Those working within the borough of Emsworth could be paying a little more in local taxes beginning next year.

Emsworth Borough Council voted, at a special meeting on Sept. 23, to implement a local service tax, which will cost anyone working in the borough $26 per year.

The tax will replace the $10 occupational privilege tax that the borough currently has in place, according to council member Paul Getz.

Getz said that the tax will go into effect at the beginning of 2010.


Some 62 vehicles were stopped during a detail conducted Tuesday on Route 65 and Camp Horne Road, as well as on Neville Island.

Ohio Township Police hosted the detail as part of the North Hills Regional Vehicle Inspection Task Force.

According to police, eight trucks were taken out of service, and 53 citations were issued for motor vehicle code violations.

Among the citations were 16 for secure load problems, nine safety chain violations, 15 equipment violations, four weight problems and 15 brake violations.


Early probation end?

Bellevue Council could decide whether to end an employee's probationary period early so that he will be eligible for borough-paid health insurance.

Council member David Gillingham Jr. said at the Sept. 30 pre-council meeting that if council releases recent public works hire George Bauer from probation a month early, he would be eligible to receive insurance benefits through the borough.



It’s bad enough when you have to face a bigger and stronger opponent almost every other week in the Century Conference, but when you throw in a couple of calls that could have gone your way and add to that some mistakes of your own, well that creates the perfect recipe for failure.

That was the predicament the Northgate football team found themselves in when they hosted Keystone Oaks last Friday. The Flames were defeated 47-14.

“They’re a big team,” head coach Mike Pipak said of the Eagles.


Bellevue Council's parks and recreation committee has recommended selling a portion of Memorial Park.

The portion in question is the lot along Bellevue Road that Bellevue was forced recently to clear of vegetation, debris and stored building materials.

Because all of Memorial Park lies within Ross Township, rather than Bellevue, the property is subject to Ross property maintenance laws. After the township received complaints this summer from residents along an adjacent street, Bellevue cut down trees, removed poison ivy, and was forced to find a new home for stored bricks.


With nary an anarchist in sight, the Flames and the Antelopes focused their collective attentions Friday night on winning some football games. The effort worked out well for the 'Lopes, who remain undefeated, but not so well for Northgate, which remains winless.

The Avonworth team navigated their way around G-20 detours and road closures to reach Wilkinsburg, where they pulled down a 41-12 win. Jimmy Zubik continued his impressive play, scoring three touchdowns that included one on an interception. Jake Szolis, Mike Simmons and Brian Vales had touchdowns as well.


The fire that severely damaged a Marie Avenue home in Avalon early Thursday morning was deliberately set, fire officials say.

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs were called to 305 Marie Ave. about 3 a.m. when a trash fire was reported.

According to Avalon Fire Chief Bill Carney, the fire started on a side porch. Assistant Chief Chuck Berrie said that the fire had worked itself up into the second and third floors of the single-family home before firefighters were called.


Two men were “Tazed” by police during a fight at 600 California Ave. on Sept. 18.


Nine people were arrested for driving under the influence during a DUI checkpoint conducted by the West Hills DUI Task Force on Ohio River Boulevard at Atlantic Avenue in Emsworth on Sept. 19.


Last Friday’s game featured two Century Conference teams in search of their first win of the season when the Northgate Flames played host to the South Park Eagles. Although the Flames turned in their best effort of the season, they were on the losing end of the 13-7 final score.


Kilbuck Township officials will be looking for more information before deciding how to proceed with two road repair projects.

Chairman Russ Hardiman and supervisor Susan Merkner found themselves without critical information about problems on Wilson Drive and Semple Avenue. Supervisor John Fader was absent from the Sept. 22 meeting.


Relief funds Kilbuck Township officials are not sure what to do with almost $5,000 in fire relief funds received recently.


Donna Flory Donna M. Talak Flory died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Loose and her husband Alex of Conneautville, PA; her father, Jack Talak; three siblings, Darlene Radzanowski, David and Dennis Talak; and two grandchildren, Chole A. and Dante S. Loose. She was preceded in death by her mother, R.M. Geraldine White Talak; and her brother, Daniel Talak. A memorial mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Wednesday. Donations are suggested to Rundells Grange, c/o Nancy Holler, 20161 Smith Rd., Conneautville, PA 16046.

Pauline Mosur


Most Northgate School District students are ahead of the grade when it comes to Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test results.

Assistant to the superintendent Kathleen Gallagher told school board members at their regular meeting on Monday that Northgate surpassed the state required percentages of students that are proficient or advanced in reading and math on the 2008-09 tests.


Tensions among the Kilbuck Township Supervisors escalated earlier this week when supervisors' chairman Russ Hardiman refused to consider several items on the regular meeting agenda because of the absence of supervisor John Fader.


A substantial portion of Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon is believed to be undermined after a tractor-trailer truck sheared off a fire hydrant Friday morning, Sept. 18.

The accident occurred just after 6 a.m. when the driver, traveling up Elizabeth from Ohio River Boulevard, attempted to turn left onto Jackman Avenue.

Sandra Zimmerman, 45, of Juneau, WI, was delivering rolls of paper to the Post-Gazette.


Avonworth's first section game of the season against Brentwood went down to the wire, and the 'Lopes defense was asked to come up big late in the game.


Last night's high school football games went full force into the final moments of the games, unlike past weeks when the local teams' fates were pretty much decided shortly after half time.


Two men fled on foot after robbing the Ben Avon Mini Mart on Friday, Sept. 11.

Police say the two, believed to be white males, showed a gun to the clerk and stole more than $500.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, two tires on a vehicle parked on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon were reported cut on Sept. 13.

Police recovered a bicycle in the 500 block of Crawford Road on Sept. 16. It is described as a silver Pacific Eclipse D.J., BMX-style bike.

Julian Morgart, 19, of Verona, was cited for disorderly conduct on Sept. 10 after a disturbance at a Camp Horne Road business.


Bellevue Police officers arrested two individuals for driving under the influence (DUI).

Lynn Ward, 42, of Union Avenue in West View, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Grant Avenue on Sept. 8.

Harold Novick Jr., 29, of Aliquippa, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard Sept. 13.


As the eyes of the world turn toward Pittsburgh and international leaders prepare to meet in the Steel City, few will have any idea how far and wide the impact of the G-20 Summit will reach locally.

While most resources will be focused within the City of Pittsburgh, the suburban areas will not be left unaffected by the Summit and its related events.

For school children throughout the North Boroughs, the Summit is providing an opportunity to learn everything from economics to geography to statesmanship. For municipal officials, however, the darker side of the Summit must be addressed. For others, the event is providing a renewed commitment to community involvement.


Someone once said, “You’re never as good as you think you are when you’re playing well and you’re not as bad as they think you are when you’re playing poorly.” Let’s just hope that is the situation following the Northgate Flames football team’s second overwhelming loss of the season last Friday at Steel Valley.

The Flames were powerless in stopping Steel Valley’s ground game, which accumulated 316 yards. They picked up their second consecutive defeat as they were pounded by the Ironmen 47-19.


Education funding urged A resolution approved by the Northgate School Board will be sent to the state legislature, urging representatives to maintain state funding for schools.

"They're talking about giving us less money than they did last year," said superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield at the school board's committee of the whole meeting on Monday. "Hopefully that won't happen."

Team elimination? Northgate could eliminate its ninth grade boys' basketball team in an effort to bolster the school's varsity program.


With school children now considered the group most at risk of getting the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus this year, the Northgate School District will be working with the state health department to provide students and faculty with the new vaccine created to combat the virus.