With the recent personnel changes in both elected and appointed officials in Avalon, the borough council took the first steps to fill in the vacancies at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Dave Haslett resigned as the borough’s mayor last month in order to accept a position as the head of the borough’s public works department. He was honored Tuesday with a resolution recognizing his 17 years as an elected official in Avalon, both as mayor and a member of council.


Avonworth high school has a new club. The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club was unanimously approved by the school board at the April 18 meeting.

At the April 3 workshop session, numerous visitors’ comments – both for and against the proposed club – lasted nearly two hours. This week, similar comments, but overwhelmingly “for,” were voiced for an hour.


Because the Ben Avon Council meeting originally scheduled for May 16 would have coincided with the primary elections, the borough council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to change the date of its next meeting to Tuesday, May 9. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the borough building.

Faced with the same predicament, Avalon Council voted to change its next meeting to Tuesday, May 23.


The Northgate School Board recently approved several personnel-related matters.

The board voted to accept the retirement of middle/high school secretary Judy Collins, effective June 30, and that of Bellevue Elementary secretary Jeanne Nedwidek, effective June 15.

The board also hired Shaun Tomaszewski as director of curriculum and assessment, effective May 1. He will be paid $92,000.


Helen (Henchar) Borza Helen (Henchar) Borza, nearly 102, formerly of Bellevue, died Monday, April 17, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Borza; survived by loving children Antoinette”Toni” (Colin) Baldwin, Emmajean (William) Meckler and Raymond (Sherry) Borza; grandchildren, David Baldwin, Colleen Baldwin (Mark) Briskey, Chrissy Meckler (Eric) Orwell and Scott Meckler; great grandchildren, Alexis and Carson Meckler, Meghan and Madeline Briskey, Jared and Kaitlyn Orwell; also many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her 10 siblings.


Several residents of Newgate Road in Kilbuck Township reported criminal mischief on April 12. Their mailboxes had been vandalized sometime during the previous night.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported disorderly conduct on April 13.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on April 14.

A business on Huntington Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on April 15.

On April 16, a resident of Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.


It’s common knowledge that heroin addiction claims hundreds of lives every day, being an equal opportunity killer of all ages and all socioeconomic groups. Some newscasters speak of the epidemic almost as casually as they report the weather, but students from area high schools decided to take a stronger approach to the problem, hoping to expose the dangers of opioid and heroin addiction.


Avonworth High School students will receive some unanticipated “time off” as a result of a motion passed by the school board at the April 18 meeting.

High school principal Keera Dwulit proposed that following final exams on Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, high school students be granted early dismissal. Dwulit stated she had reviewed attendance records in previous years and that there were extraordinarily high numbers of early dismissals requested by parents for high school students on similar afternoons.


A number of teachers will be found in different classrooms and teaching different subjects when the 2017-18 school year begins at Avonworth. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, the following assignments were approved.

Marnie Arnold from elementary teacher to high school G.A.T.E. teacher.

Morgan Bassaly from fifth grade English/language arts to fourth grade.

Erin Cawley from K-6 computer science to technology specialist.

Stacey Hanny from sixth grade English/language arts to sixth grade social studies.


With the May primary election less than a month away, the League of Women Voters hosted and moderated a forum Wednesday for candidates who will appear on the ballot for offices in Avalon, Bellevue and for the Northgate School Board.

A lack of primary contests in Avalon resulted in no candidates for office in that borough attending the forum.


State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl has announced that Avalon Borough will receive a $55,800 state grant to develop a five-year financial management plan and operational strategy.

Ravenstahl said the grant, awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through its Early Intervention Program, will enable Avalon to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, as well as promote growth.


The popularity of the Airbnb home sharing platform is giving officials across the country fits, as traditional zoning codes struggle to adapt to the new property use, and citizens argue both for and against additional regulation.

Bellevue is jumping into the fray after residents of Meade Avenue continue complaints about parking congestion and noise as the result of an Airbnb property on their street.


Opening night for Avonworth's musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was met with enthusiastic applause for the cast, but after the performers took their bows, there was one more round of applause awaiting as superintendent Thomas Ralston stepped on stage to address the audience.



After losing their first two games of the season on the road, the Northgate Flames baseball team returned home to host Apollo Ridge in section play this past Monday. Trailing by three runs late in the contest, the Flames roared back to secure a 9-7 victory to even their record at 1-1 in the section.

“These kids fought back, didn’t give up – they held their heads high and battled to the very end,” said coach Brandon Hogle.



After opening section play with a 20-5 beat-down at Freedom last Wednesday, the Avoworth softball team faced a tough challenge when they hosted top-ranked Ellwood City this past Monday.

The Lady 'Lopes dug themselves into a hole with nine errors defensively while being limited to one hit through the first five innings as they fell to last year’s WPIAL champion 12-6.

“Too many mistakes in the field,” said coach Jenna Muncie.“If you don’t clean that up against a quality team like this you won’t win.”


Karen Lee Lang Karen Lee (Deily) Lang, 71, of Brighton Heights, died Friday, April 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles F. Lang and her parents Catherine and Hiram Deily.


Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Monitor Avenue in Ben Avon on April 5.

While on patrol on April 5, officers found a suspicious vehicle on Brighton Road in Ben Avon with someone possibly slumped over the steering wheel. Drug paraphernalia was found with the occupants in the vehicle. Police say charges are pending.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft on April 7.


One of the perks of retirement is the freedom to travel wherever and whenever, Florida being an escape of choice for many northerners.

Herb and Bernadette Hartle didn't just stop in Florida and relax on the beach, though. Instead, they moved on a few hundred more miles south to visit where most Americans rarely consider for a vacation destination: Cuba.



Despite having only four seniors on the team, the Avonworth Antelopes baseball team is off to a good start, earning three wins to start the season.

The ‘Lopes opened the season on March 29 at Riverview in a non-section match and overpowered the Raiders 17-0. Turner Grau pitched five and two- thirds innings of no-hit baseball to earn the win while batting 2-4 with two RBI. Brandon Cerminara had an exceptional day offensively, going 4-4 from the plate.

The young ‘Lopes began section play at home this past Monday by defeating Mohawk 8-4.


In a home meet run this past Tuesday, the Avonworth-Northgate track and field team took first place, followed by Aliquippa and Western Beaver high schools and Neighborhood Academy, a Garfield charter school.


A resident of Watkins Avenue reported a package had been stolen from her doorway on March 15.

Police investigated a burglary on Shiloh Avenue on March 17.

On March 20, a resident of Kendall Avenue reported a front house window had been broken.

On March 22, a resident of Watkins Avenue reported that someone was attempting to use credits cards from a wallet he had lost.

A resident of South Fremont reported that someone had stolen a package from his residence.

A business trailer on Farragut Avenue was broken into and items stolen on March 31.


Joseph R. Vacek Joseph R. Vacek, 80, of Avalon, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017. He was the husband of 59 years to Janice (Zajackowski) Vacek; father of Gina Funk (Jeff), Michael Vacek (Gina), Steve Vacek (Jennifer), Ann Kuszajewski (Gregg), and Frank and the late Joseph Vacek; proud Pap of 10 grandchildren; brother of Fr. Carl Vacek, Sandra Burns (Donald), and Patricia Hodgson. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.


On March 31, a criminal mischief report was filed with Ohio Township Police for graffiti found on some wooden tables in a park located in Kilbuck Township.

A Camp Horne Road business in Kilbuck Township filed a harassment report on March 31.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on March 31.

A resident of Berringer Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance on April 1.

A resident of Willow Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance on April 2.



Parents came to the Avonworth School Board’s work session Monday with two special requests: a memorial for a student who died earlier this year, and transportation for swimmers.