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10/17/15

The 57th annual Emsworth Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 31.

Entrants must be age 12 or younger and residents of Emsworth Borough.

Line-up begins 9:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue for prize judging. The parade begins 10 a.m., and participants will march to the Emsworth Borough Hall for refreshments, prizes, and treat bags. In case of rain, meet at the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Station, 10 a.m., for festivities.

10/17/15

Ohio Township Police took a report of retail theft on Oct. 4, from a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township. The suspect was identified, and charges are pending. Similar incidents occurred on Oct. 6 and 8, and an attempted theft was reported on Oct. 12.

A report of criminal mischief to a vehicle was taken from a resident at Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 7. The resident’s vehicle had moderate damage to the hood. The officers on the scene located items near the vehicle that were possibly used to cause the damage.

10/16/15

Bellevue Borough will re-bid the design services contract for the next phase of the Lincoln Avenue streetscape project, after a number of elected officials were reluctant to continue working with the company that has been responsible for the engineering since the project's inception.

10/16/15

Northgate has joined school districts across the state in analysis of the 2015 PSSA test results that measure student performance in the areas of language arts, math and science.

For the first time, the math and language arts assessment tests administered last spring to students in grades 4-8 reflected the impact of districts transitioning to the new PA Core standards adopted in the fall of 2013.

10/16/15

Bellevue is no closer to deciding whether to increase its rental and commercial property inspection fee after an interesting proposal was made by council’s finance committee.

10/9/15

On Sept. 19, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief to a vehicle on Park Avenue.

Lamar James Washington, 26, was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard on Sept. 20.

Avalon Police investigated a two-vehicle accident on Ohio River Boulevard on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 24, Avalon Police received a report that a car parked on California Avenue had received minor damage in a vehicle accident. The driver of the vehicle that hit the parked car left an identifying note.

10/2/15

On Sept. 17, Bellevue Police received a report from a Lincoln Avenue resident that a mountain bike had been stolen from the rear of the residence.

On Sept. 19, police received a report of a burglary from a Jefferson Avenue resident who said an iPad had been taken.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism and an item taken from the yard on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 21, a North Balph resident made a theft report, saying that a known male had taken a cell phone.

Yolonda Denise Boyd, 44, was charged with criminal mischief on Sumner Avenue on Sept. 16.

10/2/15

A small group of property owners may have gotten Bellevue officials to do what months of prodding by Avalon Borough has not -- resolve an issue with storm water that is now threatening a sanitary sewer line and presenting a danger to human life.

10/2/15

Allegheny County Police have filed several charges against a local emergency medical technician (EMT) and firefighter accused of “sexting” with a 16-year-old Bellevue girl.

Thomas Scott George, 44, of Avalon, faces felony charges of dissemination of pornography to a minor and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, in connection with exchanges he had with the girl on Aug. 4.

10/2/15

The Northgate School District will not be hiring a new teacher to alleviate what some parents call over-crowding in the second grade at Bellevue Elementary.

The parents, who appealed to Northgate officials at the school board’s committee of the whole meeting last week, returned to the board room Monday for the regular meeting, and renewed their arguments in favor of hiring a third teacher for the 54 students currently enrolled in the second grade at Bellevue.

10/2/15

Avalon Council voted last week to allow salaried personnel to receive additional compensation for special projects.

By definition, salaried employees receive a set amount of pay for an unspecified amount of work. Under the new policy approved by council, Avalon's four salaried employees -- the police chief, the borough manager and assistant manager and the public works supervisor -- will be able to submit a proposal for compensation for special projects. They will be paid their regular hourly wages up to a total of $1,000 per project.

10/2/15

Ben Avon Council voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to approve an ordinance to make permanent the proposed traffic regulations on Juniper Way and Rostrevor Place, including a stop sign on Prospect Avenue at the Dickson intersection.

The regulations were proposed in June to help with traffic flow. Council members Philip Brind'Amour and Michael Wrbas were absent.

10/2/15

Avalon Council will honor the memory of a long-time borough resident and volunteer who died last week.

Jackie Yurkovich attended most Avalon Council meetings and was actively involved in many projects and organizations benefitting the borough. Avalon Council parks committee chair Ralph Cortese said that she spent a lot of time at the borough's swimming pool, and helped raise funds for improvements there. Most recently, he said, she had promoted the addition of a bench at the pool.

9/20/15

Frustrated with the lack of response by Bellevue officials, Avalon officials say they will do whatever it takes to get the neighboring borough to address a destructive and dangerous situation at West Bellevue Station.

Massive amounts of water from Bellevue streets and properties have been running off into the area along South Starr Avenue where, just a couple years ago, the two boroughs spent more than $200,000 (including grant funds) to repair a broken sanitary sewer line. That line is being undermined by the stormwater flow from the Bellevue hillside, Avalon officials say.

9/20/15

Vehicle break-ins have kept Bellevue Police busy in recent weeks.

On Aug. 19, Bellevue Police received three separate reports of thefts from vehicles at different locations: Arch Avenue, Grant Avenue and Washington Avenue.

On Aug. 22, a West Riverview Avenue resident reported that, overnight, cash had been stolen from a car.

On Aug. 24, a South Bryant Avenue resident reported an overnight theft from a vehicle.

A South Harrison Avenue resident reported on Aug. 27 that a vehicle had been entered overnight and property taken.

9/20/15

By LOIS THOMSON

Ben Avon Council member Michael Bett brought a resolution before council at Tuesday's meeting that would have the borough urge the Allegheny County Health Department to enforce its air pollution regulations for companies on Neville Island. Several residents were also on hand to express their opinions.

9/20/15

For the third consecutive school year, the parents of members of the Class of 2026 have appealed to the Northgate School Board to alleviate large class sizes by hiring another teacher. Unlike past years, however, school officials seemed disinclined to grant the request.

9/12/15

Two front windows of and Ohio River Boulevard business business were reported shattered, possibly by shots from a BB gun, on Aug. 27.

Jessica Nichole Miller, 26, was charged with disorderly conduct on Ohio River Boulevard on Aug. 30.

Michael R. Dirscoll was charged with driving under the influence on Ohio River Boulevard on Aug. 30.

Christopher R. Bushaw, 39, was charged with public drunkenness on Aug. 30, at the intersection of Sedalia and New Brighton roads.

9/12/15

By NANCY WHYTE

Emsworth Borough is facing an expensive, unanticipated repair job that could cost up to $72,500. The emergency situation was discussed during Wednesday night's council meeting.

A storm sewer line -- which runs from a manhole along Route 65, travels down the steep hill toward the Ohio River and eventually under the Norfolk Southern railroad track -- needs to be replaced.

9/12/15

Bellevue officials unhappy with a council decision to hire the borough’s engineering firm to develop a plan for the town’s parks decided to strike out on their own, resulting in a heated exchange at the pre-council meeting last Tuesday.

9/8/15

Ohio Township Police received a solicitation complaint from a resident on Belle Riviere Court in Ben Avon on Aug. 29.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle report in the parking lot at Mt. Nebo Pointe on Aug. 20. No issues were found.

Officers were dispatched to Park Avenue in Ben Avon on Aug. 30 for a civil dispute.

Officers responded to the Ohio Township Park on Aug. 30 for a possible fireworks complaint. Officers checked the area, and nothing was found.

8/25/15

Northgate School District will partner with the YMCA to continue the district’s community swim program, which allows community residents to use the high school pool during the fall, winter and spring at minimal cost.

School board president Gary Palladin said that in addition to continuing the past community program, YMCA members now also will get to use the pool as part of their membership benefits. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that details of the agreement with the YMCA are still being worked out, and could include the school district being paid for those YMCA members.

8/25/15

The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday to enter into a new contract for employment with superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla.

The five-year contract will contain the same terms as Pasquerilla’s current contract, which guarantees a 2 percent annual salary increase, and an additional 2 percent increase if the superintendent meets specific criteria set by the board. He was awarded the full 4 percent increase for the past fiscal year, so will start the new contract with a salary of $136,715.

8/25/15

Since celebrating its first season in 2011, the North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden, located in Bellevue, has produced more than 10,000 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables for distribution in NHCO's three food pantries, which serve nearly 1,700 local families annually.