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Glassport council honors native wrestler 'Lord Zoltan'

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:59 a.m.
Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich delivers a proclamation to resident and professional wrestling icon Ken Jugan at Tuesday night's council meeting.
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Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich delivers a proclamation to resident and professional wrestling icon Ken Jugan at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Glassport celebrated a local legend at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Ken Jugan, known throughout professional wrestling as Lord Zoltan, received proclamations from Allegheny County Council and Glassport Mayor Michael Evanovich.

“He's an asset to the community,” Evanovich said. “He does a lot for the community. He does a lot for other communities. He's a good guy, good father, good husband. He's a good Glassportian.”

Jugan was recognized for receiving the Cauliflower Alley Club's 2013 Jason Sanderson Humanitarian Award at an event in April in Las Vegas.

The CAC was established in 1965 as a benevolent, nonprofit fraternal organization of current and former professional wrestlers. The group offers scholarships, administers a benevolent fund for former wrestlers who have fallen on hard times, and honors its members and industries with annual awards.

“It was great to finally be recognized in my hometown after wrestling for 38 years,” Jugan said. “I wish someone would capitalize on the opportunity of me bringing wrestling to the borough, either as a fundraiser or event for the youth and families of Glassport.”

Evanovich said he supports the idea.

“I don't know if we have a building to hold anything like that,” he said. “We'd have to do it outdoors. I would never count it out if he wanted to try it out. If he would come up with some charity match I think the borough would back him up as much as we can.”

Jugan continues to wrestle throughout the tri-state area and performs at fundraisers. He returned to Keystone State Wrestling Alliance last month and recently attended the 12th annual Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions in Amsterdam, N.Y.

He established Deaf Wrestlefest, a fundraiser at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, in 1994. It featured local wrestlers and entertainment superstars. It was held annually until 2002, then again from 2009-2012.

“If they contact me again, I am willing to return this annual event to their campus,” Jugan said. “It will always be dear to my heart. Both of my sons graduated from this wonderful school.”

Evanovich swore in full-time officer Michael Piccini, who will fill the position vacated by Nick Caito, who resigned earlier this year.

The borough hired Piccini as a part-time officer in March 2010.

Evanovich said Piccini's promotion will help fill schedules and puts the department in good shape.

The borough has four full-time officers, including Piccini, and 10 part-time.

Borough officials announced they received a letter from the county Redevelopment Authority regarding its Vacant Property Recovery Program, and the 2013 Side Yard and Community Beautification Program.

The county will waive the standard parcel fee of $3,000 required of applicants who want to add side yards to their primary residence, and will discount the fee to $1,400 for applicants proposing to beautify properties that do not abut their primary residence.

Applicants will be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a 10 percent good-faith deposit, and closing costs of approximately $300.

Applications are available by contacting the county authority at 412-233-6325.

An anonymous donor has given the borough enough money to purchase two automated external defibrillators from DEX Medical Inc.

Borough officials did not disclose the amount of the donation, but said cost of the AEDs is estimated to be $2,778.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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