How long have you resided in Bellevue? Cerminara: I have lived in Bellevue for 9 years. Woshner: 47 years.

What is your educational background? Cerminara: I graduated cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Woshner: AA and BSBA cum laude majoring in business management from Robert Morris University

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Despite financial projections that indicate the Northgate School District will be operating in the red in just a couple years no matter what tax increases are levied, the district’s school board voted 6-3 Monday evening to approve a proposed 2019-20 budget that includes nearly the maximum tax increase allowed by state law.


The Avonworth School Board is looking at a .43 mill property tax increase and a dip into the district’s reserve fund balance to fund the proposed 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

The $34.2 million proposed budget is expected to use $486,259 in revenue from an increase in the district’s millage rate from 19.1 to 19.53, a 2.3 percent increase that is the maximum permitted under the state Act 1 index. Another $840,277 could come from the fund balance in order to balance the spending plan.


Fifty years to the day after area firefighters battled for 12 hours to put out a fire that had started in the factory at Schaffner Manufacturing in Emsworth, the Schaffner Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation donated $40,000 to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured here, Jay Schaffner presents the check to EVFC president Joe Koehler Tuesday evening as other members of the fire company look on. Schaffner said that he clearly remembers the day of the fire, when a police officer knocked on the door of his home in Ben Avon at 6:15 a.m. to tell him that the factory was on fire.


The Pittsburgh Business Times this week released its annual ranking of 102 area school districts, which showed some movement for the two North Boroughs school districts.

The Pittsburgh Business Times uses a proprietary formula that is based on each district’s PSSA and Keystone test results, and covers a three-year period. This year’s rankings are based on test scores from 2016, 2017 and 2018.


In stark contrast to the local primary election two years ago, the 2019 municipal primary will offer few contests and even fewer candidates.

Traditionally, ballots in the North Boroughs have been sadly lacking in choices, with the fundamental task of getting one candidate for each open seat a challenge in many communities. In 2017, however, the ballots were bulging with choices for voters. If the 2019 election is any indication, however, that 2017 flurry of political activism was a fluke.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on Elizabeth Avenue on April 15. Police say no one was injured.

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Ohio River Boulevard on April 16. Police say no one was injured.

Alex C. Smith, 32, of Pittsburgh, was arrested on April 16 for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.

Following a traffic stop on April 17, Nathaniel Anthony, 27, of Avalon and Damien Leininger, 30, of Allison Park, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.


No matter what the Northgate School Board decides to do with the property tax millage rate in 2019-20, the district remains headed towards financial insolvency, perhaps even sooner than originally projected.


On April 17, a resident of Overlook Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On April 17, a resident of Alder Drive in Ben Avon reported harassment by communication.

A business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft on April 20.

On April 23, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported harassment by communications.

A resident of Patriot Lane in Ohio Township reported a threat on April 23.

A resident of Avonworth Heights Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on April 24.


Bellevue Council member Linda Woshner has been named to an advisory board with Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) as the nonprofit group hopes to influence what happens at the former Shenango Coke Works site on Neville Island.

Shenango was closed by its parent company, DTE, in 2016, following years of battles over the air pollution being emitted, with the North Boroughs directly in its path. ACCAN volunteers monitored the emissions and encouraged enforcement of anti-pollution laws by the Allegheny County Health Department.


Ben Avon Council has awarded three contracts for sewer work in the coming months.

The first was for sewer excavation repairs and was awarded to Soli Construction Inc., which came in at the low bid of $27,760. Two were awarded for lining repairs, one for spot lining to Robinson Pipe, which had the low bid of $19,600, and one for manhole-to-manhole lining to Insight Pipe Contracting at $20,370.

Council member Ken Opipery said Gateway Engineering reviewed the bids and made the recommendations, all of which were unanimously approved. Megan Dolan was absentfrom Last week’s council meeting.


Parents and grandparents concerned that bullying is not being adequately addressed by the Northgate School District have asked the administration and school board to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the problem that has plagued schools probably as long as they have existed.


With bids coming in higher than available funds, Bellevue’s 2019 street paving program may have to be cut back, at least for a while.

Bids to resurface several streets and alleys came in at $312,577.90. Although Bellevue hoped to be able to do $350,000 worth of work this year, public works committee chair Linda Woshner reminded council at Tuesday’s regular meeting that $100,000 of the $350,000 total was expected to come from Columbia Gas by coordinating the borough’s paving program with the utility’s construction work. Columbia Gas has not yet committed to its 2019 projects.


Area motorists can expect some delays on Union Avenue in the near future, as Bellevue has come up with a solution to the problem of a broken sanitary sewer line that has been leaking into the creek that runs through Avalon Park.


Following a traffic stop on April 3, Caitlin Price, 21, of West View, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following a traffic stop on April 4, Zachary Pearson, 25, of Manor, was arrested on an active felony arrest warrant.

On April 4, a resident of Hemlock Street reported that someone had burglarized their apartment.

On April 5, an Avalon resident reported that the driver’s side of his car had been keyed.

Marc Antonio Pippens, 29, of Baden, was charged on April 7 with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.


Ben Avon’s Avon Park off Perrysville Avenue will close Monday so that a buried pipeline can be inspected and repaired if necessary.

Borough officials received word Wednesday that work would begin April 22, and could take until the beginning of June to be completed.


“Kelly’s Kids” returned to the Northgate School Board Monday evening to make one more attempt to persuade Northgate officials not to make changes to reduce the amount of time middle-senior high school music teacher Kelly Winovich spends with them.


The Route 65 entrance to Bellevue is about to become a whole lot more welcoming and attractive. Last Saturday, volunteers organized by Mayor Emily Marburger began the arduous task of cleaning up a long-neglected, vacant lot that sits directly behind the “Live, Worship, Shop” sign at the corner of Meade and West Riverview evenues. Because the lot is privately owned, it is illegal for tax dollars to be spent on the project.


On April 11, a resident of Bear Run Drive in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported public drunkenness on April 12.

On April 16, a resident of Spruce Street in Ben Avon reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


With very little discussion at its regular meeting on Monday, the Northgate School Board approved expenditures totaling $1.3 million that will rehabilitate the playing field at Alumni Stadium and turn on the lights for Friday night football.


On Feb. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from the road on Dakota Avenue.

On Feb. 1, an Ohio River Boulevard gas station reported shoplifting when a vehicle drove off without paying.

Juveniles were reported entering unlocked vehicles on Washington Avenue on Feb. 2.

On Feb. 3, a resident of Orchard Avenue reported a mirror broken on a parked car.

On Feb. 4, a resident of South Harrison Avenue reported an unlocked vehicle had been entered, gone through, and items taken from it.

A South Fremont Avenue resident reported theft from a vehicle on Feb. 4.


Democrat Pam Iovino will soon take a seat in the Pennsylvania Senate after defeating Republican D. Raja in a special election held Tuesday.

The 37th District seat was left vacant when incumbent Republican Guy Reschenthaler won a seat in the U.S. Congress in the general election. Reschenthaler himself won a special election to take over the 37th state seat when Democrat Matt Smith resigned to take a job in the private sector.


Construction should begin soon on the Salvation Army's North Boroughs Corps Worship and Service Center, with the center possibly open by the end of the year.


Bellevue Borough took several steps closer to becoming a “compassionate community” when council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, adopted four ordinances designed to protect animals.They will have to revisit one of those ordinances, however, as officials made changes that defeated the purpose of a law regulating pet store sales of animals.