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The Northgate School District will be seeking input from the community on a proposal to align its elementary school populations by grade level rather than geography. If all the details are worked out in the coming months, the proposal could go into effect as early as the next school year.


On Nov. 22, Avalon Police investigated a possible trespass at a residence on Florence Avenue.

On Nov. 24, police responded to a complaint at an apartment in a California Avenue building. Stephen Morris Jr., 37, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants and later taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

One person was taken into custody after police responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress at a vacant house on Elizabeth Avenue on Nov. 27.

On Nov. 30, Billy Pettis III was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard.


Responding to a report of someone being threatened by a person with a gun on Grant Avenue on Nov. 25, Bellevue Police charged John Kauffeld, 47, with aggravated assault.

Bellevue Police responded to a disturbance at an office on Lincoln Avenue on Nov. 20.

Carmine A. Zinno, 66, was charged with writing a bad check to pay for a street sweeping ticket.

Solomon Johnson, 20, was charged with retail theft from a Lincoln Avenue business on Nov. 22.

Todd Viola, 36, was charged with theft on Ohio River Boulevard on Nov. 24.


Reorganization meetings held Monday by Avonworth and Northgate school boards resulted in a change in officers for both boards.

At Northgate, Gary Paladin was unanimously elected board president, with Brigitte Jackson elected vice president. They are pictured here. Dan O’Keefe was nominated for president, but declined the nomination to the seat he has held for the past six years. O’Keefe instead will fill Paladin’s unexpired term as treasurer.



We hear from reliable sources that the last time the Avonworth football team made the WPIAL champuionships, it was 1959.


Did you ever wonder how they get Christmas trees all wrapped up in the netting that protects them until you get them into your home? Pictured above, members of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company package a tree on its way to a local home. The firefighters are selling Christmas trees to raise money, and have a wide variety of types and sizes in the lot across from the fire hall on New Brighton Road. The lot is open weekday evenings and all day on Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24. Delivery to North Boroughs homes is available for free or a nominal charge.


Sat, 2014-12-13

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic holiday concert and “Toys for Tots” benefit will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at Northgate High School.

The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students, and children under age 12 are admitted free.

Tickets will be available at the door or by contacting People are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy, and will received a certificate for a buy one, get one free admission to an upcoming Philharmonic concert.

Sat, 2014-12-13

Avalon Now will “Brighten the Season” in Avalon on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1-5 p.m. at the borough building.

The festivities will include food, drinks, crafts, raffles, vendors, and a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Local author Amy Brooks, who wrote “Unseen Arms,” will attend.

The celebration will end at 5 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony at Avalon Elementary and free cookies and hot chocolate at Trinity Lutheran Church.