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8/7/09

Avonworth School District administrators were flooded with some 90 resumes after posting a job opening for an athletic director. That number first was cut down to 15, then down to three. Eventually there was only one candidate for the job.

The school board unanimously voted to hire Earl Chet Fuhrman as athletic director, replacing Greg Wagner, who resigned July 31.

“We were really impressed with his motivation, his exuberance for the job,” superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said at the board’s work session on Monday.

8/7/09

Bellevue has become the first of three local municipalities to adopt a joint zoning code, paving the way for the state’s first successful implementation of a multi-jurisdictional zoning effort.

Adoption of the code, which grew from the completion of a joint comprehensive plan, is in its final stages, with Avalon and Ben Avon borough councils slated to take action later this month on the code already approved by Allegheny County.

8/7/09

Working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), Bellevue Police Thursday morning executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of Jefferson Avenue and arrested a mother and son suspected of growing and selling marijuana.

8/7/09

Two robberies, an aggravated assault, and a rash of home burglaries are being investigated by Bellevue Police.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported Aug. 3 that he had been assaulted by two males, one of whom was armed with a gun. Police say the incident is still being investigated.

A white male who showed a handgun reportedly robbed a homeless man on North Balph Avenue on July 21. The victim reported $20 had been stolen.

A Pittsburgh resident reported being the victim of a pickpocket on July 31 in the Dollar General Store.

8/7/09

It’s not exactly a Hallmark holiday.

Yet.

Give it time, though, and you just might find cards celebrating the All-American event that occurs this weekend: National Garage Sale Day.

Not that I need to have a day set aside to celebrate this seasonal phenomenon that occurs late March through late October. I celebrate it every Saturday -- and sometimes on Friday and Sunday as well, if it is a heavily scheduled weekend.

Why? I have no convincing answer for myself or for anyone who asks.

8/7/09

A quote from Confucius tells us, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

It is a philosophy with which Dean Smith of Ben Avon wholeheartedly agrees, and he stands as a living example of its truth.

"My hobby and my life's passion is my job," he says.

Especially during the last five months, which is how long it's been since Smith opened his martial arts school, the Dojo, on North Balph Avenue in Bellevue.

8/7/09

Although he lost his bid for nomination in the spring primary election, a local attorney will become a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas long before anyone who ran against him.

8/7/09

Resigns...again

Bellevue Council member Jerry Walter has resigned for the second time in a year, but this time he won’t have an opportunity to change his mind.

8/7/09

Leslie Weigand Leslie J. Weigand, 80, of Brighton Heights, formerly of Avalon and Bloomfield and husband of the late Myrtle Melder Weigand, died Friday, July 31, 2009. Mr. Weigand was retired from Teamsters Local 249. He is survived by his brother, Donald G. Weigand; his in-laws, Raymond and Joann Melder; nieces; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph “Pie” and Mabel Weigand; and his brother, Thomas W. Weigand. Friends were received at Winter Funeral Home, Bloomfield, where services were held on Tuesday. Burial was in Highwood Cemetery.

Lynette Zygmuntowicz

7/31/09

A South Heights man has been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police after a high-speed chase along Route 65 on July 26.

Police say that speeds exceeded 90 mph when David J. Barish, 44, of Crawford Street, refused to pull over his motorcycle until forced to do so by slowed traffic in Emsworth.

In other news from Avalon Police, four aluminum wheels were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at an Ohio River Boulevard business on July 27.

7/31/09

Bellevue Council members disagree over which borough employee should settle disputes over garbage collection billing.

7/31/09

A preliminary hearing was scheduled to be held today for a Bellevue man accused of fatally stabbing another man on July 23.

Allegheny County Police homicide detectives have charged Johnathan Perez, 25, with one count of criminal homicide in the death of Jacquet McGrady, 26, of the North Side. He also has been charged with one count of robbery, according to Lt. William Palmer of the homicide division, who said that police believe Perez took items from McGrady following the stabbing.

7/31/09

Editor:

Northgate had a fine tradition of letting their alumni return in the summer and use their facilities to train for their particular collegiate sport. It was an unsupervised honor system that worked well. I know this personally from having coached at Northgate for 10 years. But this tradition was brought to an end by a rookie janitor. Let me explain:

7/31/09

Kilbuck fire service

Beginning Sept. 1, fire calls in Kilbuck Township will be answered by the Emsworth and Ben Avon fire companies.

The Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its July 28 meeting to accept offers from the neighboring boroughs to provide fire services after the Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Company disbands in September.

Kilbuck will be divided at Plumer Avenue for the purpose of call response, with Emsworth and Ben Avon firefighters responding to calls in their respective areas.

7/31/09

Irene Bickel Irene Bickel 93, of Bellevue, wife of the late Bill Bickel, died Monday, July 27, 2009 in Vincentian Regency Nursing Home. Mrs. Bickel worked as a bookkeeper and secretary. She enjoyed the musical community, bowling, bingo, crossword puzzles, reading and needlepoint.

7/31/09

An Aleppo woman was charged with driving under the influence after Ohio Township Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Route 65 near Toms Run Road in Kilbuck on July 24.

7/31/09

Despite a recommendation to the contrary by county health officials, the Kilbuck Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to release sewer easements on Newgate Road.

Board chairman Russ Hardiman and supervisor John Fader overruled objections by supervisor Susan Merkner and advice from the chief of the Allegheny County Health Department's public drinking water and waste management divisions in voting to adopt an ordinance that will eliminate a dozen easements the township obtained in 2002 in anticipation of installing sewers along Newgate.

7/24/09

Gardening is part of Maryann and Nicholas Hatala’s love affair with life, as well as with Nature.

7/24/09

Police are investigating an incident in which the driver of a vehicle failed to stop after hitting a bicyclist on Sheridan Avenue on July 17. An officer found the victim, and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene.

An off-road motorcycle was reported stolen July 18 from the rear driveway of a home on Orchard Avenue.

7/24/09

Residents of Ben Avon are unhappy with the condition of some row houses along Park Avenue in the borough, and approached council about the problem at Tuesday's meeting. 

John Littell, who lives in Ohio Township but owns property on Park, brought to the meeting pictures he had taken and told council about some of the conditions. He said as a result of recent heavy rains, mud has been running down the hill into one of his basements. Littell also mentioned nails and glass lying around, and the danger to children in the neighborhood, among other things.

7/24/09

Emsworth and Ben Avon officials this week approved an offer to provide joint fire services to Kilbuck Township.

Kilbuck’s fire company will disband Sept. 1 due to a lack of volunteers. Township officials voted last month to accept proposals from other area fire companies for coverage of Kilbuck.

7/24/09

Two people were taken into custody Monday morning when several police agencies executed a search warrant at 109 N. Sprague Ave. in Bellevue.

Police say that the search was narcotics-related and that two people were taken into custody. The matter remains under investigation.

7/24/09

Residents of Ben Avon Heights soon could face a fine if their properties are not kept clean and free of debris and other "nuisances".

The borough council is considering a new law that, according to Mayor Scott Dismukes, is an attempt to have an enforceable ordinance on the books to avoid nuisance conditions such as high weeds, abandoned vehicles and other unsightly conditions.

7/24/09

Emily Keener touched up a grape leaf on the mural being painted on two walls of the Pennsylvania Macaroni building in the Strip District. Appropriately, the sun was blazing on this late afternoon scene of sunny Italy: grapes, peppers, pasta, tomatoes and the Italian flag.

Emily is part of the Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project, which features portraits of people, events and structures that have shaped the region's history.