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.


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.


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.


A Northgate/Avonworth track team athlete placed in the top 10 for the 100 meter dash last weekend at the state championships.

Khiry Watts placed seventh in the AAA in the PIAA State Track and Field Championships, held at Shippensburg University.

On May 22, Watts placed in the top 16, qualifing him for the semifinals that were held on May 23. He the finished in the top eight in the semifinals to move on to the finals, which were held later that afternoon.


The name of the Neale/Stewart Scholarship Fund has been changed to honor the memory of another Avalon High School graduate.


In musical and dramatic productions, there’s work backstage and onstage. Backstage, running the lights and the sound, building the set. Onstage, performing. In Avonworth High School’s recent production of “Into the Woods,” senior Shannon Knox managed to experience both sides of the curtain, performing as Cinderella’s stepmother while at the same time creating set pieces as student scenic designer.


A local Boy Scout asked Bellevue Council, at its pre-council meeting held May 27, for permission to build a memorial for local servicemen and women who lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Brian Halligan of Troop 226 said that he would like build a brick wall that will hold a plaque with the names of local soldiers who have been killed in the wars.

The memorial would be placed in the borough’s parking lot on North Jackson Avenue.

The project will help Halligan obtain the status of Eagle Scout.


Allegheny County Police homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of an accident that occurred in the driveway of Northgate High School Wednesday afternoon.

Police say an unidentified pedestrian was hit by a car, and sustained a serious injury. She was unconscious when police arrived at the scene about 2:52 p.m., and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital by NorthWest EMS.

In other news from Bellevue Police, a Jefferson Avenue woman reported May 13 that she had been robbed by two white males and one black male on May 10.


An effort to cut costs by changing health care insurance providers failed Wednesday when the matter came to a tie vote by Avalon Council.

Council finance committee chairman Tom Michalow said that the borough would save about $2,500 per month -- or some $20,000 to $30,000 per year -- by changing to the UPMC health insurance plan.

The proposal was unpopular with some employees as well as some officials who attended the May 20 council meeting.




Ohio Township Police are interested in talking with any residents who may have been approached or visited by a man claiming to be with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The man in question visited at least two Ohio Township homes on May 12. He is described as a white male, possibly in his 50s, about 5’6” or 5’7” tall, with a paunch and brown hair that was longer in the back, similar to the mullet style. He is believed to have been driving an older model blue car.

Anyone who saw or had contact with the man is asked to call Ohio Township Police at (412)473-3056.


The scene was almost surreal when area firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a four-story apartment building on Jefferson Avenue in Bellevue during the early morning hours of Friday, May 15.

Bellevue Fire Chief Glenn Pritchard was among the first on scene just before 2:30 a.m., and saw people leaning from windows, waving and yelling, with heavy smoke pouring out over their heads.

“It’s something you hope never happens,” Pritchard said. “But you have to be ready when it does.”


Although there will be many races to be decided in the November general election, Tuesday's primary went a long way toward deciding who will occupy several municipal and school board offices next year, despite voter turnout that averaged around 15 percent of registered voters.

The top contests in the primary all but determined who will be the mayor in two boroughs.


Unknown -- although not unexpected -- sewer problems will ensure that Avalon uses the entire $2.1 million borrowed to fund a boroughwide rehabilitation project, and ends up without enough money to completely repair all lines.

Chester Engineers' Shawn Rosensteel told council members at their meeting Wednesday evening that it had been possible to trim about $200,000 from the original cost estimate of $1.7 million before deficiencies discovered during the project ate up the savings as well as the contingency funds built into the borough's financing through PennVEST.


A 16-year-old Bellevue boy has been charged with the March 19 robbery of the West View Savings Bank on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue.

According to Bellevue Police Sgt. Richard Czapko, an anonymous tip to the Bellevue police desk was investigated by the FBI and resulted in the arrest of the youth. When questioned by the FBI, Czapko said, the boy confessed to robbing the bank.

Due to the teen’s age, prosecution of the case has been turned over to Bellevue Police to handle through Allegheny County’s Juvenile Court. The youth is being held at Shuman Center, Czapko said.


Coaches for Avonworth's fall sports were hired at the school board’s regular meeting on May 11.

Jason Kekseo will return as varsity head football coach. Justin Grady, Duke Johncour, Ed Malsch, Mark Knochel and Joe Zeglowitsch were approved as varsity assistant football coaches. John Aguiar will be the seventh/eighth grade head football coach and Phil Coffin the seventh/eighth grade assistant football coach.


There will be two candidates on the May 19 primary ballot for the Democratic party's nomination for mayor of Bellevue. Voters will choose between incumbent George Doscher and challenger Mike Braunlich.

Doscher, who has lived in Bellevue for 52 years, says that he is at a time in his life when he wants to give back to the community. He was involved with the Bellevue Planning Commission, served one term as a member of council and is finishing his first term as mayor of Bellevue.


Bellevue police officers found two bullet casings on the street when they responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of Grant Avenue, near Laurel Avenue, on May 8. The incident is still under investigation.

Police also are continuing to investigate a man who ran from officers and jumped into the river on May 8. The man ran over the hillside near McDonald's restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard after spotting officers called to an incident at the business. The NorthWest EMS river rescue team responded, and the man was taken into custody.



I live in Avalon. I go to Avalon Elementary School. Our playground is in bad condition.

We have some equipment, but there is graffiti on it. Other equipment is broken and falling apart. We don’t have any swings. We haven’t had any for a long time.

It makes me feel sad that our park is in such bad shape. I wish other people would take care of the park and respect it! What can I do to make a difference in our community? I s there an “Extreme Makeover Playground Edition?” If so, sign us up!!

Isabella Patterson Avalon



Six candidates are seeking both parties’ nominations for five Northgate School Board seats

There are four four-year seats available on the board, as well as one two-year seat.

Two incumbents, Shirl Reinhart and Charles Miklos, will run, along with former member Lorinda Hayes, Gary Paladin, Anthony Barbarino and Marita Bartholomew. Paladin and Bartholomew have thrown their names into the hat for vacant seats on the board in the past, but have never been selected.

Miklos and Barbarino are also running for the two-year seat.



It wasn’t for lack of trying. Down by six runs, the Avonworth baseball team fought back inning by inning against Monaca.

And it wasn’t for lack of enthusiasm, as the dugout and fans shouted non-stop calls of encouragement.

But it just wasn’t to be, and so the season ended in the first playoff game last Tuesday with an 8-6 loss.

“It’s really hard to lose the first round of playoffs in your senior year. I think we played a really good game, but the mental mistakes hurt us in the end,” said Sean Wintermantel, senior third baseman.


Bellevue council decided, at its regular meeting on May 5, to readvertise for applicants for an appointment to the Civil Service Commission, after declining to select the only person who filed an application on time.


Bellevue Council authorized, at its regular May 5 meeting, an agreement between the borough and Allegheny County for the repair of Kendall Avenue following the rehabilitation of the Jacks Run Bridge.

The motion passed by a vote of 8-1, with council member Jerry Walter opposed.


The purchase of two work stations and offices chairs for the Bellevue police station was authorized at Bellevue Council's regular meeting on May 5.

The purchase was approved unanimously. The equipment will cost approximately $2,000.