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11/17/18

Major improvements will be made to the community park in Avalon Borough, thanks to a state grant .

Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 to rehabilitate Avalon Park on New Brighton Road. Work will include renovating ballfields, dugouts and a track. Pedestrian walkways, a bleacher and a scoreboard will also be installed.

Avalon is one of six grant recipients recently announced by Pennsylvania Sen.Wayne D. Fontana. The six state grants total $952,500 and will be used to fund local environmental/recreational projects.

11/17/18

Although the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year has just been completed, the Avonworth School Board has passed the district calendar for the next school year.

At Monday night’s regular meeting, the board unanimously passed the 2019-20 school calendar. The first day of school for students in grades 1 through 12 will be Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 and the last day and graduation are scheduled for Friday, June 5.

11/17/18

Bellevue engineer Ben Gilberti gave the borough council an overview Tuesday of the mandated plan for stormwater management that must be submitted to the state in order to obtain a permit for completing similarly mandated projects.

11/17/18

On a second pass-through of the Ben Avon budget, council member Ken Opipery said he was able to make some adjustments and bring it into balance without raising taxes. He said he noticed some extra money that was no longer needed for salaries, and even though he bolstered the cost for some of the utilities, he was able to set it at $1,221,168 -- more than $12,000 lower than last year's.

11/17/18

State Senate Democrats unanimously re-elected Sen.Wayne D. Fontana to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the upcoming two-year legislative session.

The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and leads the discussion on legislation under consideration on the Senate floor.

Fontana said he will continue to work on creating more jobs, upgrading Allegheny County’s aging infrastructure, ensuring a quality education for children, curbing property taxes, protecting the state’s environment and working with local leaders to help fund and support area projects and initiatives.

11/17/18

Bellevue Council plans to amend the borough's traffic ordinance to allow for permit parking on one side of North Fremont Avenue.

Homeowners who live in the four houses closest to the Lincoln Avenue business district have found it increasingly difficult to park anywhere near their homes due to drivers using the available spots to access businesses. They asked council to designate eight spots for residential permit parking.

Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's pre-council meeting to advertise an ordinance that will designate the spaces for permit parking only.

11/17/18

The Northgate School Board, in a narrow vote Monday night, put the brakes on a $2.1 million capital improvement project planned for 2019 despite questions and concerns about how the project would be funded.

While $600,000 of the estimated construction cost would have gone to creating more secure entries at each of the district’s three schools, the lion’s share -- $1.5 million – was estimated for rehabilitation of Alumni Field, including restoration of the lights that would allow the football team to return to Friday night games next year.

11/17/18

Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner is asking the borough council to fund changes in the entrance to the department that will keep visitors even further away from personnel and access to the rest of the borough hall.

Sentner told council during Tuesday's meeting that an employee had been attacked by a visitor who was able to move past the vestibule where the elevator is located, into an area that now features personnel behind glass and a window/door, as well as stairs to the administrative offices on the second floor.

11/17/18

As a result of the Community Development Block Grant Ben Avon received, the borough was able to put out bids for handicapped ramps on Walnut Road and Virginia Avenue. Two bids came in, and council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $24,268 from DePasquale Construction Services. Earl Bohn was absent.

Ken Opipery said the work cannot be done now because of the cold, but with council having given approval, it can be started when the weather breaks in the spring.

11/11/18

Harold Gearhart, 32, of Avalon, was arrested for a state parole violation warrant following a traffic stop on Oct. 31.

Robert Brown, 70, of Avalon, was charged on Nov. 1 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

On Nov. 1, a 63-year-old Avalon resident reported identity theft.

11/11/18

A recent second check of the air quality at the Avonworth Elementary Building resulted in normal readings.

At the Nov. 5 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Director of Fiscal Management Brad Waters stated that a second company had been contacted to conduct additional tests. “Normal air quality levels” were obtained in the elementary building, he said.

11/11/18

A resident of Duff Road in Ohio Township reported fraud on Nov. 1.

A resident of Crawford Road in Ohio Township reported a civil dispute on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 5, a resident of Rostrevor Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance.

On Nov. 5, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.

A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township reported a theft on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a resident of Flaccus Road in Ben Avon reported a threat.

11/11/18

With even the traditional Republican strongholds in the North Boroughs voting for Democrats in Tuesday’s general election, local voters turned out en masse and helped push forward the nation’s “blue wave.”

Framed in large part as a referendum on the Trump Administration, the usually ho-hum midterm election drew record-breaking crowds of voters across the country this year. That trend was clearly evident in the North Boroughs, where voter turn-out usually hovers around 20-25 percent.

11/4/18

On Oct. 16, an Avalon resident reported a lost passport.

On Oct. 18. Avalon Police were called to Cleveland Avenue concerning a vehicle into a retaining wall. Police say no one was injured.

A hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Florence Avenue and Locust Street on Oct. 18.

A Harrison Avenue resident reported a stolen bicycle on Oct. 21.

On Oct. 21, a taxi cab driver reported that a passenger he had transported did not pay his fare.

10/28/18

Bellevue Council got its first look at Mayor Emily Marburger’s proposed 2019 budget at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Under Bellevue’s home rule charter, the mayor is required to submit a proposed budget to council by mid-November, at which point council has full power to change anything and everything the mayor has proposed, and advertise its own budget for a public hearing and eventual adoption.

10/28/18

In hopes of creating a safety net for Pennsylvania residents affected by and prone to landslides, state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, who represents part of the North Boroughs, currently has a bill in the House of Representatives geared toward creating a Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program.

Kulik’s measure is a companion bill to S.B. 1131, which was introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

10/28/18

Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger swears in the borough’s newest police officer at last Tuesday’s council meeting. Joshua M. Diven is from Coraopolis and a 2006 graduate of West Allegheny High School who attended the Allegheny County Police Academy. He worked as a part-time officer for Avalon in 2012-13 until he was hired as a police officer for the Allegheny County Port Authority. Police Chief Matt Sentner said that Diven served on a number of task forces as part of his work with the Port Authority and has a solid background in narcotics investigations.

10/28/18

Five people charged with the July 7 racially-motivated attack on a black man in Avalon were ordered held for court following a preliminary hearing Oct. 19 before District Judge Tara Smith.

Although defense attorneys for the five defendants argued that charges of ethnic intimidation should be dismissed, Smith ruled that assistant district attorney John Fodi had presented sufficient evidence to send the defendants to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for further legal proceedings.

10/20/18

On Oct. 15, a motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured.

Avalon Police continue to investigate a hit-and-run incident that occurred over the weekend on California Avenue.

On Oct. 15, Luke Hertweck, 22, of Avalon, was cited for disorderly conduct.

10/20/18

Bellevue Police recently reported that the susects involved in the Shiloh Avenue drive-by shooting on Feb. 22, 2018 were convicted for their involvement in the incident.

Suede Goodwin and Brandon Humphrey both pled guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy, and firearms charges. Goodwin was immediately sentenced to two to four years in prison and three years probation. Humphrey deferred sentencing and will be sentenced in January.

10/20/18

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reported at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that all of the paving has been completed on the borough's roads, but there is a problem with a "swimming pool" at the intersection of Brighton Road and Belle Riviere Court.

Opipery said the work overall had been very good, but the asphalt wasn't laid properly in this area and the water has been accumulating when it rains.

10/20/18

Avalon Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday to approve resolution authorizing the borough to apply for a number of Community Development Block Grants for a variety of projects around the borough.

Avalon hopes to continue its program of eliminating condemned and abandoned properties. The borough is seeking grants for the demolition of 23, 211 and 319 Marie Ave., and 529 Taylor Ave.

Additional applications ask for funds to pave the 300 blocks of Alley B and Alley C, and to continue the borough’s ADA sidewalk ramp program.

10/20/18

On Oct. 10, a motorist traveling between Lowries Run and Mt. Nebo roads in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to their automobile following a road rage incident.

On Oct. 10, a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported retail theft.

A Brighton Road in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on Oct. 11.

On Oct. 11, Ohio Township Police officers received a report of a fight at a business located on Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck Township.

10/20/18

Emsworth officials are considering placing cameras at the borough's busiest intersection.

One of the issues considered at the Oct. 10 borough council meeting was placing a camera to monitor Route 65 at the intersection with Camp Horne Road. The cameras rely on the internet to store footage.

Ohio Township Police Department has even offered to pay for the borough's first two years of internet licensing to be able to use the cameras for the years 2019 and 2020. The cameras would be funded by money received by the police department through the asset forfeiture program.