Avonworth High School students will receive some unanticipated “time off” as a result of a motion passed by the school board at the April 18 meeting.

High school principal Keera Dwulit proposed that following final exams on Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, high school students be granted early dismissal. Dwulit stated she had reviewed attendance records in previous years and that there were extraordinarily high numbers of early dismissals requested by parents for high school students on similar afternoons.


A number of teachers will be found in different classrooms and teaching different subjects when the 2017-18 school year begins at Avonworth. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Avonworth School Board, the following assignments were approved.

Marnie Arnold from elementary teacher to high school G.A.T.E. teacher.

Morgan Bassaly from fifth grade English/language arts to fourth grade.

Erin Cawley from K-6 computer science to technology specialist.

Stacey Hanny from sixth grade English/language arts to sixth grade social studies.


With the May primary election less than a month away, the League of Women Voters hosted and moderated a forum Wednesday for candidates who will appear on the ballot for offices in Avalon, Bellevue and for the Northgate School Board.

A lack of primary contests in Avalon resulted in no candidates for office in that borough attending the forum.


State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl has announced that Avalon Borough will receive a $55,800 state grant to develop a five-year financial management plan and operational strategy.

Ravenstahl said the grant, awarded by the Department of Community and Economic Development through its Early Intervention Program, will enable Avalon to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, as well as promote growth.


The popularity of the Airbnb home sharing platform is giving officials across the country fits, as traditional zoning codes struggle to adapt to the new property use, and citizens argue both for and against additional regulation.

Bellevue is jumping into the fray after residents of Meade Avenue continue complaints about parking congestion and noise as the result of an Airbnb property on their street.


Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Monitor Avenue in Ben Avon on April 5.

While on patrol on April 5, officers found a suspicious vehicle on Brighton Road in Ben Avon with someone possibly slumped over the steering wheel. Drug paraphernalia was found with the occupants in the vehicle. Police say charges are pending.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft on April 7.


A resident of Watkins Avenue reported a package had been stolen from her doorway on March 15.

Police investigated a burglary on Shiloh Avenue on March 17.

On March 20, a resident of Kendall Avenue reported a front house window had been broken.

On March 22, a resident of Watkins Avenue reported that someone was attempting to use credits cards from a wallet he had lost.

A resident of South Fremont reported that someone had stolen a package from his residence.

A business trailer on Farragut Avenue was broken into and items stolen on March 31.


On March 31, a criminal mischief report was filed with Ohio Township Police for graffiti found on some wooden tables in a park located in Kilbuck Township.

A Camp Horne Road business in Kilbuck Township filed a harassment report on March 31.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on March 31.

A resident of Berringer Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance on April 1.

A resident of Willow Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance on April 2.



Parents came to the Avonworth School Board’s work session Monday with two special requests: a memorial for a student who died earlier this year, and transportation for swimmers.



Parents had a great deal to say -- both negative and positive -- to the Avonworth School Board Monday night concerning the proposed Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club. Students first described and requested the GSA Club at the March school board meeting, and approval for the club, commencing April 19, appeared on the work session agenda for probable passage at the regular school board meeting, spring-break-delayed, on Tuesday, April 18.


A Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township business reported an attempted retail theft on March 22.

A retail theft was reported from a business on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth on March 23. Police say items were recovered and charges are pending.

On March 25, Ohio Township Police responded to a Camp Horne Road in Emsworth business for a disturbance.

A resident of Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported a disturbance on March 25.

On March 27, a resident of Springfield Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud. Numerous store credit cards had been opened in his name.


Several residents concerned about the Salvation Army’s plans to build a new worship center in Bellevue once again addressed Bellevue Council at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.


You may need a scorecard to identify Avalon officials for a while, as a number of key appointments - and one resignation - were approved during Tuesday's regular Avalon Council meeting.


Several personnel items were approved by the Avonoworth School Board during the March 13 meeting.

The board accepted the resignation of Barbara Clark, substitute food service worker, retroactive to Feb. 27.

The board approved Katie Libbon as a fourth grade day-to-day elementary school substitute for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, at $140/day with no benefits, retroactive to Feb. 27.


Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reminded his colleagues at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough must deal with two different sewer mandates in the coming months, and will rely on Gateway Engineers for assistance.

One is renewing a storm water permit – the current five-year permit is nearing its end, and in September, Ben Avon will have to express its intent to apply for a new five-year one.


Emsworth Borough is declining to accept an ALCOSAN grant due to the large amount of money the borough would have to contribute.

Emsworth applied for a grant to cover most of the $227,289 cost of improvements to lessen the amount of storm water entering the sewage system. In the grant application, Emsworth had anticipated ALCOSAN would pay 85 percent of the project with the borough paying the 15 percent remainder of $34,093.



The meeting room of the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building building was crowded with about 25 individuals comprising elected officials of both Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township and residents attending the March 22 meeting to discuss the procedures that would be involved in the possible joining of the two communities.

Several factors might ease a merger or consolidation. Both townships are in the Avonworth School District. Both use the Ohio Township Police department. Residents regularly drive through each other's communities.


At their Monday, March 13 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating five new positions, one of which will be half-time.

New positions for the 2017-18 school year include: a sixth grade elementary teacher, a seventh grade math teacher, a half-time music teacher, a media center specialist, and an instructional technology specialist.


A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported two retail thefts: one on March 11 and a second on March 14.

On March 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A patron shopping at a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to a vehicle on March 18.


A number of staff members from the Avonworth School District will be attending out-of-state events as a result of motions approved by the school board at the March 13 meeting.

Keera Dwulit and Gabrielle Swaney were to attend a DML 6 Playlists for Learning Workshop in Chicago March 20-22. This is part of the Digital Media & Learning grant awarded to Avonworth. They will present on digital badging and playlists for students, specifically associated with the Galleries Projects.


On March 1, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief from a resident of an apartment in a building on California Avenue. The resident reported that upon returning from walking the dog, pry marks near her apartment’s door were found. The police observed the marks and said they had been able to walk directly into the apartment building, although the doors were supposed to be locked. They advised the tenant to notify the building manager concerning the unlocked entry doors.


A resident of Madison Avenue reported a burglary on March 4. Items were missing from the residence.

A resident of Grant Avenue reported terroristic threats on March 6.

On March 8, a resident of Lincoln Avenue reported a burglary.

On March 8, a burglary that occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5 was reported by a resident of North Fremont Avenue.

A resident of Hallett Place reported on March 11 that overnight a rock had been thrown through a car window.

On March 13, a resident of Teece avenue reported internet fraud.


Emsworth Borough has entered into a contract with Holy Family Institute concerning the crosswalk across Ohio River Boulevard.


The Salvation Army has announced plans for construction of an $8 million worship and service center in Bellevue, hopefully opening in the fall of 2018 on property that currently houses the Lutheran Service Society (LSS) Center at 440 Lincoln Ave.

Once a Lutheran church, the current stone building has been owned by The Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania since 1996. It offers a meal site and programming directed at senior citizens.