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Braddock marks ‘new beginning’ as Civic Plaza construction goes forward

More than 100 Braddock-area residents, business owners and neighbors turned out Aug. 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Braddock Civic Plaza. Located along Braddock Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, the plaza — the size of a football field — will be built on a portion of the former site

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New home takes shape in Monessen

Crews from Structural Modulars Inc. of Strattanville, Clarion County, and Disaster Restoration Services of Pittsburgh on July 24 began assembling a new home in the 900 block of Graham Avenue in Monessen. The majority of the three-bedroom, two-story house was constructed off-site and final construction will be completed by local crews in about 30 days,

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Employer Appreciation Breakfast celebrates workers, employer-partners

Attorney Edward Van Stevenson Jr. says he grew up wanting to be a professional basketball player. Instead, he says, the Lord had plans for him to go to work “in a court, not on a court.” Stevenson, who delivered the keynote presentation on July 21 during the Mon Valley Initiative’s 15th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast,

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Job seekers invited to ‘jump start’ their careers Aug. 4

Real jobs will be available Aug. 4 for people who want to jump-start their careers. That’s the message that Mon Valley Initiative and Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition are sending about their hiring event next month at the Waterfront in Homestead. “Jump Start Your Job Search” will match 11 different employers and four different job training

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Partners get sneak preview of new Monessen apartments

Supporters of a new Monessen apartment complex were given a sneak preview of the 13-unit building on July 13. The Eisenberg’s Apartments have been created inside the historic former department store of the same name under the guidance of the Mon Valley Initiative, which owns the building at the corner of Schoonmaker Avenue and Fourth

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Eat’n Park, Wofford ECE to be honored for their commitment to local workers

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group and Wofford ECE Consulting, LLC, will be honored this month by Mon Valley Initiative for their dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region. Their awards will be presented by Mon Valley Initiative July 21 at the organization’s 15th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center. Also

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CDC launches Internet crowdsourcing campaign to finish Meadow Park

The word “crowdsourcing” entered our vocabulary in 2005. It’s what happens when someone goes onto the Internet and asks a crowd of people to help a project by contributing ideas, services or donations. In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a popular fundraising tool for charitable causes and start-up businesses. Now, Greater Charleroi CDC is using

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Mortgage dos and don’ts at next homebuyer’s club

The mark of Zorro was a giant “Z” carved with his sword. The mark of a smart homebuyer (someone like you) is knowing what you’re signing before you sign it! If you’re getting ready to take out a mortgage, attend our our next Homebuyer’s Club, where Anthony Cafardi, mortgage loan consultant from Citizens Bank, will

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New tenants sign lease for restaurant in Braddock

As Patrick Shattuck, real estate and community outreach director for Mon Valley Initiative, looks on, Miriam Strong and Fernando Espejel get ready to sign a lease for their new restaurant in the historic Braddock Free Press building. Along with Maria Delpilar, Espejel and Strong operate Brassero Grill, a successful and popular food truck serving tacos,

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Leadership Pittsburgh tours Swissvale project sites

Members of Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII learned about efforts to revitalize Swissvale during a walking tour of the borough on April 5. The tour was led by Patrick Shattuck, Mon Valley Initiative real estate director, and Stephanie Eson, MVI senior community outreach coordinator. About 10 people were greeted at lunch by Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, then

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