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7/7/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/23/18

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.

6/15/18

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.

6/15/18

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.

6/15/18

Area firefighters had their work cut out for them when Bellevue Police reported a fully-fire-engulfed house in one of the borough’s least accessible areas, Carson Avenue. The house, pictured at right, sits alone on a road that runs into the woods off Spring Avenue and below Route 65.

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.”