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The 48th an­nual gala to ben­e­fit Fo­cus on Re­newal pro­grams will be held at 7 p.m. Satur­day at the Ryan Arts & Cul­ture Cen­ter, 420 Char­ters Ave., McKees Rocks. Cost: $50. To ob­tain tick­ets: gala

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity plans to buy about 24 wooded acres next to Sim­mons Park that ini­tially will be used for walk­ing trails.

Coun­cil on Mon­day voted to buy the land off Coun­try Road for $350,000.

“We’re not 100 per­cent sure” about any fu­ture plans for the land, Bethel Park man­ager Shawn Ar­baugh said. “We think it will be a good ad­di­tion to the park.” Sim­mons Park is off Clifton Road.

Coun­cil also ap­proved an or­di­nance that re­quires own­ers of a fore­closed prop­erty to reg­is­ter with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Mr. Ar­baugh said that a lot of fore­closed prop­er­ties are owned by a bank or by a third party and some­times those prop­er­ties are not main­tained.

Un­der the or­di­nance, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will have a point of con­tact if a prop­erty is not be­ing main­tained.

The fee for banks or third­party own­ers to reg­is­ter a fore­closed prop­erty is $300 ev­ery six months.

In other mat­ters, Mr. Ar­baugh said a stretch of Bethel Park Road that has been closed be­cause of the in­stal­la­tion of a Columbia Gas pipe­line is ex­pected to re­open some time between Oct. 25 and 30.

Bor­ough coun­cil voted 6-0 Mon­day to change the name of Lo­cust Al­ley between Gregg and Chest­nut streets to Ea­gle Way in honor of six Boy Scouts from Bridgeville Boy Scout Troop No. 2, who have earned the Ea­gle Scout honor.

The six Ea­gle Scouts, three each from two fam­i­lies in Bridgeville, live next door to each other near Lo­cust Al­ley.

Mayor Jack Ko­bis­tek said a pub­lic bud­get meet­ing will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Dis­cus­sion of a new zon­ing or­di­nance and sig­nage will start at 5:30 p.m. on that date. The pro­posed or­di­nance will be avail­able for re­view start­ing next week.

A free gun owner safety class spon­sored by Aim Point LLC will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day in coun­cil cham­bers of the bor­ough build­ing.

Four McKeesport res­i­dents were rec­og­nized at the Oct. 4 coun­cil meet­ing for liv­ing the city’s mes­sage of “re­spect, dig­nity, love and hope.”

Tony Riggs re­ceived the re­spect award for work­ing to keep his neigh­bor­hood clean and for help­ing his neigh­bors. Mr. Riggs, who is re­tired, of­fers to mow lawns, shovel snow and do car re­pairs for his neigh­bors.

“He goes above and beyond,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “He de­fines the role of an out­go­ing neigh­bor.”

Ty-Meer Brown was rec­og­nized with the dig­nity award for his work with youth in the city. Mr. Brown, a McKeesport na­tive, played foot­ball for Bos­ton Col­lege and the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut and now men­tors stu­dent ath­letes in his po­si­tion as as­sis­tant for stu­dent af­fairs in the ath­let­ics depart­ment at McKeesport Area High School.

Brian Evans was hon­ored with the love award. He is a life­long McKeesport res­i­dent who has been a coach with the McKeesport Area Lady Tigers Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion as well as with the White Oak Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion.

Linda Brewster re­ceived the hope award for her work as pres­i­dent of the McKeesport Trail Com­mis­sion. Ms. Brewster worked to turn an old con­ces­sion stand over­look­ing the ma­rina at McKees Point in Richard J. Gergely Park into a hos­tel that pro­vides overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions for up to three peo­ple trav­el­ing along the Great Al­legheny Pas­sage.

The city’s Select Com­mit­tee on Crime and Vi­o­lence chooses four res­i­dents each quar­ter to re­ceive the awards.

“This is to show our grat­i­tude for ev­ery­thing they do for our city,” Mr. Cherepko said.

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