Sixth graders at both Northgate elementary schools will travel to Washington, D.C. this spring.

The school board voted Nov. 16 to approve absences for students and staff at Avalon May 20-21, and Bellevue


An absentee ballot that reportedly was lost for a week after the Nov. 3 general election has been counted by the Allegheny County Elections Department, creating a tie for one of Bellevue’s most hotly contested council seats.

It could be some time before anyone knows who is the winner of the second of two seats in Bellevue’s first ward. Incumbent Republican Kathy Coder is the clear winner of the first seat, while Democrat Susan Schafer was far behind all candidates in votes.


Despite an impressive showing by Avonworth's defense, the Antelopes' season came to an end in the WPIAL quarterfinals Friday night.

A powerful Clairton team, which outscored opponents by hundreds of points this past season, was held to just 24 points. Unfortunately, that was 24 more than Avonworth would be able to score.

The Antelopes were unable to capitalize on five Clairton turnovers, as penalties helped keep the Red out of the end zone. Jeff Wehner had two fumble recoveries, Ryan Shmid had one, and Brian Vales made two interceptions.


Six people were reported injured in a three-vehicle accident on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. The accident, which involved three vehicles, remains under investigation by police.

Police also responded to an accident on Union Avenue Wednesday night. No further details were available.

The attempted theft of an automobile on Jackman Avenue was reported Nov. 10. Police found a shattered window and broken steering column in the vehicle.


Bellevue Police say one male was assaulted by other males at an address on Kendall Avenue on Nov. 3. The victim was taken to the hospital by medics.

A Highland Place resident, on Nov. 5, reported the theft of firearms from his residence.

An apartment on South Howard Avenue was reported burglarized Oct. 29.

A Greenough Avenue resident reported Nov. 1 that her home had been burglarized.

Two vehicles were reported stolen on Nov. 5, one on Grant Avenue and one on South Harrison Avenue. Another was reported stolen on Grant on Oct. 28.


The Avonworth Antelope offense was firing on all cylinders with big plays last Friday, ensuring the playoff-loss to Monaca suffered by the 'Lopes last season was not repeated.

"We lived up to Avonworth football expectations tonight," head coach Jason Kekseo said after the game.

Last season, Avonworth's hopes of playing at Heinz Field ended with a loss to the Indians in the final seconds of the semi-final game. This year, the 'Lopes shut out Monaca 27-0. The win advances Avonworth (8-2) to the WPIAL quarterfinals, where they will play Clairton tonight at Chartiers-Houston.


Clearview Road in Emsworth soon will be a one-way street in an attempt to reduce traffic and speeds.

Emsworth Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Wednesday to start the process to make Clearview a one-way street going from Roosevelt Road to Bryson Avenue.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that the police department conducted a traffic study after receiving a letter from residents of Clearview and Bryson.

The letter raised concerns about excessive vehicle speeds and oversized trucks traveling on Clearview, he said.


Northgate School Board's athletic committee would like to hire a third coach for the softball team.

Athletic committee chairman David Natale reported at the Monday school board meeting that it was nearly impossible for the two existing coaches to handle both the varsity and junior varsity programs, which was one of the reasons the J.V. team was eliminated last year.

He said the committee would like to hire a second assistant coach.


The Avonworth School Board hired a number of coaches at its regular meeting on Nov. 9.

Michael Boyd was hired as the ninth grade assistant boys’ basketball coach for the 2009-10 school year.

The board also hired Scott Huffmeyer and Mike Donovan as varsity boys' assistant basketball coaches. The two will share a supplemental contract.

Todd Galluppe was hired as the eighth grade boys' basketball coach.


Tempers flared at Emsworth Council's regular meeting on Wednesday during a normally routine item on council's agenda.

When it came time to approve the boroughs bill’s for the month, finance committee chairman David Heflin questioned two of the expenditures on the bill list, neither of which had received pre-approval from council.

The first was $321 for an appreciation dinner held for former borough solicitor Mike Marmo. The second was the painting of two of the borough's trucks at a cost of $1,500.


Avonworth running back Jimmy Zubik is the Class A Eastern Conference offensive player of the year. He also was named first team running back for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Other first team selections include offensive tackle Milton Loop, defensive lineman Mike Simmons, and linebacker Eddie Kurtz.

Second team selections include tight end Ben Kramer, offensive guard Matt Mamich and kicker Houston Hunt. Defensive second team selections are Mamich and Jeff Wehner.



I have asked this question in the past, but again, I feel the need to address this, to not only our schools, but also to every member of this community.

Our veterans have given their lives for our freedom and safety. These brave men and women are, right now, far from home and in harm’s way, but only 20 or so members of the community can give 20 minutes of their time to attend a service at Bayne Park in honor of the veterans.


After 2009's hirings and salary increases in Bellevue, the 2010 budget proposed by Mayor George Doscher concentrates on holding the line on revenues and expenditures.

Under the borough's home rule charter, the mayor proposes a budget in November. Council then has until the end of the year to make modifications to the budget and create the borough's actual spending plan for the coming year.


Contract extended A contract for garbage pick-up in Emsworth was extended for another year during the borough council’s regular meeting on Wednesday.

The current contract with Waste Management was due to expire at the end of the year, but it has been extended until Dec. 31, 2010. It will cost $189.48 per household unit, which is an increase of $8.16, according to council member Amy Adams. The increased cost will be paid by property owners.


Despite lengthy discussions at council meetings over the last month, it looks like Emsworth residents will not see an increase in their sewer fees after all.

Instead, the borough will use $225,000 of a $350,000 reserve fund to cover the difference in sewer-related revenue and expenses in 2010.

The borough's budget for next year was $275,000 in the red for sewage and sewer repair costs, and council had studied a fee and surcharge increase to balance the account.


Several Northgate athletes have received post-season recognition.

Varsity girls' volleyball team members Erica Benny and Amanda Silay were named to the first team all-section, while Karianne Hoover and Amber Sharlow were picked for the second team.

From the varsity football team, Josh Schultheis was named interior lineman for the second team all-section, and received an honorable mention as a tight end. Pat Carr was named second team linebacker, and Mark Wilson received an honorable mention as a wide receiver.


DVDs valued at $250 were reported stolen from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store on Nov. 6. Ohio Township Police believe the white female responsible may also have stolen other items.

Jeremy Heberling, 23, of Monaca, was arrested Nov. 8 for possession of suspected heroin.

William Imler, 50, of McCandless, was charged with driving under the influence after a traffic stop in Emsworth on Nov. 5.


Walter Beals Walter Beals, 67, of Ross Township, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. Mr. Beals was a graduate of Bellaire High School and Duquesne University. He taught in the Pittsburgh Public School District for more than 30 years. During retirement, he enjoyed painting, sculpting, gardening and golf, tennis and bowling. He is survived by two children, Suzi Shaw and Steven Patton; and his sister, Tamara Pinarich. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Voynick.


The Avonworth and Northgate girls' basketball teams will be part of a research study this year that could help protect future players from injury.

Northgate School Board member David Natale reported at the board's Nov. 9 committee of the whole meeting that Dr. Sani Akhaven of Allegheny General Hospital has devised a jump training program that will help build core strength and reduce the occurrence of ACL injuries.


For the first time in roughly 30 years, Northgate’s girls’ varsity cross country team participated in the state championships in Hershey last weekend. While the team itself placed 17th out of 24 teams in AA competition, Bridgit Walters placed 15th in a crowd of 291 runners and took home her first state medal. Members of the cross country team who competedare Amanda Silay, Savannah Paladin, Carolyn Denes, Rachel Rieg, Kim Senko, Allison Gusew and Bridgit Walters.


Girls at Northgate's middle school may be able to play softball this spring.

Northgate School Board athletic committee chairman David Natale said that athletic director Bryan Kyle was discussing with Avonworth the possibility of middle school softball, already in place at the neighboring school district, becoming a co-op sport.


The Monaca Indians never had a chance to repeat their 2008 playoff performance against Avonworth. The Beaver Valley team was shut out by the Antelopes 27-0 Friday night at Lenzner Field.

The Indians could not contain Jimmy Zubik, who rushed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third. Ryan Schmid scored the 'Lopes' fourth TD of the evening.

The game also featured some nice defensive plays, including an interception by Brian Vales.

Avonworth will play Clairton in the next round of the playoffs this coming Friday, location to be announced.


A McKees Rocks man was arrested by both Avalon and Ohio Township police during the past week, once after being held at gunpoint when he entered an apartment on Ohio River Boulevard.


A Bellevue church closed its doors last Sunday after more than a century

Bellevue Central United Methodist Church closed after services on Nov. 1. The church was built in 1905.

According to Rev. Donald Scandrol, district superintendent for the Pittsburgh district of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, support for the church had been dwindling.

Scandrol said there might have been some 30-40 official members, but that only a handful of people were going to services at the church.