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2/17/17

Deciding what to do post-high school has always posed problems for students. Get a job? Community college? Trade school? Start a business? Four-year college?

To help students make sense of it all by planning wisely, Northgate High School's Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Department this past Tuesday hosted its first "financial reality fair," a program sponsored by credit union associations nationwide.

BCIT teacher Susanne Galupi explained the purpose of the event.

2/17/17

Bellevue has been informed that the borough will receive more than $300,000 in grant funds to help offset the cost of Bayne Park and sanitary sewer projects.

Bellevue was among the first municipalities to receive funding in the first phase of ALCOSAN’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program. The program is directed at stopping sanitary sewage infiltration of area waterways. ALCOSAN and all Western Pennsylvania municipalities have been working to that goal for years now, repairing sewer lines as mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2/17/17

The Northgate School Board has joined other districts and Allegheny County to make sure foster children are getting the educational opportunities they need.

2/17/17

David H. Lawhead David H. Lawhead, 82, of Avalon, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

2/17/17

Emsworth will apply for grant funding to turn the Marmo Park tennis court into a Pickle-Ball court.

The USA Pickle-Ball Association describes Pickle-Ball as “a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong,” played by “singles or doubles, on a 44' x 20' court, using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.”

2/17/17

Emsworth Borough has three openings for residents who are interested in serving on advisory boards.

Two residents are needed to represent Emsworth on the Avonworth Advisory Board and one resident is needed to serve on the Avonworth Municipal Authority. Positions are appointed by Emsworth Council.

Any interested resident can submit a letter of interest, or email, to the borough office. The term of office for the Avonworth Advisory Board is generally one calendar year ending in December. The Avonworth Municipal Authority term is for five years

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The Avonworth School District has two new administrators, as a result of motions unanimously approved by the school board.

At the Monday, Feb. 6, school board meeting, William Battistone was hired as elementary school principal at the salary of $85,000 with benefits, commencing April 3.

Additionally, David Thomas was hired as middle/high school assistant principal at the salary of $74,500 with benefits, commencing not later than March 6, 2017.

Battistone arrives from Iowa, where he served as the assistant principal at Regina Elementary School in Iowa City.

2/13/17

On Jan. 18, Bellevue Police received a report that an individual had been robbed at gunpoint on Lincoln Avenue by an unknown person.

On Jan. 20, an unknown male with a gun robbed a store on Ohio River Boulevard.

A service station on Ohio River Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint by a male with a gun on Jan. 30

Vandalism was reported at the Davis Avenue ballfield on Jan. 20. The door of a press box was found kicked in.

Police were dispatched and a report was filed on Jan. 20 concerning a possible child luring on Lincoln Avenue.

2/13/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth residents and other local travelers will soon be facing an extended period of detours.

Weather permitting, the Emsworth Bridge on Center Avenue, which connects two portions of the borough, will be completely closed on Monday, Feb. 13, as the Port Authority begins a long-anticipated rehabilitation project of the structure.

2/13/17

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0 – 13, 4 – 17) played host to Sewickley Academy (11 – 2, 16 – 4) last Friday night, and it was tough sledding for the Flames who are still winless inthe section. The Panthers were coming off a 60 – 58 loss to the first place Crusaders from Canevin, and the Flames were unfortunately next in line, getting topped by the panthers 72 – 25.

2/13/17

James A. Donovan James A. Donovan, 90, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

2/13/17

Ohio Township Police said recently there have been several thefts from vehicles reported in the Ben Avon and Emsworth areas. All of the reported thefts had no forced entry; they were from vehicles that were left unlocked or could not be locked. Police ask that owners be diligent in remembering to lock their vehicles.

On Jan. 25 a resident who lived on Lyndhurst Drive in Ohio Township filed a fraud report.

A criminal mischief report was filed by a resident of Orchard Avenue in Emsworth on Jan. 25.

2/13/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team finished up section play when they hosted undefeated section leader North Catholic this past Tuesday.The Antelopes, who held one brief lead early on, gave it one heck of an effort but fell short in the end 59-57.

“It was a great game – we battled back but we came up a little short,” said ‘Lopes coach Dan Bradley.

Despite the loss, Avonworth has already clinched a spot for the WPIAL play-offs and will finish off the regular season with two non-section games.

2/5/17

Three people have been charged with homicide. and a fourth possibly remains at large, after a shooting on Spruce Run Road in Ben Avon late last Thursday night that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man.

Police say that Kyle Stauber, of 309 Spruce Run Road, was able to identify his shooter after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. He died later at the hospital.

Avalon and Ohio Township Police responded to a report of shots fired on the remote street that begins in Avalon and winds down to the railroad tracks and Ohio River in Ben Avon.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing by a total of three points in consecutive section games, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back on track when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday. The teams exchanged leads four times early in the first quarter before the Antelopes powered ahead on their way to a lopsided 92-44 victory.

"I'm very pleased at how we came out after the first minute," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley. "After that we played 31 minutes of good basketball."

2/5/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-11, 4-15) continue to battle every game, but still have not been able to pickup that elusive first section win. Most recently, the Flames battled, but still fell to the Wildcats from Shenango (3-8, 5-13) by the score of 64 – 44.

The Flames opened the game in a 3-2 zone defense, and Shenango attacked it by shooting from the perimeter. The Wildcats hit a three to start, and then dropped into a full-court press to speed the game up and cause some turn-overs.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team picked up one for the win column when they hosted Apollo Ridge this past Monday. Leading from start to finish, the Lady ‘Lopes dominated throughout on the way to a 64-29 win.

“It was a tough week last week’” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris as he referred to back-to- back losses heading into this game.

“We were working real hard and we came out on fire,” said D’Alessandris.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After jumping out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their lead slowly disappear throughout the contest when they hosted Seton LaSalle in section play this past Tuesday.

The Rebels claimed their only lead with :04 left on the clock to defeat the Antelopes 49-47.

In the first quarter Matt Crilley-scored eight of his game-high 24 points, as he was unstoppable down inside the Seton LaSalle defense.

1/30/17

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 2, Anna Mae Seitz, 24, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to a retail business on Ohio River Boulevard on Jan. 3, when a store video showed an employee taking socks, hats, and other items without paying. Jeffrey Glenn Grier Sr., 56, was charged with theft.

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 5, William M. Alexander, 46, of Avalon, was charged with narcotics possession.

1/30/17

A resident of North Sprague Avenue reported on Jan. 1 that a firearm had been stolen out of a vehicle overnight.

On Jan. 2, a resident of South Jackson Avenue reported a gun had been stolen from the bedroom between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, and on Jan. 3, Derek Smith Oliver, 21, was charged with theft.

On Jan. 2, a resident of North Bryant Avenue reported multiple items had been stolen from her home during a visit.

On Jan. 4, a resident of Dawson Avenue reported the house had been burglarized on Jan. 2.

1/30/17

Bellevue has taken the first steps toward refunding the borough’s 2011 bond issue, a move that could net the borough more than $100,000 that could be used for upcoming capita l projects.

1/30/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0 – 9, 4 – 13) are still in pursuit of their first section win after losing to the Bishop Canevin Crusaders (8 -1, 12 – 3) Tuesday night, by the score of 77 – 30. The Flames were at home, but the Crusaders entered the game with only one loss in the section, and tied for firstplace with Sewickley Academy.

The Flames have taken on a younger look over the past couple of weeks. Led by two seniors, Ray Man-gone and Stephon Adams, the team is made up mostly of freshman and sophomores and two juniors.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

In a non-section contest last Friday, the Avonworth girls basketball team hosted Sewickley Academy and rolled to a 58-32 win.

Hayden Robinson had a superb night all around, finishing with 22 points along with 12 rebounds.

In the first quarter sisters Hayden and Hunter Robinson combined for 10 points, and freshman Lexi Mankey scored four points and sophomore Alexa Davis scored from underneath at the buzzer to give the Lady ‘Lopes an early 16-10 lead.

1/30/17

Michael Benjamin Patak Jr. Michael B. Patak, Jr., 80, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He was the son of the late Michael B. Sr. and Emma (Morgan) Patak; husband of the late Dolores (McCartney) Patak; beloved father of Michael B. Patak III of Bellevue, Patrick J. Patak of Emsworth and Timothy S. (Denise Aubrecht) Patak of Bellevue; loving grandfather of Alicia M. (Patrick Garrison) Patak, Johnathan M. (Corinna) Patak and Sabrina M. Patak; loving great-grandfather of Logan Garrison.