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6/5/09

A contribution of $2,500 to the North Boroughs Independence Day fireworks celebration was approved by Bellevue Council at its June 2 meeting.

6/5/09

Bellevue should begin getting about another $15,000 annually for projects and maintenance at Bayne Park and Library.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School Board is expected to vote next week to display a new book for students in grades 11 and 12.

6/5/09

A time crunch will leave Bellevue among the uncounted when the Allegheny County Health Department considers the adoption of new air quality guidelines on July 1.

6/5/09

Some 113 seniors received diplomas at the Northgate HIgh School commencement ceremony last Monday night.

6/5/09

Ruth Andlor

Ruth Andlor, 89, of Bellevue, wife of the late Joseph Andlor Jr., died Friday, May 29, 2009.

Mrs. Andlor had been a volunteer at North Suburban Adult Services and Lutheran Services Society of Bellevue. She was a member of ISDA Amity Lodge #45 and the Church of the Assumption.

6/5/09

Two new police officers have been hired by Bellevue Borough, with a third expected to join them later this summer.

6/5/09

Phase III of Bellevue's mandatory sewer repair project will begin soon, as the borough council unanimously accepted a bid for the work at its June 2 meeting.

Bellevue Council accepted a bid from Fleming-Walker Inc. in the amount of $249,202, which will be paid from the borough's sewer surcharge fund.

6/5/09

An Ohio Township subdivision plan received final approval from the township’s board of supervisors at their June 1 meeting.

The supervisors approved the subdivision plan for the Five Mile Development Plan, Creekside Lane, which is located along Camp Horne Road at the I-279 North off-ramp.

Township manager John L. Sullivan Jr. said that the township has not heard of any specific plans for the site.

6/5/09

Bellevue's Summer Solstice Spectacular received several last minute approvals from Bellevue Council at its June 2 meeting, but one item was left undone when memories failed.

Council unanimously approved closing a portion of North Sprague Avenue, from Lincoln Avenue to the parking lot entrance, on Saturday evening, June 20, for a street dance.

The entire Hawley Avenue municipal lot will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. that day for a craft market.

6/5/09

Motorists can expect delays due to traffic restrictions on a couple different state highways.

I-279 (the Parkway North) will be reduced to a single lane southbound this weekend, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing thgrough 4 p.m. on Sun-day.

The state will be patching concrete between the Bellevue/West View and I-79 interchanges. No northbound lane restrictions are planned for this weekend.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School District now has final approval from Ohio Township to place two modular classrooms at the elementary school.

The trailers will provide additional classrooms beginning next fall.

Placement of the trailers was approved unanimously by the Ohio Township Supervisors at their meeting on June 1.

5/29/09

Bellevue police and fire officials were unable to confirm Thursday that the fatal May 15 fire at the Bellevue Mansions apartment building was an arson.

The fire, which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old male and the evacuation of more than 100 residents, has been under investigation by the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office.

5/29/09

A Pittsburgh man was stabbed during an argument at the Avalon Motel on Wednesday, but accounts differ as to who wielded the knife.

The victim, suffering from a stab wound to the left side of his chest, called police from a pay phone outside the Ohio River Boulevard motel. Police say he identified his assailant as his girlfriend, still inside a motel room.

Police say that the girlfriend pointed to her ex-boyfriend as the responsible person, reporting that the two men began fighting and she hid in the bathroom.

5/29/09

A Bellevue woman was taken to the hospital with minor burns after a kitchen fire at her Lincoln Avenue apartment on May 25.

Viviani Motors on Ohio River Boulevard reported May 23 that a vehicle had been stolen from the lot.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported May 24 that someone had broken out a window of his apartment.

Kalungi Howze, 35, of Orchard Avenue, was arrested for driving under the influence following an accident in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restauarnt on Ohio River Boulevard.

5/29/09

Avonworth’s varsity baseball head coach Phil Coffin learned last week that the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association had selected him as Class A “Coach of the Year.”

The first-year coach received the honor based upon voting by fellow coaches.

Coffin began his coaching career five years ago when he was hired by Avonworth. “I took over as the middle school head baseball coach for three years and then moved up to become the varsity assistant for two years. In this time, I also ran the J.V. program.” 

5/29/09

Bellevue officials disagree on whether there is sufficient funding to perform an engineering study necessary to rehabilitate the parking lot adjacent to the borough building.

5/29/09

The North Boroughs annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks will go on this year, thanks to the Avalon Volunteer Fire Co.

The celebration was endangered when the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce withdrew its sponsorship earlier this year. With liability concerns necessitating sponsorship by an organization and insufficient time to form such a group, organizers were concerned that the event would have to be canceled.

5/29/09

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania has presented Taylor Henzler the Gold Award, the organization’s highest recognition of achievement.

The recent presentation ceremony honored 44 scouts for projects focusing upon helping others in their communities and schools.

Taylor’s project addressed the need to provide extra academic assistance for Avonworth High School students. She structured “The Café,” an after-school tutoring and mentoring program held twice a week in the school cafeteria, where students seeking extra help can stay and work with teachers or other students.

5/29/09

A decision to hire three police officers this year could cost Bellevue Borough a federal grant that could have paid for two full-time officers.

Bellevue joined nearly 7,300 communities across the nation in applying for a Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grant through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS Hiring Recovery Fund. Part of the federal economic stimulus plan, the grant program will fully pay for as many as two police officers in a particular community for as long as three years.

5/29/09

The cost of applying for a zoning variance in Bellevue could increase soon.

Council finance committee chairman Mark Helbling reported at the May 27 pre-council meeting that the committee recommended increasing the zoning hearing fee from $200 to $350 to better cover the costs of conducting a hearing.

The fee still will not cover all the costs, but Helbling and finance committee member Linda Woshner said that the committee felt that some costs should be “built into government” so as not to create a hardship for businesses and individuals.

5/29/09

James Logan Jr.

James E. “Buddy” Logan Jr., of Marshall Township, formerly of Bellevue and husband of the late Loretta M. Logan, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

5/29/09

Three people were chargedby Ohio Township Police with driving under the influence in the past week.

David Zipparo, 23, of Ohio Township, was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Eicher Road in Emsworth on May 21.

Also on May 21, Virginia Nimick, 27, of New York, NY, was arrested on Ohio River Boulevard in Kilbuck Township.

Charles Henry, 44, of Ben Avon, was charged following a traffic stop on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ben Avon Heights on May 23.