Monday night, the Avonworth School Board approved director of bands Will Guess to create a middle school summer band.

The band will meet for one week in June, from 9 a.m.-noon. The week will culminate with a performance Friday evening of that week. The specific week has yet to be determined.

The cost of the camp is $75 per participant and will be sponsored by the Band Boosters. The fee includes t-shirts, snacks, music and payment for instructors.


On Feb. 25, Avalon Police officers were called to Orchard Avenue to assist the Avalon fire department with entry into apartment units in regards to a water leak.

Anthony Oxendine, 29, of Bellevue, was cited on Feb. 27 for loitering/prowling at night at a home on Orchard Avenue.


The Northgate - Avonworth swim team walked away from the WPIAL championships held at Pitt last Saturday with a boatload of medals, as the girls’ team was named WPIAL champs, and the boys’ team placed second.

A number of individual and team first place wins propelled the girls into the title. Among the first-place wins: 200 free relay, Isabella Salerno, Angie Patarini, Anna Neiss, Karen Siddoway;400 free relay, Salerno, Kaylee Madey, Neiss, Siddoway; 200 and 100 free, Siddoway


Northgate artists, craftsmen, and techies, along with cast members of this year’s musical, “Freaky Friday” teamed up to showcase their talents in the annual Arts Odyssey, open to the public at the high school last Friday evening.

Avalon Elementary School Principal Joseph Peacock noted, “Aside from the musical preview and performances, this year's Arts Odyssey featured over 1,000 pieces of student art and featured works across all the levels of our school district.”


Robert Dettlinger Robert Dettlinger, 62, of Avalon, formerly of Millvale, died Monday, Feb. 18. He was the husband of Susan Dettlinger; father of Amanda Durci and Bob Dettlinger, Jr.; Pap-Pap of Kayleigh, Austin and Connor; great Grandpap of Landon; son of Robert Dettlinger and the late Laura Marsico Dettlinger; brother of Diane Birch, Paula Dettlinger, Charles Dettlinger and the late Craig and Shelley. Arrangements by D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory LTD.

Mildred L. “Millie” Morgan Mildred L. “Millie” Morgan, 86, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.


Police are looking for information on the whereabouts of a Bellevue man who disappeared on Feb. 1.

Bellevue Police say that Wendell Crawford, 56, called a friend on the North Side to say that he was on his way to her home. Crawford never arrived. After a couple weeks of not hearing from him, Caldwell was reported missing.

Bellevue Police say they have searched a number of areas and called various places Crawford might have gone, but have turned up no leads.


Avonworth eighth graders had the opportunity to reverse their roles when they visited the Heinz History Center on the evening of Feb. 22, with 118 students becoming the teachers, and serving as docents to explain aspects of displays that are part of the Center's current exhibition, “From Slavery to Freedom, Western Pennsylvania Sports, Innovators and Special Collections.”

Students visited the museum in mid-December to select pieces that they wanted to research with more depth.


On Feb. 23, an Avalon resident reported identity theft.

Tyrone Cole, 31, of McKees Rocks, was arrested for trespassing at a restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 24, a motor vehicle accident occurred at the area of North Birmingham Avenue and Frederick Street. Avalon Police say no one was injured.

Melvin D. White, 32, of Pittsburgh, was arrested for public drunkenness at a restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard on Feb. 24.

On Feb. 25, an Avalon resident reported harassment via unwanted electronic communication.


Bellevue Police are warning parents about a new on-line challenge involving teens.

The challenge encourages teens to go missing for a period of 48 hours. The missing teen will receive points for having more on-line activity, including posts about their disappearance.

Bellevue Police say that anyone participating in that type of activity could face criminal charges.

For more information, the following link was posted:


Winds estimated at some 60 mph swept through the North Boroughs beginning on Sunday, knocking out electrical service and taking its toll on trees. Pictured here, a tree outside a home on Hawley Avenue in Bellevue was uprooted. Other trees were simply snapped off mid-trunk. A greater problem was found in the loss of electrical power at homes and businesses throughout the area. With Duquesne Light unable to put workers in bucket trucks due to the high winds, much of the work on restoring power had to be delayed until sometime on Monday.


Aidan Sommers, 17, of Kilbuck Township, was promoted last month to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank a cadet can achieve within the national U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC). His rank was marked by a ceremony in Pittsburgh, presided over by U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Commanding Officer Guy Mignogna.


Bellevue Council has a new president, as council reorganized a short time into Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Former president Tom Fodi announced earlier this month that he would step down from the president’s seat due to demands on his attention and time created by family and work.

Fodi took that step at Tuesday’s meeting after presenting a local business owner with a proclamation recognizing 40 years as part of the Bellevue business community.


Educators in the Northgate School District are working on a plan to expand music education to the point that it not only becomes a part of the core curriculum at every grade level, but that Northgate becomes a “destination” school district for music education.


Roy T. Hartwig Roy T. Hartwig, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was the son of the late William A. and Philomena (Kolling) Hartwig. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Maxine (Chickering) Hartwig and his four older siblings, Leo, Earl, Marcella (Zorn) and June (Barnett). He is survived by his children, Roy C. (Gina) Hartwig of Enola, PA and Susan (Jimmy) Collins of Florence, SC; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.


On Feb. 13, a business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief.

A business on Herron Avenue in Emsworth reported theft on Feb. 13.

On Feb. 14, a resident of Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

On Feb. 16, a resident of Memorial Drive in Emsworth reported harassment.

A resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on Feb. 17.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Ben Avon reported theft on Feb. 18.

On Feb. 19, a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township reported harassment by communication.


Although a new restaurant received conditional approval to apply for a state license to serve alcoholic beverages, it did so near the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday that was classic Bellevue Council all the way.



Playing in their first WPIAL semifinal game since the 2009-10 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball squared off with a familiar foe in the Neshannock Lancers when the two teams met at Moon High School this past Wednesday. Having lost to the top-ranked Lancers twice in section play this season, the Lady ‘Lopes had hopes of turning the tide, but that didn't happen as they fell 47-37.

"We couldn't convert at the line and we couldn't get the calls," said Avonworth coach Mark D'Alessandris. "Best of luck to them [Neshannock] but we'll still be playing next Friday."


On Jan. 22, a four-vehicle traffic accident occurred at the intersection of Ohio River Boulevard and Fisk Avenue in Avalon. As the result of an investigation into the cause of the accident, Catherine Nicholas, 75, of Avalon, was cited for careless driving. Police say all vehicles had to be towed and three people sustained injuries.

Following a traffic stop on Feb. 7, John D. Keller Jr., 48, of Bellevue, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Feb. 7, Latosha Craig, 35, of McKees Rocks, was cited for harassment by communication.


A body found near the railroad tracks along the Ohio River in Bellevue on Feb. 15 has yet to be identified, police say.

The body, discovered by juveniles, appeared to have been there for a while, and the cause and manner of death are still being investigated by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. Police say that all indications so far are that the person committed suicide.


Assuming spring weather will eventually arrive, the Avonworth School board prepared at their Feb. 11 meeting by approving a number of coaches for the 2018-19 spring sports:

Dan Pomposelli as varsity baseball head coach; Andy Maddix as assistant varsity baseball coach; Scott Gustic as junior varsity baseball head coach; Jake Filipowski as junior varsity assistant coach; Blake Hoskins as a volunteer; Brian Miller as middle school baseball head coach; and Ryan Gracey as 7/8 baseball volunteer.


Emsworth Borough is preparing for two large projects. The first will benefit residents and visitors to Marmo Park. The second is likely to inconvenience many drivers, but when completed will assist in safety and water control.

Bids are being sought for the Marmo Park renovation project, which includes resurfacing the existing basketball court, conversion of the tennis court to pickelball courts and creating ADA access as well as minor drainage work and parking lot mill and overlay.



Approximately a week and a half had passed between the final regular season game and the first round of the WPIAL playoffs for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team, but the team's preparation during that period helped the Lady ‘Lopes run past the Beth-Center Bulldogs in a game played at Gateway High School this past Wednesday, 55-34.

"We had some good days of practice and a combined scrimmage with [6A] Peters Township and [4A] Central Valley gave the girls a lot of confidence from that," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.


Avalon Borough has obtained the title to two abandoned lots at the far end of Semple Avenue.

Using delinquent tax liens as credit, the borough was able to obtain the lots, and plan to add neighborhood amenities. Recently, the borough turned another abandoned property into a community garden.


The Northgate School District's financial picture is pretty good, and fairly comparable to that of other school districts across the state, according to the 2017-18 audit presented to the school board Tuesday night.

The audit covers the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

According to Joel Martin of Arbutina and Associates, the borough did record a deficit during that year, for the first time in many years. Expenditures exceeded revenues by about $400,000, a bit higher than the $300,000 anticipated in the district's budget for the same time period.