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11/11/17

“In 1926, radium was a miracle cure. Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches were a fashion rage,” writes theater and book critic D. W. Geary.

But the fashion of that era, wristwatches with numbers and dials that gave off an eerie glow, soon turned into the nightmare of that era as the girls who applied the paint to those numbers and rotating dials began to show symptoms of a serious illness.

11/4/17

Bellevue has decisions to be made for council representatives in all three of the borough's wards.

In the First Ward, voters will choose two people for council. The sole incumbent running this year is seeking re-election. Kathy Coder is joined on the Republican ballot by Alexander Scioscia, who is not seeking election, and, according to family, appears on the ballot only because of some mix-up in his attempt to withdraw after the primary. The Democratic ballot features Val Pennington and Jodi Hause.

11/4/17

Employment/education:

DiTullio: University of Pittsburgh, BA Music, BA English Writing. Motorola, Unisys, Apple, University of Pittsburgh.

Kendall: Electrical Engineer (Field Sales Engineer) for a world renowned electrical manufacturer. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - University of Pittsburgh.

11/4/17

Politics in Ben Avon have gotten a bit lively this year, and the November ballot offers a lot of choices for voters.

There are four seats for four-year terms on the borough council. There are seven candidates from which to choose. On the Democratic ballot, candidates are Jennifer Bett, Henry Casale, Megan Griffin Dolan and David Stoekle. The GOP ballot has incumbents Michael Wrbas and Russell Kuehner, plus Victoria Brind’Amour. Incumbent R.J. White is running a write-in campaign.

11/4/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Competing in their 17th consecutive season of the WPIAL playoffs, the Avonworth girls’ volleyball team advanced to the semifinals after defeating Neshannock 3-1 in a quarterfinal game played at North Catholic on Tuesday.

“It was a hard fought match against a good team,” said coach Doug Vandervort.

The Lady ‘Lopes fell behind, dropping the first set 19-25, but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-21, 25-13 and 25-21 and win the match.

11/4/17

A resignation last spring by a member of the Northgate School Board created a situation fairly unique in the North Boroughs. Because the vacancy occurred too late for candidates to run in the primary election in May, the Allegheny County elections department turned to the two major political parties to nominate someone for the general election ballot.

11/4/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-6, 2-7) traveled down to Coraopolis last Friday night to take on the Cornell Raiders (1-7, 1-8) and, unlike the past four games, the Flames were unable to spark their offense early and were held scoreless in the first quarter. When the air cleared, the Flames were on the losing end of the 22-6 dust-up that has all the markings of a contentious rivalry game.

11/4/17

Douglas E. Mahaven Douglas E. Mahaven, 67, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was the son of the late Harry and Anna Mahaven; husband of Carla (Hartz) Mahaven; father of Tim (Stephanie Kulak) Mahaven, Angela (Jim) Bates and Jaclyn (Jeremy) Sweeney; grandfather of Kaitlyn Bates, Kaden Loveridge, Maddy Sweeney and Cathan Sweeney. Doug was a member of the Syria Shrine, the Mason's Avalon Lodge #657, a member of Royal Order of Scotland and the Grotto MOVPER, and was a veteran of the US Air Force.

10/31/17

Avalon voters will elect a new mayor on Nov. 7, choosing between Republican Brigitte Jackson, who has held the office since last spring's resignation of the former mayor, and Democrat and Avalon Council member Tom Lloyd.

The Citizen asked the candidates the following questions, and their unedited responses are included below. Employment/Education

10/31/17

It's been a while since there has been much competition for the mayor's seat in Ben Avon. Voters this year will choose between incumbent Republican Robert Jones, and Democratic challenger Melanie Hughes-Holcomb.

The Citizen provided the candidates with the following questions. The candidates' responses are complete and unedited. Employment/education

Jones: Employment, -- United States Air Force, FBI, R.B. Jones Corporation, Education, -- Shaler High School, Air Force Institute, Robert Morris

10/31/17

Yet another mayoral race is to be decided Nov. 7, this one in Emsworth. Amy Sue Lillie won the Democratic nomination in the primary, where Republican Joseph Michael was unopposed. Michael also is running for a seat on Emsworth Council.

The Citizen asked about the following issues. The responses have been edited only in so far as they have been cut and pasted to relate to the questions asked.

Employment/education

10/31/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames' (2-5, 2-6) defensive struggles continued last Saturday afternoon when they lost to the Summit Academy Knights (3-5, 3-5) on Senior Day by the score 52-33. As usual, the Flames were lit early, getting on the scoreboard first, but running into difficulties in the second half.

10/31/17

Ellen G. (Brahler) Galante Ellen G. (Brahler) Galante, of Emsworth, died Thursday, October 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Salvatore A. "Sam" Galante; mother of Salvatore (Karen) Galante, Louis (Carolyn) Galante and Lorraine (Tony) Pecora; grandmother of Salvatore, Michael, Stephani, Jacquelyn, Louis, Joseph, Steven, Nicholas, Veronica, Rebecca and Dominic; great-grandmother of Jace, Carly and Kelsey; preceded in death by her brothers, Louis and Raymond; and sisters, Johanna and Lorraine.

10/31/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team secured a spot for the upcoming WPIAL playoffs with a win in their final regular season game last Friday. J.J. Igims rushed for 134 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the 'Lopes past the Gladiators on the road 31-20.

"It was a good win for us tonight," said coach Derek Johncour. "Our defense forced some turnovers, we put up 21 points in the first quarter and that helped us out a lot."

10/27/17

On Nov. 7, Bellevue voters will elect a new mayor, choosing between Democrat Emily Marburger and Republican Tom Fodi. Both ran as Democrats in the spring primary, with Marburger winning the Democratic nomination and Fodi picking up enough votes to take the GOP nomination.

10/21/17

By JIM RUMBLE

With two quick scores moving the Avonworth Antelopes football team to an 11-point lead at the half, it seemed as though the team was about to end their two-game slide when they hosted the Shady Side Indians in a non-conference game last Friday. The momentum changed quickly, though, in the second half, where the Indians scored four touchdowns on their way to defeating the 'Lopes 37-28.

"We didn't make the plays we needed to win," said coach Duke Johncour.

10/21/17

Avalon’s new borough engineer gave an update on current infrastructure projects, and also assured officials at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that cost estimates for future projects are the minimum to pay for the work needed.

Engineer Kevin Brett told council that a problem regarding ther paving of Cherry Alley and the slope of the roadway had been resolved with the contractor, and the work should be completed soon. Snags in the repair of a sewer line near the swimming pool also have been cleared and the area should be paved soon.

10/21/17

According to Bellevue Police reports, a juvenile was jumped by two other juveniles on North Sprague Avenue on Sept. 3.

On Sept. 5, an Orchard Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle had occurred earlier in the week.

A school on North Jackson Avenue was burglarized overnight, Sept 6-7.

A resident of Orchard Avenue reported an assault on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 8, a Forest Avenue resident reported a theft from her porch.

On Sept. 8, a Highland Avenue resident reported vandalism; the garage had been damaged.

10/21/17

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl is inviting local residents to participate in a community presentation on the opioid crisis, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the Northgate Middle/Senior High School, 591 Union Ave., in Bellevue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“Addiction can happen to anyone, and combatting the opioid crisis will require everyone’s involvement,” Ravenstahl said. “Please join us to learn about the epidemic and what can be done to ease the toll it is taking.”

10/21/17

Police Chief Beaver Micklos asked Ben Avon Council to consider installing cameras in various locations in the borough. He said they are quite sophisticated, and do not involve a lot of cost once they are up. He mentioned in particular an LPR – license plate reader – that focuses on reading license plates.

10/21/17

Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company has a supply of 9 volt batteries that can be used in most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, that will be given free of charge to any Emsworth resident who either owns or rents property in the borough.

Residents can stop by the fire station bay doors at 171 Center Ave., on Halloween, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. to receive their batteries, while supplies last.

Batteries in smoke detectors should be changed at each Standard and Daylight Savings time change of the year.

10/21/17

At the Oct. 11 meeting, Emsworth Council approved several motions concerning operation and maintenance projects toward meeting MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) requirements.

Motions passed to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on preventive maintenance; to spend an amount not to exceed $16,000 on spot liners; and to spend an amount not to exceed $10,000 on spot lining repair work. Each motion passed unanimously.

10/21/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-4, 2-5) travelled to Western Beaver (5-2, 6-2) last Saturday afternoon with the hopes of picking up a much needed conference win, but the Golden Beavers' line, averaging almost 300 lbs., dominated the line of scrimmage. The 47 - 12 loss marks a three-game skid for the Flames. After the game, Coach T.J. Wiley said, “As the game wore on, with their size, they just wore us down, and there was nothing we could do.”

10/21/17

Anthony "Tony" Thomas Coppola Anthony "Tony" Thomas Coppola, 57, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, October 12, 2017. He had a long and fulfilling career in the floor covering industry culminating in his own carpet and floor covering business, Coppola's Carpet & Floor Covering.