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6/26/17

On June 1, Avalon Police responded to a two vehicle accident in a parking lot of an Ohio River Boulevard business. There were no injuries.

On June 1, Avalon Police assisted Allegheny County Police and the FBI with an interview.

A victim of assault was treated by EMS personnel on Cleveland Avenue on June 1.

A resident of South Home Avenue reported fraud, a computer scan, on June 3.

Harassment on South Birmingham Avenue was reported on June 3.

6/26/17

Residents of both Clive Street and McKinley Terrace in Avalon asked Avalon Council for help at Tuesday's council meeting, citing poorly maintained properties on both streets.

Residents reported overgrown vegetation, garbage and pests such as insects and raccoons. It was reported that one resident of Clive Street is actually shooting, skinning and eating squirrels from his yard.

6/26/17

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to award a contract for road work in the borough to Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc.

Of the five bids the borough received, the company's came in the lowest at $97,899.28. Public Works foreman Dale Regrut said the engineer had estimated a cost of $97,600.

Repairs will be made to portions of Perrysville Ave., Western Ave., and Juniper Way, but the date the work will begin is not yet known.

6/26/17

Eicher Road in Emsworth will soon be improved, with Emsworth Borough “piggy-backing” on a contract already awarded by Kilbuck Township.

Kilbuck Township has negotiated with a company to have a PennDOT-approved process conducted on the township’s portion of Eicher Road. A motion was made at the June Emsworth Council meeting to have the Emsworth section of Eicher similarly-improved at the same time.

6/26/17

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve the district's final 2017-18 budget in the amount of $22,625,626.

The property tax millage rate will remain the same at 24.7867 mills.

6/26/17

Northgaste School District superintendent Caroline Johns told school board members at their June 19 meeting the administrators would like to change the initial contact the district has with incoming kindergarten students and their parents.

Administrators want the first contact to be “warm and friendly,” Johns said, which was accomplished last year with a spaghetti dinner held for students, parents and teachers and administrators. Children were much more comfortable in this type of setting, Johns said.

6/26/17

An Emsworth resident asked Emsworth Council at its regular meeting what was being done about bands of kids that hang out by the borough building after hours. According to some reports, the loiterers, often referred to as the “Emsworth Posse,” are being rude and making disrespectful comments to nearby homeowners or passers-by. “The situation is getting out of hand,” she complained.

6/26/17

The vacancy on the Northgate School Board left by the resignation last month of Brigitte Jackson was filled at Monday evening's regular board meeting.

With only one applicant for the position, which lasts only until December, the board appointed Christine King to the seat. She was not present at the meeting to be sworn in, but will be able to take the oath of office before the board meets again in August.

King already is a candidate in the general election for a four-year term on the school board.

6/26/17

Francis P. “Junie” Klein Francis P. “Junie” Klein, 79, of Avalon, formerly of the North Side, died Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was the husband of Helen M.; stepfather of Michael, Gregory (Barb), Christopher (Charmaine), and Terry (Stephanie) Musser, Christine (Michael) Skirda; stepgrandfather of 14; and stepgreat-grandfather of six; son of the late Francis and Elizabeth Klein; brother of Richard (Dolores), Paul, John (Irene) Klein, Ann (Bob) Gaertner, Patty Aland, Elizabeth (Tom) Poole, and Gerry Klein. He was an avid baseball player and coach.

6/26/17

Northgate teacher Jennifer Tusick will remain in the school district next year, but in a different position. She was named by the Northgate School Board to the technology coach position funded through the Digital Promise Technology Fellow grant.

Tusick will spend the next school year coaching fellow teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, according to superintendent Caroline Johns, and will return to her teaching position the following year.

6/26/17

Emsworth’s Department of Public Works will soon be receiving some new traffic-control equipment.

At the June 14 council meeting, a motion was made to purchase 32 reflective-type cones and four eight-foot barriers. At a recent accident on Ohio River Boulevard where a vehicle ran into a building, the first responders did not have enough traffic control devices to handle the rush hour heavy traffic on Route 65.

6/16/17

At Monday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, a number personnel motions were unanimously approved.

The district secretary was re-elected, resignations were accepted; new staff members were hired; summer tutors were named; student summer workers were hired; assignment changes were granted; summer ESY staff was authorized and motions granting permission for summer work were passed.

Cindy Donovan will continue serving as secretary for the Avonworth School Board. She was re-elected to a four-year term commencing July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

6/16/17

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a new five-year contract with the Northgate Education Support Professionals Association, which represents the district’s paraprofessionals such as teacher aides.

Superintendent Caroline Johns said that there were no major changes in the terms of employment, and that the workers will receive a salary increase of 3.26 percent over the five-year term of the agreement.

6/16/17

After many months without a supervisor, Bellevue’s public works department should have a new person in charge by the end of the month.

Todd Giammatteo was hired by Bellevue Council at its pre-council meeting on Tuesday.

Giammatteo, of Gibsonia, is a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Richland Township, and since 1992 has worked for Allegheny Installations, Cement Masons Local 526, as a foreman.

6/16/17

Northgate School District's reserve fund balance will be higher than projected at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

School board member Lisa Saylor said that conservative budgeting and spending have resulted in the fund balance being $11.2 million, rather than the originally estimated $9 million.

6/16/17

For its work in the community, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Seeds of Change.

The Bellevue garden, operated by North Hills Community Outreach, was selected as a grant recipient for its dedication to providing hands-on food education opportunities and helping those in need.

In 2016, the garden provided a record 4,500 pounds of fresh organic produce to food pantries, and in doing so, improved the nutrition and overall health of 1,368 low-income families.

6/16/17

Bellevue Police officers will get the chance to weigh in on a department restructuring plan that, for the first time, would add part-time officers to the force.

The plan is being proposed by Chief Matt Sentner and Mayor Paul Cusick as a way to decrease operating costs, specifically those related to overtime pay. Additionally, the plan proposes creating two detective positions, with the officers selected to fill the positions available to fill in as patrol officers as needed.

6/16/17

Lois B. (Bechtold) McCrea Lois B. (Bechtold) McCrea, of McCandless Township, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. She was the wife of David A. McCrea, mother of Shannon and Brandon McCrea; sister of Judy O’Hara and Tim Wilson. Lois loved life, her animals, her house and her cars. There was no visitation. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

David A. McCrea David A. McCrea, 65, of McCandless Township, died Monday, June 12, 2017.

6/16/17

The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday night to hire two secretaries to replace two longtime staffers who have retired.

Fara Pienkosky was hired as a full time, 10-month secretary at Bellevue Elementary School, effective immediately.

Abigail Rose was hired as a full-time, 12-month middle/senior high school athletic secretary, effective June 19.

6/16/17

Nothing unusual about a 5-year-old girl enjoying a pony ride gift for her birthday.

But for Avonworth eighth grader Emma Smith, that gift has not ended, as she continues to ride, four to five days each week, building her skills as a hunter/jumper, riding and honing her skills at Candy Lane Acres in Sewickley.

Emma's mom, Janae, said that as a child, Emma showed an early interest, had a great passion for all animals and liked to jump the horses. But what started as a pastime has now advanced to some intense competition for students in grades 6-12.

6/12/17

A final determination of primary election results by the Allegheny County elections department will make a difference in one local race.

Five candidates were seeking both parties’ nomination for four seats on the Avonworth School Board. The preliminary vote counts immediately following the election indicated that the same four candidates -- Patrick Stewart, Vicki Carlson, Renee Daniels Simmons and Sandra Bolain -- had been nominated on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, with incumbent Beau Blaser losing the GOP nomination to Simmons by just one vote, 255-254.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The subject of diversity – specifically the lack of it among the employees of the Avonworth School District – was a topic discussed at the June 5 meeting of the school board.

During the visitors' comments portion of the meeting, an man who said he had lived in the district for 39 years and was a 1989 graduate of Avonworth High School, said he was concerned that the members of the board, administration and most of the teaching staff all looked the same. He also expressed his view that the curriculum needed to be changed to reflect more diversity.

6/12/17

College students majoring in education take four years of content and teaching courses and then work in classroom settings before graduating to job search. One piece of information rarely offered in any of their academic instruction is very important, but only a few wise professors pass it along to soon-to-be teachers. The advice: Learn to appreciate the secretaries in the schools where you eventually will work. Greet them each day with a smile and a few kind words, because secretaries are as important as superintendents in keeping schools functioning efficiently.

6/12/17

James Joseph Kania James Joseph Kania, 59, of Bellevue, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. He was the son of Elizabeth “Betty” (Hay) Kania and the late Joseph J. Kania; father of James Joseph Kania, Jr. and Jason Willett; brother of John Kania and JoAnn Davis; uncle of Joseph and Joshua Kania, Jesse and Jacob Davis. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, motorcycles, woodworking and NASCAR. He was retired from the US Postal Service after 20 years. Memorial contributions are suggested to Animal Friends, 526 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.