Students in the Avonworth School District will have one fewer vacation day during spring break.

At its March 14 meeting, the school board approved the make-up day of Monday, March 28, as had been planned in the school calendar. Students will attend classes on Monday, the day after Easter, to make up the instruction time lost during the one school cancellation during the 2015-16 winter.


More parking spaces are about to open up on California Avenue in Avalon, available through a long term lease from the borough.

Voting at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Avalon Council approved an agreement with the Frew Trust Fund to lease 10 parking spaces in the lot at the corner of California and North Birmingham avenues. The spaces are located alongside the drive-thru bank that will remain on the lot. Avalon will pay $500 per month to lease the spaces from the property owner.


Ohio Township Police recently received reports of several incidents.

On March 9, a Sonie Drive in Ohio Township resident reported disorderly conduct.

A Hiland Avenue in Emsworth resident reported a civil dispute on March 11.

On March 12, A Shannopin Drive resident reported a suspicious vehicle.

A Park Avenue in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on March 13.

On March 15, A Bear Run apartment complex resident filed a fraud report.


Bellevue Council voted unanimously at its pre-council meeting on Tuesday to hire a contractor to repair a sewer problem in Alley C, which runs off North Sprague Avenue.

Merante Plumbing will be paid $7,800 to excavate, install a vent and backfill and area from which raw sewage has been leaking, according to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk.


The Northgate School Board will consider spending about $6,000 to purchase four amplification systems for use in the classroom.

Sound systems currently are used in four classrooms where there either is a hearing-impaired student or the teacher has a medical excuse that indicates the need for amplification. The purchase of four additional systems would allow them to be used in larger elementary classrooms containing more students, according to board member Dr. Shannon Smithey, who said it could help alleviate the Confusion and chaos” that could be interfering with learning.


The Avonworth School Board approved a number of personnel matters at its Feb. 5 meeting.

A letter of intent to retire, effective Aug. 5, was accepted from Mary Ann Mays, payroll manager.

A letter of resignation, retroactive to Jan. 29, was accepted from Lindsay Bishop, substitute food service worker and substitute paraprofessional.

Danielle Holtzman was approved as a seventh grade long-term substitute reading teacher for the 2015-16 school year.

Melissa Loch was approved as a substitute food service general worker, retroactive to Jan. 19.


Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Avonworth School District will begin offering a fourth foreign language.

At last Monday night's meeting, the school board unanimously approved creating a Mandarin Chinese teaching position.

Mandarin Chinese joins Spanish, French and Latin as languages available to study.


Northgate officials can't say for sure that more stringent clearance requirements is affecting the number of volunteers in the school district, but the number of people helping out at the schools has shown a “significant drop” since the mandate went into effect this school year.

School board member Dr. Shannon Smithey reported at Monday's committee of the whole meeting that volunteer levels have dropped by one-half to two-thirds over last year's numbers.


During the Feb. 8 regular meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved the following spring coaches:

Doug Vandervort as 7/8 grade girls' volleyball head coach and Melissa Costantino as assistant coach.

Phil Coffin as varsity baseball coach and Nick Mancini as assistant coach.

Dave Thomas as junior varsity baseball head coach and Mike Mancuso as assistant coach.

Duke Johncour as middle school baseball head coach; Jason Smith as 7/8 baseball assistant coach; and Mike Grau and Ryan Gracey as 7/8 baseball volunteers.


Parents parking on the school-side of South Howard Avenue in Bellevue will face more stringent restrictions in the future.

Parking is prohibited on that side of the street, but parents still stop there to pick up or drop off their children at Bellevue Elementary School. According to Bellevue Police hief Matt Sentner, his officers currently are unable to cite a driver unless the driver actually gets out of the vehicle. The borough’s ordinance needs to be amended, he said, to also prohibit stopping and standing.


The Northgate School Board voted Monday to hire a consultant to help in the search for a new superintendent.

Current superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla recently accepted a position with another school district.

Parents and members of the Northgate community also are invited to become part of the search group. A meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school/high school library at 589 Union Ave.

The consultant hired, Joseph Werlinich, will be paid $5,000.


A man who threatened a pizza shop clerk with a gun was able to escape following a robbery on Jan. 24.

The man who held up the Papa John’s Pizza shop at 357 Lincoln Avenue just before 9 p.m. was described as a white male, 30-40 years old, with dark brown eyes, 5’7” to 5’8” tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, and black boots with a heavy tread.He was carrying a blue drawstring bag.



Next fall when Avonworth football and soccer players take to the field, it will be on new turf.

At the Feb. 1 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Stephen Parks of Parks and Associates gave a presentation and discussed options for the replacement of the artificial turf at Lenzner Field.

Parks stated that the current turf had exceeded its expected lifespan, and credited the district for keeping it well-maintained.

According to Parks, the three primary factors when selecting artificial turf are safety and comfort of the players and longevity of the surface


A man was killed in one of two accidents involving pedestrians investigated by police during the past week.

The first occurred about 3:30 a.m. last Friday, Jan. 29, on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon, near the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue. Police say that a man dressed in black was walking in the center of a northbound lane when he was struck from behind by a truck, the driver of which was unable to see the man. He was killed instantly.


Avalon Police News Avalon Police received a report of fraud from a South Home Avenue resident on Jan. 5. An individual telephoned claiming to be a lawyer. On Jan. 6, Avalon Police took a report concerning the theft of medicine from a South Home resident.

Avalon Police took a report of criminal mischief to a public building at an Ohio River Boulevard business on Jan. 11. Someone had punched the window and broken the glass in the front door of the business.

Police responded to a number of vehicle accidents.


Following a report of a male possessing a sawed-off shotgun during a disturbance on Barr Avenue, Robert Rudolph, 48, was charged with a weapons offense on Jan. 16.

Bellevue Police took a report of vandalism on Grant Avenue on Jan. 3. Basement windows were broken.

On Jan. 7 Bellevue Police took a report of fraud from a Lincoln Avenue resident. Someone had used bad checks to steal a video game console.

On Jan. 13, Bellevue Police received a report concerning thefts from a nativity display at a North Fremont Avenue church.


The Northgate School Board voted at its regular meeting Monday to accept a bid for the replacement of the gym roof at Bellevue Elementary School.

The accepted bid of $58,680 came from Stringert, Inc.


Following the retirement of Carmella Hallstein, Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting unanimously appointed a new borough secretary, Lisa Cronin.

Cronin's appointment was retroactive to Jan. 11.

Her hours at the borough building will be Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Cronin was also unanimously appointed the Right to Know officer. Council president Earl Bohn was absent.


Ben Avon is seeking to fill a seat on borough council that was left vacant after the last election. Vice president R.J. White said at Tuesday's meeting that council has received a few applications; however, president Earl Bohn was absent from the meeting because of illness, and White said Bohn would like to be and should be part of the review process.

Council voted unanimously to hold a special meeting Feb. 2 for the purpose of reviewing applications and filling the council vacancy.


The Northgate School District will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Current superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla was hired to head the Bethel Park School District during a special school board meeting tonight.

Bethel Park's current superintendent will retire at the end of her contract this year.

Pasquerilla was hired by Northgate in 2012. The board approved a new contract for him just last year. He has been given a five-year contract with Bethel Park, at a starting salary of $152,500.


Police are investigating the shooting death of a North Side man in Bellevue Sunday morning.

The coroner's office has identified the victim as Graham Damion. He was reported shot during an altercation on Forest Avenue.

No further details were available.


David Oberdick will serve another term as president of the Avonworth School Board following the board’s reorganization meeting Monday.

Oberdick was the only person nominated for the office, and was elected by unanimous vote, as was Kristin Thompson as vice president.


The Northgate School District will see a personnel shift for the next school year.

Current English/literacy coach Beth Wells was transferred to a new position, that of K-12 principal/coordinator of curriculum assessment and evaluation, effective July 1, 2016. She will be paid $89,000 in the new job, pending completion of her principal’s certificate, which is expected to occur by the end of this year.

The literacy coach position will be eliminated effective June 30.

Several board members objected to taking a professional out of the classroom to become another administrator.


People who have been waiting to pay for parking meters in Bellevue with their cell phones will have to wait a bit longer. Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to have the borough solicitor terminate the borough’s contract with Meter Feeder.

The contract was approved last summer after representatives of the company presented their mobile device application to borough officials. However, according to the mayor and police chief, it was later discovered that the app could not be synchronized with the technology currently used by the borough to write meter violation tickets.