some walls and alleys in Glassport are in poor condition. That point was widely agreed upon at a council meeting Tuesday where the crumbling condition of some of the borough’s infrastructure was discussed in detail.

One of the worst off pieces of road is Lemon Alley, said Glassport Councilman James Uziel, who chairs the buildings and properties committee. “You can actualy walk under the alley. That’s how bad it’s washed out,” he said, describing the deteriorated condition.

Railroad ties and steel posts the borough installed to prop up the alley several years ago are crumbling and a better fix is required, he said. That may be easier said than done, however.

Council expects to receive a $20,000 grant from Twin Rivers Council of Governments this year to repair a retaining wall along Michigan Avenue and approved a measure Tuesday to apply for additional funds to repair a retaining wall along Iowa Avenue, but so far there are no funding sources identified to fix Lemon Alley and a similar problem in Fern Alley.

“It’s a dilemma. I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Council President John DeSue said. One resident said Fern Alley was crumbling into her yard. That’s a problem, she said, because she wants to install a fence on the boundary of her property but is afraid it will be damaged by the crumbling road.

A major factor in the alley’s erosion is trash pickup because the garbage trucks are too heavy for the narrow roadway. Uziel urged her to wait until winter before installing the fence so the borough can remedy the condition.

If need be, he said, the borough would consider changing garbage pickup locations from the alley to Erie Avenue, which runs parallel to the alley.

In other affairs, some residents said they are concerned about a rash of vandalism and attempted break-ins in the areas of Delaware and Detroit avenues over the past few weeks. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski, who chairs the police and ordinances committee, said police are taking the matter seriously and investigating all reports. He said it might be a good idea for the borough to form an anti-crime neighborhood block watch program to help curb criminal activity.

Police Lt. Shawn DeVerse, recently promoted from sergeant, said the department has a lead. DeVerse, 39, has been with the department for 13 years and is a native of Glassport.

In other news, there was praise for the success of Glassport’s Senior Citizens Center, which is under new management by the borough and volunteers. Earlier this year, LifeSpan, an agency that runs senior programs throughout the county, decided to end its lunch program in Glassport because of poor attendance. The borough took over operations at the beginning of the month. So far, there has been $1,873 donated to the center and membership is up to 93. Glassport Foodland is supplying boxed lunches for the daily meal program, but Councilman Ted Zebroski said the center is looking to expand to hot meals, if it can get money from the county. He said the county’s policy of distributing funds through intermediary agencies may be a problem because the Glassport facility is run by the borough.


Glassport

Program offered

Glassport Senior Citizens Center is officialy reopened under the direction and support of Mayor Terry DiMarco and Glassport council. The center offers daily lunches for $2.

There will be a birthday party July 23, a $2 spaghetti dinner July 29, and a $1 pancake dinner Aug. 9.

On July 24, the center will begin offering a chair exercise program every Thursday at 10 a.m.

Daily activities include pool, darts, card games, reading and TV. Hallrental also is available. New members are welcome. The annual registration fee is $5. For more information, call 412-672-2310.


McKeesport Daily News July 17, 2008

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Glassport resident Randy Flowers stands by his car, which was vandalized early Wednesday. Flowers, who just moved into the neighborhood says the incident was racially motivated.

Glassport man: Racism motivated vandals

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

When Randy Flowers and his fiancée signed the lease for a rental home in Glassport last week, he thought they’d be moving their family into a nice, quiet neighborhood. That idea was shattered early Wednesday morning, as were most of the windows in his car.

Flowers, who is black, said a neighbor told him they’d heard crashing and banging at about 6:15 a.m. and that he should look at his car. When he went down his front steps to investigate, what he saw sickened him. The windshield and side passenger windows of the 1998 Lincoln Town Car had been smashed by large patio stones that still lay on the ground around the vehicle. All four tires of the automobile had been sliced and broken auto glass littered the interior upholstery.

“This is just unnecessary,” said Flowers, who’s only been in the house a few days. Having moved into the neighborhood from West Mifflin, Flowers, 23, said he believes the vandalism was racialy motivated.

A day before the incident, Flowers said someone drove by the house and shouted a racial slur at him. Flowers has also discovered racialy charged graffiti on the steps at the top of Broadway Avenue around the corner from his home, including the N-word, someone will try to hurt them.

“If they’re bold enough to do this in broad daylight, there’s no telling what these people might do,” he said. KKK and swastika symbols.

Glassport police have reported a rash of vandalism to vehicles and attempted break-ins in the neighborhood around Flowers’ home in recent weeks. The department has urged the public to keep their homes and vehicles secure and to call authorities to report suspicious behavior.

At a council meeting Tuesday, borough officials said the police were working hard to end the crime spree and an officer said the department had a solid lead from one of the incidents.

When Flowers talked to the police about the damage to his car, he said he wasn’t encouraged by what they had to say. “The police said don’t be surprised if it happens again,” said Flowers, who estimates the vandals did about $3,000 in damage to his car. “They said, ‘Put your dog in the house in case somebody tries to shoot your dog.’”

Flowers said he and fiancée Teanna Wiliams are afraid to let their three children play outside the house for fear

Carrie Bunmeyer, Flowers’ landlord, is trying to help. Bunmeyer said when she applied for an occupancy permit shortly before renting it to Flowers, she was asked by police whether she knew what kind of family she was renting to and if the tenants were black. She said she’s gotten in touch with the state Attorney General’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to report that the police department isn’t taking the case seriously because her tenants are black. “It’s hard to believe some­thing like this is happening,” she said.

The police report of the vandalism indicates “there is the possibility that this could be a racialy motivated crime,” but police Chief Howard Kifer said the department can only provide a routine investigation for the incident because there is not a lot of information about the crime. “Nobody saw anything in the area,” he explained.

“There is no proof that it’s racial.” Kifer said racial differences in Glassport date back to the 1960s, but he thinks the graffiti that occasionaly appears in the neighborhood is the work of juvenile delinquents, rather than that of individuals with a racist agenda.

Others aren’t so sure. Keri Konik, who heads a biracial family down the street from Flowers, said her family has suffered race-related threats from neighbors since moving into the neighborhood four years ago. One neighbor in particular, she said, has shouted slurs at her children, threatened them with physical violence and thrown garbage in her yard.

She said on the occasions when she’s contacted police to complain, “It’s always our fault.” Konik said she’s taken a “Why should I move?” attitude with people who ask why she stays in a neighborhood where she is tormented.

Flowers said he isn’t sure if he’d continue living in the neighborhood. “What would you do?” he asked.

State Attorney General spokesman Nils Frederiksen said people who feel they’ve been discriminated against because of race should contact the attorney general’s office and filout a complaint form. “We encourage anyone with a complaint of this nature to come forward,” he said, adding that getting the complaint registered is the important first step. Depending on the nature of the complaint, it could be investigated by the AG’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section, the HRC or federal or local prosecutors. “Nobody should have to suffer in silence,” Frederiksen said.

The number for the enforcement section is 717-787­0822.


McKeesport Daily News July 17, 2008

Margaret Hanely celebrates 100 years

Margaret Mary Goshio Hanely, of Glassport, turned 100 years old July 15.

She was born in McKeesport Hospital and has been a lifelong resident of Glassport and lifelong committee woman. She graduated from St. Peters High School in 1926.

She worked for the 1900 Corporation which later became Whirlpool. She was a foreman for the Pittsburgh Steel Foundry during World War II. She retired from Continental Can in 1976 where she worked in the accounting department.

On May 3, 1936, she married the late Angus Joseph Hanely and were married for for 34 years. He was a councilman/constable for many years.

Margaret has two daughters, Rosemary Smith and Nancy Tal; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She has been a member of Glassport Women’s Club since its inception as a charter member since the early 50s. She is a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, McKeesport Hospital Womens Committee, The Friendship Club, The Music Club, McKeesport Hospital Auxiliary and the YMCA. She was a member of the McKeesport Business and Professional Club, which named her Woman of the Year in 1991. She had offices in most of these organizations.

She did volunteer work for more than 70 years and was recognized for her service.

She has a lifelong passion for politics, the Democratic party, and all current events. Her knowledge of political issues is absolutely excellent, studying notes from CNN.

She was the first census taker in Glassport and her father, Pasquale Goshio, organized the Democratic party there. She has been a healthy eater, vitamin taker and walker forever.


McKeesport Daily News July 18, 2008

Glassport police committed to ending recent crime spree

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police say they are trying to bring a recent crime spree involving vandalism and attempted break-ins to an end and that investigators are looking into claims by victims that some of the crimes may be racially motivated.

“We want to reassure the victims and the citizens of Glassport that we are working hard solve this problem,” police Lt. Shawn DeVerse said Thursday. DeVerse said the borough has a mixed group of crimes occurring that are affecting black and white victims.

DeVerse noted that Mayor Terry DiMarco and borough council have given the department the OK to put extra officers on the streets and authorized undercover duties as a means to ending a crime spree that started about two weeks ago.

A recent victim of the crime spree, Randy Flowers, said he thinks his car was vandalized Wednesday because he is black. Flowers, who moved from West Mifflin into a rental home along Delaware Avenue this week, said someone directed a racial slur at him in front of his home on Tuesday. He woke early Wednesday to discover vandals had smashed the windows and cut the tires on his car. He said when he talked to police, he was told a similar incident could happen again and he should keep his dog in the house because someone might shoot it. Flowers, who also noticed racist graffiti in the neighborhood near his home, said police might have investigated the matter differently if he were not black.

DeVerse said the officer’s response wasn’t appropriate. He also said the department is aware of recent incidents of racist graffiti around town and that police are trying to eliminate it as soon as it occurs.

On Monday, he said, authorities painted over racist messages that were put up at the end of the Clarion Bridge and on Detroit Avenue. “We definitely don’t support what’s going on. We’re not staying away (from investigating cases properly) because a few of the victims have been African American,” he said.

Police continue to urge the public to contact them if they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.


McKeesport Daily News July 18, 2008

Glassport

Scam attempt noted

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco is urging alresidents to be alert to mail scams. Recently, a scam letter was sent to some residents inviting them to become agents for Mystery Shoppers PLC, a fake company that would have them cash a check included with the letter, do some shopping at major retailers, then wire money to various locations.

Recipients of these letters should not try to cash the checks, the mayor said. Those who receive such a letter should contact their local police department.


McKeesport Daily News July 22, 2008

Arson suspected in Glassport fire

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Authorities believe a weekend fire that burned a vacant house in Glassport was intentional.

Crews responded to the burning house at 715 Peach Aley Saturday shortly after 10 p.m., Citizens Hose Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis said. Lewis said the side of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived but crews had it under control in just 10 minutes. “They did a tremendous job,” said Lewis, noting that a house with a one-foot separation from the burning structure sustained no damage in the incident.

The Glassport department was assisted on the call by fire departments from Dravosburg, Clairton and Duquesne Annex.

This latest fire is under investigation by the Alegheny County Fire Marshal and is believed to be arson, Lewis said. “They took a lot of samples and wilget back to us, probably in a few days,” he said.

Glassport has been working closely with the fire marshal’s office since experiencing a string of suspicious fires at vacant properties in April and May of this year.

Lewis said the same person or persons who set those fires probably are responsible for Saturday’s fire.

The latest blaze was located about 50 yards from one of the fires that destroyed properties at 722 and 724 Maryland Ave. on April 15. Lewis said fire bugs eventualy will be caught.


McKeesport Daily News July 23, 2008

Glassport

Suspect sought

Glassport police have an arrest warrant out for Chris Gamble, 47, of Glassport. He is charged with simple assault from an incident that occurred Friday at 8 p.m. at Seventh Street and Hemlock Way. The suspect is accused of attacking a man who was parked in a vehicle at that location, police reported.

Information sought

Police are asking the public to contact them with information they may have about a suspicious fire that occurred in the 700 block of Peach Alley on Saturday. Authorities believe the fire was arson. Police Lt. Shawn DeVerse said two males were seen fleeing the scene as emergency crews arrived. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze. The number for police is 412-672-4514.

Burglary noted

Police are investigating a burglary that occurred overnight on Monday in the 300 block of Erie Avenue. Police said someone broke into the house, which was in the process of being renovated, and took copper pipe and power and hand tools. The owners discovered the break-in early Monday morning. Police do not yet have a suspect.


McKeesport Daily News July 23, 2008

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Center volunteers thanked

The Glassport Senior Citizens Center is alive and well!

We have recently gone through many changes and they seem to be working. So many people have come to me saying what a good job I have done in trying to turn the center around.

I am writing this letter to make you all aware that I have had three hard-working women volunteers to do just that and they are the ones responsible. Vina March, Jamie Trunzo and Rose DiMarco, I call them my “three angels,” are the women to whom I am referring, among others. They are making this happen.

Vina’s teenage granddaughter, Holly Fuler, on vacation from Tennessee, spent most of her time scrubbing, lifting and lending a helping hand wherever she was needed.

Jim Pasinski and Son of Servicemaster scrubbed and waxed the floor free of charge. 84 Lumber donated the paint for the outside finish of the building. Bob Stecak, Joe Steffan and Lou D’Angelo did the painting. The Dart Shop assisted with our pool table needs and dart board. Barrier Protection did their part regarding the locks.

We have had a television donated, as well as numerous monetary donations. Although these are all important humanitarians, Joe Spagnolo’s Foodland and his crew have been great in supplying the food for our daily senior lunches.

Our next big project is to convince the Allegheny County Department of Aging of our worthiness to contract with them and take advantage of the federally funded free hot daily lunch program.

It is most important that we keep consistent lunch numbers as we are now doing. As of this date we have a total of 106 registered seniors and usualy a lunch figure of 20 to 30 people daily. Many activities are in the works.

Please watch this newspaper for a list of upcoming events. Thanks also to Pat DiMarco for her many desserts and activity ideas.

Mayor Terry DiMarco, President John DeSue and council are to be commended also as their response with both monetary and equipment donations has been overwhelming. I need to mention the donation of a long-time friend and local resident, Marjorie Kinney Wiliams, for her check of $1,000.

This is your establishment. Everything that is being done is for all of you seniors. If you haven’t been by to see the place, please feel free to stop in Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until mid-afternoon. You will be very surprised at the changes made and what we have planned for the future. On behalf of myself and Paul Trunzo my co-chairman, I want to send out a huge thank you to all.

Councilman Ted Zebroski Chairman, Glassport Senior Citizens Center


McKeesport Daily News August 1, 2008

Reliance sells old fire truck to dealer to help pay bills

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport’s Reliance Hose Co. No. 2 has sold one of its most recognizable pieces of equipment — its 1972 American LaFrance fire engine — to a used car dealer to raise money to pay bills.

The fire truck is parked on the lot at Elizabeth Auto Sales at the corner of Elizabeth and Lovedale roads in Elizabeth Township. “We have to pay our bills,” said Jim Ali from Reliance Hose. “We’ve got the maintenance and upkeep of the building.”

Reliance ceased to be an operating fire department at the end of last year, after Glassport council voted to quit funding its operations and made Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 the borough’s official department.

The borough, which used to divide state fire relief funding evenly between the two departments, now funds Citizens exclusively. The move to a single department was precipitated by a state report that said the borough no longer needs two departments.

Reliance has remained open and has been operating as a social club since the end of last year.

Ali said the department still has a lot of equipment to sell, including an 85-foot aerial truck and a pumper truck. The department previously sold an ambulance it owned, he said.

Once all the equipment is sold and the outstanding bills are paid, Ali said the department will donate the remaining proceeds from equipment sales to a non-profit group. Neither Ali nor the dealership would disclose the truck’s selling price.

When asked how much he hoped to get for the truck, Kevin Jones of Elizabeth Auto Sales said, “I’m taking offers.”

Jones predicted there will be a buyer for the truck. He said he had another fire truck on the lot that he sold to a collector in Quebec. He said he’s been in touch with that customer by e-mail to let him know about the Glassport engine.

Before he gets rid of the truck, however, Jones said he plans to use its pumping power for a high-pressure floor cleaning job he’s planning to do in two buildings.


McKeesport Daily News August 1, 2008

Glassport

Pet security urged

Glassport police are urging residents to keep information tags for their pets current. Chief Howard Kifer said the department recently found a missing animal that was wearing an information tag that was not up to date. He said residents who recently have moved or changed their phone number should make sure their pet’s tag reflects the change.


McKeesport Daily News August 6, 2008

Glassport

Open house set

Glassport United Methodist Christian Preschool will have its open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children ages 3-5 are eligible to attend. Parents must bring a birth certificate and immunization records. A $25 non-refundable fee is due upon registration.

The preschool features a pre­K and religious curriculum. All teachers have Act 33/34 clearance and the head teacher is state certified.

School begins Sept. 2. The school is located at 501 Ohio Ave.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2008

Glassport

Intoxication charge filed

Timothy Korinko, 26, of Port Vue, is charged with public intoxication as the result of an incident that occurred Tuesday at 8:50 p.m.

Police said they found the suspect unconscious and bleeding from the head along Juniata Avenue. Police said the suspect was transported to UPMC McKeesport for treatment.

Ordinance violation cited

Edward Fries, 44, of Glassport, was cited July 25 for violating a borough nuisance ordinance. Police responded to neighbors’ complaints that Fries’ air conditioning unit is too noisy. Police said part of the problem is that the unit runs continuously.


McKeesport Daily News August 7, 2008

Glassport

Senior events noted

Glassport Senior Citizens Center will host several special events during August.

A pancake and sausage breakfast is scheduled for Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $1 for registered members and $3 for non­members.

After breakfast, there will be bingo at a cost of $1 per card.

On Aug. 20, there will be a celebration for all members who have birthdays during the month. Lunch will include hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad and birthday cake.

There will be an end of summer luau Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring a meal of ham, potatoes, vegetables and desert. The luau is $3 for members, $5 for non-members.

The center is encouraging those who attend to wear grass skirts.

Chair exercises are offered every Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.


McKeesport Daily News August 13, 2008

Glassport

Ordinance violated

Glassport police said they sent citations to a number of property owners for reported violations of local nuisance ordinances.

• Andrew Hrehocik of Finleyvile was cited by mail Aug. 6 for violating the borough’s weeds and grass ordinance at a property at Ohio Avenue and Eighth Street.

• Steve Markis of Glassport was cited by mail Friday for violating a borough ordinance related to animal feces at a property in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue.

• EMC-MCTE Corp. of Pasadena, Calif., was cited by mail Aug. 6 for violating the borough’s weeds and grass ordinance at a property in the 400 block of Euclid Avenue.

• Gerrard Lieggi of Lambertvile, N.J., was cited by mail Friday for violating the borough’s weeds and grass ordinance at a property in the 300 block of Third Street.

Pair cited

Deanna Harmon, 35, of Glassport, and Nicole Crites, 23, of Duquesne, both were cited for public intoxication Monday at 3:29 a.m. in the 200 block of Seventh Street, police said.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2008

Glassport

Man arrested

Robert Smith, 37, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct and harassment Aug. 13 in the 1100 block of Minnesota Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2008

Glassport K9 is sworn in

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

The Rev. Casimir Kedzierski from Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport, right, blesses police dog R.J. Zen, who stands with his master, Lt. Shawn DeVerse. The dog was sworn in as a police officer by Mayor Terry DiMarco left on Tuesday.

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police have added a new member to the force. R.J. Zen, a Belgian Malinois police dog, was sworn in as an officer Tuesday by Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco.

The dog is trained to detect four types of ilegal drugs and is able to track humans. The borough was able to purchase the animal through a $6,500 grant from the Rita McGinley Foundation, a non-secular organization that also supports scholarship programs, soup kitchens and programs for the elderly.

The 18-month-old dog received police training in Virginia and is still in the process of national certification from the North American Police Work Dog Association.

“It’s good to have a dog like this in the police department. I think he’s going to be a big deterrent against crime, especialy drugs,” DiMarco said Tuesday.

After the mayor swore in the dog as an officer — its master Lt. Shawn DeVerse recited the oath of duty on its behalf — the animal was blessed by the Rev. Casimir Kedzierski from Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News August 20, 2008

Glassport switches hospitalization plan

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport council hopes it is getting a handle on health care spending and other benefits for borough employees.

The borough has switched hospitalization from Highmark coverage offered through Teamsters Local No. 205 to a plan offered by Municipal Employers Insurance Trust Company, at a savings of $58,000, according to the borough. Council approved the transfer at a regular meeting Tuesday and also ratified a change in its worker’s compensation carrier.

The borough says it will save $19,408 by switching from the State Workers’ Insurance Fund to EMC Insurance for workman’s compensation. EMC is charging the borough $68,500 compared to SWIF, which cost $87,908 annually. SWIF will continue to be the worker’s compensation carrier for the borough’s fire department.

“I expect to decrease those premiums even more so,” said Council President John DeSue, who found the cheaper health care provider after Highmark raised health care premiums by 65 percent earlier this year. DeSue said the borough had been looking at a rate increase from Highmark that was in the neighborhood of $160,000. With MEITC, the hike is only about $100,000, he said.

The new MEITC coverage is for hospitalization only. Life, sickness, accident, vision and dental benefits are still covered under the old Teamsters plan. DeSue said union officials have been cooperative with the borough in its seeking out a more affordable provider.

In other business, council hired Trisha Hroblak of White Oak Animal Safe Haven as its animal control officer. Council had hired McKees Rocks-based Triangle Pet Control in January to replace Ferree Kennels of McKeesport but council members were unsatisfied with Triangle’s performance.

“Triangle wasn’t fulfiling the needs. (Hroblak) started doing it last month so council decided to hire her,” Solicitor Gary Matta said. Borough officials said the base cost of the new animal control service is the same as its previous provider, which was $100 per month. Hroblak charges additional fees based on services provided, according to borough officials.

In senior news, Councilman Ted Zebroski said the Glassport Senior Citizens Center is still getting donations and new members but his attempts to obtain funding from Alegheny County for a hot lunch program at the center appears to have hit a snag. Zebroski said he’d gone to the county on Tuesday and was told such a program would have to be administered by LifeSpan — an organization that runs senior programs alover the county and had run the Glassport center until it was taken over by local volunteers in July — unless the borough was wiling to hire its own full time staff to administer the program.

“We found out it isn’t quite so easy,” Zebroski said. The center would consider bringing LifeSpan back in for the lunch program, Zebroski said, but local volunteers want to retain control over other functions of the center. Zebroski and others involved with the center have said they weren’t satisfied with the way LifeSpan ran the program in the past and that since volunteers took over membership has increased from 13 to 142.

On a related note, Kate Handra of YMCA of McKeesport said her organization wants to bring an exercise program to Glassport’s senior center. “They’d meet twice a week. Maybe three times,” Handra said of the Silver Sneakers program, which also would offer periodic flu shot clinics.


McKeesport Daily News August 22, 2008

SA school board remembers Kurka

By STACY LEE Daily News StafWriter slee@dailynewsemail.com

South Alegheny officials took time to honor the memory of a former colleague. School directors observed a moment of silence Thursday night in honor of former school board member Michael Kurka of Glassport, who died Aug. 14 at John J. Kane Regional Center. He was 88.

“I had the pleasure of serving with him on the school board in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” district Solicitor George Gobel said. “I was solicitor in the school district while he was a board member. He was a real nice guy. We had some disagreements when I first came on the school board, but after that we were very close friends. He was a tremendous asset to the district.”

Kurka graduated from Glassport High School in 1937 and served in the Army during World War II. He received the Bronze Star and World War II Victory Medals, among others. Kurka served with the Pennsylvania School Board Association for more than 22 years, including two terms as president.

He received his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College and taught health at Duquesne High School. Kurka also coached football for the Duquesne Dukes and South Alegheny Gladiators. He was active with the Glassport American Legion Post 443.

On Thursday evening, the board approved an agree­ment with Specialized Security Response Inc., of Castle Shannon, on an “as-needed basis” to provide security services in the event Glassport does not approve an agreement between the district and the borough’s police by Monday.

Board President Luke Riley said the security company would be used at high school footbal games at Glassport stadium. Gobel said Glassport is asking for more money than the district pays Liberty and Port Vue police to patrol district property.

“We wanted to give Glassport the first opportunity,” he said. “We understand the dilemma for Glassport. We don’t expect them to do it at a loss for the police department. But they can’t expect us to pay $30 an hour for something we can get for $15.”

The board also accepted a proposal by Architectural Innovations to provide archi­ectural and engineering services for a building status report for Glassport Elementary, at a total cost not to exceed $7,600.

The board approved payment of $9,822 to Q-Dot Inc. for the replacement of an air conditioning condenser unit in the band room.

The board accepted the resignation of middle school special education teacher Amy Osterman, replacing her with Kristine Taylor, pending receipt of required clearances.

Directors also hired teachers Brian Grayson (response to intervention) and Tiffany Duda (chemistry).

The board granted tenure to teachers Joanne Craighead, Martin Feick, Amy Hvozdik, Glenn Mannion, Julie Miller, Amy Obley, Jennifer Randic, Dana Selaro, Heather Sopp and Sarah Tomcik, effective the first day of the current school year. Also granted tenure were Marianne LaBarbara, Edward Makay, Mary Kris Watts and Amy Zombek, retroactive to the 2001-02 school year.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2008

DISTRICT COURT RESULTS

Glassport

Withdrawn

• Tyler Joseph Tudek, 23, of Glassport, two counts of DUI, accident involving an attended vehicle, failure to notify.

• John Charles Joseph, 54, of Glassport, driving on a suspended license, failure to obey a stop sign.

• Daniel Gribschaw, 31, of Glassport, theft by unlawful taking.


McKeesport Daily News August 26, 2008

Glassport

Offices close, collection delayed for holiday

Borough offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Sept. 2.

Garbage will not be colected Monday. Pick-up will resume Tuesday on a one-day delay basis.


McKeesport Daily News August 27, 2008

Glassport

Multiple suspects cited

Glassport police cited seven individuals for disorderly conduct who reportedly were creating a disturbance in the 700 block of Indiana Avenue Tuesday at 12:45 a.m.

Those arrested are:

• James Neal, 24, of Munhal

• Timothy Butko Jr., no age available, of Port Vue

• Thomas Charles Martin, 21, of West Mifflin

• Andrew Harrier, 22, of Pittsburgh • Holy Brandy, 22, of Glassport

• John Cicchitelo, 18, of Pittsburgh

• A 16-year-old male


McKeesport Daily News August 28, 2008

Letter to Editor

Paramedics save family’s ‘Buddy’

I wish to thank the two paramedics that helped me on Saturday morning the 7th of June.

We have two dogs, Trouble and Buddy. The morning of the 7th, both dogs were in our backyard. The gate was accidentaly left open and both dogs ran out. One hour later, Trouble returned, but Buddy wasn’t with him. It was terribly hot that day as we went out to find him.

My daughter and granddaughter set out on foot and I went in my car. When we found Buddy, he was lying on the ground suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion. My daughter and granddaughter were crying and told me to go for help. Buddy is an 80-pound blonde lab that is 7 / 1 2 years old.

The fire department did not have a stretcher so I went to our ambulance service. They were so wonderful to me. I told them my story and lucky for me, the one girl working was also a vet tech. They came to the scene, packed him in ice and said to calour vet.

Both our regular vet and White Oak were unable to accommodate us at that time, so the paramedics referred him to a pet hospital in Monroevile and transferred him there. He was treated and two days later was back at home.

At the folowup visit, we were told Buddy had a 106­degree temperature and was very sick. If it wasn’t for the help and care of those paramedics, we would have lost Buddy, who is not just a pet, but a very important member of our family.

Thank you so much.

Marlene Caldro and the Caldro family Glassport


McKeesport Daily News September 3, 2008

Glassport

Harassment charges filed

• Ricky Lofstrom, 51, of McKeesport, was cited for harassment by communications on Monday at 9 a.m. Police said they arrested Lofstrom after he alegedly made 26 calls from his home phone and 36 calls from a pay phone to a former girlfriend who did not welcome the calls.

• Stephanie Guffey, 42, of Elizabeth, was cited for harassment on Sunday at 5:50 p.m. Police allege Guffey struck and assaulted a person at Foodland in Glassport.

Intoxication charges filed

• Mark Mehalcik, 46, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Sunday at 6:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue. Police alege the suspect had been yeling at his neighbors prior to his arrest.

•Janet Cogar, 47, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Friday at 12:45 a.m. in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue. Police said the suspect was in a highly intoxicated state at the time of her arrest.

Officer’s family harassed

Bryan Gilbert, 43, of Glassport, is charged with harassment, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication in connection with an incident that occurred at the home of the borough’s police lieutenant in the 400 block of Monongahela Avenue Saturday at 8 p.m.

Glassport police Lt. Shawn DeVerse said he responded to a complaint coming from his own home that Gilbert had entered his yard in a drunk and belligerent condition and was yelling obscenities at his young children and threatening his wife.

“I’m unsure whether he knew it was my house,” said DeVerse, who is familiar with the suspect through law enforcement. DeVerse said it is possible the suspect had sought out his home considering they live at opposite ends of the borough.

DeVerse said Gilbert was taken to UPMC McKeesport folowing the incident complaining of a previously dislocated shoulder.

The suspect is being cited by mail.


McKeesport Daily News September 5, 2008

Glassport

Senior events noted

Glassport Senior Citizens Center will host a birthday party Sept. 17 to celebrate all members whose birthdays are this month.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will feature hamburgers, potato salad, a drink and birthday cake. On Sept. 23, the center will host a cabbage roll dinner from 5-7 p.m.

In addition to cabbage rolls, the meal will include mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. Cost is $3 for registered members.

Those planning to attend must sign up before Sept. 19. The center offers chair exercises daily from 10-10:45 a.m.

Programs in the works include the Silver Sneakers fitness program, a bus trip to the Meadows in October and a Christmas dinner and show in December.


McKeesport Daily News September 9, 2008

Unconscious woman rescued

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police and fire departments rescued a woman who lost consciousness while cooking dinner. Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Wayne Lewis said quick reaction time from his department and police probably saved the life of a woman who blacked out from a medical condition while she was frying a steak at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

The steak began to burn, filing the house with thick smoke, he said. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the woman’s apartment and caled 911.

Glassport police Officer Nick Caito and firefighters Brian Gregg and Chris Poston were on the scene within three minutes of receiving the call and were able to get the woman out of the smoke-filled house, the chief said. “These guys did a great job,” Lewis said. “Everything came out good on this one.”


McKeesport Daily News September 10, 2008

Glassport Assembly of God Glassport

Assembly of God is hosting a Kid’s Only Neighborhood Pancake Breakfast for children in kindergarten through sixth grade Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Student Union, located at the corner of Ohio and 5th avenues. Breakfast is free.

Parents can check out the adult services in the main church at 5th Avenue at 10 a.m. For more information, call 412-672-9002.


McKeesport Daily News September 11, 2008

Glassport

Assault suspect charged

Elmer Coles III, 49, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault and harassment on Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. in a residence in the 700 block of Delaware Avenue. Police said Coles alegedly choked a woman until she lost passed out.

Police said the woman caled police after she regained consciousness and police arrested Coles at the house. Police said there were visible hand marks around the victim’s throat. Police said the suspect was arraigned Wednesday and taken to Alegheny County Jail.


McKeesport Daily News September 13, 2008

Glassport Senior Center nets grant

— Photo by Eric Slagle/Daily News

Under new management, Glassport Senior Center continues to grow. Since community volunteers began managing the center in July, membership at the center has gone from 13 to 157. On Friday, borough officials thanked state lawmakers who recently procured a $9,000 Community Revitalization Program grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development to purchase new heating and air conditioning equipment for the building. Seen here standing under one of the two new Fedders air conditioning units purchased for the center are borough Councilman Ted Zebroski, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D­Dravosburg, state Sen. Sean Logan, D-Plum, and Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco. Two new Goodman furnaces were also installed. Glassport United Methodist Church recently donated tables and chairs to the center.


McKeesport Daily News September 13, 2008

Glassport

Corruption charge filed

Brandon Greiner, 21, of Elizabeth Township, was cited for corruption of a minor on Thursday at 8 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of Ohio Avenue. Police allege the suspect facilitated a 17-year­old girl’s truancy from school for several days.

Pair arrested

Kimberly Millington, 52, and Dean Keener, 49, both of Glassport, were cited for disorderly conduct on Monday at 4:55 p.m. for alegedly fighting in their home in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News September 16, 2008

Glassport

Fall festival set

Saturday Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 will host a fall festival Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at the Glassport Honor Roll. The event will feature food and activities for children.

There will be a DJ from 2­6 p.m. and a live band from 6­10 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News September 17, 2008

Glassport residents concerned about drilling proposal

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Some Glassport residents are concerned about a potential natural gas drilling project in the borough. At a Glassport council meeting Tuesday, resident Al Borrelli said a questionnaire he recently received from the drilling outfit Kriebel Resources of Clarion has him and his neighbors along Marie Street who also received the mailing worried about the environmental impact a proposed natural gas well might have on their neighborhood.

The site in question is on a property owned by Pete Miller, located behind Burbank Street and Woodland Avenue and on the hill above Marie Street. The questionnaire, dated Aug. 28, asks recipients — who all live within 1,000 yards of the drill site — to identify the source of their drinking water. Borrelli, who is on city water, said he is concerned that drilling above his house could create drainage and other problems below.

“I’m worried that the hillside will shift,” he said. “There’s a lot of water in that hill.” Council members said they would do what they could to protect the interests of property owners in the borough. Councilman James Uziel said he didn’t know exactly how much control the municipality has over drilling operations — which are largely under the control of the state Department of Environmental Protection — but that the borough would attempt to stop any plans for drilling if it looked like they were going to affect residents adversely.

“If by drilling it causes harm to property owners below the site, it would be of great concern to us,” he said. Solicitor Gary Matta said Kriebel probably sent the questionnaire out in preparation of applying to the DEP for a drilling permit.

Council said they would have the borough building inspector contact Kriebel for more information on the company’s plans.

One gas well currently is in Glassport. It’s on the city­owned Patterson property. Nearby, Port Vue’s Yarborough Property, along Washington Boulevard near Portsmouth Drive, also reportedly is being considered for a well site.

In other business, council adopted a resolution to allow bingo and other games at the nonprofit Glassport Senior Citizens Center. The center, which had been run by a county program but was taken over by local volunteers in July, now will apply to Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein for small games of chance, bingo and special raffle licenses. If the licenses are granted, Councilman Ted Zebroski said the center will use proceeds from those activities to fund itself.

One of the first things the center would like to do is create a fund to replace its roof, he said. “I have no idea how long it will take,” said Zebroski regarding turnaround time on the licenses from the county.

Council announced that it now will begin holding its monthly planning session and regular action meetings on the same night, the third Tuesday of the month, beginning Oct. 21.

The planning sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will follow at 7.


McKeesport Daily News September 20, 2008

St. Martin de Porres hosting 12th annual Respect Life dinner

By THE DAILY NEWS

St. Martin de Porres Respect Life Committee is sponsoring its 12th annual Respect Life Dinner Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Parish Hall, Eighth Avenue and Market Street in McKeesport.

The evening addresses important “life” issues and celebrates 35 years of the Respect Life Movement in the Mon Valley.

Keynote speaker wil be Bishop Paul J. Bradley, auxilliary bishop of Pittsburgh. He also will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the 5 p.m. Mass prior to the dinner.

Son of John and Cecilia Bradley, the bishop was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Glassport. He attended St. Cecilia grade school and attended high school, college and graduate theology studies at St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He also has a master’s in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Bradley was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh May 1, 1971, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard and has served in parishes throughout the diocese including St. Sebastian in the North Hils, St. Paul in Butler, St. Kieran (now part of St. Matthew Parish) in Lawrencevile, Madonna del Castelo in Swissvale, and St. Paul Cathedral. He was appointed auxiliary bishop Dec. 17, 2004, and ordained Feb. 2, 2005. He has served in a number of other roles for the diocese, including director of the Office for Family Life, secretary for Human/Secretariat for Social Concerns, Northwest Deanery Youth Director, Butler Deanery Family Life Director, and a Diocesan Marriage Preparation Policy Committee member. He also serves on numerous boards including the Pauline Auberle Foundation, the St. Anthony School (Programs), the Chimbote Foundation, and Duquesne University.

Master of ceremonies for the event will be parishioner and professional actor John Yost.

The new pastor from St. Martin de Porres, the Rev. John Gizler, will offer words of encouragement to continue and strengthen the Respect Life Movement, and Helen Cindrich, executive director for the People Concerned for the Unborn Child, will provide an update of pro-life activities in the area.

A turkey dinner will be prepared and served by the Parish Kitchen Ministry and Auberle Foundation’s Cullinary Arts students. Cost is $8.

For more information or for tickets, call Rosemary Bendel at 412-678-1640, Joseph Krol at 412-751-5493, or Robert Mineo at 412-672-6441. Tickets will not be available at the door. Deadline for reservations is Sunday.


McKeesport Daily News September 21, 2008

Glassport

Breakfast scheduled

Glassport’s parks and recreation committee is sponsoring a pancake and sausage breakfast Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center at Sixth Street and Monongahela Avenue. Breakfast is $4 for adults and $2 for children.


McKeesport Daily News September 22, 2008

Glassport

Multiple charges filed

David Tamsula Jr., 20, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and public intoxication on Sunday in the 200 block of N. Monongahela Avenue, police said.

Animal laws broken

Two Glassport men recently were cited for not having their dogs licensed and properly vaccinated.

• John Candelaria, no age available, of Glassport, was cited Thursday in the 300 block of N. Monongahela.

• Ryan Stranko, 29, of Glassport, was cited Thursday in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police said the borough’s animal control officer, Trisha Hroblak of White Oak Animal Safe Haven, issued the citations.


McKeesport Daily News September 24, 2008

Glassport woman hit by police vehicle

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport woman was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after being struck by a police vehicle in Glassport.

Pam Jones, 66, of Glassport, was listed in stable condition at UPMC Presbyterian Tuesday night after being hit by a passing police vehicle in the 500 block of Monongahela Avenue at approximately 4:45 p.m.

A witness said Jones was conscious and talking with authorities immediately following the accident. Her nose was cut and possibly broken in the accident and her knee was scraped.

Jones had parked her car along the northbound lane of Monongahela in front of John’s Floral and Greenery shop and crossed the street to deliver a letter to the 514 Club. She put the letter in the door and went back to her vehicle when a friend from inside the club called out across the street to her. Jones had just gotten out of her vehicle to go see the friend when she was hit by a passing police vehicle, the witness said.

The witness, who did not wish to be identified, said Jones’ main concern at the accident scene was for her aging mother, whom she cares for. A friend of Jones’ was looking after the mother Tuesday night. The witness said Jones was also concerned about the well­being of the officer who was driving the vehicle that struck her.

“She was comforting the police officer, saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK,’” the witness said. Glassport police could not discuss the incident in detail because it involved one of their officers.

The investigation was turned over to Allegheny County police.

An accident reconstruction detective from that department said he could not discuss the incident with the media.

Jones was transported to the hospital by a Clairton EMS ambulance.


McKeesport Daily News October 1, 2008

Glassport

Man charged

David Truxal, 19, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct on Monday at 4:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police said they were called after the suspect began breaking dishes in his home.

Harassment charge filed

David Tamsula Jr., 20, of Glassport, was cited for harassment on Sunday at 8:52 p.m. after he got into an altercation with another man along Sixth Street, police reported.

Accident reported

A 54-year-old Glassport man was taken to an area hospital Tuesday after his van struck a telephone pole at N. Monongahela Avenue and Reed Street at 8:32 a.m.

Police would not release the victim’s name but said he may have suffered a medical attack while driving.

EMS workers administered CPR at the scene.

Police said his vehicle sustained front end damage.

Glassport man charged

Jamie Snyder, 28, of Glassport, is charged with possession of controled substances and possession of a smal amount of marijuana in connection with an incident on Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. along the 2900 block of Fifth Avenue.

Police said a vehicle was observed along the avenue with an expired registration. A traffic stop was initiated, and officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Police said they recovered pills and a smalamount of marijuana.


McKeesport Daily News October 4, 2008

Police seek robbery, assault suspect

By STACY LEE Daily News Staff Writer slee@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport police are looking for a suspect in a robbery and assault on a borough woman.

A 39 year-old resident suffered broken ribs after being assaulted and having her purse stolen on Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. at a pay phone in the 900 block of Ohio Avenue.

“She was using a pay phone and a black male came behind her to take her purse,” police Chief Howard Kifer said. “There was a struggle and she was knocked to the ground. He started kicking her and kneeing her in her side. He finally took the purse (and) did damage to some of her ribs.”

Clairton EMS transported the victim to UPMC McKeesport, where she was treated and released. Kifer said the suspect fled toward Cypress Alley.

Clairton police were called to aid with a K-9, who tracked another black male in the area.

When police ran a search on Bryan Coles, 18, of McKeesport, they found he was wanted on a magisterial warrant by McKeesport police. Coles, who Kifer said had nothing to do with the robbery, was arrested on that warrant in the 900 block of Cypress Way.

The woman’s purse was found by motorists on the Glassport ramp to the Clairton Bridge. It was returned to the Glassport police station. Five dollars and prescription medi­cation were missing.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with short hair. He was dressed in black and wearing a bandanna covering his face at the time of the robbery.

Kifer said police have a photo from a nearby business camera and are working to enhance the image of the suspect. Anyone with information about the robbery should call Glassport police at 412-672­4514.


McKeesport Daily News October 6, 2008

Glassport

Meeting schedules noted

Beginning this month, Glassport Council will conduct its workshop and regular meetings on the same night.

The first of these combined meetings is on Oct. 21. The workshop meeting will begin at 6 p.m.At 7 p.m., there wil be a public hearing on the proposed demolition of three dilapidated structures by way of a controled burn for fire safety training.

The regular council meeting will follow the hearing.

Halloween celebration set

Glassport will have its Halloween celebration on Oct. 31, with a parade at 5 p.m. That will be followed by trick-or-treat from 6-8 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News October 6, 2008

Glassport

Two men charged

Benjamin Schultz, 19, of North Versailles Township, is charged with DUI and under­age drinking, and Alexander Dickun, 19, of Apollo, is charged with possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, public intoxication and under­age drinking after Schultz drove through a stop sign


McKeesport Daily News October 8, 2008

Glassport

Theft suspect charged

Sherry Gaskel, 39, of Glassport, was cited for retail theft on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. at Foodland. Police alLege the suspect put items valued at $36.16 into her purse. Store security held Gaskel until officers arrived, police said.


McKeesport Daily News October 9, 2008

Glassport

Pair arrested

Police arrested Mark McMasters, 40, of Turtle Creek, and Janet Kogar, 47, of Glassport, on charges of public intoxication Tuesday at 9:39 p.m. in the 300 block of Sixth Street. Both suspects were held until deemed sober.


McKeesport Daily News October 21, 2008

Glassport

K-9 tracks suspect

Police arrested Anthony Otlano, 23, of South Park Township, on charges of loitering and prowling and disorderly conduct Thursday evening after he was seen reportedly trying to break into vehicles in the area of Harrison Street and Hemlock Aley.

Police said they were able to apprehend Otlano in the woods near the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge by using their police dog and information from witness.

Pair charged

Police cited Glassport residents Kenneth Mayfield, 53, and Peter Mayfield, 49, for disorderly conduct on Sunday at 1:10 a.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police said the suspects had been involved with a dispute with a neighbor.

Lewdness charge filed

Ronald Reynolds, 55, of Glassport, was cited for open lewdness Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Foodland parking lot. Police allege the suspect was masturbating in public.

Police said the suspect appeared to be impaired at the time of his arrest.

Theft suspect charged

Jake Holmes, 28, of Glassport, was cited for retail theft on Friday at 1:40 p.m. at Rite-Aid. Police said the suspect took a bottle of soft drink valued at $1.39.


McKeesport Daily News October 22, 2008

Glassport man disputes paying business tax

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A Glassport resident who has motorcycles for sale in front of his home says he should not be required to pay a borough business tax for one simple reason. “I’m not running a business,” said Michael Trimble, who claims the motorcycles he parks in front of his home along Monongahela Avenue are not his but belong to his friends.

He brought the issue to the regular meeting of Glassport council on Tuesday after receiving a letter from the borough tax office saying he needed to pay the local business tax. Glassport officials said the business tax is $100.

Trimble, who spoke to council this summer about the motorcycles after he received a complaint about them being parked with “for sale” signs on them on a public sidewalk in front of his home, said that, in receiving the letter, “I feel I’m being singled out by certain members of council.” Trimble said the borough was unfairly trying to collect the tax from him while ignoring other members of the community who, for instance, sell Tupperware or items on eBay out of their homes. More to the point, he said, nobody is buying the motorcycles.

“They’re sitting out in front of my house for sale but they’re not selling,” Trimble said. Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco said a resident who runs a small business and has paid the tax brought the issue to the borough’s attention. Borough Solicitor John Rushford said the borough would look into the matter.

In other business, the borough announced it has received $22,518.78 from the state Auditor General’s office for support of Citizens Hose Co. No. 1. In previous years, the borough would have split the annual allocation from the state between Citizens and Reliance Hose Co. No. 2, which is no longer an operational fire department. Council voted last year to make Citizens its sole fire department after a state report found that the borough no longer needed two departments.

The Glassport Senior Citizens Center continues to report success since a July reorganization put the center under the operation of local volunteers. Center Director Vina March reported to council that membership is now up to 167, an all­time high for the center.

Before community volunteers took over last summer, membership had dropped to just 13.

March said the center is working with LifeSpan — a county­based organization that had administered the Glassport program before it was reorganized — to bring a hot lunch program back to the center. If all goes well, the center could begin serving hot meals three days a week, beginning in November.


McKeesport Daily News October 25, 2008

Glassport

Senior events noted

The Glassport Senior Citizens Center still has a few seats remaining for the bus trip to The Meadows Casino this Wednesday. The bus will leave the center at 10 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.

Other upcoming events at the center include:

• Nov. 4 — Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 visits to discuss fire and winter safety issues

• Nov. 5 — November birthday celebration

• Nov. 12 — Thanksgiving dinner

• Nov. 19 — Bus trip to Tanger outlets in Washington

Chair exercises are offered at the center 10 to 10:45 a.m. All events require members to pre-register. For more information or to register call 412-672-2310.


McKeesport Daily News October 28, 2008

Glassport

Anti-crime efforts noted

Glassport police said they no longer will tolerate loitering by juveniles in borough streets or in the borough’s Third Street playground.

Police also said they will cite anyone younger than 18 who violates the borough curfew of 10 p.m. on weeknights or 11 p.m. on weekends.

Juveniles may be out past curfew if they are accompanied by a parent.

Police urge participation

Glassport police are urging residents to get involved with a community block watch program now being formed. For more information, call the borough at 412-672-4514 or 412-672-7400.

Successful drive noted

Mon Valey Leathernecks Association has announced success in its efforts to raise funds to cover shipping costs for personal care items and other materials that the group is sending to military personnel serving overseas.

MVLA Cpl. Howard Kifer said the association received $1,000 in donations from the Rita McGinley Foundation and from other Glassport organizations and residents, including Mama Pepino’s, Glassport American Legion, Carol’s Cafe, Pennsylvania Electric Coil, Paul’s Auto Service, Kirk Molica and Ronald Melocchi.

Kifer said anyone who would like to donate items for the troops can contact him at 412­952-9027.


McKeesport Daily News October 29, 2008

Queen of the Rosary Church

Rosary Society of the Queen of the Rosary Church in Glassport will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish social hall.

Jean Cunningham, president, will preside. A prayer service for the Poor Souls will take place with members participating and remembering their loved ones and deceased members of the group.

Group IV, led by Alice Jean Corigliano, will serve as hostesses for the evening. Payment of $15 for the Christmas dinner at Rock Run Inn will be collected at the meeting.

Officers will give their reports and refreshments and bingo will folow.


McKeesport Daily News October 30, 2008

Glassport

Pair arrested

Police arrested Russel Spence, 31, of McKeesport, and Mike Elko, 42, of Glassport, Wednesday at 2 a.m. in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Spence is charged with delivery of a controled substance.

Elko is charged with possession of a controled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Disorderly conduct cited

• Alicia Nolfi, 29, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct at Rite-Aid on Monday at 5:32 p.m., police said.

• Debora Caton, 38, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct on Friday at 7 p.m. at Sixth Street and Cypress Aley, police said.

Theft suspect cited

Tara Ragan, 28, of Glassport, was cited for retail theft, criminal conspiracy, and receiving stolen property on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at a local store, police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 8, 2008

Glassport board ponders clean landfill exemption request

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport zoning board is considering a special exemption to allow Beaver Landscaping to use a portion of the borough’s Patterson property for a clean landfill.

The 143-acre property currently is zoned as a conservancy district.

After a public hearing on the matter this week, zoning board Solicitor Dan Beisler said the board appears interested in rezoning 40 acres of the property as commercial to allow the landfill.

The Patterson property has been used for dumping in the past. Beaver Landscaping would be permitted only to dump items such as rock, brick, uncontaminated soil, concrete and other materials commonly associated with construction.

There also are plans for a composting operation to process biodegradable materials on the site, Beisler said.

Beaver Landscaping currently is leasing and cleaning up 10 acres of the property to ready the area for landfill.

It could be several months before the zoning board approves the subdivision.

The borough and state DEP would have to approve the project.

Beisler said there is talk of using the area for a recre­ation park once the landfill project is completed.


McKeesport Daily News November 8, 2008

Glassport

Meeting times noted

Glassport council will hold its workshop and regular meeting Nov. 18 in borough offices at 440 Monongahela Ave. The workshop meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the regular voting session folows at 7. The meeting times were incorrectly stated in Friday’s paper.


McKeesport Daily News November 8, 2008

Glassport awards Halloween parade winners

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport has announced the winners of its Halloween parade contests.

Natalie Cherok was voted prettiest Halloween character, followed by Elizabeth Madden in second and Tiara Wormon in third.

Scott Kepple was awarded funniest costume. Gavin DeVerse and Zander Rocco were runners-up.

Dylon Thompaso took the prize for scariest/ugliest costume. Emily Felicetty placed second and Madison Mordecki was third.

E.J. Scavincky was judged to have the most original costume. Kenny Brownfield and Nicholas D’Angelo finished second and third, respectively. Michael Gray won a gift basket donated by Jeannine Kesslar of Coldwell Banker.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2008

Glassport

Alcohol-related charges filed

• Kimberly Kruska, 32, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Nov. 5 at 6:15 p.m. in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

• Anthony McCallister, 51, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Saturday at 9:15 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue, police said.

• Sue DeFrancisco, 49, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.

• Brian Gilbert, 43, of Glassport, was cited

Pair charged with harassment

Walter Plesniak Jr., 45, and Diana Farally, 42, both of Glassport, each were charged with harassment on Nov. 4 at 5:45 p.m. at a residence in the 600 block of Vermont Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 12, 2008

Glassport Senior events noted

be offered at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center:

• Flu shots wilbe administered Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Borough firefighters will present a “safety in the home” course Monday at 12:30 p.m.

Seats remain available for the shopping trip to Tanger Outlets Nov. 19. The bus leaves the center at 10 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. The cost is $12. For more information, call 412-672-2310.


McKeesport Daily News November 14, 2008

Queen of the Rosary Holy Name Society of Glassport

Queen of the Rosary Holy Name Society of Glassport is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving bingo Sunday in Queen of the Rosary Social Hall along Michigan Avenue in Glassport.

Early bird starts at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo begins at 7. Regular bingo winners will receive a certificate for a turkey.

There will be cash specials and fast bingos and a jackpot. There will also be a bake sale, door prizes and raffles. The kitchen will be open.

For tickets call Michael Ksiazek at 412-672­3910 or any Holy Name member.


McKeesport Daily News November 17, 2008

Arson suspected in Glassport fire

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

A weekend fire in Glassport is believed to be arson. The fire at an abandoned house at 715 Peach Way was reported Saturday at 8:35 p.m.

When fire crews arrived, the porch and exterior of the home were fully engulfed in flame. Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 30 minutes, Citizens Hose Company Chief Wayne Lewis said. No one was injured in the fire.

There have been a series of suspected arsons at abandoned homes in Glassport this year. Lewis said this latest blaze also is believed to have been intentionally set. The Allegheny County Fire Marshall is investigating the blaze.


McKeesport Daily News November 19, 2008

Glassport

Parking reminder issued

Glassport police are reminding motorists to park no closer than 30 feet from intersections. Parking too close to intersections can render streets unmaneuverable for emergency vehicles.


McKeesport Daily News November 19, 2008

Glassport officials consider trash-hauling bids

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport borough may have a new garbage hauler come February. Borough council members opened four sealed bids at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Two of the bidders for the three-year contract — Nicholich Sanitation and the borough’s current trash service provider, County Hauling — submitted nearly identical low bids, according to a preliminary calculation of rates.

County Hauling submitted a bid that would charge customers $10.06 per month the first year, $10.41 in year two and $10.78 in the final year. Nicholich Sanitation would charge $10.05 per month in year one, $10.40 in year two and $10.80 in the third year as part of its offer.

Solicitor Gary Matta said the borough will examine the details of the two contracts to see if one offers a better deal than the other and council is expected to approve one at its next meeting.

County Hauling, which has been the borough’s garbage hauler for the past five years, currently charges customers in Glassport $9.98 per month.

Two other companies submitted bids to provide the service.

Allied Waste submitted a proposal that would charge customers $11.40 per month for trash pick-up beginning in 2009.

Waste Management’s bid would start customers at $12.67 per month in 2009.

Both of those companies would raise rates annually over the three-year period.

In other business, council awarded an $8,850 contract to X-Treme Klean Inc. of Wellsvile, Ohio, to tear down a dilapidated house at 829 Ohio Ave. X-Treme’s bid was lower than one from Gulf Trading & Transport LLC of Blairsvile, which said it would do the job for $9,732.


McKeesport Daily News November 20, 2008

Glassport

Counterfeit bills passed

Police are warning businesses and residents to be on the alert for fake $20 and $50 bills. Glassport police Chief Howard Kifer said three local businesses have reported receiving the counterfeit bills recently. Anyone receiving a bill that appears suspicious should call police at 412-672-4514.


McKeesport Daily News November 21, 2008

Glassport

Woman charged

Kimberly Kruszka, 33, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication and disorderly conduct Nov. 13.

Police said the suspect received the first charge because she was in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue at 8:40 p.m. in a highly intoxicated condition. In a holding cell at the station about an hour later, the suspect screamed, spat and removed her clothes, police said. She was subsequently cited for disorderly conduct.

Alcohol-related charge filed

• Bryan Gilbert, 43, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication in the 700 block of Hemlock Alley Nov. 14 at 5:05 p.m., police said.

• Sue DeFrancisco, 49, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication Nov. 14 at 5:05 p.m. at Hemlock Alley and Eighth Street, police said.


McKeesport Daily News November 27, 2008

Glassport

Holiday hours noted

Borough offices wil be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday. There wilbe no garbage collection on Thursday. Thursday and Friday colections wilbe on a one-day delay basis.


McKeesport Daily News November 27, 2008

Glassport

Vehicle vandalism reported

Glassport police are investigating reports of damage to at least 12 vehicles. Police are asking the public to call them with any information they may have that helps them determine who broke the windows of at least 12 vehicles that were parked on streets throughout the borough.

Police Chief Howard Kifer said most of the vehicles had their side windows broken out, possibly with a BB gun. The first incident of vandalism was reported Monday shortly after midnight and additional reports of damaged automobiles continued to come in throughout the day.

Damaged vehicles were reported along Marie and Second streets and Vermont, Ohio, Indiana and Erie avenues. “Any tip helps,” said Kifer, adding that anyone who sus tained recent vehicle damage possibly related to the vandalism spree should also contact police at 412-672-4514.

Parent charged

Bethany Jackna, 22, of Glassport, was cited on two counts of endangering the welfare of children Nov. 16 at 7:50 a.m. Police said the suspect’s 4­year-old child was reported as wandering alone in pink pajamas at the corner of Seventh Street and Delaware Avenue.

Upon investigation, police learned the child’s mother was home sleeping at the time.

Alleged beggar charged

Terrance Burnett, 26, of McKeesport, was cited for disorderly conduct on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. near the entrance of Foodland. The suspect allegedly was begging store patrons for money or a ride in an aggressive manner, police said.

Alcohol-related charges filed

John Rager, 30, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Sunday at 7:18 p.m. in the 400 block of Iowa Avenue. Police said the suspect was screaming and making obscene gestures shortly before his arrest.


McKeesport Daily News November 29, 2008

Glassport

Budget meeting set

There will be a public budget workshop meeting in Glassport on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in council chambers at 440 Monongahela Ave. The public will be able to inspect the proposed 2009 annual budget for a 10-day period beginning Wednesday at the borough building. Council plans to adopt the budget and the 2009 tax ordinance at its regular meeting on Dec. 16.


McKeesport Daily News December 2, 2008

Queen of the Rosary Parish of Glassport

Rosary Society of the Queen of Rosary Parish of Glassport will have its Christmas party Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Butler’s Rock Run Inn in Elizabeth Township.

If interested in going and have not made reservations, call Jean Cunningham at 412-673-9889 or Corrine Hopkins at 412-672-3028.

Checks for $15 should be made payable to the Rosary Society. There will be a $5 grab bag. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 4 p.m. and depart Rock Run Inn for Glassport at 9 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News December 3, 2008

Glassport

Four cited at party

A police raid on an under­age drinking party in the 800 block of Michigan Avenue on Saturday at 11:50 p.m. resulted in five arrests, with all suspects being charged with underage drinking. The folowing individuals have been charged:

• Matt Williams, 18, of Glassport

• Robert Gordon Williams II, 20, of Glassport

• Jessica DeLuise, 18, of Whitehall

• Jared Williams, 19, of Liberty

• Joseph James Ostrowski, 19, of Elizabeth.

Disorderly conduct charges filed

• Christopher Alan Rager, 20, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct Saturday at 5:10 p.m. in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue, police said.

• Kristin Zalac, 19, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct Saturday at 5:10 p.m. in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue, police said.

• Anthony A. Frederick, 26, of North Versailes Township, was cited for disorderly conduct and public intoxication on Sunday at 9:39 p.m. in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News December 5, 2008

Glassport

Light-up night is set Sunday

Glassport Borough Parks & Recreation is sponsoring Christmas Light-Up Night Sunday. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Honor Roll and continues with refreshments, entertainment and a visit with Santa at the American Legion. Entertainment is supported by a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant as administered by Twin Rivers Council of Governments.


McKeesport Daily News December 6, 2008

Glassport

Woman cited

Michelle Lynn Meadvile, 34, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct and harassment on Tuesday at 11:15 p.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue.


McKeesport Daily News December 10, 2008

Glassport

Ordinance violator cited

Ryan Stanko, 29, of Glassport, was cited by mail Thursday for violating a borough health and safety ordinance by maintaining property in the 600 block of Monongahela Avenue.

Police said garbage and dog waste had been left on the property for at least three days before they issued the citation.

Alcohol-related charge filed

Dwight Vannatta II, 25, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication on Saturday at 8 p.m. Police said the suspect was lying on the ground in the area of the car wash at Third Street just before his arrest.

House ransacked

James Raines, 35, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct Saturday at 6:45 p.m. after he ransacked a home in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue, police said.

Assault charge filed

John Truxal, 20, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment for physicaly attacking a juvenile in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue on Saturday at 9 p.m., police reported.


McKeesport Daily News December 12, 2008

Glassport

Police charge four

Police have charged four Glassport residents who alegedly forced their way into a man’s apartment in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue and stole $27 in cash and a bottle of wine Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

Police said the owner of the stolen items was asleep when the incident occurred.

The suspects reportedly told the man’s roommate they were there to harm the victim, who apparently remained sleeping during the incident.

Police charged the folowing individuals with criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and criminal trespass:

• John Rager, 30, of Glassport

• Bryan Gilbert, 43, of Glassport

• Sue DeFrancisco, 49, of Glassport

• John Truxal, 20, of Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News December 16, 2008

Glassport

DUI suspect charged

John Mandella, 58, of Pittsburgh, was cited for DUI and careless driving on Saturday at 11:05 p.m. in the 800 block of Monongahela Avenue. He was taken to the holding facility in McKeesport and held until sober, police said.


McKeesport Daily News December 19, 2008

Nicholich Sanitation takes over garbage collection in Glassport

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport borough has hired a new garbage hauler. Beginning Feb. 16, Nicholich Sanitation will collect trash in the municipality, replacing the borough’s current provider, County Hauling.

Under the new three-year agreement, Nicholich Sanitation wilcharge customers $10.05 per month in the first year, $10.40 in the second year, and $10.80 in the third year as part of its offer.

County Hauling submitted a bid that would have charged customers $10.35 per month the first year, $10.71 in the second year, and $11.10 in the final year.

When borough officials opened the bids at a meeting last month, they initially calculated that the rates for the two proposals were comparable within one or two cents per month. However, Solicitor Gary Matta said further examination of the two proposals revealed that the Nicholich bid was 30 to 31 cents cheaper per month. He said the initial conclusion that the rates were virtually identical stemmed, in part, from the two companies using differing figures for how many customers are in the borough when they calculated their charges per ton.

Allied Waste and Waste Management also submitted bids this year but those companies’ rates were significantly higher. Glassport residents currently pay $9.98 per month for garbage collection.


McKeesport Daily News December 19, 2008

Glassport

Car theft thwarted

Glassport police arrested two men who alegedly were trying to hot wire a car in the 800 block of Michigan Avenue Thursday at 1:24 a.m.

Bryan Brown, 18, of Glassport, and Robert Hines, 22, of Pittsburgh, each are charged with theft by unlawful taking, criminal attempt, criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and criminal mischief.

Hines, who was wanted on a sheriff’s warrant, is also charged with providing false identification to law enforcement.

Police said a resident saw two men breaking into a white Honda that was parked in the street and called police. The men fled before officers arrived but were nabbed by police nearby on Eighth Street.


McKeesport Daily News December 22, 2008

Glassport bar owner keeps tradition of holiday giving

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StafWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Bob Wawrzeniak, owner of Bob’s Bar in Glassport, is sending $15,000 in donations from bar patrons to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

To a stranger entering Bob’s Bar in Glassport for the first time, it might look as if the patrons were throwing away their money. Two Iron City beer boxes are mounted on top of a lighting overhang behind the bar, into which customers toss much of their spare change. Dollar bills also are left behind that the man behind the bar picks up and puts into his collection. But the money isn’t being wasted. It isn’t even being used for tips. The owner and tender of the bar, Bob Wawrzeniak, for decades has gathered up althe spent change and sent it to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund at the end of the year.

This year, for the second year in a row, Wawrzeniak is sending a $15,000 check to the fund. The tradition of giving to the hospital began 31 years ago. “It started as a joke,” Wawrzeniak recalled. Patrons were throwing their spare change at the overhang, trying to land their coins on its sloped surface. Coins were accumulating behind the bar as a result and the patrons told the bar owner he should gather up the money and use it to throw a party. “I said, ‘You guys party enough. Let’s do something with it.’”

Paul Stecak, a longtime friend of the bar, suggested they donate the money to what is now known as Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and thus a tradition was born. “There’s a lot of good guys at this bar,” said Stecak, who still frequents the place.

The bar celebrates the good men and women who’ve been regulars there for years; the interior walls are loaded with photos and plaques celebrating the bar’s traditions and its charitable ties to the hospital. One poster on the wall at the end of the bar records how much the bar has given to the hospital over the years. In 1977, the bar sent $1,800 to the hospital. The bar gave a couple hundred dolars more in each folowing year, until the mills began closing down in the early 1980s.

Donations decreased for a while but picked up again in 1989. Since then donations have only increased to their current high levels.

Glassport Councilman Paul Trunzo said of Wawrzeniak, “He’s an awesome guy.” “It’s a shot-and-a-beer town bar,” Trunzo said. “The people who come here are the best.”

Wawrzeniak opened the bar, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue, 52 years ago. In the old days, he said the business was open around the clock to accommodate shift workers from the mils. Nowadays, Bob’s is only open from 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Customer Dan Mawritz said the bar and its charity hold a soft spot in the hearts of many. “Even people who’ve moved out of town still send money back,” Mawritz said. Wawrzeniak said the fund for Children’s Hospital draws support from all over. Wawrzeniak said a retired pharmacist has ridden his bicycle over to Glassport from his home in Mt. Lebanon on several occasions just to donate to the hospital colection. He said the cyclist is generous, giving $100 on each occasion.

The bar owner sends the annual checks to the hospital by mail and said he doesn’t seek to publicize the bar’s charitable efforts. So why does he do it? “I get the biggest kick out of it,” he said. “There’s a lot of good people left.”


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2009

Photo by Michael DiVittorio/Daily News

Firefighters from West MIfflin and neighboring communities responded to a fire along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue in Glassport Friday night.

10 displaced in Glassport blaze

By MICHAEL DIVITTORIO Daily News Staff Writer mdivittorio@dailynewsemail.com

Six children and four adults are being helped by the American Red Cross after being displaced by a fire along the 600 block of Indiana Avenue in Glassport.

Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 fire Chief Wayne Lewis said no one was injured after a blaze erupted in the second floor of a building at 607 Indiana Ave. Friday after 8 p.m. A neighboring structure about a building away from the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Sixth Street also was damaged. “When we arrived on scene,” the chief said, “the second floor was totally engulfed. We’re currently investigating with the (Allegheny) County Fire Marshal’s office.

All occupants — there (were) six kids, four adults in both houses — they were all evacuated safely.” Emergency responders from West Mifflin, Clairton and surrounding communities also responded to the call. Firefighters had some difficulty fighting the fire from the front of the houses. “The power lines came down right in front of the building,” Lewis said. “We had to go to a backup plan to go to the rear structure till Duquesne Light arrived on scene.”

A cause for the blaze was not determined. Initial reports do not indicate the fire to be suspicious. “Once the investigation’s completed, we’ll have another report,” Lewis said. “Both families are going to be displaced at this time.” Salvation Army Disaster Services also assisted responders and the families.


McKeesport Daily News January 3, 2009

Glassport

Charges filed

John Rager Jr., 30, of Glassport, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of harassment on Thursday after police had to go to his home in the 400 block of Iowa Avenue on two separate occasions. Police said they went to the house at 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. because Rager alegedly was breaking property and threatening family members.

Pair arrested

Police arrested Holly Piplica, 19, of McKeesport, for under­ age drinking and disorderly conduct on Thursday at 1:51 a.m. in the 500 block of Vermont Avenue after she alegedly passed out from drinking. Police said when she was revived, she became belligerent with officers. Police said they arrested Piplica’s boyfriend, Shawn Catanzaro, 22, of Glassport, a few minutes later and charged him with disorderly conduct after he started protesting her arrest.


McKeesport Daily News January 7, 2009

Glassport Public intox reported

Arthur Fine, 43, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication, loitering and prowling at night and resisting arrest at 2:20 a.m. on Monday at a residence in the 300 block of Euclid Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News January 8, 2009

Glassport

Meetings noted

There will be a Glassport council workshop meeting tonight in council chambers at 7.

Also, a public hearing will be Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. regarding the demolition of St. Cecilia’s Church at Eighth Street and Ohio Ave., and a structure at 304-306 Sixth Street. The regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.


McKeesport Daily News January 14, 2009

Glassport

Man charged

Officers approached the group, which started to disperse when they saw officers, and questioned them. Police said they recovered 88 packets of heroin from the incident.

Kurt Virag, 48, of McKeesport, was cited for criminal mischief and criminal trespass on Saturday at 1:43 a.m. at a residence in the 600 block of Alegheny Avenue.

Police said the suspect was forcibly trying to gain entry to a building and in so doing broke a door jamb.

Ordinance violation filed

Leonard Pasinski, no age available, of Glassport, was cited for violating a borough ordinance for waste disposal. Police said the suspect was cited for dumping animal waste in a sewer in Cherry Alley on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Assault suspect arrested

Carl Elm, 56, of Glassport, was cited with resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault on Saturday at 9:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Ohio Avenue, police said.


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2009

Glassport

Senior events noted

Several activities are scheduled at the Glassport Senior Citizens Center.

• January birthdays will be celebrated Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

• Chair exercises are offered every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

• Lunch is offered daily for $2.

The center also plans to offer bingo soon.


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2009

DeMarco siblings share story about sick puppy

By STACY LEE Daily News StafWriter slee@dailynewsemail.com

South Allegheny teacher Shannon DeMarco holds 11-week-old American bull dog puppy Nina.

Glassport siblings Jason and Shannon DeMarco were happy to finally find an American bulldog breeder on the networking Web site www.craigslist.com. However, they later found out the dog was more than they had bargained for.

They now have to pay more than $5,000 in veterinarian bills after 13-week-old Nina was found to have a rare infection in her leg. "An infection ate away at the growth plate in her leg," Shannon DeMarco said. "They said it's only been seen in horses."

The Humane Society of the United States said many Americans deal with the same issues when buying a puppy. "Unfortunately, the Humane Society of the United States receives hundreds of complaints every year from families who have purchased a puppy though a newspaper ad or over the Internet without carefully screening the breeder," spokeswoman Kathleen Summers said. "Sadly, many of these complaints involve puppies who become sick or even die shortly after purchase. Often the buyer is left with a hefty vet bill in addition to caring for a sick or dying animal."

The siblings learned of Nina's diagnosis from taking her to a specialist at Ohio State University on Dec. 24 after seeing many local veterinarians. "The first vet said it's been broken for weeks and they can't do anything," Jason DeMarco said. "Two more specialists said it had to be amputated. She's not in pain, but they said if you leave it go she'll die." Jason DeMarco said one of the specialists liked her so much, they wanted to keep her.

The DeMarcos were too attached to Nina by then. Nina had her first surgery on Jan. 5 to remove the infection and mend the bone. A follow-up surgery will lengthen the puppy's femur and is scheduled for next month. To purchase the puppy, the DeMarcos met with a man Dec. 16 at a gas station parking lot in Monongahela. "The guy wanted me to meet him halfway," Jason DeMarco said. "He let me know at the last minute she limps a little bit, but she was born with it. I looked and said, `What did the doctor say?' and he said, `I didn't take her to a doctor."'

The seller did take $100 off the cost, leaving the total at $400. Shannon DeMarco, who's a South Allegheny teacher, said she and her brother felt so bad for the puppy after seeing her that they wanted to help her. Because Shannon and Jason DeMarco live in the same building, they can share the responsibilities of caring for Nina.

"I have known the DeMarco family for many years," said Laura Thomson, South Allegheny School District public relations coordinator. "They truly live by the philosophy; `All for one and one for all,' so what Shannon is doing to assist her brother in helping with the care and well-being of this puppy is not out of the ordinary for her, it is just one of the many examples of how the DeMarco family helps each other. I really admire that quality about her and her family."

After numerous attempts to contact the seller, the DeMarcos reached him and he agreed to refund them the cost of the puppy. They never received a check.

"The HSUS recommends never purchasing any puppy without visiting the home where the puppy was born and raised," Summers said. "In order to avoid supporting a puppy mill, it's important for a puppy buyer to visit the home to see how the mother and father dog are living. A responsible breeder will raise her dogs in the home and treat her breeding dogs like a part of the family. The dogs should not be kept outside in cages. The breeder also should be able to supply her veterinarian's contact information and detailed records from the veterinarian who has treated the puppy, not just a list of vaccination dates, but copies of records from actual veterinarv visits."

Complaints about purchasing a sick puppy can be made at www.humanesociety.org/puppymills and more information about screening a breeder can be found at www.humanesociety.org/puppy.


McKeesport Daily News January 16, 2009

Glassport's Patterson property rezoned for use as clean landfill

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News StaffWriter eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

Glassport is taking steps aimed at getting its waste chain in order. At a borough council meeting Tuesday, landfills and garbage were discussed in detail. Council approved a measure that will allow Beaver Landscaping to use a portion of the borough's Patterson property for a clean landfill.

The action rezones to light industrial 40 acres of the 143-acre property. Ten of those rezoned acres will be used as a landfill for items such as rock, brick, - uncontaminated soil, concrete and other materials commonly associated with construction.

The Patterson property has been used for illegal dumping in the past. Mayor Terry DiMarco said Beaver Landscaping has cleaned up the former dump, saving the borough money. The state Department of Environmental Protection ultimately will have to approve the new landfill.

On a related note, council awarded a contract to Beaver Landscaping for the demolition of a dilapidated property at 829 Ohio Ave. for a cost of $8,800. The demolition contract had been awarded to Xtreme Clean for $8,850 at an earlier date, but DiMarco said that company could not begin the project because of scheduling issues. Because the borough is eager to have the structure torn down, he said the contract was awarded to Beaver, which offered to do the job at a lower rate.

The mayor also reported that the borough is working with West-to-West Coalition to determine if grant money is available for soil toxicity testing in the parking lot behind the borough building. He said the testing needs to be done as a pre-condition for the proposed sale of a portion of the lot to Pennsylvania Coach Lines, which currently leases part of the lot to park school buses. DiMarco said an asking price for the lot will be determined once the testing is complete.

Early in the meeting, residents Shirley and Roger Stuart said the borough could do much to improve its appearance to outsiders by cleaning up litter. The retired couple said they often pick up trash in their neighborhood and believe others in the borough, especially business owners, will do the same with a little encouragement. "Believe me, it's good exercise," Shirley Stuart said of their clean-up activities. Stuart said she and her husband already have talked to some businesses about keeping the sidewalks clear of trash and had some success. The couple said it only takes two minutes per week to clean up a sidewalk. The couple asked council members to grant them approval to continue taking their anti-litter message to community members.

Councilwoman Nancy Crncic gave the Stuarts her vote of support. "I think that's great," Crncic said. "If they are willing to volunteer, I think that they would have council's blessing."

Council President John DeSue said he would talk to the borough's newly approved waste hauler, Nicholich Towing, about putting more public trash cans on borough streets and emptying them regularly. DiMarco said he would talk to the local Magisterial District Court about having juvenile offenders clean up litter as community service. "It's nice to see people who care," DiMarco added.


McKeesport Daily News January 20, 2009

Glassport

Assault suspect charged

Jason Castine, 33, of Glassport, was cited for simple assault on Saturday at 5:52 p.m. Police said the suspect assaulted a female victim in a residence in the 700 block of Indiana Avenue. After the attack, the suspect left the home and was arrested a short time later at Foodland.


McKeesport Daily News January 22, 2009

Glassport

Suspect charged

Justin Wirnicki, 19, of Glassport, was arrested for robbery, criminal conspiracy, disorderly conduct and harassment on Monday at 9:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Ohio Avenue. Police said the suspect assaulted a juvenile who was walking home from a convenience store along Monongahela Avenue. Police said Wirnicki and another suspect, who remains at large, attacked the juvenile, taking cigarettes and $4 from him.


McKeesport Daily News January 24, 2009

Glassport

Pair arrested

Two men were cited for disorderly conduct for fighting in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue on Thursday at 1 p.m. Police identified them as Gavin Thomas Charrette, 25, of Morgantown, W.Va., and John Bolf, 53, of Glassport.


McKeesport Daily News February 3, 2009

Glassport

Vets’ names sought

Glassport residents who served in the military during wartime may submit their names for inclusion on the borough’s honor roll, Mayor Terry DiMarco has announced. Eligible vets are those who served in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Iraq.

They must to produce a DD­214 discharge form, birth certificate and proof that they joined the service while a resident of Glassport. The cost is $15. Information and payment should be brought to the borough office at 440 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, 15045.


McKeesport Daily News February 5, 2009

Glassport

Vets’ names sought

Glassport residents who served in the military during wartime may submit their names for inclusion on the borough’s Honor Roll. Names will be added free of charge for veterans who qualify.

A previous borough announcement that indicated there would be a charge was incorrect. For consideration, veterans must be able to produce their DD-214 discharge form, birth certificate and proof that they joined the service while a resident of Glassport.

Information and payment should be brought to the borough office at 440 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, 15045.

Meetings scheduled

Glassport council will have its monthly workshop meeting Feb. 12 at 6:45 p.m.

Its regular monthly voting session will be Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be in council chambers at 440 Monongahela Ave.

Walk maintenance urged

Glassport is reminding residents that though the borough owns its public sidewalks, property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks.

Walks should be kept clear of snow, ice and other debris that could lead to a pedestrian accident. Property owners also are responsible for repairing or replacing walks when necessary. Those who fail to keep their walks in good order are subject to fines under a borough ordinance.


McKeesport Daily News February 7, 2009

Ceilings, floors collapse in abandoned Glassport building

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer eslagle@dailynewsemail.com

The ceilings and floors of an abandoned structure in Glassport’s business district have collapsed.

The building at 620 Monongahela Ave. is now just a shell, literally, of its former self, after the interior of the three-story structure continued a collapse Thursday that locals say began at least six years ago.

The owner of the building, Arthur Schweikert, is deceased and the property has been on the borough’s demolition list for six months, according to Glassport officials. A person at a diner across the street from the building reported hearing a rumble in the structure at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Glassport police and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1 responded to the call and determined that most of the second and third floors had fallen to ground level. Police Chief Howard Kifer said the roof of the building already had been in a state of collapse and that snow and wet weather probably

led to the further deterioration of the building. “It’s just a hole there now,” he said of the interior. Authorities have put up police tape around the front of the building and building inspector Steve Volpe has posted “keep out” signs on the structure’s storefront windows. Kifer said motorists should not park in front of the building because of the potential for falling debris.

Glassport Mayor Terry DiMarco said of the structure, “It’s going to be taken care of.” DiMarco said he is seeking emergency funding from Twin Rivers Council of Governments to tear down the building as soon as possible and that he’d already had conversations with state legislators about securing demolition funds and has a Twin Rivers COG demolition grant request in the pipeline. “It wasn’t a surprise,” he said of the latest collapse.

On Friday, the borough was in the process of notifying any parties that have a financial stake in the building of the latest developments. There already has been a public hearing clearing the way for the structure’s demolition. Volpe said the sooner the building is leveled the better.

While posting the site on Friday he noted that the left exterior walis bowing about 2 inches.


McKeesport Daily News February 13, 2009

Glassport

ATV reminder issued

Glassport police are reminding area residents that ATVs and other off-road vehicles are not allowed to be driven on borough roads and sidewalks, nor are they permitted to be used at the Patterson property above town. Violators will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

Fines for off-roading in the borough range between $25 and $300.

Trash reminder given

Nicholich Sanitation, LLC, is the new contracted garbage colector and will begin serving the borough on Monday. Scheduled pick-up days will remain the same. Consumer billing will be handled by Nicholich.

Residents are reminded that borough ordinance requires garbage to be placed at the curb the evening before the scheduled pick-up date. The borough code enforcement officer will enforce this ordinance. Call the borough office at 412-672-7400 if you have questions or concerns.

Presidents Day hours noted

Glassport borough offices will be closed Monday in honor of Presidents Day. The office will resume its regular 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours on Tuesday.


McKeesport Daily News February 25, 2009

Glassport

Democrats to meet

The Glassport Democratic Committee will meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Glassport Senior Citizens Center. The purpose of the meeting is to endorse local candidates for the offices of mayor, council and constable. Those interested in running for any of these positions should attend this meeting and speak to the committee.

Meal program to begin

Glassport Senior Citizens Center will begin serving hot meals on March 2. Hot meals will be served three days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Participants must register for the program and the deadline for signing up for the first meal is 11:30 a.m. Friday.

For more information about the program, call Vina March at 412-672-2310.


McKeesport Daily News February 28, 2009

Glassport

Senior events announced

The following events are planned for the Glassport Senior Citizens Center in March.

• Hot meals begin Monday and wil be served every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Participants must register by 11 a.m. the day before the meal.

• Doors open for bingo at 6 p.m. Tuesday and games begin at 7. Future dates for monthly bingo games will be announced.

• Computer class registration is Wednesday at 1 p.m. Potential students can meet the instructors, ask questions and register for the upcoming class.

• Birthday Day is March 18. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. will celebrate all March birthdays.

• Chair exercises are every Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

• Silver Sneakers meet every Monday and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The center also is offering a trip to a Civic Light Opera show with lunch April 14.

A bus trip to Meadows Racetrack and Casino also is in the works.


McKeesport Daily News March 4, 2009

Glassport Dems endorse candidates

By THE DAILY NEWS

Glassport Democratic Committee announced it has endorsed the folowing candidates: Terry DiMarco for mayor; James Pasinski, Eugene Skerkoski and Paul Trunzo for council; Jennifer Pasinski for tax colector; Joseph Steffan for constable, and Pete Miller, Louis Borrelli, Jack Yarborough and Dino DeFelice for South Allegheny school directors.


McKeesport Daily News March 4, 2009

Glassport

Dance scheduled

A St. Patrick’s dance will take place at Glassport Senior Center on March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a BYOB event featuring light refreshments. Tickets are $5 per person. Only 75 tickets will be sold.


McKeesport Daily News March 4, 2009

Glassport

Alcohol-related arrest made

Kevin Cadieu, 41, of Glassport, was cited for public intoxication in the 400 block of Ohio Avenue on Sunday at 10:20 p.m. He was held until sober in the McKeesport lock-up, police said.

Disorderly conduct charge filed

John Faraly II, 21, of Glassport, was cited for disorderly conduct in the 500 block of Cypress Alley on Saturday at 3:36 a.m., police said.

Harassment suspect charged

Kristy Hall, 19, of Glassport, was cited for harassment on Sunday at 4:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Michigan Avenue, police said.

Assault suspect charged

George Price, 38, of Glassport, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and one count of resisting arrest in the 400 block of Erie Avenue on Sunday at 4:10 p.m., police said.

Multiple charges filed

• Damon Everly, 50, of Glassport, was cited for harassment, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats on Friday at 7:22 p.m. in the 700 block of Monongahela Avenue, police said.

• Marlene Sites, 21, of Pittsburgh, was cited for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, simple assault, harassment and two counts of aggravated assault on Sunday at 1:24 a.m. in the 900 block of Indiana Avenue. Police said they were called to break up a fight between Sites and two other women. Sites resisted and became belligerent with officers and had to be handcuffed. When they put the suspect in the back of the police car, she continued to resist and struck her head off the cage in the car, resulting in a cut to her head. Police had the suspect involuntarily committed to UPMC McKeesport.


McKeesport Daily News March 10, 2009

READERS’ VIEWPOINT

Glassport cemetery neglected

I would like to address the subject of a horribly neglected cemetery in Glassport. If something is not done soon, there will be nothing left of it.

This cemetery is called the Edmundson Cemetery and is also known as the Old Edmundson Cemetery or Caleb Edmundson Cemetery. It sits at Washington Boulevard and Second Street, but one would never know it.

The terrible condition photos are now on a man’s Web site for everyone to see and know where it is located. The Elizabeth Township Historical Society has what burial listings a lady gave them many years ago, but it is evident that many of those stones are not there today.

A few years ago pictures were taken of vandalized stones that were knocked down and today would need to be reset. However, until the debris, briars, and brush can be cleaned out, it would be no use to do anything about the stones. Our information tells us that the cemetery was part of the original Edmundson families farm and was mentioned in a deed dated Oct. 25, 1813, when they purchased the farm from William Sill.

It was later mentioned in an 1858 deed for the mining rights to the area and was excluded from that sale. We know the cemetery was taken care of in the early 1900s, most likely because members of the buried people’s families were there to oversee that it was cared for and still had a caretaker until he died in 1943.

We understand that limited attempts were taken to clean it up by scout troops in earlier years. I am thinking that this would be an excellent project for a Boy Scout troop or an Eagle Scout candidate to take on and hope that some kind of funding could be found by an influential person who would know of some way the fee could be made available for the remaining stones to be set and possibly a fence put around it.

It is a disgrace to the community to allow this to happen to the pioneer settlers that first owned the property within the area. When descendants come to visit, they are shocked to see what they find.

Can’t someone come forward to find a solution to show respect to those now deceased and think about how they would feel if it were their grandparents?

Ellen J. Balas North Huntingdon Township


McKeesport Daily News March 9, 2009

Glassport

K9 training noted

The Eastern Police K9 Association will offer a training certification course in Glassport for regional police departments March 26 and 27.

The course will cover all aspects of police dog training. The public is welcome to attend the session on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ninth Street ballfield.

The event is sponsored by Glassport borough, Glassport police and Citizens Hose Co. No. 1.


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