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10/6/18

Obituaries Daniel R. Friedman Daniel R. Friedman, 33, of Emsworth, died Thursday, September, 27, 2018, after a long courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the son of Leonard Friedman and Dianne (Nick Matko) Friedman; brother of Leonard R. Friedman and step-brother of Nicholas Matko; grandson of the late Marjory and David Watkins and the late Leonard F. Friedman; nephew of David Alan Watkins, Linda Ward, Janice Markewinski, Robert K. Friedman and Ginnie Turner; cousin of Kenneth Belles; great-nephew of Janet Swanson. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, animals, fishing and cooking.

10/6/18

A resident of Nicholson Road in Ohio Township reported a suspicious person on Sept. 25.

A resident of Lynfield Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud on Sept. 26.

On Sept. 28, a resident of Rockledge Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle.

On Oct. 1, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Road in Ohio Township reported harassment.

A resident of Gene Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Oct. 2.

10/6/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer coach Tom Angell sums up his explanation for his team’s 10-0-1 record in just a few words: “The team has great experience and is a really hard working group.”

But after a moment, he expands on that thought.

“We have a very passionate group who are willing to work very hard to get better. We have very high goals for this season and so far it is going very well,” he said.

10/6/18

When is a single family dwelling not a “single family dwelling”?

9/30/18

With stormy weather in the forecast for last Friday's contest, Avonworth's football game at Apollo-Ridge was moved up an hour, and for the second consecutive week the outcome was determined early as the Antelopes rolled past the Vikings 42-6.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 14-20 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, but the 'Lopes sustained balance on offense as Jax Miller ran for 121 yards including three rushing touchdowns.

9/30/18

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Taylor Avenue on Sept. 18. A second motor vehicle accident occurred the same day at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard. Avalon Police say that no one was injured in either accident.

On Sept. 18, Allegheny County Police homicide officers took over the investigation of the murder of Emmanuel Boneza.

On Sept. 19, Dale Boris was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Washington County.

A New Brighton Road resident reported on Sept. 19 that money and a wallet were taken from a bedroom drawer.

9/30/18

On Sept. 20, after Bellevue Police officers responded to Lincoln Avenue concerning a report of an intoxicated male pushing a baby stroller, Richard J. Russell, 21, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest and public drunkenness.

Police say Russell was visibly under the influence of a controlled substance, and when officers began speaking with him, Russell suddenly shoved the toddler-occupied stroller forward and ran in the opposite direction.

Russell was later located in a vacant house in Avalon Borough.

9/30/18

An Avalon family’s home was destroyed in a fire in the 800 block of Florence Avenue last Friday morning.

Avalon Police were the first to arrive at the scene about 9 a.m. Police Chief Tom Kokoski said that everyone had gotten out of the house that was on fire, but that he went to the neighboring homes to make sure residents were out in case the fire spread, kicking in the door at one house to be sure no one was inside.

Fire Chief Chuck Berie said that flames were coming out the right side of the house when firefighters arrived. “It had a head start on us,” he said.

9/30/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Cornell Raiders came to Northgate Alumni Field last Saturday for an afternoon game, and though it was a great day for football, the winless Flames found their misfortunes magnified, with only 12 players dressing for the game.

The Flames struggled to stop the Raiders on defense, and Cornell rattled off 13 unanswered points in the first quarter. The score was 26-0 before the Flames got on the scoreboard with a 75-yard kick return by Dylan White to make the score 26-7 after Heman Darjee nailed the extra point.

9/30/18

Both Avalon and Bellevue will receive state grant funds for projects in those boroughs.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announced that Avalon will receive $192,000 for a sewer project. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura said that the funds will pay to replace a sewer line from Sedalia Avenue to the borough’s park.

Bellevue will receive $225,000 for work at memorial Park. Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said the money will be used for rehabilitation of the baseball field and the fitness trail.

9/30/18

Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to move ahead with use of the “Savvy Citizen” application that can be used to notify borough residents of important news and alerts.

The app will cost Bellevue $149 per month for the first year, although two months are free, plus a $500 set-up fee.

The expenditure was approved in a 5-3 vote with Linda Woshner, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio opposed, and Glenn Pritchard absent.

9/30/18

Brandi Nicole Jones Brandi Nicole Jones, 26, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. She was the daughter of Christine Jones and the late Bruce A. Jones; sister of Marissa Lee Jones; granddaughter of Mary Lou (Paul) Wolfarth and the late Joseph Eugene Matesic, Jr., Gladys Jones and the late John Calvin Jones; also survived by hundreds of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-cousins, godchildren, and lifetime friends, whom Brandi cherished dearly.

9/30/18

A Merton Road in Ben Avon resident reported harassment on Sept. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported retail theft on Sept. 21.

On Friday, Sept 21, 2018, The West Hills DUI Task Force, of which Ohio Township officers are active participants, held a DUI checkpoint on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth Borough.

The following statistics were compiled:

Thirteen people were arrested for DUI. Six were impaired by alcohol, and seven were impaired by drugs.

Nine people were driving without a license or under suspension.

9/30/18

Construction is expected to begin early next week on the next phase of Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue streetscape project.

Work will take up from where it ended, at the Hawley Avenue intersection, and continue to Meade Avenue.

Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk said that one side of the street will be done, and then the other. The work will begin with demolition of the existing sidewalks.

Borczyk said that Allegheny County has approved delaying planting until next spring because the construction is occurring so late in the year.

9/30/18

A trucker from out of state who said he was unfamiliar with the twists and turns of Western Pennsylvania highways inadvertently took a wrong turn last Friday night when he lost control of his work truck on Union Avenue.

The accident occurred right at the border of Avalon, Bellevue and Ross Township, with first responders dispatched from all three municipalities just before 11:30 p.m. when a truck was reported over the steep hillside near 80 Union Ave., across from the Hillcrest apartments in Bellevue.

9/24/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Showing no ill effects from the previous week's tough loss, the Avonworth Antelopes football team got back on track when they hosted New Brighton in non- conference play last Friday.

Quarterback Derek Johncour completed 22-28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns as the 'Lopes manhandled the Lions 35-7.

"It was a good win tonight," said coach Duke Johncour. "We're a very good football team and we need to keep the focus."

All of Avonworth's points came in the first half, which led to the second half being played with the mercy rule in effect.

9/24/18

Two Northgate High School seniors became “junior” members of Avalon Council Tuesday evening, after council adopted a resolution authorizing the borough’s participation in the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association (PSBA program. Pictured here, Mayor Tom Lloyd administers a special “oath of office” to Laela Lumsden and Luke Meyer, who will serve until June 18. 2019. Council member Ruth Lloyd headed the borough’s participation in the program and interviewed the interested students.

9/24/18

Road work will soon begin in Emsworth.

At the September council meeting, Denny Flynn of Gateway Engineers said the pre-construction meeting had already been held, and that Brandon Construction anticipates beginning paving work during the week of Sept. 24. They have coordinated with West View Water to ensure that any water line work has been completed prior to paving. Paving work is expected to last about a month.

9/24/18

If there was a bright spot to be had in Northgate’s 39-0 loss to the Union Scotties last Saturday, it was the performance of Anthony Barbarino, pictured above, who amassed the lion’s share of the Flames’ rushing yardage. The athleticism of the Scotties, combined with errors and penalties that plagued the Flames, put Union up 25-0 by the end of the first half. Two more scores by the Scotties invoked the mercy rule, and sped up the clock on the loss for the Flames. Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

9/24/18

Avalon Council adopted two ordinances at its Tuesday meeting that will authorize the borough to work with the Northgate School District, and possibly Bellevue Borough, on tax collection and school safety.

The ordinances allow Avalon to participate in an intergovernmental group that will focus on joint collection of delinquent taxes.

The second ordinance approves the borough’s particiption in a joint school safety agency that will address issues at Northgate’s schools.

9/24/18

Anyone out of the learning loop for the last few years in regard to current educational methods may not be so sure of what is meant by “project-based learning,” a term that refers to a classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, acquiring a deeper knowledge of creating solutions to those problems.

9/24/18

Lenora “Babe” Bauer Lenora “Babe” Bauer, 88, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Lenora was born July 22, 1930. Babe is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; she was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Josephine (Slonika) Zawojski; husband, Harry Bauer; brothers, Felix, Stanley, Pete, Joseph, Richard, Frank, Bernard Zawojski; sisters, Stella Ban, Josephine Rudnick, and infant sister, Dolores Zawojski.

9/24/18

No bids for the Emsworth Marmo Park renovation project were received by the Sept. 6 deadline.

Gateway Engineer Denny Flynn said it wasn’t unusual at this time of the year when contractors are particularly busy. Flynn recommended that Emsworth Council solicit bids in January, a generally slow time for contractors, and then the project could be begun in the spring of 2019.

The planned project includes resurfacing the basketball court, converting the tennis court to pickleball courts, improving ADA accessibility, minor drainage work and parking lot milling and overlay.

9/24/18

Rob Bennett of Avonworth Girls Athletic Association (AGAA) addressed Emsworth Council during the Sept. 12 meeting. He requested permission, which was granted, to remove grass from two strips, approximately 10 x 12, for pitch lanes. He said pitchers were having difficulty practicing on grass.

AGAA and Emsworth Council are negotiating a new long-term lease for the Mayernik Field on Huntington Avenue. Details are expected to be finalized in October.