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2/25/17

A new permitting process will be in place for groups wanting to use ballfields in Avalon this year.

Council members said at their meeting Tuesday that the new permit procedure will allow the borough to enter into an enforceable contract with groups wanting to use the field, and give the borough manager the authority to both grant and revoke permits.

2/25/17

Bellevue has been designated a 2017 “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The recognition is awarded to communities that commit to “sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.”

2/25/17

Rebidding a project to repair the fire department building facade seemed to do the trick for Ben Avon. After receiving only two bids last fall, which were $100,000 apart in price, the new round of bidding produced six bids ranging from $41,334 to $53,995. K.J. Johnson Ltd. was awarded the contract with the low bid.

Work is expected to begin in April.

2/25/17

Students in the Northgate School District may soon be exposed to the benefits of having horses provide some of their education.

Representatives of Soergel’s Orchardview Stables in Wexford spoke with officials during Monday’s school board meeting, describing their existing program that allows students to interact with horses as both education and therapy.

Tessa Maxwell said that the stables offer horseback riding as a student field trip, and also have certified instructors and therapists who run programs for children with various physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities.

2/25/17

Avalon Council has authorized placement of stop signs at the intersection of Fisk and Florence avenues. The new signs will require traffic coming from all directions to stop.

The signs were approved in a unanimous vote at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council member John Vetterly was absent.

2/25/17

Avalon Council voted Tuesday to accept the resignation of its streets department director, Kerry Patterson.

The resignation is effective as of Feb. 28.

2/25/17

Assumption School in Bellevue will continue to offer classes to area students next year, while a number of other North Hills area Catholic schools face consolidation by the diocese due to declining enrollment.

Of the 12 north area Catholic schools included in the new regionalization plan, only Assumption and Northside Catholic School in Brighton Heights will continue to offer the same classes to the same grade levels next year. Both schools are required to submit strategic plans for their continued operation.

2/25/17

With the Emsworth Bridge now closed and some of the construction trucks traveling over Ben Avon streets, Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reported Tuesday that he was able to procure an overweight truck permit for the contractor.

"If anything happens to any of the streets, they will have to repair them," he said, emphasizing that the contractor will be responsible – it won't be a matter of the borough making the repairs then seeking reimbursement.

2/25/17

The Allegheny County SWAT unit was called to Avalon Monday evening after Avalon Police received several reports that a man living in an apartment in the 700 block of California Avenue was threatening to kill police officers.

The street was closed to traffic for several hours until it finally was determined that the man was not inside the building. Avalon Police watched the building until late that night, when the man came home and was apprehended. He is believed to be suffering from mental health issues and was transported to Staunton Clinic.

2/25/17

Avalon Council voted Tuesday to donate a lot on North School Street to a nonprofit program that will erect a “tiny” house that will provide affordable housing.

The property at 434 N. School St. will be donated to The DoorWay affordable housing project.

2/25/17

Avalon hopes to be able to adopt an amendment to the joint zoning code soon that will authorize residents of Avalon, Bellevue and Ben Avon to raise chickens or honey bees.

Both Avalon and Ben Avon have proposed some changes to the draft amendment. Avalon officials said that they want to make sure that urban farming is available to as many property owners as possible, even those whose homes are located on small lots.

The amendment must be approved by all three municipalities, but Avalon hopes to hurry it along for a possible vote by its council as early as next month.

2/17/17

Bellevue has been informed that the borough will receive more than $300,000 in grant funds to help offset the cost of Bayne Park and sanitary sewer projects.

Bellevue was among the first municipalities to receive funding in the first phase of ALCOSAN’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program. The program is directed at stopping sanitary sewage infiltration of area waterways. ALCOSAN and all Western Pennsylvania municipalities have been working to that goal for years now, repairing sewer lines as mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2/17/17

The Northgate School Board has joined other districts and Allegheny County to make sure foster children are getting the educational opportunities they need.

2/17/17

Emsworth will apply for grant funding to turn the Marmo Park tennis court into a Pickle-Ball court.

The USA Pickle-Ball Association describes Pickle-Ball as “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong,” played by “singles or doubles, on a 44' x 20' court, using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.”

2/17/17

Emsworth Borough has three openings for residents who are interested in serving on advisory boards.

Two residents are needed to represent Emsworth on the Avonworth Advisory Board and one resident is needed to serve on the Avonworth Municipal Authority. Positions are appointed by Emsworth Council.

Any interested resident can submit a letter of interest, or email, to the borough office. The term of office for the Avonworth Advisory Board is generally one calendar year ending in December. The Avonworth Municipal Authority term is for five years

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School District has two new administrators, as a result of motions unanimously approved by the school board.

At the Monday, Feb. 6, school board meeting, William Battistone was hired as elementary school principal at the salary of $85,000 with benefits, commencing April 3.

Additionally, David Thomas was hired as middle/high school assistant principal at the salary of $74,500 with benefits, commencing not later than March 6, 2017.

Battistone arrives from Iowa, where he served as the assistant principal at Regina Elementary School in Iowa City.

2/13/17

On Jan. 18, Bellevue Police received a report that an individual had been robbed at gunpoint on Lincoln Avenue by an unknown person.

On Jan. 20, an unknown male with a gun robbed a store on Ohio River Boulevard.

A service station on Ohio River Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint by a male with a gun on Jan. 30

Vandalism was reported at the Davis Avenue ballfield on Jan. 20. The door of a press box was found kicked in.

Police were dispatched and a report was filed on Jan. 20 concerning a possible child luring on Lincoln Avenue.

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth residents and other local travelers will soon be facing an extended period of detours.

Weather permitting, the Emsworth Bridge on Center Avenue, which connects two portions of the borough, will be completely closed on Monday, Feb. 13, as the Port Authority begins a long-anticipated rehabilitation project of the structure.

2/13/17

Ohio Township Police said recently there have been several thefts from vehicles reported in the Ben Avon and Emsworth areas. All of the reported thefts had no forced entry; they were from vehicles that were left unlocked or could not be locked. Police ask that owners be diligent in remembering to lock their vehicles.

On Jan. 25 a resident who lived on Lyndhurst Drive in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A criminal mischief report was filed by a resident of Orchard Avenue in Emsworth on Jan. 25.

2/5/17

Three people have been charged with homicide. and a fourth possibly remains at large, after a shooting on Spruce Run Road in Ben Avon late last Thursday night that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man.

Police say that Kyle Stauber, of 309 Spruce Run Road, was able to identify his shooter after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. He died later at the hospital.

Avalon and Ohio Township Police responded to a report of shots fired on the remote street that begins in Avalon and winds down to the railroad tracks and Ohio River in Ben Avon.

1/30/17

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 2, Anna Mae Seitz, 24, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to a retail business on Ohio River Boulevard on Jan. 3, when a store video showed an employee taking socks, hats, and other items without paying. Jeffrey Glenn Grier Sr., 56, was charged with theft.

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 5, William M. Alexander, 46, of Avalon, was charged with narcotics possession.

1/30/17

A resident of North Sprague Avenue reported on Jan. 1 that a firearm had been stolen out of a vehicle overnight.

On Jan. 2, a resident of South Jackson Avenue reported a gun had been stolen from the bedroom between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, and on Jan. 3, Derek Smith Oliver, 21, was charged with theft.

On Jan. 2, a resident of North Bryant Avenue reported multiple items had been stolen from her home during a visit.

On Jan. 4, a resident of Dawson Avenue reported the house had been burglarized on Jan. 2.

1/30/17

Bellevue has taken the first steps toward refunding the borough’s 2011 bond issue, a move that could net the borough more than $100,000 that could be used for upcoming capita l projects.

1/30/17

On Jan. 19, a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A business on Spruce Street in Ben Avon filed a suspicious persons report on Jan. 19.

A threat report was filed from a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 21.

A resident of Woodland Avenue in Ben Avon filed a criminal mischief report on Jan. 22.