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6/19/09

Assessments opposed The Northgate School Board has voted to oppose new graduation competency assessments proposed by the state.

The board passed a resolution at its regular meeting on June 15, opposing the high school graduation competency assessments and Keystone exams proposed by Pennsylvania Governer Ed Rendell and the Department of Education.

According to Northgate superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield, the assessments would create a new way to evaluate whether a student is ready to graduate.

6/19/09

Even with stimulus funds, the Northgate School District might have to take a big dip into reserve funds to cover expenditures included in the 2009-10 budget.

The $19.4 million spending plan received unanimous approval from the district's school board at a meeting on Monday, June 15. The property tax millage rate will remain at the current year’s level of 24.5 mills.

6/19/09

A radio and a backpack were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon on June 16.

On June 17, it was discovered that change had been stolen from vending machines at ACORD Park.

6/12/09

Residents in the Avonworth School District will be paying more in taxes to the district, as the Avonworth School Board approved a property tax hike as part of the 2009-10 budget at the board's regular meeting on June 8.

6/12/09

Avonworth may look to the junior class or create a “super-booster” group to operate the concession stand at football games.

Parents from both the band and cheerleading booster groups were present at the school board's regular meeting on June 8 to discuss who should be running the concession stand.

6/12/09

The A. W. Beattie Career Center is asking board members of the districts that use the center their opinions on spending some of the excess bond money to build a large meeting area.

According to Avonworth School Board member Marybeth Sommers, Beattie is considering adding a meeting room to the current building project.

Beattie has excess bond funds after bids for the project came in $3 million less than estimated.

6/12/09

Bellevue’s two newest police officers are wrapping up the details that will put them on the streets of Bellevue within the next two weeks.

The pair were sworn in Monday by Mayor George Doscher.

6/12/09

Shop equipment donated Metal shop equipment deemed unnecessary by the Avonworth School Board has found a new home.

The board approved, at its regular meeting on June 8, the donation of various pieces of equipment to the A.W. Beattie Career Center. Beattie will receive a rotary bender, sheet metal roller, welding table, spot welder, sheet metal shear and a box and pan finger break.

A metal shop lathe will be donated to Carnegie Mellon University.

6/12/09

Emsworth Borough Council has cleared the way for another bar to open up shop in Emsworth.

Council unanimously authorized, at its regular meeting on June 11, the transfer of a liquor license to Gennaro's Cafe, Inc. at 8070 Ohio River Blvd. The license will be coming from an bar in McKeesport, according to borough solicitor Mike Marmo.

A public hearing was held prior to the council meeting for residents to voice their concerns over the transfer. There were no comments from the public.

6/5/09

Taxpayers in the Avonworth School District may be looking at a lower millage increase than previously projected, with stimulus and reserve funds making up the difference.

6/5/09

Now that everyone knows the name of the position, Bellevue Borough will advertise for a new borough office clerk/secretary.

Approval of an expenditure of no more than $500 for advertising was delayed at the June 2 council meeting when the motion initially did not include the job title as listed in the borough's personnel code. Council member Linda Woshner said that she had requested at the finance committee meeting that the code be checked for the proper title, but that had not been done.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School District may be going into the concession stand business, much to the dismay of booster groups who want the fund-raising opportunity.

The concession stand at varsity football games has long been the domain of the football boosters, with other booster groups relegated to peripheral positions and sales items. According to Avonworth School Board president David Oberdick, however, the football boosters are giving up the concession due to a lack of volunteers.

6/5/09

Bellevue Council accepted a bid for a borough vehicle at council's regular meeting on June 2.

Council accepted the bid of $1,850 from Howard Johnston for a 1986 Chevy 1-ton dump truck.

6/5/09

A contribution of $2,500 to the North Boroughs Independence Day fireworks celebration was approved by Bellevue Council at its June 2 meeting.

6/5/09

Bellevue should begin getting about another $15,000 annually for projects and maintenance at Bayne Park and Library.

6/5/09

The Avonworth School Board is expected to vote next week to display a new book for students in grades 11 and 12.

6/5/09

A time crunch will leave Bellevue among the uncounted when the Allegheny County Health Department considers the adoption of new air quality guidelines on July 1.

6/5/09

Two new police officers have been hired by Bellevue Borough, with a third expected to join them later this summer.

6/5/09

Phase III of Bellevue's mandatory sewer repair project will begin soon, as the borough council unanimously accepted a bid for the work at its June 2 meeting.

Bellevue Council accepted a bid from Fleming-Walker Inc. in the amount of $249,202, which will be paid from the borough's sewer surcharge fund.

6/5/09

An Ohio Township subdivision plan received final approval from the township’s board of supervisors at their June 1 meeting.

The supervisors approved the subdivision plan for the Five Mile Development Plan, Creekside Lane, which is located along Camp Horne Road at the I-279 North off-ramp.

Township manager John L. Sullivan Jr. said that the township has not heard of any specific plans for the site.