Articles

2/4/11

NO QUICK FIX

Editor:

I would like to respond to the Jan. 28 letter from Kevin Yurkovich.

I do not know where Mr. Yurkovich got his information that the borough paid $29,496.80 for a design for an “unsafe bridge.” The consultants were paid to explore alternate detours for the closed Herron Avenue Bridge, including the possible implementation of a temporary structure.

1/28/11

PAYMENT QUESTIONED

Editor: I just read in The Citizen that Emsworth has to pay an engineering firm $29,496.80 for plans that are not able to be used for a bridge. My question is,what are the council members thinking?

1/22/11

Editor:

It was great to see so many Avalon residents at this week's borough council meeting. I don't think that I've ever seen the room as full as it was. It would be so nice to see some of those faces next month. I would also like to say that our council members and borough employees that were present should be commended for how well they handled themselves. I don't know when the last time was that you had to sit and listen to a roomful of people tell you about all the things you do wrong, but I can tell you I don't think I could have done it with the grace that they did.

1/14/11

Editor:

Many...may have read an article in a November edition of The Citizen that Avalon Borough was behind $80,000 in unpaid garbage bills as far back as 2008. I attend the monthly council meetings and at the meeting I asked how we could be so far behind on the garbage bill and for this long and not know about it. No one had an answer except that times are hard for so many people and unemployment is high. My other question was, did they contact these people and ask them to start a payment plan of any type to assist in paying the overdue bill?

11/13/10

Editor:

For the second time in less than one year I was not appointed to the vacant seat on the Emsworth Council. I have now gone through two interviews, answered questions, and shown facts from the election in November of 2009. In that election I received 135 votes, which was 35 percent, as a write-in candidate. With that being said, if 135 voters think I can help council and contribute my thoughts and ideas, how do the six current council members overlook me both times?

10/31/10

Editor:

I would like congratulate the Sto Rox School Board for electing to attempt to raise the educational standards for their children in their school district. In case you have not heard, their school board has decided that students with a D in a core class will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. This has caused outrage by many students and parents who feel the rule is too strict and unfair.

9/17/10

Editor:

I retired from the Air Force on Jan 1, 2003. Just prior to my retirement, we bought our home. We could have chosen to retire anywhere, but had visited Bellevue several times during my active duty years. We were attracted to the community, and liked its proximity to the heart of Pittsburgh. I currently work for the Veterans Administration, and am proud to be able to continue my service to our country. I am a citizen that believes our community is struggling to improve, and is making some small strides. At any rate, here are some of my thoughts concerning parking in Bellevue.

8/27/10

Editor:

Someone owes my tenant (and friend) $120 that it cost him to retrieve his dying mother’s car, after it was illegally towed away by order of the Bellevue Police Department following the January - February heavy snowfall.

It was supposedly reported as an “abandoned car,” but it was a totally legal vehicle, with both proper license plate and inspection stickers. The only thing “wrong” was the two front tires went flat. That probably bothered the “someone” who reported the legally parked vehicle to the police.

8/27/10

Editor:

Just because someone sent you a letter that tars 1.4 billion people on this planet are terrorists who want to wipe out all us “infidels,” was that cause for you to print it?

I am not a Muslim, but I note a number of our citizens in Bellevue - Avalon are from the Middle East and Near East, and are probably adherents of that religion. How do you think they feel after reading what was printed in your Aug. 20 “Letters to the Editor”? Some of them run little shops that carry your paper.

8/13/10

Editor:

I just wanted to publically [commend] the Ohio Township Police for handling the recent rash of thefts from unlocked cars in the Avonworth communities.

In my expierence, they were very responsive, friendly and most of all - effective. I even had my stolen item delivered back to my house by one of the officers.

Jennifer Dickson Ben Avon Heights

8/13/10

Editor:

As a concerned citizen of Avalon I could not believe the headlines of the Aug. 6 Citizen: “Avalon decides risk is worth it.” I attended the meeting on Aug. 2, at which time many people spoke against the transfer of a liquor license from McKees Rocks to Avalon. I believe council had made up their mind long before the citizens attending the meeting arrived.

8/6/10

Editor:

I recently attended a public hearing in Avalon on Aug. 2, 2010 for the request of a liquor license to be transferred into Avalon. Our council approved this at a 5 to 3 vote.

This business will be an upscale cigar and sports bar located at 643 California Ave. Quite honestly, I have never heard of an upscale bar-- a bar is a bar. This business will be located within 300 feet of a school, playground, church and the Avalon borough hall.

7/23/10

Editor:

The nepotism policy that the Avonworth School Board voted into existence a couple of years ago was put in place to restrict relatives of employees from being considered for a job with the school district. The statement, "this should apply especially to school board members and their families" was emphatically stated by certain board members at that time. The policy was not unanimously approved.

7/2/10

Editor:

In the June 25 Citizen’s “This Week in Review” 25 years ago, you mentioned a scene being”....shot on Keswick Avenue...” in 1985 for the TV movie “Silent Witness.” Actually there were several scenes.

7/2/10

Editor:

Following the June 22 meeting of Bellevue Council the mayor and I had a chance to chat. Mr. [George] Doscher wanted to clarify some things with me. The mayor made it clear that he is not in favor of new recreational burning restrictions in Bellevue. He told me he is satisfied with the way things are now. Mr. Doscher previously stated before council that he enjoys burning in his own yard and that “just a few” can spoil things for everybody else in the community.

6/25/10

Editor: I don't often take a bus, but several years ago had to do so. I barely had time to sit down, when the driver abruptly started, then slammed on his brakes, allowing a breathless latecomer to board. The driver yelled at him, "If it weren't for you people, I might be on time!" I laughed and said to my companion, "It's just like it was in nursing. If it weren't for the patients we could get our work done. I always thought it was a joke!"

6/25/10

Editor:

In regards to Carol A. Wivel's two letters' to the editor about "wood burning":

I have had a fire pit for over five years and know countless people that do. Those who are simply spending time with their family and friends, follow all current ordinances and restrictions, and take the time to make sure they are following the rules and spent money to purchase a "legal" fire bowl should be respected.

6/25/10

Editor:

What I would like to know is why the Avonworth School Board discusses an issue such as name plates on jerseys for multiple meetings.

From what I read in the paper, the football boosters raise money and were going to pay for the name plates, which would be given to seniors each year. With that said and the football program not going to use school budget funds or taxpayers' money, what's the big deal? As a former football player, to receive your name plate your senior year would be a nice gesture.

6/18/10

Editor:

While additional delay in the process of getting a new outdoor burning ordinance for Bellevue is disappointing to those of us with allergic and other respiratory health problems, I must say I felt encouraged by our mayor's and council member Mark Panichella's comments. Mayor George Doscher and Mr. Panichella both agreed at the June council workshop meeting that our new ordinance needs to have "teeth" to it, an enforcement component.

6/11/10

Editor:

As a past member of Emsworth Council, a citizen of the community, and most importantly, the daughter of a veteran, I would like to express my sincere and deep sorrow regarding the noticeable empty seats at our memorial service. Where were the elected officials? This is a day for remembering the service and sacrifices made by our veterans.

6/11/10

REMEMBRANCE IMPORTANT

Editor:

Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. It is a sad day when individuals choose not to honor former members of the Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans.

5/21/10

Editor:

I hope someone can explain to me how politics work in Emsworth, because I am not sure I follow right now. Council says they are voted there to serve the tax payers of the community, but are they?

5/21/10

Editor:

I surely wish there had been some compelling words of wisdom from the numbers of us who attended Friday night's town meeting that miraculously would have made the West Penn Health System see the light, find an alternative, and change its mind about Suburban General Hospital.

But Thursday night's news let us know that in 90 days the changes would be a done deal.

5/7/10

Editor:

I was very disappointed in the recent decision by the Avonworth School Board's Athletic Committee to cut wrestling from the co-op sports agreement. After attending the meeting, I left with the feeling that little is known about this wonderful character-building sport!

Much of the information being provided to board members appears to be incorrect. The cost for the 2009-2010 season was significant;y less than budgeted -- $15,000 ($7,500/school) -- due to fewer coaches. When participation is low, the need for multiple coaches should be considered, as well as volunteer coaches.