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10/21/17

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to adopt an ordinance that will allow volunteer firefighters and other emergency service providers to receive tax credits for their local earned income tax.

The service providers would reach out to their community of residence to apply for the credit. Ken Opipery was absent.

10/21/17

Move over “Nightmare on Elm Street.” There is a very scary competitor in Bellevue at the “Nightmare 2 on North Sprague!” 63 N. Sprague, to be precise.

Created by Ken Azzarello and wife, Susan Vesch -- along with help from sons Dennis and Zade -- the fright site consists of a meandering walkway that leads brave visitors through a maze of monsters staffed (appropriately) by Northgate cheerleaders and football players.

10/14/17

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a knock-down, drag-out affair when the Avonworth Antelopes football team went on the road to play conference leader East Allegheny last Friday. The Antelopes had a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but went for the upset and failed to convert on the two-point try as they fell to the Wildcats 14-13.

"We were just one play away," said coach Duke Johncour. "It was a great football game."

10/14/17

In response to questions and concerns about Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, the borough council met with the project landscape architect at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

10/14/17

Bellevue Police think they may have solved a series of vehicle break-ins reported over the last two weeks with the arrest Oct. 9 of a 22-year-old homeless man.

Police have charged Jacob Seth Hines with two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, and one count of criminal attempt.

10/14/17

Leaf collection in Ben Avon Borough will begin in late Oct. Residents are asked to not put leaves on the curb before then.

In late October, residents should rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

10/14/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames were looking to get back into the win column last Friday night when they met up with the Greyhounds from Monessen. The Flames came out of the gate on fire for their homecoming game, and the pace was quick. Northgate went up 19 - 0 in the first quarter, but ran out of gas as the quarter ended. The Flames cooled and Monessen gained the momentum to hand Northgate a 34 - 25 loss, their second in a row.

10/14/17

The Northgate School District will be adding some programs to its existing arsenal in an attempt to improve students’ learning and test performance, and to increase the district’s performance ranking both locally and across the state.

10/14/17

Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.

10/14/17

Bellevue officials and residents got a reminder of how difficult it is to address blighted properties in the borough, but also heard at Tuesday’s meeting about a program that might provide a new tool in the ongoing battle.

10/14/17

The Marian Hall Home soup sale will run through Friday, April 20, 2018.

Each week, three soup varieties will be offered, each for $5 per quart. The selections repeat every six weeks.

Orders must be called in by noon each Thursday at (412)761-6004, for pick up on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Marian Hall, on the campus of Mount Assisi Convent in the Bellevue/Ross area. For GPS, use 1515 Quaill Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202.

Proceeds benefit programs at Marian Hall Home.

10/9/17

There will be a number of new names on the ballot and lots of offices to be filled by voters on election day, Nov. 7.

Vacancies created by resignations will have to be filled, adding several new seats to the ballot, and primary election write-in votes have created a potentially confusing array of choices for the municipal election voter. Avonworth

Voters in Ben Avon, Emsworth, Ben Avon Heights, Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township will elect four members to the Avonworth School Board. All are running for four-year terms.

9/24/17

A visitor to an apartment building on Crawford Avenue reported being pushed by a tenant on Aug. 16.

A vehicle parked on Orchard Avenue was reported to have been struck by an unknown driver on Aug. 16.

On Aug 17, a South Starr Avenue apartment resident reported a burglary had occurred sometime between Aug. 14-16.

On Aug. 19, a North Fremont Avenue apartment resident reported the theft of household items on July 12.

An employee reported on Aug. 21 that a Lincoln Redbox machine had been damaged the previous day.

9/24/17

Although fire fighters sometimes get called to save cats in trees, Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company’s emergency medical response crew received a truly unique animal rescue call last Friday night.

9/24/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Flames kicked off their home schedule last Friday night when they played host to the Shenango Wildcats at J.C. Stone Field in North Park. Both teams entered the fray with 1 – 1 records, and Northgate was looking to bounce back from their 33 – 0 loss to Union the Friday before.

9/24/17

An Ohio Township man and his business partners have recently developed an app that could solve lots of problems for lots of couples struggling with financial issues, a situation long regarded as being a leading cause of divorce,

Joe Stanish of Ohio Township and two business partners, Ramy Serageldin and Sam Schultz, have developed the “Honeyfi” app, a blend of Honey -- the couple -- and finances -- the problem.

For those in need, getting started is easy, according to Stanish.

9/24/17

An updated borough seal and logo will soon begin appearing throughout Avalon.

Pictured here, the seal, created by borough manager Lorraine Makatura and assistant manager Brian O’Malley, pays tribute to the many apple orchards that covered the borough when it changed from West Bellevue to Avalon in 1875. “Avalon” is Welsh for apple orchard.

9/24/17

Robert Michael Colecchia Robert M. Colecchia, 77, of Avalon, died Thursday, September 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. He was the son of the late Anthony and Columbia (Viscusi) Colecchia; brother to Tony (Chris) Colecchia and Ann Marie (Ed) Huber; devoted uncle to Dana Getz, Andrea Korade, Sarah Cardosi and Joshua Huber; great-uncle to Maia and Anna Getz, Luca and Jonah Korade, Anthony and Maria Cardosi, and Eli and Scarlett Huber.

9/24/17

On Aug. 30, a Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive retail business reported the theft of merchandise valued at $129.00. Ohio Township Police say charges are pending.

The following day, on Aug. 31, a Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive retail business reported the theft of merchandise valued at $63.99. Ohio Township Police say charges are pending.

A Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business reported a retail theft on Aug. 31. The case is still under investigation.

A resident of Manchester Circle in Ohio Township reported a theft on Sept. 1.

9/24/17

At their September meeting, Emsworth Council members continued discussing aspects of an ordinance draft requiring a camera inspection of sewer lines both before and after construction.

The purpose of the planned ordinance is to determine if damage to a sewer line took place when the line was worked on. If damage occurred, then the person/contractor who caused it will be held responsible. Likewise, a camera inspection of lines before work is performed can verify the extent of already-present damage.

9/24/17

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously to advertise an ordinance that would allow volunteer firefighters and other emergency service providers to receive tax credits. Based on Act 172, the borough can determine the amount of credit available for a volunteer's local earned income tax.

Council president Earl Bohn pointed out that the "rebate follows residency, not the area of service," meaning that a firefighter who lives in Emsworth, but volunteers in Ben Avon, would reach out to Emsworth to receive the credit. It is up to the volunteers to contact their local officials to apply.

9/24/17

By JIM RUMBLE

It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth Antelopes football team played a conference game at Serra Catholic last Friday.

After securing a 10-0 lead at the half, the 'Lopes were bogged down on offense in the second half as the Eagles came from behind to steal a 16-10 victory. It was a game that seemed destined for the win column for Avonworth, but ended up being their second consecutive loss in as many weeks to fall to 1-2 in the conference.

9/17/17

A number of motions pertaining to personnel were unanimously passed by the Avonworth School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11 meeting.

The resignation of Michelle Watkins, elementary school health campus aide, retroactive active to Aug. 15.

Hocelyn Puskar as the health aid (LPN) at the elementary school campus, effective Sept. 22, at an annual salary of $35,000.

Jamie Shaulis and Angela McDowell as part time food service workers retroactive to Aug. 22.

Linda Williams as elementary school cafeteria lead, at 6.25 hours/day, retroactive to Aug. 22.

9/17/17

Some long-awaited construction projects are about to get underway in Bellevue.

Engineer Ben Gilberti told Bellevue Council at its pre-council session on Tuesdaythat work will begin next week on the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall. The collapse of the wall closed a major artery into Bellevue for several years until funding for the project was available.