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MAYOR MICHAEL CHEREPKO
(Excerpt of Page 38 In Community Magazine Winter 2014 Edition)
Winter - a time to reflect on the seasons that have passed over the year. In this area, we are blessed with all four seasons. After a long, hard winter, everyone looks forward to spring, and the warmth and flowers of the season. In the Spring, thoughts turn to planting a garden, and the upcoming summer months. In summer, we enjoy the long daylight hours, evenings in the park, and time off from work and school. Fall brings various colors in the trees, and preparations for the coming winter months. Take the time to enjoy this winter season, and all that it has to offer. Don’t forget activities that our Recreation Commission has planned for all city residents – the Salute to Santa Parade and the Festival of Trees. Everyone looks forward to these wonderful city traditions. Goodness, but time does fly by! I can hardly believe that I’ve been in office nearly four years already. I had many goals when I was elected, and have strived to fulfill them. There are still many improvements that I’d like to make in the city, and I look forward to running for office again in the spring. Some of the accomplishments that have taken place in my term include new businesses that have been established, refurbishment of established businesses, streets paved, blighted buildings demolished, construction of a state-of-the-art educational building, establishment of and improvements in the Cultural and Educational District, purchase of equipment and establishment of in-house demolition, improvements to Renziehausen Park (including a dek hockey rink, field improvements, and road improvements), refurbishment of existing playgrounds and a new playground in the Highland Grove area, establishment of the Mayor’s Committee on Crime and Violence and The McKeesport Message Committee, neighborhood meetings in each ward with elected officials and department heads, and establishment of a youth-based program – Youth CAST. These are just some of the things that I have done, and there are still more that I’d like to accomplish. I was born and raised in McKeesport, and plan on raising my own family here. Like many others, I can say that this is “My City”, and I’m proud to be from McKeesport. There are many more things that I’d like to accomplish as Mayor, given the time. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the days that I have held office, and look forward to many more.
“Working Together For a Better McKeesport”
Respect, Dignity, Hope, and Love
The Mayor’s Corner
(Excerpt from the 2014 Spring Edition, of McKeesport’s In Community Magazine)
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Spring is finally here! We all look forward to this time of year when the grass turns green and the flowers start to bloom again after a long, dreary winter. Hopefully everyone got through the “Polar Vortex” this winter without too many problems. It is so nice to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Now it’s time to head out to Renzie Park to appreciate a walk among the flowers in the Rose Garden, and prepare our own yards for not only flowers, but also vegetable gardens which we relish all summer long.
A great way to get out of the house would be to attend a function at the newly renovated Palisades. We’re excited about the upcoming concert by “The Volunteers”, part of the United States Army Field Band, which is quickly approaching on March 16th. This talented group plays everything from rock, to pop, to patriotic, to country music. Be sure to come out and enjoy this free concert. Tickets are required for admittance, but free tickets are available at my office. Just stop by or call to request tickets. (412 675 5020 x605)
Summer will soon be here and school will be out. Children will have more free time to spend outdoors in the playgrounds around the city that were refurbished last year. Speaking of playgrounds, there will soon be a new one in the city – in Highland Grove. The city is working with Kaboom, and we are partnering with Duquesne Light Company for the project. Obtaining a Kaboom playground is an arduous process with a great deal of paperwork and planning that most people don’t even think about. We will need 200 volunteers to come out on build day – April 25th – to help with every aspect of the project. There is something for everyone to do that day. You don’t need to have construction background, but if you do, that’s great! Checking-in volunteers, helping serve food, or actually building the playground are all jobs that need done that day. It’s only a one day build. It will make a big difference in the lives of the children in the city, and I’m looking forward to not only helping improve the city, but also to enriching the lives of the children, who are our future. McKeesport has been designated as a “Playful City USA”, and this new playground will help enforce that title.
Another new thing in the area is the new Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School, a long-awaited improvement to our school district. The new building sits on Cornell Street at the site of the old Tech High, a/k/a McKeesport Junior High School, a/k/a McKeesport Middle School. Children in grades kindergarten through fifth are attending classes at the new building. The younger children primarily use one half of the building and older ones the other half. They have’s staggered start and dismissal times, but utilize shared areas such as the gymnasium and the cafeteria in the middle of the building at different times.
After two years in office, I’m excited about the projects and strategies that I have accomplished. Infrastructure improvements are a big issue with many residents, and main roads have been resurfaced – Lysle Boulevard, Walnut Street and West Fifth Avenue. These newly paved roads make it easier to attract new businesses to town. Among the new businesses that have opened are Dunkin’ Donuts, Bottom Dollar, Speedway and L&L Christian Book Store. I’m proud to have these quality businesses, along with others, serving our residents.
We have also instituted many community-based groups that are looking toward our future, and enhancing everyday life in our fair city. These groups include the Mayor’s Select Committee on Crime and Violence, The McKeesport Message Community – a Subcommittee of the SCCV and Youth CAST. These groups focus on the positive, and work to make McKeesport a better place to work and live. All of this has been accomplished while keeping the city afloat during the rebuilding of our economic infrastructure. Running the city may be a challenge at times, but it is one that I look forward to each and every day.
Reprint from In Community Magazine Winter 2013 Edition
Fall is behind us winter will soon begin. Hopefully Mother Nature will once again be kind to us and we will have another mild winter. From a city standpoint, a mild winter is what we hope for. The more that we can save on anti-skid materials and overtime for Public Works employees, the more we can hopefully towards improvements in our fair city.
I trust that all enjoyed the Halloween Festivities put on by the Recreation Commission. They teamed up with local groups to make these events bigger and better, and the result was fantastic! On October 25, the city hosted its first teen event – a zombie walk/mad scientist mash – up. We were lucky enough to have talented actors and dancers from McKeesport Little Theater work with us to make this a fantastic event for the young adults. McKeesport Area High School helped with publicizing the event to their students, helped with props, and supplied actors from the theater arts classes. A great time was had by all in attendance, and the Recreation Commission looks forward to planning the next teen event. The younger crowd was treated to the traditional Halloween parade and party the following day, and the city teamed up with Carnegie Library of McKeesport this year. The library brought their tradition of decorating pumpkins to the party and all children in attendance took home a pumpkin that they decorated themselves!
Speaking of the Recreation Commission, don’t forget the Festival of Trees. This annual event will be taking place December fifth through December 9, 2013 in Renziehausen Park. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and you can view the many trees decorated by local businesses, clubs and organizations. Santa will be there to hear little ones requests, and you can’t take a sleigh hay ride from Jacob Woll Pavilion to the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, and also to the clubhouse of the McKeesport Garden Club. My family and I always look forward to not only viewing the trees, the children’s activities and musical acts, but also that great ride provided by Public Works employees. Don’t forget the wonderful food sold by the culinary arts students from the high school, and desserts sold by the Semper Fidelis Club!
By now you probably have seen McKeesport Message signs not only in yards, in front of places of worship, and it over area roadways, but now large signs are popping up all over town. These signs are being sponsored by local businesses and community leaders. The goal is to spread the word of Respect, Dignity, Hope, and Love to citizens and visitors alike. The McKeesport Message Committee, a subcommittee of the Mayor’s Select Committee on Crime and Violence, hopes that everyone has taken note of these signs and is practicing these values in their everyday lives. It is especially important in this season of Hope, the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza seasons. It doesn’t take much just a smile or nod as you pass by a neighbor or even a stranger. Maybe you can do something for a neighbor like sweep leaves or snow, pick up litter around your house, or even volunteer just a few hours of your time. My daughter and I are planning on volunteering at a local church for a Thanksgiving dinner. It will be something that I know that she will remember for years to come. My wife and I work hard at instilling these values in our children, and hope that everyone else in the city takes note of these keywords to live by.
On the last note, recycle, recycle, recycle! It will not only help the environment, but will also save both you in the city money. It’s so easy to recycle, and you even save money since you won’t be buying as many garbage bags. In riding around the city, I hope to see more and more recycling bins out for pickup. If you don’t have a bin, use one of your garbage cans in mark it for recycling pick-up. So many items that are currently being put in your garbage, can be recycled – newspaper, cardboard, any colored glass, and plastics such as milk containers and detergent bottles. So little effort is required, but there is so much to gain. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and may God bless.
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Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Animal Friends will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Cats & Dogs at the Renziehausen Fire Station on Sunday, June 7th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Fee is $10.00 cash, per animal. A one year vaccination will be given unless you produce prior proof of vaccination with a current rabies certificate. In that case, a three year vaccination can be administered.
Outdoor events are subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to weather conditions
Folks should check with the event sponsors or City Hall on event date.
2015 McKeesport Events Schedule Plain Text Version
Saturday, June 6th Annual Fishing Derby, Renziehausen Park, Lake Emilie, 8:00 AM
Thursday, Jun 11th Good Neighbor Day, 5th Ave., Downtown McKeesport, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday, June 19th Movies in the Park, Alexander And The Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell, 9:30 PM
Saturday July 4th Summer Concert Series – Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell, 7:00 PM – Fireworks after dark
Friday, July 17th Movies in the Park, Annie, Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell, 9:30 PM
Monday, August, 10th Village for Kids Day, Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 11th International Village, Renziehausen Park, Stephen Barry Field, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday, August 12th International Village, Renziehausen Park, Stephen Barry Field, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday, August 13th International Village, Renziehausen Park, Stephen Barry Field, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM Fireworks after dark
Saturday, September 5th Labor Day weekend Rib fest, Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell
Sunday, September 6th Labor Day weekend Rib fest, Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell
Monday, September 7th Labor Day weekend Rib fest, Renziehausen Park, Lions Band shell Fireworks after dark
Saturday, October 24th Halloween Parade, Renziehausen Park, Tennis Court Parking Lot to Jacob
Woll Main Pavilion, 10:00 AM
Saturday, November 14th Salute to Santa Parade, 5th Ave., Downtown McKeesport, 11:00 AM Children’s Christmas Party immediately following Parade
Thursday, December 3rd Festival of Trees – Renziehausen Park, Jacob Woll Main Pavilion, Noon – 9:00 PM
Friday, December 4th Festival of Trees – Renziehausen Park, Jacob Woll Main Pavilion, Noon – 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th Festival of Trees – Renziehausen Park, Jacob Woll Main Pavilion, Noon – 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 6th Festival of Trees – Renziehausen Park, Jacob Woll Main Pavilion, Noon – 9:00 PM
Monday, December 7th Festival of Trees – Renziehausen Park, Jacob Woll Main Pavilion, Noon – 9:00 PM
CONCERTS - LIONS BAND SHELL – RENZIEHAUSEN PARK – 7:00 P.M. START TIME
June 21 - The Vogues
June 28 - Zoot Island Beach Party
July 1 - U. S. Air Force Band
July 4 - The Buffettman and his Fruitcake Band (Followed by Fireworks)
July 12 - Treasure Band
July 19 - Dancing Queen
July 26 - Beatlemania
August 2 - Judi Figel
August 9 - Todd Jones
August 16 - North Star Kids (6 p.m.) Scott, Rob and Gregg of “THE CLARKS”
August 23 - Totally 80’s Band
August 30 - Sputzy
September 4 - River City Brass Band
September 5 - Tres Lads
September 6 - Bo Wagner’s – Frank Sinatra Show
September 7 - The Jaggerz
September 13 - Penn Trafford Community Band – Patriotism Tribute (Patriotism Day Parade followed by Fireworks)
2015 Factbook Moved to 2015 Factbook Page
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The Winter Edition of In Community McKeesport Area Magazine is in the mail
SAVE THE DATE Event information below or get Save The Date PDF Flier
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR MINORITY HIV/AIDS PREVENTION (PMHAP)
In partnership with Zion Baptist Church
1300 Locust St McKeesport, PA 15132
National HIV Testing Day June 27th, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh Channel 11’s Brittney McGraw
Reporter and weekend morning anchor.
Dr. Sherida Williams is a OBGYN in Belle Glade, Florida.
Dr. Williams specializes in women's health, caring for the female reproductive system and delivering babies.
Master Of Ceremonies is John McClellan Program Manager
Please plan to attend and bring a friend.
Thursday, Jun 11th is Good Neighbor Day, Fifth Avenue, Downtown McKeesport, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Any business, agency or non-profit organization that is interested in participating in Good Neighbor Day should contact McKeesport Recreation Director Jim Brown at 412 675 5020 X605 e-mail Jim.firstname.lastname@example.org
SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2014
In keeping with our theme “Working Together For A Better McKeesport”
And Our Message of “Respect – Dignity – Hope - Love”
McKeesport moved forward during 2014
New businesses have been established - Established businesses have been refurbished
Streets have been paved - Blighted buildings have been demolished
Construction of a State Of The Art Educational Building
Establishment of and improvements in The Cultural and Educational District
Purchase of equipment and establishment of in-house demolition
Improvements to Renziehausen Park - Including a dek hockey rink - Field improvements - Road improvements
Refurbishment of existing playgrounds - Highland Grove Area KaBoom Buildout of a New Playground
Establishment of the Mayor’s Committee on Crime and Violence - The McKeesport Message Committee
Neighborhood meetings in each Ward with Elected Officials and Department Heads
Establishment of a Youth-Based Program – Youth CAST
The Recreation Committee’s Community Events Including
The Annual Fishing Derby at Renzie’s Lake Emille
Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Lion’s Summer Concerts In The Park Series - Movies In The Park
The Soap Box Derby - Good Neighbor Day - Circuses or Carnivals - International Village For Kids
International Village Event - Patriot’s Day Parade & Fireworks - Labor Day Weekend Rib Fest - Fourth of July Fireworks
Halloween Parade & Party - Salute To Santa Parade & Party - Festival of Trees Week
Some of McKeesport’s Many Assets
The Lion’s Club - McKeesport Area School District
Carnegie Library - LaRosa Boys & Girls Club - The Youghiogheny River Trail - The McKeesport Marina Complex
Conscientious, vigilant & hard working Police & Fire Departments along with all of our Municipal Employees
Gergely Park along the river - Kane Regional Hospital - UPMC McKeesport
Auberle For Families & Kids - The Senior Center - The Heritage Center
The Garden Club Arboretum - The Rose Garden - Fishing in Lake Emille - Tennis & Basketball Courts - Pavilions & Ball Fields
Our Many Places Of Worship
We extend special thanks to the many volunteers who work to maintain and support our programs, events, community functions and much more…….
Most, if not all of the above, would not be possible without their dedication and participation.
We hope 2015 will be as successful and even better as was 2014
Many, many thanks to all & please let's keep up the good work!
Please Support Our Police Police & Fire Fighters
Non-emergency calls 412 - 675 - 5050
Eyeglasses can still be dropped off in a drop box in the city hall lobby for recycling by McKeesport Lions Club. Glasses are shipped to a drop point in New Jersey where they are cleaned & sorted by prescription, to be distributed to residents in third world countries who cannot afford to buy eyeglasses. Also: Lion's Club Brooms made by blind craftsmen are available for purchase at City Hall for $10.00. Please support these worthwhile projects.