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10/26/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The mystery as to the cause of storm water backing up with enough force to lift the 200 pound lid off a manhole has been solved, and the emergency repairs have been completed at a high cost to Emsworth Borough.

10/26/15

Avalon Borough and its police union have reached agreement on a new contract for 2016 and 2017.

The contract gives officers a 2.5 percent annual pay increase and an additional holiday, while increasing their health insurance contribution to an even 10 percent of the premium, capped at $150 per month. The officers currently are paying 7 percent plus 30 percent of any premium increase.

10/26/15

Ben Avon Mayor Robert Jones recognized two members of the Ohio Township Police Department at Tuesday's council meeting with letters of commendation.

Police officer Ryan Ging and Detective Joseph Hanny were cited for their "dogged determination, astounding skill, and true police professionalism" while investigating a burglary in Ben Avon.

The letter further stated that these officers "are a benchmark that other police officers can only strive to emulate."

10/26/15

On Oct. 14, Ohio Township Police took a report that a person was attempting to sell stereo equipment out of a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township.

Ohio Township Police took a threat report from a resident on Sonie Drive in Ohio Township on Oct. 16.

A report of disorderly conduct was taken from a resident living in Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 17.

A disturbance report was taken from a Virginia Avenue in Ben Avon resident on Oct. 18.

10/26/15

Girl Scout Troop 54259 would like to take on the project of renovating the “tot lot” located at Orchard and South Birmingham avenues in Avalon.

Scouts told officials at Tuesday’s council meeting that they are researching safety and handicapped-accessibility regulations, as well as fund-raising opportunities to upgrade the playground. They plan to meet with the borough engineer to formulate a plan for improvements, and welcome any volunteers from the community who may want to help.

10/26/15

Work to install a new Columbia Gas pipeline along Semple Avenue in Avalon should be done by mid-November, and will include replacement of street bricks, sidewalks and curbs.

Semple resident Michael Kurela questioned plans for Semple, given that many bricks have been removed from the street and the new sidewalks are not the same as the old ones.

10/17/15

Bellevue Borough Department of Public Works will hold its annual loose-leaf pick-up season Monday, Oct. 19, until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Loose-leaf collection will take place only on streets that have posted street sweeping days and times. Residents are reminded to place all loose leaves on the street at the curb line prior to 7 a.m. Note that leaf piles that are covered by illegally parked cars cannot be picked up.

Residents who live on streets that do not have posted sweeping days and times are to place the leaves for Friday front-street pick-ups.

10/17/15

On Oct. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a wallet having been stolen from a vehicle while parked at a fast food restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard.

Bellevue Police received a report of vandalism on Oct. 10. A vehicle parked on North Balph Avenue had been keyed overnight.

Andrew J. Gorsuch, 28, was charged with simple assault on Laurel Avenue on Oct. 1.

John R. Ziler, 54, was charged with public drunkenness on Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 6.

Nicole Alexis Grake, 40, was charged with recklessly endangering another person on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 8.

10/17/15

Ben Avon will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at noon, at the corner of Church and Dickson avenues. The parade will end at the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Station with hot dogs and beverages being served.

Each participant will receive a treat bag.

In case of rain, proceed directly to the fire station located at 7219 Church Ave.

Trick or Treat in Ben Avon will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

10/17/15

Leaf collection will begin in late October in Ben Avon. Residents are asked to refrain from putting leaves on the curb until that time.

Additionally, residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

10/17/15

The 57th annual Emsworth Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 31.

Entrants must be age 12 or younger and residents of Emsworth Borough.

Line-up begins 9:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue for prize judging. The parade begins 10 a.m., and participants will march to the Emsworth Borough Hall for refreshments, prizes, and treat bags. In case of rain, meet at the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Station, 10 a.m., for festivities.

10/17/15

Ohio Township Police took a report of retail theft on Oct. 4, from a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township. The suspect was identified, and charges are pending. Similar incidents occurred on Oct. 6 and 8, and an attempted theft was reported on Oct. 12.

A report of criminal mischief to a vehicle was taken from a resident at Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 7. The resident’s vehicle had moderate damage to the hood. The officers on the scene located items near the vehicle that were possibly used to cause the damage.

10/16/15

Bellevue Borough will re-bid the design services contract for the next phase of the Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, after a number of elected officials were reluctant to continue working with the company that has been responsible for the engineering since the project's inception.

10/16/15

Northgate has joined school districts across the state in analysis of the 2015 PSSA test results that measure student performance in the areas of language arts, math and science.

For the first time, the math and language arts assessment tests administered last spring to students in grades 4-8 reflected the impact of districts transitioning to the new PA Core standards adopted in the fall of 2013.

10/16/15

Bellevue is no closer to deciding whether to increase its rental and commercial property inspection fee after an interesting proposal was made by council’s finance committee.

10/9/15

On Sept. 19, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle on Park Avenue.

Lamar James Washington, 26, was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard on Sept. 20.

Avalon Police investigated a two-vehicle accident on Ohio River Boulevard on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 24, Avalon Police received a report that a car parked on California Avenue had received minor damage in a vehicle accident. The driver of the vehicle that hit the parked car left an identifying note.

10/2/15

On Sept. 17, Bellevue Police received a report from a Lincoln Avenue resident that a mountain bike had been stolen from the rear of the residence.

On Sept. 19, police received a report of a burglary from a Jefferson Avenue resident who said an iPad had been taken.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism and an item taken from the yard on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 21, a North Balph resident made a theft report, saying that a known male had taken a cell phone.

Yolonda Denise Boyd, 44, was charged with criminal mischief on Sumner Avenue on Sept. 16.

10/2/15

A small group of property owners may have gotten Bellevue officials to do what months of prodding by Avalon Borough has not -- resolve an issue with storm water that is now threatening a sanitary sewer line and presenting a danger to human life.

10/2/15

Allegheny County Police have filed several charges against a local emergency medical technician (EMT) and firefighter accused of “sexting” with a 16-year-old Bellevue girl.

Thomas Scott George, 44, of Avalon, faces felony charges of dissemination of pornography to a minor and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, in connection with exchanges he had with the girl on Aug. 4.

10/2/15

The Northgate School District will not be hiring a new teacher to alleviate what some parents call over-crowding in the second grade at Bellevue Elementary.

The parents, who appealed to Northgate officials at the school board’s committee of the whole meeting last week, returned to the board room Monday for the regular meeting, and renewed their arguments in favor of hiring a third teacher for the 54 students currently enrolled in the second grade at Bellevue.

10/2/15

Avalon Council voted last week to allow salaried personnel to receive additional compensation for special projects.

By definition, salaried employees receive a set amount of pay for an unspecified amount of work. Under the new policy approved by council, Avalon's four salaried employees -- the police chief, the borough manager and assistant manager and the public works supervisor -- will be able to submit a proposal for compensation for special projects. They will be paid their regular hourly wages up to a total of $1,000 per project.

10/2/15

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to approve an ordinance to make permanent the proposed traffic regulations on Juniper Way and Rostrevor Place, including a stop sign on Prospect Avenue at the Dickson intersection.

The regulations were proposed in June to help with traffic flow. Council members Philip Brind'Amour and Michael Wrbas were absent.

10/2/15

Avalon Council will honor the memory of a long-time borough resident and volunteer who died last week.

Jackie Yurkovich attended most Avalon Council meetings and was actively involved in many projects and organizations benefitting the borough. Avalon Council parks committee chair Ralph Cortese said that she spent a lot of time at the borough's swimming pool, and helped raise funds for improvements there. Most recently, he said, she had promoted the addition of a bench at the pool.

9/20/15

Frustrated with the lack of response by Bellevue officials, Avalon officials say they will do whatever it takes to get the neighboring borough to address a destructive and dangerous situation at West Bellevue Station.

Massive amounts of water from Bellevue streets and properties have been running off into the area along South Starr Avenue where, just a couple years ago, the two boroughs spent more than $200,000 (including grant funds) to repair a broken sanitary sewer line. That line is being undermined by the stormwater flow from the Bellevue hillside, Avalon officials say.