A fairly mundane e-mail debate among Bellevue Council members about whether the borough should spend $2,000 to access an app that would send notifications to borough residents quickly turned into personal attacks and the revelation of behavior that some officials might hope had remained behind the “closed doors” of social media.


Richard A. Barnhart Richard A. Barnhart, 82, of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 22, 2018. He was the husband of Charlotte (Schlarp) Barnhart; father of Karen (Daniel) Saunders, Donna (Nathan) Weinstein, Joanne (Stephen) Wanat and Elaine Saunders; brother of Elizabeth Outly, John (Sandra) Hart, and the late Raymond (surviving wife, Margaret) Barnhart and Marian Fitz; also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial donations are suggested to Good Samaritan Hospice. Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.


A resident of Westchester Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on July 20.

A resident of Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon reported criminal mischief to an automobile on July 20.

On July 21, a resident of Kensington Drive in Ohio Township reported harassment by communication.

On July 21, a resident of Bryson Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a Bryson Avenue in Emsworth residence on July 22.

A resident of Bear Run Drive in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace on July 22.


Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against six people from across the state accused of the racially-motivated assault of a local black man in an Avalon bar on July 7.


Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski said Monday that six people will be charged with multiple offenses following what has been called the racially-motivated attack of an African American man in a local bar a week ago Saturday.


Several motions concerning personnel were approved by the Avonworth School Board during the July meeting. Approved were:

The transfer of five sick days for Brittany Rene Mills, speech and language teacher, which were accumulated during her employment with the Fox Chapel Area School District.

The letter of resignation from Elaine Tierney, high school learning support teacher, retroactive to June 25.

Tessa Babcock as a fourth grade teacher, commencing Aug. 17.

Sara Knable as a half-time elementary art teacher, commencing Aug. 17.


North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) is partnering with first responders, the American Red Cross and the local municipalities in northern Allegheny County north of the City of Pittsburgh to ensure that families affected by recent flooding receive compassionate, effective assistance.


Northwest Bank will celebrate the five-week grand opening of its newly-opened region headquarters and renovated office located at 532 Lincoln Bellevue from Friday, July 13 through Friday, August 17.

The new office boasts a modern, open-concept layout, private office space, two drive-through lanes and a drive-through deposit ATM that allows customers to make cash and check deposits 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to the renovated office, the newly-opened region headquarters shares the same location.


Elizabeth H. Nickeson Elizabeth H. Nickeson, 99 of Bellevue, died Friday, July 6, 2018. She was the wife of the late William F. Nickeson; and is survived by her son, Robert G. Nickeson of Natrona Heights. Elizabeth was a great lover of birds and poetry, and she showed kindness to all. She enjoyed volunteering for many organizations and community events. During her working years, she was employed as a medical transcriptionist at the former Central Medical Pavilion. Arrangements by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc.

Shirley M. Veneziale


Bellevue mayor Emily Marburger announced at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that she was proposing a department restructuring plan that not only would involve hiring a paid full-time fire chief, but transition that position into heading the code enforcement office as well.


Criminal charges are reportedly pending against eight people who are said to have assaulted a local African American man in Avalon last Saturday night.

Paul L. Morris Sr. said that he was shocked by the hate he could sense from the group inside the Jackman Inn. Morris said that he had stopped by the local bar to drop off a thank you note for the Jackman’s kitchen manager, who had prepared food recently for a graduation party held for Morris’s son.


Bellevue Council is continuing to consider a utility service plan for water and sewer lines that would allow the borough’s property owners to purchase protection against costly repairs not normally covered by homeowners’ insurance.


A resident of Ohio River Boulevard reported a burglary on June 1.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on June 4.

On June 7, a South Bryant Avenue resident reported larceny.

On June 7, a Kendall Avenue resident reported larceny.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on June 13.

On June 15, a Washington Avenue resident reported a burglary sometime between June 6 and June 11.

On June 19, a Bayne Avenue resident reported larceny sometime between Dec. 1, 2017 and June 19.

A pizza shop on Lincoln Avenue reported larceny on June 19.


A Kilbuck house condemned after this spring’s landslides burned to the ground early Thursday morning.

The landslides above Old Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck damaged several homes and other structures. Efforts to stabilize the hillside have been progressing, according to township secretary Harry Dilmore, but hinged on the demolition of the house at the very top of the hill, which had been pushed off its foundation. Grant funds had been secured and the township was waiting for asbestos test results in order to demolish the building.


Alvin W. “Al” Eck Alvin W. “Al” Eck, 77, of Avalon, formerly of Bellevue, died Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Wolfe) Eck; father of William Eck, Jeff (Tracey) Eck, Michelle (Tom) Darabant and the late Thomas Eck (surviving spouse, Myra), Michael Eck and Chas Laubham; also survived by companion, Janet Crossland; grandfather of Andrew Joseph, Peter, Ginny, Phillip, Chad, Fred, Julia (Zack Hubert), Andrew Dalton, Moriah and Hunter; great-grandfather of Avery and Easton Hubert.


The 2018 paving contract for streets in Avalon was approved by the borough council during its regular meeting Tuesday.

The contract was awarded to A. Folino Construction, Inc. at a price of $285,793.23. Streets to be paved include Sedalia, Erdner, Brick Alley and the 800 block of Jackman Avenue.


The Northgate School Board has accepted the retirement resignations of two key administrators, although neither will be effective for three years.

Middle/high school principal Bryan Kyle and assistant to the superintendent Francesca Lattari-McKiernan will retire as of June 30, 2021.

Both retirements were approved by the school board at its regular meeting on Monday.


Volunteers Jeremy Denniston and Jill Clary collect some of the hundreds of items donated within hours of word going out Monday that Holy Family Institute in Emsworth would be caring for 50 of the estimated 2,300 children taken from their parents at the southern border over the last two weeks as part of the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy. Initially, children less than a year old to teenagers were being held in detention camps and a “tent city” in Texas, resulting in a nationwide protest by Democrats and Republicans alike.


As expected, the Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a 2018-19 budget that does not include an increase in the property tax millage rate.

With board president Gary Paladin and member Shannon Smithey absent from the regular meeting, the remainder of the board voted to approve a budget of $25,393,273 at the current millage rate of 24.7867. Business manager Chris Ursu said that the budget was balanced with the projected transfer of $2.7 million from the district's $11.5 million reserve fund. Another $1.7 million is set aside for capital projects.


Elizabeth P. Rainey A memorial service for Elizabeth P. Rainey (formerly of Plumer Avenue for over 70 years), who died December 17, 2017, will be held Wednesday, June 27. 2 p.m. at Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave., Emsworth 15202. Friends and neighbors are invited to bring their memories to share with the family.

Caroline “Cookie” Uzyak Caroline “Cookie” Uzyak, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, June 14, 2018.


Ben Avon Council discussed some property matters in the borough at Tuesday's regular meeting.

Council member Earl Bohn said there is a three-story brick house off Park Avenue where several concerns have been reported. A neighbor complained that ceramic dishes were being thrown through a window screen on the second floor and breaking on the ground below.


Ben Avon Mayor Melanie Holcomb said she learned through talking with residents that some are not contacting the police about break-ins, but rather are posting the information on social media. She encouraged them to call the police if such an occurrence happens. Police Chief Joe Hanny agreed, saying people should definitely call 911 to let the police know.


As they gathered for last Sunday’s noon Mass at Bellevue’s Assumption Church, many of the parish members, as well as throngs of visitors, no doubt shared a sense of sadness about the commemoration of the closing of Assumption School after 105 years of service to students and families of Bellevue and beyond.

If most in that gathering would have had their say, this moment might not have come to be.


The final budget for the Avonworth School District was approved and, as anticipated, the millage rate was increased.

At Monday night’s meeting, the school board unanimously approved the 2018-19 school year budget, in the amount of $33,367,337.

Additionally, the board approved Resolution 061118-A, establishing the millage at 19.10 mills for the 2018-19 school year.

Also, as recommened at last week’s workshop session, the board approved changing the assignment of the school resource officer from two days per week to five days per week, effective with the 2018-19 school year.