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2/13/16

During the Feb. 8 regular meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved the following spring coaches:

Doug Vandervort as 7/8 grade girls' volleyball head coach and Melissa Costantino as assistant coach.

Phil Coffin as varsity baseball coach and Nick Mancini as assistant coach.

Dave Thomas as junior varsity baseball head coach and Mike Mancuso as assistant coach.

Duke Johncour as middle school baseball head coach; Jason Smith as 7/8 baseball assistant coach; and Mike Grau and Ryan Gracey as 7/8 baseball volunteers.

2/13/16

Parents parking on the school-side of South Howard Avenue in Bellevue will face more stringent restrictions in the future.

Parking is prohibited on that side of the street, but parents still stop there to pick up or drop off their children at Bellevue Elementary School. According to Bellevue Police hief Matt Sentner, his officers currently are unable to cite a driver unless the driver actually gets out of the vehicle. The borough’s ordinance needs to be amended, he said, to also prohibit stopping and standing.

2/13/16

The Northgate School Board voted Monday to hire a consultant to help in the search for a new superintendent.

Current superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla recently accepted a position with another school district.

Parents and members of the Northgate community also are invited to become part of the search group. A meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school/high school library at 589 Union Ave.

The consultant hired, Joseph Werlinich, will be paid $5,000.

2/8/16

A man who threatened a pizza shop clerk with a gun was able to escape following a robbery on Jan. 24.

The man who held up the Papa John’s Pizza shop at 357 Lincoln Avenue just before 9 p.m. was described as a white male, 30-40 years old, with dark brown eyes, 5’7” to 5’8” tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, and black boots with a heavy tread.He was carrying a blue drawstring bag.

2/8/16

By NANCY WHYTE

Next fall when Avonworth football and soccer players take to the field, it will be on new turf.

At the Feb. 1 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Stephen Parks of Parks and Associates gave a presentation and discussed options for the replacement of the artificial turf at Lenzner Field.

Parks stated that the current turf had exceeded its expected lifespan, and credited the district for keeping it well-maintained.

According to Parks, the three primary factors when selecting artificial turf are safety and comfort of the players and longevity of the surface

2/8/16

A man was killed in one of two accidents involving pedestrians investigated by police during the past week.

The first occurred about 3:30 a.m. last Friday, Jan. 29, on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon, near the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue. Police say that a man dressed in black was walking in the center of a northbound lane when he was struck from behind by a truck, the driver of which was unable to see the man. He was killed instantly.

1/23/16

Avalon Police News Avalon Police received a report of fraud from a South Home Avenue resident on Jan. 5. An individual telephoned claiming to be a lawyer. On Jan. 6, Avalon Police took a report concerning the theft of medicine from a South Home resident.

Avalon Police took a report of criminal mischief to a public building at an Ohio River Boulevard business on Jan. 11. Someone had punched the window and broken the glass in the front door of the business.

Police responded to a number of vehicle accidents.

1/23/16

Following a report of a male possessing a sawed-off shotgun during a disturbance on Barr Avenue, Robert Rudolph, 48, was charged with a weapons offense on Jan. 16.

Bellevue Police took a report of vandalism on Grant Avenue on Jan. 3. Basement windows were broken.

On Jan. 7 Bellevue Police took a report of fraud from a Lincoln Avenue resident. Someone had used bad checks to steal a video game console.

On Jan. 13, Bellevue Police received a report concerning thefts from a nativity display at a North Fremont Avenue church.

1/23/16

The Northgate School Board voted at its regular meeting Monday to accept a bid for the replacement of the gym roof at Bellevue Elementary School.

The accepted bid of $58,680 came from Stringert, Inc.

1/23/16

Following the retirement of Carmella Hallstein, Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting unanimously appointed a new borough secretary, Lisa Cronin.

Cronin's appointment was retroactive to Jan. 11.

Her hours at the borough building will be Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Cronin was also unanimously appointed the Right to Know officer. Council president Earl Bohn was absent.

1/23/16

Ben Avon is seeking to fill a seat on borough council that was left vacant after the last election. Vice president R.J. White said at Tuesday's meeting that council has received a few applications; however, president Earl Bohn was absent from the meeting because of illness, and White said Bohn would like to be and should be part of the review process.

Council voted unanimously to hold a special meeting Feb. 2 for the purpose of reviewing applications and filling the council vacancy.

1/21/16

The Northgate School District will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Current superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla was hired to head the Bethel Park School District during a special school board meeting tonight.

Bethel Park's current superintendent will retire at the end of her contract this year.

Pasquerilla was hired by Northgate in 2012. The board approved a new contract for him just last year. He has been given a five-year contract with Bethel Park, at a starting salary of $152,500.

1/10/16

Police are investigating the shooting death of a North Side man in Bellevue Sunday morning.

The coroner's office has identified the victim as Graham Damion. He was reported shot during an altercation on Forest Avenue.

No further details were available.

12/12/15

David Oberdick will serve another term as president of the Avonworth School Board following the board’s reorganization meeting Monday.

Oberdick was the only person nominated for the office, and was elected by unanimous vote, as was Kristin Thompson as vice president.

12/12/15

The Northgate School District will see a personnel shift for the next school year.

Current English/literacy coach Beth Wells was transferred to a new position, that of K-12 principal/coordinator of curriculum assessment and evaluation, effective July 1, 2016. She will be paid $89,000 in the new job, pending completion of her principal’s certificate, which is expected to occur by the end of this year.

The literacy coach position will be eliminated effective June 30.

Several board members objected to taking a professional out of the classroom to become another administrator.

12/12/15

People who have been waiting to pay for parking meters in Bellevue with their cell phones will have to wait a bit longer. Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to have the borough solicitor terminate the borough’s contract with Meter Feeder.

The contract was approved last summer after representatives of the company presented their mobile device application to borough officials. However, according to the mayor and police chief, it was later discovered that the app could not be synchronized with the technology currently used by the borough to write meter violation tickets.

12/12/15

Not only were there no new board members taking office at Northgate this year, but the board voted unanimously to maintain the status quo with regards to its presiding officers.

Gary Paladin was re-elected president and Brigitte Jackson was re-elected vice president of the board during the reorganization meeting on Monday.

12/7/15

A bit of detective work has put an Emsworth man behind bars, charged with the robbery of two area service stations.

Michael Rusak, 26, most recently of Emsworth, is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail, waiting for a preliminary hearing on robbery and theft charges filed by both Ohio Township and Avalon police departments.

Rusak is charged with robbing the Mt. Nebo Service station on Nov. 20, and the Marathon station on Union Avenue in Avalon a couple weeks before.

11/22/15

Matthew Ehrick Campbell, 31, of 15202, was charged with public drunkenness on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, Avalon Police responded to South Home Avenue concerning a dog fight.

Avalon Police took a report of an armed robbery at a Union Avenue business on Nov. 8. A customer requested a pack of cigarettes, and when the store clerk stated the price, the customer showed a black handgun and demanded the money in the register. Between $300 and $500 was taken, according to the report.

11/22/15

Bellevue Police received a report on Nov. 6 that a forced burglary had occurred at a Crawford Avenue residence.

On Nov. 7, Bellevue Police received a report that after a driver had stopped to use a MAC machine, an individual attempted to enter a vehicle.

From a Brighton Road resident, Bellevue Police received a report of internet fraud on Nov. 8.

Bellevue Police received a report of a disturbance on North Sprague Avenue on Nov. 9.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a shoplifting incident on Nov. 10.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a suspected retail theft on Nov. 12.

11/22/15

Council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2016 budget of $1,183,300 to Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue income of $930,000, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $342,000 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $253,300, including county sales tax ($40,900), cable franchise fees ($39,700), and delinquent sewage charges ($39,000), among others.

11/22/15

Both Avalon and Ben Avon councils voted at meetings last Tuesday to sign the extended administrative consent order that continues efforts to abate the release of raw sewage into the area’s waterways during periods of wet weather.

11/22/15

Emsworth Borough's proposed budget for 2016 is on display at the borough building, and council anticipates approving it at the Dec. 9 meeting.

The proposed budget sets the real estate tax at 3.955 mills, with one of the mills being dedicated to roads.

Total income for the borough is projected at $1,590,532 and total expenses are expected to be $1,587,452.

Capital funds are expected to be used to cover the shortfall in sewage, where revenues of $597,710 do not meet anticipated expenses of $645,794.

11/22/15

The Northgate School District and the Northgate Education Association have agreed to a new contract for the district’s teacher.

Retroactive to July 1, 2015, the contract approved by the school board Monday night extends through June 30, 2020.