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5/13/18

Bellevue motorists can go back to parking the way they have been for decades, as the recent ticketing of vehicles parked against traffic on two-way streets has been limited to high traffic and danger areas.

5/13/18

From back when Norbert Micklos's family moved to Ohio Township in 1957 to the present as he enters retirement, the community has undergone some radical changes.

The somewhat remote Pittsburgh suburb of a few clusters of houses along with some rolling farmland has transformed to upscale housing developments, shopping areas, and a population that now tops 6,000 residents, all linked to the City via I-279.

And just as the community has grown, the responsibilities of the chief of police and his staff of officers also have grown in the community which they serve.

5/13/18

An angry and extremely vocal crowd of about 50 people spent the better part of two hours Tuesday night telling Bellevue Council why they did not want a transitional housing program operating in the borough.

5/13/18

The Northgate School Board got its first look at a proposed 2018-19 budget during a special workshop meeting Monday night. The $25.1 million general fund spending plan currently features a deficit of $2.5 million, which is likely to change before the final budget is adopted in June.

5/7/18

A transitional housing program designed to help people in need has planted its roots in Bellevue, where 46 row houses are targeted to become homes for people who have trouble finding safe, affordable housing.

As of April 1, the Zero Six Eight corporation began implementing its plans to create one of the largest transitional housing programs of its type in the northeastern United States, according to Zero Six Eight founder Daniel Bull, by taking on a master lease for all of the row houses on Gilliland Place and Laurel Avenue in Bellevue.

4/21/18

Everyone knows that first responders -- police, firefighters, EMS -- regularly encounter situations most people hope to avoid. Tuesday, April 10, was a day of rollercoaster emotions for local police and firefighters. On the one hand, there was the rescue of a man and several dogs from a burning building, and the quick and efficient response of fire crews who saved the neighboring homes in the cramped environment of Marie Avenue in Avalon. They focused on their jobs knowing all the while that inside that house, already beyond rescue, were two longtime members of the community.

4/21/18

Ben Avon Council member David Stoeckle said at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that Gateway Engineers received nine bids for the borough’s 2018 street paving project, and the low one came from Independent Enterprises Inc at $387,038.75.

Because the bid is lower than the cost estimatedby the engineers, the borough will be able to pave all of the streets included in the base bid, plus three others.

4/21/18

After reviewing proposals from several companies, Avalon Council voted Tuesday to renew the borough's contract for property inspection with Building Inspection Underwriters.

BIU will provide zoning, building code and rental property inspections, property maintenance and code review and enforcement services. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said the fees will remain the same, and that they were the lowest fees offered by any of the companies who applied for the contract.

4/21/18

Emsworth’s Center Avenue will soon be a bit brighter.

At the April 11 council meeting, a motion was approved unanimously to purchase 10 new LED lights at a cost of $1,217 each. The new lights come with a 10-year warranty, and 65 percent of the light will shine on the street and 35 percent on the sidewalk.

Council member Paul Getz and the Emsworth DPW will install the new lights.

4/21/18

At the direction of Bellevue Council's finance committee, the borough's solicitor is looking into obtaining abandoned property on South Fremont Avenue and possibly turning it into a parking lot.

The lot at 12 S. Fremont Ave. is now vacant after the house was condemned in late 2016 and subsequently demolished. Solicitor Matt Racunas said that the easiest way for the borough to take over the property would be through the delinquent tax collection process. An adjacent property owner could work through Allegheny County's vacant property program to purchase the property.

4/21/18

Ohio Township Police Detective Joe Hanny reminded Ben Avon Council on Tuesday that the Shenango Plant on Neville Island is tentatively set for demolition work to take place April 24. Two of the smokestacks are scheduled to be imploded, although Hanny said the work has twice been scheduled before, but been delayed. "It is going to happen (sometime)," he said, and he wants people to be aware that, depending on the wind, there is potential for blowing dust from the implosion.

4/21/18

At the March meeting, Ben Avon Council president Jennifer Bett told council she would like to implement working sessions before the regular monthly meetings, where council could meet ahead of time and discuss possible agenda items. On Tuesday, she confirmed her decision, saying the sessions will be held the first Tuesday of the month, beginning May 1, at 7 p.m.

In addition, council voted unanimously to change the May regular council meeting from the third Tuesday, May 15, to Monday, May 14. Earl Bohn and Ken Opipery were absent.

4/13/18

An Avalon man is alive today thanks to the efforts of neighbors and police officers who helped him escape from a burning building in which two others died early Tuesday morning.

4/13/18

Although still in its most preliminary stages, a study estimating the cost of future capital improvements in the Northgate School District was presented to the school board Monday night. In short, the study projected financial news for taxpayers that goes from bad to worse.

Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said that the district began the first phase of an in-depth facilities study in 2016 with the hiring of architectural/engineering firm HHSDR. Last August, the firm presented the results of its study of the district's three schools and their capital improvement needs.

3/31/18

On March 12, a resident reported fraud concerning someone trying to buy a vehicle through Craigslist and Ebay.

On March 13, an Avalon resident reported that money was stolen from his wallet by his caretaker.

Avalon Police responded to a hit-and-run accident on Ohio River Boulevard on March 14. Police say there were no injuries.

Robert A. Janchenko, 40, of Avalon, was arrested on March 15 for possession of a controlled substance, suspected to be heroin.

Trevon Darnell Adams, 22, of Duquesne, was arrested on March 15 for driving under the influence of marijuana.

3/31/18

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School District presented a wealth of information during “Safety Information Night,” on Monday, March 19.

The event was held at the Primary Center on Roosevelt Road. More than 60 people attended and heard from the many presenters who included district administrators and representatives of the Ohio Township Police Department and Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company.

3/31/18

Ben Avon is planning an ambitious street-paving schedule in the coming months, but how much actually gets done depends both on the bids for the work and on the utility companies. Ken Opipery told council at its meeting Tuesday that the borough will be advertising for the work, with bids to be opened April 11.

3/31/18

The Northgate School Board has opted to roll the dice on whether the district will have its own preschool class next year, with the outcome to be determined by the availability of grant funds.

3/31/18

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski approached the Northgate School Board last week, asking that district officials consider sharing the cost of a police dog that would become a full-time part of the Avalon Police Department.

Kokoski said that he has $10,000 in funds available, but needs another $15,000 to cover the cost of the K-9 and training. Avalon applied for a grant to fund the program, but its application was denied, Kokoski said.

3/31/18

AmySue Lillie will be returning the money she receives as mayor of Emsworth Borough.

At the March 14 council meeting, Lillie announced she has established the “Dare to Dream”scholarship, which will award $500 as a one-time disbursement to an Emsworth graduating senior. The money must be used for furthering skills and talents at a trade school, a technical school, a professional school or an institution of higher learning. The scholarship will be offered twice a year.

3/31/18

The way that real estate taxes are collected in Avalon will change this year, with Jordan Tax Service taking on much of the work.

The newly elected tax collector, Dennis Narcisi, resigned. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Avalon resident Lynn Sierra was appointed to fill the vacancy in the elected office.

3/31/18

Members of Bellevue Council are calling for a values-based ethics code and a social media policy in the wake of yet another incident that is beginning to look like the small town version of “Trump's Tweets.”

3/17/18

One month to the day after 17 students were gunned down at a Parkland, FL high school, thousands of students across the nation walked out of their classrooms Wednesday morning in solidarity with the national youth-driven effort to stop gun violence by telling their elected officials to implement effective gun control laws before another child is killed.

3/17/18

Bellevue will try once again to appoint someone to the position of auditor in the borough.

Although all municipalities hire professional auditors, state law and Bellevue’s home rule charter still require that there be elected auditors. Specifically, Bellevue’s charter requires that there be three elected auditors.