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6/15/18

Bellevue Borough solicitor Matt Racunas told council and residents at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that the owner of rowhouses on Laurel and Gilliland avenues is expected to appeal the borough’s determination that the houses are not being used in compliance with their single family dwelling occupancy permit.

6/15/18

The Northgate School Board is expected to vote next Monday to approve a 2018-19 budget that does not include a property tax millage increase, but continues to warn taxpayers that a financial crisis is looming on the very near horizon.

At last Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, finance committee chair Dan O’Keefe reported that the committee had reversed its earlier recommendation that the millage rate be increased by 3.2 percent beginning this coming fiscal year. Had the board followed that earlier recommendation, the current rate of 24.7867 would increase by .7923 mills.

6/10/18

Property owners in the Avonworth School District can expect to see an increase in the property tax millage rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year, with final approval of the coming year’s budget expected at next Monday’s school board meeting.

An increase of .43 mills will bring the district’s overall millage rate from 18.67 to 19.1 and provide about $474,000 to offset a projected budget deficit of just over $1 million. It will be the district’s first increase since the 2013-14 fiscal year.

6/10/18

Ask any first responder and they will tell you that a good telecommunications operator -- previously referred to as a dispatcher -- can play a major role in the outcome of any call requiring a response by police, firefighters or EMS. These behind-the-scenes professionals often provide critical information to police officers on the street, dispatch additional fire companies, or provide the sole line of communication with a person in a medical crisis, among other equally vital responsibilities.

6/10/18

Phyllis A. Grimshaw Phyllis A. Grimshaw, 97, of Bellevue, died Friday, June 1, 2018. She was the wife of the late G.E. Grimshaw Jr., whom she missed for many years and was also preceded in death by parents John and Frances (Scherzer) Armstrong and sisters Grace Heppenstall and Jean Krepps. She is survived by children George, John and Mary (Donovan), and nieces and nephews.

6/10/18

The site of an abandoned, fire-damaged house in Avalon is now a community garden full of quickly growing plants, thanks to the efforts of an Eagle Scout candidate and borough officials.

6/10/18

[This article is part of a bi-weekly “Historical Summer Series”contributed by Maya Berardi on behalf of the Avonworth Historical Society. We collect artifacts, stories and images about our area, providing a sense of history and place for upcoming generations. Consider donating to or joining the Avonworth Historical Society to receive their newsletters with similar stories. Also, please contact us to add something to this story--or to tell an altogether different story! Web: www.avonworth-history.org; E-mail: ahs.intern@ avonworth-his.]tory.org

5/26/18

Although Bellevue Council expected residents to be happy that the borough intended to challenge the occupancy permits for properties being leased to a transitional housing program, the response officials received at Tuesday’s council meeting was two hours of bedlam, with residents shouting at silent officials from the audience and one man being removed by police.

5/26/18

With a reworked spread sheet that predicts financial doom for the Northgate School District even sooner than previously estimated, school board members heard another argument at their Monday night meeting for increasing property taxes this year and every year for the foreseeable future.

5/19/18

Council member Ken Opipery presented an invoice to Ben Avon Council at Monday's meeting for emergency sewer repairs that had been done at the corner of Church and Forest avenues. The invoice, from State Pipe & Supply Inc., was for $11,940, and payment was unanimously approved by council.

5/19/18

When the 2018-19 school year begins in August, students and staff will be seeing some new faces, because during the May 14 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating six new positions for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

The new positions will be for a literacy coach, an elementary assistant principal, a half-time art teacher, a half-time computer teacher, a full-time kindergarten teacher and a full-time eighth grade math teacher.

5/19/18

In a very close vote Monday night, the Northgate School Board opted not to include a property tax increase in the district’s proposed 2018-19 budget. Taxpayers, however, could see that decision change before the final budget is adopted in late June.

The Northgate School District currently ranks eighth highest in property taxes in Allegheny County, with a millage rate of 24.7867 mills. That means property owners pay nearly $25 for every $1,000 in assessed value. For a property assessed at $100,000, the owner would pay the Northgate School District nearly $2,500 per year.

5/19/18

By JIM RUMBLE

Nobody expected the Northgate girls’ softball team to win a WPIAL title this season, but after 20-plus years of being on the outside looking in, this year’s participation in the playoffs is something to be proud of.

Having to play a tough Chartiers-Houston team in the first round was a tall order for the Lady Flames, who were defeated 15-0 in a game played at West Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“It’s nice to be here,” said second year coach Rob Abramowicz.“I told the girls it was a pleasure coaching them this year.”

5/19/18

Timothy James Richmond Timothy James Richmond, 65, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018. He was the son of Leona May Richmond and the late James Kenneth Richmond; brother of Judy Richmond, Pat Brewster, and Susan Richmond; survived by nephew, Scott Payne; and many cousins. A quiet, kind man, with a tremendous work ethic to the very end. He will be missed. Memorial donations in Tim’s name are suggested to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Arrangements by D’Alessandro Funeral Home & Crematory, LTD.

John H. Ferguson

5/19/18

Ben Avon council unanimously approved the hiring of Theresa (Terry) Patsch as borough secretary, effective May 14, to replace Lisa Cronin, who submitted her resignation for personal reasons. Patsch's hours have not yet been established for the part-time position, but Cronin offered to extend her time with the borough to help train Patsch.

5/13/18

Bellevue motorists can go back to parking the way they have been for decades, as the recent ticketing of vehicles parked against traffic on two-way streets has been limited to high traffic and danger areas.

5/13/18

As the Avonworth/Northgate track and field teams competed at the Pine Richland Invitational last Friday, a veritable monsoon couldn't stop Hunter Robinson's relentless assault on the sprints in Western PA. The Avonworth senior stormed her way to first place gold in the 100 m and 200 m dashes, setting a meet record in the latter event. Her time in the 100 is ranked second in the state, and her time in the 200 is the number-one time in the state.

Avonworth junior Hayden Robinson was nipping at her sister’s heels, though, coming in second in both the 100 and 200.

5/13/18

From back when Norbert Micklos's family moved to Ohio Township in 1957 to the present as he enters retirement, the community has undergone some radical changes.

The somewhat remote Pittsburgh suburb of a few clusters of houses along with some rolling farmland has transformed to upscale housing developments, shopping areas, and a population that now tops 6,000 residents, all linked to the City via I-279.

And just as the community has grown, the responsibilities of the chief of police and his staff of officers also have grown in the community which they serve.

5/13/18

An angry and extremely vocal crowd of about 50 people spent the better part of two hours Tuesday night telling Bellevue Council why they did not want a transitional housing program operating in the borough.

5/13/18

Mark Alan Coleman Mark Alan Coleman, 54, died Thursday, April 26, 2018. He was the husband of 26 years to Alice Coleman (Magison) of Hampton, PA; father of Megan and Alan "AJ"; son of Margaret Coleman and the late Alan Coleman; brother of Kathy (Mike) Ayling and Allison (Erwin) Benjamin. Mark enjoyed fishing and boating, walking the parks with his coonhound, Cooper, and watching the Eagles (E!) and the Phillies.

5/13/18

The Northgate School Board got its first look at a proposed 2018-19 budget during a special workshop meeting Monday night. The $25.1 million general fund spending plan currently features a deficit of $2.5 million, which is likely to change before the final budget is adopted in June.

5/7/18

A transitional housing program designed to help people in need has planted its roots in Bellevue, where 46 row houses are targeted to become homes for people who have trouble finding safe, affordable housing.

As of April 1, the Zero Six Eight corporation began implementing its plans to create one of the largest transitional housing programs of its type in the northeastern United States, according to Zero Six Eight founder Daniel Bull, by taking on a master lease for all of the row houses on Gilliland Place and Laurel Avenue in Bellevue.

4/21/18

Everyone knows that first responders -- police, firefighters, EMS -- regularly encounter situations most people hope to avoid. Tuesday, April 10, was a day of rollercoaster emotions for local police and firefighters. On the one hand, there was the rescue of a man and several dogs from a burning building, and the quick and efficient response of fire crews who saved the neighboring homes in the cramped environment of Marie Avenue in Avalon. They focused on their jobs knowing all the while that inside that house, already beyond rescue, were two longtime members of the community.

4/21/18

Ben Avon Council member David Stoeckle said at Tuesday’s regular council meeting that Gateway Engineers received nine bids for the borough’s 2018 street paving project, and the low one came from Independent Enterprises Inc at $387,038.75.

Because the bid is lower than the cost estimatedby the engineers, the borough will be able to pave all of the streets included in the base bid, plus three others.