By Nancy Whyte

As required by the Pennsylvania School Code, the Avonworth School Board held its reorganization meeting during the first week of December.

At Monday night’s meeting, outgoing president David Oberdick handled the duties of temporary president. Beau Blaser was declared president for 2019, and Vicki Carlson will serve as vice president.

Kate Monti and Jeff Carraway will be the 2019 representatives to the Northern Area Special (A.W. Beattie Career Center.)


A motor vehicle accident occurred on North Home Avenue on Nov. 27. Police say no one was injured.

Three deer in the road caused a motor vehicle accident on Nov. 27 at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road. Police say no one was injured.

Jacob Hines, 23, of Bellevue, was arrested for public drunkenness on Nov. 28.

A resident of California Avenue reported on Nov. 28 that someone had stolen the handicap placard from a vehicle.

On Nov. 29, a resident of Semple Avenue reported fraud by someone using I-Tune cards.


On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue retail store reported that a $100 bill passed by a male customer was confirmed by a Lincoln Avenue bank to be counterfeit.

On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue drug store reported that a male customer attempted to stuff items in his shirt and leave without paying.

Bellevue Police received a report of two adult males fighting in the middle of Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 1.

A resident of Howard Avenue reported a stolen vehicle on Oct. 4.


A resident of Avon Drive in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Nov. 17.

On Nov. 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft.

A civil dispute was reported by a business located on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Nov. 19.

On Nov. 19, a resident of Alder Drive in Ben Avon reported a dispute.

A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Nov. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported theft on Nov. 23.


Emsworth Borough's proposed budget for 2019 is available for perusal at the Borough Building during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The proposed budget anticipates receiving $2,169,904 in total income and plans on having $2,160,243 in expenses.

Proposed Emsworth Ordinance 1005, sets the 2019 real estate tax rate at 3.955 mils. This is the same millage as in fiscal year 2018.

Council anticipates approving both the budget and Ordinance 1005 at the Dec. 12 meeting.


Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger broke a tie vote among borough council members Tuesday night that will designate eight spaces on North Fremont Avenue as permit-only parking.


After months of discussion, Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to allow a private company to solicit service line warranty business using the borough’s logo.


Bellevue Council did not, as expected, authorize the creation of a secure reception area further away from the current department administrative offices.


Lawrence Grimm, 37, of Bellevue, was arrested on Nov. 14 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of a conmtrolled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Following a traffic stop on Nov. 14, Damon Mills Elliot, of Crafton, was cited for drug equipment violations.

On Nov. 14, a resident of Taylor Avenue reported that someone broke into his apartment.

On Nov. 15, Avalon Police officers were called to California Avenue for a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.


Bellevue Police are warning residents to be vigilant about packages being delivered to their homes.

Monday, Nov. 26 is “Cyber Monday,” and because thieves may be preparing to take advantage of the holiday shopping season, police are encouraging on-line shoppers to take precautions when having items delivered.

One suggestion is to pick up delivered packages immediately or ask a neighbor to collect them. Most UPS, USPS, and FedEx deliveries have tracking ser-vices, so one has a good idea when the order will arrive.


The Northgate football team may be playing home games under those “Friday night lights” next year. The district's school board voted unanimously Monday to move ahead with a modified field rehabilitation project estimated to cost somewhere in the area of $1.1 million.

The move came at the board's regular meeting, held one week after a similar motion was defeated in a 4-3 vote. The original motion included a $600,000 project to better secure the entryways at all three Northgate schools, as well as field renovations estimated to cost $1.5 million.



Extra chairs needed to be added to the standard audience area of the Emsworth Borough Council room to seat all the Emsworth residents who attended the Nov. 14 council meeting to complain about North Avenue.

North Avenue has been closed to vehicular traffic for weeks due to problems that arose during the road rehabilitation project that was supposed to have been finished in September. With deep ditches gouged on each side and with no gravel covering the slippery mostly-clay and dirt bottom, the road is essentially closed to foot traffic, as well.


Major improvements will be made to the community park in Avalon Borough, thanks to a state grant .

Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 to rehabilitate Avalon Park on New Brighton Road. Work will include renovating ballfields, dugouts and a track. Pedestrian walkways, a bleacher and a scoreboard will also be installed.

Avalon is one of six grant recipients recently announced by Pennsylvania Sen.Wayne D. Fontana. The six state grants total $952,500 and will be used to fund local environmental/recreational projects.


Although the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year has just been completed, the Avonworth School Board has passed the district calendar for the next school year.

At Monday night’s regular meeting, the board unanimously passed the 2019-20 school calendar. The first day of school for students in grades 1 through 12 will be Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 and the last day and graduation are scheduled for Friday, June 5.


Bellevue engineer Ben Gilberti gave the borough council an overview Tuesday of the mandated plan for stormwater management that must be submitted to the state in order to obtain a permit for completing similarly mandated projects.


On a second pass-through of the Ben Avon budget, council member Ken Opipery said he was able to make some adjustments and bring it into balance without raising taxes. He said he noticed some extra money that was no longer needed for salaries, and even though he bolstered the cost for some of the utilities, he was able to set it at $1,221,168 -- more than $12,000 lower than last year's.


State Senate Democrats unanimously re-elected Sen.Wayne D. Fontana to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the upcoming two-year legislative session.

The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and leads the discussion on legislation under consideration on the Senate floor.

Fontana said he will continue to work on creating more jobs, upgrading Allegheny County’s aging infrastructure, ensuring a quality education for children, curbing property taxes, protecting the state’s environment and working with local leaders to help fund and support area projects and initiatives.


Bellevue Council plans to amend the borough's traffic ordinance to allow for permit parking on one side of North Fremont Avenue.

Homeowners who live in the four houses closest to the Lincoln Avenue business district have found it increasingly difficult to park anywhere near their homes due to drivers using the available spots to access businesses. They asked council to designate eight spots for residential permit parking.

Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's pre-council meeting to advertise an ordinance that will designate the spaces for permit parking only.


The Northgate School Board, in a narrow vote Monday night, put the brakes on a $2.1 million capital improvement project planned for 2019 despite questions and concerns about how the project would be funded.

While $600,000 of the estimated construction cost would have gone to creating more secure entries at each of the district’s three schools, the lion’s share -- $1.5 million – was estimated for rehabilitation of Alumni Field, including restoration of the lights that would allow the football team to return to Friday night games next year.


Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner is asking the borough council to fund changes in the entrance to the department that will keep visitors even further away from personnel and access to the rest of the borough hall.

Sentner told council during Tuesday's meeting that an employee had been attacked by a visitor who was able to move past the vestibule where the elevator is located, into an area that now features personnel behind glass and a window/door, as well as stairs to the administrative offices on the second floor.


As a result of the Community Development Block Grant Ben Avon received, the borough was able to put out bids for handicapped ramps on Walnut Road and Virginia Avenue. Two bids came in, and council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $24,268 from DePasquale Construction Services. Earl Bohn was absent.

Ken Opipery said the work cannot be done now because of the cold, but with council having given approval, it can be started when the weather breaks in the spring.


Harold Gearhart, 32, of Avalon, was arrested for a state parole violation warrant following a traffic stop on Oct. 31.

Robert Brown, 70, of Avalon, was charged on Nov. 1 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

On Nov. 1, a 63-year-old Avalon resident reported identity theft.


A recent second check of the air quality at the Avonworth Elementary Building resulted in normal readings.

At the Nov. 5 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Director of Fiscal Management Brad Waters stated that a second company had been contacted to conduct additional tests. “Normal air quality levels” were obtained in the elementary building, he said.


A resident of Duff Road in Ohio Township reported fraud on Nov. 1.

A resident of Crawford Road in Ohio Township reported a civil dispute on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 5, a resident of Rostrevor Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance.

On Nov. 5, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.

A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township reported a theft on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a resident of Flaccus Road in Ben Avon reported a threat.