Thursday, January 31, 2013
Three Jackson Road residents have been displaced after a tree fell on their home Wednesday night.
A home on Jackson Road has been condemned after a tree fell on it Wednesday night. Ira Helfer, president of the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters were called to the Jackson Road home just after 11 p.m. Helfer said an old, large tree fell on the house. He said he isn't sure if the tree's age or the weather caused it to fall. Three residents were displaced, and firefighters arranged for the Red Cross to help them. Jason Straley, Plum Borough planning director, said the house sustained major damage in the back, and it has been condemned. Tree removal crews were on site Thursday morning pulling branches off of the house. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for …
Monday, December 17, 2012
You can buy a Frosty keytag for $1—proceeds benefit the local American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.
A dollar goes a long way in a tasty fundraiser that will be held once again this holiday season by The Wendy’s Company. For just $1, individuals can enjoy free Jr. Frostys from Wendy’s for an entire year while also helping community members affected by disasters and unexpected emergencies. Now through Dec. 31 of this year, customers can buy Jr. Frosty key tags at participating area Wendy’s restaurants throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania for just $1—the Wendy's on Route 286 in Plum Borough is included. Then, by showing that key tag on subsequent visits to Wendy’s, customers will receive a free Jr. Frosty through Dec. 31, 2013. Wendy’s will donate 80 cents of every $1 key tag sold to the local American Red Cross and the Salvation Army …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The New York Red Cross offers ways you can help friends and family devastated by the storm.
The American Red Cross Greater New York Region provided the following information with suggestions for helping those affected by the impact of Sandy. Locally, the Monroeville Victory Center is serving as a drop-off location for checks. Click here for more information. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Anyone interested in making donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts can do so at the Monroeville Victory Center.
Due to the destruction from Hurricane Sandy to the New York City and New Jersey areas, the Monroeville/Plum Victory Center will act as a monetary drop off point for your donation to the Red Cross. The Victory Center is located at 339 Haymaker Road, Room 1102, Monroeville, PA 15146. Anyone interested in making a donation should make checks payable to the Red Cross. No cash will be accepted. The center is working directly with FedEx to accept and ship canned or boxed food to New York. The victory center is accepting food that will be shipped Monday. Donations will be accepted Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2 to 4. The checks will be sent overnight on Monday morning. Victory Center hours for the weekend are Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Red Cross is asking for increased support as response continues in the region.
The Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania is also launching its extensive local relief effort during Hurricane Sandy. Currently, the local Red Cross is gathering and organizing disaster volunteers, packing relief supplies, prepping four emergency response vehicles as well as designating Red Cross workers to be on-call around the clock. The Red Cross opened its first shelter at 7 p.m. in preparation for possible flooding and power outages in the immediate area. The shelter is located at Shaler Middle School1800 Mt. Royal Blvd. in Shaler. The shelter is open to the public. To find more shelters, visit www.redcross.org. You also can download the Red Cross Hurricane app or call 1-800-733-2767. People coming to a shelter should remember to bring …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
New appointee will begin focus on preparedness, capacity building during National Preparedness Month.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region has appointed Victor Roosen as its new regional emergency services director. In his new role, Roosen, who most recently served as the response manager for the Red Cross chapter, will place significant emphasis on preparedness and readying the 25-county region for the possibility of having to launch a large-scale disaster response operation. As the regional emergency services director for the western Pennsylvania region, Roosen will oversee the entire disaster services function. “We at the Red Cross are committed to responding to local disasters within our region, providing community members assistance with their immediate disaster-caused needs after a house fire or other similar event,” Roosen…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Several Red Cross volunteers from the Pittsburgh area are in the Gulf Coast preparing to help residents there in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Several Pittsburgh area Red Cross volunteers are in the Gulf Coast helping residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. More than a dozen people from western Pennsylvania, including Oakmont resident Theresa Creighan, are just a few of the estimated 1,000 Red Cross volunteers who are in the area to help prepare shelters and assist anyone in need. Some of the other local volunteers include Rose Marie Malizio of Heidelberg, Joseph Korinchak of Gibsonia, Jeanette Patsakis of Mt. Lebanon, Ken Brown of Jefferson Hills and Denae McCall of Shaler. “They’re able to help out in areas in our region, but also able to deploy and help in these larger national disasters, as well,” Pittsburgh Red Cross spokeswoman Lauren Chapman said. Creighan has been …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Oakmont resident Theresa Creighan is working as Lead Supervisor of Staffing.
An Oakmont resident has been working with the Red Cross to provide relief to people in Colorado after wildfires swept through the area. The organization has more than 1,100 disaster workers spread out across 13 states helping people forced from their homes by power outages and high temperatures in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic, by wildfires in the West and by flooding from Tropical Storm Debby in Florida. Locally, the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region has so far deployed a total of eight local workers, including Oakmont’s Theresa Creighan. Creighan has been working as Chief of Staffing in Colorado, where her role is to oversee the process of recruiting, placing and supporting Red Cross volunteers and staff members assigned to …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A unit in the Verona Gardens apartment complex on West Railroad Avenue caught fire Tuesday evening.
A mother and her son have been displaced after their Verona apartment caught fire Tuesday evening. Verona and Penn Hills No. 224 fire departments responded to a call at the Verona Gardens apartments along West Railroad Avenue at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. According to Verona Fire Chief Ray Suchevich, a lot of smoke was coming from the building when firefighters arrived on the scene. He said firefighters encountered a kitchen fire in one of the upstairs apartment units—something might have been left on the stove. Everyone was safely evacuated from the building. However, temporary living arrangements will have to be made for a mother and her son. "No one was hurt, and that is a good thing," Suchevich said. Jen Mitcheltree, who was outside with …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Participants can choose between two sessions and get certified before summer.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Plum, Oakmont and Verona teens: Are you still trying to figure out where you'll work this summer? If you're thinking of becoming a lifeguard, then listen up. Though weather patterns have been sporadic at best here in Southwestern Pennsylvania as of late, summer is undoubtedly just around the corner, and the minds of many area residents—especially teenagers—have drifted to summer vacation. During the warmer summer months, lifeguarding is a top job pick not only because it offers “fun-in-the-sun,” but also because it’s a job that can save lives. To help area residents prepare for the responsibility of being lifeguards, the American Red Cross is hosting its annual Lifeguard Training School in Pittsburgh May 10 to 13 and May 17 to 20, offering…