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11/24/18

It would have been great for the Avonworth boys’ soccer team to return last Friday from the Hershey state playoffs against Millville High School (21-2) with a victory. But even though the game ended 2-0 -- not in the ‘Lopes’ favor -- they definitely could not describe the experience as being a loss.

Friends and parents, plus three busloads of students and teachers were on hand to watch the team play with camaraderie, skill, and never-give-up spirit, the qualities that took them to the playoff berth.

11/24/18

Bellevue Police are warning residents to be vigilant about packages being delivered to their homes.

Monday, Nov. 26 is “Cyber Monday,” and because thieves may be preparing to take advantage of the holiday shopping season, police are encouraging on-line shoppers to take precautions when having items delivered.

One suggestion is to pick up delivered packages immediately or ask a neighbor to collect them. Most UPS, USPS, and FedEx deliveries have tracking ser-vices, so one has a good idea when the order will arrive.

11/24/18

The Northgate football team may be playing home games under those “Friday night lights” next year. The district's school board voted unanimously Monday to move ahead with a modified field rehabilitation project estimated to cost somewhere in the area of $1.1 million.

The move came at the board's regular meeting, held one week after a similar motion was defeated in a 4-3 vote. The original motion included a $600,000 project to better secure the entryways at all three Northgate schools, as well as field renovations estimated to cost $1.5 million.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/24/18

Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick Joan M. (Messmer) Fitzpatrick, 82, of Aleppo Township, formerly of Ohio Township, died Friday, November 16, 2018. She was the wife for 61 years of Warren W. Fitzpatrick; mother of Beth (Timothy) Noonan, Nancy (William) Petraivolo, Lynn (Michael) Werley, Brian (Angela) Fitzpatrick, and Keith (Mary) Fitzpatrick; sister of David (the late Linda) Messmer; and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.

11/24/18

By NANCY WHYTE

Extra chairs needed to be added to the standard audience area of the Emsworth Borough Council room to seat all the Emsworth residents who attended the Nov. 14 council meeting to complain about North Avenue.

North Avenue has been closed to vehicular traffic for weeks due to problems that arose during the road rehabilitation project that was supposed to have been finished in September. With deep ditches gouged on each side and with no gravel covering the slippery mostly-clay and dirt bottom, the road is essentially closed to foot traffic, as well.

11/17/18

Major improvements will be made to the community park in Avalon Borough, thanks to a state grant .

Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 to rehabilitate Avalon Park on New Brighton Road. Work will include renovating ballfields, dugouts and a track. Pedestrian walkways, a bleacher and a scoreboard will also be installed.

Avalon is one of six grant recipients recently announced by Pennsylvania Sen.Wayne D. Fontana. The six state grants total $952,500 and will be used to fund local environmental/recreational projects.

11/17/18

Although the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year has just been completed, the Avonworth School Board has passed the district calendar for the next school year.

At Monday night’s regular meeting, the board unanimously passed the 2019-20 school calendar. The first day of school for students in grades 1 through 12 will be Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 and the last day and graduation are scheduled for Friday, June 5.

11/17/18

Bellevue engineer Ben Gilberti gave the borough council an overview Tuesday of the mandated plan for stormwater management that must be submitted to the state in order to obtain a permit for completing similarly mandated projects.

11/17/18

On a second pass-through of the Ben Avon budget, council member Ken Opipery said he was able to make some adjustments and bring it into balance without raising taxes. He said he noticed some extra money that was no longer needed for salaries, and even though he bolstered the cost for some of the utilities, he was able to set it at $1,221,168 -- more than $12,000 lower than last year's.

11/17/18

State Senate Democrats unanimously re-elected Sen.Wayne D. Fontana to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the upcoming two-year legislative session.

The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and leads the discussion on legislation under consideration on the Senate floor.

Fontana said he will continue to work on creating more jobs, upgrading Allegheny County’s aging infrastructure, ensuring a quality education for children, curbing property taxes, protecting the state’s environment and working with local leaders to help fund and support area projects and initiatives.

11/17/18

Bellevue Council plans to amend the borough's traffic ordinance to allow for permit parking on one side of North Fremont Avenue.

Homeowners who live in the four houses closest to the Lincoln Avenue business district have found it increasingly difficult to park anywhere near their homes due to drivers using the available spots to access businesses. They asked council to designate eight spots for residential permit parking.

Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's pre-council meeting to advertise an ordinance that will designate the spaces for permit parking only.

11/17/18

The Northgate School Board, in a narrow vote Monday night, put the brakes on a $2.1 million capital improvement project planned for 2019 despite questions and concerns about how the project would be funded.

While $600,000 of the estimated construction cost would have gone to creating more secure entries at each of the district’s three schools, the lion’s share -- $1.5 million – was estimated for rehabilitation of Alumni Field, including restoration of the lights that would allow the football team to return to Friday night games next year.

11/17/18

David F. Dramble David F. Dramble, 59, a lifelong resident of Bellevue, died Monday, November 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Blair and Shirley Dramble; father of Danielle (Shawn) McCommon and Jessica Dramble; grandfather of Dylan McCommon; brother of Donna Veiock, Sharon Jones and Connie Dramble; also survived by his beloved dog "BooBoo." Dave loved cars, bikes, anything on wheels, and could always be found tinkering with one of them. He strongly believed in being an honest, hardworking man, and was always selflessly lending a helping hand to anyone in need.

11/17/18

Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner is asking the borough council to fund changes in the entrance to the department that will keep visitors even further away from personnel and access to the rest of the borough hall.

Sentner told council during Tuesday's meeting that an employee had been attacked by a visitor who was able to move past the vestibule where the elevator is located, into an area that now features personnel behind glass and a window/door, as well as stairs to the administrative offices on the second floor.

11/17/18

As a result of the Community Development Block Grant Ben Avon received, the borough was able to put out bids for handicapped ramps on Walnut Road and Virginia Avenue. Two bids came in, and council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $24,268 from DePasquale Construction Services. Earl Bohn was absent.

Ken Opipery said the work cannot be done now because of the cold, but with council having given approval, it can be started when the weather breaks in the spring.

11/17/18

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth’s boys’ soccer team (23-0-1) defeated Greensburg Central Catholic (21-3) for the second time this year on Tuesday night at Fox Chapel Stadium by a score of 1-0. The win gave the team the opportunity to travel to Hershey today for the chance to bring home the first PIAA title in Avonworth history, going up against the Millville High School Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium.

But back to last Tuesday’s win to get there.

11/11/18

Harold Gearhart, 32, of Avalon, was arrested for a state parole violation warrant following a traffic stop on Oct. 31.

Robert Brown, 70, of Avalon, was charged on Nov. 1 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

On Nov. 1, a 63-year-old Avalon resident reported identity theft.

11/11/18

A little “preview” information for audiences attending Avonworth High School’s fall show -- “Clue” is a comedy-mystery with enough twists, turns and bizarre characters to keep theater-goers totally clueless right up to the final twists in the plot.

11/11/18

Prior to last week’s matchup in the WPIAL final, soccer Coash Tom Angell acknowledged the challenge that his team faced.

“This is our second WPIAL final in the last four years and we are very excited for the challenge that we will see from an excellent Greensburg Central Catholic team,” Angell said.

He said that going into the game, the team felt that GCC had two strong players and that if “we defended them strongly then we could beat them with our remaining nine, because we felt we had a deeper team.”

11/11/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The football season has ended for the Avonworth Antelopes, who lost in the first round of their WPIAL playoffs at Freedom this past Friday.

After overcoming a couple of turn-overs that led to a couple of scores by the Bulldogs, the Antelopes were not able to take advantage of several opportunities late in the fourth quarter on their way to a 24-21 loss to end their season.

"Could-a, should-a, would-a," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour. "We didn't make the plays we needed."

11/11/18

On the last weekend in October, both the Avonworth and Northgate cross country teams competed in the WPIAL championship meet at California University of Pennsylvania.

The Avonworth boys' team finished 13th out of 28 teams, led by sophomore Jackson Habala, who finished 27th overall out of 210 runners, and qualified for the PIAA state championship race in Hershey, PA on Nov. 3.

11/11/18

A recent second check of the air quality at the Avonworth Elementary Building resulted in normal readings.

At the Nov. 5 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Director of Fiscal Management Brad Waters stated that a second company had been contacted to conduct additional tests. “Normal air quality levels” were obtained in the elementary building, he said.