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It’s been only four years since more than $800,000 was spent to replace a sanitary sewer line on West Bellevue Road, but the project already is being undermined by a torrent of stormwater run-off.

With the bulk of that water coming from Bellevue, Avalon officials are concerned that their borough once again will be tapped for big repairs with a big price tag.


On July 2, Bellevue Police received a report of vandalism from a Teece Avenue resident whose vehicle’s mirror had been damaged.

A television was reported stolen from an apartment on Teece Avenue on July 3.

An assault on Laurel Avenue was reported July 5.

On July 13, police received a report of criminal mischief. A Sheridan Avenue resident reported that a tire had been slashed.

A Division Avenue resident reported debit card fraud on July 13.

On July 13, an iPod was reported to have been stolen from a vehicle parked at the intersection of South Jackson and Lincoln avenues.



A group of residents brought a petition to the Ben Avon Council meeting on Tuesday regarding a problem with an abandoned house at 6934 Church Ave., but council memberssaid they were already working on it.

Susan Fink of Prospect Avenue, presented a petition with approximately 40 signatures. Fink said the property is overgrown and dangerous, and clearing it is important for safety, as only about 12 inches of sidewalk is clear to walk.


A young couple who have just moved into Avalon approached the borough council at its regular meeting Tuesday to ask if they can have chickens in their back yard.

Rendon Elsesser and his wife, Whitney Shields, said they would like to keep about six hens in a “run” they would build in the back yard of their Taylor Avenue home. Their intent is to use the eggs the chickens produce. There would not be a rooster, they said.



Let me start out by saying that I feel bad for Bellevue Council parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley. She's taking the heat for decisions that are being made by a lot of other people. It's part of the nature of doing anything by committee, which can be both a blessing and a curse. The curse part comes in when, as chair, you have the duty to announce the decisions and reasoning of the whole committee. It's a double curse when the committee is saying stupid stuff, which is the case in the recent decision not to substantially change the rules at Bayne Park.


Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Tue, 2015-08-04

Bellevue will celebrate “National Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 4-8 pm. in Bayne Park .

There will be activities for children and adults.

Featured events include performances by local musicians and artists, fitness-education classes, a bicycle parade, games and activities for children including face painting, crafts, and a bouncy house.

Emergency vehicles will be on display. There also will be a library book sale, fingerprinting and identification cards, a dunk tank, bake sales, a 50/50 raffle and free food.

Sun, 2015-08-02

The Avalon High School All-Class Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-dark at the Rose Barn in North Park.

Activities include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, music, and food.

Donations of fruit, salads, side dishes, desserts and beverages are welcome. Financial donations are also appreciated.

For more information, contact Dave or Linda Short at (724)453-1401 or shortsnd@zoominter