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5/15/16

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School District is considering changing its policies and procedures to allow nurses to possess and administer the drug naloxone (Narcan).

Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan, is a drug used to treat opioid overdoses. The drug works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain, thus preventing and reversing the effects of opioids that have been recently used, including reduced respiration.

5/15/16

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School Board has approved a proposed 2016-17 budget with no increase in the property tax millage rate.

At their May 9 meeting, board members approved the proposed budget showing revenue of $28,745,949 and expenditures of $28,895,949.

The millage rate will remain at its current 18.67 mills.

According to fiscal manager Brad Waters, the $150,000 difference between revenues and expenses in the proposed budget, will be met in one of three possible ways: expenses could decrease, revenues could increase, or through the use of unassigned reserve funds.

5/15/16

Although Northgate taxpayers are still being assured that there will be no property tax increase in the coming fiscal year, the proposed budget under consideration by the school board now boasts a dramatically increased projected deficit.

The budget initially was presented two weeks ago with a negligible deficit of about $7,000. The preliminary budget approved by the school board at its work session on Monday projects a deficit that is close to $1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

5/15/16

The Northgate School District will welcome its sixth superintendent in the district's 45-year history -- as well as its first female superintendent -- after the school board voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Caroline Johns.

5/15/16

Frances Hayden Frances Psomas Makray Hayden, 94, of Ohio Township, wife of the late Lawrence J. Makray Jr. and Eli Hayden, died Thursday, April 28, 2016. Mrs. Hayden had been a member of the Ohio Township Ladies Auxiliary and St. Mary Women's Guild.

4/22/16

Only one week after the parents of Northgate High School students received letters informing them that their children could apply for scholarships to attend classes in another school district because assessment test scores were so low at Northgate, the district’s school board voted to further reduce the number of remediation hours that will be required for members of the Class of 2016 who have not passed one or more of those assessment tests.

4/15/16

Five members of a Bellevue family have now been confirmed dead as a result of a fire in their Roosevelt Avenue duplex Friday night.

4/10/16

It was 40 years ago yesterday that the North Boroughs became home to a new weekly newspaper. Most people probably wouldn’t have bet money on the paper surviving for long in the highly competitive newspaper market of 1976. At the time the local news was already covered by the North sections of two daily newspapers, a bi-weekly in the North Hills, and a weekly paper with offices right in Bellevue. All of them had corporate roots that provided tremendous resources.

4/10/16

Edward Swidal Edward W. Swidal, 87, of Pittsburgh, husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Swidal, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Mr. Swidal was a decorated Korean Conflict veteran.

4/10/16

Ohio Township Police recently responded to the following:

A Cliffside Drive in Emsworth resident reported a hit and run accident on March 30.

An Ohio River Boulevard resident reported a civil dispute on March 30.

A Kensington Drive in Ohio Township resident reported harassment on March 30.

A Cobblestone Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute on March 31.

Ohio Township Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon on April 1. Charges are pending.

4/10/16

By NANCY WHYTE

Overcrowding at the middle-senior high school has prompted Avonworth School District administrators to recommend moving sixth grade classes from the middle school to the elementary school beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

During the school board’s April 4 meeting, superintendent Tom Ralston presented a “facility utilization” analysis. Titled, “The 6th Grade Question,” the report contained information and recommendations for addressing the increasing student population.

4/3/16

More details are now available on a story first reported in last week’s issue of The Citizen, in which a Bellevue Police officer was assaulted while in a police car last Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

Dominick Hoy, 29, of Bellevue, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing yesterday after spending the past week in the Allegheny County Jail on a $75,000 straight cash bond.

4/3/16

Bellevue will consider a proposal to change its zoning laws to restrict the use of street-level properties in the borough's main street business district.

4/3/16

Ronald Augustine Ronald A. "Augie" Augustine, 77, of Ross Township, husband of the late Georgia Marie Dorben Augustine, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He is survived buy two children, Ron Augustine and his wife Tina and Lori Walters and her husband Steve; two siblings, Patricia Hubbard and Doug Augustine; six grandchildren, Shannon, Kristen, Ashley, Ronnie, Ryan, Andrew and Kira; and two great-grandchildren, Haydin and Lennox. Friends were received at the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon, where a blessing service was held on Friday.

June Williams

4/3/16

With a rash of vehicle break-ins reported, Bellevue Police are reminding car owners to keep their vehicles locked.

A dozen break-ins have been reported to police in recent weeks. The incidents were located throughout the borough.

On March 7, a Sheridan Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle sometime between March 4-7.

A Highland Place resident reported on March 12 that an unlocked vehicle had been entered and rummaged through. Nothing was taken or damaged.

3/20/16

Avalon Council discussed a number of matters at its Tuesday meeting, including:

For the second consecutive year, Avalon has been named a “Banner Community” by the Allegheny League of Municipalities.

The borough clean-up day, sponsored by Avalon Now, will be held Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to help out.

Council approved a handicapped parking space in the vicinity of 617 Center Avenue.

The borough will lease a new police vehicle, as council approved a financing agreement with WesBanco.

3/20/16

On March 6, a North School Street resident reported to Avalon Police that a vehicle had been stolen.

The passenger side of a vehicle parked on Florence Avenue was damaged on March 6.

On March 7, five different vehicles on Virginia Avenue were broken into.

No injuries were sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of California and Home avenues on March 7.

On March 8, a Harrison Avenue resident reported a theft from a vehicle.

A purse and personal papers were stolen from a vehicle parked on Jackman Avenue on March 9.

3/20/16

Avalon Mayor David Haslett (at left) swears in the borough’s newest full-time police officer, Anthony D. Ricchiuto, during Tuesday evening’s Avalon Council meeting. Ricchiuto has 17 years of experience in law enforcement, most of it spent with the Swissvale Police Department. A resident of Brighton Heights, he worked for the UPMC police department for the last five years, and part-time for Avalon for the last six months.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

3/20/16

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School Board is considering making changes to the district’s policy on head lice.

At the school board’s meeting on March 9, the district's two nurses gave a detailed and informative presentation and suggested that the head lice policy be rewritten in light of scientific data and due to the education disruptions that result from the current policy.

Certified school nurses Mara Alterio and Colleen Barcaskey suggested that the biggest problem with head lice is the “ick” factor rather than any medical crisis.

3/20/16

The nearly 75,000 motorists who use Camp Horne Road each week will have additional time to find alternate routes.

According to Emsworth Mayor Dee Quinn, the previously announced three-month closure of the road has been delayed. A new date has not yet been selected, said Quinn.

Last month, the closure of a portion of Camp Horne Road, in order to repair a retaining wall between Route 65 and Eicher Road, was announced. Initially the project was expected to start in April and last three months. A detour was to be announced.

3/20/16

Students in the Avonworth School District will have one fewer vacation day during spring break.

At its March 14 meeting, the school board approved the make-up day of Monday, March 28, as had been planned in the school calendar. Students will attend classes on Monday, the day after Easter, to make up the instruction time lost during the one school cancellation during the 2015-16 winter.

3/20/16

More parking spaces are about to open up on California Avenue in Avalon, available through a long term lease from the borough.

Voting at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Avalon Council approved an agreement with the Frew Trust Fund to lease 10 parking spaces in the lot at the corner of California and North Birmingham avenues. The spaces are located alongside the drive-thru bank that will remain on the lot. Avalon will pay $500 per month to lease the spaces from the property owner.

3/20/16

Cynthia Vancheri Bednar Cindy died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at her home in Midlothian, Virginia. She lost her three year battle with ovarian cancer; her family was with her. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother. Cindy was born in New Castle, PA, to Michael and Carol Vancheri. She was a 1973 graduate of Bellview High School.

3/20/16

Ohio Township Police recently received reports of several incidents.

On March 9, a Sonie Drive in Ohio Township resident reported disorderly conduct.

A Hiland Avenue in Emsworth resident reported a civil dispute on March 11.

On March 12, A Shannopin Drive resident reported a suspicious vehicle.

A Park Avenue in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on March 13.

On March 15, A Bear Run apartment complex resident filed a fraud report.