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9/17/17

A number of motions pertaining to personnel were unanimously passed by the Avonworth School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11 meeting.

The resignation of Michelle Watkins, elementary school health campus aide, retroactive active to Aug. 15.

Hocelyn Puskar as the health aid (LPN) at the elementary school campus, effective Sept. 22, at an annual salary of $35,000.

Jamie Shaulis and Angela McDowell as part time food service workers retroactive to Aug. 22.

Linda Williams as elementary school cafeteria lead, at 6.25 hours/day, retroactive to Aug. 22.

9/17/17

Some long-awaited construction projects are about to get underway in Bellevue.

Engineer Ben Gilberti told Bellevue Council at its pre-council session on Tuesdaythat work will begin next week on the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall. The collapse of the wall closed a major artery into Bellevue for several years until funding for the project was available.

9/17/17

The commemoration of Bellevue’s sesquicentennial may stretch far and wide, as council approved a motion by council member Tom Hrynda to donate leftover t-shirts to an organization providing disaster relief in Texas and Florida.

The borough also will donate several boxes of t-shirts purchased years ago for an event canceled due to bad weather.

9/17/17

Bellevue is about to receive nearly $200,00 from a combination of grants that will continue the renovation of the Bayne Park playground.

According to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, the borough has been awarded a $115,000 DCNR grant, a $60,000 CDBG grant, and expects abnother $15,000 Kaboom grant next month.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley said that five new pieces of playground equipment will be purchased with the funds.

9/17/17

The planned large group instruction / STEM room project at the Avonworth high school/middle school received financial approval at Monday night’s school board meeting.

The contract for general construction was awarded to Arcon Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $816,000.

The contract for HVAC construction was awarded to R&B Mechanical, in the amount of $75,700.

The contract for plumbing construction was awarded to Shipley Brothers Construction, in the amount of $108,000.

9/3/17

On Aug. 4, a Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism had occurred the previous day.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on Aug. 4.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a Lincoln Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property the previous day.

On Aug. 8, a Division Avenue resident reported vandalism.

On Aug. 11, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported an assault.

A Burnside Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property from a vehicle on August 13.

9/2/17

Northgate Middle School will be among 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTech Team, and Google. The program will work to improve education equity by empowering teachers to utilize technology in more powerful ways.  

Northgate Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need, existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.

8/18/17

When the Northgate Flames football team talks about home field advantage this season, they won’t be talking about Alumni Field on Sheridan Avenue. To keep playing under lights on Friday nights, the team will move its games to J.C. Stone Field in North Park.

8/11/17

A handful of Bellevue residents expressed their concern to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening over the manner in which council’s newest member was appointed two weeks before schedule.

8/11/17

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Data collection for and discussions about the possible merger of two local townships into a single combined municipality continues.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township Merger Committee met at the Kilbuck Municipal Building. The merger committee is comprised of both the Ohio and Kilbuck Township supervisors, their respective managers, and appointed citizen volunteers.

7/30/17

A contingent of Bellevue Council members took advantage of the absence of the council president to appoint their candidate of choice to the vacant council seat.

7/15/17

Bellevue Council will shelve a proposal to hire part-time officers to help reduce police department overtime costs, at least for now.

7/15/17

The Northgate School District was one of only 11 districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized at the PA Literacy Conference, where representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education presented Innovation Incentive Awards.

The Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Innovation Incentive Awards program recognizes innovation in literacy among Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers: Keystones to Opportunity sub-grantees. Northgate placed third in the category for increasing literacy outcomes for children from birth to age 5.

7/15/17

Bellevue's Lincoln Avenue streetscape progress has run into a problem as work heads into the next block of Lincoln Avenue.

7/15/17

A major road providing access between Bellevue's main street and Ohio River Boulevard could re-open to traffic by mid-September.

7/10/17

The Ben Avon Area Historical Association (BAAHA) is changing its name to the Avonworth Historical Society, to better reflect the group’s primary areas of interest, which are the five municipalities that make up the Avonworth School District.

The society promotes local history and is a repository of documents and artifacts from the local area.

Currently the society collaborates with the Heinz History Center on an enrichment program for Avonworth eighth graders.

7/7/17

On May 15, a Spring Avenue resident reported gift card fraud.

A West Riverview resident reported vandalism on May 15. While parked on the street, the rear window of a car was broken out. Also on May 15, a Monroe Avenue resident reported a vehicle window had been broken while parked on the street.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported on May 16 that a male had submitted a fraudulent prescription.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported shoplifting by a juvenile on May 17.

A Watkins Avenue resident reported harassment on May 19.

7/1/17

On June 13, Avalon Police received a report of a hit-and-run accident to a parked vehicle on California. Following a traffic stop on June 13 on Ohio River Boulevard, Thomas F. Coran, 30, of Willow Street and Anthony Scott Touchtone, 29, of Allegheny Avenue were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia among a variety of other charges.

7/1/17

A proposed amendment to the joint zoning code governing Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon would allow urban farmers to add chickens and bees to their back yards.

7/1/17

The Bellevue Police Department made it abundantly clear to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening that its officers are opposed to any restructuring plan that would add part-time officers to the roster.

7/1/17

Bellevue Council member Matt Senvisky has resigned his seat, effective July 1.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley announced at Tuesday's regular council meeting that the second ward representative had accepted a new job with a company that did not permit employees to hold public office.

Senvisky's term on council will expire at the end of this year, and he already had chosen not to seek re-election.

7/1/17

On May 31, a resident of Ricker Court in Ben Avon filed an ordinance complaint for loud noise in the area.

A customer shopping at a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township on June 1, reported the theft of a phone.

On June 2, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A resident of Superior Avenue in Emsworth reported a suspicious circumstance on June 2. On June 3, a resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct.

On June 5, a resident of Brighton Road in Ben Avon filed a harassment report.

6/26/17

Avalon Council has hired two contractors to complete a number of paving and capital improvement projects this summer.

At council's June 20 meeting, Michael Facchiano Contracting was approved for work totaling $247,489, and Shields Asphalt Paving for work totaling $69,828.90. Both were the low bidders on different parts of the specifications advertised by the borough.

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.