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Recognition

October 2014

Congratulations to Monaca native, William J. Petures who is to be inducted into the Monaca Hall of Fame! Chief Petures has been a Monaca police officer for 37 years and became the department’s chief nine years ago. Petures organized the town’s DARE, Drug Abuse and Resistance Education, program which is continued throughout the Central Valley School District. During his tenure he has received numerous awards and recognitions and has been very active in the community. Congratulations and thank you Chief Petures!

First Quarter 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to: 

Deborah's Bridal Traditions
Deborah Stacho, owner
927 Pennsylvania Avenue
On their interior remodeling and storefront rehab which was done without public funds assistance.

Safety & Security by Veterans
Jeff Bertoni, owner
1307 Pennsylvania Avenue
On the completion of building renovations to the exterior facade through the County's CDBG program.

One Strike Ichigeki Karate of Monaca for having one National Champion, four State Champions, and two State Runners Ups in the 2013 competition year.

Fourth Quarter 2013

Eugene Schmuck was selected as a Downtown Recognition Recipient for the extreme makeover he did on his store, Red Wing Shoes, 915 Pennsylvania Avenue.  He undertook a complete renovation of the store’s interior space that rivals any chic boutique anywhere.  It is current, edgy and attractive to showcase the Red Wing Shoes products.  He topped it off with new signage and paint to make the business a showpiece store in the downtown.

CONGRATULATIONS to: 

Jeffrey McKay, President of Borough Council and Emergency Management Coordinator for Monaca, received the Keystone Emergency Management Association (KEMA) Municipal Coordinators Award on October 5thThe Municipal Coordinator Award is presented to a KEMA member in good standing and identified as the coordinator of a local municipality. The candidate will have demonstrated exemplary performance as indicated by a level of excellence or achievement that is above and beyond what is considered the normal of duties of the candidate.  

Mario Leone, Borough Manager received the national 2013 American Public Works Association (APWA) Sustainability Practices Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to promote sustainability in public works.  APWA exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities.  Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Leone with the cooperation of Borough Council,  Monaca achieved Gold Certification in the Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program.  

THANK YOU to the Monaca Recreation Board for hosting the Halloween Parade and Children’s Party on October 26.  The parade took a different route this year along Atlantic Avenue from 10th Street to 15th Street.  Immediately following the parade, the children were treated to a party held at St. John the Baptist School featuring pumpkin decorating, raffles, games, balloon animals, face painting, a bounce house and haunted house.  Thank you to the Recreation Board, St. John the Baptist School, Borough Council, Mayor John Antoline and the Police Department, and to the generous contributors for these events!

Third Quarter 2013

We are pleased to recognize Rebecca L. Miller, CIC, owner of Rebecca L. Miller Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance Group, 1206 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Rebecca chose to locate her business in downtown Monaca.  She purchased a vacant building and improved it through renovations and the addition of awnings and signage.  She quickly became involved in the community and in the downtown by joining the Downtown Monaca Business District Authority Board.   

We are pleased to have Rebecca in our community, in our downtown and involved to make a difference in Monaca! 

Rebecca L. Miller Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance Group office hours are: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and after hours by appointment. She can be reached at 724-462-1040 or 724-591-0035.

Second Quarter 2013

Congratulations to our Youth Volunteers:  Fred Bowen, Jr., Alex Bowen, Mike Zirat, Jake Gagric, and Luke Thompson who work after school with the Monaca Volunteer Community Outreach (MVCO) to spruce up the downtown by planting flowers and perennials. These volunteers have also worked on graffiti removal, carpet removal, wall washing, painting and general clean up at the Monaca Community Center throughout the winter months.  The Youth Volunteers will continue to serve Monaca by weeding, watering and maintaining the plantings throughout the summer months with the MVCO.   

Please join the Monaca Business District Authority in thanking these volunteers for their efforts and hard work.  Hats off to all of you for making Monaca look beautiful! 

*If you would like to lend a hand or give a donation, please contact Patricia Majors at monacaoutreach@comcast.net.*


First Quarter 2013

The Monaca Business District Authority is pleased to feature Dr. Vincent Troia as this quarter's Downtown Recognition Recipient. Dr. Troia is a Board Certified Optometrist who offers general eye care examinations, comprehensive eye examinations, including the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the eye. His business, Troia Eye & Laser PC is located in the Troia Building at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dr. Troia is an independent primary health care provider who can examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures, as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. His business can be reached by calling 724-774-8765.

 

In addition to Dr. Troia's business, we wish to recognize him for his outstanding community involvement and his unending work with the Ohio River Trail Council to bring the Ohio River Trail to our area. Dr. Troia is the Executive Chairmen and CEO of the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC). The ORTC is a greenways vision which includes a multi-use land trail with the opportunity for connectivity linking into many of the already existing multi-use trails in the tri-state area. The trail proposal also includes 27 riverfront communities like Monaca in the southwestern Pennsylvania area. The Ohio River Trail offers opportunities for biking, hiking, walking, roller blading, fishing, cross country skiing, bird watching, horseback riding, and a host of other recreational opportunities that improve the quality of life in our area for everyone.

 

The Monaca Business District Authority offers congratulations to Dr. Troia on this recognition and thanks him for all he does with the ORTC and for the community.


Fourth Quarter 2012

The Monaca Business District Authority (BDA) is pleased to recognize Shawn Priest as our featured downtown recognition recipient this quarter. Shawn is a professionally trained chef who has returned to his hometown of Monaca to utilize his skills at the Bronze Eagle Restaurant, 1198 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Another note of interest, Shawn's late father, Floyd, was a former police officer in Monaca and was also author of the Monaca High School Alma Mater.  

The BDA is happy to have Shawn back in Monaca and wishes him much success in his endeavors!

Third Quarter 2012

The Monaca Business District Authority (BDA) is pleased to recognize Frank and Roni Albanese as our featured downtown recognition recipient this quarter. Frank and Roni recently painted the façade of their property located at 999 Pennsylvania Avenue. This location is the home of GNU Tub of Beaver and Butler Counties.

 

The BDA is proud to recognize this positive enhancement to our downtown. It is the dedication of committed individuals like Frank and Roni that continues to inspire revitalization and pride in Monaca.

 

The committee thanks Frank and Roni for their time, energy and enthusiasm for our downtown!


Second Quarter 2012

The Green Gateways volunteer project began on March 18, 2011 with the cleaning and updating of 9th Street with park benches, planters, cigarette urns and the construction of a Pergola rest area at the corner of 9th Street and Atlantic Avenue.  A concrete table and benches were added along with a trash container, way-finding sign, bike rack and cigarette urn to yet be installed.  Brush was cleared allowing for an additional eight feet of space within Friendship Park.  The surrounding area was cleaned and graded, leveled with top soil and seeded.  Installation of landscape lighting has been completed with energy saving sensor-activated dusk to dawn flood lights.  Completion of landscape should be achieved by June 30th, 2012. 

Restoration of the Baker-Baldwin Cemetery was completed in September of 2011.  An application for county historical landmark designation has been completed and was submitted through the Ohio River Trail Council.  Weekly maintenance of the cemetery is continued. 

Clearing of brush and debris was performed at 17th Street at the entrance to the East Rochester Bridge as part of the Keep America Clean/Keep PA Clean project, sponsored by PennDot in 2011. 

A perennial friendship garden was installed at the upper level of the Pump House along Atlantic Avenue in 2011 and is continuously maintained by volunteers.  Perennials were also planted in the Leaf Pest Control planter to visually enhance the 9th Street Entrance into Monaca from the Monaca-Rochester Bridge, and is currently maintained by volunteers.  In 2012, the Monaca Borough Building islands were converted to perennial gardens, again maintained by MVCO and the Happy Weeder Volunteers.   

Decorative crosswalks were installed at 9th Street and Indiana, and at 10th and 11th Streets crossing Pennsylvania Avenue.  In 2012, three additional decorative crosswalks will be installed at 9th Street and Washington Avenue,  at 6th Street and Pennsylvania (Legion), and between 9th and 10th Streets and Pennsylvania (Red Wing), completing the busiest sections of the downtown business district.  All remaining crosswalks on 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will be improved with highly visible reflective and anti-skid white thermoplastic crosswalk markings.  The attempt to improve the visibility and safety of Monaca's business district crosswalks nears the $17,000 mark to date.  Improvements in motorist awareness at crosswalks and a decrease in mishaps have been noted.  One additional advantage is the cost savings to the borough in manpower and wages.  The thermoplastic markings are anticipated to last approximately 5 years under high traffic situations, can be spot repaired, and require minimal man hours and limited amounts of material for repair and maintenance.     

In January of 2012, renovation of 4 rooms at the Monaca Community Center (former CJ Mangin School) was begun, utilizing toxic free paint, sustainable carpeting and ceramic flooring, water saving bathroom fixtures, energy efficient fluorescent and LED lighting and repurposed/recycled furnishings.  A beverage center and refrigeration has been added for the convenience of meeting participants.  The room is expected to be completed by the end of June 2012.  NOTE: Funding was specifically raised for this project and was not funded by donations received and intended solely for community improvements.   

On June 16, 2012, chaired by Councilman John DiMarzio, volunteers participated from 9 am to 1 pm in River Sweep 2012 extending from the Monaca Boat Launch to 17th Street at the Monaca-East Rochester Bridge.  Additional information may be found elsewhere on this website. 

In June of 2012, restoration of the six lower level Pump House gardens began and will continue until completion. 

Project Duration:  March 18, 2011 through June 30, 2012

Project Cost as of June 7, 2012:  $93,818.00 (donations, in-kind services, volunteer hours donated)

CROSSWALK PROJECT (Cash Donations and Volunteers): Flint Trading (Terry Flaherty), Colonna Transfer, BASF Corporation, Johnstone Supply, Virginia Korak, Patricia L. and Kenneth G. Majors, Bronze Eagle, NF&M Corporation, Leonard's Hair Design, Leaf Pest Control, John DiMarzio (Councilman), David Krizan (Councilman), Beaver Valley Sheet Metal, Pete Caltury, Darlene Moore, Craig Bloom, Monaca Turner's, Tom Suica, John Booher (Councilman), Irene and Chris Mangin, Mario Leone, Borough Manager, Bruce Robey, James Branthoover Agency 

PUMP HOUSE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN (UPPER LEVEL), BOROUGH BUILDING ISLANDS, LEAF PEST CONTROL PLANTER (In-Kind Services and Donations): Suzanne Modrak, Laura Rubino, Diane Manning, Mario and Brenda Leone, Sahli Park Committee, Chippewa, New Venture Landscape (Blair Getz), Patricia Majors, Virginia Korak, Frank Trella, Target (volunteers), Leaf Pest Control 

MONACA COMMUNITY CENTER  MEETING ROOM (Cash and In-Kind Services): Virginia Korak, Patricia L. Majors, Jeffrey McKay (Borough Council President), Mario Leone (Borough Manager), Anthony DiBacco (Councilman), Carl Biskup, Kathy Petrella, Sam Melchiorre, "Moby" Melchiorre, Lowe's

BAKER-BALDWIN CEMETERY (In­Kind Services and Donations): Rock Concrete (Richard Lawson), Colonna Transfer, Lowe's (Albert Antoline, Chris McKenzie, Evan Pierce), Rome Monument, Virginia Korak, M&M Lawn Service, Beaver County Historical Society (Bernard Catalucci, Advisor -former Great Arrow Historical Society)

FRIENDSHIP PARK AND PERGOLA (In-Kind Services and Donations): Virginia Korak, Patricia L. and Kenneth G. Majors, Steve Cable Tree Service, Sustainable Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University, Home Depot (Team Depot), Ohio River Trail Council, Construction and General Laborer's Union, Electricians Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Carpenters Regional Training Center, Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania Training Center, Tuma Lawn Service, New Venture Lawn Service, Beaver Valley Landscape Supply, Borough of Monaca, The Stone Shoppe, TEC Electric, Yesko Electric, PennDot (Keep PA Clean, Great American Clean-up), M&M Lawn Service, Target (volunteers)


First Quarter 2012

The Monaca Business District Authority is pleased to recognize Bechtel Kopac Insurance Company as this quarter's featured downtown recognition recipient. Bechtel Kopac is located at 1036 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Bechtel Insurance Company was started in the 1940's. After Hank Bechtel recently passed away, the business was sold to Kevin Kopac on September 1, 2011. Kevin had previously worked at another insurance company before the sale.
The company specializes in the sale of all types of insurance including: Auto, Home, Business, and Worker's Compensation. The company does not sale health insurance.

The Monaca Business District Authority welcomes Kevin to Monaca and is delighted that he has chosen to keep his business in downtown Monaca.

Bechtel Kopac Insurance Company
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 - 4:30 pm and Wednesday: 8:30 - 3pm
724-775-1794

Fourth Quarter 2011

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen Guy Rossi, owner of Rossi's Pizza, as the 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient. Guy has owned several businesses over the years. In the 70's and early 80's, he owned a pizza shop/restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. Everyone always loved his pizza and this was really his "signature". Later, he had a larger restaurant on Rt. 18 going north into New Brighton for a few years. Guy moved his business back to Monaca a few years ago.

Guy is always ready to help out with community events when he can. By returning to Monaca, Guy shows his dedication and loyalty to our town. Rossi's is now a family operation with son, David, and Brother, Gary, working with him. He has taught his children the value of giving back to the community as well. David serves as the Beaver County Controller and his daughter, Brandy, serves as a 2nd Ward Councilwoman.

Congratulations and thank you to Guy Rossi!

Third Quarter 2011

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen the Monaca Borough Employees for the 3rd quarter Downtown Recognition Award. Specifically, we would like to recognize Mario Leone, Manager, Dawn Werthman, Secretary, Administrative Staff, Public Works Staff and Part-time Summer Staff. These individuals were chosen for assisting the Business District Authority, Monaca Volunteer Outreach and Happy Weeders notably with in-kind services, supplies and labor assisting with the downtown landscaping, Green Gateways Project, the Farmer's Market and more.

Their efforts inspire us all to maintain the beautification of our downtown. This kind of work ethic puts us one step closer toward our goal of making Monaca a more attractive place to live and shop.

The borough employees have also been an integral part of many important community life activities in town. Through their efforts, Monaca has enjoyed revitalization in the areas of business development and community life.

Second Quarter 2011

The Monaca Business District Authority (MBA) has chosen Patricia Majors and Virginia Korak as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipients for 2011.  Both ladies are being recognized for their involvement with the Green Gateways project and the “We’re Better Together” initiative.   

The Green Gateways project focuses on the park at 9th Street and Atlantic Avenue, the green space at the corner of 17th & 18th Streets and all of 9th Street.  The “We’re Better Together” initiative is a combined effort of the MBA and the Monaca Volunteer Community Outreach (MVCO) to recruit volunteers for community revitalization.  The focus will include a new park, improved crosswalks, decorative street poles and signs, planters, landscape beautification and more.  

Patty and Virginia also serve on the board of the Monaca Business District Authority on the Community Life committee.  The Board thanks them for their endless supply of dedication, creativity, energy and commitment to Monaca’s business district and community life and congratulates them on this well-deserved honor!

First Quarter 2011

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen Electric Garage Door Sales as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011.  This long-time business, owned by Christopher and Robin Heberling for the past 16 years, is being recognized for its investment, support and involvement in the downtown. They keep their storefront clean and decorated, participate in the Christmas decorating contest each year and take the initiative to display their product in the vacant storefront of the building rather than leave it empty.  Robin served on the MBDA board for a number of years and chaired the Business Development Committee.  She provided updates on businesses, distributed newsletters and information on events and happenings in the downtown to the businesses.  We appreciate their continued investment in the downtown.

Electric Garage Door Sales is located at 1128 Pennsylvania Avenue. Their phone is 724-774-3200. Be sure to call Chris and Robin for all your garage door needs.

Fourth Quarter 2010

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen Dan Colville, Superintendent of the Monaca Highway Department as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010.  Dan is being recognized for his generous offers of the department’s assistance to the downtown initiative. Dan and his staff will help out with the clean-up of the Ninth Street Park, National Night Out activities, as well as other events where their help is requested.

The Board thanks Dan Colville and the Monaca Street Department for their cheerful willingness to be of service to the downtown. 

Third Quarter 2010

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen the Monaca Police Department as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010.

The department does a wonderful job of serving and protecting our community every day of the year.  But they are being recognized especially for their role in the Bike Rodeo held this year on June 12th.  The officers invited children ages 6-12 to participate in the event. The purpose was to teach bike safety, the importance of wearing helmets and navigating an obstacle course. Not only does this event help the children to learn safety tips, but it also strengthens their relationship with the police officers. 

The members who participated in this year’s event were: Chief Bill Petures, Sgt. Mark Young, Patrick Young, Officer Ron Hogue. A big “thank you” to all of you.

Second Quarter 2010

The Monaca Business District Authority has chosen the Monaca Community Hall of Fame as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2010. The HOF is an active organization that promotes the community by using its storefront to display topical items and historical information on Monaca, interacts with the school district to encourage students to become an active part of their community, sponsors scholarships for Monaca students, recognizes the accomplishments of the citizens of Monaca in civic, professional and sports activities and is a gathering spot for meetings of community groups like the Monaca Alumni Association and the committees for Fallfest and the Christmas Hometown Celebration and Parade.  They regularly send representatives to attend the MBDA merchant meetings and participate in downtown activities like the Christmas decorating contest and Fallfest. They have a dedicated group of volunteers that serve the HOF as its board of directors. 

The Monaca BDA salutes this hard-working, dedicated group of volunteers and thanks them for their many contributions to our community.

First Quarter 2010

The Monaca Business District Authority is being recognized for its commitment to the rehabilitation of the town's business core, as well as its high-density mixed-use neighborhoods.  The Authority embraces the Main Street Approach™ and The Elm Street Approach™ as the means of bringing positive change to fruition in Monaca.

Members of the Monaca BDA include:  Laura Rubino, John DiMarzio, Renee Mangin, Patty Majors and Jim Branthoover. The Board thanks Borough Manager Mario Leone for his continued support of its initiatives.



Fourth Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition: Main Street Awards

On Wednesday, October 28th each of the ten Riverfront towns honored individuals and businesses that made outstanding contributions to their downtowns.  Recognition was made in three categories: Business Development, Architecture & Design and Community Life. 

Beaver County Commissioners Joe Spanik and Charles Camp offered words of support and encouragement to the 100+ audience gathered at Tinitique Restaurant in Bridgewater. 

Chairpersons from the various Business District Authorities and Development Corporations described the accomplishments of their honorees with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. Each winner received a Main Street Award plaque in the appropriate category and a group photo was taken. 

The event was hosted by the Community Development Program of Beaver County, which provides a wide array of programs and services which support and encourage downtown revitalization for its ten downtown community members, and Town Center Associates, a planning and management firm specializing in downtown revitalization.

The Monaca Business District Authority presented Main Street Award plaques to:

Pacentro's Restaurant & Pizzeria
Guy & Tammy Celeste
Business Development

Flesh Mechanics
Kevin & Wendy Kerr
Architecture & Design

Monaca Volunteer Community Outreach (MVCO)
Patricia Majors, Chairperson
Community Life

Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Mars Drums at 310 Ninth Street has been chosen for its contributions to downtown architecture and design.  Through the creative use of colorful paint, signage and a well-maintained facade, owners Craig Zeigler and Mike Phillis contribute to a positive image of the downtown,  emphasizing that it is a clean, safe and friendly community.

Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Borough Manager Mario Leone is recognized for his energy and commitment to the community of Monaca.  He does his job well and with enthusiasm.  His emphasis on safety, "green" technology, creating an attractive downtown and his willingness to work with others all contribute to making Monaca a desirable place to live, work, do business and play. 

First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Patricia Majors and the Monaca Volunteer Community Outreach are recognized for hosting community-wide events for Monaca and visitors of all ages.  The goal of this organization is to promote the attributes of Monaca and provide opportunities for interaction, entertainment, and fun and to reinforce the value of community life.

The Monaca Business District Authority congratulates the following businesses for their ten or more years in our core downtown area.

Beaver Valley Sheet Metal Company

Bechtel Insurance

Chips II Restaurant & Lounge

Clip and Cuddle Doggie Salon

Deborah’s Bridal Traditions

Electric Garage Door Sales

GNU Tub of Beaver & Butler Counties

Huntington Bank

Jeff Michel Hair Styling

JESA Insurance

Monaca Community Hall of Fame

Quality Pre-Owned Cars & Transmission Service

Red Wing Shoe Store

Taormina’s Market

The Greenery Laundry

The Quilt Basket

The Yorke Agency

Troia Eye & Laser Center

White House Restaurant

Zupsic Beauty Salon

The Monaca Business District Authority thanks the following businesses that have opened in our core district within the past 2 years:

Law Office of Christine B. Luikart

Law Office of Debra Genevie

White House Restaurant

Huntington Bank

King Beaver Cigar Shop

Street Rod Parts

Clinton Auto Service

European Quality Pre-Owned Cars & Transmission Service

Simoni Bakery & Deli

Mizak's New York Style Deli Sandwiches