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5/13/17

There are lots of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for four four-year seats on the Ben Avon borough council. The candidates are: Megan Griffin Dolan, Henry Casale, incumbents Russell Kuehner and Richard White, along with David Stoeckle Jr. and Jennifer Bett.

Identical questionnaires were sent to each candidate. Richard White is the only candidate who did not respond. The others’ responses are printed here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Five candidates, all cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican ballots, are seeking each party’s nomination for four seats on the Avonworth School Board. Seeking nomination are incumbents Beau Blaser, Vicki Carlson and Patrick Stewart, along with newcomers Sandra Bolain and Renee Daniel-Simmons.

Neither Stewart nor Daniel-Simmons responded to a questionnaire e-mailed to each candidate by The Citizen. The responses of the other candidates are published here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Bellevue Council's plans to address several major infrastructure repair projects seem to be falling into place, with two major projects and a borough-wide street paving program on the horizon.

Borough engineer Ben Gilberti reported at Tuesday's pre-council meeting that bids for this year's paving program came in some $60,000 under the estimated cost. Council voted unanimously to award the contract for the work to A. Folino Construction, which submitted the low bid of $189,182.

5/13/17

The only primary contest for Bellevue Council will occur in the borough’s first ward, where former council member Jane Braunlich is seeking the party’s nomination along with newcomers Val Pennington and Jodi Hause. Voters will choose two.

A series of questions was e-mailed to all candidates. There responses are printed here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Five people are seeking both the Republican and Democratic nominations for four seats on the Northgate School Board. The candidates, all of whom have cross-filed and appear on both ballots in the primary, are incumbents Amy Joy Robinson and Jennifer McWilliams, and newcomers Christine King, John Gratner and Ryan McElravy.

McElravy is the only candidate who failed to respond to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by The Citizen. Their responses to the questions are printed here.

Education and work background

5/5/17

Three people are seeking the Democratic nomination for the mayor’s seat in Bellevue. Two of them are even running write-in campaigns on the Republican ballot. In the interests of transparency, candidate Tom Fodi has sought office twice as a Republican, and declared himself a Libertarian. Paul Cusick has always run for office as a Democrat, although he did switch his voter registration to Republican for a couple years. Emily Marburger is a lifelong Democrat who describes herself as a progressive.

5/5/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Residents of the Avonworth School District will not face a tax rate increase, based on the proposed final budget for the 2017-18 school year.

At the work session meeting, Monday, May 1, Brad Waters presented the 2017-18 Proposed Final Budget to the school board. For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate will remain at 18.67 mil. At that rate, a property owner is charged $18.67 for each $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget anticipates revenues of $30,176,000 and expenses of $31,362,000. Fund blance money would be used to make up the shortfall.

4/29/17

There will be a number of contested races that voters will have to decide in the May 16 primary election, and, as usual, there are sure to be write-in candidates popping up throughout the boroughs.

District Judge

Incumbent Tara Smith is seeking the nomination of both parties for re-election to a third term as the magisterial district judge for the North Boroughs. She is being challenged on both tickets by Don Presutti Jr., son of the longtime former magistrate.

Avonworth School Board

4/29/17

There will be a number of contested races that voters will have to decide in the May 16 primary election, and, as usual, there are sure to be write-in candidates popping up throughout the boroughs.

District Judge

Incumbent Tara Smith is seeking the nomination of both parties for re-election to a third term as the magisterial district judge for the North Boroughs. She is being challenged on both tickets by Don Presutti Jr., son of the longtime former magistrate.

Avonworth School Board

4/22/17

With the recent personnel changes in both elected and appointed officials in Avalon, the borough council took the first steps to fill in the vacancies at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Dave Haslett resigned as the borough’s mayor last month in order to accept a position as the head of the borough’s public works department. He was honored Tuesday with a resolution recognizing his 17 years as an elected official in Avalon, both as mayor and a member of council.

4/22/17

Avonworth high school has a new club. The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club was unanimously approved by the school board at the April 18 meeting.

At the April 3 workshop session, numerous visitors’ comments – both for and against the proposed club – lasted nearly two hours. This week, similar comments, but overwhelmingly “for,” were voiced for an hour.

4/22/17

Because the Ben Avon Council meeting originally scheduled for May 16 would have coincided with the primary elections, the borough council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to change the date of its next meeting to Tuesday, May 9. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the borough building.

Faced with the same predicament, Avalon Council voted to change its next meeting to Tuesday, May 23.

4/22/17

The Northgate School Board recently approved several personnel-related matters.

The board voted to accept the retirement of middle/high school secretary Judy Collins, effective June 30, and that of Bellevue Elementary secretary Jeanne Nedwidek, effective June 15.

The board also hired Shaun Tomaszewski as director of curriculum and assessment, effective May 1. He will be paid $92,000.

4/22/17

Several residents of Newgate Road in Kilbuck Township reported criminal mischief on April 12. Their mailboxes had been vandalized sometime during the previous night.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct on April 13.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on April 14.

A business on Huntington Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on April 15.

On April 16, a resident of Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.

4/22/17

Avonworth High School students will receive some unanticipated “time off” as a result of a motion passed by the school board at the April 18 meeting.

High school principal Keera Dwulit proposed that following final exams on Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, high school students be granted early dismissal. Dwulit stated she had reviewed attendance records in previous years and that there were extraordinarily high numbers of early dismissals requested by parents for high school students on similar afternoons.

4/22/17

A number of teachers will be found in different classrooms and teaching different subjects when the 2017-18 school year begins at Avonworth. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, the following assignments were approved.

Marnie Arnold from elementary teacher to high school G.A.T.E. teacher.

Morgan Bassaly from fifth grade English/language arts to fourth grade.

Erin Cawley from K-6 computer science to technology specialist.

Stacey Hanny from sixth grade English/language arts to sixth grade social studies.

4/22/17

With the May primary election less than a month away, the League of Women Voters hosted and moderated a forum Wednesday for candidates who will appear on the ballot for offices in Avalon, Bellevue and for the Northgate School Board.

A lack of primary contests in Avalon resulted in no candidates for office in that borough attending the forum.

4/17/17

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl has announced that Avalon Borough will receive a $55,800 state grant to develop a five-year financial management plan and operational strategy.

Ravenstahl said the grant, awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through its Early Intervention Program, will enable Avalon to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, as well as promote growth.

4/17/17

The popularity of the Airbnb home sharing platform is giving officials across the country fits, as traditional zoning codes struggle to adapt to the new property use, and citizens argue both for and against additional regulation.

Bellevue is jumping into the fray after residents of Meade Avenue continue complaints about parking congestion and noise as the result of an Airbnb property on their street.

4/17/17

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Monitor Avenue in Ben Avon on April 5.

While on patrol on April 5, officers found a suspicious vehicle on Brighton Road in Ben Avon with someone possibly slumped over the steering wheel. Drug paraphernalia was found with the occupants in the vehicle. Police say charges are pending.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft on April 7.

4/9/17

A resident of Watkins Avenue reported a package had been stolen from her doorway on March 15.

Police investigated a burglary on Shiloh Avenue on March 17.

On March 20, a resident of Kendall Avenue reported a front house window had been broken.

On March 22, a resident of Watkins Avenue reported that someone was attempting to use credits cards from a wallet he had lost.

A resident of South Fremont reported that someone had stolen a package from his residence.

A business trailer on Farragut Avenue was broken into and items stolen on March 31.

4/9/17

On March 31, a criminal mischief report was filed with Ohio Township Police for graffiti found on some wooden tables in a park located in Kilbuck Township.

A Camp Horne Road business in Kilbuck Township filed a harassment report on March 31.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on March 31.

A resident of Berringer Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance on April 1.

A resident of Willow Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance on April 2.

4/9/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Parents came to the Avonworth School Board’s work session Monday with two special requests: a memorial for a student who died earlier this year, and transportation for swimmers.

4/9/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Parents had a great deal to say -- both negative and positive -- to the Avonworth School Board Monday night concerning the proposed Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club. Students first described and requested the GSA Club at the March school board meeting, and approval for the club, commencing April 19, appeared on the work session agenda for probable passage at the regular school board meeting, spring-break-delayed, on Tuesday, April 18.