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9/11/09

A one-time donation to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company, approved by Emsworth Borough Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, will help the borough’s firefighters keep up with national standards.

9/11/09

While many students across the country were watching a live broadcast of President Obama's back to school speech on Tuesday at noon, many local students were not, and continued with their school days as normal.

That's not to say that they won't get an opportunity to in the future, though.

9/11/09

Emergency repair An emergency repair to a lateral sewer line near the Emsworth borough garage was approved by Emsworth Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

The repairs will cost some $37,000.

According to council member Paul Getz, the Allegheny County Health Department notified the borough that the sewer line was leaking into Lowries Run Creek.

Council unanimously authorized the repairs.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennett were absent.

Solicitor named

9/11/09

A Pittsburgh man was cited for public drunkenness at the Avonworth football game last Friday night. Ohio Township Police charged Charles W. Kennedy, 60.

Floyd Okinski, 48, of Emsworth, was cited for a dumping violation on Crawford Road on Sept. 4.

9/11/09

Mildred Kastory Mildred Kastory, 84, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Mrs. Kastory was retired from Gulf Oil Corp. with 27 years of service. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Schneider and her husband Gary of Bellevue and Mildred Rankin and her husband Donald of Australia; and two grandchildren, Christopher Schneider of Bellevue and Kylie Rankin Grose and her husband Ralston.

9/11/09

A young man suspected of breaking into a number of vehicles in Avalon was arrested Tuesday by Bellevue Police. Bellevue Police say that Jeffrey Michalski, 19, of Delaware Street, Pittsburgh 15214, was taken into custody after police received a report of a suspicious male in the area of Sheridan Avenue. Police say Michalski was in possession of items stolen from vehicles in Avalon. Avalon Police investigated five vehicle break-ins that occurred Monday night. They included two vehicles on Jackman Avenue, one on Harrison Avenue, one on Cleveland, and another on Eugene.

9/5/09

Big crowds helped kick off the local varsity football season under Friday night's full moon.

Defending conference champs Avonworth Antelopes proved that the loss of a dozen seniors wasn't going to make a difference in their ability to win games. In a nonsection game, the 'Lopes held Western Beaver scoreless. Jimmy Zubik picked up 160 yards and two touchdowns, with the third added by Eddie Kurtz. On defense, both Ryan Schmid and Andrew Niklaus had interceptions.

Final score: Avonworth 19, Western Beaver 0

9/4/09

Vandalism was reported in a women’s restroom in Avalon Park on Aug. 23. Police say a sink was torn from the wall and water was gushing out. Also, the toilet had been stuffed with paper towels.

A resident of Jackman Avenue also reported vandalism. On Sept. 2, the resident found that the front passenger side tire on her vehicle had been slashed.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Semple Avenue on Aug. 24.

Cassie Dunlap, 27, of Orchard Avenue, was charged with public drunkenness on Aug. 22 after police responded to a report of a naked man and woman behind the Avalon Motel.

9/4/09

Bellevue’s first DUI checkpoint held last Saturday night processed more than 800 vehicles and ended in the arrest or citation of dozens of drivers.

“Team DUI” of the Pennsylvania DUI Association launched the checkpoint, coordinated by the West Hills DUI Task Force, on Ohio River Boulevard in Bellevue, near the Shiloh Avenue intersection. According to Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner, both north- and southbound vehicles were stopped between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

9/4/09

A Grant Avenue resident reported Aug. 27 that her residence had been burglarized.

An apartment on Jefferson Avenue was reported burglarized on Aug. 25.

A vehicle was reported stolen from the parking lot of Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus on Aug. 28.

A vehicle on Dawson Avenue was reported broken into and a car stereo stolen on Aug. 23.

A bicycle was reported stolen Aug. 24 from the back yard of a home on Dawson Avenue.

A Forest Avenue resident reported his vehicle windshield was vandalized on Aug. 24.

9/4/09

Bellevue residents concerned about a sharp bend on North Starr Avenue asked Bellevue Council this week for help in getting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to address the dangerous situation.

Richard Lang of Clinton Place told council members at their Sept. 1 meeting that PennDOT has recognized two other curves on the state highway that runs along Starr Avenue and onto Union Avenue, yet continues to allow traffic to travel around the North Starr Avenue bend without proper signage or speed restrictions.

9/4/09

The Bellevue Fire Department is offering a free fire education program that includes helping residents identify home fire hazards, consultation regarding emergency escape planning, and smoke and carbon monoxide detector placement and testing.

Home fire safety inspections will be conducted at homes by an officer of the Bellevue Fire Department.

To schedule a consultation, call (412)766-7455 or e-mail wissner@bellevueboro.com.

9/4/09

Sewer repair payments Two payments for sewer repairs were authorized by Bellevue Council earlier this week.

Council approved, at its regular meeting on Sept. 1, a payment to Fleming-Walker, Inc. of $87,362.95 for sewer repairs. The repairs were mandated by the consent order aimed at cleaning up area municipalities' sewers.

Borough engineer John Rusnak told officials that the company will begin to line the sewers next week.

9/4/09

Stone was reported stolen from a construction site in the Cobblestone plan of homes off Crawford Road in Ohio Township. The theft was reported Sept. 1.

A trampoline was reported stolen Aug. 28 from a residence on Walnut Street in Ben Avon.

A Beaver County man was arrested after he reportedly threw coffee on another driver during a road rage incident on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth. Adam Thompson, 27, of New Brighton, was cited on Aug. 31.

9/4/09

Kirk Tyler Kirk F. Tyler of Avalon died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Carlson Tyler; three sons, Kirk M. Tyler of Maryland, Scott T. Tyler and Brad P. Tyler; four siblings, Ronald Tyler and his wife Nancy, Marilyn Hutchison and her husband Bill of Nevada, Joyce Schraeder and her husband Garry and Noreen Sarazen and her husband Larry; his sister-in-law, Jean Tyler; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Martin “Butchie” Tyler.

9/4/09

In what probably seems another lifetime, home for Dubrvka and Zdenko Moro and their daughter, Vanesa, 23 and son Marjan, 21, was the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they lived until war broke out in the region in 1992.

“When it started, we moved the family to Germany, where we stayed for seven years. After the war ended in 1999, life was very hard, and so we moved here, with help from Catholic Charities,” Dubrvka said.

8/28/09

A burglary was reported at Shadeland Beer Distributor on Brighton Road on Aug. 18.

An apartment on Brighton Road was reported burglarized on Aug. 17.

A Dawson Avenue resident reported Aug. 19 that his apartment had been burglarized.

A vehicle was reported stolen from Orchard Avenue during the night on Aug. 21.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported the attempted theft of his vehicle on Aug. 21.

A vehicle on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken into during the night on Aug. 17.

A Sumner Avenue resident reported Aug. 18, that her vehicle had been entered during the night.

8/28/09

After going 1-8 last season, the Northgate Flames varsity football team is determined to play hard until the final whistle of every game this year, something head coach Mike Pipak said the team had trouble with last fall.

Pipak, who is in his third season as head coach, said the Flames had a chance to win a lot of the games in the 2008 season, but the team was worn down and fell apart in the third quarter.

"We are emphasizing on finishing games," he said.

The Flames’ schedule will not make the season any easier though, as Pipak noted the difficulty of the section.

8/28/09

Final approval A fire services agreement covering Kilbuck Township received final approval earlier this week.

Already approved by the borough councils of Ben Avon and Emsworth, the Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors added their unanimous support at their regular meeting on Aug. 25.

With the undermanned Kilbuck Volunteer Fire Company disbanding effective Sept. 1, firefighters from Emsworth and Ben Avon will respond to calls in the township, splitting the coverage area in half. Kilbuck will pay some $26,000 for the service.

8/28/09

John Connolly Jr. John “J” Wray Connolly Jr., of Ohio Township died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.

8/28/09

An Emsworth man was formally arraigned last week on charges that he sexually assaulted the 6-year-old daughter of a woman he picked up in a local bar.

According to Ohio Township Police, the charges stem from an incident last March 17 that occurred after Joseph Boylan, 34, met a woman at the House of Lee restaurant and bar in Emsworth. Police say he accompanied the woman and her daughter to her nearby apartment, where he first engaged in a consensual relationship with the mother. He later is accused of assault the child.

8/28/09

An interstate drug trafficking ring based in Ohio Township was closed down last week when a state grand jury returned indictments against 12 men.

The investigation by the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation was called “Operation Infamous Choppers” after the Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township business that served as the base for a drug ring that officials say brought some $2 million worth of marijuana from Mexico, by way of Arizona, to Western Pennsylvania.

8/28/09

Just because Henry “Hank” Comerer moved into a fourth floor Avalon apartment three years ago doesn’t mean that he had any intentions of giving away his gardening tools. And despite having his planting area reduced from a large garden to a 10 x 5 balcony space, Hank, now 91, has managed to plant a thriving garden of flowers and vegetables that enjoy exposure to all-day sun, along with his careful tending.

Hank was born and grew up in Emsworth, where his grandmother had lived “… before it was Emsworth. My uncle, John Sevin, was the borough clerk for 54 years,” Hank said.