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11/13/09

The Avonworth Antelope offense was firing on all cylinders with big plays last Friday, ensuring the playoff-loss to Monaca suffered by the 'Lopes last season was not repeated.

"We lived up to Avonworth football expectations tonight," head coach Jason Kekseo said after the game.

Last season, Avonworth's hopes of playing at Heinz Field ended with a loss to the Indians in the final seconds of the semi-final game. This year, the 'Lopes shut out Monaca 27-0. The win advances Avonworth (8-2) to the WPIAL quarterfinals, where they will play Clairton tonight at Chartiers-Houston.

11/13/09

Clearview Road in Emsworth soon will be a one-way street in an attempt to reduce traffic and speeds.

Emsworth Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Wednesday to start the process to make Clearview a one-way street going from Roosevelt Road to Bryson Avenue.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos said that the police department conducted a traffic study after receiving a letter from residents of Clearview and Bryson.

The letter raised concerns about excessive vehicle speeds and oversized trucks traveling on Clearview, he said.

11/13/09

Tempers flared at Emsworth Council's regular meeting on Wednesday during a normally routine item on council's agenda.

When it came time to approve the boroughs bill’s for the month, finance committee chairman David Heflin questioned two of the expenditures on the bill list, neither of which had received pre-approval from council.

The first was $321 for an appreciation dinner held for former borough solicitor Mike Marmo. The second was the painting of two of the borough's trucks at a cost of $1,500.

11/13/09

After 2009's hirings and salary increases in Bellevue, the 2010 budget proposed by Mayor George Doscher concentrates on holding the line on revenues and expenditures.

Under the borough's home rule charter, the mayor proposes a budget in November. Council then has until the end of the year to make modifications to the budget and create the borough's actual spending plan for the coming year.

11/13/09

Contract extended A contract for garbage pick-up in Emsworth was extended for another year during the borough council’s regular meeting on Wednesday.

The current contract with Waste Management was due to expire at the end of the year, but it has been extended until Dec. 31, 2010. It will cost $189.48 per household unit, which is an increase of $8.16, according to council member Amy Adams. The increased cost will be paid by property owners.

11/13/09

Despite lengthy discussions at council meetings over the last month, it looks like Emsworth residents will not see an increase in their sewer fees after all.

Instead, the borough will use $225,000 of a $350,000 reserve fund to cover the difference in sewer-related revenue and expenses in 2010.

The borough's budget for next year was $275,000 in the red for sewage and sewer repair costs, and council had studied a fee and surcharge increase to balance the account.

11/13/09

DVDs valued at $250 were reported stolen from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store on Nov. 6. Ohio Township Police believe the white female responsible may also have stolen other items.

Jeremy Heberling, 23, of Monaca, was arrested Nov. 8 for possession of suspected heroin.

William Imler, 50, of McCandless, was charged with driving under the influence after a traffic stop in Emsworth on Nov. 5.

11/6/09

A McKees Rocks man was arrested by both Avalon and Ohio Township police during the past week, once after being held at gunpoint when he entered an apartment on Ohio River Boulevard.

11/6/09

A Bellevue church closed its doors last Sunday after more than a century

Bellevue Central United Methodist Church closed after services on Nov. 1. The church was built in 1905.

According to Rev. Donald Scandrol, district superintendent for the Pittsburgh district of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, support for the church had been dwindling.

Scandrol said there might have been some 30-40 official members, but that only a handful of people were going to services at the church.

11/6/09

Ben Avon's incumbent mayor and two council members, all Democrats, were unseated Tuesday in a stunning upset victory for newcomers.

The only incumbent council member re-elected during the general election was Republican Lloyd Corder, who was nominated on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

The only Democrat elected to council Tuesday was 19-year-old Richard White, who was the top vote-getter after Corder.

Joining him, and Corder, on the borough council in January will be Robert Galbraith II and Brian Tokar.

11/6/09

The North Boroughs' representative on the Allegheny County Council will keep his seat in January, as Republican Matt Drozd defeated Democratic challenger Tom Michalow of Avalon.

Although Michalow carried most of the North Boroughs, Drozd carried traditionally Republican areas to secure his second term on county council.

Overall, Drozd received 10,051 votes to Michalow's 7,709. Vote totals by municipality were, first for Drozd, then Michalow:

Aleppo 258, 104 Avalon 278, 485 Bellevue 465, 698 Ben Avon 186 , 222 Ben Avon Hts. 64, 36 Coraopolis 456, 677

11/6/09

All three incumbents seeking election to Bellevue Council will return to their seats in January, where they will be joined by two newcomers.

Bellevue voters decided council races in each of the borough's three wards, including a close race in the first ward that ultimately ended with both Kathleen Coder and Jane Braunlich returned to council.

The two incumbents each led the ballot in one of the ward's two districts, with Republican Coder getting the most votes overall.

11/6/09

Tax delinquencies ad

Bellevue Council voted Wednesday to advertise a list of property owners who have not paid their taxes for 2009.

The list will be advertised in The Citizen in December after taxpayers are given an opportunity to pay their delinquent real estate taxes or make payment arrangements with tax collector Joe Nolan.

Council voted 7-1 to spend up to $500 for the advertisement. Council member Mark Helbling was opposed, and Lisa Blaney-Stewart was absent.

H1N1 vaccinations

11/6/09

Bellevue tax collector Joe Nolan announced last week that he is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the United States Congress in the 14th Congressional District.

The 14th District is represented by Democrat Mike Doyle.

Nolan, who previously served on Bellevue Council, is the owner of a tax service business in Bellevue. His wife, Susan, is a member of the Northgate School Board.

11/6/09

A 17-year-old Pittsburgh boy faces some serious charges after an attempt to shoplift a bottle of vodka went awry.

Police say that the boy was caught when he tried to steal the alcohol from the Camp Horne Road Giant Eagle store. When caught, police say, the boy threatened employees.

He has been charged with one count of retail theft, one count of underage possession of alcohol, and two counts of terroristic threats.

11/6/09

Avalon

All candidates running for election to office in Avalon were unopposed, and it still remains to be seen if a third ward council seat has been filled.

Mayor David Haslett was re-elected with 633 votes.

Current council president Ed Klicker will move into the elected tax collector's office in January. Klicker, who appeared on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, received 689 votes.

10/30/09

Herman Brown, 49, of Gilliland Place, and a 15-year old male were arrested Oct. 21 for disorderly conduct during an incident on Lincoln Avenue.

Monroe Jones, 53, of South Harrison Avenue, faces a charge of disorderly conduct following an incident at an apartment building on South Harrison on Oct. 20.

Thomas Saar, 44, and William Hamilton, 45, both of McKees Rocks, were removed from the Northgate football game on Oct. 23 for being intoxicated. Police say the men will be cited.

10/30/09

With five council seats to be filled, the Nov. 3 general election is an important one for Bellevue. There are contests to be decided in each of the borough's three wards.

First Ward

Voters will choose two representatives from among four candidates running for council in the first ward. Incumbents Jane Braunlich (Democrat) and Kathleen Coder (Republican) are joined on their respective ballots by newcomers Susan Schafer and David Piet.

10/30/09

Ben Avon voters will find a full slate of choices for borough office on the Nov. 3 ballot, and are sure to pick at least one new member of council.

The potential exists for voters to replace up to four members of council and the mayor, although incumbent Lloyd Corder has a head start on the pack by appearing on both the Democratic and Repub-lican ballots. Corder was listed on the GOP ballot in the primary, but picked up enough write-in votes to secure a position on the Democratic ticket as well.

10/30/09

In order to overcome a budget deficit of some $276,000, most residents and property owners in Emsworth can expect a sewer rate increase next year. How much of an increase, or how residents will be charged, though, has yet to be determined.

At a special meeting held Wednesday, Gateway Engineers presented a total of eight different rate options to Emsworth Council, each of which is projected to cover all sewer-related expenses for the next five years.

10/30/09

Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) will open for the 2009-10 heating season on Nov. 2.

LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households to pay for home heating fuel, and crisis grants to address heating emergencies.

During the 2008-09 heating season, approximately 547,000 families were helped through cash grants, and more than 202,000 families received crisis assistance through LIHEAP.

For the upcoming heating season, the crisis portion of the program will open on Jan. 4.

10/30/09

Avalon Council member Tom Michalow is challenging Republican incumbent Matt Drozd for the District I seat on Allegheny County Council.

Michalow, a Democrat, was born and raised in McCandless and is a 1989 North Allegheny High School graduate. He is a 1993 distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

Michalow received a master’s of education degree from Duquesne University in 1998, along with teaching certificates for social studies and German. He teaches history and German at Northgate High School.

10/30/09

Emsworth quits COG

Emsworth officials have decided to cancel the borough's membership in the Quaker Valley Council of Governments as a cost-cutting measure, but the savings may not last long.

Borough council member David Heflin said that 2010 dues would run $1,600-$1,900, a sum council member Amy Adams said could be better put toward balancing next year's budget because the borough does not use any of the services that come from being a QVCOG member.

10/30/09

Two Johnstown residents were taken into custody by Ohio Township Police after being discovered with a stolen handgun in Emsworth on Oct. 23.

Taevon Tarrell Dixon, 21, and Lisa Rae Newcomer, 30, were arrested during a traffic stop on Route 65. Dixon was found to be wanted on an outstanding Johnstown arrest warrant, and also has been charged with providing police with false identification.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, scrap metal was reported stolen from the Emsworth public works property on Oct. 22.