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Downtown Recognition Awards

Fall 2014

Coraopolis True Value Hardware is located at 1029 Fifth Avenue. It is co-owned by brothers, Bill and Ken Sweterlitsch. Bill and Ken are third generation owners of the hardware store. The store opened in 1888 and was originally located on Mill Street until a fire in 1945. The brothers' grandfather then moved the business to its current location in 1946.  

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee is proud to recognize Coraopolis True Value Hardware as a Downtown Recognition Recipient and pleased to have this traditional hardware store in our downtown. Coraopolis True Value Hardware offers all the needed services of a traditional hardware store such as paint matching, re-keying locks, cutting keys, blade sharpening, screen cutting, window and screen repair, and many additional services. You will also find a selection of hardware, plumbing supplies, cleaning supplies, hand and power tools, along with many other retail purchases.  

The BDAC also appreciates the Sweterlitsch commitment and involvement to the community. Bill is a member of the Ohio River Trail Council and has been instrumental in bringing the trail through Coraopolis.  

For more information, please click on this link to visit Coraopolis True Value Hardware or find them on Facebook or Twitter. Better yet, give them a call at 412-264-4930 or visit the store to see how they can personally help with your particular need! 

McDonald's, located at 1010 4th Avenue, recently completed a new paint job to the façade of their property. The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee is happy to recognize McDonald's as a Downtown Recognition Recipient. The refreshed façade adds a positive enhancement to our downtown. The dedication of businesses like McDonald's to our community inspires revitalization and pride in Coraopolis.  

The committee thanks McDonald's for their time, energy and enthusiasm for our downtown! 

Spring 2014

It is our pleasure to feature Rodney and Tammy Gowers as Downtown Recognition Recipients. The Gowers purchased the property at 701 5th Avenue. They refaced the storefront and opened a new restaurant in October 2013, Rodney's 701 Diner.  

Rodney's 701 Diner has an older style interior with florescent vibrant colors. It is the sort of place where you will find affordable, homemade comfort food like steak and eggs, handmade milkshakes, and many other tasty diner type foods. As you would expect, the diner also offers a family-like atmosphere that serves to cater to individuals and families alike.  

Rodney's 701 Diner is located just down the street from the already successful Jailhouse Saloon also owned by Rodney.  Visit both locations for local good eats! 

Rodney's 701 Diner, 501 5th Avenue, Phone: 412-474-3707                                                  Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7 AM to 9 PM, Friday - Saturday: 7 AM to 11, Sunday: 7 AM to 4 PM

Jailhouse Saloon, 929 5th Avenue
Bar Hours: 11 AM to 2 AM, Kitchen Hours: 11 AM to 1:30PM
Pool League, Dart League, Food, Drink Specials, Imports, Micro's and 12 Drafts

We are pleased to feature Off The Hook Exotic Pets located at 926 5th Avenue which opened this past November. Owners are Desiree and George Diaz. Off the Hook Exotic Pets offer pets and supplies for all your scaly, feathered or fuzzy friends. The store's mission is to, "Help exotic pet owners to think tropical, not typical!" 

Their reptiles and coral reef habitats are their claim to fame. Off the Hook Exotic Pets specializes in acquiring the finest coral, fish, reptiles and plants, and offers delivery and set up. In addition, the store offers fine local bred small animals and birds. 

Off the Hook Exotic Pets can be reached at 412-262-4665 or at Or visit them on Facebook: Store hours are: Monday - Friday: 12 to 9 PM; Saturday: 12 to 10 PM; and Sunday: 2 to 6 PM 

The owners also attend several expos to talk with customers, and sell reptiles, terrariums, exotic plants and Repashy superfoods.    Below are the expos that they always attend.  Click on the link, and it will take you to the show's site. Check out Off the Hook Exotic Pets at 926 5th Avenue soon! 

Winter 2013

We are pleased to feature the Coraopolis Youth Network (CYN). CYN was formed in 2010 to provide support for youth within the areas included in the Cornell School District.   

CYN is made up of representatives from the school district, local non-profit organizations, and churches, as well as individual community volunteers. Their mission is to provide these youth and their families with resources, outreach, education, and mentoring, which will enhance their quality of life and ensure that the children will flourish and grow in strength, integrity, and wisdom.   

Current programs and activities include the Youth Enrichment Program which is comprised of Friday Fun Night, Summer Program and community events. Friday Fun Night is from 6:00-7:30 PM for youth ages 5-11. The "teen zone" for ages 12-17 is from 7:30-9:30 PM every Friday. The Summer Program includes a free lunch program, field trips and the Back 2 School Bash, and "Christmas 4 Families" toy giveaway which is done in partnership with Toys for Tots.   

The CYN program is held at the Vance Avenue Community Church of God located at 1101 Vance Avenue. You can learn more about the program at or click here to visit them on Facebook.

We are pleased to feature Mayor Anthony (Tony) Celeste as our Downtown Recognition Recipient. Mayor Celeste owns Anthony JR.'s Restaurant & Pizzeria and Banquet Facility, Charlie Bigg's and Anthony JR's Italian Deli. The Mayor has been and continues to be very supportive to the downtown and business development in Coraopolis supporting and promoting growth and our efforts for redevelopment. Additionally, he has been a great supporter of the Ohio River Trail.  

We thank Mayor Celeste for his desire to give back to our community and his support and dedication to the continued efforts for growth and opportunity for our community!

Fall 2013

Last spring, Relizathan Properties, LLC began a renovation project to the property located at 1004 5th Avenue. A wonderful façade renovation was completed by the fall of 2012 to the storefront. The storefront was outfitted with a new front entryway, new trim work, a planter, and new signage. The General Contractor for this revitalization project was Sugar Creek Construction-Kurt Bortmess. Before and after photos shown above highlight the work that was accomplished.  

Relizathan Properties took part in a façade program offered through the Allegheny Together program. Eric Gaber, Principle of Relizathan Properties says of the program, "It is a great catalyst. It doesn't cover the overall cost obviously, but at the end of day, it motivates you to spend money on a project that you probably should have done anyway." He also noted that the process for participating in the program was much easier than he anticipated.  

The building is called 5th Avenue Corporate Center. There are nine entities housed in the facility ranging from an Executive Search firm, Aviation Wholesaler, Financial Planner, Information Broker for legal testing, Photographer, Builder, Counselor, Insurance/Business/Law Expert and a Hair Salon. There is still one unit available. 

Eric also explains, "The building was created to afford small businesses an opportunity to be established in a corporate environment that has a tremendous geographic location (cross-section of  I-79 & Route 51), within 25 minutes of the Airport, most importantly, with rent and expenses at the most competitive in the region." 

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee is pleased to feature 5th Avenue Corporate Center and to congratulate Eric and Relizathan Properties on a terrific façade renovation!

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) is pleased to recognize Joe DiVito, Sr. as a featured downtown recognition recipient. Joe was born November 17, 1937.  His family moved to Coraopolis from Ambridge when he was five years old.  He graduated from Coraopolis High School in 1955 and served two years in the United States Marine Corps. 

He married Diana Nichay in 1961 and they have resided on Montour Street since then.  He is the proud father of Mary Anne DiVito Meade (Dan) and Joseph V. DiVito, Jr. (Karen), and the doting grandfather of Joseph V. III, Marco and Francesca DiVito and Maura and Connor Meade. 

Joe worked at Shenango, Inc. on Neville Island for 35 years until they closed in 1990.  After a year, he decided that he wasn't suited to retirement and he then worked for 15 years as a courier at Quest Diagnostics.  

Joe has been an active and involved member of the Coraopolis community. Twelve years on Coraopolis Borough Council were followed by one four year term as Mayor. He is also the founder and President of the Coraopolis Historical Society.  In this role he spearheaded the publication of two successful historical books about Coraopolis.  The first, "The Centennial History of the Borough of Coraopolis" was published in 1986.  It was a collection of photos and family histories submitted by families in Coraopolis.   The second is "Coraopolis" and is one of the "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing and is a collection of historical photographs, published in 2007.  This book is still available.  

Through his efforts, the past editions of the Coraopolis Record have been put on microfilm, and through a grant, there is a machine available to view these newspapers. 

Joe thoroughly enjoys Coraopolis history and has recently obtained a room at the Coraopolis Memorial Library for the memorabilia that the Historical Society has accumulated.  They have a great deal of work to do to organize these things and are always ready to welcome new members. 

The Coraopolis BDAC thanks Joe for his dedication and commitment to our community.

Fall 2012

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) is pleased to feature Junior's Restaurant this quarter as its featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.


Dave and Cari Smith and Gil Brosky purchased the restaurant this past April when the former owner retired. Junior's offers a large selection of items and is known for making a great fish sandwich. The food is moderately priced and very good.


Gil Brosky states, "The customers have been great with the transition. We have been well received." The new owners all appreciate the support and hope to have continued support in the future.


Junior's Restaurant is located at 705 5th Avenue and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 7 AM to 8:30 PM takeout service is also available.


The Coraopolis BDAC congratulates Junior's Restaurant on this recognition and is so pleased that Dave, Cari, and Gil have invested in Junior's and in Coraopolis. We are pleased to have you in the Coraopolis business district.

Summer 2012

The Coraopolis BDAC is pleased to recognize Al "DJ Uncle Al" Wanchik as its featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.

Besides working full time, Uncle Al has a second "job" as a disc jockey specializing in Rock n roll oldies from the 50's and 60's. This year will mark the 20th edition of "Uncle Al's Toys for Christmas Dance" which benefits area underprivileged children. Donation of toys and cash for winter clothing are administered through the West Hills Food Pantry.  

Over the years Al has donated his time and energy to various causes including the Bob Mandera Diabetes Walk to Erie, the VFW Keith Holmes Post 402 lift chair fundraiser, the Cornell High School summer dances and the Coraopolis Train Station restoration fundraiser.  

Honorable mention goes to Al's wife Marsha who actively participates and supports him at many car cruises and fundraising dances to benefit local children with large hospital bills.

The Coraopolis BDAC thanks Al and Marsha for all they do for our community.

Winter 2012

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) has chosen Helen Manna as its featured quarterly downtown recognition recipient. Helen was a former teacher at Cornell and in charge of the library as well.

Most recently, she reorganized St. Joseph's Library as it was in desperate need of revamping. Helen has held various fundraisers for St.'s Joe's as well. She is on the Coraopolis Historical Society and was a former member of the Coraopolis Kiwanis.

Helen is always finding ways in which to help people in need. She was even voted the Queen of Coraopolis for our 125th birthday celebration! The Coraopolis BDAC sends its thanks and appreciation to Helen for her endless commitment to Coraopolis!

Fall 2011

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) is pleased to recognize Sam Jampetro, Pastor of Charis 247 Anglican Church as its Featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.

In addition to his work as Pastor of Charis 247, Sam is the Chaplain of the RMU Campus Ministry. He is a lifelong resident of Coraopolis. He and his wife, Jackie, have two children and a new grandson as well!

Sam serves as co-chair of the BDAC. He is also the current chair of Coraopolis Community Development. That organization administers the Coraopolis Service Unit of the Salvation Army serving the residents of the 15108 and 15046 zip codes.

Sam also works tirelessly to build greater connectivity between the community of Coraopolis and RMU through several initiatives that are focused in utilizing RMU students in positive ways that meld their education with practical experience.

The Coraopolis BDAC extends their thanks to Sam for all he does for our community!

Second Quarter 2011

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) would like to recognize Jackie Smith as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition Award recipient for 2011. The BDAC recognizes a person, business, or group each quarter who has made some notable contribution to the downtown revitalization efforts of our community.

Jackie has been very involved in the Coraopolis community since she became Manager of the Coraopolis ESB branch. She and her staff have volunteered at the free summer lunch program at Vance Avenue Community Church for the past 3 summers. In addition, she is on the advisory team at Network of Hope, Coraopolis. Jackie serves as the Community Life Chair of the Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee. She has volunteered at both the Walk for Change and Back 2 School Bash and contributed both personally and professionally.

Recently, she spearheaded the Coraopolis 125th birthday celebration over the Memorial Day weekend where there were activities for kids of all ages from Friday through Monday. She was very diligent in trying to include all community groups at this event.

The Coraopolis BDAC thanks Jackie for her unfailing commitment to Coraopolis!

 First Quarter 2011

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee has chosen Dr. Michael P. Lucas as it 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011.  Dr. Lucas is the principal at Cornell Elementary and is being recognized for receiving the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership at the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards ceremony in Washington D.C.on November 16, 2010. 

He is well-respected by administrators and faculty as a leader who fosters successful teaching and learning in his school. He does all that is necessary to ensure a quality education for all students. Through various programs, he provides curriculum development, professional development, full-time interns for student remediation, common planning time for teachers and many other tools for student success. 

The Coraopolis School District is extremely fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated educator “who inspires, guides and sustains others…” Congratulations, Dr. Lucas!

Fourth Quarter 2010

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) has chosen community volunteer Lucinda Wade as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010. Lucinda is also serving on the Community life aspect of BDAC. 

Lucinda has started a lunch program in the summer that children from 6-18 can come and enjoy a free lunch Monday-Friday. There are no income guidelines, but if the child is younger than 6, he/she must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is in conjunction with Network of Hope, and the Coraopolis Church of God on Vance and Flemming Streets, where Lucinda’s husband is pastor. The volunteers play games, read and listen to the children, as well, from 11:30-1:00. 

Lucinda’ church also hosts an after-school program in conjunction with Cornell School District

Lucinda has also organized a Friday Fun Night for children.  She has invited various sponsors to donate Pizza etc. and they have taken the kids on field trips to baseball games and amusement parks.

Lucinda is instrumental in starting an organization, which is still in its infancy stage, called Coraoplis Youth Network.  This is happening with the help of Donna Bellas, Cornell School Superintendent.   

The BDAC congratulates Lucinda Wade on this honor and thanks her for her tireless dedication to our youth.

Third Quarter 2010

The Coraopolis Business District Advisory Committee has chosen Christopher Connolly of CC&A Properties as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010.  Chris is a long-time believer in Coraopolis! With a 25-year history of investment that began with the purchase and renovation of the former “Matt’s Market” on Fifth Avenue, Chris has been an advocate for business interests here.  He is proud to announce the completion of yet another quality property, located at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets. This office building will be the home and headquarters of APT Technical Services, a Pennsylvania-based engineering firm.  It joins two prior projects owned and developed by CC&A.  As the developer and designer of these properties, Mr. Connolly understands the potential of this area and has committed to future projects in the town of Coraopolis.

Second Quarter 2010 

The Borough of Coraopolis  recognizes the following new businesses for having chosen to locate in the business district in the past two years. Through their investment, they are helping to build a stronger business district and community.

Apennine Bakery
853 Fourth Avenue 

An Exquisite Massage
732 Fifth Avenue 

Pansmith Associates
842 Fifth Avenue 

Jail House Saloon
929 Fifth Avenue 

Modern Woodmen
1004 Fifth Avenue 

Miss Nails & Spa
1007 Fifth Avenue 

Cain’s Clearance
1016 Fifth Avenue 

Anthony’s Italian Deli
1020 Fifth Avenue 

Nana’s & Company Gift Shop
1040 Fifth Avenue 

Angelia’s Pizza
1610 Fifth Avenue 

Quantum Construction Company
401 Locust Street, Suite 1A

Associated Occupational Therapist
401 Locust Street, Suite 2A