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6/26/17

An Emsworth resident asked Emsworth Council at its regular meeting what was being done about bands of kids that hang out by the borough building after hours. According to some reports, the loiterers, often referred to as the “Emsworth Posse,” are being rude and making disrespectful comments to nearby homeowners or passers-by. “The situation is getting out of hand,” she complained.

6/26/17

The vacancy on the Northgate School Board left by the resignation last month of Brigitte Jackson was filled at Monday evening's regular board meeting.

With only one applicant for the position, which lasts only until December, the board appointed Christine King to the seat. She was not present at the meeting to be sworn in, but will be able to take the oath of office before the board meets again in August.

King already is a candidate in the general election for a four-year term on the school board.

6/26/17

Northgate teacher Jennifer Tusick will remain in the school district next year, but in a different position. She was named by the Northgate School Board to the technology coach position funded through the Digital Promise Technology Fellow grant.

Tusick will spend the next school year coaching fellow teachers on the use of technology in the classroom, according to superintendent Caroline Johns, and will return to her teaching position the following year.

6/26/17

Emsworth’s Department of Public Works will soon be receiving some new traffic-control equipment.

At the June 14 council meeting, a motion was made to purchase 32 reflective-type cones and four eight-foot barriers. At a recent accident on Ohio River Boulevard where a vehicle ran into a building, the first responders did not have enough traffic control devices to handle the rush hour heavy traffic on Route 65.

6/16/17

At Monday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, a number personnel motions were unanimously approved.

The district secretary was re-elected, resignations were accepted; new staff members were hired; summer tutors were named; student summer workers were hired; assignment changes were granted; summer ESY staff was authorized and motions granting permission for summer work were passed.

Cindy Donovan will continue serving as secretary for the Avonworth School Board. She was re-elected to a four-year term commencing July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

6/16/17

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a new five-year contract with the Northgate Education Support Professionals Association, which represents the district’s paraprofessionals such as teacher aides.

Superintendent Caroline Johns said that there were no major changes in the terms of employment, and that the workers will receive a salary increase of 3.26 percent over the five-year term of the agreement.

6/16/17

After many months without a supervisor, Bellevue’s public works department should have a new person in charge by the end of the month.

Todd Giammatteo was hired by Bellevue Council at its pre-council meeting on Tuesday.

Giammatteo, of Gibsonia, is a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Richland Township, and since 1992 has worked for Allegheny Installations, Cement Masons Local 526, as a foreman.

6/16/17

Northgate School District's reserve fund balance will be higher than projected at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

School board member Lisa Saylor said that conservative budgeting and spending have resulted in the fund balance being $11.2 million, rather than the originally estimated $9 million.

6/16/17

For its work in the community, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Seeds of Change.

The Bellevue garden, operated by North Hills Community Outreach, was selected as a grant recipient for its dedication to providing hands-on food education opportunities and helping those in need.

In 2016, the garden provided a record 4,500 pounds of fresh organic produce to food pantries, and in doing so, improved the nutrition and overall health of 1,368 low-income families.

6/16/17

Bellevue Police officers will get the chance to weigh in on a department restructuring plan that, for the first time, would add part-time officers to the force.

The plan is being proposed by Chief Matt Sentner and Mayor Paul Cusick as a way to decrease operating costs, specifically those related to overtime pay. Additionally, the plan proposes creating two detective positions, with the officers selected to fill the positions available to fill in as patrol officers as needed.

6/16/17

The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday night to hire two secretaries to replace two longtime staffers who have retired.

Fara Pienkosky was hired as a full time, 10-month secretary at Bellevue Elementary School, effective immediately.

Abigail Rose was hired as a full-time, 12-month middle/senior high school athletic secretary, effective June 19.

6/12/17

A final determination of primary election results by the Allegheny County elections department will make a difference in one local race.

Five candidates were seeking both parties’ nomination for four seats on the Avonworth School Board. The preliminary vote counts immediately following the election indicated that the same four candidates -- Patrick Stewart, Vicki Carlson, Renee Daniels Simmons and Sandra Bolain -- had been nominated on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, with incumbent Beau Blaser losing the GOP nomination to Simmons by just one vote, 255-254.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The subject of diversity – specifically the lack of it among the employees of the Avonworth School District – was a topic discussed at the June 5 meeting of the school board.

During the visitors' comments portion of the meeting, an man who said he had lived in the district for 39 years and was a 1989 graduate of Avonworth High School, said he was concerned that the members of the board, administration and most of the teaching staff all looked the same. He also expressed his view that the curriculum needed to be changed to reflect more diversity.

6/12/17

On May 24, a resident of Sylvan Walk in Ben Avon reported an assault.

A resident of Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights filed a soliciting complaint on May 25.

On May 25, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Emsworth filed an ordinance complaint.

On May 26, a resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth filed a harassment report.

A resident of Thornridge Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on May 27.

On May 30, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a report of suspicious persons on American Way in Ohio Township.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School Board members faced a silent protest at Monday night's work session, as support staff asked the board to provide the same family health insurance benefit enjoyed by other employees.

6/4/17

Donald Ray Phillips Sr. Donald Ray Phillips Sr., 56, of Avalon, died Monday, May 29, 2017. He was the son of the Thelma and the late Donald Phillips; husband of Tena; father of Donald Ray Phillips, Jr. (Michelle) and Victoria Phillips (Christopher Davis); five grandchildren, Isabelle, Anthony, Sydney, Trevor & Penelope; brother of Lois Reynolds, Donna Kay Gold (Joe), Linda Wirkowski (Rick), Sharon Brown (Chuck), Bill Phillips (Tamara) and Brenda Rupprecht (Jason); also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

6/4/17

On May 24, a resident of Sylvan Walk in Ben Avon filed an assault report.

A resident of Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights filed a soliciting complaint on May 25.

On May 25, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Emsworth filed an ordinance complaint.

On May 26, a resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth filed a harassment report.

A resident of Thornridge Road in Kilbuck Township filed a fraud report on May 27.

On May 30, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a report of suspicious persons on American Way in Ohio Township.

6/1/17

Fire was billowing out the front of a North School Street home when firefighters from throughout the area were dispatched to Avalon late Thursday morning.

5/29/17

Another glass ceiling cracked Tuesday evening, as Avalon Council appointed the borough’s first woman mayor.

5/29/17

On April 4, Bellevue Police received a report of larceny. The complainant said his deceased father’s caretaker had continued to access an account.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported on April 5 that a vehicle had been stolen from in front of the house.

A resident of West Riverview Avenue reported vandalism on April 5. Parked vehicles had been struck by eggs.

On April 7, a resident of South Bryant Avenue reported a stolen or missing pistol.

On April 10, a resident of South Fremont Avenue reported that a purse had been taken from inside of the house.

5/29/17

Several residents voiced questions and concerns about dangerous dogs at the May 10 meeting of Emsworth Council, just two weeks after a teenage Emsworth girl was bitten by a loose dog.

On April 30, a 15-year-old girl, walking down an Emsworth street, was bitten on the leg by a dog who came off its owner's Walliston Street property. The girl was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

5/29/17

A farmers market may be returning to Bellevue after several years’ absence, thanks to a group of moms who were looking for a way to add to their communities.

The farmers market envisioned by the group will be expanded to include crafters, according to organizer Kim Reed. It also would be moved from its former location on Hawley Avenue to Bayne Park, and be held on Wednesdays to coincide with the evening concerts and movies sponsored there by the borough.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School District has the distinction of having the largest number of Modern Language Global Scholars in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School Board approved both the hiring of a nurse and a school reconfiguration.

At a brief meeting of the school board held Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 a.m., two motions were unanimously passed by two board members present in person, Beau Blauser and John Brandt, and four joining in on the phone: David Oberdick, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Carraway and Eric Templin.

Michelle Watkins was hired as an LPH nurse in the Primary Center/Elementary School, effective May 17, at an annual salary of $26,660 with benefits.