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6/8/19

The Northgate Class of 2019 received diplomas this week, with 72 students from Avalon and Bellevue graduating. At the very top of the Class of 2019 in terms of academic achievement were, pictured at right, Claire Ishiyama, salutatorian, Owen King, valedictorian, and Madalyn Abramowicz, valedictorian at A.W. Beattie Career Center.

Owen is the son of Christine and John King of Bellevue. He is headed to Temple University in the fall where he plans to study computer science.

6/7/19

Not only is Pittsburgh the first U.S. city to have been selected for an international spotlight on education innovation by global non-profit HundrED, which seeks and shares inspiring ideas in K-12 education with the goal of scaling them worldwide, but a program developed by students at the Avonworth Primary Center is one of only 12 Pittsburgh initiatives that will be shared with the world.

6/7/19

The Avonworth High School Class of 2019 is expected to graduate 125 seniors during commencement ceremonies at Lenzner Field Friday evening. The class is led by (pictured at left) salutatorian Owen North and valedictorian Patrick Wiley Bozada.

Owen, the son of Ray and Pam North, will attend Grove City College where he will pursue a business degree.

Wiley, as he is known to classmates, is the son of Patti Bozada. He will attend Case-Western Reserve to major in math and computer science.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

6/7/19

The Bellevue Community Herb Garden is here for the community. As you enter the garden in front of the YMCA on Lincoln Avenue you are invited to “Pinch what you need. Use what you pinch.” From the inception of the garden four years ago, that philosophy of taking just what you need and leaving the rest for others has worked. If you haven’t yet used any of the herbs, do try it this year.

6/7/19

By NANCY WHYTE

The phenomenon has many names, and none of them is favorable: brain drain, summer slide and summer learning loss, to list a few. It is the decline of skills and academic achievement that typically occurs while children are out of school during summer vacation. Basically, it is evidence of the “use it or lose it” cliche. The good news is that not only can it be prevented, but with some planning and effort on both the part of the parents and the children, a student can begin his or her next school year academically ahead of where they were at the end of the previous term.

6/7/19

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ softball team reached a new milestone with their first ever victory in the PIAA playoffs when they defeated Fort LeBoeuf 8-1 in a first round game played at North Allegheny this past Monday.

The Lady ‘Lopes broke open a tightly contested game with an explosion of offense and tallied 14 hits, while pitcher Sarah Helffrich kept the Bisons’ bats in check, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out five.

6/7/19

If you see smoke in Bellevue, it probably isn’t coming from the dragon perched atop Bellevue Elementary, but from Bellevue Council chambers.

Just days after council ordered an investigation into the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax monies for WizardVue last August, officials found that the public works crew had been used to cover the Route 65 “Bellevue -- Live, Worship, Shop” sign with an advertisement for WizardVue Two.

6/7/19

By NANCY WHYTE

This fall, Avonworth middle school students will most likely be using a new curriculum for their math lessons.

During last Monday night’s work session, assistant superintendent Jeff Hadley presented the school board with detailed information about the Carnegie Learning Math Program, which he is recommending that the board approve purchasing next week. The program is designed for grades 6-8 and employs a problem-based approach to learning math. It is aligned to the recent shifts in core standards, unlike the Glencoe program currently used.

6/7/19

The Northgate Class of 2019 received diplomas this week, with 72 students from Avalon and Bellevue graduating. At the very top of the Class of 2019 in terms of academic achievement were, pictured here, Claire Ishiyama, salutatorian, Owen King, valedictorian, and Madalyn Abramowicz, valedictorian at A.W. Beattie Career Center.

Owen is the son of Christine and John King of Bellevue. He is headed to Temple University in the fall where he plans to study computer science.

6/1/19

Some 10 months after Harry Potter fans gathered in Bellevue for WizardVue, and just weeks before WizardVue Two is set to take over the borough’s main street, Bellevue Council is calling for a formal investigation of the unapproved expenditure of nearly $10,000 in tax dollars for last year’s event.

6/1/19

By JIM RUMBLE

Good things are worth waiting for and that’s what occurred when the Avonworth girls’ softball team faced Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL 3A championship game that began this past Wednesday at Peterswood Park in Venetia, PA.

Bad weather forced a stoppage of play and the game was continued on Thursday, but that didn't slow down the Lady ‘Lopes as they finished strong to shut-out the Eagles convincingly 12-0.

Pitcher Sarah Helffrich earned the win on the mound, surrendering just four hits in a game that was shortened to five innings with the mercy rule in effect.

6/1/19

Maria Meyer of Bellevue, a member of the Boston College Class of 2019, was presented with the University’s most prestigious graduation honor at Commencement on May 20: the Edward H. Finnegan, S.J., Award, given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Boston College’s motto, “Ever to Excel.” She was chosen for this honor out of a class of some 2,200 students. Meyer is a 2015 graduate of North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township.

6/1/19

Ruth F. Pavlik Ruth F. Pavlik, 90, formerly of Emsworth, died Monday May 27, 2019. She was mother to John Pavlik (Diane), James Pavlik, Rosemary Conroy (Patrick), David Pavlik (Ursula), and Laura Taschner (Jeffrey); grandmother to six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Helen (Geist) Schweiger; husband, John Pavlik; and a sister, Dolores Bednar. Ruth was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary. Ruth worked at Allegheny General Hospital as an LPN.

6/1/19

To nobody’s surprise, Avonworth/Northgate track team senior Hayden Robinson finished her career with a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 3A state title in the 100m dash, running in state competition last week at Shippensburg University. While there, she also grabbed a PIAA silver medal for her second place finish in the 200m dash.

5/25/19

Following a traffic stop on May 15, Richard H. Smallis, 26, of New Brighton, was arrested for possession of suspected marijuana.

On May 16, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Starr and Union avenues. No injuries were reported.

Jeremy M. Flood, 43, of Evans City, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Galen Hampton Gray, 32, McKees Rocks, was arrested on May 17 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

5/25/19

BY JIM  RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ softball team inched past the defending WPIAL champ and then knocked out another opponent in the semi-finals to earn a chance to face Keystone Oaks in the WPIAL championship game next Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. at Peterswood Park in the South Hills.

The Lady ‘Lopes overcame an early deficit and went on to earn a 5-3 victory against the South Park Eagles in a semifinal game played at North Allegheny this past Wednesday.

“We battle, that’s what we do,” said Avonworth coach Jenna Muncie. “They’re [South Park] a good team, we just had to one-up on them.”

5/25/19

During the month of April, 2019, the Bellevue Police Department reported the following incidents:

Four cases of simple assault which occurred on April 2, 4, 5, and 13.

Two cases of forced burglary: one on April 1 and the other on April 23.

Two cases of shoplifting: one on April 12 and the second on April 26.

Three cases of larceny from a motor vehicle occurring on April 3, 13, and 29.

One case of larceny from a building on April 30.

One case of fraud reported on April 23.

Eight cases of vandalism: two on April 1, April 9, 11, 12, 16 and two on April 17.

5/25/19

Tuesday’s primary election may have helped narrow - or in many cases expand - the field of candidates for the November general election, but it did little locally to guarantee many candidates a victory, especially given the incredibly low voter turn-out that registered a mere 16.38 percent county-wide.

In Bellevue, where there were the most contested races, turn-out crept up to 17 percent in one district. Ohio Township’s turn-out was as low as 8 percent in two of the township’s three districts.

5/25/19

Michael J. Vancheri Michael J. Vancheri, 89, of Bellevue and Avalon, died Saturday, May 18, 2019.

5/25/19

It started as an observation one day last year as Jake Sommers and his mom, Kelli, were walking along the North Shore of Pittsburgh where they saw the beautiful and meaningful memorials commemorating the service and sacrifice of so many men and women of the Armed Services. World War II, Korea, Vietnam.

But as Jake and his mom noticed, few people were giving much attention to the memorials. Bikers rolled by; walkers strolled by. Nobody stopped to ponder the significance of the memorials.

5/25/19

By NANCY WHYTE

Last Saturday, May 18, the public was invited to Lock Fest at the Emsworth locks and dam, located at 0 Western Ave. along the Ohio River. The locks and dam are north of and downstream from Pittsburgh, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to create the Ohio River. The Emsworth locks and dam is one of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District’s six major river facilities on the Ohio River.

5/17/19

Voters will make important choices in the May 21 primary election, when six candidates will seek the nominations for five seats on the Northgate School Board.

All of the candidates have cross-filed, meaning their names will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. The top five vote-getters on each ballot will move on to the primary election in November.

5/17/19

How long have you resided in Bellevue? Cerminara: I have lived in Bellevue for 9 years. Woshner: 47 years.

What is your educational background? Cerminara: I graduated cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Woshner: AA and BSBA cum laude majoring in business management from Robert Morris University

What is your professional background?

5/17/19

Despite financial projections that indicate the Northgate School District will be operating in the red in just a couple years no matter what tax increases are levied, the district’s school board voted 6-3 Monday evening to approve a proposed 2019-20 budget that includes nearly the maximum tax increase allowed by state law.