Thursday, August 30, 2012

Do Stuff

This upcoming Labor Day weekend is full of things to do to get you off of that butt of yours. 

The first one is the Labor United Celebration at Northmoreland Park. 

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Admission: Free; free parking; $3 for all-day carnival rides

Where: Northmoreland Park, off Route 356, Allegheny Township

The Down-Low: They always have tons of food, a huge flea market, games, rides and music. 

theNewk Tip:  Make sure the trolly doesn't run you down in the parking section. 

Must Do:  Fries, from the NKFD. 

The next event is a bit more rockin. 

It's called A Concert For Anna. 

When: 8 p.m., doors open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Admission: $8 each night

Where: Praha, 400 Corbet St., Tarentum 

The Down-Low:  A concert featuring great local bands for great local causes.  This year, is benefits a local family with a 3 year old son that has been diagnosed with autism.  A subject very close to our hearts.

theNewk Tip:  Get there early to get a good spot.  These concerts always pack em in.

Must See: We have a few friends playing over the weekend.  They are... 

All My Monsters (9:30pm) 
Jimbo and the Soupbones (11:00pm) 

Disgust in Disguise (8:30pm) 
and host band - Creep, closing the concert at 12:30am. 

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Do The Right Thing


The Tarentum bridge has totally consumed our lives. 

Each day, as we come home from work, we try to determine the best plan for getting back into our homeland. 

And we are never correct. 

Seriously, we'd have better luck playing the Big 4.

And now that exit 14 is closed, we are seriously considering buying a pontoon boat.

And we wouldn't just get some plain Jane pontoon.

It would be all baller'd out, with emerald green astroturf, and a wicked slide off the starboard side.

Or maybe.

Just maybe...

We can all follow PennDOT's detour, and take exit 15, turn around, and exit off of 14 South.

That way, traffic won't be backed up on exit 13, all the way to the friggin' mills exit.

Or maybe we will just stay at work until 8pm?

It's not like we have a life or anything. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ramp Stamp

Starting tomorrow, the Tarentum exit off of 28 will be closing for about a month. 

Yup, Exit 14 heading Northbound is gonna be closed for a month. 


You are going to have to go up to Exit 15, get back on 28 South, and get off at 14 that way. 

What a pain in the tookus. 

They claim that work on the off-ramp will go on "around the clock." 

But they've been saying all kinds of stuff that changes each day. 

First they said "the project will be done in November." 

That has since change to December. 

Work on the East Sixth Avenue ramp was promised to be done this week. 

Last we heard, it's gonna be another 2-3 weeks. 

Luckily for all of us, these people aren't doctors... 

"Yes, we'll have that ingrown fingernail all fixed up in just a couple minutes." 

8 hours later... 

"It looks like you're gonna have to learn how to starting doing everything with your left arm.  We ran into a few complications, and your right arm had to be amputated."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Random Picture Monday (08-27-12)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nary A Drip

We spread a rumor a few months ago about the possible sale of the New Kensington Water Authority. 

 The MAWC (Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County) showed interest in purchasing it. 

Some folks even said there was an actual offer made. 

The fact that no figures have ever been made public, means one of two things. 

The city wasn't thrilled with the offer. 
They are really good at keeping secrets. 

We fully believe that an offer was made. 

We really have no reason to believe this. 

We just do. 

Now, we aren't sure if it's even a good idea for the city to sell. 

That is way too much thinking for us on a Wednesday.

Hell, we aren't even sure if they're allowed to sell. 

As the city's lawyer claims there is a newer law that inhibits us from selling. 

While representation of the MAWC claims we could. 

Ugh, politics. 

theNewk HOME 


Monday, August 20, 2012

Random Picture Monday (08-20-12)

The view at the end of Hell Bridge.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Holiday Weekend

As you may have noticed, we haven't been posting much on Fridays.

So this is likely to be our last post of this week. 

Because this is a holiday weekend. 

Sure, it's not a holiday weekend that most people celebrate. 

Hell, most people don't even know about them. 

But that's why you have us. 

To fill you in on this stuff. 

So tomorrow, Friday the 17th, is Men's Grooming Day. 

We here at theNewk do our share of Man-scaping. 

But we take things to a whole other level when the 3rd Friday of August rolls around. 

And by no coincidence (in our opinion), Saturday the 18th is Birth Control Pills Day. 

Yeah, you read that right. 

The day after men take time to tighten things up in their nether regions, women celebrate the convenience of oral contraception. 

Maybe it really is just a coincidence? 

But we doubt it. 

Have a fun, and safe weekend. 

And always remember, kids... 

Birth control pills may prevent pregnancy, but condoms can save you a penicillin prescription. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

More Cones A Comin'

Is if you aren't already annoyed enough with construction at this point. 

We have some news about future projects coming to our area. 

And one in particular. 

The bypass bridge will be getting replaced. 

Yep, the Route 366 bridge over 56 was allocated about 4.7 million bucks.

We are not exactly sure when the work will start.

But it's slated to be finished no later than 2016. 


Yeah, neither are we. 



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mystery Solved

We took a picture this past Saturday, as we drove past the Valley High track. 

We posted it yesterday for Random Picture Monday. 

Here it is... 

We had no idea what was going on down there. 

But it looked kinda fun. 

Turns out, it was a Relay For Life. 

They walked around the clock from Saturday until Sunday. 

They were attempting to raise just under a hundred thousand dollars. 

And we really hope they did. 

It is such a great cause. 

We would love a chance to be a part of this event next year. 

If anyone involved reads this, please send us an email


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Random Picture Monday (08-13-12)

We have no idea what was going on at the track this Saturday.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Study Hall

We fondly remember study hall in high school. 

It was in the cafeteria, and there was very little, if any studying to be found. 

We are not planning on using this entire post to walk down memory lane. 

The study we are referring to is the study planned for Virginia Dr. 

You know, the street that many Burrell residents use as a shortcut. 

We talked about this a while back. 

The update to this story is New Ken council members have agreed to conduct a study of traffic along this street before they make any further decision. 

Now, this ain't no regular study. 

It's a double secret study. 

The reason it's a secret, is because they don't want the results effected by a boycott of that street during the study time. 

Now, the residents on that street are angry about that. 

As they want something done soon. 

Very soon. 

Before someone gets hurt. 

Much like the recent crash and loss of life at Carl Ave. this past week. 

Our hearts and sympathies go out to the families involved in that. 

We will keep you updated on any developments as we get them. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

They Be Foamin

Sure, yesterday's post was very similar to a recent post by us. 

We may have even fooled some people by posting the same pictures and subject matter. 

Well, maybe didn't fool some people. 

Just one. 

Frank the Stank 

Here is what he had to say... 

Yo. i think you made a misteak yesterday and posted the same thing from the other day. well. its a little different because you was talkin about a roof n stuff. i know yall put that picture of forest gump up there. but you was syaing that the racoons had rabies. and they be foamin from they mouths. are these the ones around here. maybe im confused. i aint been sleeping real good these last few days. i think my bed is jacked up cause my back be hurtin. all i know is if i see one of em. i am jumping on my bike and gettin outta there. 

Frank the stank

We hope that your sleep issues get solved very soon, Frank. 

A lack of sleep is a terrible thing. 

So are rabid raccoons. 

Be careful out there, pal. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oakmont Wins

We don't like to give the city of stupid brick roads (Oakmont) any type of props, but they have clearly beaten the Newk this time. 

 "Remember me?" 

So yeah, you may have heard that New Ken has been having some recent raccoon issues.

Seems an abandoned house has a family of of these pesky buggers living in the roof.

They are coming in and out at all times of the night, and day.

But there is no proof as of yet that they are rabid.

And this is were Oakmont takes the cake.

(get it... Oakmont... cake... Oakmont Bakery...  we are just too much) 

They win because they have the rabid raccoons.

Their raccoon had to be slayed.

Ours, for now, can just be swept off the porch with a broom...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Random Picture Monday (08-06-12)

Top-notch buzzcuts at Jimmy's.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

My Baby Got Sauce

Your baby ain't sweet like mine... 
(Check out G. Love and Special Sauce on youtube if you get bored later.) 

Speaking of sauce, today starts Festa Italiano at St. Pete's. 

And they got the bomb red sauce. 

They also have: 
and maybe even a card game? 

No matter what brings you out today through Saturday, you are sure to see some good folks, and eat some great vittles. 

This is one of the Newk events that shouldn't be missed. 

And it's free! 

Alla Salute! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dam Lucky

A 55 year old woman was walking near the Braeburn dam this past Monday, when she somehow took a fall to the bottom of the steep rock wall down near the powerful rapids. 

Many of you will know the slope we are talking about. 

We spent many a summer down there, fishing and doing teenage things. 

It's safe to say that we had many a close call while scaling that terrain. 

So when we heard of a woman falling down there, we were worried, but not really surprised. 

How the events transpired: 

A worker was taking a cruise by the river on the way to his next job. 

Translation: He was taking an unscheduled break. 

We aren't judging, as we may have done similar things in the past. 

He noticed a woman down near the water. 

He yelled down, asking if she was okay. 

She shook her head, so he sprang into action. 

He grabbed the first aid kit in his work vehicle, and flew down to attend to her until rescue crews could get there. 

The woman was in bad shape, with head injuries, bruises and likely a broken leg. 

The rescue crew got her out of there, and took her to a nearby hospital. 

We would like to give a shout out to the man who saw the woman. 

Well done, Mark Bellini. 

We'll for sure buy you a beer if we ever see you out.