A recent problem at the Avonworth Elementary School and its alleviation was explained to members of the school board during the October 8 meeting.

Brad Waters, director of fiscal management and support services, detailed the district's prompt response to an elementary teacher's complaint of odd smells in the classroom.

After checking various locations in the classroom, including vents and air conditioning, as well using a dehumidifier, a company was called in to perform air samples.


James C. Braunlich James C. Braunlich, 55, of the North Hills, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 2, 2018. He is survived survived by his wife, Kristen Braunlich; four children, Marley, Beau, James and Joseph; grandson, Jack Braunlich; mother, Diane Braunlich; brothers, Thomas and Christopher Braunlich; father-in-law, Robert Muchenski; also aunts, uncles, and cousins. James was preceded in death by his father, William Braunlich. James spent the weekend before his death with his family and friends, and he was in high spirits and surrounded by loved ones during his final days.


A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on Oct. 3.

A resident of Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township reported fraud on Oct. 4.

On Oct. 4, theft from an unlocked vehicle parked at a Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business was reported.

On Oct. 5, a patron at a Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township business reported harassment.

A resident of Locust Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Oct. 7.

A resident of Camp Horne Road in Emsworth reported harassment on Oct. 8.


As anticipated, the Avonworth School Board approved moving forward on two topics discussed during last week's work session.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the board approved refinancing the Series 2013 bonds. Depending on market movement, the refinancing could net the district over $650,000. The earliest closing date is Dec. 18.

Also, the board approved the hiring of Dr. Shelby Stewman to conduct a demographic study for the Avonworth School District at a cost not to exceed $16,000.


The Northgate School District was informed recently that it will not be receiving the school safety grantthat has helped pay for the school resource officer for several years.

Dr. Caroline Johns, however, said that the district immediately applied for another grant that could provide funds for the SRO and safety upgrades in the district,


Bellevue Borough has received a “Green Light Go” grant of $32,000 to make changes to the traffic light at Lincoln and Fremont avenues.

Council voted unanimously, with Val Pennington absent, at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting to accept the grant and authorize the director of administrative services to complete the necessary paperwork.



The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their overall record improve to 5-1 when they traveled to Summit Academy for a conference game last Saturday.

The 'Lopes made easy work of the winless Knights, putting the game away early on their way to a 35-8 victory. Quarterback Derek Johncour once again led the way, throwing for 288 yards and five touchdowns. Ethan Syam had four receptions for 106 yards and Turner Grau had four catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns.


On Sept. 28, Aaron R. Waddell, 35, of Altoona, was arrested for narcotics possession.

Following a traffic stop on Sept. 30, Kevin L. McDowell, 57, of Aliquippa, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Sept. 30, a person parked at the intersection of California Avenue and Ohio Street reported a hit and run accident.

Following a traffic stop on Oct. 1, Eugene Lamar Terrell, 30, of Hazelwood, was arrested for possession of marijuana.


The Avonworth School Board is anticipating refinancing the district’s Series 2013 bonds.

During Monday night’s work session, bond counsel Chris Brewer as well as PNC underwriter Tony Misiti, of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP provided information on how the markets have behaved in 2018 and offered predictions concerning future movements up and down.

“Everything is on track for refinancing,” they reported. The savings are expected to be approximately 7 percent, netting the district well over $600,000.


The Avonworth School Board is discussing whether a new demographic study of the district could provide valuable information.

During Monday night’s work session, board members discussed the possibility of hiring a demographer to study the district in order to provide a calculated prediction of “what is coming and what future enrollment will be.”


By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 0-4) ventured across the McKees Rocks Bridge to face off against the Sto-Rox Vikings (4-2, 3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28. Returning to play ball on a field under “Friday Night Lights,” after a series of Saturday games, was enough to disrupt the Flames, resulting in an eventual score of 54-0.


Obituaries Daniel R. Friedman Daniel R. Friedman, 33, of Emsworth, died Thursday, September, 27, 2018, after a long courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the son of Leonard Friedman and Dianne (Nick Matko) Friedman; brother of Leonard R. Friedman and step-brother of Nicholas Matko; grandson of the late Marjory and David Watkins and the late Leonard F. Friedman; nephew of David Alan Watkins, Linda Ward, Janice Markewinski, Robert K. Friedman and Ginnie Turner; cousin of Kenneth Belles; great-nephew of Janet Swanson. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, animals, fishing and cooking.


A resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported a suspicious person on Sept. 25.

A resident of Lynfield Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud on Sept. 26.

On Sept. 28, a resident of Rockledge Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle.

On Oct. 1, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Road in Ohio Township reported harassment.

A resident of Gene Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Oct. 2.


Avonworth boys’ soccer coach Tom Angell sums up his explanation for his team’s 10-0-1 record in just a few words: “The team has great experience and is a really hard working group.”

But after a moment, he expands on that thought.

“We have a very passionate group who are willing to work very hard to get better. We have very high goals for this season and so far it is going very well,” he said.


When is a single family dwelling not a “single family dwelling”?


With stormy weather in the forecast for last Friday's contest, Avonworth's football game at Apollo-Ridge was moved up an hour, and for the second consecutive week the outcome was determined early as the Antelopes rolled past the Vikings 42-6.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 14-20 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, but the 'Lopes sustained balance on offense as Jax Miller ran for 121 yards including three rushing touchdowns.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on Taylor Avenue on Sept. 18. A second motor vehicle accident occurred the same day at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured in either accident.

On Sept. 18, Allegheny County Police homicide officers took over the investigation of the murder of Emmanuel Boneza.

On Sept. 19, Dale Boris was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Washington County.

A New Brighton Road resident reported on Sept. 19 that money and a wallet were taken from a bedroom drawer.


On Sept. 20, after Bellevue Police officers responded to Lincoln Avenue concerning a report of an intoxicated male pushing a baby stroller, Richard J. Russell, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Police say Russell was visibly under the influence of a controlled substance, and when officers began speaking with him, Russell suddenly shoved the toddler-occupied stroller forward and ran in the opposite direction.

Russell was later located in a vacant house in Avalon Borough.


An Avalon family’s home was destroyed in a fire in the 800 block of Florence Avenue last Friday morning.

Avalon Police were the first to arrive at the scene about 9 a.m. Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that everyone had gotten out of the house that was on fire, but that he went to the neighboring homes to make sure residents were out in case the fire spread, kicking in the door at one house to be sure no one was inside.

Fire Chief Chuck Berie said that flames were coming out the right side of the house when firefighters arrived. “It had a head start on us,” he said.



The Cornell Raiders came to Northgate Alumni Field last Saturday for an afternoon game, and though it was a great day for football, the winless Flames found their misfortunes magnified, with only 12 players dressing for the game.

The Flames struggled to stop the Raiders on defense, and Cornell rattled off 13 unanswered points in the first quarter. The score was 26-0 before the Flames got on the scoreboard with a 75-yard kick return by Dylan White to make the score 26-7 after Heman Darjee nailed the extra point.


Both Avalon and Bellevue will receive state grant funds for projects in those boroughs.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announced that Avalon will receive $192,000 for a sewer project. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said that the funds will pay to replace a sewer line from Sedalia Avenue to the borough’s park.

Bellevue will receive $225,000 for work at memorial Park. Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the money will be used for rehabilitation of the baseball field and the fitness trail.


Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to move ahead with use of the “Savvy Citizen” application that can be used to notify borough residents of important news and alerts.

The app will cost Bellevue $149 per month for the first year, although two months are free, plus a $500 set-up fee.

The expenditure was approved in a 5-3 vote with Linda Woshner, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio opposed, and Glenn Pritchard absent.


Brandi Nicole Jones Brandi Nicole Jones, 26, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was the daughter of Christine Jones and the late Bruce A. Jones; sister of Marissa Lee Jones; granddaughter of Mary Lou (Paul) Wolfarth and the late Joseph Eugene Matesic, Jr., Gladys Jones and the late John Calvin Jones; also survived by hundreds of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-cousins, godchildren, and lifetime friends, whom Brandi cherished dearly.


A Merton Road in Ben Avon resident reported harassment on Sept. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept 21, 2018, The West Hills DUI Task Force, of which Ohio Township officers are active participants, held a DUI checkpoint on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth Borough.

The following statistics were compiled:

Thirteen people were arrested for DUI. Six were impaired by alcohol, and seven were impaired by drugs.

Nine people were driving without a license or under suspension.