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Officials put finishing touches on new community guide

| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Glassport officials are putting together a map and directory that will be mailed to it residents. Going over the information are seated, Mayor Michael Evanovich, Nancy M. Piazza-Whaby, Borough Secretary; in back Andrea Foster, Financial Secretary; Eugene Skerkoski, president of council; Thomas Bradley Jr., councilman.

Glassport officials are putting the final touches on a map and community directory that will be sent to borough residents.

“It's actually the second time we did it,” borough secretary Nancy Piazza-Whaby said. “The first time was about 10 years ago.”

The Peters Township-based company PRINT is publishing the guide, which will include a map of the borough, important community information and advertisements for local businesses.

Banks, grocers, churches and insurance agencies are among those who have purchased spots in the publication.

Meeting times and dates and information about recreation, volunteer opportunities, the crime watch and public safety will be featured.

Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich thinks the publication will appeal to all borough residents, especially those who have moved to the community recently.

“It's been a while (since the last community guide was produced) and we have new people living here,” the mayor said. “Venues change names and change hands. This is going to give people a better handle of what's going on.”

The Glassport Community Directory will be mass mailed to all residents.

Council president Eugene Skerkoski said residents should keep it when it arrives. “We're doing it to promote Glassport.”

Rich Farmer, who owns Max & Odi's restaurant, said he placed an ad for his business in the guide. “It shows that you care about the community. And people still don't know that I'm located here, even after four years. You want to show them that you're here and show some support for your community.”

The publication is expected to include a letter to the community from Evanovich and Skerkoski highlighting the borough's strengths as a self-contained and walkable community.

PRINT owner Brenda Wilson said her company has created guides for communities throughout the state and New Jersey.

“It's all the basic things you need to know about the place you live,” said Wilson, who noted the full-color Glassport guide will measure about 6-by-9 inches when folded and three times that large when opened up.

The guide is expected to be mailed to homes within the month.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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