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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


The Avonworth School Board updated the 2017-18 school calendar to show the modified snow make-up day schedule.

School will now be in session Monday, April 2 and Friday, April 27.


Volunteers are gearing up for a second year of weekly farmers markets in Bayne Park this summer and fall, and Bellevue Council is expected to give its approval later this month.


The Northgate School Board is amending the district’s food service policy to make sure that children are not subjected to “lunch shaming” because their parents have not kept up with payments to their school lunch accounts.

The issue has received national attention because some schools choose to deny students lunches, or provide them with a clearly identifiable alternate meal, when their lunch accounts are in arrears.


The Northgate School Board will consider a change to the district’s pre-kindergarten program.

According to superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns, there are currently three preschool classrooms at Bellevue Elementary. Two of them are operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), which rents the classroom space from the district. The third class has been funded by a Pre-K Counts grant, which covers the lion’s share of the $197,000 cost. Northgate contributes $36,000 to that class.


Bellevue Police are continuing to investigate a shooting incident that occurred Thursday afternoon, Feb. 22, that had officers from multiple law enforcement agencies chasing down an active shooting situation that traveled along Bellevue’s southernmost streets.

Amidst the confusion, police were able to apprehend two men believed responsible for firing shots that struck vehicles and homes. They also took into custody a 16-year old juvenile who has yet to be charged.No people were shot, police say, although one police officer was assaulted by a suspect.


A young woman who lost control of her vehicle on Camp Horne Road Feb. 16 was helped to safety by a passerby.

According to Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos, the driver, an employee at Animal Friends, had just pulled out of the facility’s driveway when she lost control of the steering, then panicked and was unable to stop the car from going over an adjacent embankment and into the rapidly moving creek waters.


Kilbuck Township officials and property owners in the area of Old Camp Horne Road are continuing to monitor a landslide that has already damaged several homes and remains a threat to other homes and nearby businesses.


The new United States Congressional Redistricting Map issued in February by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will have a big -- and possibly very confusing -- impact on the North Boroughs.


Avalon Mayor Tom Lloyd swore in the borough’s newest full-time police officer shortly after the hiring of Christopher Rossetti was approved by council at February's regular meeting.Rossetti has worked as a part time officer for both Avalon and Ohio Township for the last four years.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen


Bellevue received a late Christmas present when it was announced Thursday that the borough had been awarded a state transportation grant of $315,000 that will completely pay for the West Riverview retaining wall project.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, who had worked with borough officials to secure the grant, informed Bellevue shortly after the announcement was made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).


Bellevue Council is being asked to approve a zoning permit that would allow the opening of a pet funeral home and crematory on Ohio River Boulevard.

The property at 4325 Ohio River Blvd., currently a used car sales lot, lies within the joint zoning code’s highway commercial district. In this zone, a crematory is an accepted conditional use, meaning that its use as such must be approved by the borough council, which also may impose additional conditions, according to Bellevue solicitor Matt Racunas.


At Monday night's meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved motions that will will allow Avonworth High School students, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the opportunity to take a wide variety of “College in High School” classes.

The school board approved removing the following courses from the Avonworth course book and replacing the traditional classes with courses from several local institutions of higher learning.


Some Emsworth Borough employees will be seeing a wage increase in 2018.

At the Jan. 10 meeting, Emsworth Borough Council voted unanimously to increase wages 3 percent, retroactive to Jan. 2. Secretary Cathy Jones, treasurer Rebecca McNeil, sewage fee administrator Kathy Taschner and Department of Public Works employees will receive the raise. Employees on snow removal were not included.

According to vice president Brian Fashian, it has been three years since DPW employees received a raise.